Rotherhithe Festival 2002
Surrey Quays Shopping Centre

Southwark Council Area Forum
Decathlon Sports and Leisure Megastore


Sunday July 14 11:30 am to 5:00 pm

Opening Ceremony at 11:30 am at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre by the Mayor of Southwark

FREE Buses around the peninsula with guides on board
Visit local attractions FREE of charge

Southwark Park Gala
Opening Saturday 13th July.
See Local Press for details

Local Attractions:

Surrey Quays Shopping Centre Seven Islands Leisure Centre Surrey Docks Farm
Decathlon Youth Hostel Association St Mary's Church
The Pumphouse Lavender Pond Waterside Workshop Time and Talents
Rotherhithe Picture Library Watersport Centre Brunel Engine House
Parks Ranger Service The Finnish Church The Swedish Church
5-a-side Football Tournament Spice Island Area Forum Roadshow
Bubble Theatre The Norwegian Church  


Surrey Quays Shopping Centre Free Bus Stop 1 (return to attractions)

Open from 11am-5pm. Watch the Mayor open the festival here and enjoy a steel band, a fire juggler and musical entertainment. If you are feeling hungry drop in for a bite between visiting the many Festival attractions. There’s Burger King, Spudulike, Tchibo Coffee shop, Bhs restaurant and Mange Tout sandwich bar. Free Festival buses leave from the stops at the side of Tesco. Surrey Quays Shopping Centre Web Page

Watersport Centre Free Bus Stop 1 (return to attractions)

Surrey Quays Watersports Centre and Tideway Saleability offer Rotherhithe Festival Visitors both able bodied and disabled the chance to try their hand at sailing. So come aboard! Watersport Centre web page.

Surrey Docks Farm Free Bus Stop 2 (return to attractions)

_ Storytelling _ Arts activities in the Wild Wood or the Golden Jubilee Enchanted garden _ Blacksmithing demonstration in the farms forge _ Breadmaking - A celebration of multicultural traditions. Please bring your own loaves to share. Help knead dough, bake the bread and taste the results. Surrey Docks Farm Web Page

Parks Ranger Service Free Bus Stop 2 (return to attractions)

A 45 minute Heritage Healthy Walk will take place in Russia Dock Woodland, organised by qualified fitness walkers. We will be meeting at the Downtown Road entrance at 1400. See you there! N.B. your comfortable shoes.

The Pumphouse, Lavender Pond Free Bus Stop 3 (return to attractions)

The Pumphouse Educational Museum houses the Rotherhithe Heritage Museum, a collection from the foreshore of the River Thames dating from Roman times and telling the story of Rotherhithe and its people. The first floor holds 3 exhibitions, the 1950’s, The Blitz Room and artefacts from homes of the 20th Century. The second floor houses the six foot replica of the Queen Elizabeth II wedding cake, classroom and childrens’ reference library. The Museum also provides the Lavender Pond Nature Park with optional nature trail, resident swans and other water birds. The Pumphouse Web Page

Youth Hostel Association Free Bus Stop 4 (return to attractions)

Pop in for a visit to YHA Rotherhithe and discover what the YHA is like in the new millennium! Pick up a free membership application (subject to terms and conditions) to join the world’s largest budget accommodation network whilst enjoying a free hot drink. Discover somewhere to house the relatives when next they visit? Youth Hostel Association Web Page

5-a-side Football Tournament Free Bus Stop 4 (return to attractions)

Teams compete for the Canada Water Cup at Bacon’s College, Timber Pond Road, Rotherhithe. Ages 14-15 years. Kick-off at 12.30pm (registration 11.30 - noon).
Sponsors: Cup by Brockley & District Sunday Football League; Trophies & medals by Munich Events 72. Information from Brian Rose on 07811 549923.

Spice Island Free Bus Stop 4 (return to attractions)

Will be pleased to welcome all for a FREE coffee on production of the Festival Guide. Watch out for the new improved Spice Island, we are having a refurbishment to make you even more comfortable, whether you are dining/drinking or just having a coffee and taking in the spectacular river view. Service with a smile.

Rotherhithe Village Fete Free Bus Stops 5 or 6 (return to attractions)

Join the fun with stalls, bouncy castle, street performers and a fire engine to look over, or relax at the BBQ and beer tent.

Area Forum Roadshow Free Bus Stops 5 or 6 (return to attractions)

St, Mary’s Park, St. Marychurch Street. See special panel on right.

