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Council appoints management for new local football ground

Published on 19 October 2016

Southwark Council

After a rigorous process, Southwark Council is happy to announce that Millwall Community Trust have been appointed to manage the new football ground at St Paul’s Sports Ground, Salter Road.

Free activities to celebrate National Fitness Day

People running on treadmills

Published on 7 September 2016

Leisure centres in Southwark are hosting a range of free activities today (7 September) as part of National Fitness Day.

Award winning documentary 'Waste Land' screens at Southwark’s Recycling Facility

Waste Land

Published on 6 September 2016

On Wednesday 7 September, Southwark’s Integrated Waste Management Facility will be screening 'Waste Land'.

Southwark announces fireworks night 2016


Published on 22 August 2016

Southwark Council is delighted to announce that its annual free fireworks extravaganza, now in its thirteenth year, will be back once again on Saturday 5 November at Southwark Park.

Southwark celebrates successful free swim and gym launch weekend

Cllr Masie Anderson

Published on 2 August 2016

Last weekend, Southwark became the first council in London to roll out a free swim and gym programme to all residents in a bid to tackle obesity and make it easier for people to get active.

Southwark Council pledges £10,000 to help get Peckham Lido project off the ground

Southwark Council

Published on 15 July 2016

Southwark Council has pledged £10,000 to help local campaigners bring a lido back to Peckham Rye.

Hotel Elephant finds permanent homes for artists and creatives

Hotel Elephant

Published on 9 June 2016

Hotel Elephant and Southwark Council are delighted to announce the launch of Spare Street – a new street dedicated to creative enterprise.

Southwark Poetry and Music festival announces exciting line-up

Rhyme and Reason

Published on 7 June 2016

This June, Southwark Council welcomes a whole host of familiar faces to perform in its biggest annual poetry and music festival yet.

Welcome to The Castle

The Castle Leisure Centre

Published on 20 May 2016

Today, (Friday 20 May) Cllr Peter John will officially open Elephant and Castle’s new leisure centre The Castle.

London invited to celebrate Peckham’s creative community this autumn

Southwark Council

Published on 19 May 2016

Peckham is emerging as the heart of London’s creative scene, attracting artists, musicians and performers from all over the city with its unique culture and vibrancy.

Castle Centre opens its doors

The Castle Leisure Centre

Published on 3 May 2016

This weekend the highly anticipated Castle Centre in the heart of Elephant and Castle, opened its doors for the very first time.

Opening date set for Castle Centre

Castle Entrance

Published on 22 April 2016

Southwark Council is excited to announce the Castle Centre will open its doors to the public at 7am on Saturday 30 April 2016, with the official family fun open weekend set for 21 and 22 May.

Southern Exposure Film Fund gives filmmakers of tomorrow a helping hand

Southern Exposure

Published on 29 February 2016

Budding producers, directors and screenwriters from Southwark and Lambeth have been offered a helping hand through the Southern Exposure Film Fund.

Southwark's John Harvard lecture to be given by Mayor Boris Johnson

The Old Vic

Published on 26 February 2016

Southwark Council is delighted to announce that this year’s John Harvard lecture will be given by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Essential improvement works for Seven Islands Leisure Centre

Southwark Council

Published on 23 February 2016

While we consult on the location of the new leisure centre at Canada Water, planned improvement works for the current centre at Seven Islands will help keep it in full working order.

Southwark Council is first in London to offer free swim and gym to all residents

People running on treadmills

Published on 10 February 2016

From this July all Southwark residents will be able to swim and use the gym for free at all Southwark leisure centres all day on Fridays and from 2pm on weekends.

The Castle Centre to open in April 2016

Castle Entrance

Published on 25 January 2016

Southwark Council have confirmed The Castle Centre is to open to the public in April this year.

Council appoints independent chair for Peckham heritage project

Claire Hegarty

Published on 20 January 2016

Southwark Council is pleased to announce it has appointed architect Claire Hegarty as the independent chair of a new partnership body aiming to conserve some of Peckham’s most historic buildings.

Southwark newborns to receive free books thanks to Dolly Parton

Imagination Library

Published on 15 January 2016

In a scheme for Southwark supported by the Dollywood Foundation and DialAFlight, children living in the borough born between December 2015 and December 2016 will be eligible for free books.

Tennis legend Greg Rusedski opens new courts at Southwark Park

Greg Rusedski at Southwark Park

Published on 9 November 2015

British tennis star Greg Rusedski, today (9 November), unveiled Southwark Council's brand new tennis courts at Southwark Park.

Southern Exposure Film Fund open for autumn 2015

Southern Exposure

Published on 25 September 2015

The Southern Exposure Film Fund (SEFF) is open for South London’s next generation of filmmakers.

London Premiere of 'Landfill Harmonic' at Southwark recycling site

Landfill Harmonic

Published on 10 September 2015

The Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility will host the London Premiere screening of the documentary film 'Landfill Harmonic' on 10 September.

Council set to complete Tate Modern investment with additional £1m

Southwark Council logo

Published on 9 September 2015

Southwark Council is set to pledge the final £1 million needed to secure the extension of the Tate Modern as part of its wider regeneration of the borough.

There’s no business like show business!

The Old Vic

Published on 8 September 2015

This Autumn, Southwark Council is teaming up with The Old Vic Theatre to give new opportunities to young people in the borough for them to gain an insight into the world of arts and culture.

Bermondsey Carnival welcomes it biggest ever crowd

Bermondsey Carnival 2015

Published on 7 July 2015

12,000 people attended Bermondsey Carnival on Saturday to see an array of performances at Southwark Park in the beautiful sunshine.

Southwark set for BMX glory in London Youth Games


Published on 22 May 2015

Competitions for this year’s London Youth Games are already well underway and next Sunday (31 May), Southwark are set to defend their BMX title after spectacularly storming to victory last year.

