All posts tagged: round up

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 – 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 …

Around Dulwich – May news!

May is a fantastic time to live in and around Dulwich. After a shaky start, it seems spring has finally sprung and Instagram is brimming with sunny terraces, alfresco dining, and ice-cold glasses of #rosé! Not that the weather could ever stop me from enjoying the latter… The annual Dulwich Festival will run from 11th – 20th May this year and celebrates the very best our area has to offer! The jam-packed Festival programme includes artists’ open house weekends (12-13 May), street art walks (13 May), talks, food trails, music, and the popular festival fairs (13 and 20 May). This year’s Food Trail features a truly mouth-watering array of scrumptious offerings from some of the best restaurants and cafés in the area. Platform 1 restaurant on Lordship Lane will be offering walk-in wine flights for £15 per person with a wine list that focuses on rare and indigenous varieties. I’ve been on a wine flight with Platform 1 before and can highly recommend it. Other highlights for me include the Havelock Walk May Open Studios …

Around Dulwich – November news

Halloween costumes have been put away and pumpkins have been recycled into soup, risottos, and pies, or just left outside to rot in the garden. The kids have returned to school for the autumn term and local shop windows are already starting to look festive. However, there is still much to do in and around Dulwich before we dive fizz-first into the silly season! The annual family fireworks display at Dulwich Sports Club on Saturday 4th November is guaranteed to light up your dark November nights. This year promises more food and beverage stalls than ever before including a bonfire, mulled wine, real ale, BBQ, and kids bar. Arrive early to get a good spot – and that’s just for parking! Later this same night, Plosive launches a brand new comedy night at The MCT at Alleyn’s featuring big-name headliners and handpicked favourites from the alternative circuit. Village Books have a number of inspiring events lined up again this month. On Sunday 5th, Newsnight presenter Evan Davis shares his thoughts on ‘Why we have reached Peak Bullshit …