As part of its commitment to the local community, The Bridge, working in partnership with the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce, hosts a number of events celebrating special occasions throughout the year.
We kick off the new year with a lively medieval tradition, the wassail, which takes place around the twelfth night in January. By blessing the fruit trees in the Pleasaunce, we hope to encourage a good harvest from our orchards, whilst at the same time celebrating our strong community spirit with singing, hot mulled cider, themed activities for the children and entertainment from the Greenwich Morris Dancers.
We hold a very well-attended event centred around two Easter egg hunts – a traditional egg hunt for the Under 5s within our secure outside space at The Bridge and a more challenging treasure hunt for the Over 5s with clues hidden all over the Pleasaunce park which have to be solved before claiming an Easter egg prize. The Easter Bunny has often made an appearance too!
During the summer, as part of the ParksFest series of free open-air festivals that take place all over the Royal Borough of Greenwich, we host our most popular event of the year, the summer festival. This is a free afternoon of entertainment, stalls, activities and refreshments. In recent years, we have had an art tent with exhibitions by local artists; live jazz, folk and rock and roll music on stage; under 5s activities at The Bridge including face-painting, forest school fun, arts and crafts and a bouncy castle; as well as sports activities for older children; a dog show and a wide choice of refreshments.
And finally, in the run up to Christmas, we offer families the opportunity to bring their little ones along to meet Father Christmas, who usually arrives on a much-anticipated secret mode of transport! There have been boats, fire engines and sports cars to mention but a few. The Bridge is transformed into a Santa’s Grotto and while the children wait to see Father Christmas and get creative with some festive arts and crafts, adults can enjoy some hot mulled wine and a mince pie or two laid on by the Friends of the Pleasaunce, whilst local musicians play in the park and Halstow Community Choir lead visitors in some hearty carol singing!