What’s on in Southwark this summer…

southwark-summer_cropWhat’s on for children, young people and families

There’s a host of events and activities for children and families this summer as part of our Summer of Play programme. Check out a few up-coming highlights below.

Wildlife photography competition for children and young people

If you’re aged 8 to 17 you can take part in our summer wildlife photography competition

Try beach volleyball

Free of charge: young people can join in beach volleyball sessions and could even be picked to represent Southwark at the London Youth Games. Sessions continue until 23 August.

Visit Elephant Springs: a new natural play area in SE1

Elephant springs is a new urban oasis in Elephant and Castle with rocks, streams, sand and water fountains. If you’re local, pop along for a unique experience.

Try pond dipping and join a big butterfly count

Head to the free open day at Lavender Pond Nature Reserve on Saturday 24 July, 11am to 4pm. Activities include pond dipping, craft and a Big Butterfly Count at 2pm.

Take up the summer reading challenge!

This year’s summer reading challenge theme is Wild World Heroes and will inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet. Prizes are on offer for children who read six books over the summer holidays. Find out how to take up the summer reading challenge.

>> Check out all our summer listings for children and young people


What’s on for all ages

At part of our Southwark Summer programme there’s also lots on for all ages. Here are some highlights:

Food, drink and rides at the Rotherhithe festival

The Rotherhithe Festival will return to King George’s Fields, SE16 on Saturday 7 August. It’s a great day of free music with food, drink and rides and attractions for children, starting at 11.30am and finishing at 8.30pm.

Latin American festival at Dulwich Park

Celebrate Latin America through independent cinema, dance, music and regional cuisine on 24 and 25 July at Dulwich Park. Tickets start at £25.

Join a local archaeology walk

Join a guided walk around the historic borough of Southwark, exploring Borough and Bankside’s archaeology on 29 or 31 July. Free, but booking required.

>> See all listings


COVID-19 updates

Vaccination walk-in sites in south east London

There are lots of opportunities to still get your vaccine, including walk-in clinics at Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals (every day) and Charlton Athletic football club (24 July) and many other places across Southwark and southeast London. You do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

You can also book your appointment via the NHS website.

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