Lighthouse popping up on the pier

Erith Lighthouse will be popping up at the town’s Pier from 7 September for three weeks until 24 September. A further eight chefs will be treating guests to a variety of cuisines, and there will also be a special art installation to celebrate the ever-changing nature of London’s longest pier.

For the first time ever Erith will be taking part in the Totally Thames festival, a London-wide annual celebration of the River Thames, with the Erith Lighthouse September Programme featured as part of its programme - writes

Events at the Lighthouse kick-off with a public pier party from 6pm–9pm on Thursday 7 September with The Exchange hosting a gin bar. The packed programme of events includes the chance to watch the annual Erith Yacht Club open regatta, to go on a tour of Erith and to see performance poet Joseph Coelho recreate familiar fairytales. There will also be a live radio broadcast from the Lighthouse on 24 September where public comments, stories and future visions for Erith will be shared. Most of the daytime events are free, but numbers are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Simply visit Event Brite and search for Erith Lighthouse.

Guest chefs at the Erith Lighthouse in September will include London’s hottest new chef Adam Rawson, who will be using foraged ingredients from Crayford Marches. Those who missed out in August will have another chance to sample the culinary delights of Roselitz London, Steve Kielty and Tiny Leaf. There will be a charge of £25-£30 per person for a three course meal (excluding drinks). Numbers are limited and dining must be booked in advance on Design my Night .

Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth said: “We’re delighted that Erith is taking part in the Totally Thames festival and that Londoners who don’t already know just how fantastic a place Erith is will get the chance to find out.

“The Erith Lighthouse is a chance for local people to enjoy the riverside and celebrate the rich heritage of their area, so I hope that residents will go along and support it."

Erith Lighthouse will be in the company of the inaugural Pier Commission, a new art project for Erith Pier developed by The Exchange. Artist Julia Snowdin has created a series of storytelling ship’s sails, designed and produced in partnership with Erith residents and these will complement the stunning Lighthouse structure. The sails will be hung around the pier to create outdoor rooms in which visitors can sit, relax, draw and play. Art workshops which the public can participate in will include creating origami sailboats and sea-shanty musical instruments.

Erith Lighthouse has been commissioned by the London Borough of Bexley and funded by the Mayor of London as part of Bexley’s Greater Erith Programme, a town centre regeneration programme that is enabling the creation of an active town centre that makes the most of Erith’s unique setting by the River Thames.

The art installation commission has been organised by The Exchange through the Pier Commission project and sponsored by Orbit and Wates Residential. The partners invited proposals from practitioners to develop an idea that would transform this new public art space for the period of the Totally Thames Festival. A total of 75 proposals were submitted from all over the world, and with the support of a group of judges, this number was whittled down to four, from which the public selected the proposal submitted by Julia Snowdin.

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