Forthcoming Outings

Saturday 4 July – River Festival at Chatham by train.  If you would like to come along please let me know by e-mail. We will be meeting at Bromley South Rail Station at 9:45 am to catch the 9:58 train to Chatham. Chatham Waterfront is the place to be on 4 July, when yachts and sailing vessels of every kind will join together for the Medway River Festival. There will be river displays and races running all day, along with food stalls, exhibitions and live music. And don’t forget there is also the historic dockyard.

Friday 7 to Monday 10 August – Portsmouth weekend.

If anybody else would like to join us, members or non-members, please let Betty D or Peter Ergis know and we will see if there are any spaces available.


Things to do this weekend and soon

From today 2 July – Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon at National Portrait Gallery. Tickets with donation: £10 (Concessions £8.50). Advance booking recommended. Audrey Hepburn was one of the world’s most glamorous recognisable and photographed stars. From her early career as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her Hollywood heyday and philanthropic work in her later years, Hepburn’s life as a twentieth-century icon is beautifully illustrated in this must-see exhibition.

Wednesday 30 June to Sunday 5 July – RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – more info at

Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 July – Henley Royal Regatta more info at

Saturday 4 and Saturday 11 July – The Bank of England and its Museum are opening their doors to visitors as part of the City of London Festival. Entrance is via the Museum in Bartholomew Lane. Last entry at 4.00pm.  Free

Tour highlights include the Court Room and the Committee Room, which is where the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee meets once a month to set Bank Rate. In addition to learning about the work of the Bank, visitors will discover some lesser-known facts, such as the history behind the Garden Court at the centre of the Bank and the origin of the Bank’s nickname -The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street. After the tour, visitors can attend presentations on banknotes in the Museum Cinema. Bank staff will also be in the Museum to answer questions about gold. Visitors can try to lift a genuine gold bar but will need to take care in case it weighs more than they expect! All the Museum’s displays will be available. Visitors can take the helm of the new interactive boat game and simulate the role of the Bank in keeping inflation steady. Other attractions include interactive displays and films on inflation, jigsaws, a safe to be cracked and activity sheets for children. No booking is required for any of the events but it is advisable to arrive early to avoid the queues.

Saturday 4 JulyBermondsey Carnival 2015, Southwark Park, off Jamaica Road, SE16. 2:00pm – 8:00pm – Free

A family festival with music, dance, funfair, food village, stalls, rumble in the jumble and activities for all. Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel headline with other great acts throughout the day. Spend a relaxing afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Southwark Park and enjoy a day of great live entertainment.  They also have the SE16 Dance Hall created by local dancers, musicians and entrepreneur Laura Erwin, this lively stage will present the best local dancers and there will be a chance to have a go at a range of dance styles from Zumba to contemporary.

Sunday 5 July – Limehouse Festival, Ropemaker’s Field, Narrow Street, E14 8BX – 12:00 noon – 5:00pm – Free

This event has plenty of activities for the whole family; picnic spaces, bouncy castles, a petting zoo, cycling events, live music, food stalls from local restaurants, and a fancy dress competition …and much more. Why not bring along some friends and enter a team in the first annual Carrot Cars Cup, a tug o’ war knock out competition. Email to reserve entry. There’s also a chance to show off your skills as a dog handler with the launch of a local dog owners group called “Canary Woof”. Food, drink, music, arts and crafts, with free ice cream and balloons for kids.

Sunday 5 July – Marching Bands on The Mall – Starts at 3:30 pm – Free

As part of the 150th anniversary of the Salvation Army there will be a march of witness down The Mall. The march will be formed of approximately 2,500 pre-selected Salvationists representing all 126 countries the Army is at work in. The march will feature 6 International bands; The International Staff Band, Angola National Band, New York Staff Band, Chicago Staff Band, South America East Territorial Band and the Melbourne Staff Band, supported by Regent Hall Band. The General will be present to take the salute along with other international leaders.

Saturday 11 July – Tours of a Royal Navy Frigate at Thames Quay, Opposite South Quay, E14 9SG – all day event – Free

There will be a chance to wander around HMS St Albans, which will be in Docklands on a visit. Due to space restrictions onboard members of the public will be unable to actually see inside the vessel but will be able to tour the upper deck and have the opportunity to see some of the equipment used onboard, weapons systems, and an opportunity to speak with members of the ships company. In addition members of the Royal Navy Reserve from HMS President will be in attendance to show what the Reserves have to offer.

Tuesday 14 July – Photovision Event at Brands Hatch on 14 July. You will need to book on line for tickets.

Thursday 16 July to Saturday 1 August – Sevenoaks Camera Club Summer Exhibition at The Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks Library, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1LQ. Free entry and you can vote for your favourite image.


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