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The New Cultural Capital of the UK

Published on Thursday, 21 September 2017

Royal Greenwich bids to be London's Borough of Culture.

A new creative district for London moves a step closer

Published on Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has appointed award-winning architects, Bennetts Associates, to transform a section of the Royal Arsenal riverfront in Woolwich into a 16,500-square-metre creative hub.

Tall Ships prove a hit with visitors and businesses

Published on Wednesday, 02 August 2017

More than 800,000 people visited Woolwich and Greenwich during Tall Ships Festival 2017, boosting footfall in the town centres and beyond.

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 still looking for budding artists to design a beautiful mural to cover the spiral wall of Pettman Underpass in Plumstead.

All Roads Lead to the Woolwich Creative District

Published on Friday, 30 June 2017

A special sneak-preview of what's in store at the new Woolwich Creative District will be showcased over three days next week.

Pride in Royal Greenwich

Published on Thursday, 22 June 2017

There's a fantastic line up of local Pride events in the borough taking place in the coming days including the Royal Borough's specially commissioned Pride event, 'Out in the Streets'.

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Published on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The internationally renowned Greenwich + Docklands International Festival kicks off on Friday (23 June), bringing the very best of outdoor arts to the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Greenwich's first ever bus tour launches

Published on Monday, 19 June 2017

Greenwich's first ever bus tour has been launched to give both locals and tourists a unique chance to explore the borough's hidden gems.

Greenwich Dances kicks off

Published on Thursday, 15 June 2017

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

Great Get Together and Armed Forces Day returns

Published on Thursday, 08 June 2017

Community spirit and the fact that we are stronger together will be celebrated at this year's Great Get Together and Armed Forces Day.

Library Lates project launches in Royal Greenwich

Published on Friday, 02 June 2017

The Greenwich Centre, Woolwich Centre and Eltham Centre will be open later every Tuesday until 7pm for dedicated study times until 30 July.

PARKSfest and Greenwich Music Festival get under way

Published on Thursday, 01 June 2017

PARKSfest and Greenwich Music Festival kick off this week as Royal Greenwich Festivals continues.

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 hosts ballet premiere to celebrate 50-year partnership with twinned town Maribor

Published on Friday, 26 May 2017

The Royal Borough of Greenwich hosted the UK premiere of a globally acclaimed ballet to celebrate 50 years of twinning with Maribor, Slovenia, yesterday (25 May).

Greenwich Book Festival and Greenwich Family Arts Festival start this weekend

Published on Monday, 22 May 2017

Royal Greenwich Festivals gets under way this weekend with Greenwich Book Festival and Greenwich Family Arts Festival.

A new world market for Woolwich

Published on Friday, 19 May 2017

A rich and diverse, al fresco market has spent three days on Powis Street in the heart of Woolwich with the possibility of it becoming a more regular monthly fixture.

Royal Greenwich Festivals are coming

Published on Tuesday, 02 May 2017

Popular annual arts extravaganza Royal Greenwich Festivals kicks off over the spring bank holiday weekend (26 May 2017).

Royal Greenwich libraries buck national trend

Published on Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Royal Greenwich libraries welcomed a record numbers of visitors in March 2017 at a time when the national spotlight has turned on the decline in the use of public libraries.

Queen's personal message sets sail from Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival

Published on Sunday, 16 April 2017

Her Majesty the Queen has written a letter to the people of Canada which will be delivered on board vessels taking part in the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

Final day of Tall Ships Festival 2017

Published on Sunday, 16 April 2017

Hundreds of thousands of visitors have enjoyed a fantastic weekend of entertainment at the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival as the event moves into its final hours.

All hands on deck for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Published on Friday, 14 April 2017

A grand opening spectacular with Glenn Tilbrook and a spell-binding dance and visual performance from Avanti marked the official opening of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

One week to go before Royal Greenwich trainees get on board for Tall Ships Regatta

Published on Friday, 07 April 2017

A group of local trainees, who will be helping crew the vessels to Portugal, have stepped on board a Tall Ship for the very first time.

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.

Stunning line-up for Tall Ships Festival announced

Published on Friday, 31 March 2017

A stunning line-up of entertainment and events has been revealed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich as the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, organised by Sail Training International, draws closer.

