Celebrate All Things Thamesmead At This Banging South London Festival

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 7 months ago
Celebrate All Things Thamesmead At This Banging South London Festival
People dancing outside the brutalist housing of Thamesmead, with colourful lights in the window
Image: Thamesmead Festival

Haven't you heard? Thamesmead is one of THE places to be this August.

Southmere Park forms the setting for the Thamesmead Festival — a community led "celebration of all things Thamesmead" happening on Saturday 20 August.

This year's show features Thamesmead-based street dance group Dynamix, local singer Samm Henshaw and Britain's Got Talent champions Twist and Pulse — as well as a slew of stalls run by local groups and charities.

A man in shorts, t shirt, angel wings, playing a uke
Image: Thamesmead Festival

Art installations are a big part of the festival too, and this year's centrepiece is Fields of EveryWhen: a hot air balloon 'tapestried' with stories from the area, which will hover above the festival site, and act as a floating gallery.

And you can fill your boots with eats, including Jamaican (The Caribbean Hut) and Nigerian (Yeti’s Authentic Kitchen).

A poster for the Thamesmead Town Show
The festival's been going over 50 years. Image: Thamesmead Festival

The festival started out life in 1971 as the Thamesmead Town Show, featuring a 'throw the sponge at the vicar' stall (although we're told local people of the cloth no longer face such a soggy fate).

6,000 people attended the festival in 2021. Just imagine how popular it'll be when Thamesmead gets its long-awaited train station.

Thamesmead Festival, Saturday 20 August, Southmere Park, 12pm-7pm free

Last Updated 14 July 2022