Southwark set for a sensational summer of family fun

Kinetica Bloco

Published on 6 May 2015

Southwark Presents has announced its jam packed programme of family fun for summer 2015.

Beatbox, juggle or dance your way through these Easter holidays

Easter events

Published on 27 March 2015

Southwark Council is offering a world of fun with a huge variety of free activities for kids and young people these Easter holidays.

Weighting for an extraordinary show?

Weighting performers

Published on 23 March 2015

This May, Southwark invites you to the premiere of Weighting.

Get drawn in with the Cuming Museum

St Anne

Published on 18 March 2015

Join artist Janetka Platun for a series of free drawing workshops at Peckham Library this Easter.

Put your best foot forward with free borough guide books


Published on 12 March 2015

Get more out of your walk with the free to download CoolWalks guide book, showcasing themed CoolWalks around Southwark highlighting a dynamic mix of topics.

Awardees announced for The Southern Exposure Film Fund 2015

•	Behind the scenes filming of Southern Exposure Film Fund entrant 'Beachcombers'

Published on 18 February 2015

Successful applicants of this year’s Southern Exposure Film Fund (SEFF) have been announced.

Got a New Year’s Resolution? We can help

Healthy lifestyles

Published on 9 January 2015

If your New Year's resolution is to get more active and lose weight, cut down your alcohol intake or quit smoking, Southwark Council can get you started with lots of opportunities to help.

Mayor of Southwark opens Plaza Latina

Plaza Latina

Published on 12 December 2014

This December, spice up your Christmas and come along to Plaza Latina; a unique Christmas market showcasing the best of Latin American culture for a very special festive experience.

Artworks showcases new tenants at Christmas event


Published on 8 December 2014

The Artworks, a temporary retail and creative business space in Elephant and Castle, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Christmas event to showcase its new offerings on 13 December.

Film and TV location hotspots part of new Film Office website

Borough Market

Published on 27 November 2014

Film fans and telly addicts can now get all the latest about the movies and TV shows being recorded right on their doorstep thanks to a new website devoted to local location news.

Another Day in Blackfriars

Another Day

Published on 16 October 2014

Come and celebrate Blackfriars with the fantastic promenade theatre production, Another Day, commissioned by Southwark Council.

Southern Exposure Film Fund opens for Autumn 2014

Southern Exposure

Published on 10 October 2014

South London’s next generation of filmmakers now have an amazing opportunity to bring their very own story to life now the Southern Exposure Film Fund (SEFF) is open.

Lights, Camera, Pedal! on Nunhead Green

Nunhead Green

Published on 11 September 2014

Come on down for the first ever event on the newly refurbished Nunhead Green this Friday 12 September and experience a bike-powered cinema.

The Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival begins

Silent films, Peckham Rye

Published on 5 September 2014

Forget about the cinema this September and check out the annual Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival.

Step into Wonderland this Saturday at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Published on 27 August 2014

Head down to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party this Saturday where you'll delight in an afternoon of delicious cakes, confectionary and storytelling.

10,000 attend The Elephant and The Nun 2014

The Elephant and The Nun 2014

Published on 18 August 2014

Last Saturday 10,000 people from all over the borough and London-wide attended The Elephant and The Nun at Southwark's Burgess Park.

School's out for summer but lots going on in Southwark

Summer Reading challenge results 2013

Published on 24 July 2014

There's a huge number of things to do in Southwark this summer, including activities such as Music Bus, London youth sports day, BMX coaching sessions and Y-volunteer placement opportunities.

Southwark Splash 2014 presents The Bloodless Giant

The Bloodless Giant

Published on 2 July 2014

Southwark Splash is an annual extravaganza filled with a fantastic variety of music, dance, poetry and animation.

Football's coming home – Fisher FC to return to Bermondsey

Fisher FC

Published on 2 July 2014

The council's plannning committee has agreed that the derelict former Surrey Docks stadium will make way for a new public park and a new astroturf football facility on Salter Road.

Southwark kicks off Summer 2014 with a fantastic line up for Bermondsey Carnival

Bermondsey carnival

Published on 12 June 2014

Fresh from the Royal Albert Hall and ahead of their summer gigs at Bestival and Knebworth, rock legends Chas and Dave will be headlining the main stage at this year’s Bermondsey Carnival.

Canada Water looks forward to another 'million' milestone

Canada Water library

Published on 12 June 2014

Following March's one millionth visit, Canada Water Library are running a competition to mark the library's one millionth loan.

A summer of curiosity from the Cuming

Southwark Council

Published on 3 June 2014

This summer, the Cuming Museum welcomes residents to the Cabinet of Curiosity – a series of workshops that will tour Southwark’s libraries over the coming months.

May half term events across Southwark

Burgess Park BMX track

Published on 20 May 2014

From films to FIFA, boating to BMX - there is plenty of fun around Southwark for the May half term school holidays (Monday 26 May to Sunday 1 June).

Get involved with The Elephant and the Nun 2014

The Elephant and The Nun

Published on 19 May 2014

On Saturday 16 August The Elephant and the Nun will come together for the first time in one big day-long summer celebration in Burgess Park.

Youngers at heart – filmed in Peckham and giving local young people a break in the business

E4 logo

Published on 7 May 2014

The new season of Youngers made by Big Talk Productions starts on E4 this week – to a cheer from FilmFixer and Southwark Council who welcomed the team to Peckham during filming.

Shawcross sculpture for Dulwich Park receives final planning permission

Conrad Shawcross

Published on 2 May 2014

The 'Three Perpetual Chords' sculpture by artist Conrad Shawcross was approved by Southwark Council’s planning committee yesterday.

