Leisure and culture news

Biggest ever Royal Greenwich Festivals offers something for everyone

Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2018

From a show on board a VW Campervan in Eltham to Woolwich's very own nightly Soap opera telling local people's stories - this year's Royal Greenwich Festivals is the biggest and best yet.

Record tourist numbers mean great business for Royal Greenwich

Published on Thursday, 12 April 2018

Tourism in Royal Greenwich is currently at an all-time high.

Apply for a street party for the Royal Wedding

Published on Thursday, 05 April 2018

The Royal Wedding is approaching and you can celebrate by holding a street party.

Ground-breaking begins on new cafe for the Slade

Published on Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Work has begun on transforming an unused public convenience on The Slade into a cafe and arts venue.

New tourism plan for latest London hotspot Woolwich

Published on Friday, 16 March 2018

A new plan to boost tourism numbers to Woolwich has been announced.

Now's the time to be a local tourist

Published on Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Residents can explore Eltham's hidden gems for free on the annual 'Be a Local Tourist Day'.

Swathes of poppies across Royal Greenwich for WW1 centenary

Published on Monday, 12 March 2018

The poppies will act as a touching reminder of the sacrifices made by so many.

Folk legend to perform at International Women's Day event

Published on Monday, 05 March 2018

Folk singer and human rights campaigner Julie Felix will perform at the Royal Borough of Greenwich's free event to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March.

Culture to stay centre stage following London Borough of Culture decision

Published on Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Some of our bid ideas will be brought to life thanks to our London Borough of Culture campaign.

And the winner is Visit Greenwich

Published on Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Visit Greenwich and partners have scooped three top awards at UKInbound.

Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in Royal Greenwich this March

Published on Monday, 19 February 2018

Join our special event celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight on Saturday 3 March.

Temporary library for Plumstead during building revamp

Published on Friday, 16 February 2018

The next stage of the Plumstead Library projects is making progress.

Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre official opening attracts the crowds

Published on Thursday, 15 February 2018

Sports stars past and present turned out to celebrate the opening.

Street Feast is coming to town

Published on Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Woolwich will soon be home to London's hottest new trend in eating out.

Free extreme sports at Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre

Published on Friday, 02 February 2018

Celebrate the official opening of the new state of the art sports centre on Sat 10 Feb.

A sporty start to the New Year

Published on Thursday, 04 January 2018

More than 500 Royal Greenwich residents, young and old, made a healthy start to the New Year at the newly opened Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre.

Celebrate the New Year at the new Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre

Published on Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The state of the art sports centre opens its doors for the first time on 2 January.

Woolwich Centre fourth most visited library in the UK

Published on Monday, 18 December 2017

The Woolwich Centre library was the fourth most visited library in the whole of the UK and the second most visited in London during the past year.

Major milestone for Plumstead Library and Leisure Centre

Published on Monday, 11 December 2017

Ambitious plans for Plumstead Library building have been given the go-ahead.

Christmas Markets arrive in Eltham

Published on Tuesday, 05 December 2017

Santa will be making his last pit stop in Passey Place, Eltham until Christmas on Saturday 16 December from 11am to 2pm.

Royal Greenwich over the moon about Borough of Culture bid

Published on Friday, 01 December 2017

Royal Borough of Greenwich has delivered its bid to be the first London Borough of Culture.

Funding boost for Hervey Road playing fields project

Published on Monday, 27 November 2017

Funding of an additional £100,000 has been awarded to build a new pavilion and bring improved local sports facilities to the area.

Thousands gather for Eltham Lights Up

Published on Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Eltham Lights Up saw a huge turnout as thousands of people flocked to the high street to enjoy the annual winter event on 16 November.

Christmas countdown is on in Thamesmead

Published on Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Thamesmead Christmas Sparkle comes to the Clocktower on Friday 8 December.

Chance to see how £31m Creative District is shaping up

Published on Thursday, 16 November 2017

A public consultation of plans will be held on Saturday 2 December to coincide with the free Christmas festivities in Woolwich.

Ice skate your way into Christmas at this year's Woolwich Winter Warmer

Published on Monday, 13 November 2017

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is inviting residents to join in its exciting Christmas celebrations in Woolwich, on Saturday 2 December.

Greenwich Christmas Festival comes to Cutty Sark Gardens

Published on Tuesday, 07 November 2017

Meet Santa and his reindeer on 25 November as the Royal Borough of Greenwich Christmas celebrations get underway.

Eltham set to light up the night sky

Published on Thursday, 26 October 2017

Eltham Lights Up returns to illuminate Eltham High Street for the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

Young people back culture bid at Young Greenwich Day

Published on Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Visitors to Young Greenwich Day shared their views for the London Borough of Culture bid.

Record library visits reported during National Libraries Week

Published on Monday, 16 October 2017

September saw a record number of visitors using Royal Greenwich's library services.

