Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – September news!

Well, there you have it. Another (wet) summer is over and I am another year older! I used to hate having my birthday over the August bank holiday as nobody is ever around to celebrate with you, but I enjoy it much more now that I’m older and am very content to share my day with a large glass of rose and a bucket of crisps. Unfortunately, my son – whose birthday falls the day before mine – is still of an age where he expects the whole shebang and it’s a tricky time of year to get people together. This year, we both celebrated our actual birthdays with family in Spain and I have planned a bigger party for my newly turned 10-year old (TEN!!!) with some of his school friends for the first week of September… just before his classmates start to turn 11! As the summer school holidays draw to a close, Dulwich welcomes an exciting line-up of markets, fetes, exhibitions and local fundraising events for all the family! The West Norwood Feast community …

Around Dulwich – August news!

Is today Thursday or Saturday? I’m already at that point in the school summer holidays where every day feels like a weekend and my kid expects me to treat every day like one too! Except, I’m working from home so I have booked him into cricket camp for a few days and a Take Flight filmmaking workshop, which sounds awesome! I think he was hoping for unlimited screen time and pizza for breakfast so there has been a large amount of eye-rolling, emotional outbursts and thoughts of running away. And, that’s just me! I’m also going to camp out at my parent’s house for a week and by ‘camp out’ I mean to have a room with a whole double bed to myself, where I will be regularly offered food and Aperol Spritz. Childcare is even thrown in for free! It will be like going on a spa break. We will be jetting off to Spain towards the end of the month, but until then I’m looking forward to a little summer staycation in and around …

Around Dulwich – July news!

Last month was possibly one of the most exciting in cinema history! Never before has a new film release been more eagerly anticipated… well in my household anyway! I was so excited that I walked into East Dulwich Picturehouse and pre-booked tickets just so I could see it before anyone else. I have watched the first 3 movies over and over again. I have followed the characters on their adventures and laughed and cried along with them. I have purchased all the film merchandise and spent far too many hours trying to locate a tiny cowboy hat before a 2-year old realised it was missing (I still sometimes wake up in a cold sweat shaking my husband and crying “Where’s Woody’s hat?!”). Yes, Woody and the toys are back for Toy Story 4 and I can’t wait to see what the old gang have been up to! Meanwhile, School PTAs from the green to the hill have been busy planning their annual summer fairs. Goose Green Primary School is hosting a summer carnival on Goose Green (6 …

Around Dulwich – June news!

As one season ends, so another begins. The warmer months mean only one thing in my sport-obsessed household – cricket! No sooner than my son’s muddy football boots were left outside for the very last time this season and the cricket whites were out! Training is every Friday and Monday evenings with matches on a Sunday morning, but football training will also continue on Saturday mornings throughout the summer months so there really is no escape for this reluctant spectator. My husband is also off on his annual cricket tour to Somerset with the Dulwich 7thXI for the 12thyear running. Let’s just say the standard of cider drinking is more impressive than the quality of the play… Sadly, despite the best efforts of Jamie, Rema and the local community, The Palmerston will definitely be changing hands on 3rd June. This is a devastating blow to everyone who has loved and supported this pub over the last 15 years or so. Jamie and Rema have always been the heart of The Palmerston and I will follow …

Around Dulwich – May news!

My BABY (he’s almost 10) has gone away on a residential school trip to swing on ropes and learn to canoe! We have followed the packing list to the letter, but – if his previous trip is anything to go by – most of the ‘essential’ items will no doubt return neatly folded and unworn, and he’ll still be wearing the same pants he left home in! I know he will have the most amazing time, grow 2-inches and age 5-years, but I will miss him terribly. Fortunately, there are lots of things going on around Dulwich this month to take my mind off it. The 2019 Dulwich Festival celebrates its 26thyear (10-19 May) with the theme of ‘belonging’ running through the events. Join the celebration with an array of different music, performances, events and exhibitions. The popular Artists’ Open House will happen throughout both weekends of the Festival (11-12 and 18-19 May) with over 200 artists opening their doors this year. The Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green is back (12 May) and bursting …