Chas and Dave headline Bermondsey Carnival 2014

Chas and Dave

Published on 25 April 2014

Southwark Council is excited to announce that, fresh from their stint at the Royal Albert Hall and ahead of their summer gigs at Bestival and Knebworth, pop legends Chas and Dave will be taking to the stage at this year’s Bermondsey Carnival.

Get involved in this year’s Bermondsey Carnival

Bermondsey Carnival 2013

Published on 14 April 2014

Southwark is calling for local organisations, traders or performers to get in touch and be a part of 2014’s Bermondsey Carnival.

Come and see what lies right under your eyes in Southwark on 17 April

All about the band

Published on 9 April 2014

Southwark is inviting residents to show their support for local bands taking part in the All about the band, first live gig on Thursday 17 April.

Have you got the flow?


Published on 4 April 2014

Hidden away under the Southwark landscape is the historical underground River Effra...and this spring Southwark is inviting its residents to get involved in a unique music event in Dulwich.

Get down and dance at your local leisure centre this Easter

Southwark Council logo

Published on 31 March 2014

Southwark is calling all residents to make the most of their leisure centres this Easter, as they entertain their families over the two week break.

Peckham Pulse receives £252,000 Lottery investment to improve facilities

Peckham Pulse

Published on 14 March 2014

Southwark Council is set to become more environmentally sustainable thanks to £252,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Improvement Fund.

Get creative this Easter at the Kingswood Draw

The Kingswood Draw

Published on 13 March 2014

This Easter Southwark is inviting everyone to flex their creative muscles at Kingswood House in Dulwich.

New temporary library at Elephant

Newington Temporary Library

Published on 11 March 2014

A brand new initiative for local business is set to open at the end of May and it can now be revealed that it will include a purpose built, temporary library.

Top 40 entries for Young Peacemakers Book Challenge to be published in new book

Young Peacemakers Book Challenge

Published on 7 March 2014

This week Southwark Libraries launched the 'Young Peacemakers Book Challenge' which will run until 15 June 2014.

The Southern Exposure Film Fund announces its awards for 2014

Southern Exposure

Published on 13 February 2014

Budding producers, directors and screenwriters from Southwark and Lambeth have been offered a helping hand through the Southern Exposure Film Fund.

Free half term fun around Southwark

Southwark council logo

Published on 13 February 2014

Southwark’s libraries and leisure centres are putting on a range of activities to help keep children entertained over the February half term holidays (Monday 17 February to Saturday 22 February).

2014 is All About the Band

All About the Band

Published on 14 January 2014

This year Southwark ramps up its musical programme All About the Band - a free project to support the borough’s young musicians to produce, record and perform music to a professional standard.

Southwark young people offered unique opportunity to break into the music industry

All About the Band, Music, Performance, Young people

Published on 9 December 2013

Southwark is calling all talented young musicians, to audition to take part in the borough's music academy – All About the Band.

A Patch of Autumn

A patch of autumn

Published on 31 October 2013

This half-term Southwark Council celebrated autumn with knitting and singing workshops in Dulwich Park.

One year on children of Southwark pass Olympic flags to children of Rio

Olympic flag event

Published on 29 October 2013

Southwark Council yesterday celebrated the legacy of its children and young people’s involvement in London 2012, at an event at Canada Water Library’s culture space.

Southwark's Black History Month event labelled a roaring success

Photograph of Malorie Blackman

Published on 28 October 2013

Dulwich Library was last week packed to capacity with nearly 100 enthusiastic Malorie Blackman fans, as the best-selling author joined Southwark Council to celebrate Black History Month.

Conrad Shawcross named as Dulwich Park commission winner

Conrad Shawcross

Published on 21 October 2013

Southwark Council has proudly announced Conrad Shawcross as the winner of the Dulwich Art Commission.

BMX South Region Championships 2013 comes to Burgess Park BMX track

Burgess Park BMX track

Published on 30 September 2013

The Burgess Park BMX Track this weekend hosted the BMX South Region Championships 2013.

Will a budding south London film-maker take the stage at next year's London Film Festival?

Southern Exposure film makers with camera

Published on 30 September 2013

Budding producers, directors and screenwriters from Southwark and Lambeth are being offered a helping hand through the Southern Exposure filmmakers' fund.

Where in Canada Water would you like to see the Family of Dolphins?

Published on 29 August 2013

The beautiful sculpture which once stood within the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre now needs a new home and Southwark Council needs your ideas.

Olympic sprinter set to inspire young people at Southwark sports event

Abi Oyepitan

Published on 24 July 2013

One of the UK's finest female sprinters and 2012 Olympic athlete Abi Oyepitan will be the inspiring special guest at the Salmon Community Games in Bermondsey this week.

Skate park closes for railway work – but there's still plenty going on in Southwark

Skate Park

Published on 19 July 2013

One of Southwark’s most popular skate parks has to close for six weeks over the summer due to essential rail network repairs - but users can still try out some of the borough’s other venues.

Kids' creative writing celebrated at award-winning library

Creative writing

Published on 12 July 2013

Stories, plays and poems by Southwark children were showcased at a special event at Canada Water Library this week.

Difficult decisions ahead as council faces budget shortfall


Published on 1 July 2013

Southwark Council has admitted it will be facing some difficult decisions in the coming years as it faces a £23m budget gap, but adds that plans are in place to make up the majority of the shortfall.

Take a journey down memory lane at the May Fair this Saturday

May Fair

Published on 16 May 2013

The rich and unique heritage of Southwark’s largest park will be celebrated this Saturday as the May Fair festival returns to Burgess Park.

Best foot forward to see Southwark sights and get healthy

National Walking Month

Published on 9 May 2013

With warmer weather and a series of national walking weeks planned, May is the perfect time for people to take to the streets and explore Southwark by foot.

Opportunity: Southwark Young Producers' Programme

Published on 17 April 2013

We're looking for talented young organisers. If you think you've got what it takes to organise a festival, apply today.

