Greenwich Together festival returns to Charlton Park for Platinum Jubilee

Charlton Park
Platinum Jubilee events will take over Charlton Park for two days in June

Greenwich Council’s new festival will return to Charlton Park in June to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The Greenwich Together festival made its debut last August, with performances from dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah’s band and a Dua Lipa tribute act.

Now it and a mass family picnic in the park will be the centrepiece of the borough’s celebrations marking the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, which will be marked with a four-day bank holiday weekend.

Greenwich Together ’22 will take place on Thursday 2 June from noon to 7pm, while Picnic in the Park will run from noon to 4pm on Friday 3 June.

Applications are also being invited to hold street parties – interested residents can find more information at royalgreenwich.gov.uk/streetparties.

The announcement was made today to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Greenwich being declared a royal borough.

Council leader Danny Thorpe said: “We’re thrilled to be able to bring our community together once again this summer. This year, we have an extra reason to celebrate to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee so we are planning full weekend of fun for all the family – whether you’ll be attending, performing or setting up a stall, we can’t wait to see residents from across the borough getting involved.”

Traders who are interested in hosting stalls at the events should contact events[at]royalgreenwich.gov.uk, while the council is also offering funding for cultural organisations to take part in the events – more details at royalgreenwich.gov.uk/RGFfunding.


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Charlton Parkrun is here – 331 people take part in first event

More than 300 people ran and walked around Charlton Park this morning

Parkrun made its debut in Charlton Park this morning – with 331 people running or walking for five kilometres around the open space.

Runners taking part in tomorrow’s London Marathon helped lift numbers for the inaugural event, with Charlton now the closest run to the start line at Greenwich Park.

Charlton parkrun
Event director Linda Boscic rallies the crowd

But 35 people who had never taken part in a parkrun before also joined in for the first time, along with regulars from other nearby events.

Parkrun will now take place every Saturday – all abilities are welcome, just sign up and print off a barcode, and be by the table tennis tables at 9am. Today’s finish times ranged from 16 minutes to 57 minutes.

Charlton parkrun
It’s a squeeze: the gate to the cricket field needs widening

One small issue with the course is the narrow gate to the cricket field – hopefully with the millions in the kitty from developers for one-off local improvements, and a leader who is competing in the London Marathon tomorrow after doing the Berlin race last week, Greenwich Council will be able to fix this sooner rather than later. This website will be watching.

Parkrun won’t be able to take place without volunteers – so if you can spare 90 minutes on a Saturday morning to help out, get in touch at charlton[at]parkrun.com.


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Parkrun comes to Charlton Park: Now’s the the time to sign up and get your barcode

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Fancy doing 5k in Charlton Park? Your time has come…

Charlton Parkrun is coming very soon – if you want to take part, now’s the time to sign up.

Parkrun is a simple idea – you simply sign up, print off a barcode, then turn up at 9am on a Saturday morning to run or walk 5k around an open space with others in your local community.

Each event is volunteer-run – and the Charlton team have been steadily building up a list of volunteers. More volunteers are always needed – it’s a great way to meet people and doesn’t take up more than about 90 minutes of your time.

If you want to take part and you’re not already signed up with Parkrun, the website is now live at www.parkrun.org.uk/charlton – that’s where you can sign up and find out when the first run is.

Already signed up with Parkrun and registered elsewhere? You can sign in on the website to change your preferences so you can keep up to date with the Charlton run.

Parkrun began as a time trial for runners in Bushy Park. southwest London, in 2004, and there are now about 700 events across the UK, all taking place at 9am on Saturday mornings. A new run began in Sutcliffe Park, Eltham earlier this month.

In Charlton, the run will start and finish next to the skate park, and will comprise three laps of the park.

While Parkrun is a favourite with fast runners, plenty of people come to take it more slowly with the aim of improving their fitness and wellbeing. At last weekend’s event in Sutcliffe Park, 240 people finished the 5k course in times ranging from 16 to 64 minutes – with a tail walker in place to ensure nobody finishes last.

The event’s start-up costs have been funded by Greenwich Council and Charlton Triangle Homes.


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