Local businesses get jazzed up for Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Published on Thursday, 30 March 2017

Local businesses across the Royal Borough of Greenwich are getting ready for the huge influx of visitors expected for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta taking place over the Easter weekend.

A new creative district for London

Published on Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A major new creative district for London is to be created in the heart of Woolwich.

Now's the time to be a local tourist

Published on Friday, 24 March 2017

Residents will have the opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Eltham with the annual 'Be a Local Tourist' day on Sunday 2 April.

Businesses and festival goers gearing up to Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Published on Monday, 20 March 2017

The details of the fantastic programme of events that will take place during the four day festival are being unveiled.

Tall Ships Sail Trainees excited to sail away

Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Fifty youngsters from the Royal Borough of Greenwich are being offered the opportunity of a lifetime to sail on a Tall Ship as part of a major transatlantic race that starts in the borough in April.

Three months to go: Tall Ships fleet to sail into Royal Greenwich (13-16 April 2017)

Published on Friday, 13 January 2017

In just three months' time, a fleet of international Tall Ships will arrive in Greenwich, London.

Woolwich 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 new cultural quarter.

Record-breaking Royal Greenwich libraries

Published on Wednesday, 14 December 2016

It has been a very successful year for the 12 thriving libraries in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Greenwich lights up the beginning of advent

Published on Monday, 05 December 2016

On Saturday 3 December, the last Royal Borough of Greenwich Christmas event of the festive season was held in a wintery Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich.

Royal Greenwich libraries scoop prestigious awards

Published on Monday, 28 November 2016

Greenwich Centre Library has finished an impressive second place in the Local Culture category for the 'Time Out Love London Awards'.

Woolwich warms the spirits at festive celebration

Published on Monday, 28 November 2016

Hundreds of residents revelled in the crisp, cold weather at Christmas celebrations in Woolwich on Saturday 26 November.

Thousands of local people lined the streets for Eltham Lights Up

Published on Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The turnout at a chilly Eltham Lights Up was in its thousands as residents saw characters from the Roald Dahl books take to the streets of Eltham along with many other festive entertainers.

Festive family fun in historic Greenwich setting

Published on Monday, 14 November 2016

Meet Santa and his reindeer on 3 December in Cutty Sark Gardens, as Christmas celebrations in Greenwich Town Centre get underway.

Woolwich raring for festive fun this Christmas

Published on Wednesday, 09 November 2016

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is inviting residents to join in the exciting Christmas festivities in Woolwich, on Saturday 26 November.

Eltham set to sparkle this Christmas

Published on Thursday, 03 November 2016

Eltham Lights Up returns to illuminate Eltham High Street on Thursday 17 November for the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

Six months to go until Tall Ships fleet anchors in Royal Greenwich

Published on Thursday, 13 October 2016

The countdown is on for the start of the Tall Ships race to Quebec, Canada next Easter.

Full House for Everybody Active

Published on Friday, 07 October 2016

The biggest Everybody Active event to date in the Royal Borough of Greenwich saw hundreds of residents trying out new and exciting physical activities.

Pizza Express to join new cinema complex for Eltham High Street

Published on Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Pizza Express is the second restaurant to confirm that they will join the new six-screen cinema complex in Eltham High Street, south east London.

Special 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.

Open House weekend in the Royal Borough

Published on Tuesday, 06 September 2016

The Royal Borough of Greenwich celebrates the ancient and modern with Open House weekend.

Seafarers honoured in Royal Greenwich for Merchant Navy Day

Published on Friday, 02 September 2016

The Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy's official flag - was raised today by His Worshipful Mayor Councillor Olu Babatola, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, to mark Merchant Navy Day.

Sail the seas - become a Tall Ships Sail Trainee

Published on Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Take part in the experience of a lifetime as part of the Tall Ships 2017 festival.

Top local athletes on world stage

Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016

Four local athletes are doing the Royal Borough proud this year as they join athletes from across the globe to compete in Rio de Janeiro.

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

Published on Thursday, 04 August 2016

Nando's is all set to join Vue Entertainment at the new six-screen cinema complex in Eltham High Street, south east London.

