Beckenham Place Park is Lewisham's largest green space, extending to 96 hectares (237 acres), and including a wide range of facilities, including ball court, football pitches, tennis court and sensory garden.
Beckenham Place Park is Lewisham's largest green space, extending to 96 hectares (237 acres), and including a wide range of facilities, including café, ball court, football pitches, tennis court sensory garden, lake.
The lake in Beckenham Place Park has re-opened
You will need a ticket to come into the lake area. It is open from 7am–6pm.
You must be able to swim 25 metres and be over eight years old to use the open water swimming area.
Paddling for under-8s is not currently available.
Boat hire is available at an extra cost.
Numbers are limited. If one session fills up, you can book for the next session. Get full details about entry to the lake here.
11th July 2020 -The cafes; toilets and childrens pay ground are now open.
So Last Century Vintage Market
Sunday 18th April @ 11:00 - 17:00 So Last Century Vintage Market at the Mansion 30 vintage traders outdoors and inside the Mansion. There'll be street food vans, coffee and live music, too!
At long last, we’re delighted to say that So Last Century is returning once again to Beckenham Place Mansion this summer!
On the day there’ll be a stunning, hand picked selection of 30+ of the best vintage traders indoors and outside. Expect to find mid-century decor, lighting, furniture, homeware, vintage posters, prints, antique maps and charts, brocante, salvage, fashion, accessories and much more.
There’ll be delicious street food outside, including gorgeous wood-fired pizza by Van Dough, mouthwatering bao buns and noodles by You Bao, delicious burritos, tacos and quesadillas by Route 66, tasty sausage baguettes by Camper, plus excellent coffee by Beats & Grind and amazing brownies by Slate ‘n’ Crumb. There’ll be an ice cream trike, as well!
In addition, the excellent Basement Bar and Mansion Cafe will also be operating a take-away service.
There’ll be great music too! We’re very excited to welcome The Alvar Treefrogs, a 6-piece band playing their own unique blend of New Orleans sounds! They’ll be playing out on the grass around lunchtime – make sure you catch them!
If the weather is kind, the resident artists may also be setting up an outdoor open studio where you can see their amazing work, some of which will be available to buy, and chat with the artists.
The 285m-long Beckenham Place Park wild swimming lake, which reaches 3.5m deep in some parts, it's not a completely new addition to the landscape. There was a lake on the site as far back as the 1700s, although it was filled in and used as a golf course — which was controversially closed to make way for the lake again.
The lake is due to reopen on 29 March 2021. The pre lockdown programme will then resume – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7am–3pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am–3pm.
PTP Coaching is offering half term activities for children on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am–12pm and 1pm –3pm, as well as Saturday 10.30am – 12.30pm. Find out more about PTP Coaching’s holiday activity club on their website.