Royal Greenwich Festivals

The 2022 programme of free Royal Greenwich Festivals will kick off this June, running until September.

There will be a variety of festivals, workshops and quality performances for residents of all ages to enjoy.  

Royal Greenwich Festivals will reach every corner of the borough, with free, inclusive, world-class events happening on our residents' doorsteps.

A staircase with multi coloured foam coating the ground beneath the metal bannisters. The wall of the stairs is made up of concrete planters with plants coming out the top of them.

Emergency Exit Arts | A Tale to be Told 

A Tale to be Told will tour our parks and open spaces. Performers will burst out a giant moving puppet, sharing stories heard from all the diverse voices from our communities. 

Festival.org | Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 

The Greenwich+Docklands International festival will wow audiences with a high-profile, high-impact, creative programme of performances from local, national, and international artists and organisations. 

Greenwich Dance | Summer in the Park 

Summer in the Park brings the feeling of community fairs alive. The feel-good park events will feature professional and community dance performances alongside contributions from other amateur groups to celebrate local community coming together. 

Greenwich Parks Forum | PARKSfest 22 

PARKSfest is an open-air festival with free cultural entertainment in the parks and open spaces of Royal Greenwich. There will be live entertainment from local groups, and artists, showcasing local talent. 

Tramshed Arts | Greenwich Family Arts Festival 

The Greenwich Family Arts Festival is packed full of outdoor theatre, workshops and participatory experiences, cultural storytelling and dance activities that everyone can join in.  

Full events calendar

  • Saturday 16 July - A Tale to be Told

    12 to 4pm | Plumstead Gardens, SE2

    Storytelling performers burst out from a giant moving puppet.Hear diverse stories from across cultures.

    Friday 29 July - A Tale to be Told

    11am to 4pm | General Gordon Square, SE18

    Storytelling performers burst out from a giant moving puppet.Hear diverse stories from across cultures.

    Sunday 7 August - A Tale to be Told

    1.50 to 2.20pm & 3.10 to 3.40pm | Bostall Gardens, SE2

    Storytelling performers burst out from a giant moving puppet.Hear diverse stories from across cultures.

    Sunday 14 August - A Tale to be Told

    2 to 5pm | Southwood Park, SE9

    Storytelling performers burst out from a giant moving puppet.Hear diverse stories from across cultures.

    Monday 29 August - A Tale to be Told

    12 to 5pm | Well Hall Pleasaunce, SE9

    Storytelling performers burst out from a giant moving puppet.Hear diverse stories from across cultures.

  • Saturday 27 August - The Sky Is Filled With Thunder

    8pm | The Moorings, Thamesmead

    Experienced in a playground in Thamesmead at dusk, The Sky Is Filled With Thunder features the voices of local children in a multi-layered audio artwork about home, migration, family history, hope, anger, fear and joy. It celebrates children in all their emotional complexity, with all their wild dreams and uncertain futures. They have something to tell us. They want - they need - to be heard. Aimed at adult audiences, suitable for those aged 7+. You will wear headphones as part of this experience.

    Sunday 28 August - The Sky Is Filled With Thunder

    8pm | The Moorings, Thamesmead

    Experienced in a playground in Thamesmead at dusk, The Sky Is Filled With Thunder features the voices of local children in a multi-layered audio artwork about home, migration, family history, hope, anger, fear and joy. It celebrates children in all their emotional complexity, with all their wild dreams and uncertain futures. They have something to tell us. They want - they need - to be heard. Aimed at adult audiences, suitable for those aged 7+. You will wear headphones as part of this experience.

    Sunday 28 August - Follow Me

    3pm | The Moorings, Thamesmead

    Follow two ‘urban acrobats’ on a surprising and interactive journey through The Moorings Estate in Thamesmead. Parkour and playful acrobatics transform public squares and open spaces into stages, shops and subways to provide the scenery whilst you, the audience, will also need to play your part...

    Audiences are asked to switch off smartphones and tie shoelaces properly!

