Thamesside Studios is having an Open Studios weekend. The largest single-site studio provider in the UK, with over 500 studios, Thamesside is home to an impressive array of artists, makers and designers. This is a unique opportunity to meet them, talk about what they do, and to buy directly from their studios. Arts and crafts on show include: painting and drawing, fashion design, carpentry, jewellery, millinery, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and installation, tailoring, leather work, picture framing, stained glass making, writing, upholstery, illustration, shoe making, textiles, conservation and restoration, lutherie, graphic design, furniture making, film and video, skin care, architecture, wood working, laser cutting, clock making, product design, book binding, and more. June 15 and 16 from 12noon-6pm. Admission: free.


Meet award winning author Cressida Cowell at Greenwich Book Festival. The creator of the How to Train Your Dragon (also a DreamWorks film and TV franchise) and The Wizards of Once series is talking about her inspiration and giving tips on how to become an author or illustrator. June 16 at 2:30pm at Greenwich Theatre. Admission: £8/£7 concession.
As part of the book festival, self-published authors and aspiring writers are reading their work and talking about their projects. June 15 from 11am-2pm at Old Royal Naval College Chapel. Admission: free.


The classic high school musical Bye Bye Birdie returns to Blackheath Halls this summer. In 1958, USA teen hearthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the army, so he chooses all-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss before he heads off. Inspired by Elvis Presley’s army days and full of rock n’ roll tunes, Bye Bye Birdie captures the energy of small-town American teenagers and remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. June 14 at 2:30pm-4:30pm. Admission: £10/£5 concession. Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ.



Summer Sunday Music has never sounded so good. Eltham’s Well Hall Pleasaunce Park is hosting live local musical acts every week from June 9-30 from 2pm-4pm. Admission: free. Hall Road, SE9 6SN.



Creative writing students from the University of Greenwich are reading their poetry and prose from the 2019 anthology at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel on June 13 (6pm-8pm). Admission: free.



Go along to the monthly Sunday food and craft market family day in Thamesmead’s Southmere Lake. There’s market and craft stalls, face painting, international food vendors ranging from gourmet hot dogs to Caribbean and Nepalese, local musicians and dance groups. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a day out while overlooking the lake. June 16 (12noon-4pm). Admission: free. Southmere Square, Southmere Park, SE2 9XA