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Brockwell Park

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Time Out says

Brockwell Park is a much-needed slab of green (84 acres) just south of Brixton. Locals from the surrounding areas flock here in summer to sun-worship (if they're lucky), fly kites, swim in the outside pool, play football and parade a stunning array of dogs. It's big, diverse and interesting, with numerous areas to appeal to different tastes, from the calm, rolling meadows around Tulse Hill to the sloped football pitches by the Dulwich Road.

Brockwell Park was opened to the public in 1891 by the London County Council. Before that, it was the grounds of Brockwell Hall, the current version of which dates from 1811 and is Grade II listed. The hall still stands in the centre of the park and is now a slightly dilapidated place to purchase tea, cakes and excellent ice-cream.

The famous lido was built in 1937 and (after a difficult decade) was restored to its original beauty in 2007. The playground in Brockwell Park is a favourite, with its aerial slide, massive sandpit and sections for different age groups; nearby are the duck ponds and the huge paddling pool. Regular events include circuses, summer concerts and festivals, and the annual Lambeth Country Show: a sensational mix of village féte, city farm, reggae concert and vegetable sculpture gallery that draws crowds from across the city.

Details

Address:
Dulwich Rd
London
SE24 0NG
Transport:
Tube: Brixton; Rail: Herne Hill
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What’s on

Wide Awake Festival

  • Music festivals

A relative newcomer to Brockwell Park’s busy festival schedule, Wide Awake bills itself as a ‘musical melting pot’, and it’s easy to see why. For its first two-day edition this May, they've got electronic duo Bicep headlining day one and ageing rockers Primal Scream the next. The roster also including acts as disparate as Peckham punks Fat White Family, deep-house DJ Leon Vynehall and jazz-rock outfit The Comet is Coming, as well as representation from a host of genres including leftfield indie, post-punk, jazz and techno. Very eclectic!

City Splash Festival

  • Reggae and dancehall

This one-day south London festival celebrates the best in Reggae, Dancehall, and Afrobeats, spotlighting the importance of Caribbean and African music on British culture. There will be Caribbean street food vendors in collab with Black Eats LDN, serving up everything from mouth-watering jerk chicken to fried plantains, as well as a jam-packed music lineup still to be revealed.  We'll be updating this page with more information as it is announced. 

Cross The Tracks

  • Music festivals

Arriving in 2022 with its third edition, Cross the Tracks is still a bit of a newcomer to the London festival scene. But with tasteful, groove-heavy curation across soul, funk and jazz, as well as a focus on street food and craft beer, it's already cemented itself as an anticipated name in the saturated events circuit. Taking place in Brockwell Park across six stages, the festival has a laid-back, open arms appeal, meaning you'll more than likely find all sorts of ages having a boogie. The 2022 edition is already promising big things, with psychedelic Texan funk trio Khruangbin headlining, as well as Joy Crookes, Patrice Rushen, and rapper Mereba. Other highlights include a live set from soul-house producer Romare, stellar selections from Radio 1 DJ Jamz Supernova, some feel-good funk from Norman Jay MBE, and many more names. .

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