Key Festival Events

Brief notes on events and participants

Please note: Unless specified, there is no requirement to prebook. Where it has been necessary to charge for admission, this is noted against the event.

Smashing Pans
CookingThroughout the Festival, SMASHING PANS, run by Michelin Star Chef, Keith Burke, is running cookery demonstrations, specifically on Fish and seafood, and Thai food. The demonstrations will be for apprx 90 minutes each, right in the heart of Chislehurst. Click here for more.

Open HouseOpenHouse
Your chance to discover and enjoy Chislehurst’s heritage buildings

Once again, we are joining forces with London Open House to celebrate Chislehurst’s heritage of fine architecture, and we have arranged free access to some of our finest buildings during the weekend of 19th and 20th September. These include a number of our churches, Bullers Wood School (an Ernest Newton building) and Babington House. For the first time Livingstone House, in Beechcroft, is participating.

London Open House is a registered charity that aims to promote pride in and awareness of architecture and the built environment in the Greater London area, and we are pleased to be working with them.  We would like to thank the managers and custodians of the buildings involved.

Buildings which may be visited, with opening times and details of special events can be seen by clicking here. Please note that Babington House cannot now be open as part of this weekend.

Other events associated with Open House weekend:
Chislehurst: An Armchair Heritage Walk:  A talk given by Roy Hopper with slides, at the Methodist Church Hall, Prince Imperial Road, Chislehurst at 7.30pm on Saturday 26th September.  Free admission.
Chislehurst Architects Town Trail:  A directed walk through the most interesting architecture in Chislehurst.  This will be unaccompanied, and anyone can follow the walk (during this weekend or indeed at any other time).  It will pass close by most of the open buildings.  A brochure can be downloaded here.  A more detailed walk round Chislehurst can still be found in Alice Sennett’s book, Historical Walks around Chislehurst (1995).
Old Chislehurst: A display of old photographs of Chislehurst will be on display in the Annunciation Church during the weekend. A number of these can be found on the Society's website


As usual there was a good turnout for this weekend. Highlights were Bullers Wood School and Livingstone House, both open for the first time this year, and the tower at the Annunciation Church.

Chislehurst Natural Health Day
Saturday 19th September, 10am – 4pm, The Age Concern Centre, High Street

Chislehurst’s own Natural Health Day is sponsored by Health Matters of Bromley and Petts Wood. It will be held at the Active Age Centre opposite the Annunciation Church. Local practitioners will be involved as well as national experts, who will give advice on health nutrition, herbal and natural remedies, and natural healthcare. There will be free advice, and free samples, and treatments will be available from local practitioners. 

A Fantastic day - hot and sunny. It was busy all day. Great offers were available from well-known suppliers, and their representatives were there to give advice and support.In the marquee there were special offer treatments, massaga, acupuncture and homeopathy, with dietary and other advice on offer free of charge.

Take a look at some of the photographs taken on the day.

Cafe Pause @ Methodist Church
Saturdays, 19 September, 91m - 4pm; 26 September and 3 October 9am - noon, Prince Imperial Road.The Methodist Church Cafe will be open to all on all three Saturdays during the Festival. A quiet location close to the High Street where you can relax with friends and enjoy a snack and a chat. The methodist Church is also open as part f the Open House Event on 19/20 September.

SidwellThe Michelle Sidwell Academy of Dance
Saturday 19th September, Location to be determined
The Michelle Sidwell Academy Of Dance is based in Chislehurst, Kent.  Established since 1999 they offer high quality training in all aspects of the performing arts and dance styles.
The Academy is a small friendly school where all pupils are taught in a caring,encouraging and professional envrionment.  All teachers are fully qualified and CRB checked.  All pupils perform in our annual show at The Bob Hope Theatre.  Pupils have also performed at The London Palladium,Sadlers Wells Theatre & Her Majesty’s Theatre.  We regularly take ISTD examinations and have a 100% pass rate.  We have a specialist pre-school class for pupils age 3+ and a generous 20% discount for siblings.
At the festival we will be performing a selection of dances taken from our summer production ‘Around The World’ which will be held on Saturday 4th July at The Bob Hope Theatre, Eltham.  We will be dancing to a selection music taken from all around the world from Classical Ballet Music to up to the minute music from the charts.  Pupils will perform a variety of different styles of dancing from Classical Ballet to Street.  There will be something for everybody to enjoy!  And it might even make you want to join us in the future!  We look forward to seeing you there.

Tennis at the Recreation Ground
TennisSunday September 20th, 10am – 4pm Recreation Ground
Chislehurst Lawn Tennis Club will be holding an Open Day on Sunday September 20 from 10.00am until 4.00pm, when we will be happy to give court-time to adult and junior players who may think they have the potential to be the next Andy Murray or Laura Robson. You will be able to hit with social and team players present on that day, and we will stage a couple of fun competitions, probably involving target-practice or playing one game against an established player. We hope that some visitors may also want to join the Club as new members, but there will be no obligation to do this - just to play, watch - and enjoy. Some light refreshments will be available!, Prebooking NOT required.