Rain fails to dampen spirits at successful Tree Tales event

Tree Tales

Published on 15 April 2013

Hundreds of people turned out to take part in Southwark Council’s Tree Tales workshop and stunning finale in Dulwich Park last weekend – despite the weather taking a turn for the worse.

Southwark Council flies Millwall flag in support of team's FA Cup semi-final bid

Millwall visit to Tooley Street

Published on 12 April 2013

There is no doubt which side Southwark Council is supporting in the FA Cup semi-final this Saturday, after the Millwall flag was raised at the council’s offices in Tooley Street this week.

Fireworks Licences withdrawn from Southwark newsagents


Published on 27 March 2013

Two Southwark newsagents, which stored fireworks in an unsafe manner, had their fireworks storage licences revoked by Southwark Council's Licensing Sub-Committee on Friday 22 March.

Southwark Council offers eggs-citing line up of Easter events

Children decorating Easter eggs

Published on 26 March 2013

From paper mache and parks to sculptures and sailing, there is plenty going on for children and young people in Southwark over the Easter school holidays (Friday 29 March to Sunday 14 April).

Southwark Council champions EventApp

Lords, Lighting

Published on 25 February 2013

In a time of ever decreasing central government funding, a local authority has pioneered an innovative online application to modernise the way events are managed.

Dulwich Library refurbishment March 2013

Dulwich library

Published on 21 February 2013

Dulwich Library is going to be refurbished during March 2013 to install self service technology and to improve the layout and facilities in the library.

On your marks, get set...flip!

Pancake race

Published on 12 February 2013

Southwark councillors got their wooden spoons and aprons out ready to compete in the inaugural SE1 Pancake Race at More London place.

Dog and Pot sculpture unveiled in Southwark to celebrate bicentenary of Charles Dickens

Dickens Dog and Pot

Published on 12 February 2013

Residents of Southwark turned out in full force last week to celebrate a new sculpture erected to commemorate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens.

Southwark Council plans council tax freeze for fifth year in a row

Published on 1 February 2013

Southwark residents will see a zero per cent increase in their council tax, after the planned 2013/14 draft budget was approved this week by Cabinet.

BBC star opens Camberwell's new-look sports hall and youth centre

Ribbon cutting

Published on 28 January 2013

Southwark Council officially opened the doors to the new Camberwell Jubilee Hall on Saturday 26 January with special guests including local resident and star of 'Call the Midwife' Jenny Agutter.

Jenny Agutter to open refurbished leisure space and youth centre in Camberwell

Jubilee Hall

Published on 23 January 2013

Star of the BBC One show "Call the midwife" Jenny Agutter is set to open Southwark’s now fully refurbished Camberwell Leisure Centre on 26 January 2013.

Livesey Building Open Day


Published on 18 January 2013

Southwark Council are inviting local residents to meet members of Treasure House, the new managers of the Livesey Building, at an open day on 30 January 2013.

Southwark’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony 2013

Holocaust Memorial Day

Published on 15 January 2013

Southwark Council commemorates the international day of remembrance with a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday 27 January 2013 from 10:00am.

Birds, Beasts and Beyond – The ceramic artistry of the Martin brothers launches in Southwark

Dragon vase

Published on 15 January 2013

For the first time in over 100 years, Southwark’s Cuming Museum will showcase a rare group of unique ceramics made by the renowned Martin brothers.

Join Team Southwark at the Virgin Mini London Marathon 2013

Virgin mini marathon runners

Published on 8 January 2013

Southwark is calling upon the borough's brightest sporting talents to take part in the forthcoming Virgin Mini London Marathon 2013 which takes place on 21 April 2013.

Come and support Southwark at the London Parade

LNYDP 2013

Published on 21 December 2012

The Mayor of Southwark is urging as many residents as possible to come along and support the Mayor's Common Good Trust float in this year's New Year's Day Parade in central London.

Southwark Council announces next steps for the new sculpture at Dulwich Park

Hepworth installation

Published on 17 December 2012

Southwark Council has appointed The Contemporary Art Society to lead the commission process for a new sculpture for Dulwich Park.

Peckham Christmas Market arrives in Southwark this weekend

Christmas Market

Published on 13 December 2012

Peckham Christmas Market takes place on Saturday 15 December 2012, featuring 25 market stalls with a dazzling range of arts and crafts, foods and decorations.

A cracking event for East Dulwich

EDCC Snow fairy

Published on 4 December 2012

East Dulwich in Southwark was transformed into a festive paradise this weekend with the arrival of the East Dulwich Christmas Cracker.

Canada Water Library celebrates its first anniversary

Canada Water Library

Published on 28 November 2012

Marking the first anniversary of Canada Water Library, Southwark Council has announced that nearly 500,000 people visited Canada Water Library in its first year of opening.

East Dulwich has Christmas wrapped up

Christmas fairy

Published on 27 November 2012

Southwark Council is inviting residents to get into the festive spirit at the East Dulwich Christmas Cracker on Saturday 1 December, from 10am to 5pm.

Southwark shops Scandinavian style

Scandinavian Xmas Market

Published on 22 November 2012

Soak up the festive atmosphere Scandinavian style at the Christmas Market outside the Finnish and Norwegian Churches in Albion Street, SE16 on 23, 24 and 25 November 2012.

Team Southwark’s 2013 London Youth Games campaign kicks off with a flying start

Team Southwark

Published on 20 November 2012

This weekend saw a terrific effort from Team Southwark at the London Youth Games cross country competition which took place at Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath.

Southwark remembers the fallen

Southwark remembers the fallen

Published on 12 November 2012

Southwark residents gathered to pay their respects to fallen service men and women at the Armistice and Remembrance Day services held at the Old Municipal Offices Walworth and West Lane War Memorial.