    Monday 29 August - Follow Me

    3pm | The Moorings, Thamesmead

    Follow two ‘urban acrobats’ on a surprising and interactive journey through The Moorings Estate in Thamesmead. Parkour and playful acrobatics transform public squares and open spaces into stages, shops and subways to provide the scenery whilst you, the audience, will also need to play your part...

    Audiences are asked to switch off smartphones and tie shoelaces properly!

    Friday 2 September - En Route Common Ground

    5pm | Woolwich Common, SE18

    Created by Protein Dance, this uplifting celebration of community and place invites audiences on a journey of discovery from Woolwich Common down to the Royal Arsenal. It’s an opportunity to see Woolwich from a fresh perspective, with dance, specially commissioned live music, and storytelling.

    Saturday 3 September - En Route Common Ground

    5pm | Woolwich Common, SE18

    Created by Protein Dance, this uplifting celebration of community and place invites audiences on a journey of discovery from Woolwich Common down to the Royal Arsenal. It’s an opportunity to see Woolwich from a fresh perspective, with dance, specially commissioned live music, and storytelling.

    Sunday 4 September - En Route Common Ground

    2.30pm | Woolwich Common, SE18

    Created by Protein Dance, this uplifting celebration of community and place invites audiences on a journey of discovery from Woolwich Common down to the Royal Arsenal. It’s an opportunity to see Woolwich from a fresh perspective, with dance, specially commissioned live music, and storytelling.

  • Friday 22 July - Folk Dance Remixed: Step Hop House

    3.30 to 7pm | The Playground, Greenwich Park, SE10

    A fusion of fun folk dance and funky hip hop styles. Watch as the dancers perform a mix of clogging, street dance and breaking with flavours of African and Bollywood – then have a go at dancing around the colourful maypole yourself! The stage will be compared by local artist André Bright and feature additional perfomances from Dynamix Dancers and UK Latin Community CIC.

    Sunday 24 July - Queenscroft Park Picnic

    1 to 6pm | Queenscroft Park, SE9

    Enjoy the true sound of summer with Endurance Steel Orchestra – a passionate steel pan ensemble from South London! They will be joined by Guiness world record holding hula hoopers The Majorettes plus Charlton Athletic Football Club will be bringing their pop up goal posts along so you can practice your penalty shoot outs!

    Friday 29 July - Midsummerland and The RIDDLE

    10am to 4pm | General Gordon Square, SE18

    Start with an audio adventure as Anatomical take you on a magical journey through the festival of MidSummerland.

    Sunday 31 July - Gallions Park Picnic

    3 to 8pm | Gallions Park, SE18

    Just Us Dance Theatre will bring their powerful hip hop dance experience Born to Protest to the people of Thamesmead! They will be joined by Greenwich Family Arts Festival’s presentation of The Rascally Diner, a show that gently explores food provenance, sustainability and healthy eating in a silly, song-filled and riotous performance for humans aged 5+.

    Friday 5 August - NOCTURN & Spin Arts: The RIDDLE

    10am to 4pm | General Gordon Square, SE18

    Greenwich Family Arts Festival presents The Rascally Diner – a show that gently explores food provenance, sustainability and healthy eating in a silly, song-filled and riotous performance for humans aged 5+.

    Friday 12 August - NOCTURN & Spin Arts: The RIDDLE

    10am to 4pm | General Gordon Square, SE18

    Follow the clues, scan the QR codes and break out your best dance moves to decipher this quest.

    Friday 19 August - NOCTURN & Spin Arts: The RIDDLE

    10am to 4pm | General Gordon Square, SE18

    Follow the clues, scan the QR codes and break out your best dance moves to decipher this quest.

    Friday 26 August - NOCTURN & Spin Arts: The RIDDLE

    10am to 4pm | General Gordon Square, SE18

    Follow the clues, scan the QR codes and break out your best dance moves to decipher this quest.

  • Sunday 3 July - Summer Music at Avery Hill

    1 to 5pm | Avery Hill Park, SE9

    Music will be provided by the University Big Band with a selection of pieces from across all genres.

    Sunday 10 July - Picnic in the Park

    12 to 4pm | Eaglesfield Park, SE18

    An afternoon of music, theatre, dance, sport and other attractions.

