Severndroog Castle

Severndroog Castle An 18th century Gothic tower, high on a hill, with 360° views of London, built by a heartbroken widow in ancient woodland. Closed currently for access to viewing platform Tearoom open Thurs- Sun, 10:00 - 16:00 over half-term (regular days Sat & Sun)
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Severndroog Castle is a hidden treasure in one of London's ancient woodlands.

Operating as usual

You've been asking us if the tearoom at the Castle will be open during lockdown, and we are delighted to confirm that Te...
03/11/2020

You've been asking us if the tearoom at the Castle will be open during lockdown, and we are delighted to confirm that Terrace Tearoom will remain open for takeaway throughout.

And that's not all. While more of us are staying local and getting out for our exercise in the woods, Chris and his team will be extending their opening hours to Thurs to Sundays all through November, opening 10am to 4pm

And in even more good news, as a thank you they are offering a 10% DISCOUNT on your order for NHS workers AND teachers!

02/11/2020
Tamara Stein from the Lawn at Severndroog Castle

Here's "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze" to warm us all up on a chilly evening. Soprano Tamara Stein filmed for Severndroog Fest back in August

https://youtu.be/jf4bf8QSz3o

Lots of live music from the Castle over on our YouTube channel, including more arias from Severndroog Lates' artist Tamara Stein

The sun whose rays are all ablaze aria from ‘The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu’ by Arthur Sullivan, libretto by W. S. Gilbert Join us every day at 5pm durin...

Happy Halloween!!We think you'll agree this atmospheric new pinhole camera print of Severndroog Castle by local artist W...
31/10/2020

Happy Halloween!!

We think you'll agree this atmospheric new pinhole camera print of Severndroog Castle by local artist Wayne Foskett is a suitable spooky way to mark the day!

Made in Greenwich

The Tearoom has EXTENDED OPENING for half-term, so drop in today 10-4 for a delicious cake or takeaway hot chocolate to ...
30/10/2020

The Tearoom has EXTENDED OPENING for half-term, so drop in today 10-4 for a delicious cake or takeaway hot chocolate to warm your stroll through the woodlands

Terrace Tearoom

30/10/2020
Troll Story for Under 5S

Off to Castle Wood for a half-term stroll, keep an eye out for the troll!

Story and song for under 5s from our friends at Tea Dance for Little People

https://youtu.be/h0P1uyK3LFI

An adventure for Severndroog Fest not to be missed! Troll, who lives in Castle Wood near Severndroog Castle is enjoying a quiet stroll to find somewhere to f...

29/10/2020
Nature Crafts with Janey Jones for Severndroog Fest

Here's a half-term activity to combine with a nature walk in lovely Oxleas Woodlands. Make acorn decorations in clay with Janey Jones Makes, reposted from our online Severndroog Festival.

Don't forget to tag us in photos of your finished work!

https://youtu.be/IVsisrwtuFY

Get inspired by your walks in Oxleas Woodlands to make these pretty clay decorations, using grasses or flowers. Janey takes you through the simple stages to ...

Terrace Tearoom at the Castle has EXTENDED half-term opening this week, so drop in today for a takeaway to warm your wal...
29/10/2020

Terrace Tearoom at the Castle has EXTENDED half-term opening this week, so drop in today for a takeaway to warm your walk through the woods. Thurs-Sunday 10am-4pm

Terrace Tearoom

28/10/2020
Severndroog Castle's Outdoor Escape Trail for families

Families of South London, embark on an adventure trail in our very own Castle Wood! Will you take up the challenge and work as a team? @TD4LP will be at the Tearoom tomorrow from 11am to 1pm to tell you more about Count Silvester of Severndroog and his quest to return to his home planet, Slore.

Come meet them, pick up a map and off you go!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUNUntyY5ls

Severndroog Castle’s Outdoor Escape Trail An outdoor mission for all the family Guidance Age 5+ Calling Humans of EARTH! I, Count Silvester of Severndroog (S...

Visiting the woods over half-term? Our Tearoom has EXTENDED OPENING this week, from Thursday to Sunday, 10-4, so drop in...
28/10/2020

Visiting the woods over half-term? Our Tearoom has EXTENDED OPENING this week, from Thursday to Sunday, 10-4, so drop in for a takeaway to warm your walk

Terrace Tearoom

27/10/2020
Candlemaking Workshop with Happy by Harper

It's definitely the time of year for a bit of hygge, learn how to make your own eco soy candles with Happy by Harper, as we revisit this workshop from our recent Severndroog Fest

https://youtu.be/lyG_SMU7hSU

Visit local Greenwich maker Sarah's etsy page for candlemaking kits and lots of other goodies www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HappyByHarper

Join Sarah Harper from local business Happy By Harper as she takes you through how to make your own beautiful decorated eco-friendly soy candles. Suitable fo...

