Find out more about events in Burgess Park.
Almost one hundred years ago, on October 19 1917, a Zeppelin bomb landed in Calmington Road, Southwark killing 10 people, injuring 24 and demolished a fish and chip shop, doctor’s surgery and houses. The Friends of Burgess Park project “Zeppelin 1917” will uncover the stories of local heroes and piece together the dramatic raid right over what is now Burgess Park.
Discover the fascinating story of World War One’s final London Zeppelin raid right over the streets that became Burgess Park. Be part of the October season of events — walks, talks and shows remembering the catastrophic raid of 100 years ago.
Exhibition – each Sat in Oct, 1–5pm, and Thurs 26, Fri 27 Oct, 1-5:30pm
Fun Palaces – Sat 7 October, 1–4pm. Eventbrite booking.
Talk by Zeppelin expert Ian Castle, Sat 7 Oct, 4pm. Eventbrite.
Talk by author Stephen Bourne Sat 14 Oct, 2pm. Eventbrite.
1917 Knees Up! Pub quiz from Mike Raffone and singalong Mister Meredith Sat 14 Oct at 7.30pm. Eventbrite.
Animated Walk of the Zeppelin Raid Sat 21 Oct 7.30pm. Eventbrite.
Scratch Night of Hidden Heroes from the home front, presented by Theatre Delicatessen. Sat 21 Oct, 7.30pm. Eventbrite.
Family events – Thurs 26 Oct at Theatre Delicatessen, Old Library, Wells Way: 2–3pm stories and songs for children under 8 with Vanessa Woolf, 3–5pm workshop with Art in the Park. Fri 27 Oct at First Place Nursery, Chumleigh Gardens: 11am –12 noon stories and songs for children under 8 with Vanessa Woolf. Fri 27 Oct at Theatre Delicatessen 2:30–4pm object handling with Cuming Museum – just drop in.
Sculpture by Keith Roberts – installed 19 Sep, Chumleigh Gardens.
Full details on the Zeppelin 1917 events listing page.
Southwark News reported on the FOBP Zeppelin 1917 project.
Exploring the nighttime —
The darkness of night is essential for our wildlife and equally important for people. Through “Into the Night” Friends of Burgess Park are exploring the night time. We are holding events about bats, the stars and watching films about space. In London we have a lot of electric light which means we never experience real darkness. “Into the Night” will invite people to come into Burgess Park and find out more about the park at night time.
Friends of Burgess Park Meetings
First Tuesday of each month
All welcome from 7-9 pm
Burgess Park Community Sports Centre, 106 Cobourg Road, SE5 0JV.
Bridge to Nowhere history project
The Bridge to Nowhere heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund involved loads of people to learn more about the history and heritage of Burgess Park. The project included the Wells Way underpass artwork – a reminder of the main feature of the area which lead to the creation of the park – the Grand Surrey Canal. And we have launched the new Burgess Park Heritage Trail. Look out for the blue plaques around the park.