Planning consent granted for Elephant and Castle's new leisure centre

Southwark Leisure Centre

Published on 7 November 2012

The next steps towards constructing a new £20m state-of-the-art leisure facility in Elephant and Castle are set to go ahead after the council's planning committee granted consent on Wednesday night.

Grade II listed pub and music venue is first to be saved under Localism Act nationally

The Ivy House

Published on 2 November 2012

A stunning pub and music venue could be saved under the Localism act if local people successfully bid for it.

Black History Month ends with Jamboree Finale

Black History Month jamboree

Published on 1 November 2012

Southwark Council has celebrated the end of the borough’s successful Black History Month programme for 2012 with a jamboree event attended by the Mayor and Choice FM resident DJ, Martin Jay.

Southern Exposure Film Fund opens     

Southern Exposure film makers with camera

Published on 1 November 2012

Southwark’s budding filmmakers can now take their work to the main stage with the Southern Exposure Film Fund.

Southwark’s Walking Challenge launches this autumn

Walking challenge

Published on 22 October 2012

Southwark Council have partnered with Living Streets to launch the Southwark Autumn Walking Challenge.

Plenty of talent spotted at Southwark Schools Cross Country Championships

U13 Cross country run

Published on 15 October 2012

Runners from Southwark's secondary schools were put through their paces at last week’s Southwark Schools Cross Country Championships.

Enjoy a fun and safe autumn


Published on 12 October 2012

As the excitement builds in the run up to Halloween and fireworks night, work is going on behind the scenes to keep the borough safe.

The Sketchbook Project launches in Southwark

A girl chooses from a wall of books

Published on 8 October 2012

Canada Water Culture Space in Southwark will welcome The Sketchbook Project exhibition in its only UK stop from 12 to 19 October 2012.

Skeletons unearthed during archaeology works at Elephant and Castle


Published on 25 September 2012

Archaeological discoveries have delayed the demolition of the current leisure centre at the Elephant and Castle ahead of a new £20m state-of-the-art facility.

Keep the flame alive in Southwark

Give it a go 2012

Published on 17 September 2012

Southwark Council will be taking part in this year’s Give it a Go campaign in a bid to encourage local residents to get involved in sports.

Library volunteering opportunities for young people

MP Nick Hurd meets children at the Youth Innovation Network event at Canada Water Library

Published on 11 September 2012

Young volunteers at Canada Water Library met Nick Hurd MP as Southwark Council announced plans to join a new nationwide library initiative.

Great success at Boundless Sports Day

Boundless Sport

Published on 10 September 2012

Southwark’s first ever Boundless Sports Day enjoyed a great success following its launch on 1 September 2012. The event was held at the Surrey Docks Watersports Centre to celebrate the Paralympics.

Fun, fun, fun at The Elephant and the Nun

Lords, Lighting

Published on 6 September 2012

Last weekend, The Elephant and the Nun wowed audiences in Southwark with nine exciting events all taking place in various locations in Camberwell, Peckham, Nunhead and the Elephant and Castle.

Southwark celebrates the Paralympics with the first of its legacy projects

Cllr Veronica Ward & a young boy

Published on 5 September 2012

To celebrate the opening of the Paralympic Games, Southwark Council has unveiled a new £5,600 disability pool hoist in Peckham Pulse Healthy Living Centre.

Discover Southwark with an interactive treasure trail

Published on 3 September 2012

Southwark Council is encouraging both guests and local people to take a unique tour of the borough with the interactive Discover Southwark Trail.

Southwark Council launches Boundless Sports

Surrey Docks Watersports Centre

Published on 30 August 2012

To celebrate the London Paralympic Games, Southwark Council launches Boundless Sports in Southwark this Saturday at Surrey Docks Watersports Centre.

The Elephant and the Nun returns to seven parks, a rooftop and a secret location in Southwark

Little girl

Published on 30 August 2012

This Sunday (2 September) sees a whole host of colourful events in Southwark as part of The Elephant and the Nun festival.

Transformed Burgess Park hosts The Elephant and the Nun's Burgess Banquet

Dancers perform at Burgess Park

Published on 28 August 2012

Southwark Council looks forward to welcoming the local community to Burgess Park for The Burgess Banquet on Sunday 2 September 2012.

Southwark celebrates Peckham Peace Festival

Peckham Peace Fair

Published on 21 August 2012

Southwark residents were treated to a day of fun at the Peckham Peace Festival last Sunday.

Council calls for volunteers for the Paralympic Torch Relay and Elephant and the Nun Festival

A Southwark Olympic steward

Published on 17 August 2012

On the 29 August Southwark will welcome the Paralympic Torch Relay and will also be hosting the Elephant and the Nun festival on 1 and 2 September 2012.

Open Air Active programme opens in Southwark


Published on 17 August 2012

Following the inspiration provided by the successful London Games, Southwark Council has launched the Open Air Active programme for those hoping to kick start or rejuvenate an exciting fitness regime.

Southwark's Paralympic Torch Relay

Mayor of Southwark and Paralympic Torch bearers

Published on 17 August 2012

The Paralympic Torch Relay has passed through Southwark on its way to the opening ceremony, cheered on by crowds who came out in the wet weather.

Southwark employee swaps day job for some Olympic action

Olympic pool

Published on 10 August 2012

Southwark Council employee Jan Goodwin was so excited about the Olympics Games she decided she had to be a part of it all.

Team Southwark enjoy Team GB golden success

Kids outside Stadium

Published on 9 August 2012

The phenomenal success of Team GB was witnessed by 36 lucky Southwark runners last weekend.

South Dock Marina to host street market and Southwark torchbearer


Published on 7 August 2012

South Dock Marina will play host to one of the area's first street markets during the weekend of 10 and 11 August.