English National Opera links up with secondary school for inspiring year-long programme

Published on Friday, 06 October 2017

One of the world's leading opera companies is inspiring pupils with a year-long programme.

Heritage Trail adventure launched during Royal Greenwich's London Borough of Culture bid

Published on Friday, 06 October 2017

Introducing the new Heritage Trail journey coming to Royal Greenwich.

Tell us what #GreenwichMeans for you and your area

Published on Friday, 06 October 2017

Join us at an event to help draw up Royal Greenwich's Borough of Culture bid.

Drumming workshops and film screening to mark Black History Month in Royal Greenwich

Published on Wednesday, 04 October 2017

There are a wide range of events on in October to mark Black History Month 2017.

Royal Greenwich bids to be London's Borough of Culture 2019 or 2020

Published on Thursday, 21 September 2017

We have partnered with the internationally renowned Greenwich+Docklands Festivals.

A new creative district for London moves a step closer

Published on Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Architects appointed to transform part of the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich.

Tall Ships proved a hit with visitors and businesses

Published on Wednesday, 02 August 2017

More than 800,000 people visited Woolwich and Greenwich for Tall Ships Festival 2017.

Charlton Athletic footballers visit new state of the art ball court

Published on Monday, 31 July 2017

A brand new ball court has opened at Woolwich Common Estate just in time for the summer holidays.

Eleven reasons you don't need to leave the Royal Borough this summer

Published on Friday, 28 July 2017

Royal Greenwich residents don't need to travel anywhere for a whole host of fantastic ways to enjoy the summer.

It’s not too late to paint for #PositivePlumstead

Published on Monday, 24 July 2017

The Royal Borough is looking for artists to design a mural for a Plumstead underpass.

Have your say on new gates for the historic Garrison Church

Published on Friday, 30 June 2017

See the designs for the new iron gates and give us your comments.

All Roads Lead to the Woolwich Creative District

Published on Friday, 30 June 2017

A special preview of what's in store is being showcased until 8 July.

Royal Borough's first Pride event comes to Greenwich

Published on Thursday, 22 June 2017

Out in the Streets takes place on 25 June as part of Greenwich + Docklands International Festival.

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival kicks off on Friday

Published on Thursday, 22 June 2017

The internationally renowned Festival brings the very best of outdoor arts to the Royal Borough.

All aboard as Greenwich's first bus tour launches

Published on Monday, 19 June 2017

The tour offers a unique chance to explore the borough's hidden gems.

Have the time of your life with Greenwich Dances

Published on Thursday, 15 June 2017

Greenwich Dances gets under way this week as Royal Greenwich Festivals continues.

Celebrate being stronger together at this year's Great Get Together

Published on Thursday, 08 June 2017

Our Great Get Together and Armed Forces Day returns for its seventh year on 24 June 2017.

Library Lates launches in Royal Greenwich

Published on Friday, 02 June 2017

Royal Greenwich's biggest libraries are opening later every Tuesday until 30 July.

PARKSfest and Greenwich Music Festival get under way

Published on Thursday, 01 June 2017

Two more events kick off this weekend as part of Royal Greenwich Festivals.

Royal Greenwich launches grants for local community arts groups

Published on Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Royal Greenwich Community Arts Fund 2017/18 is now open for applications.

Royal Greenwich celebrates twin town landmark anniversary

Published on Friday, 26 May 2017

Premiere of ballet held in honour of 50 years of twinning with Maribor in Slovenia.

Royal Greenwich Festivals get under way this weekend

Published on Monday, 22 May 2017

The Greenwich Book Festival and Greenwich Family Arts Festival launch this year's event.

An exciting new market brings the world to Woolwich

Published on Friday, 19 May 2017

The al fresco market has spent three days on Powis Street and may return monthly.

Royal Greenwich Festivals launches over the spring bank holiday

Published on Tuesday, 02 May 2017

There's plenty to see or do whatever your interests, and many of the activities are free.

Royal Greenwich libraries welcome record number of visitors

Published on Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The figures for March 2017 buck the national trend where visits are on the decline.

Queen's message to people of Canada sets sail from Royal Greenwich

Published on Sunday, 16 April 2017

The message celebrates the relationship between the United Kingdom and Canada.

Hundreds of thousands visit Tall Ships Festival 2017

Published on Sunday, 16 April 2017

Festival goers set to descend on riverfront to wave off the fleet of 30 Tall Ships.

Spectacular launch for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Published on Friday, 14 April 2017

Glenn Tilbrook and a spell-binding dance and visual performance from Avanti marked the official opening.

Maritime Greenwich celebrates 20 years of UNESCO World Heritage Site status

Published on Friday, 07 April 2017

The anniversary is being marked with a spectacular light show.

With one week to go Tall Ships trainees get their first taste of life on board

Published on Friday, 07 April 2017

The group of Royal Greenwich trainees will be helping crew the vessels to Portugal.

