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 at Through the Trees on Zenoria Street where I can never resist buying something! This time, it was a white cotton summer dress with POCKETS that caught my eye. I also fell in love with a watermelon bowl in Pearspring that I didn’t buy, but I have been obsessing over ever since so it’s now top of my birthday list (27th August in case my husband is reading this…)

Swimming with Men, starring Rob Brydon, was playing at the East Dulwich Picturehouse and tells the real-life story of Eric, who is suffering a mid-life crisis and finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team. This feel-good film was shot on location in Forest Hill and Dulwich with many of the swimming pool scenes filmed in JAGS Sports Club. If you manage to see it, you may recognise a few familiar streets including Rosendale Road, Canonbie Road and Ringmore Rise! I really enjoyed it and will be continuing my ‘Monday at the Movies’ theme when I go back to see Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again when it’s released. I am hoping this film, set on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi, will get me in the mood for my own Greek island holiday this summer… even though the film was actually shot in Croatia!

This month, Dulwich plays host to Wild Child (17-19 August) – a new Children’s Festival designed by parents especially for 0-11 year-olds. With an emphasis on arts, creative play, wellbeing and STEAM activities Wild Child provides a fun-filled day out to entertain the whole tribe.

Bell House have some exciting events lined up for you in September, including a harpsichord recital (14 Sept) with local musicians, Dulwich Quilters Exhibition (15-16 Sept), and if you have ever thought about setting up a vineyard in your own back garden, then The Urban Vineyard event with Paul Olding (28 Sept) is a must. Is it possible to grow grapes and make drinkable wine in south-east London? Apparently so!

Sign me up.

As always, details of all local news, events and ticket information can be found on our events page and on Instagram @arounddulwich.

This article first appeared in the August 2018 issue of SE22 magazine.