Locals come together for 'The Big Picnic'

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The Big Picnic is coming to Birchmere Park on Saturday 19 September from 12pm – 5pm and features free performances, entertainers and lots of family fun - all socially distanced around picnic benches which seat up to six people.


The event was born out of conversations between local residents, our Peabody Community Foundation and our Peabody cultural team in Thamesmead. There was strong local support to create more events and fetes for the community which were family-friendly.


Adriana Marques, Head of Culture for Thamesmead at Peabody said: “We’ve been speaking with local residents for over 12 months about what kind of cultural activities they would like to see more of in Thamesmead – and I’m pleased to say that this event is a direct result of those conversations.”


It’s been a challenging time for many people this year and it’s great that with the support of our partners we’ve been able to create an event which is safe, enjoyable for everyone and celebrates our talented local residents.”


The Big Picnic will feature exciting roaming performances from stilt walking Hindu Princesses; colourful orbs and psychedelic waves from a ‘bubbleologist’; acrobatics, comedy and slapstick humour from some talented fire fighters and much more. The best of Thamesmead’s talent will also be entertaining audiences with live performances from local residents including Jules Hein, Ida Sevelkaityte and a mass dance routine led by Tatiana Ellis.


We've been working with the police and the licensing authority to ensure The Big Picnic complies with the new law on social gatherings of no more than six people. The event is ticketed so audience numbers are managed and visitors will be sat at socially distanced picnic benches in groups of no more than six people. Hand sanitiser will also be available and regular cleaning will take place.


There will be two sessions on the day to make sure that as many people as possible can enjoy the performances while adhering to social distancing measures and following government guidelines.


There will be a small number of tickets available at the gate on the day for residents who live locally to Birchmere Park. Visitors are advised to arrive at the main event gate at Birchmere Park at 11.50 for the 12pm - 2pm session or at 2.50pm for the 3pm - 5pm session.


For more information or to book your tickets please click here.