Local Events


Severndroog Castle is embarking on an exciting new initiative, on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year, they are now arranging group visits to explore the Castle. These are available for pre-booked groups of between 10 and 25 people for £5 per person. Visitors will have exclusive use of the Castle for the duration of the visit and will be hosted by experienced guides.

It’s a chance to learn the history of one of London’s “Hidden Gems”. Hear stories about the lives of Sir William and Lady Anne James in the 18th Century; find out what Severndroog is, why it is here and what it has been used for over the centuries.

The building is so much more than just a folly and has now been saved for all the community to enjoy.

There is also an opportunity to see one of the best views of London from the elevated viewing platform. See no fewer than seven counties and, on a clear day, it is possible to spot Windsor Castle almost thirty miles away! Also, nearer home, view Eltham and the surrounding area from a unique perspective.

Visitors can also experience the unique area in which the Castle stands and enjoy a self-guided nature trail around the Ancient Woodland which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. During term time educational visits for schools are available, and for youth/children’s groups during the school holidays.

The nearby Terrace Tearoom also offers a range of refreshments to be enjoyed in the Lady James Room to complete the experience.

If you are interested in making a booking, please email: groups@severndroogcastle.org.uk 


Floyd Road from on high

For Walls With Tongues is an oral history of the mural movement in the UK charting the lives and experiences of some of the muralists active in the period 1966 to 1985, curated by our very own Chair, Carol Kenna.

A photographic exhibition of the muralists’ work will be displayed at the University of Greenwich from:

May 10th-30th 2019, The Project Space, 10 Stockwell Street, Greenwich, SE10 9BD. In addition the artists’ full interviews will be available in the recordings collection of The British Library later in the year.

Artists began producing gable end murals in Britain around the middle of the 1960s. Paintings on the street had not been seen before – at least not in the profusion that then ensued. Murals were used as a backdrop for local celebration, expressing local pride, encouraging a sense of place, celebrating varied cultures and contributing towards environmental improvements. Many muralists saw their work as part of the wider Community Arts movement, using their skills to facilitate social and political change as well as to develop radical alternatives to gallery art.

The initiative for For Walls With Tongues came from the realisation that the mural movement has been largely overlooked by the arts establishment and historians. 

For more information, please go to: www.forwallswithtongues.org.uk




The Alexandra Players are an amateur theatre group based at the Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue, London SE7. For a limited run they are presenting I Am a Camera, a play initially inspired by Christopher Isherwoods The Berlin Stories.
The play itself went on to inspire the musical show and film Cabaret which famously starred Liza Minelli. It centres around Isherwood’s life during the time he spent in Germany during WWII and the action takes place in Fraulein Schneider’s lodging house in Berlin. Confronting frank subjects such as pregnancy and unwanted racism, it’s a telling piece of history and life. 

From Wednesday 29th May – Saturday 1st June 2019

For further information and bookings, please go to alexandraplayers.org.uk



Thames-Side Studios is a provider of affordable studio space in Charlton and is hosting an open weekend on Saturday 15th June – Sunday 16th June 2019 (midday-6.00pm).

The studios are a permanent community for local professional artists and designers from fashion, jewellery, photography to graphic design, textiles and furniture. Set in a seven-acre riverside site overlooking the Thames Barrier, it houses over 500 studios. 

Take the opportunity to meet the artists: Harrington Way, Warspite Road, SE18 5NR

For further information please call 0208 301 8844
(Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm) or email