All posts tagged: round up

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 …

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 …