Time to Be a Local Tourist

Published Thursday, 03 March 2016

Be a Local Tourist Day is back and will be held on 13 March 2016 in Eltham town centre.

With a host of activities and historical adventures, it's a good opportunity for residents to find out more about their local area, or just to enjoy a fun day out.

Eltham town centre is known for its bustling and friendly hub of shops which has lots of places to eat and drink. There are also a number of interesting sites to visit including Eltham Palace, where Henry VIII spent much of his childhood, the beautiful landscape garden and Bird Sanctuary of the Tarn, the 16th century splendour of the Tudor Barn, The Eltham Lodge, a classic mansion built in 1664, and the famous Bob Hope Theatre.

Special events

The events being held in Eltham are:

  • a guided walk of the Eltham town centre
  • a free guided tour at Blackheath Golf Club
  • half price entrance to the historic Eltham palace
  • the Bob Hope Theatre will be opening its doors to the public
  • a tour of the Tarn
  • open house for visitors at the historic St John's Church

A wealth of activities on your doorstep

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, member for Cultural and Creative Industries and Community Wellbeing, said, "Be a local tourist day offers a chance for residents to visit some of the fantastic attractions which are right here on our doorstop and to enjoy the history and heritage of our borough. There will be a wealth of activities for all the family to get involved in that are either free or offered at reduced rates."

Find out more and get involved

This year, 'Be a Local Tourist day' coincides with English Tourism Week, a celebration of events showcasing the quality and vibrancy of the visitor experiences and the value our industry brings to our nation. You can find out how you can get involved in this years English Tourism Week by visiting the Visit England website

For further information on exploring Greenwich, see the Visit Greenwich website

For more information contact the Tourist Information Centre on 0870 608 2000 or email