Bermondsey Carnival

Come and explore the Create and Play zone

Alongside the amazing bandstand stage we have our inspiring programme ‘Create and Play’ for young people and families.  This year we will be working alongside a variety of talented artists, performers and designers many who are Southwark-based, providing hands-on creative sessions, storytelling, dance and performing arts workshops and a foraging adventure across Southwark Park. 

Workshops are all free and designed to encourage creativity and movement, and develop skills.  There’s no need to book some workshops are drop-in throughout the day, others have specific start times.  Please check the schedule below or speak to a volunteer on the day for details.

Nest box for Birdy Birds: Mask Time with Café Gallery Projects CGP London                                                                        

Come along and enjoy a free drop-in art workshop led by artist Alexa Lowe, open to all ages and inspired by the nest box commission in Southwark Park by Alec Finlay. You will make your own bird masks based on the birds that inhabit the park and join a bird parade in your creations to some of the nest boxes. Drop in to the workshop any time during the day.  The parade is scheduled to depart from the Create & Play area at 3pm.

Alexa Lowe is an artist interested in the process of mark making with a range of materials and methods and works with different community groups to encourage and further develop creative expression for all.

Crafty Beasts Making Workshops with Time & Talents

Learn some crafting and arty stuff together with our Time & Talents’ elders in a cheery intergenerational group, bringing together ages 7 to 107.  A great way to explore new arts and crafts and learn from our elders.  Drop-in throughout the day.

Totally Wild Foraging Adventure

Join Gavin Ireland for a family-friendly foraging adventure across Southwark Park.  Discover the wild, edible delicacies to be found growing on your doorstep.  Short foraging walks lasting approximately 20 to 30 minutes will run throughout the day.  Find Gavin in the Create & Play area at the times scheduled below:

  • 12.30pm
  • 1.30pm
  • 2.30pm
  • 3.30pm

Gavin Ireland is an author, wild food forager, and student of medicinal plants. Gavin has been foraging for most of his life and is now passing on his knowledge and experience as one of the team at Totally Wild UK.

Jumping Bean Stories and Rhyme Tent with Southwark Libraries

Storytelling sessions lasting 30 minutes each will run throughout the day, gather in the storytelling tent at the times scheduled below.

  • 12.15pm
  • 1.15pm                                                                                                                                                                             
  • 2.30pm
  • 3.30pm                                                                                                   
  • 4.30pm

Make Theatre with London Bubble Theatre

Turn yourself into a story gatherer, a story teller, a character creator or a history maker in the beautiful Bubble Yurt!  We will be running three groups of activities and you can choose to attend one or all based on your interest.  Drop in throughout the day from 12pm to 4pm. 

Charting the Mayflower - Participate in a friendly intergenerational theatre making activity and work with history enthusiasts and theatre artists. Learn how you can contribute to the project or simply volunteer occasionally.

Story Bubbles - Offer a story to one of our story gatherers and then collectively enact it around a story square.

I don’t do drama - You think drama is not for you?  Come build a character instead. Our Young Theatre Makers will lead an interactive session for people of all ages, and begin it with a pair of trainers.

SE16 Dance Tent hosted by The Movement Factory

Love dance? Come and take part in an exclusive range of free dance workshops led by award winning dance collective The Movement Factory.  All classes are suitable for children and young people, no previous dance experience necessary.

Dance Workshops (suitable for children aged 4 to 11 years old):

  • 12pm to 12.30pm Musical Mayhem - Musical Theatre
  • 12.30pm to 1.15pm  The Movement Factory - Street Dance
  • 1.15pm to 1.40pm Kenetika Bloco


  • 1.40pm to 2pm Kenetika Bloco
  • 2pm to 2.25pm Musical Mayhem - Musical Theatre
  • 2.25pm to 2.30pm Ellz and Sharnz
  • 2.30pm to 2.40pm Hazel
  • 2.40pm to 2.50pm The Mia Dancers
  • 2.50pm to 2.55pm Jerdy
  • 2.55pm to 3pm Ellie
  • 3pm to 3.05pm Gawz
  • 3.05pm to 3.10pm Double Twist Dance Company
  • 3.10pm to 3.30pm Southwark Gymnastics
  • 3.30pm to 3.40pm DHk Shortman
  • 3.40pm to 3.50pm Nathan Mills
  • 3.50pm to 4pm Prospects

Dance workshops 4pm to 5.30pm (suitable for children aged 12 years old and over):

  • 4pm to 4.45pm DHK Shortman - Dance Hall
  • 4.45pm to 5.30pm The Movement Factory - Street Dance

Page last updated: 05 July 2018