Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – October news

We have embraced the start of the new school year and all of the routine that comes with it. The long days of summer are but a distant memory as our attention returns to homework, swimming lessons, PTA cake sales and – for pupils entering Year 6 – secondary school open mornings! We did an early tour of a few of the local secondary schools in the area (our son has just started in Year 5) as we wanted to get a feel for them, but will go back again with him next September. Anyway, back to the here and now! The Catford Gin Festival returns this month (5-8 October) at The Broadway Theatre. The 3-day festival is hosted by the Forest Hill Gin Club and Team Catford and sponsored by Fever Tree Premium Tonic Water. It will showcase local distillers such as Dulwich based Fatty’s Organic Gin alongside those from further afield. The Herne Hill Music Festival is also back (5-14 October) and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever with …

Around Dulwich – September news

We all adore our kids, but I always sense a collective sigh of relief around Dulwich when the summer holidays are over and our cherubs return back to school. We have had an amazing few weeks together, spending time with family and friends both here and in Greece, but it will be nice to get back to our usual routine. We really are spoilt for choice with so many fantastic events for September. Village Books have an incredible line-up this month, starting with comedian and Strictly Come Dancing star Susan Calman (6 Sept), who will be talking about her new book Sunny Side Up and her mission to bring back joy, kindness and community to us all. The literary giant, Sebastian Faulks, will chat about his writing, his loves and how his new book Paris Echo came about (12 Sept). Six times Olympic Gold Medal winner, Sir Chris Hoy MBE, will be at Dulwich College talking about his career, all things bikes and cycling, answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his new …

Around Dulwich – August news

School’s out for summer… and so is the Aperol! The end of term is always a busy time of year with Summer Fairs, Sports Day and a common condition called end-of-term-itis where eye-rolling and answering back is prevalent in even the sweetest of children and no amount of patience, understanding, or Panini stickers seems to cure it! I enjoyed my first official – and much appreciated – Aperol Spritz over lunch at Moxon’s Next Door last month. ‘Next Door’ is a new fish restaurant on Lordship Lane from our local fishmonger, Robin Moxon. The menu offers a selection of bar snacks, small sharing plates, whole roasted fish, seafood platters and a selection of Moxon’s smoked fish. We went for the cold smoked fish platter, which was absolutely delicious and with a couple of side dishes to share, it was more than plenty for the 3 of us. As I was a little bit early to meet my friends for lunch (waves at Angela and Fi!), I squeezed in a lovely stroll along the lane, stopping …

Around Dulwich – July news

I thought the two perks of my husband being away in Russia for the World Cup would be 1. Not having to watch as much football on the telly and 2. Having the bed all to myself. I could not have been more wrong – on both counts! My 8-year old cheerfully informed me that we would not just be watching the England matches, but EVERY game. And, that he would be watching the evening games from the comfort of my bed, where he conveniently – but not very convincingly – falls asleep as soon as the final whistle blows! The cat has also decided he deserves a shot at being my bed companion, so between my son fidgeting and the cat meowing in my ear because he wants to be fed, petted, or merely make his presence known to me, I’m a bit over the World Cup already. With my resident babysitter away, my social life has been reduced to school hours only. The East Dulwich Picturehouse do a great deal on a Monday …

Around Dulwich – June news!

As the half-term break draws to a close, so the countdown to summer begins! The season of sunshine (if we’re lucky) brings with it longer days, after-school picnics, BBQs, ice-cold glasses of rosé, ice creams in the park and a subtle whiff of factor 50 in the air. Around Dulwich, it also heralds the start of festival season. The Dulwich Festival set the bar high last month with it’s annual 10-day extravaganza of music, performances, talks, Artists’ Open House weekends and festival fairs. Angela and I were honored to be invited to the launch party for the Dulwich Festival, which was hosted at Suzanne James’s fabulous event space, fifty seven, on North Cross Road. Cocktails were provided by Myatt’s Fields, music by the incredibly talented jazz singer, Ainé Cherie, and the food – catered by Suzanne and her team – was, as always, spot on. Brockley Max (1-9 June) is set to return this June for its 17th year. Spanning nine days and more than thirty venues, the popular community arts festival offers a packed …