Great Get Together

Great Get Together

The Great Get Together SE1 is part of the UK’s annual celebration of everything that unites our communities, inspired by Jo Cox’s belief that we have more in common than that which divides us. Festivities will include an array of music, performances, and children’s activities. This year the event will also form part of Pride in Southwark to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and heritage in the area.

Great Get Together

Big Easter Hunt at Redcross Garden

Bankside Open Spaces Trust invites you to our BIG Easter HUNT!

Monday 25 March, 3.30pm-5pm, Red Cross Garden, SE1 1HA, with prizes handed out at Marlborough Sports Garden

Take part in our Easter Easter Hunt by searching for hidden clues at Red Cross Garden – once you’ve solved the Easter Bunny’s mystery, you can swap your answer sheet for a treat in Marlborough Sports Garden.

Celebrate the start of the Easter holidays with a fun, free event – see you there for an eggstremely good time! We’ll meet you in Red Cross Garden – explore the garden and find the clues before hopping over to Marlborough Sports Garden for treats and play.

Great Get Together

Frost Fair

The Frost Fair is returning for its second year. Join us from 26-28 January on Sumner Street, as we celebrate one of the most extraordinary events in London’s history. From circa 1605 to 1814, the surface of the River Thames froze over 24 times, bringing all trade on the water to a standstill. So the people of Bankside took to the ice, creating ‘Frost Fairs’, with a sensational cornucopia of markets, amusement, food, drink, games, pubs, shops, entertainment and general revelry!

Great Get Together

Celebrate the Coronation at the Lord Clyde Pub

Come together and celebrate the long weekend with the Lord Clyde, with a right royal line up of local events to make this Coronation unforgettable! Raise a glass to Charles III – and to Bankside.

Great Get Together

Bankside Open Spaces Festival

Are you ready to take to the streets and dance the afternoon away?

Dust off your dancing shoes, prepare to try a new sport or craft, give your prize-winning pooch a brush and be part of Bankside Open Spaces Festival – Bankside’s biggest FREE community celebration and street party!

On Saturday 10 June, Bankside Open Spaces Trust will be welcoming performers young and old, community groups, artists, sports coaches, musicians, singers, dancers, and pampered pooches of all sizes to the festival and they’d love you to join us too!

Line-up: Rob Corcoran, Ragtop Down, Sister Cookie, Ese & Vooduu People, Cosimo Matassa Project, The Brothers Ignatius, Brixton Chamber Orchestra and London International Gospel Choir. Plus, DJ sets from Rump Records, King Crowney, MGroove, Dales Hayes, Angie B and Brothers In House

 From its Latina opening to a dance after party, the free and unticketed Bankside Open Spaces Festival will fill Bankside’s Union Street, Redcross Way and three small parks on Saturday 10 June with genre-busting music.

With four music and performance stages, the festival will have a vibe to suit all tastes and all ages.

Looking to dance in the street? Check out Alma Casa/EXT Radio’s DJ Stage down Redcross Way with six sets, live sax and drums, firedancers, bubble artists and two MCs all putting on a show from a huge glitterball.

Seeking a musical journey from roots to rock & roll or rocksteady via funk, rhythm ‘n’ blues and ska? The Main Stage is for you, opening with four Latina dance groups before segueing into six varied sets featuring the likes of Art Terry and the Black Bohemians, Ese & and The Voodoo people, Sister Cookie and returning headliners, Cosimo Matassa Project and The Brothers Ignatius. The Main Stage is a festival in its own right, and with street food and bars nearby, there’s no need to move, unless…

Hoping for a bit of chill? Why not bumble over to Red Cross Garden, take a seat among the verdant planting and enjoy a bit of alt-folk, Americana, delta blues or indie pop from a line-up of six London artists, interspersed with spoken word performances. Headliner Rob Corcoran returns to this bandstand stage – a favourite on the UK folk circuit. You can even enjoy the dog show, meet some bees, learn about early surgery from the Old Operating Theatre, grab a free massage or tackle a spot of yoga while you’re there.

And for the active and community minded, head over to Marlborough Sports Garden’s Community Stage for a mix of community choirs and performers, plus free dance workshops – surely this is the only festival where you can learn an Irish jig, salsa and tango all in one day? There’s a chance to kick back, too, with sets from the London International Gospel Choir and Brixton Chamber Orchestra in-between activities.

Across the festival, local craft stalls and free activities and workshops will keep all ages busy and entertained. There’s a beach, free sports coaching and plenty of craft for the kids, plant stalls and a BIG plant giveaway for the green fingered, art workshops for the busy, bars for the thirsty, street food for the foodies and a dog show for the barky! (The Little Dorrit Dog Show returns for its 7th year with pampered pooches judged by festival favourite and BBC Radio London’s dog expert Anna Webb).

Keep an eye on Bankside Open Spaces Trust’s social media channels for updates:

There’s loads to see and do all across Bankside – find out more here.

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