Sunday 2 June is next volunteer day: 10-12pm

Sunday 2 June is next volunteer day: 10-12pm

The more the merrier, so please come along to the Community Wildlife Garden between 10am and 12 noon.  We need to attack unwanted weeds in the wildlife meadow. If you want to know more about the volunteer day, please email

Parking in the Park - to pay or not to pay

Southwark Council is consulting on the introduction of charges to use the car park in the Park. The link to the consultation is below. Please note that the charges on the Peckham Rye Park plan relate to the red hatched area only. The closing date to contribute to the consultation is 13th May

For further information on the consultation and how to provide your comments, please visit the Southwark Council Website on

MUSIC Festival Update

MUSIC Festival Update

A premises licence has been granted by Southwark for the Gala Festival to take place again on Peckham Rye Park on the May Bank Holiday weekend - 25-27 May. It is to be a two-day event but, as per last year, the site will be fenced off for around nine days. This year, the area fenced off will be substantially larger (see map) and will include an additional stage closer to Colyton Road; and the licence is for 10,000 people compared with 8,000 last year.

It appears that Southwark Events has agreed for the event to take place annually and the premises licence has been granted on the condition that there will only be ‘one event per calendar year, taking place for a maximum of two days for three years ending 31 December 2021’.

At a recent consultation meeting, concerns were raised about heavy vehicle access to the site, which will be past the children’s playground and the cafe, neither of which were in operation at the time the event was held last year.

After the event last year, a section of the site had to be fenced off and was unavailable for public use for around 8 months to allow the ground to recover.





Southwark Events - your opportunity to have a say.

Below is a note from Southwark Events inviting residents to participate in a review of the policy on outdoor events such as the Gala Music event on Peckham Rye Park. Please note: the text is copied from Southwark Council's website and does not represent the views of the Friends of Peckham Rye Park.  The words 'we' or 'our' refer to Southwark Council.


You are invited to participate in a review of our outdoor events policy

Outdoor events form an integral part of Southwark Council's cultural strategy Creative Southwark. The strategy outlines a range of commitments that support the long term ambition of Southwark being the first choice for people to live, work, study and visit.

In delivering the strategy we manage over 160 outdoor events each year in our parks, squares, walkways and streets. We processes applications, advise event organisers, scrutinise plans, consult with local stakeholders and partner agencies, and monitor the events as they take place.  The outdoor events policy plays a crucial role setting out the principles and procedures that aim to provide clear and transparent processes for event organisers, stakeholders and partners, providing consistent control, management and monitoring.

Alongside this, we fund an annual programme of free community events such as Camberwell Fair, Bermondsey Carnival, East Dulwich Christmas Cracker, Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival and the annual firework display, all contributing to a vibrant Southwark. However, after ten years of significant central government cuts, it has become increasingly difficult for us to continue our investment and in 2018 we allowed two major commercial events to take place. The income generated from them allowed the continued support of the annual free programme.

Many lessons have been learnt in the last twelve months and we feel it is an appropriate time to review the outdoor events policy and location specific conditions to ensure they continue to be fit for purpose.

 There are two ways we are inviting you to participate in this review:

 1.    Complete the public survey. It is designed to gather your thoughts and is split into two sections. Section A, general questions that could pertain to any park or public space and Section B, specific questions regarding a particular space you might be interested in. 

2.    Join us at our public workshop taking place at Theatre Peckham (221 Havil St, Camberwell, London SE5 7SD) on Wednesday 20 March at 6.30pm. 

Please register on our Eventbrite page if you wish to attend. 

We hope you take this opportunity to share your thoughts. The information and comments gathered will directly inform the next iteration of the Outdoor Events Policy.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Culture & Events Team on or calling 020 7525 3422.


The 2018 fete:  another wonderful day

The 2018 fete: another wonderful day

Yet again the sun shone for our annual fete on Saturday 1st September and a great day was had by the many who came to enjoy themselves, not to mention all the dogs who came to take part in  the dog show. The coconut shy has never been busier, the plant and book stalls had record days, the tea tent and the Punch and Judy show proved as popular as ever,  the beer, Pimms and cider stall was drunk dry.

Huge thanks are due to all those involved in organising the event and those local residents who helped out on the day. And special thanks to The Neighbourhood Vet for organising the Dog Show, to Roy Brooks for their sponsorship, and to all the local businesses and residents who donated cakes for the Friend of Peckham Rye Park Tea Tent. As always, the money made by the fete will go towards new projects that benefit the Park and Common and on the maintenance of the Community Garden.

The 2019 fete will take place on Saturday 7th September.


 Refurbished  cafe now open

Refurbished cafe now open

The Round Cafe (previously Cafe-on-the-Rye) has reopened after extensive rebuilding.  The cafe has been transformed with much more space inside and an ice cream kiosk convenient for the playground. The menu has also been revamped. It is open from 8am - 6.30pm in the summer months


New children's playground now open

New children's playground now open

The new children's playground on the Common next to the cafe is now open. It is proving very popular especially the water feature and the sandy area. The water which children can pump out on demand is not recycled so feel free to take buckets and spread it on the newly planted trees and shrubs!

The smaller old playground within the Park remains open. The one o'clock club and playroom, previously in a hut (now demolished) by the cafe, are now located in a new building adjacent to the Adventure Playground in the Park

    Former Lido Site - update November 2018

    Former Lido Site - update November 2018

    There is still nothing to report on the progress of the feasibility study, the scope of which  has  yet to be  circulated. In November 2018 it was reported that producing the study was ‘much more complex than expected’

    A consultation meeting was held at the White Horse pub on Monday 23 Jan 2017. The main purpose of the session was to ask people what they wanted on the site and to give them the chance to ask questions of the two people behind the lido project and the architects they have involved.  A number of people expressed concern about the suitability of the site for what has been outlined in the online consultation process (see below). 

    There is an online consultation process under way about which the  The Friends of Peckham Rye Park has a number of concerns, not least that it does not mention the fact that it would require building on protected Metropolitan Open Land. To take part in the online consultation go to:

    The Friends of Peckham Rye Park are also keen that any future consultation meeting should  reach out to the public at large and not just be advertised using social media, and that it should not be limited only to ticket holders

     We will keep you informed as and when we hear any news



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