99 Tiny Games in Southwark

99 Tiny Games

Published on 7 August 2012

Olympic fever continues with '99 Tiny Games' arriving across Southwark and London.

Ex Southwark resident musically goes for gold

Ministry of Sound

Published on 31 July 2012

Rising star Kay-Jay Simmons has used the Olympics to inspire his latest single 'Going for Gold'.

Sacrilege arrives in Southwark this Saturday


Published on 31 July 2012

This weekend (August 4) sees the arrival of Sacrilege, the life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge for people to bounce on, in Burgess Park.

St John’s Churchyard reopens in Southwark

St John's Churchyard

Published on 30 July 2012

St John’s Churchyard in Southwark has reopened following major environmental improvements.

Southwark welcomes the Olympic Flame at Riverside and across the borough

Harris Academy

Published on 26 July 2012

Torchbearer Timothy Denyer was welcomed by local MPs and Southwark Council's cabinet at the Harris Academy in Peckham.

Author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes to Canada Water Library

Deborah Moggach

Published on 25 July 2012

Deborah Moggach, acclaimed writer of 16 novels and 2 collections of short stories will be talking about her life and work at Canada Water Library on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 7pm.

Southwark receives a gift from the Olympic gods

Olympic Javelin

Published on 24 July 2012

In celebration of the Olympic Games starting this week, Canada Water Plaza has received a gift from the gods in the form of an Olympic Javelin. The 10m-long installation will be on show throughout the Olympic period for all to enjoy.

House of Switzerland opens in Southwark

House of Switzerland opening night

Published on 20 July 2012

The House of Switzerland UK 2012 has opened its doors for the first time to welcome guests to its new home in Southwark.

Southwark’s Youngsters Shine with Olympic Poetry Relay

Poetry relay

Published on 20 July 2012

As we get ready for the Opening Ceremony of the London Games, London prepares for the journey of the torch, over 100 young people in Southwark have really got into the Olympics spirit.

Southwark ambassadors get ready for London 2012

Cenestra male choir

Published on 18 July 2012

Frontline staff, residents and volunteers have been celebrated at a special reception at Tooley Street following the completion of the Southwark ambassador training programme.

New library for Grove Vale

Grove Vale library

Published on 18 July 2012

The development of a brand new library at Grove Vale could commence from as early as the start of 2013.

Southwark celebrates Big Dance 2012

Big Dance 2012

Published on 17 July 2012

Dance fever swept through Southwark last week with the arrival of the Southwark and Lambeth Big Dance 2012.

Peckham Library refurbishment programme to begin on 20 August 2012

Peckham Library

Published on 16 July 2012

Southwark Council’s award-winning Peckham Library which opened in 2000, will undergo its first refurbishment programme next month.

Paralympic Torch Relay to travel through Southwark

Published on 13 July 2012

With under 50 days to go to the Paralympic Games, Southwark Council is delighted that the Paralympic Torch will come through the borough on 29 August 2012 during the 24 hour London leg of the relay.

Cathedral commemorates Great Fire of Southwark

Fireworks above Southwark Cathedral

Published on 12 July 2012

Southwark Cathedral has commemorated the 800th Anniversary of the Great Fire of Southwark with two firework displays from the top of its tower.

Call for volunteer stewards for Torch Relay event

Published on 10 July 2012

A call has gone out from Southwark Council for volunteers to help make the borough’s Olympic Torch Relay day a success.

Southwark gets ready for the London Games

Olympic flame

Published on 29 June 2012

With just a month to go before the London Games opening ceremony, Southwark Council is ready to welcome millions of extra visitors while putting the finishing touches to service plans.

The Cuming Museum Youth Panel wins first prize for short film

Published on 28 June 2012

A film made by Southwark Council’s Cuming Museum Youth Panel has won first prize in the fourth annual Flipside Youth Film Festival.

Canada Water Library wins prestigious RIBA Regional Award

Canada Water library

Published on 26 June 2012

Canada Water Library has won the Royal Institute of British Architect's Regional London Award announced on 20 June 2012.

Southwark's Olympic Torch route announced

Mayor and Olympic torchbearers

Published on 15 June 2012

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced that the Olympic Torch will be arriving in Southwark on 26 July 2012, the day before the opening ceremony.

Michael Faraday Memorial in Southwark sees new lights

Faraday memorial

Published on 22 May 2012

Southwark Council has installed a new lighting system to the Michael Faraday (1791-1867) Memorial in Elephant and Castle.

Royal Court Theatre returns to Southwark this summer

Published on 16 May 2012

This summer, after its successful run in 2011, the Royal Court Theatre is set to return to Southwark's Bussey Building in Peckham as part of their Theatre Local initiative.

Bold new approach to customer services

Fairer future

Published on 8 May 2012

Southwark Council has unveiled plans to transform the customer experience in the borough as the cabinet is set to agree that all customer services will be brought under Council management.

Southwark prepares to honour the Queen's 60 year reign


Published on 30 April 2012

A total of 50 street parties have been planned to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Southwark, council leaders announced today.

Southwark's leader raises thousands of pounds for charity in London Marathon run

Published on 24 April 2012

The Leader of Southwark Council has raised thousands of pounds for charity after completing the London Marathon on Sunday - and is still urging people to donate to his chosen worthy cause.

Southwark's runners win mini-marathon under 13 boys section

Southwark's runners win mini-marathon under 13 boys section

Published on 24 April 2012

Runners from Southwark conquered all other 32 London boroughs and were crowned under 13 boys champions at the Virgin Mini London Marathon last weekend.

Art will not be bowed by metal thieves

Dr Salter

Published on 12 April 2012

Art will not be hidden away from residents despite the threat of metal thieves and vandals council chiefs vowed today.