Royal Borough welcomes outcome of Enderby Wharf Judicial Review

Published on Wednesday, 03 August 2016

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has welcomed the decision to dismiss a claim for Judicial Review of the council's decision to grant planning permission for the Enderby Wharf development in 2015.

Lights! Camera! Eltham!

Published on Friday, 29 July 2016

The red carpet is coming out in Eltham this Wednesday (3 Aug 2016) - and it will be lined with a host of familiar famous faces.

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.

Closure of Warehouse Sports and Performing Arts Centre

Published on Friday, 15 July 2016

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

Your parks need you!

Published on Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is having a final push in encouraging residents to complete an online consultation on the next parks and open spaces strategy.

Making waves at the London Youth Games

Published on Friday, 10 June 2016

Young athletes from Royal Greenwich have secured top medals at the London Youth Games ParaGames, with the girls winning overall team gold and the boys winning the team silver medal.

National Bookstart Week 2016

Published on Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Take a plunge under the sea for this year's National Bookstart Week and go along to one of the Royal Borough's libraries for a marine adventure.

Community celebrations at Great Get Together and Armed Forces Day 2016

Published on Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Camel racing, bands and a veteran's parade will be among the attractions at the UK's largest Armed Forces Day events to be held next month in Woolwich.

Gilbert's Pit Grand Opening

Published on Monday, 23 May 2016

Visitors now have unprecedented access to the former quarry faces of Gilbert's Pit, one of London's most important geological Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) located in Charlton.

Countdown to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships 2017 begins

Published on Wednesday, 11 May 2016

There is less than a year to go before a fleet of Tall Ships gathers on the River Thames at Woolwich and Greenwich in April 2017.

Sail trainees on board for the Tall Ships Festival

Published on Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The first of the Royal Borough's new sail trainees got a taste of life aboard a Tall Ship at the launch of the Royal Greenwich Festivals 2016 (11 May).

Tall Ship visit marks Royal Greenwich Festivals launch

Published on Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Royal Borough of Greenwich launched its highly anticipated Royal Greenwich Festivals 2016 today (11 May) with a special preview event on board the magnificent Tall Ship 'The Morgenster'.

Media invitation to the Royal Greenwich Festivals 2016 launch event

Published on Friday, 06 May 2016

Reporters, photographers and broadcast media are invited to come on board a majestic tall ship to celebrate the launch of Royal Greenwich Festivals 2016.

Thousands sign up for the Greenwich One Card

Published on Friday, 29 April 2016

The council's all in one discount and leisure card has made it to the 20,000 mark.

Frankenstein live on the Woolwich Big Screen

Published on Friday, 29 April 2016

The Royal Ballet's new production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein gets the Big Screen treatment this May.

World Book Night in Royal Greenwich

Published on Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Book fans of all ages joined in the celebrations for World Book Night and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death on 23 April.

Greenwich gets set to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary and World Book Night

Published on Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Leading writers will be talking about their lives and work at Woolwich Centre Library on World Book Night on 23 April 2016.

Opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House live on the big screen in Woolwich

Published on Friday, 08 April 2016

Showing three world-class operas and ballets in General Gordon Square there is no better way to enjoy the British summer.

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is 21

Published on Wednesday, 30 March 2016

This year, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), celebrates its 21st birthday with a programme which will include six world premieres, five UK premieres and 12 London premieres.

Explore south east London on foot with 'A trail through time' walks

Published on Wednesday, 23 March 2016

This spring, the Green Chain partnership has a series of events and walks called 'A trail through time', in partnership with South Eastern Trains.

Hunt down your local library

Published on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Libraries in Greenwich have plenty to offer to entertain the kids in Greenwich this Easter.

The people's champion donates to Greenwich Starting Blocks

Published on Monday, 07 March 2016

World famous boxer Muhammad Ali went the full round with a generous donation to Greenwich Starting Blocks last week.

Time to Be a Local Tourist

Published on Thursday, 03 March 2016

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

London's Newest Cultural Quarter moves one step closer

Published on Monday, 08 February 2016

Exciting plans for a new cultural quarter in Woolwich moved one step closer with news that one of the UK's top arts organisations has come on board as a key partner.

