Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – December news!

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why… Santa Claus is coming to town! I can’t promise I’ll make it through the entire merry season without crying (almost certainly not without pouting) and after 9-years of Santa Claus, I am starting to wonder whether this will be the year my son decides he no longer requires me to pretend that Santa does even come to town at all *sobs* Until then, I am throwing myself into the festivities with as much Christmas spirit as I can muster! I am all over the Winter fairs, elbow-deep in mince pies, and my cup runneth over with mulled wine. The Link Age Southwark 25th Birthday Gala at Dulwich College last month promised a night of glitz and glamour and it did not disappoint! Over £20,000 was raised for this wonderful charity to support their work in helping older people maintain active lives in the community. Meanwhile, there were gold catsuits, pink catsuits and jokes galore at the Scummy Mummies live comedy …

Around Dulwich – November news!

Well, hello there November! As we wash our hands clean of Halloween face paints for another year and finish the last batch of pumpkin soup, fireworks begin to light up our skies ready for Bonfire night. The Lambeth Fireworks at Brockwell Park (3 November) promises not one, but two dazzling fireworks displays! There will also be street food traders and a family fun fair to add to the excitement. Dulwich Sports Club invites you to their family firework display (3 November) and a new and improved layout will mean more food and beverage stalls than ever before! Southwark Council is delivering its fifteenth pyrotechnic extravaganza in Southwark Park to mark Fireworks Night this year (5 November). The display is free to residents and one of few fireworks events in the capital to fall on the very night Guy Fawkes was discovered guarding explosives beneath parliament. Our high street also begins to sparkle, as festive cheer takes over from mid-November. At the St. Barnabus Christmas Bazaar (17 November) there’s an opportunity to start your Christmas shopping …

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 …