26/10/2020
Severndroog Castle

For half-term, we are revisiting this lovely nature and crafts workshop for kids from local maker Janey Janes. Use twigs you collect out walking to make this colourful bird wall hanging

Janey Jones Makes
Made in Greenwich

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=844055152783531

Are you going to be walking in Castle Woods this week? Join our guest @Janey Jones Makes from @Made In Greenwich for a workshop at 3:30pm full of ideas for how to transform twigs you collect in the woods into a colourful bird wall hanging.

Hands-on craft activity for children involving drawing, colouring and making. A small amount of adult assistance may be required.

http://janeyjones.com/

24/10/2020
Severndroog Castle's Outdoor Escape Trail for families

Humans of Earth! Half term is here and we have a message from Count Silvester of Severndroog from his Time Travelling Vessel, Severndroog Castle.

Are you up for a family mission?

Get your Family Mission Pack from the Tearoom tomorrow (Sunday 25th) or Thursday-Sunday next week, or download a digital version for just £2.50 from Tea Dance for Little People online shop https://www.tdlp.co.uk/shop/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUNUntyY5ls

Severndroog Castle’s Outdoor Escape Trail An outdoor mission for all the family Guidance Age 5+ Calling Humans of EARTH! I, Count Silvester of Severndroog (S...

Castle favourites and Lates regulars Razamataz brightening the afternoon with this classic track, filmed back in August ...
24/10/2020
Razamataz bring you a daily sprinkling of music magic from the Severndroog Courtyard - YouTube

Castle favourites and Lates regulars Razamataz brightening the afternoon with this classic track, filmed back in August for our online Severndroog Fest

https://youtu.be/ha9LP6Xw67I

There's lots of live music at the Castle over on our YouTube channel

Start your day with a bit of Razamataz magic from one of the favourite acts at the Castle! Every summer before lockdown, our audiences have been entertained at ...

24/10/2020
Draw the Droog: art workshop with Rob Hayes

Draw the Droog art workshop with Rob Hayes, we want to see your own art works, tag us at #drawthedroog

https://youtu.be/yJVy2SFYP0k

Lots more art and craft activities over at our YouTube channel

Join Severndroog Castle trustee Rob Hayes as he challenges you to join him and Draw the Droog. An activity for all ages, either draw your own 'Droog, or down...

23/10/2020
Make your own Rapunzel Peg Doll with Janey Jones

If you're looking for half-term ideas for imaginative play and crafting activities, visit our YouTube channel for workshops including 'Make your own Rapunzel peg doll' with Janey Jones collage artist

https://youtu.be/L-SgwpxVWvo

Severndroog Castle is a magical place of many imagined stories, and some visitors fancy they see Rapunzel's Tower. So, for Severndroog Fest, Janey Jones has ...

Tea Dance for Little People
21/10/2020
Tea Dance for Little People

Tea Dance for Little People

Mums, dads and carers of South London! Do you have plans for half term or Halloween? Enjoy safe, socially distanced family time together whilst roaming through great parks, historical sites and magical woods! Choose from our three captivating outdoor trails that will spark the whole family’s imagination, top up your historical knowledge and tick off your daily exercise whilst you hunt for locations.

🌿🏰Complete a series of mini-missions around Severndroog Castle Woods to help Count Silvester of Severndroog teleport his Tardis, Severndroog Castle, back to his home planet, SLORE. Find out more and get your pack: https://www.tdlp.co.uk/product/outdoor/

👉🌲Head to Beckenham Place Park to discover a 50 million-year-old rock formation, search for the scorched hand, look up to a branch that looks like the zig-zag of a wizard’s wand or listen to a talking tree. Did we mention that there are loads of prizes to be won? Encourage your kids to create their own story while looking at nature, history and landmarks using all their senses and enter them to our prize draw with Lewisham Council . Find out more and get your FREE Map: https://www.tdlp.co.uk/storymap/

👀Coming soon! Discover the history of Greenwich with our family-friendly mystery and history audio tour. Find the centre of time on top of a hill and hunt for the hidden depths of a ghostly crypt. Told by the 2000-year-old Ghost of Greenwich, you can experience Greenwich through his encounters with Henry VIII, aboard the Cutty Sark and alongside Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar. Get your pack next week from https://www.tdlp.co.uk/shop/

Sounds fun? We would love to hear your thoughts!

tdlp.co.uk/storymap/

20/10/2020
Saving Severndroog: a talk by Ian Small

Find out about the campaign to save and renovate Severndroog Castle, one of the series of talks by our volunteer Ian Small over on our YouTube channel

https://youtu.be/_Uo17TF0uhU

Daily during the Severndroog Fest 2020, volunteer Ian small joins us at 11am for the courtyard for a talk on the castle and its past, present and future. In ...

