MUSIC Festival Update - licensing application lodged

MUSIC Festival Update - licensing application lodged

A premises licence application has been submitted to Southwark for the Gala Festival to take place again on Peckham Rye Park on the May Bank Holiday weekend - 25-27 May 2019. The application this year is for three days not two and they are hoping for 10,000 people this year, up from 8,000. The application is until 23.00 this year. The proposal is to extend the festival site to the south. This would deny access to nearly all of the western part of the park and will increase the disturbance to local residents. The date for representations has now passed. Any comments relating to the event should be sent to

We haven’t been told whether the Council has agreed provisionally for the event to take place, but the assumption must be that it has.

The event was held at the end of May 2018 and part of the park still remains fenced off to allow it to recover from the damage caused by the event. At a meeting held by the organisers after the event to obtain feedback, we were told the deep ruts damaging the meadow will be flattened out and the area reseeded when the weather changes. The councillors were made aware of continuing concerns about holding a festival in a wooded heritage park during nesting time and that a popular part of the park was fenced off from and inaccessible to the public for more than a week.





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

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    Former Lido Site - update August 2018

    Former Lido Site - update August 2018

    There is still nothing to report on the progress of the feasibility study, the scope of which  has   yet to be  circulated. In  April 2018 we were informed that little progress had been made on it.   

    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

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