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There are lots of things going on locally around us and many of these things are free.

Remember that school children travel free on London's buses and trains so a day out can be a really exciting, but a very cheap event.


Your updates

Could you volunteer as a reading champion for a few hours a week in July and August to support this year's summer reading challenge in our libraries?
Are you passionate about crime fiction? Come to a crime reading group on 16 June at Lewisham Library and chat to others to find out whodunnit
Can't make it to your library today? Try out our online eLibrary and see the huge range of eBooks, magazines, audiobooks and newspapers available at your fingertips
Make a great first impression with potential employers and learn to write a good CV at a drop-in workshop on Tuesdays at Lewisham Library
Get down to Deptford Lounge for free family films every Saturday

What's on

Enjoy the best music, poetry and visual art Catford has to offer at St John's Festival of the Arts on from 16–24 June
Enjoy a free concert on 17 June where the Blackheath Women's Choir will entertain you with classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra and ABBA
Tippity tap your way to Brockley between 19 June and 7 July to see a production of Richard Harris' comedy Stepping Out
Find out who will be top dog at the Beckenham Place Park dog show on 23 June – why not enter your own four-legged friend?

Children and family

Take your family to Sydenham Hill Wood on 16 June to learn about trees, make things with woodland materials and hear about the wood's mysterious history
Families: come for a free lark in the park on 30 June in Sydenham, with live music and craft beer for grown-ups plus activities like face-painting and soft play for the kids
Fore! Don't be putt off going to Forest Hill for family-friendly crazy golf this summer

Other updates

Win a pair of tickets to see spectacular feats of circus skills combined with music and dance on the South Bank – enter by 17 June
Do you want to see more trees in your neighbourhood? Apply by 18 June for a community tree-planting grant
Are you passionate about English Heritage sites? Come to a volunteer recruitment day at Ranger's House in Blackheath on 19 June

Win tickets to an epic show at Tate Modern, which explores the undocumented story of Africans serving in the First World War – enter by 24 June

Remember loved ones at the annual memorial service at Hither Green Crematorium on 1 July
If you're pregnant or have a child under four and are on a limited budget you and your family may qualify for healthy food vouchers
Children under four and people who are pregnant, or have recently given birth, can get free multivitamins including vitamin D if they live in the borough
Are you involved in community-led cultural activities? Apply now for up to £5,000 of funding for your arts, culture or heritage project
If you live, work or study in Lewisham, you can hire a bike for a month for only £10 – helmet, bike lock and hi-vis vest included

Local Cycling Events

London Cycle Campaign (LCC) will be providing free group rides for adults on behalf of Lewisham Council. All rides will be at a gentle pace with very little in the way of hills to worry about! Cycling into Central London along Quietway 1  is a lot easier, safer and quicker than you may think!! If you don’t have your own bike or currently have one on loan from the cycle loan scheme contact LCC before you book a ride and request to borrow one of the Lewisham Council pool bikes for the duration of the ride.


LCC Ride Dates and online booking –


Wed 27 June - Ladywell to the Thames Barrier!


Sat 7 July - Ladywell to the Thames Barrier!


Wed 11 July - Ladywell to Waterloo – Quietway 1


Sat 4 August - Ladywell to Waterloo – Quietway 1


Wed 29 Aug - Ladywell to the Thames Barrier!


Wed 5 September – Ladywell to the Thames Barrier!


LCC website


For families LewishamCyclists (local cycling enthusiast group) are currently offering the following rides –


Sat 7 July - Lewisham Cyclists – Family Ride First Saturdays


Sat 4 August - Lewisham Cyclists – Family Ride First Saturdays


Sat 4 August - Lewisham Cyclists – Family Ride First Saturdays


Sat 8 September - Lewisham Cyclists – Family Ride First Saturdays

Horniman museum in Forest Hill is an amazing local resource.  There is always a lot going on and lots of events are laid on specifically for children at weekends and during the holidays.

Click the picture beloto find out what is going on there right now!  

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There's always lots of things going on in Lewisham for children.

Click the picture to see what's going on in Lewisham for children and young people now!

Crystal Palace Park is a great place to go on a sunny day - or even one that's not sunny!  There is a lot to do there, including seeing the amazing dinosaurs ad going to the children's farm.  Click the picture below for more information including where it is and how to get there easily.


There's always things going on at The Bridge leisure centre.  This is a great place for holiday and weekend activities.  Click the picture to explore!


For more ideas of things to do nearby check out the link below:

Giggles Kids club provide after school care at Elfrida and they also run holiday clubs at our partner school, Athelney.  

To register your child or to find out more please call 07949 662268 or 020 8852 4399.