Day 1 – Saturday, 30 March

Cake Competition – 10 am to 4 pm

Bake a cake, large or small, fancy or plain, decorated if you wish, and then let the public of Telegraph Hill judge the results! Categories: Teatime Favourites, Decorated, Cakes Made by Kids.

Entry forms available on the day, downloadable here or email

Bring your entry between 10am and12 noon, judging 1pm to 3pm., prize-giving 4pm..

Telegraph Hill Centre

  • Free to enter the competition
  • £1 for adults and 50p for children to taste and judge

Secret Nature Trail – 10 am to 4 pm

Collect your trail sheet from the Telegraph Hill Centre, then go on a super, secret nature trail.

Once you’ve completed your trail, return to the Telegraph Hill Centre and collect your treasure!

This family friendly trail will take you around some of the parks and outdoor spaces around Telegraph Hill and surrounding area.

You should allow approximately 1.5hrs to complete the whole trail, which is better suited to children over 5. Families with younger children can take part in a smaller nature trail with things to spot in the upper and lower parks.

Collect your trail sheet from the Telegraph Hill Centre.

Telegraph Hill Centre, and outdoors


Shamelessly Healthy Circle – 10.30 – 11.30 am

Shamelessly Healthy Circles are about aligning your mind, body and spirit to thrive as you face everyday life’s challenges, while also keeping track of your dreams..

What are Shamelessly Healthy Circles?
• We build a group of like-minded men & women to give each other support, inspiration & accountability.
• We all have a different lifestyle, culture, body shape, physical activity, age, etc., but we all want to live a fulfilling life. That means taking care of our physical & emotional health to be able to thrive.

ShamelesslyHealthy Circles are for you if:
• You want the energy & enthusiasm that come when you feel good physically & mentally
• You want to better define your health & well-being goals
• You need support to deconstruct your health & well-being goals and set a do-able action plan
• You want to increase your sense of clarity, gain back control of your health, build more confidence
• You seek to reduce stress & anxiety.

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Be Bright

Baby Bounce – 11 am to 12 noon

All welcome at this regular weekly session where under-5s enjoy rhymes, songs and stories. Come and enjoy yourself with baby in tow!

New Cross Learning

Code Club – 11 am to 12 noon

Learn to code or improve your skills. Regular weekly session for children aged 8-12.

New Cross Learning

Workshops for All Ages – Including Drama and Puppetry – 11 am to 6 pm

MA students from Goldsmiths will run a varied programme for all ages with activities including drama and puppetry. Come explore a day full of creative workshops led by talented, international Goldsmiths theatre students.

Bring the family….or don’t!

Learn a new skill!

Make a new friend, get creative, play laugh, think about the world, and help us to make sense of it all!

Between 11 am and 6 pm there will be an array of workshops to select from.

Please note – this event is now running from 11am- 6pm 

Get your free tickets


The Thinkery (Children’s) – 12 noon to 1 pm

Come and join our Thinkery!

In Ancient Greece a drinking party was also a thinking party, a time to get together and discuss interesting thoughts and ideas.

Like good food and drink, discussion of different opinions was a fun way to explore, play, and be creative. We will munch upon strange questions about what things really are, whether they’re real, and how we can know about them at all!

These are questions for anyone and everyone. We will listen to stories, create imaginative ideas, and make things. We will have soft drinks and grapes.

This is a free event from Lewisham Arthouse artists. Donations welcome.

For children aged 6-12 . Children must be accompanied by an adult

Telegraph Hill Centre

Knitting Club – 1.30 pm to 3 pm

Knitting for all the family. We can all make squares, beanies aren’t difficult and there are cute toys too. Come to learn, share and improve your skills.

New Cross Learning

New Cross Rocks! – 1.30 pm to 1 am

The South Circular Day of Rock will kick off the Festival with a galaxy of young bands taking to the stage over the day, followed by a night of more seasoned performers and culminating in a headline set from the mighty South Circular themselves.