    Saturday 16 July - Community Day

    12 to 4pm | Plumstead Gardens, SE2

    A community festival with live performances by local artists and neighbouring schools. With activities and games for children, and a market, organised by CC Events, for local makers and vendors.

    Sunday 17 July - Summer @ Shrewsbury Park

    12 to 4pm | Shrewsbury Park, SE18

    A village fair-type event with a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere in keeping with the natural landscape of the park. Enjoy locally sourced entertainment, with an accent on music and dance. Watch the dog show and peruse stalls from local businesses, charities, and crafts enterprises.

    Sunday 7 August - Family Fun Day

    12 to 5pm | Bostall Gardens, SE2

    The day will consist of performances by musical, dance and theatre groups. There will also be arts and crafts activities for children, including face painting. Attractions for adults will include a tennis tournament, tai chi, and physical exercise classes.

    Sunday 14 August - Concert in the Park

    1 to 5pm | Eltham Park South, SE9

    A concert featuring Los Dawsons with its exciting mix of country and soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz.

    Sunday 28 August - Southwood Park

    2 to 5pm | Southwood Park, SE9

    Music, theatre, and dance groups will provide the entertainment. A photographic exhibition will demonstrate the work and progress of the Friends of Southwood Park.

    Monday 29 August - Family Fun Day

    12 to 5pm | Well Hall Pleasaunce, SE9

    Live entertainment will be provided by local performers from local groups with distinctive appeals across an extensive range of genres.

    Sunday 4 September - Picnic in the Park

    2 to 6pm | East Greenwich Pleasaunce, SE10

    Music will be performed throughout the afternoon. Halstow School will run an entertainment area. The Bridge will organise a children’s play area. Get creative in the tent, see art from local artists.

  • Saturday 2 July - The Bell Orchestra by Beautiful Creatures Theatre

    11am to 3pm | General Gordon Square, SE18

    Bell Orchestra is an interactive musical game for families, that invites audiences of all ages to come together to play beautiful melodies on a set of giant chimes.

    Saturday 2 July - BIRDS with Caroline Hands

    11am to 3pm | General Gordon Square, SE18

    BIRDS is a new and original idea where the community participants can create a public sculpture as a flock of Birds - this version will have the message of peace.

    Saturday 2 July - Boudica by Wild Geese Theatre Company

    11.30am to 2pm | St Georges Garrison Church, SE18

    Boudica is a play about one woman who stands against the greatest civilization ever known. She fights for the freedom of her people. Rome is formidable. But she is fierce. She won’t back down. The question is...should she?

    Saturday 2 July - ALL EARS: Muntu Valdo and Modou Touré Live

    2 to 4pm Workshops and 4 to 6pm Concert | Greenwich Park, SE10

    A double-bill music event of Indonesian music performances harmonising the islands' tradition with the London soundscape featuring sets by BANdana and Gamelaning.

    Sunday 3 July - Boudica by Wild Geese Theatre Company

    1 and 4pm | Avery Hill Park, SE9

    Boudica is a play about one woman who stands against the greatest civilization ever known. She fights for the freedom of her people. Rome is formidable. But she is fierce. She won’t back down. The question is...should she?

    Sunday 3 July - BIRDS with Caroline Hands

    1 to 5pm | Avery Hill Park, SE9

    BIRDS is a new and original idea where the community participants can create a public sculpture as a flock of Birds - this version will have the message of peace.

    Saturday 9 July - Boh Boh Finds Home by Little Bean Theatre

    11am | Cator Park North, SE3

    Boh Boh Finds Home is an interactive adventure that allows families to travel through the galaxy together, stopping at different planets to help our friend Boh Boh the alien find home. We sing and dance through space, expand vocabulary, work on motor skills, and most of all have fun!

    Saturday 9 July - The Ugly Bugs Wingding! from Enter Edem

    12pm and 2.30pm | Cator Park North, SE3

    Come into a magical miniature world to meet an array of enticing insects and colourful creatures on their way to an un-bee-lievable party

    Saturday 9 July - The Campers presented by Fever Birds

    1pm and 3pm | Cator Park North, SE3

    A hilarious comic walkabout and show that will have you in stitches!

