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The Blue's Community Celebration Event

SATURDAY 31 JULY 2021 – THE BLUE’S COMMUNITY CELEBRATION EVENT

To celebrate the completion of the regeneration works to Market Place, Made in Bermondsey are holding a free community event with music, interactive activities and the official opening of the new Clock Tower and drinking fountain

Activities

While the official inauguration of the clock tower will be at 1pm, you can enjoy many other free activities throughout the day

WOOD CARVING WORKSHOP

Join local maker Emma Leslie to help carve the decorative elements for the five new oak benches she has designed for the market.

CARVE YOU OWN WOODEN SPOON

Discover the power of making with Creative Nature. Connect to nature and experience a deep sense of inner calm.

CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING

Join Vanessa Woolf for some interactive and magical children’s storytelling inspired by the River Thames and the sea beyond.

If you can’t wait to hear great stories, click here and check out our Blue Bermondsey’s Children Story Walks available on our website and free to download or listen online.

LIVE MUSIC WITH UNITY MUSIC ARTS TEAM

Sit around and chill out to the sounds of talented young local musicians from Unity Music Arts Team

BISCUIT FACTORY DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Find out more about Grosvenor’s vision for this site and the potential benefits for people living and working locally.

EAT AND SHOP IN THE HIGH STREET

The square is not the only space getting a total revamp. In addition to Made In Bermondsey regeneration project, Blue Bermondsey is working with businesses in the high street to improve the shop fronts and add new greening improvements so why not to walk along Southwark Park Rd to enjoy a meal or shop.

MAKE IT BLUE AND THE BLUE MARKET TRADERS

This Saturday is a great opportunity to meet the traders at the Make It Blue market, a local initiative led by Blue Bermondsey BID to bring quality craft and food produce to The Blue or perhaps browse the fishmonger, plants and fruit and veg of The Blue Market stalls.

How to Get There

Market Place, Bermondsey, London SE16 3UQ

It’s quite easy to get to The Blue, wether you’re using public transport or come on your bicycle using the new Cycle Superhighway along Jamaica Road, we will be here ready to welcome you!

  • Underground: Bermondsey station (10-15 mins walk)
  • Train: South Bermondsey station (10-15 mins walk)
  • Buses: 1, 381 and P12 ( Southwark Park Road and St James’s Road)
  • Plenty of bicycles parking
  • Limited on-street parking available

Getting together

A community campaign was successful in securing the £2m capital funding from the Mayor of London’s LEAP Good Growth Fund, supported by Southwark Council.

Locally based Turner prize winning collective, Assemble + Hayatsu Architects are orchestrating the regeneration works, after their impressive tender proposal entitled ‘Made In Bermondsey’ was successful.

The project has the long-term aims to help transform the Blue into a thriving area, once more recognised and celebrated as Bermondsey’s historic town centre. 

I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with the community to deliver these improvements to one of our much loved town centres.  

Thanks to the local community, businesses and council working together, with backing from the Mayor of London, we are putting Bermondsey’s historic town centre firmly on the map as the ‘Larder of London’ for locals and Londoners alike to visit, shop, eat and socialise.

We hope you’ll join us this Saturday for the opening of the new vastly improved market square, to celebrate what’s been achieved so far and experience first-hand the incredible community spirit driving forward plans to bring a buzz back to The Blue.

Cllr Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council

I am thrilled to support the regeneration of the Blue Market, all made possible by local people and organisations working together to design a new market space that will support community activities, events and local businesses. Markets like the Blue have a long history in the capital and throughout the pandemic have played a crucial role in providing local people with access to goods and services. The transformation of the Blue market will restore the heart of Bermondsey, provide a space that the community can feel proud of and put the Blue Market on the map as a new destination for Londoners to visit.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

A true regeneration project cannot be delivered without the strong will and commitment from local community partners. The positivity and creativity of The Blue BID, Community Opportunity, Big Local Works and other locals really pushed the project forward. We hope our built interventions add a new exciting chapter to the long history of the market, represent the community vision and pride, and leave a lasting legacy for the brighter future of Bermondsey.

Takeshi Hayatsu, Director of Hayatsu Architects

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