Welcome to South Bermondsey! Join us to celebrate its rich history and diverse working community with Biscuit Day, a family-friendly event taking place on Saturday, May 27th from 12pm to 3pm. The event, which is open to all, will offer a range of exciting activities for attendees to enjoy.
Bermondsey has long attracted people from far and wide seeking employment opportunities. Throughout the centuries, the area has been home to various industries, from tanners to brewers, making it a hub of economic activity. Its proximity to the docks facilitated the storage and trade of food, earning Bermondsey the reputation of being London’s Larder. The construction of notable factories and warehouses further solidified its status, including the first tin can plant in Britain, established for packing rations. In 1857, the renowned Peak Frean’s biscuit factory was inaugurated, offering employment to many, and leaving an indelible mark on the community.
To commemorate this rich heritage and celebrate the diverse working life of Bermondsey, Biscuit Day will host an array of engaging activities. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Peek Freans Museum Exhibition in the market, guided by historian Gary Magold, who will provide valuable insights into the fascinating history of the biscuit factory and its impact on the local community. Artist Sarah Sparkes will lead an interactive session where participants can unleash their creativity and invent their very own biscuit, adding their unique touch to the tradition.
Biscuit Day will also feature Tin Can Alley and Games, inviting attendees of all ages to participate in fun-filled challenges. Children can enjoy Bermondsey Workers-themed colouring activities, allowing them to learn and express their creativity while connecting with the neighbourhood’s industrious past.
Southwark Park Association 1869 will be in the market. Come along and discover the history of Southwark Park, a green recreation space created over 150 years ago to improve the health and wellbeing of the hard working residents of Bermondsey
A series of free activities to explore the diversity of Bermondsey, a historic neighbourhood located just outside the city of London, renowned for its rich industrial heritage and vibrant community. Over the centuries, Bermondsey has attracted people from all walks of life, contributing to its diverse character and becoming a melting pot of cultures. The neighbourhood’s working life has played a pivotal role in shaping its identity, making it an intriguing and dynamic place to live and visit.
This event is supported by Historic England and Blue Bermondsey BID.
Blue Bermondsey BID is an independent, not-for-profit company funded and led by local businesses who activities are geared to provide services to our members whilst providing a unified voice on issues that concern the local business community. We work with the local stakeholders, residents, and visitors to help make The Blue in Bermondsey a better place to work, live and visit by funding many innovative initiatives and events.
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