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Charlton House Explorers: More Toys of the Past

Charlton House & Gardens
Tues 30 August, 10am-2pm

Children living where Greenwich now stands have always played with toys, whether they were born 2,000 years ago or last week. Together we’ll explore why we love toys so much, play with toys that entertained children over the past 200 years, and become toymakers for a child of the past.

Opening times

Children living where Greenwich now stands have always played with toys, whether they were born 2,000 years ago or last week. Together we’ll explore why we love toys so much, play with toys that entertained children over the past 200 years, and become toymakers for a child of the past.

Admission

£3 per child

Charlton House Explorers: Out to the Country

Charlton House & Gardens
Tues 23rd August, 10am-12pm

During the Second World War, many children living in big cities and towns around the United Kingdom made a long journey alone from their families and homes, to the safety of the country. This week, we’ll discover stories of children from the borough who became evacuees, make our own identity tags, and craft airplane models inspired by those piloted by fathers and older brothers during the war.

Opening times

Charlton House Explorers run every Tuesday of the school summer holidays. Anytime between 10.00-12.00 each Tuesday morning, your children aged 5-12 can drop in to Charlton House for crafts, storytelling, games, and more fun based on Royal Greenwich’s history. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at our sessions.

Admission

£3 per child

Charlton House Explorers: Back to the Secret Garden

Charlton House & Gardens
Tues 16th August, 10am-12pm

Summer is a very special time at Charlton House. The days are warm and long, the birds and bees that live on our roof are busy filling the air with music, and the flowers are all out in their splendour. Come outside with us, and discover the wonder and beauty of our walled gardens, just as Mary Lennox once did at Misselthwaite Manor.

Opening times

Charlton House Explorers run every Tuesday of the school summer holidays. Anytime between 10.00-12.00 each Tuesday morning, your children aged 5-12 can drop in to Charlton House for crafts, storytelling, games, and more fun based on Royal Greenwich’s history. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at our sessions.

Admission

£3 per child

Charlton House Explorers: Tile the Day Away

Charlton House & Gardens
Tues 9th August, 10am-12pm

What do your tiles look like? Where do you see them at home? The families at Charlton House chose elaborate, detailed tiles, and they were proud of them: they put them EVERYWHERE! Join us during our holiday as we explore the House’s ceramic tiles, learn their history and importance, and even make our own tiles to add to our own homes.

Opening times

Charlton House Explorers run every Tuesday of the school summer holidays. Anytime between 10.00-12.00 each Tuesday morning, your children aged 5-12 can drop in to Charlton House for crafts, storytelling, games, and more fun based on Royal Greenwich’s history. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at our sessions.

Admission

£3 per child

MURDER! at Charlton House: A 1920s Immersive Mystery Experience

Charlton House & Gardens
Sat 6 August, 7:30pm

Lord and Lady Mulberry request the pleasure of your company at their 1920 summer ball, in celebration of their recent arrival in Charlton.

But is everything as it seems?

Tickets include a glass of fizz on the terrace (weather dependent), and an evening of exploration, intrigue, and immersive theatre inside Charlton House.

Period-appropriate 1920s attire is optional, but encouraged. Think shift and drop-waist dresses, long strings of pearls, and feather-adorned headbands for women, and three-piece suits, fedoras, and flat caps for men.

Opening times

Door & drinks: 19:30

Event begins: 20:30

Admission

£25 per person, including one drink

Charlton House Explorers: Victorian Gadgets & Gizmos

Charlton House & Gardens
Tues 2 August, 10am-12pm

In the 1800s, Charlton House’s residents would have seen Britain lead the way in building new industries and machines, culminating in a Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace. Join us as we explore the Victorian spirit of invention. We’ll use the creations of the past to inspire us as we become the inventors of the future.

Opening times

Charlton House Explorers run every Tuesday of the school summer holidays. Anytime between 10.00-12.00 each Tuesday morning, your children aged 5-12 can drop in to Charlton House for crafts, storytelling, games, and more fun based on Royal Greenwich’s history. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at our sessions.

Admission

£3 per child

Charlton House Explorers: Votes for Women!