Tall Ships travel advice and parking restrictions

Published on Monday, 03 April 2017

Visitors are urged to use public transport wherever possible to get to the event.

Tall Ships Festival 2017 line-up not to be missed

Published on Friday, 31 March 2017

The four day Festival features entertainment and events for all the family.

Local businesses looking forward to the Tall Ships Festival 2017

Published on Thursday, 30 March 2017

A huge influx of visitors are expected over the Easter weekend for the Regatta.

New creative district for London in the heart of Woolwich

Published on Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Plans have been approved to transform a section of the historic riverfront site.

Businesses and festival-goers gearing up for Tall Ships Festival 2017

Published on Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Live music, maritime themed entertainment and ship visits being unveiled.

Eltham students to set sail as Tall Ships Sail Trainees

Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Fifty local youngsters will take part in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

Three months until Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival 2017

Published on Friday, 13 January 2017

On 13 April a Tall Ships fleet will arrive for the start of an international race to Quebec.

Woolwich receives funding to become London's next cultural destination

Published on Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Arts Council has announced funding of £270,000 towards creating a cultural quarter.

Libraries in Royal Greenwich register record visitor levels

Published on Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Our 12 local libraries had the highest visits per resident of any borough the UK last year.

Greenwich Christmas Festival a hit with residents

Published on Monday, 05 December 2016

The last Christmas event of the festive season was held on Saturday 3 December.

Greenwich and Eltham Centres awarded for their community contribution

Published on Monday, 28 November 2016

Residents voted for their local centres in the Time Out Love London and Eltham Arts Awards.

Fireworks and lantern parade light up Woolwich festive season

Published on Monday, 28 November 2016

Hundreds of residents turned out to welcome Christmas in Woolwich this year.

Thousands turn out for this year's Eltham Lights Up

Published on Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Celebrating the turning on of the Christmas lights and Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.

Greenwich Town Christmas lights switch-on event on 3 December

Published on Monday, 14 November 2016

Come enjoy the family entertainment and festive food on offer in Cutty Sark Gardens.

Woolwich Winter Warmer brings sparkle to Christmas

Published on Wednesday, 09 November 2016

The annual event is set to light up Woolwich town centre on Saturday 26 November.

Businesses stay open late for the Christmas lights switch-on in Eltham

Published on Friday, 04 November 2016

Come show your support to help celebrate Eltham Lights Up on Thursday 17 November.

The countdown begins for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Published on Thursday, 13 October 2016

There are six months to go until the fleet of Tall Ships drops anchor in Royal Greenwich.

Hundreds turn out for Everybody Active event

Published on Friday, 07 October 2016

A wide range of sports were on offer throughout the day.

Pizza Express to join new cinema complex for Eltham High Street

Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The complex is part of a major regeneration scheme for the area by the Royal Borough.

Basketball court unveiling for Greenwich Get Active

Published on Wednesday, 14 September 2016

State-of-the-art, newly refurbished basketball courts are to be officially opened at Hornfair Park.

Explore behind closed doors at Open House weekend in Greenwich

Published on Tuesday, 06 September 2016

Open House weekend celebrates the ancient and modern on 17 and 18 September.

Seafarers honoured on Merchant Navy Day

Published on Saturday, 03 September 2016

The Royal Borough has raised the Red Ensign to celebrate its close maritime links ahead of Tall Ships 2017.

Take to the seas as a 2017 Tall Ships Sail Trainee

Published on Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Sail to Portugal for an experience of a lifetime as part of the Tall Ships festival.

Top local athletes take part on the world stage

Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016

Young people from across Royal Greenwich are competing in Rio de Janiero.

Nando's all set to join new cinema complex in Eltham

Published on Thursday, 04 August 2016

Nando's will join Vue Entertainment in Eltham High Street when a cinema opens in 2018.

Lights! Camera! Eltham!

Published on Thursday, 04 August 2016

The red carpet was rolled out in Eltham on 3 Aug 2016 to celebrate plans for a new cinema.

Royal Borough welcomes outcome of Enderby Wharf Judicial Review

Published on Wednesday, 03 August 2016

The High Court has dismissed a claim over the decision to grant planning permission.

Green Flags for Green Greenwich!

Published on Thursday, 21 July 2016

Twelve of the Royal Borough of Greenwich's directly managed and maintained parks have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for the fourth year in a row.

Warehouse Sports and Performing Arts Centre to close ahead of upgrade

Published on Friday, 15 July 2016

The old centre will be replaced by a state-of-the-art library, leisure and cultural facility.

Making waves at the London Youth Games

Published on Friday, 10 June 2016

Young athletes have secured top medals at the London Youth Games ParaGames.

Dive into the deep for National Bookstart Week 2016

Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Go along to one of the Royal Borough's libraries to sign up, 6 to 12 June.