As You Like It

As you Like It – Shakespeare – Chumleigh Gardens – Saturday 21 July.

We’re supporting this production by John Whelan and People’s Co. John led and developed the animated walk for Zeppelin 1917.

Tickets on Eventbrite:  £7/£5 plus booking fee.

As you like it

2018 Wildlife Events

 Sat 28 April Bird ID 9.30 by the lake. During June follow #30wilddays on twitter. July 21 4.30-6.00 Pond-dipping by the lake.

Unleash your wild side

Find out more about the wildlife in Burgess Park over the next few months.

Saturday 28 April – 9.30 to 11am Find us by the lake bridge and find out more about the water birds with an ID session. This is part of the international City Nature Count. Read about the wild birds we saw and counted.

All through June we doing #30DaysWild #wildaboutburgess part of the London Wildlife campaign. The perfect excuse to share your favourite photos @BurgessPk.

Saturday 21 July – 4.30 to 6pm Pond-dipping by the lake. Part of London’s National Park City Week.

Stag Beetle City Design Workshop

Saturday March 10, 2018, 1.30 – 4.30 pm
Glengall Wharf Garden, Peckham, SE15 6NF
What would Peckham look like if it was designed for people, and greater stag beetles? Come along to this workshop to experiment with drawing and modelling a new human-insect space for Surrey Canal Walk, while also learning about stag beetle lives. The event will be led by University of the Arts London MA student Kirsten Wehner and all materials are provided.

No design or making experience is necessary and everybody aged 9 – 99 is welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.The workshop is free, but numbers are limited. Please reserve a place or ask for further information by emailing Kirsten at

 Revised plans for the Burgess Park Community Sports Centre Jan 2018

New sports centre and pitches consultation

Thursday 11 January 2018, 4 -7pm
at Burgess Park Community Sports Centre, Cobourg Road, SE5 0JD

Southwark Council with match funding from Parklife Funding Partners (The FA, the Premier League and Sport England) are presenting draft design proposals for developing the community sports hub . Who will run the new facility? Will there be more fencing of sports’ fields? Will Cobourg Road and Neate Street be closed? What will the provision be for access to Cobourg School? Will there be through routes for pedestrians and cyclists? What about parking? Will  trees be cut down? Please come along and say what you think about the new plans.  Download a pdf of the latest plans. Email your comments to Southwark by 19 January 2018.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2018RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

Saturday 27 January, 2.00 – 3.00pm
Glengall Wharf Garden, SE15 6NF

Help with the FOBP bird count
FREE bird ID sheets, bird books, binoculars, hot drinks and quiz sheets. We’ll be outside, under the shelter, so wrap up warm.

Camberwell Arts week event
Art in the Park Open Studios

Chumleigh Gardens
2–3 December, 12–4pm


Graphic of Zeppelin over cityZeppelin 1917 

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.

people at the exhibition

Opening by Cllr Situ on Saturday 7th October.

Image of streets and shadow of Zeppelin
Zeppelin 1917 events 7 to 28 October

Exhibition – each Sat in Oct, 1–5:30pm, and Thurs 26, Fri 27 Oct, 1-5:30pm; at Theatre Delicatessen, Old Library, Wells Way; no booking required.
Fun Palaces – Sat 7 October, 1–3pm.  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 2-4pm. 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 7 and under with Vanessa Woolf, 3–5pm workshop with Art in the Park – just drop in..
Fri 27 Oct at First Place Nursery, Chumleigh Gardens: 11am – 12 noon stories and songs for children 7 and under 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.
New memorial – Meet the artist Sally Hogarth Sat 21 Oct, 4.30 – 5.30pm; details in the exhibition.
Poetry, letters, short stories – 12–24 years, Sat 28 Oct, 1 – 3 pm at Theatre Delicatessen
Full details on the Zeppelin 1917 events listing page.

Southwark News reported on the FOBP Zeppelin 1917 project.Southwark News 31 August 2017 story on Zeppelin 1917

Find out more about what is being planned for Zeppelin 1917.

Half term events
Half term events

Fun Palaces family event Saturday 7 October 1–3pm

Flying Designing – The Fun Palace workshops with everyday materials that show some scientific principles. Three FREE drop-in family workshops take part in one or have a go at all three. Children must be accompanied by parent/carer at all times. Something for all ages. A Fun Palaces event everyone an artist everyone a scientist.

child with flying machine design
Flying machine design

Talk by Zeppelin expert – Saturday 7th October, 4pm
At Theatre Delicatessen, Old Library, Wells Way, SE5 0PX. Please book on Eventbrite

The Silent Raid – Zeppelin expert Ian Castle is a specialist on Germany’s Zeppelin raids on Britain and a published author on the subject. This talk for FOBP’s ‘Zeppelin 1917’ project will explore in detail the raid of 19th October 1917, the last great Zeppelin raid of the war, and will highlight its significance to South London where a single bomb on Camberwell had a devastating impact on the local community.

Talk by the author of Black Poppies – Saturday 14th October, 2pm
At Theatre Delicatessen, Old Library, Wells Way, SE5 0PX. Please book for this on Eventbrite.

A talk by Stephen Bourne, author of Black Poppies, on the black community and the Great War. Part of Black History Month.