Charlton House & Gardens
Tues 26th July, 10am-12pm

Over the years, many women and girls have needed to be very brave to fight for the Greenwich we have today. Let's explore the history of the suffragettes and their fight for the right to vote, and uncover some local stories. We’ll even make our own rosettes to support the suffragettes’ ongoing cause: equality.

Opening times

Charlton House Explorers run every Tuesday of the school summer holidays. Anytime between 10.00-12.00 each Tuesday morning, your children aged 5-12 can drop in to Charlton House for crafts, storytelling, games, and more fun based on Royal Greenwich’s history. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at our sessions.

Admission

£3 per child

Community Groups & Events

Charlton House & Gardens
Check inside for times on each group

Monday

Greenwich Music School: 16.15—20.30       Website: http://greenwichmusicschool.org.uk/

Horticultural Society (3rd Monthly): 19.30—21.30        Website: https://cabahs.wordpress.com/

 

Tuesday

Charlton Toy Library, 9.30 - 12.30   (Term Time Only)  Website: www.charltontoylibrary.co.uk

Over 50’s Drama Class: 10.30—11.30

Foresters Friendly Society (2nd Monthly): 19.30—22.00

Charlton Labour (2nd Monthly): 20.00—22.00 .   Website: http://www.gwlp.org/

 

Wednesday

Cats Protection (May, July, Sept, Nov, Jan, March): 14.00—16.00  Website: http://www.cats.org.uk/greenwich

 

Thursday

Charlton Toy Library, 9.30 - 12.30   (Term Time Only)  Website: www.charltontoylibrary.co.uk

Greenwich Music School: 11.15—17.15    Website: http://greenwichmusicschool.org.uk/

Bridge: 13.00—16.00

 

Friday

Charlton Toy Library, 9.30 - 12.30   (Term Time Only)  Website: www.charltontoylibrary.co.uk 

Greenwich Labour (3rd Monthly): 19.00—22.00 Website: http://www.gwlp.org/

Councillor's Surgery (No need to book): 19.00—22.00  

 

Saturday

British Sugar Craft (Varies): 10.00—16.00  Website: http://bsguk.org/

MP Surgery (Appointment only, 2nd Monthly): 11.00—13.00  Website: http://www.gwlp.org/

Antiquarian Society (2nd Monthly, Oct-Mar): 14.00—16.00

Charlton Society (3rd Monthly): 14.30—16.30  Website: https://charltonsociety.org/

 

If you have any questions about these groups feel free to contact us by phone, e-mail or through our contact form.

Friday Concerts

Charlton House & Gardens
Every Friday at 13.00

Concerts are back at Charlton House & Gardens! Join us from Friday 10th June at 13.00.

Opening times

Friday 8th July, 13.00 - Royal Greenwich Brass Band
On the cusp of their 25th anniversary, Charlton favourite Royal Greenwich Brass Brand returns for our Brass on the Patio series. Today they perform a light suite of marches and melodies, including works by Tchaikovsky and Mozart, and American traditional "Shenandoah."

Friday 15th July, 13.00 - Brass on the Hill
Brass on the Hill are a nine-piece brass band who formed in lockdown. With a wide range of musical influences from jazz and Latin, to funk, hip-hop, and even classical, Brass on the Hill will be presenting an exciting programme of their own compositions alongside some great covers arranged by the band.    

Friday 22nd July, 13.00 - Beyond the Bell
The trombone & sackbut quartet present a programme of music through the centuries

Friday 29th July, 13.00 - Fountain Brass Quintet
A brilliant new young ensemble performing the best of brass quintet repertoire

Friday 5th August, 13.00 - Scots Guards Brass Dectet
A programme of British music

Friday 12th August, 13.00 - Trafalgar Brass
A welcome return visit presenting their new summer programme

Friday 19th August, 13.00 - Regent Brass
Regent Brass, based in Camden, will be showcasing a varied programme including works by Imogen Holst, Florence Price & Dr. Liz Lane.

Friday 26th August, 13.00 - Guards Brass
Guards Brass at the Opera

Friday 2nd September, 13.00 - Regent Hall Band of the Salvation Army
An uplifting programme of great brass band repertoire

Admission

Free to attend. First come, first seated.

Meet the Collection


July 2021 to July 2022

'I am a museum.' 'I am an archive.'

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust presents a touring museum and archive pop-up programme appearing across the Royal Borough of Greenwich, showcasing the treasures and hidden gems of the Borough. Join us at an event stop for activities and object handling in your local area. 

