Winter Warmer 2023

Winter Warmer 2023

Volunteering and environmental charity Bankside Open Spaces Trust invites you to historic Red Cross Garden for a fabulous free festive event featuring for wreathmaking, mulled wine and merriment.

The BOST Winter Warmer is all about getting together and bringing a little light and warmth to the winter chill. Held around the birthday of Octavia Hill, social reformer, who founded the garden in 1886, it is both a celebration of the garden and of all those who visit and enjoy the space throughout the year. The garden is lit and a live jazz band provides the entertainment while you craft a Christmas wreath to adorn your door.

Winter Warmer 2023


Bankside’s Art Academy are holding an auction at Christie’s.

Funds raised in the auction will allow them to continue to support 30% of their academic students with bursaries, provide free spaces on their young artists’ programmes and drive outreach workshops that help make art accessible to the community in Southwark.

The auction and dinner will be hosted by Dirk Boll, Deputy Chairman of 20th and 21st Century Art, Christie’s and presented by Natasha Kaplinsky OBE at Christie’s London.


Drink & Draw session with cocktails and life models at £101 per person, includes a chance to view the lots and place bids ahead of our Fundraising Auction;


Attend the Live Auction and Black-tie Dinner at £300 per person.

Winter Warmer 2023

Zestival at The Bridge

Join The Bridge from Monday 24 April to Sunday 30 April for FREE access to their women-only gym and fitness classes and take part in their jam packed programme of wellbeing events, from sound baths to zine making to facial massages. They’re also serving up a 50% discount on all of their delicious and healthy smoothies in their café and a 15% discount on their annual gym membership. Ran by women for women, their space exists to support women of all identities to find their movement. Don’t miss out! Find out more and book your space at

Winter Warmer 2023

Golden Hinde 50th Anniversary Celebration

On the 5th April 1973, The Golden Hinde was launched in a grand ceremony after years of building. To celebrate this momentous event 50 years ago, they have a fun-filled day planned.

During their anniversary year they are raising much-needed funds to carry out essential maintenance work of the ship. Find out how you can support them. 

11.30 – 13.00 demo 1 Tempus Fugitives sword fighting

13.15 – 14.00 Hog Eye Men singing

14.00 Ship owner Roddy Coleman gives an anniversary speech and cuts the cake

14.30 – 15.00 Hog Eye Men singing

15.00 – 16.30 demo 2 Tempus Fugitives sword fighting 

Tempus Fugitives are running fighting demonstrations

Tempus Fugitives focus on the study of the 16th century North Italian martial systems which were so popular in London during the Elizabethan period. These methods of combat originated in the 15th century, but were not codified until the second quarter of the 16th. 

The HogEye Men will be singing sea shanties

The HogEye Men have built an enviable reputation by singing Sea Shanties and Sea Songs at events all around London. They regularly appear at festivals throughout the country, singing songs in an authentic and entertaining manner. 

Crafting stations for children and adults will be set up in the hold of the ship from 10am – 4pm. They’re inviting you to create a 50th birthday card for The Golden Hinde ship and have fun designing your own pirate flag.

All activities are included in admission price. 

Winter Warmer 2023

SPEAK UP! with Think Out Loud UK at Union Theatre

Think Out Loud bring their first live show to The Union.

‘Speak Up’ is a night of new writing from exciting new voices.

This show will be raising funds in support of Mind and the work they do to support mental health and wellbeing in London and the rest of the UK.

Winter Warmer 2023

Freeze out homelessness

Give the gift of a warm meal and shelter to homeless and vulnerable people this winter through our Frost Fair Fund.

All donations will go to local Bankside charity, The Manna Society which runs a day centre for homeless people. Our target is £5,000 – vital funds to support this charity.


will pay for the milk for 200 cups of coffee at the centre


will pay for 5 hot dinners


1814 was the year of the last ever Frost Fair (until now)


will cover the cost of food for one day at the centre


will cover running costs & utilities for one day


We know it is a difficult time for everyone, but especially those who are homeless and vulnerable, so please give whatever you can. Thank you.

This drive is part of the Frost Fair which Better Bankside is running across December and January. Frost Fair is a homage to the area’s unique history, celebrating the characters and fascinating stories from past winters in the Southwark borough. There’s lots more happening across the area, find out more here

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