A 1917 Knees Up! Saturday 14th October, at 7.30pm
At Theatre Delicatessen, Old Library, Wells Way, SE5 0PX. Please book on Eventbrite

Learn all about life in 1917 with a pub quiz from quizmaster extraordinaire Mike Raffone and a proper singalong from Mister Meredith.

Find out more about events 7-28 October. 

Volunteering roles: Pdf  Doc

First World War Centenary Project led by the Imperial War Museum logo
 Funding raised by the National Lottery and awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Into the Night

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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, talks about the stars and films about space. In London we have a lot of electric light all the time which means we never really experience real darkness. “Into the Night” will invite people to come into Burgess Park and find out more about the park at night time.



Thurs 28 September Learn more about the night sky above Burgess Park.

The evening will begin with a short talk inside Chumleigh Gardens, followed by practical observations and stargazing. This is a beginner’s guide to the night sky.

On the 28 September, with a clear night sky, we should be able to see Saturn and the Summer Triangle. Please bring binoculars if you have them. We will climb the slope in Burgess Park (behind children’s playground) for the stargazing, please wear suitable shoes.

The event is organised by FOBP and we have invited Dr Martin Heath to lead the event.

Dr Heath and his co-worker Dr Laurance Doyle of the SETI Institute collaborate through the Ecospheres Project to investigate what combinations of stars and planets are most friendly for complex life.

Wall E  free open air film

Friday 8 September  

Children’s workshop 6.45pm and film 7.30pm, Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival

Wall E poster

Despite heavy rain earlier about 100 people came.

Bring your own chair or rug along with a picnic and enjoy this family film.
The film will be screened on the grass slope facing the lake in Burgess Park.

WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely.  94 minutes suitable for children – U rating .


Forty people came to the Bat Walk on Saturday 19 August.  Huma Pearce, Ecologist, Mostly Bats, led the bat walk giving a vivid insight into the different types of bats and helping to identify them with bat detectors. Huma also set up bat traps and we were able to see a tiny Pipistrelle. Huma is also undertaking a bat survey of Burgess Park, part of a bigger survey across London.


flower garden photo
Tuesday 4 July, 7-9 pm
Summer BBQ at Glengall Wharf Garden
SE15 6NF. Entrance off Surrey Canal Walk 

You’re invited to the FOBP summer BBQ 
Enjoy a summer’s evening at the beautiful Glengall Wharf Garden.

  • Try some tasty salad from Glengall Wharf Garden with
  • Vegetarian and non-veggie BBQ
  • Summer drinks with herbs from the garden
  • Informal conversations about local community activity

People’s Company from Scratch






Sunday, 28 May, 7-9 pm
at the Old Library, Wells Way, Burgess Park

Join People’s Company – a local Southwark-based experimental theatre group – in an improvised journey through language, words and their meanings, real or not real. Hosted by Theatre Delicatessen.

Find out more and buy tickets


Growfest 2017 for Southwark gardenersSaturday, 6 May, 11 am – 4 pm

Glengall Wharf Garden (Burgess Park Food Project)
64 Glengall Rd SE15 6NF, are holding Growfest, a celebration of growing, gardening and the green community in Southwark to bring people together to generate interest in permaculture, wildlife gardening, beekeeping, composting, food growing and more … Gardeners’ Question Time, workshops, talks, seed giveaway, raffle, fun,  food, activities for all ages.

Wild By Nature – spring events

Fox Fun Breakfast

Saturday 13 May 5.30am to 8.00am – £5 refundable.
Adults and 12+

fox face painted on plywood in Burgess Park

Early morning fox watching will take place at Glengall Wharf Garden with a talk on foxes by Sylvia Myles, London Wildlife Trust. Followed by continental breakfast.

Foxes are most active at night, by 6.30am they will be making their way back home. By mid-May the cubs will be old enough to come out and meet their parents, so with luck and patience we may see them playing together. Glengall Road entrance will be open from 5.30am. Please enter quietly. The gate will be shut at 6.10am to avoid latecomers disturbing the foxes.

Booking essential £5  refundable 

Book Fun Fox Breakfast here  £5 refundable; 90p booking fee non-refundable.

Three events for spring in Burgess Park

Previous Events 

Lake Life: discover the amazing wildlife that lives in Burgess Park Lake

Examining water sample with a magnifyer
Looking for lake life
Saturday, 8 April 2017, 11:00am – 12:30pm

drawing of a dragonfly

London Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Burgess Park drop-in family friendly event.

We found amazing creatures above and below the water in Burgess Park Lake. We used nets and trays  to sample the water and examined insect life through magnifyers. We found damselflies and dragonfly nymphs living in the water which will turn onto the adults during the summer.  These are one of the six indicator species of Burgess Park.

London Wildlife Trust undertake a survey of lake insect life.
London Wildlife Trust undertake a survey of lake insect life.

Earth Hour at 8:30 pm on Saturday March 25.

Learn more about the stars, night life and light pollution.
Learn more about the stars, night life and light pollution.

View the night sky with Valentine Seymour and Alice Sheppard from University College London. Celebrate “Earth Hour” and measure light pollution. Take part in Citizen Science recording the night sky.


Burgess Park Earth Hour leaflet 

banner for Earth Hour 2017

Earth Hour
Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action.

Find out more about Earth Hour.