Upcoming Events:

Meet the Collection with the Friends of St Luke’s
St Luke’s Church, Charlton - Sunday 6th March, 1-4:30pm

Come and engage with local history artefacts in the wonderful setting of St Luke’s Church. Learn about the history of the Church and Charlton, and go on a tower tour. Everyone is welcome for refreshments, free children’s activities, and a chance to tell your own stories of the area.

Meet the Collection: Reminiscence Workshop
Greenwich Carers Centre, Charlton House - Tuesday 8th March, 10:30-11:30am

We'll bring some of our collection of historic artefacts for you to see how people lived in the Royal Borough of Greenwich over the years. Come along and see if you recognise any of the places or faces. Share your stories and memories of living in the borough.

Admission

All free to attend, no need to book in advance

Open Fridays

Charlton House & Gardens
Every third Friday of the month

After a long period closed to the public, our hidden heritage gem will open its doors and secrets one Friday a month, with toddler time in the mornings, and an artisan market open outside.

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Friday 17th June:

Come behind-the-scenes at Charlton House & Gardens, and discover 400 years of history in this remarkable manor house built for the tutor of James I/VI's son, Prince Henry. Your guide will lead you through both day-to-day life in the House, and the estate's connection to landmark historic moments and people, including the Royal Family, the tradition of Horn Fair, and World War I & II. 

Open Fridays tours are an hour long and are £5 per person at noon and 2pm. Children under 12 can join the tour free of charge.

Make a day of it! Our friends at the Producers' Market will have goodies, artisan crafts, and food available from 10am to 2pm. You can also enjoy lunch, tea, and coffee & cakes at Frilly's Tea Room.

Bringing your little one? Montessori Moments nursery school will run a drop-in toddler session from 9:30 to 11am, and there will be pram parking on the ground floor.

Don't miss! Irish pianist Aidan Chan will play a FREE concert in our Old Library at 1pm. Visit the Eventbrite for programme information and more details.

We recommend the use of face coverings and social distancing in our indoor spaces.

Opening times

9:30am – 3:30pm: Frilly's Tea Room and House open

9:30am – 11am: Toddler Time with Montessori Moments Nursery

10am – 2pm: Producers' Market

12 noon and 2pm: Hour-long House tours

1pm – 2pm: Friday Concerts at Charlton House, featuring Aidan Chan, pianist

Admission

Book ahead for your House tour at £5 per person (children under 12 go free!):

Dates for Your Diary


2022 Event Dates

Check this section for events at the House & Gardens and throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

July

Friday Concerts at Charlton House: Flutes & Frets Duo - Friday 1st July

Brass on the Patio: Royal Greenwich Brass Band - Friday 8th July

Open Friday: House Tours, Kids' Activities, and Producers' Market - Friday 15th July

Brass on the Patio: Brass on the Hill - Friday 15th July

Brass on the Patio: Beyond the Bell - Friday 22nd July

Greenwich Family Arts Festival - Saturday 23rd July

Charlton House Explorers: Votes for Women! - Tuesday 26th July

Brass on the Patio: Fountain Brass Quintet - Friday 29th July

 

August

Charlton House Explorers: Victorian Gadgets & Gizmos - Tuesday 2nd August

Brass on the Patio: Scots Guards Brass Dectet - Friday 5th August

MURDER! at Charlton House (Immersive Theatre Experience) - Saturday 6th August

Charlton House Explorers: Tiles the Day Away - Tuesday 9th August

Brass on the Patio: Trafalgar Brass - Friday 12th August

Charlton House Explorers: Back to the Secret Garden - Tuesday 16th August

Open Friday: House Tours, Kids' Activities, and Producers' Market - Friday 19th August

Brass on the Patio: Regent Brass - Friday 19th August

Charlton House Explorers: Out to the Country - Tuesday 23rd August

Brass on the Patio: Guards Brass - Friday 26th August

Charlton House Explorers: More Toys of the Past - Tuesday 30th August

 

September

Brass on the Patio: Regent Hall Band of the Salvation Army - Friday 2nd September

Open House London - Sunday 11th September

Open Friday: House Tours, Kids' Activities, and Producers' Market - Friday 16th September