Celebrate All Things Thamesmead At This Banging South London Festival

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