Midday on Sunday 18 June will see an ambitious street party hosted by Bankside Open Spaces Trust and made possible with the support from local business and residents. Free entry for all!
In light of recent terrorist attacks in nearby London Bridge and Borough Market, we remain inspired by the late Jo Cox and The Great Get Together Bankside street party hopes you will come and share in what matters, to bring our communities closer together.
The streets will be filled with colour, laughter, music and theatre, not forgetting a feast of food and delicious drinks.
Union Street, Flat Iron Square, Redcross Way, Crossbones and Redcross Gardens will have special treats in store, celebrating the multi-cultural and creative heritage of our city, a summer of love party for the young and old. The festivities will set pulses racing and mouths watering.
Everyone is welcome to come along and have some fun!
Bankside Open Spaces Trust is a registered charity set up in 2000 by local people with an aim to improve the area, making it greener and a more beautiful place to live and work. Since then it has helped to create and look after over 45 individual parks and gardens in a relatively small area of built-up central London, following the river along from Waterloo in the West to London Bridge in the East.
Superglad has been promoting live music in SE1 for over a decade. Run by the same team that established The Gladstone Arms in Lant Street as the home of live music in Borough, while cutting their teeth at the now legendary Moon Music Orchestra events. Danny Decourtelle has programmed not one but four music stages, blending, classical, world music, folk, blues, country, funk and ska.
The Pandemonium Drummers, originally put together for Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will open the day. Performances will include Alda Dizdari and The Purcell Academy, Sisika, Maria Wade, James McArthur & The Head Gardeners, Steve & Ben Somers Country Band, The Nominees and Brothers Ignatius Ska Band.
Crazy Science Stupid Magic Award winning and one of the hottest new comedy nights in London, “Crazy Science Stupid Magic” has uprooted from its usual home at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon to curate an evening of must-see acts especially for us. Expect a panoply of performers doing stand-up, sketch and character comedy all previewing their fresh material ready for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Great Get Together Barkside is open to dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes. To register, simply turn up at ‘the Barkside’ stall and register your dog from 1pm. There are five categories your canine companion can compete in, starting at 2pm and finishing at 3.30pm with the winner of all winners named as ‘the Best in Bankside’ and taking home a hamper of human and canine goodies kindly donated to us from Burns Pet Food and Hiro+Wolf. We are proud to have Anna Webb, co-presenter of BBC Radio London’s ‘the Barking Hour’ as our celebrity judge of the day. With thanks to All Dogs Matter, Darling Dog Company, Doodles by Dishwashee, Fetch and Follow and Lily's Kitchen.
With the support of Transport for London, Bankside Open Spaces Trust is working with the Friends of Crossbones to transform this special place from graveyard to garden. Drop by and visit, learn some of the history or find out about our plans for a future memorial garden. Most of all enjoy it as our quiet space for the day.
From 2pm - 5pm John Constable, author of ‘The Southwark Mysteries’ and Friends of Crossbones founder, will be 'in residence' with Katy Nicholls to tell the strange but true story of Crossbones Graveyard.
A wonderful feast of food and delicious drinks will be on offer throughout the day, from Corsica Studios, Tom’s Feast, CARAVAN, Sweet & Chilli, Mint St Jerk, Bompas & Parr and many others.
Pre-booking essential. Tickets £35, click here.
Enjoy a delicious feast from acclaimed eco-chef, Tom Hunt, whose food is inspired by his travels around
the world, and adapted for an English kitchen, utilising
local ingredients. His team will serve up the folloing mouthwatering meal specially chosen for the day:
Slow roast short rib dexter, balsamic modena
Vegetarian - asparagus and Kalamata Spanakopita
Smashed fennel, cucumber, mint, walnuts, dates
Portuguese 'punched' potatoes with lemon and coriander
Lots of leaves, flowers, olive oil
Wholemeal sourdough, butter
Gin strawberries, cream, roses
Relax and enjoy our garden fete, kick-back in your deckchair sipping cocktails with Bompas and Parr, or try delicious wine and listen to acoustic sounds floating in the background.
Get your gut flora ready for a bar uniting the joys of the village fete coconut shy with the exuberant pleasures of the Rococo age.
This taditional dance heralding the arrival of summer returns to Redcross. Don't miss the dancing at 1pm and 3.30pm.
From Alda Dizdari, Maria Wade, Leo Aram Downs, Sisika, Dan Orcese, and David Price.
With guest judges: St JOHN Bakery, Maid of Gingerbread, Lily Vanilli and Mary from Mary Lou Cakes.
Winners announced at 3.45pm for:
Drop off your produce from 11.30am.
Jump around on the bouncy castle till you just can’t bounce anymore. Get your face painted and become a tiger and all together shout he’s behind you at the Punch & Judy Show!
Third Thought Theatre perform ‘The Dark and the Light’ by Helen Garner. Plus an exciting arrangement of world music from local Southwark residents. During the day join the Pandemonium Drummers for their fantastic drumming workshop. Then explore and seek out the wonderful treasures hiding in the vintage flea market.
The weird and wonderful 'Gentlemen Baristas Wacky Races' is coming to town! Channel your inner Dick Dastardly, Peter Perfect or even Penelope Pitstop for a splendiferously fun-filled afternoon.
So who can run the fastest with an egg and spoon? Bounce furthest on a space hopper? Can you motor down the course in a sack? Only time will tell...
If you're interested register your team name at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bragging rights in SE1 are at stake!
WARNING there will be flippers. Enter at your peril (first aid nurses will be on hand).
Enjoy performances of Irish dance from this fun and friendly local dance school.
You will be inspired by this group of older singers from Blackfriars Settlement who are buzzing with life, fun and laughter.
Come along at 3.30pm to cheer the winners from our bake off and bark offs, not to mention those who have survived our Wacky Races as they collect their prizes!
Silverfit is a charity aimed at encouraging wellbeing and fitness for over 45s – promoting happier, healthier ageing. Come join in – regardless of ability or background.
This local choir group will serenade one and all from 4pm.
Highlighting the work of the Migration Museum Project www.migrationmuseum.org, a speech by Shakespeare from the play ‘Sir Thomas More’, addressing the rioters who protested against immigrants in London 500 years ago. These extracts will be reprised by Bill Bingham.
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While preparations are well advanced we are still looking for enthusiastic volunteers both in advance and on the day to help make this a roaring success. If you would like to be involved as a resident or a business please get in touch at email@example.com
If you can help support The Great Get Together Bankside and make a difference with a donation text “BOST17 £5” to 70070. You can make a further donation at: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/bankside-openspacestrust/gettogether.
A big thank you to all our sponsors:
All Dogs Matter
Bankside Residents’ Forum
Bank of America Meryll Lynch
Bompas & Parr
Boot and Flogger
Burns Pet Food
Coin Street Community Builders
Crazy Science Stupid Magic
Darling Dog Company
Doodles by Dishwashee
Fetch and Follow
Flat Iron Square
Hattingley Valley Wines
Hiro + Wolf
Migration Museum Project
Surrey Docks Farm
UK Specialist Ambulance
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