Council seeks groups to extend library hours

Nunhead Library

Published on 10 April 2012

Local groups and organisations are today being asked if they would like to suggest ways for extending opening hours at some of Southwark's smaller libraries.

Burgess Park BMX track given the green light


Published on 30 March 2012

Planning permission for a national standard BMX track in South London's Burgess Park has been given the go-ahead by council leaders.

Southwark to consult on replacement for stolen Hepworth sculpture

The Barbara Hepworth metal statue called Two Forms in Dulwich Park

Published on 5 March 2012

The council is to ask residents what artwork should replace the Barbara Hepworth sculpture that was stolen by suspected scrap metal thieves last year.

We want your ideas for a Council backed event in the south of the borough

South of the borough event

Published on 28 February 2012

Residents and local groups are being asked what kind of Council backed community event they would like to see in the south of the borough to celebrate the best of the area and bring people together.

100 Southwark schools and colleges given Olympic tickets

Ticket winners tale

Published on 7 February 2012

Nearly 100 schools and colleges across Southwark have been given more than 2,500 tickets for the Olympics and Paralympics this summer.

Sculpture to be installed commemorating the life of Charles Dickens

Dog and pot sculpture

Published on 7 February 2012

An innovative piece of public art to celebrate the life of Charles Dickens will be installed in Southwark this year, to celebrate the 200th birthday of the famous novelist.

Southwark consults with local people over Kingswood House

Published on 6 February 2012

Southwark council chiefs are consulting with local people over the future of Kingswood House to help secure its future as a community facility in the borough.

Alexander O'Neal to headline Bermondsey Carnival

Published on 1 February 2012

International soul sensation Alexander O'Neal is to headline the annual Bermondsey Carnival this summer. The legendary singer will perform at the carnival in Southwark Park on 2 June, which this year is taking place on the same weekend as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Olympic tickets awarded to athletes who compete in next year’s Mini London Marathon

Published on 22 December 2011

Southwark Council is urging young athletes to get in training now, as the top 48 runners in the borough will next year have the added prize of an Olympic ticket.

Southwark appeals for information following theft of Barbara Hepworth statue

The Barbara Hepworth metal statue called Two Forms in Dulwich Park

Published on 21 December 2011

Thieves have stolen an irreplaceable piece of public art by Barbara Hepworth, one of the most highly regarded sculptors of the 20th century.

Burgess Park tennis club shines with new £170,000 floodlights

Published on 13 December 2011

Tennis fans in Burgess Park are beaming thanks to new floodlights installed by Southwark City Tennis Club to increase year round play at the centre.

Visitor numbers off the page for Canada Water Library's opening week

Published on 6 December 2011

More than 15,000 people flocked to Southwark Council's new multi-million pound "super library" at Canada Water during its opening week, figures revealed today.

Plea issued for safe return of Salter statue

Published on 2 December 2011

The last remaining relative of Dr Alfred Salter - one of Britain's great social reformers whose statue was stolen by metal thieves - today issued an urgent appeal for its safe return.

From a Bermondsey champion swimmer to a world music star – a chance to hear real stories from the Elephant and Castle

Photo of Natty Bo, musician: Part of The Cuming Museum’s exhibition Elephant in focus: home from home

Published on 1 December 2011

The Cuming Museum’s exhibition Elephant in focus: home from home is now open, and it presents a snapshot of the Elephant and Castle at the beginning of the 21st century.

First ‘super library’ opens in London as Southwark Council looks to the future

The opening of the library on Monday 28 November, including:
Two school children: Jesse Tu (left) and Reggie Blackley (right) from Bacon's College.
Front Row: 
Piers Gough, Architect at CZWG architects.
Cllr Peter John, Southwark Council Leader.

Published on 28 November 2011

A brand new multi-million pound library has opened in Southwark which council bosses say is the shape of libraries to come.

Canada Water library set to open on Monday 28 November

Published on 24 November 2011

A brand new multi-million pound library is to open in Southwark which council bosses say is the shape of libraries to come.

Southwark offers £1,000 reward following Salter statue theft

Statue of Dr. Alfred Salter, health pioneer, in Cherry Garden Pier, Bermondsey

Published on 22 November 2011

Council chiefs are offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of metal thieves who stole a much loved bronze statue of one of London's greatest social reformers.

Bestselling authors to celebrate the opening of Canada Water library

Canada water library

Published on 17 November 2011

Canada Water library opens at 10am on 28 November 2011 and we have some big names lined up to help us celebrate.

Southwark to play its part on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route

Published on 7 November 2011

Southwark’s been unveiled as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route.

Remembrance Services 2012

Rememberance day poppy

Published on 31 October 2011

Southwark Council, the Royal British Legion and the Mayor of Southwark invite you to attend the Armistice and Remembrance Services on Sunday 11 November 2012.

Southwark's libraries set to stay open following major review

Published on 11 October 2011

All of Southwark Council's libraries are to remain open, a report recommends today.

School children given glimpse of Brad Pitt’s film set in Southwark

Lucky students from Walworth Academy on the Heygate Estate, the set of Brad Pitt's movie 'World War Z'. From left to right: Jordan Charlesworth, Emma Clancy, Philip Ofori-Amoyaw, Suhana Akthar, Miss Julia Kibela (teacher), Juan Lopez, Nadia Pontes, Fiona

Published on 28 September 2011

Hollywood magic descended on a London council estate when filming for Brad Pitt's forthcoming blockbuster World War Z moved to Southwark last week.

New gym opens at Camberwell Leisure Centre

Reopening of Camberwell Leisure Centre

Published on 26 September 2011

Camberwell Leisure Centre opened its new state of the art gym on Saturday (24th September).