A Cappella workshop
Monday 21st and Monday 28th September. 8pm  - 10.00pm, The Link, Christ Church, Lubbock Road.
Voice Box - Celebrate the Chislehurst festival with a song! If you love singing, come along to our close harmony workshops and enjoy singing 'a cappella' with Just Voices, Bromley's award-winning chorus.

Everyone is welcome and its free - yes, FREE.

A really well attended workshop. Click here for photographs of the evening
For future events, please ring Kate on 020 8467 3074.

Women’s Institute – "Knickers 1800-1930"
Monday 21st September, 7.30pm. St Patrick’s Hall, Albany Road
Open Evening for all comers, and a talk, ‘knickers 1800-1930’ by Mrs Jean Bruce.

There was a wonderful turnout - perhaps 40 or so additional visitors for the talk.

For photographs of the evening by Robert Piwko, click here

Photo competition
Wednesday 23rd September, 7pm – 9pm, The Library, Red Hill
Awards Ceremony and chance to see the entries to our photo competition “My Chislehurst”. Prizes will be available, and there are no entry fees. Open to all. There will be a display of the winning entries at the library for the remainder of the Festival fortnight. There is still plenty of time to enter the competition, and to win prizes of up to £750.


SalsanightSalsa Night
Tuesday 22nd September, 7.30pm – late

Dance in general and Salsa in particular is very good for you and a brilliant way of getting fit, as well as meeting new people in a safe enviroment!

7.30pm-8.30pm for the beginner with an introduction to club salsa dancing!
8.30pm-9.30pm the more experienced dancers have their class – a chance to see more advanced dancers!
From 9.45pm our in-house DJ plays a variety of salsa music, cha cha cha, bachata and other hot latin dance music.

Entry fee £6.50. Please let us know if you are planning to come.

For photographs of the evening click here.

Open evening at Babington House School
Thursday 24th September. Babington House School Grange Drive.
Babington House is host to a display of course available to students in the 6th form in local schools. The displays will be open to the public from 7.15pm for an hour. Free admission.

Just Voices and Melody Greene in Concert - a Guy and some Dolls!
Thursday 24 September, 7.30pm. Ferens Hall, Farringtons School
A chance to hear the Bromley A Cappella groups, Just Voices in concert with local saxophonist Brett Mitchell, and Melody Greene's 'An evening of Judy'.
Tickets £5/£3. Booking advisable

What a wonderful evening we had. An audience of over 90 heard Just Voices sing a variety of songs, from madrigals to the Beach Boys, Brett Mitchell and Brian Carter played some traditional jazz, and to top it all, Melody-Jane Faulkner gave us the life of Judy Garland in words and song. Magical!

For photographs of the evening click here.

BigDrawThe Big Draw
26th September, The Commons (behind Royal Parade), 10am – 4pm.
This year the theme of the Big Draw is ‘Alice meets Darwin in Wonderland’

How do they do it? Donna Bompas and her team of volunteers put on a marvellous day for the thousands of children, parents and visitors. Once again the weather was impeccable.

Quarter Peel - St Nicholas bell ringers
26th September, St Nicholas Church, 12.30pm
St Nicholas Bell Ringers will be ringing a quarter peel on 26th September, during the Big Draw, when we hope that many people will be on the Commons to appreciate it. They will also be holding free open rehearsals on both Wednesday evenings during the Festival, 23rd and 30th September from 8pm to 9.30pm for anyone interested in seeing how it is all done.

What a joyous start to the Big Draw. The Quarter Peel rang out over the Commons on this wonderful late summer day to herald the thousands of visitors.

Farringtons School Sports Open Day
26th September, Farringtons School, 11am – 2pm
Farringtons will be holding its Open day on 26 September, and as part of the day will be running a sports event open to all. Details will follow. Look on the school website.

Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled.

Allegri Singers and Bromley Boy Singers in Concert
26th September, 7.30pm-9.30pm, St Nicholas Church.
AllegriSingersThe Allegri Singers are a small chamber choir, with all ages of singers, performing interesting music in the Bromley area. The Allegri Singers was founded in 1981 by Paul Stevens with the aim of performing a wide variety of choral music to the highest standard, specialising particularly in twentieth century repertoire. Since then, the Allegri Singers has performed in many prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and as a guest choir at the Salisbury Festival, the Petworth Festival and the Cork International Music Festival. It has taken part in several radio and television broadcasts, and made two CDs
The Bromley Boy Singers is a concert choir with a well-established reputation for quality performance and musical education. Our aim is to help boys discover their musical abilities in an environment that encourages them to have fun while avoiding the peer pressure that can sometimes discourage them from singing at school. To achieve that the choir is completely independent of any school or church.

There is no entrance fee. Booking essential

A magical evening with a wide range of choral works from these two excellent local choirs. For photographs of the evening click here.

