Sunday 8 Sept – Totally Thames Festival. Between Tate Modern and the National Theatre via the OXO building are displays including the ‘Ship of Tolerance’ moored on the river at Tate Modern; ‘My Story of Water’ – a children’s arts education project; and ‘A River Runs Through It’ – the Thames as seen by 5 London artists at the OXO building and wharf. Then on to the National Theatre for ‘Mudlark’ an exhibition of finds from the foreshore; and then ‘The Barking Stink’ – an exhibition of 200 years of Thames smells! Finally, the option of a Clipper boat trip back to Greenwich.
Sunday 14 July – Beckenham Place Park: a short walk on paths to the lake, flower gardens and mansion with an optional stop for refreshments whilst others go off for a longer walk around the grounds of the park which includes some ancient woodland. There is a new cafe in the planning of the stable block but the old one at the mansion is still serving simple refreshments; there are also toilets in the mansion.
Sunday 14th April – in the City but ending at an oasis of green! Train to Blackfriars, walk across the Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s and into Cheapside to see the Cathedral from Number One New Change. From there a walk round to Guildhall (there are toilets here) and then onto the Barbican where, only on Sundays, its Conservatory opens to the public – the oasis amidst the concrete!
Sunday, 10th March – Walthamstow Wetlands. This is a particularly good time of year to visit this amazing wildlife site as it is the middle of the bird migration period. Peregrine falcons, kingfishers and gulls are regularly seen throughout the year but we can expect to see wading birds and possibly the start of the tern migration. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has only been open to the public since 2017 after Heritage Lottery Funding helped with renovation and conservation. Two important buildings included in this were the Victorian Engine House now an Information Centre and (very good) cafe and the Coppermill.
Sunday, 9th December – a walk through three of London’s parks: St James’, Green and Hyde Parks; then an option to visit Winter Wonderland, or else walk on to see the decorations in Oxford Street, Regents Street and Carnaby Street.
Sunday, 11th November – a significant historical date, so we spent the 2 minutes of rememberance at 11 o’clock at the Charlton War Memorial outside St Luke’s Church before taking the bus to Blackheath and walking through Greenwich Park down to the National Maritime Museum to view their newly opened galleries (well worth a visit if you haven’t seen them!) and stop for refreshments in the cafe.