Established as one of South London’s premier party rock covers bands, the day will be curated by the band’s members and compered by charismatic front man, Ian Wheeler. When the live music ends, there’ll be a DJ to keep the party going until closing time.

See the event page on for more details.

Running Order (provisional timings)

  • 1.30 – Blossom Toads
  • 2.15 – Paper Planes
  • 3.00 – Illumo
  • 3.45 – Attiks
  • 4.30 – Vessles
  • 5.15 – Sulk
  • 6.00 – The Fractured
  • 6.45 – Leon Tillbrook and the Wilhelm Scream
  • 8.00 – Mock Rockin’ Beats
  • 8.45 – South Circular
  • DJ Set

1 am Close – go home … sleep tight! 

The Montague Arms, Queen’s Road, SE15 2PA

Afro Beat / Hip Hop Dance Workout – 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Come along and get your SpringsFitness810 experience, live and direct at the TELEGRAPH HILL FESTIVAL.

We are a fun and energetic ‘dance’ and ‘fitness’ duo, that will provide you with an amazing full body workout, coupled with exciting cultural dance choreography suitable for beginners to intermediate.

SpringsFitness810 specialize in Afro-Caribbean and Street Dance, but often venture into other cultural spheres to keep it moving!

We aim to provide an unforgettable experience, great music, nice vibes and guess what? It’s free!

If you like the free class and want more, then good news, attendees will be given the chance to enrol for future classes at a discount on this day.
IDTA qualified dance teacher has over 20 years of experience and DBS checked. Book through or just turn up. Info 07404 139 496.

Telegraph Hill Centre

2:30-3.30pm £FREE

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Mindfulness and Meditation – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Enjoy experiencing and learning relaxation techniques, understanding what mindfulness and meditation means, as you learn to breathe deeply and explore the restful and rejuvenating state of being, in an environment with aromatherapy scent and relaxing sounds. No need to book, just turn up.

Telegraph Hill Centre Lounge

5:30-6:30pm £FREE

HAYA Actors Showcase – 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Come and watch what our local area has to offer in the very best of young acting talent. Actors aged 8 – 16 will wow you with their creativity and professionalism and show you that they really are the acting talent of tomorrow. You will laugh and cry as the actors from HAYA take you on a journey through some of our best loved scenes from theatre, film and TV.

“I have to admit I was cynical to begin with but I was totally blown away by the standard. I’m speechless.”

‘Hands down one of the best evenings at the theatre I have ever had. Their talent is staggering.”

“Totally forgot I was watching children and teens.”

Please Note: This event is free, but a suggested donation of £5 towards Telegraph Hill Festival would be welcome.


St Catherine’s Church

7:00-9.00pm £FREE (booking essential)

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Have I Got Nudes For You – 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

A timely round-up of recent topical news stories and events, enacted in multi-model tableaux for you to draw or even join in modelling!

Telegraph Hill Centre, Lounge

7:00-9.00pm £5 (3)

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Hungarian Folk Music Night – 7.30 pm to 11.00 pm

An evening with a band playing Hungarian Folk Music and an opportunity, with guidance, to learn Hungarian folk dance (csardas, palotas).

The restaurant is open as normal, à la carte menu on offer.

The Rosemary Hungarian Restaurant, 178 New Cross Road, SE14 5AA

7:30-11.00pm £FREE

“A Glimpse of Gingham” – a Tribute to John Denver – 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm

In a ‘Glimpse of Gingham’ a (late) middle aged woman revisits her youth and pays tribute to her musical hero John Denver and confesses her part in his tragic downfall.

There will be laughter, there will be tears, there will be expressive dance. Above all there will be the music of John Denver.

Actress and singer Celia Byrne returns to Telegraph Hill Festival with her new show. Celia has performed on the Edinburgh fringe, London fringe, Charing Cross theatre ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ and Newsrevue and is a Time Out and Funny Women awards nominee.

The Telegraph at the Earl of Derby, Dennett’s Road, SE14 5LW

8:00-9.00pm £6 (4)

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