An Armchair Heritage Walk
Saturday 26th September, 7.30pm  Methodist Church Hall, Prince Imperial Road, Chislehurst.  
A talk given by Roy Hopper with slides. Free admission.

Chislehurst Chase



Sunday 27th September, from 11am. Around the Commons and Scadbury Park.

The Trustees of the Commons are supporting the Festival by organising a fun run on the Commons on Sunday 27th September. To participate, you must complete an application form, and pay a small entry fee. The 10km run will start at 11am, and the 2km run will start 15 minutes later at 11.15am.

More than 400 runners enrolled in advance or turned up on the day. For winners and times go to the Trustees website: Left is one of the winners with MP Bob Neill

For pictures taken on the day click here.



ToyShopThe Toy Shop - a regency play
Monday 28th September, 7.30pm – 9pm, The Ballroon, The Bull Inn, Royal Parade.
A rehearsed reading of a regency satirical play written by Robert Dodsley c 1735 will be presented by local amateur actors at the Bull Inn.
Not so much a toy shop, more a curiosity shop.
What price a special looking glass in which “some fine ladies may see more beauty than modesty, more airs than graces and more wit than good nature”?
Or a little box in which “a courtier may deposit his sincerity, a lawyer may screw up his honesty”?

Written over 250 years ago by a man with Chislehurst connections, the satire rings just as true today.

A performance is also being arranged for Chislehurst Schools. This is thought to be the first performance of this play in recent times.

Entry fee £2/£1. Booking advisable.

The Function Room at the Bull's Head was full for this reading of Robert Dodsley's play. Its message was as relevant today as it was 250 years ago.

For photographs of the event click here.

Open Mic Night
Tuesday 29th September, 7.30 - 10.30pm, Livingstone House, Beechcroft
Live music from budding new performers, and some seasoned ones, in a friendly, teetotal, lounge-style  environment.  Refreshments available.

Free admission. Please let us know if you are planning to come.

Bromley Speakers
Wednesday 30th September. At The Legion, Belmont Lane.
An open meeting of the Bromley Speakers where you can see and practice public speaking techniques. Come along and improve your style and confidence.
Free admission

2gether shop2gether Winter Fashion Evening
Thursday 1st October, 6-8pm, 103 High Street
Extra-special Winter Fashion and accessories and launching this years 2gether charity Christmas Cards.

Chislehurst Society Social - talk Andrew Saint, English Heritage
Thursday 1st October, 7.30pm – 10pm, The Link, Christ Church, Lubbock Road.
Society dinner with guest speaker Andrew Saint. Andrew  was formerly professor of Architecture at Cambridge University, and now is the general editor of the Survey of London for English Heritage. He has researched the work of William Willett and Ernest Newton, and will be talking to members about their work in and around Chislehurst.
Tickets £15, available from Sue Thorogood, limited to Society members and their guests. Booking essential

BellydancingBelly Dancing Workshop
Thursday 1st October, The Bull Inn, Royal Parade.
The Workshop is organised by Arabesk Arabic Dancers - an amateur group who perform Middle Eastern belly dance and folkloric dance, to both traditional and modern Arabic and Western music. It is suitable for adults of any size, shape or age.  No previous dance experience necessary.
Come and have fun and keep fit at the same time. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in easily, bring a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips and wear flat soled, non-slip shoes.
Booking advisable

Babington House School Concert
Thursday 1st October, Grange Drive, 4-5pm.
Come to hear the school's concert. everyone invited. Free admission

Family Fun Weekend
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October, 11.00 - 5.oopm. Chislehurst Commons
Chislehurst Town Centre Management is hosting a Family Fun Weekend on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October.  The event will take place on Chislehurst Common between the hours of 11am and 5pm.  There will be a whole host of activities to suit all the family including: rides for the under 10s, bouncy castle, game stalls, entertainment from local music and dance groups, community stalls, refreshments, hog roast, dog show and much more.  Entry to the event is free and all proceeds will go towards this year’s town centre Christmas lights.  For more information contact 020 8461 7498.

Chislehurst Artists exhibition
3rd October, Age Concern Centre, the High Street
Exhibition by Chislehurst's premier artists' group. Come and see the pick of their work this year. Free entry.

A Taste of Japan
Saturday 3rd October, 2pm - 5pm, Livinstone House, Beechcroft
Celebrating 150 years of Japan-UK friendship. Various performances and activities introducing Japanese culture: Music and Dance, Japanese Tea Ceremony, Sushi and Origami Workshops, and more. Refreshments available. Free entry.

WWOSGrand Olde-Tyme Music Hall
Saturday 3rd October, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Ferens Hall, Farrington’s School.
A night of Music Hall from West Wickham Operatic Society. Something for everyone.

Tickets £7.50/£5 Booking essential.

Throughout the Festival:

Chislehurst Caves tours
Discounts will be available to families at Chislehurst Caves for those who present the Festival Programme.

Look out for more events as we get closer to the Festival