The Council will be putting on some of its own free events as part of the highly anticipated Thamesmead Festival , taking place from 15 to 17 September. The weekend-long completely free festival celebrates everything about the town, including its unique green open spaces, waterways and iconic buildings.
Thamesmead Library will be hosting a Rap and Rhyme event on Saturday 16 September from 11am to 12 noon. Neal Zetter, a brilliant poet, author and entertainer, will be performing. Free tickets are available from Thamesmead Library, or by ringing 020 3045 7777 and asking for Library services - writes bexley.gov.uk.
Bexley Local Studies and Archives will also be running a series of historic walks.
Residents can discover Thamesmead’s iconic architecture on a guided walking tour with Bexley archivist, Simon McKeon on Saturday 16 September from 11am to 1pm. Visitors will learn about the origins of Thamesmead, and how and why this ‘New Town for London’, was built by the Greater London Council 50 years ago.
On Sunday 17 September from 11am to 1pm, another guided tour will allow visitors to discover the origins of the 12th century Lesnes Abbey, along with the fascinating architectural history of Thamesmead, which was described in the 1960s as the ‘Town of the 21st Century'.
Tour tickets must be reserved by calling 0203 045 3692.
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