    Sunday 10 July - Naomi Cortes storyteller

    1pm, 2pm and 3.30pm | Eaglesfield Park, SE18

    Stories along the nature trail…take a short walk with the storyteller and discover a wonder of stories with an environmental twist.

    Sunday 10 July - Ugly Bugs Wingding

    1.30pm and 3pm | | Eaglesfield Park, SE18

    Come into a magical miniature world to meet an array of enticing insects and colourful creatures on their way to an un-bee-lievable party!

    Sunday 17 July - Tree Fellas by Frank Wurzinger

    12.15pm, 2pm and 3.45pm | Shrewsbury Park, SE18

    A hilarious, interactive comedy walkabout about a tree family looking for somewhere to settle down.

    Sunday 17 July - Rascally Diner by LAS Theatre

    1pm and 3pm | Shrewsbury Park, SE18

    Cook up a stink as part of Rufus Skumskins O’Parsleys’ kitchen crew or bring a pot to bang and ward off evil cakes in this fun-filled, messy performance about food.

    Saturday 23 July - Boudica by Wild Geese Theatre Company

    12pm | Charlton House, SE7

    Boudica is a play about one woman who stands against the greatest civilization ever known. She fights for the freedom of her people. Rome is formidable. But she is fierce. She won’t back down. The question is...should she?

    Saturday 23 July - Wagon of Dreams: A New Adventure

    1.30pm and 4pm | Charlton House, SE7

    A hilariously interactive adventure packed full of puppetry, fun and original music.

    Saturday 23 July - The Green Knight by Geese Theatre

    12.30pm | Charlton House, SE7

    The Green Knight is a raucous tale based on the Arthurian legend. Join the young Gawain as he journeys across ancient Britain in search of the greatest sword master of all time – Sir Breddbeddle the Green Knight.

    Saturday 23 July - BIRDS with Caroline Hands

    2 to 5pm | Greenwich Park, SE10

    BIRDS is a new and original idea where the community participants can create a public sculpture as a flock of Birds - this version will have the message of peace.

    Saturday 23 July - ALL EARS: Muntu Valdo and Modou Touré Live

    4 to 6pm | Greenwich Park, SE10

    A double-bill music event of Indonesian music performances harmonising the islands' tradition with the London soundscape featuring sets by BANdana and Gamelaning.

    Sunday 24 July - Boudica by Wild Geese Theatre Company

    11.30am | Mycenae House, SE3

    Boudica is a play about one woman who stands against the greatest civilization ever known. She fights for the freedom of her people. Rome is formidable. But she is fierce. She won’t back down. The question is...should she?

    Sunday 24 July - Wagon of Dreams: A New Adventure

    1 to 3.30pm | Mycenae House, SE3

    A hilariously interactive adventure packed full of puppetry, fun and original music.

    Sunday 24 July - The Green Knight by Wild Geese Theatre

    2pm | Mycenae House, SE3

    The Green Knight is a raucous tale based on the Arthurian legend. Join the young Gawain as he journeys across ancient Britain in search of the greatest sword master of all time – Sir Breddbeddle the Green Knight.

    Saturday 30 July - Greenwich Family Pride Day

    12 to 5.30pm | Royal Arsenal, SE18

    There'll be shows, storytelling, arts and crafts, music, food and drinks from the Arsenal farmers market and you'll even be able to join in the pride parade with Elmer the Patchwork Elephant!

    Sunday 31 July - Boh Boh Finds Home by Little Bean Theatre

    11am and 2pm | The Moorings, SE28

    Boh Boh Finds Home is an interactive adventure that allows families to travel through the galaxy together, stopping at different planets to help our friend Boh Boh the alien find home. We sing and dance through space, expand vocabulary, work on motor skills, and most of all have fun!

    Sunday 31 July - Rascally Diner by LAS Theatre

    3pm and 5.30pm | Gallions Park, SE28

    Cook up a stink as part of Rufus Skumskins O’Parsleys’ kitchen crew or bring a pot to bang and ward off evil cakes in this fun-filled, messy performance about food.