All posts tagged: round up

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 – 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 …