Southwark Council's plans for Fireworks Night 2011

Published on 26 September 2011

Statement on Southwark Council's plans for Fireworks Night 2011

Call for public to help shape the Elephant and the Nun festival

Published on 18 August 2011

The Elephant and the Nun, Southwark’s new community festival celebrating the heart of Southwark, is taking place on the weekend of 17 and 18 September.

Thousands to take part in London's newest festival – the Elephant and the Nun

Elephant and Nun logo

Published on 3 August 2011

Thousands of revellers are set to take part in London's newest festival in venues as diverse as a supermarket, a multi-storey care park and the Ministry of Sound nightclub.

Simon Schama CBE to speak at Southwark's John Harvard memorial lecture

Simon Schama

Published on 15 July 2011

Award winning author and historian Simon Schama has been confirmed as the speaker at this year's prestigious Southwark Council John Harvard memorial lecture.

Runaway success at games for Southwark

Published on 11 July 2011

Southwark youngsters put in a sterling performance at the London Youth Games Finals held at Crystal Palace.

New £6m gym refurbishment opened at Dulwich Leisure Centre

Dulwich Leisure Centre reopening

Published on 28 June 2011

The council has formally opened the new extended gym and dry-changing rooms at Dulwich Leisure Centre.

Have your say on the future of Southwark’s libraries

Library, peckham

Published on 21 June 2011

The borough’s residents and library users are to be asked their views on Southwark’s library service, with the launch of a borough wide consultation.

Southwark Folk – an inner London borough explores its history through folk

Nigel of Bermondsey

Published on 17 June 2011

The Cuming Museum is hosting a free evening of songs on a Southwark theme by local singer/songwriters, on Friday 24 June.

Judges select final 13 recruits for the Health Factor

Health factor challenge participants

Published on 25 May 2011

13 successful Southwark residents have been selected to take part in Southwark’s Health Factor.

Chance for Southwark residents to keep fit in state of the art gym, for free.

Dulwich leisure centre pool

Published on 24 May 2011

To celebrate the opening of the brand new gym at Dulwich Leisure Centre, Southwark Council has organised a competition in which you can win free gym memberships for use at the centre.

Hidden Southwark pictures reveal Walworth’s historic side

Published on 23 May 2011

A new exhibition of Southwark art work and historic photographs, some not seen for over 25 years, are to go on show this week at the Cuming Museum.

See your shoes appear in a new exhibition at the Cuming Museum

Wedding shoes worn by a local woman, Eliza Sandwell at Camden Church Camberwell on her wedding day in 1893

Published on 15 October 2010

Southwark's Cuming Museum is looking for people to take a photo or two of their favourite shoes, upload them to the Walking in my shoes Flickr group, and they could appear in a December exhibition.

Last chance to have your say on a new leisure facility for Elephant and Castle

Published on 5 October 2010

There is still time for residents to have their say on a new leisure facility for Elephant Castle.

Southwark honours Peter Tatchell with blue plaque

Published on 30 September 2010

Peter Tatchell, one of the UK’s most prominent campaigners for human rights, has been honoured with a blue plaque in Southwark.

Southwark’s Black History Month gets underway with fashion show

Published on 28 September 2010

A special fashion show is to kick off this year’s Black History Month at its launch in Southwark on 2 October

Dulwich pool reopens

Published on 16 September 2010

Doors to Dulwich Leisure Centre's stunning new swimming pool will be firmly open on Friday 24th September 2010 when swimmers of all ages and experience can make a splash in the brand new facility.

Southwark hosts its own sports challenge

Published on 19 July 2010

Two years to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, aspiring sports stars are being urged to head to Surrey Quays Shopping Centre on Saturday 24 July for Southwark's sports challenge.

London Youth Games 2010

Winner team. Back row from left: Cath Simpson ( Volunteer & parent), LBS Mayor, Dave Willmott ( Team Manager), Jackie Bedford ( Team Manager)

Published on 13 July 2010

Team Southwark was named the most improved borough at the London Youth Games 2010 and received a trophy from Olympic gold medallist, Christine Ohuruogu.

Swimming discounts continue in Southwark despite government cuts

Published on 13 July 2010

The borough's children will continue to enjoy free swimming over the summer holidays despite government cuts, and at no extra cost to the authority, Southwark Council has today confirmed.

Public art in Camberwell

Artwork on side of Marie Curie block

Published on 30 June 2010

South London Gallery, in Camberwell, has marked the opening of its new buildings with the commissioning of five public art works in the borough.

Howzat? Cricket celeb supports Southwark Council sports event

Published on 22 June 2010

England's first black female cricket ace Ebony Jewel Rainford-Brent will be enthralling pupils with tales of her international career, talking them through the obstacles she has faced along the way.

Now we are ten!

Peckham Library

Published on 17 May 2010

Peckham library is celebrating a decade of success.

Who do you think you are?

Published on 22 March 2010

Ever wondered about your family history? What about the origins of the building you live in?

"Biscuit Town" residents relive the glory days of the Garibaldi

Published on 20 March 2010

Baking, partying and shopping will be the order of the day for Bermondsey residents, who are invited to come down to the Blue to celebrate the makeover at the John Bull Arch, the installation of a new art project and the new stalls at the Blue market.

Silver festival 2010

Published on 20 March 2010

Silver, Southwark's fabulous festival for older people is back for its fourth year with an astonishing selection of activities and events as well as support and advice.

Uncover your Southwark

Published on 20 March 2010

There's so much to see and do right here on your doorstep

New sports centre for Southwark

Published on 4 February 2010

A replacement for the existing sports centre in Southwark Park got the go ahead on Tuesday 2 Feb, as Southwark Council’s planning committee decided it was a worthy community facility.

Surrey Quays leisure site and the Decathlon to be rebuilt

Published on 27 January 2010

Southwark Council's planning committee resolved to grant outline planning permission for the Surrey Quays leisure site to be redeveloped to provide a new residential and entertainment complex.

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