18/10/2020
In my dreams

A new song from our friend Maria Wade, 'In My Dreams'

https://youtu.be/usSBXztsNC4

And if you missed Maria's set for Severndroog Fest, catch it over on our YouTube channel

‘In My Dreams’ is a sad love song, written about Lady James who sadly lost her husband and built Severndroog Castle in Eltham as a memorial to him. Thanks to...

17/10/2020
Severndroog Woodland Trail: a taster walk

Get out and about this weekend in lovely #Oxleas Woodlands with our Woodland Walk, and explore the autumn colour in the woods

https://youtu.be/J11B2Ft2yIE

Severndroog Woodland Trail is a 40 minute circular walk starting and finishing at Severndroog Castle, Castle Wood, Shooters Hill, London SE18 3RT. The trail ...

15/10/2020
Severndroog Castle's Outdoor Escape Trail for families

Severndroog Castle's Outdoor Escape Trail for families

Severndroog Castle’s Outdoor Escape Trail An outdoor mission for all the family Guidance Age 5+ Calling Humans of EARTH! I, Count Silvester of Severndroog (S...

15/10/2020
Gillywood from the Lady James Room at Severndroog Castle

"All the leaves are brown...", throwback to Severndroog Fest and ready for autumn with this live set in the Lady James Room from Gillywood.

Catch up with more great music from Severndroog Fest over at our YouTube channel Music at Severndroog playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlxqxXzN8kAJ2-r4euBqYcqjewTJoI8Z3

No music group are more closely associated with Severndroog Castle than Eltham's own folk supergroup Gillywood, formed from members of The Gillies and Pytchw...

At the weekend, we welcomed Royal Borough of Greenwich to the castle for the finale of their Residents Rainbow. And our ...
28/09/2020

At the weekend, we welcomed Royal Borough of Greenwich to the castle for the finale of their Residents Rainbow. And our volunteers Cate Rutherfurd and Harry Robins have shared these fantastic images of the lasers they took from the woods and the castle roof

26/09/2020
Severndroog Fest clay tile workshops

For our online Severndroog Fest, we asked the brilliant Fiona Veacock Ceramics to run clay workshops on Zoom for us. They were a lot of fun, and today we are excited to be at the castle to return the gorgeous finished work to the makers, fired and glazed.

You can find out all about the project in this film we made about it. And over on our YouTube channel, catch up with the Fest on our playlist

https://youtu.be/3_0MTGM-pm4

For Severndroog Fest, local Charlton potter Fiona Veacock joined us to lead clay tile workshops .over Zoom. Here is a film about what happened, including sho...

That's all folks... after one packed week of fabulous music, lovely crafts, history, walks, bluebells, draw the droog, y...
05/09/2020

That's all folks... after one packed week of fabulous music, lovely crafts, history, walks, bluebells, draw the droog, yoga, community, volunteers, reminiscences, rapunzel, the camera obscura, the quiz, the troll and more, we've reached the end of Severndroog Fest 2020.

We've had a blast, and hope you have too. We'd love to hear your feedback.

And if you've enjoyed the festival, please drop a few quid in the virtual bucket to help Severndroog get through this difficult time www.severndroogcastle.org.uk/donate.html

05/09/2020
Jessica de Giudici from the Lady James Room

Regular Castle performer Jess de Giudici closes the 2020 Severndroog Fest with a gorgeous set from the Lady James Room at Severndroog Castle.

Jessica De Giudici is a blues & jazz singer of Italian-American roots. Born and raised in Italy, she has developed artistically over a decade of engagement with the Blues, from rugged busking environments through to critically acclaimed Jazz and Blues festivals inclusive of the European Jazz Expo; Porretta Soul Festival and Roots and Blues Festival to name but a few.

www.jessicadegiudici.com

Guitarist Simon Morris, you can hear and buy his work on bandcamp https://sfm358.bandcamp.com/album/beat-tape-on-air

05/09/2020
Tamara Stein sings Opera Arias from the Lawn at Severndroog Castle

S’altro che lacrime aria from ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Caterino Mazzolà, after Pietro Metastasio

During Severndroog Fest we have invited you to join us every day at 5pm for a song from soprano Tamara Stein, as the festival draws to a close all of our tea time opera series are now available on the Severndroog Castle YouTube channel.

Tamara is a Severndroog Castle regular artist who performs at the popular Severndroog Lates series. She joined us during August 2020 to film a series of performances in front of the castle, recorded with social distancing, for Severndroog Fest.