Saint Mary's Church and Churchyard Free Bus Stops 5 or 6 (return to attractions)

St Mary’s is the parish church in Old Rotherhithe and welcomes all visitors. There are daily services and you can enjoy organ recitals, plays, tours and bell ringing in this beautiful and historic building. Also games and stalls in the churchyard. Saint Mary's Church web page

Time & Talents Association Free Bus Stops 5 or 6 (return to attractions)

From its distinctive Centre housed in a former Mortuary in St. Mary’s Park the Time & Talents Association acts as a focus for community development in the area and runs a wide variety of activities and programmes for local people of all ages and backgrounds. These include older people’s groups, a parent, carer and toddler group, music, drama and fitness programmes. Call in to find out more. Time & Talents Web Page


Bermondsey & Rotherhithe Area Forum - Have your say

Come to the Rotherhithe Festival and have your say at the Area Forum!

What will be happening?


St. Mary’s Park,
St. Marychurch Street


Brunel Engine House Free Bus Stops 5 or 6 (return to attractions)

The Thames Tunnel is one of the world’s great engineering feats, and the oldest section of the oldest underground system in the world! Join in the storytelling, line dancing, a Victorian melodrama, or Love in a Tunnel, Sea Shanties and working songs by Skinners Rats. Children will dance traditional dances and design concrete sculptures for a Summer Playscheme. Non -stop entertainment. Brunel Engine House Web Page

Rotherhithe Picture Library and Sands Film Studio Free Bus Stops 5 or 6 (return to attractions)

Open House: The library houses a collection of visual reference materials classified by subjects: from Armchairs to Zebras…. Also in the library: Photographs from Old Rotherhithe and Docklands Sands Films studio is the home of many classic feature films such as Little Dorrit, and more recently: The Children’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, a film of Shakespeare’s play performed by children from Southwark. Film show at 2.15pm and 6.15pm Rotherhithe Picture Library Web Page

The Norwegian Church Free Bus Stops 5 or 6 (return to attractions)

Open House.

Waterside Workshops Free Bus Stops 5 or 6 (return to attractions)

The Jewellers, ceramicists and fashion designers will be opening their studios for the day (11am - 5pm). A chance to buy direct from designers and browse round the old Granary warehouse at 99, Rotherhithe Street (Thames Path - River fronted warehouse overlooking Tower Bridge).

Bubble Theatre Free Bus Stops 5 or 6 (return to attractions)

The New Bubble Youth Theatre perform their first production - two, twenty minute performances, based on Roald Dahl’s revolting rhymes.

Seven Island Leisure Centre Free Bus Stop 7 (return to attractions)

Free Fitness Workshops. Seven Islands web page.

The Swedish Church (open 3pm) Free Bus Stop 7 (return to attractions)

Situated next to the Lower Rd since 1905. Open from 3pm - 9pm with refreshments, coffee, tea and home-made bread. Swedish Church web page.

Decathlon Free Bus Stop 7 (return to attractions)

Call at Decathlon, Europe’s largest sports retailer for the following activities: * Cricket Training * Mini Tennis Tournament * Martial Arts demo’ * Fun Run * Golf - longest drive - adults * Golf - initiation for children * Kite Flying * Roller Hockey * Bike Workshop Decathlon web page


Free Festival 2002 Bus (return to attractions)

Festival buses start at 12 noon from Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, then about every 15 minutes until 5 pm.


  1. Surrey Quays Shopping Centre; also for Water Sports Centre
  2. Salter Road, Downtown Road for Surrey Docks Farm, Park Ranger Service
  3. Salter Road, Bywater Place for The Pumphouse, Lavender Pond
  4. Salter Road, Smith Close for Youth Hostel Association, Spice Island, Bacons College 5-a-side football
  5. Rotherhithe Station or
  6. Rotherhithe Tunnel for Rotherhithe Village Fete, Area Forum, Bubble Theatre, Brunel Engine House, Rotherhithe Picture Library, Waterside Workshops, St. Mary's Church, Time & Talents Centre, The Norwegian Church, The Finnish Church
  7. Canada Water bus stop "C" for Decathlon, Seven Islands Leisure Centre, The Swedish Church

Festival Guides by Southwark Pilgrims

In 1997 the Southwark Young Pilgrims project began at London Bridge to introduce Southwark school leavers to the world of work, and they are your Ambassadors to the borough for today. Southwark Heritage Association founded the course in partnership with the training providers Mayflower 1620 Ltd.

For further information telephone 020 8299 0470.

Other links:

Main Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks,
London SE16 Web Page

Main Rotherhithe page

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