Poetry writing workshop  
Gill O'Halloran

Saturday 13 April 2024, 10am to 11.30am  

Venue: Upstairs Classroom, Homestead Education Centre in the Stable Yard

Gill's poetry workshops are for everyone. It doesn't matter if you've never written a line of poetry before; if nature speaks to you, come along! You'll use some simple exercises to play with words and generate images. You'll explore using all your senses to describe nature, try out internal and/or vowel rhymes, and feel the power of condensing language. 

The aim of this workshop will be to produce a group poem about our love of nature in Beckenham Place Park.  You'll enjoy a sense of community as well as artistic achievement and creativity. 


Price £18.50 (inc booking fee)

Fiction writing workshop
Annie Lyons

Saturday 13 April 2024, 2pm to 3.30pm  

Venue: Upstairs Classroom, Homestead Education Centre in the Stable Yard 

Join author Annie Lyons for a fun-filled workshop aimed at anyone who wants to have a go at writing fiction - whether you long to discover if you really do have that novel in you or just want to put pen to paper and see where it takes you.

Designed to ease you into the writing process and bring you confidence as a writer, the workshop will cover the basics of storytelling: generating ideas, understanding structure, creating a character and developing their story.

You'll use a combination of individual and group exercises to get the brains buzzing and the words flowing!

Price: £18.50 (incl booking fee)


Drop in sewing sessions with KHY Sewing School

Saturday 13 April 2024, 11am to 4.00pm  

Venue: Sewing School, Beckenham Place Mansion 

Dive into the world of textiles with our FREE drop-in sessions and fashion your very own literary keepsake. Choose from:

- The Charming Cross Stitch Bookmark

- The Adorable Hand-Sewn Heart Page Marker

- The Whimsical Mini Pom-Pom Bookmark

No experience? No problem! Our skilled instructors will be there to guide your every stitch. All materials are provided at no cost - all we need is your zest for creativity!

For a Sneak Peek into the World of Threads & Tales, Visit Us Online! Eager to learn more? We've got you covered! Head over to https://www.knowhowyou.co.uk for all the delightful details.

Your storybook adventure awaits.


Mansion's resident artists to exhibit in the Old Library

Saturday 13 April 2024, all day

Venue: Old Library, Beckenham Place Mansion 

Connect with resident artists in Beckenham Place Mansion's Old Library and enjoy Kev Hopgood's fantastic illustrations for graphic novels and children's books, Aparna Green's stunning abstract art which fuses her identity as an artist and her role as a doctor and multi-media artist Marina Nasso-Beard’s oils and charcoals reflecting her interest in the intangible and the transient. Also visiting will be Hackney-based artist, Yvonne Coughlan.

One of Kev Hopwood's graphic illustrations, left.


The Quercus Quest:  a story map through Beckenham Place Park

Saturday 13 April 2024, all day 

Venue: start at the Homestead Cafe

Explore Beckenham Place Park like never before with Curious Families UK's latest illustrated story map.  Follow the magical trail, find the super trees and discover the Ancient Tree Trail hidden in the forest. A Time Portal exists in The Homestead Cafe - make sure you send a message forwards or backwards in time to help protect the park trees.

Sign up to Curious Families UK's newsletter to receive access to the FREE story map by using the QR code. You can use this map over and over again for family visits. 

The full Quercus Quest family pack is also available to buy from The Homestead Café for a special festival price of £5.00 (normally £6.99). Alongside your maps, you’ll be equipped with an EcoSpy Handbook, Root Connector and Time Portal Entry on your mission to help the trees of Beckenham Place Park restore their secret underground network.

Wild Walk with 
Wild South London

Saturday 13 April 2024, 12pm-1.30pm

VENUE: Meet at Beckenham Place Mansion

Join Wild South London for a Wild Walk around Beckenham Place Park to celebrate spring and learn about the flora and fauna in the park.

Wild Walks are free events that encourage people to get outside and explore local green spaces. We’ll walk for about an hour, then settle somewhere close by to talk about what we’ve seen and get to know each other better. We encourage walk attendees to share their own knowledge along the way and someone from Wild South London will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about things we come across.

Where to meet
Meet your hosts outside Beckenham Place Mansion (on the car park side of the park) - what 3 words link: https://w3w.co/lowest.crate.origin

Please ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear based on the weather forecast. Some parts of the walk may be on muddy or uneven ground, but we will ensure we make it as accessible as possible. Please note that we will not be eating or foraging for anything on this walk but may point out species we have some knowledge of as foragers.

Children are more than welcome, as long as they are supervised by an adult at all times. Dogs are also welcome but must be on a lead whilst in the garden areas as per Beckenham Place Park's rules.

Follow Wild South London on Instagram to hear about other events: @wild_south_london

Price: Free of charge  Booking required



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