Camberwell Food Festival

CAMBERWELL FOOD FESTIVAL: thanks for coming! The sun came out and our food festival Eat Around the World on Camberwell Green was a great hit last Saturday, with all ages popping down to enjoy food, flavours, family fun and live music on the green. With more than 60 stalls and up to 6,000 attendees, our survey so far shows that people would definitely come again next year. Thanks to the many volunteers that helped organise.

We’d love to know what you thought about the event. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to fill in our short survey below – many thanks! Click to fill in our survey here

Camberwell Business Map: Eat around the world in SE5
We’re developing a map of Camberwell businesses and are pleased to announce that you can now access our Eat Around the World map of our fantastic food in SE5.
This map is in development thanks to funding from Southwark Council’s Thriving High Streets Fund and follows the successful Camberwell Food Festival on the green and our Camberwell Food Walk . We will adding loads more local businesses soon.
To go to the map on our Camberwell Life website, click here:

For more cuisine exploration in SE5, why not join our first guided Camberwell Food Walk on Saturday 15th June. We will meet at 12.15 and visit 4-5 top local food destinations and go behind-the-scenes to sample favourite dishes and learn more about the global cuisines that have made Camberwell their home.
We’ll show you really can eat around the world without ever leaving SE5.

Camberwell Talks: Monday 3rd June, 7pm
Celebrating Camberwell Arts Festival at 30

Join us for a fascinating and uplifting talk with Camberwell Arts Festival chair Kelly O’Reilly to celebrate 30 glorious years of the festival. From dog shows to degree shows, underground to underwater art, the annual Camberwell Arts Festival has a long history of taking art out of the studio and onto the street.

Kelly will be in conversation with founder Selina Hamilton, and other key crew behind the UK’s longest running visual arts festival.Monday 3 June, 7pm at The Grove House Tavern, 26 Camberwell Grove, SE5 8EE. Tickets: £10/7 concessions + a free drink. Under-18s free. Some tickets available on the door. For further cost of living discount, email:

The 30th Camberwell Arts Festival runs from 8th-16th June with an eclectic mix of open studios, arts markets, exhibitions, workshops and commissions designed to inspire, entertain and engage audiences of all ages. BUY CAMBERWELL TALK TICKETS 

Drawing mulberries: tree drawing workshop
Thanks to those who joined our free tree drawing workshop last Sunday, focusing on the marvellous mulberry in Lucas Gardens, led by illustrator David More. Look out for more mulberry adventures coming soon from our Trees & Green Spaces group, a joint initiative by SE5 Forum and The Camberwell Society.

Local businesses at risk from council rent increase
Five small essential independent businesses in Crossthwaite Avenue, SE5 – a post office, launderette, pharmacy, hairdresser and supermarket – are under threat of closing down as a result of Southwark Council’s threatened rent increase of 143%. This is despite attempts at negotiation and communication with the council. 

A petition has now been set up to protect these small essential shops, which form a neighbourhood hub for the local area, including five large council estates. If you’d like to support them, click here to go to the petition.  


Southwark Maternity Commission
Share your experience of maternity care

Southwark Council is running a Maternity Consultation to find about the standards of maternity care during pregnancy and the first few months after birth and make recommendations about how services can better meet resident’s needs.

Please respond to this survey if:
·       you (or your family) have had a pregnancy in the last five years
·       or you’re a frontline professional who delivers maternity services

Both surveys take 5 to 10 minutes to complete and close on 30 July 2024. They are available in 10 languages. 
Complete the survey if you’re a resident
Complete the survey if you’re a professional in maternity care