Bermondsey Summer Fete

Bermondsey Summer Fete 2016

Bermondsey Summer Fete 2016

Bermondsey Summer Fete 2016

The Bermondsey Summer Fete 2016 is the second edition of last year popular event. The Fete is organised by Grosvenor and The Blue Bermondsey BID.

The location has changed this year and the former Southwark and Lewisham college site will be the site where to enjoy  family activities and the live music on the Bermondsey Folk Festival stage on its final day with an incredible line up of folk music artists playing live from 12 noon.

The Summer Fete last year at the Biscuit Factory

The Summer Fete last year at the Biscuit Factory

Fun in the old fashion way

Ferris Wheel (only for illustration)

Ferris Wheel (only for illustration)

The Summer Fair attracted over 1,000 visitors last year who came and enjoyed an old fashioned Helter Skelter ride, petting farm, live music acts and much more. One of the most popular attractions last year was the Helter Skelter ride. Unfortunately, it won’t be returning this year though there is no need to despair as there will be a Ferris wheel instead along with other  entertainment, petting farm, coconut shy and swing boats.

Kids will be have a great time with Face Painting with City Hope Church, Craft and Flower based activities with The Big Local and the fantastic company of farm animals.

Yet this is a community event and the Summer Fete is also a chance to get to know the community work of City Hope Chuch, Southwark Works, The Blue Bermondsey and tenant associations in the area.

Bells and Sons Stall in the Summer Fete

Food and drink

The perfect day out needs to be complemented with nice food and drinks places to go and it won’t be less during the Bermondsey Summer Fete

There will a few stalls selling drinks and food including delicatessen products and a BBQ run by Bells and Sons from the Blue Anchor Market .

The Peek Frean Museum at the Biscuit Factory

Guided tours of the Peek Freans Museum

Unknown to many, the Peek Frean Museum was once based in the Pump House in Rotherhithe until the council gave volunteers no other option but to move it to due to the lack of funding.

Most of its content was relocated within the Biscuit Factory which seemed as the perfect home for it and it’s maintained with the effort of a few volunteers who has family and work links with the old biscuit factory.

The Summer Fete is an opportunity to learn more about it. There will be tours of the Biscuit Factory museum at intervals throughout the day from Gary Magold.

  Read more about The Peek Freans history

Meet the locals

The Bermonsey Summer Fete is, above all, the perfect excuse to socialise with your neighbours. Whether you live in Bermondsey, Rotherhithe or beyond, everyone is welcome and all the events area free. Grosvenor representatives will be on site talking about their Belong In Bermondsey project so why not ask how to get involved.

Getting there

Buses: 47, 188, 381, C10, P12 stops nearby

Bermondsey tube station within 10 minutes walk

Free parking on Sunday (though we always recommend public transport)



Bermondsey Summer Fete 2016 posters

Bermondsey Summer Fete 2016

The organisers

The Blue Bermondsey   @bluebermondsey   thebluebermondsey

The origins of the Blue Bermondsey BID began with the work of voluntary representatives from local business who got together in the early 1990s as the Blue Market Traders Forum an informal group who continually lobbied local Councillors and Southwark Council on behalf of local businesses to improve the area, which had become run down and lacking investment. These pioneering efforts got the ball rolling, with the Market place getting a facelift and many small community events being established.

he BBBA BID Steering Group was constituted in autumn 2012 to develope the BID proposal and in June 2014 the ballot campaign followed asking eligible businesses to vote yes or no to the proposals. The result was announced on 4th July 2014 with 89% of voting in favour of the BID term for five years until October 2019

Over the last four centuries, Grosvenor has guided the evolution of some of the most celebrated urban neighbourhoods including Belgravia, Mayfair, and the city centre of Liverpool. The company has plans to develop the former Lewisham and Southwark College campus and the Biscuit Factory, two special sites, and create a new part of the neighbourhood that feels both stimulating and rooted.

Grosvenor have spent a lot of time out and about talking to residents, community groups and organisations as well as engaging in community programmes. They fully support the Bermondsey Folk Festival as well as Drumming Growing and other projects with the local community at heart.

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