2018 festival

free  programme for 2018

22-26  NOVEMBER  2018

Thursday 22 November – Lantern procession for all
5.00 pm departs Mayflower Park, Lagado Mews
6.00 pm arrives St Peter’s and the Guardian Angels church, King’s Stairs Gardens SE16, where there will be refreshments
7.30 pm free Illuminate Rotherhithe variety show in St Peter’s Church


Previously billed as the ‘Mystery Object Group’, we regularly invite local artists and writers to Canada Water Library to respond to items from the Cuming Museum and other objects of local historical interest. Last year, we visited the Rotherhithe Picture Research Library and learned about tinware ceramics – you can see the results on the Southwark Heritage blog.

As part of this year’s Illuminate Rotherhithe we are looking at scrimshaw (as illustrated on the poster) and the history of whaling in the area.

Exhibition of 16th-17th century mudlark finds of Thames Larker in Rotherhithe Picture Research Library

2018 past events:

19th September: Big Bottle Count. Londoners collectively use a BILLION single-use disposable plastic bottles each year. Many of these end up in the River Thames and flow out to the ocean

This year the Big Bottle Count came to Rotherhithe with Thames 21 and Tideway for IR 2018  https://twitter.com/RotherhitheGull

30th September : The Measuring Of The Mayflower – Kings Stairs Gardens SE16. This free family event run by London Bubble for the Charting the Mayflower Project explored how 133 people, plus provisions and livestock fitted on board the Mayflower in 1620

September/October: free school assemblies for seven local schools on the subject of Language and Migration with the Museum in Docklands

October/ November: free foreshore history walks for local schools with local mudlark Thames Larker, see above

October/ November free lantern-making workshops at local venues run by London Bubble in preparation for the lantern procession starting 5.00 pm Mayflower Park, Lagado Mews on 22nd November 2018

Week of October 15th: Free ceilidh workshops for seven local schools with The Ceilidh Tree band

9th  November Schools’ Grand Ceilidh with The Ceilidh Tree band for 500 children from seven local schools at the Decathlon store meanwhile space made available by Sellar property group

March to November:  Surrey Docks Farm and Stave Hill Ecological Park Pilgrim Food Project

September/October Bizzie Bodies : ‘The River’s Tale poem project


Header image: Rotherhithe Seagulls