Greenwich One Card hits 10,000 mark

Published on Monday, 01 February 2016

The number of residents signing up for the Greenwich One Card has reached 10,000 showing just how popular the unique scheme has proved since it was launched last November.

New Year, new goals

Published on Monday, 11 January 2016

Residents need look no further than the Royal Borough's leisure centres for help with their New Year fitness plans. This January there is no joining fee when residents sign up for membership.

Get out and about for the New Year

Published on Thursday, 31 December 2015

If you're looking for great ways to spend winter days then the beautiful open spaces of South East London could be the answer.

Grab yourself a Greenwich One Card in the New Year

Published on Thursday, 24 December 2015

Get yourself a Greenwich One Card and stay active for 2016.

Eat, Drink and Be Safe this Christmas

Published on Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The most common reason for calling an ambulance among 21 to 30-year-olds in London is related to alcohol consumption.

Greenwich sees thousands of residents sign up to the Greenwich One Card

Published on Thursday, 10 December 2015

Since its launch last month, over 2,700 residents have signed up to the new Greenwich One Card, allowing them to grab bargains at local businesses and enjoy access to libraries and leisure facilities.

Woolwich starts off with its Christmas celebrations in style

Published on Monday, 07 December 2015

Saturday saw thousands of residents go to Woolwich to begin celebrating Christmas with the Royal Borough's annual Woolwich Winter Warmer.

Greenwich lights up for Christmas

Published on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Christmas in Greenwich saw thousands turn up as the Christmas tree lights floodlit the Cutty Sark Gardens.

The Streets comes to Woolwich

Published on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

The Royal Borough welcomes The Streets festival to Woolwich on 4 and 5 December as part of an initiative to celebrate and inspire an interest in local high streets.

Royal Borough encourages residents to support local traders and shop local on Small Business Saturday

Published on Friday, 27 November 2015

Saturday 5 December is Small Business Saturday and Royal Greenwich is encouraging residents to support their favourite shops and businesses - and buy local.

Wilton Road set for 'A Very Abbey Christmas'

Published on Friday, 27 November 2015

Real reindeer, a Santa's Grotto and festive craft activities all form part of an exciting Christmas event for visitors to Abbey Wood on Sunday 6 December.

Greenwich launches the UK's first all in one leisure, library and shopping card

Published on Thursday, 19 November 2015

Greenwich residents are set to be the first in the country to benefit from an all in one leisure, library and discount shopping card after the council launched the innovative Greenwich One Card today.

Woolwich set to sparkle this Christmas

Published on Tuesday, 03 November 2015

Christmas is set to start with a bang in Woolwich on 5 December as a spectacular fireworks display is set to light up the sky as part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich's annual Woolwich Winter Warmer.

New library for Abbey Wood given the go-ahead

Published on Friday, 30 October 2015

A brand new library in Abbey Wood has been approved by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, as part of an ambitious multi-million pound regeneration project for the local area.

Eltham set to Light Up for Christmas

Published on Monday, 26 October 2015

Local residents can bag a bargain and enjoy festive entertainment on 19 November.

Snooker star to top the bill at Gala Dinner

Published on Monday, 12 October 2015

Six time world snooker champion and local boy Steve Davis OBE will be the guest speaker at a gala dinner next month in support of Royal Borough athletes.

New multi-sports venue for Royal Borough gets go-ahead

Published on Wednesday, 07 October 2015

Plans to create a leading new indoor multi-sports centre in the Royal Borough of Greenwich have been approved by the borough's Planning Board.

Blooming Marvellous! Greenwich wins London in Bloom Awards

Published on Friday, 18 September 2015

Green spaces across the borough were recognised as some of the very best in the capital at the London in Bloom Awards this week (16 September).

Mayor of Greenwich Councillor Norman Adams welcomes Tibetan Community to Woolwich event

Published on Friday, 18 September 2015

Local Tibetan residents will join Royal Borough of Greenwich Councillors for a celebration event in Woolwich Town Hall today (18 Sept) to mark the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the O2.

Local hero who fought in two World Wars to be honoured

Published on Friday, 18 September 2015

The Mayor of Royal Greenwich is set to unveil the second of four commemorative stones in honour of local servicemen and women who gave their lives whilst serving their country.

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