05/09/2020
Troll Story for Under 5s

An adventure for Severndroog Fest not to be missed! Troll, who lives in Castle Wood near Severndroog Castle is enjoying a quiet stroll to find somewhere to fish. Or so he thinks…….

Aimed at Under 5s this story shows Trolls aren’t as scary as we think and gives away the ancient secret of how Trolls hide from humans!

Fancy a Troll Hunt yourself? The Troll Hunt map is full of play, craft, story, song and outdoor adventure ideas that can be used anywhere!

Download a free map by joining our mailing list:
https://mailchi.mp/1b2b54e44f65/tea-dance-for-little-people

by Tea Dance for Little People
written by Sally-Anne Donaldson
told by Paul Rubenstein
music by Lucy Shaw and Stephen Large
illustration by Elena Juzulenaite
design by Francesca Grassi

Other useful links:
Website: www.tdlp.co.uk
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tea_dance_f...
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TD4LP/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TD4LP

05/09/2020
Male a Peg Doll Rapunzel with Janey Jones

Severndroog Castle is a magical place of many imagined stories, and some visitors fancy they actually see Rapunzel's Tower. So, for Severndroog Fest, Janey Jones has created a 'Make Your Own Rapunzel Peg Doll' workshop to indulge your imagination. Follow Janey's guidance to create your own Rapunzel and her prince. Suitable for all ages, although younger children may require assistance.

Either collect your own materials together, or an affordable ready-made Rapunzel kit is available to purchase from Janey's Etsy page at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JaneyJonesStudio

Locally based Janey Jones is a propmaker who works for clients such as the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as film and T.V including recently Netflix's The Big Flower Fight. Janey trained in theatre design, specialising in set and costume and then, realising she preferred to create, turned to prop making and has been making ever since.

05/09/2020
Saving Severndroog: a talk by Ian Small

Every day of Severndroog Fest, volunteer Ian Small has joined us from the courtyard at the castle to talk about an aspect of the past, present or future of the castle. For his final talk of the Fest, Ian considers the campaign to save Severndroog Castle.

As the festival draws towards a close, all of Ian's talks will be available on the Severndroog Castle YouTube channel.

You can find out more about Severndroog Castle and donate to help us during another difficult time at www.severndroogcastle.org.uk

05/09/2020
Razamataz bring you a daily sprinkling of music magic from the Severndroog Courtyard

For the final day of Severndroog Fest, start your day one last time with a bit of Razamataz magic from one of the favourite acts at the Castle!

Every summer before lockdown, our audiences have been entertained at the Severndroog Lates series by the soul and Motown sounds of Heather and Roy from Razamataz, their shows always sell out fast. During 2020 we weren't able to bring you the Lates season, so instead Razamataz returned to the courtyard to record a series of floor fillers and sweet, sweet music to start each day of the Severndroog Fest.

Hear Heather's show 'The Cool Notes' on www.streetsoundsradio.com

For the final day of Severndroog Fest, we have stories from Tea Dance for Little People and Janey Jones is back with a m...
05/09/2020

For the final day of Severndroog Fest, we have stories from Tea Dance for Little People and Janey Jones is back with a magical Rapunzel peg doll workshop. To close the festival, Jessica De Giudici sings for your from the Lady James Room

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This 18th century Gothic tower, with 360° views of London, was built in ancient woodland by Lady Ann James in memory of her husband, Commodore Sir William James of the East India Company.

The castle is perched on one of South-East London's highest points and offers exceptional views of London and its surrounding counties. When visiting, you can also tour the rest of the building and learn about its rich history, as well as explore the surrounding woodland. For a welcomed break, the Tearoom offers an array of hot drinks, lunches and homemade cakes.

Severndroog Castle also hosts an exciting programme of events for all ages, and is available for private hire (weddings and parties). For more information, please visit our website www.SeverndroogCastle.org.uk.

Viewing platform open Sundays 10:00-15:30. Tearoom open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00-16:00.


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Tomorrow night at Severndroog Castle , we will be doing a few Gillies songs Pytchwood will be doing a few of their songs and GillyWood will be doing their thing plus a few drinking songs...........
Amazing view across the city
Severndroog Castle as a tiny Planet
Around Severndroog Castle Picked the right day for a 360 😃
View from the top
From one side of London to the other
From one side of London to the other 😲
I'm in love, I have driven past shooters hill & seen the sign for this place loads of times & never took the time to drive up & have a look, I appreciate old buildings & beautiful architecture, I think it's in my bones & makes me feel at home, I will 100% be visiting this place, it looks stunning
Up the woods today.
Up the woods today.