Bermondsey Carnival 2019

Bermondsey Carnival is a fun family day out like no other and entry is completely free. This year is extra special as we celebrate Southwark Park’s 150th birthday.

Southwark Park | Saturday 6th July 2019 from 12noon to 8pm

Bandstand Programme

The Real Thing    6.45pm to 7.45pm
Indika Reggae Showcase5.15pm to 6.15pm
Quadrille Dancers4.45pm to 5:10pm
The Aim4.00pm to 4.40pm 
Kindred Soul3.35pm to 4pm
Redriffe3.00pm to 3.35pm   
The Mayor’s Speech2.45pm to 3.00pm
Celtic Hearts2pm to 2.45pm
Community Acts and DJ12pm to 2pm

Create and Play Zone

Supprted by A&E Elkins Ltd

Join us in the free family and children’s area to get creative and learn something new with workshops and activities from community partners such as London Bubble Theatre, South London Gallery and the Movement Factory.  Look out for special 150th birthday themed activities, and help us wish the park a big happy birthday!

The Movement Factory Stage – Back by popular demand, our dedicated dance tent run by award winning Southwark based dance collective The Movement Factory will be running an action packed day of dance workshops and performances for all ages and abilities.  There will also be lots of special guest appearances – not to mention prizes to be won throughout the day! 

Zoom Zoom Zoom! – Non-stop storytelling for under-fives, parents and carers with Southwark’s Libraries team. Plus come and check out the winners of the Festival of Word’s poster competition themed on Southwark Park’s 150th Birthday.

Marawa’s Majorettes – Fall in love with hooping with Marawa’s extraordinary award-winning hula-hooping troup, who will be running workshops and performances throughout the day.  Check workshop and performance times at the Create and Play area or information points.

Birthday card making with Bizzie Bodies – make a beautiful birthday card for the park, which you can take away with you or leave in the park to decorate the Create and Play area.

Party hat making with Time and Talents – Fizzy family fun making decorated party hats to add that extra festive feel to your outfit.  Once you’ve made your hat, you can also get creative making Crafty Beasts in the park using a range of craft materials.

Free face painting – add some sparkle to your visit with our team of face painters. Come along for rainbows, tigers, or just heaps of glitter and glitz. Let your imagination run wild!

Meet Tootles and Nibs – can you spot Tootles and Nibs, the neon safari explorers with their bag full of tricks, games and challenges suitable for all ages?  They’re hard to miss!

Kids Dig It – Come and have a go at being a real archaeologist with Southwark’s Heritage team.  Find buried artefacts, identify what they are and discover more about the ancient stuff that’s under Southwark’s streets.

Charting the Mayflower – The Deal – Join London Bubble Theatre for a promenade performance exploring what life was like for those who were involved in preparing for the Mayflower to depart on her maiden voyage to the Americas.  You will be taken on a journey back in time with storytelling, singing, music and dancing!  Check performance times at the Create and Play area or information points.

Zine-making workshop with Museum of Youth Culture – Make a zine using photographs from the museum’s youth and subculture archive to imagine what youth culture is going to look like in the future. Don’t forget to bring your own photos along to include in your zine! Do you have photographs of your youth? The museum would love to see your photographs to help tell the story of growing up. Bring your photographs along to the carnival and they will scan it for you to add to their collection while you wait.

Hats Off! Victorian Hat Making Workshop – This year Southwark Park celebrates its 150-year anniversary, and as a nod to the fashion trends of the time, Southwark Park Galleries invite you to  make our own Victorian hats. Artist Alexa Lowe will show you how to make something fantastic with feathers, ribbons and paper birds. Come and get crafty and add another feather to your cap!

Plus much more including circus skills workshops and activities with South London Gallery, Southwark Park Galleries and Decolonising The Archive.

Access information

Disabled badge parking and a drop-off/pick-up point for disabled people is available on site via the entrance on Southwark Park Road.

The events site is a combination of large expanses of grass and tarmac paths. There are sheltered areas (marquees) and non-sheltered areas. Weather and ground conditions may be variable.

Accessible toilets will be available on site, all of which will be signposted.

There will be signposted information and first aid points located at the event.

Admission policy

Please note that to keep the carnival as family friendly and safe as possible we enforce a strict admissions policy, including:

  • no dogs (except guide dogs)
  • no glass bottles
  • no alcohol
  • no knives or weapons of any kind
  • no illegal substances
  • cyclists to dismount
  • all persons on site may be searched through a targeted search policy
  • the organisers reserve the right to refuse admission

Getting there

Bermondsey Carnival takes place in the north of Southwark Park around the bandstand. Entrances are in Jamaica Road, Lower Road, Southwark Park Road and Gomm Road

We encourage visitors to arrive at the carnival on foot, by bike or via public transport.

Cycle parking will be available in the events site near the bandstand.

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