7th July 2007
Southwark Park Rd, London SE16 3RN
Bermondsey Carnival Procession 2007
It might be a tad confusing to those from distant, far-flung parts of the capital (ie. Outside SE1), but there happen to be two distinctly different Summer Festivals in Bermondsey. Late in the season there is the increasingly popular Bermondsey Street Festival, set amongst the up-market restaurants and bars, yet still with an inclusive community feel, with something of a village Fete feel about it.
Earlier in the summer is the Council funded Bermondsey Carnival, which generally begins with a colourful procession the length of Southwark Park Road, passing through The Blue (the friendly looking creature watching the carnival go by and causing some consternation to the young cyclist here is, I think, a red tailed boa – I didn’t have time to enquire, obviously…), to the family festival in, er, Southwark Park.
The park is one of the oldest Metropolitan Board of Works creations (1869) and is something of an oasis next to the entertainment and shopping mayhem that is Surrey Quays. It has a great little art gallery and, by all accounts, is well cared for.