Erith Lighthouse - a summer of food and events by the Erith riverfront
Residents in the borough are being invited to enjoy Erith's riverside this summer, and to experience an extraordinary ‘pop up’ structure, the Erith Lighthouse, which will be offering a range of dining and family-friendly events.
The Erith Lighthouse will host a programme of special dinners and events to explore and celebrate Erith’s unique London setting, and untapped potential. It will be at Riverside gardens from 10–27 August and then at Erith Pier from 7-24 September. The celebrations will begin with an Erith Lighthouse Garden Party on 10 August from 6.30pm.
Throughout the summer 17 chefs will host 17 dinners creating distinct menus inspired by Erith’s unique riverside location. The guest chefs will use local growers and producers to inspire their menus and will include Steve Kielty, runner-up in this year’s Masterchef, who will be cooking up a British classics menu with a twist and Tiny leaf, London’s only organic, zero waste vegetarian restaurant. There will be a charge of £25 - £30 per person for a three course meal (excluding drinks). Numbers are limited and dining must be booked online in advance.
Alongside this culinary extravaganza, the Erith Lighthouse will host a series of family-friendly events in partnership with the best of Erith’s people and places. Families can try their hand at potato printing, flower pressing and seed sowing, or simply come and spend time playing classic boards games on the Lighthouse deck all day, everyday!
Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth said: “Erith will be one of the first places to benefit from our ambitious growth plans, with a programme of regeneration aimed at developing the area into a thriving riverside community.
“The Erith Lighthouse is a chance for local people to celebrate the rich heritage of their area. It’s also an opportunity for Erith to show those Londoners who haven’t yet had the chance to visit, just how fantastic a place it is.”
There will also be a variety of tours and walks, including a ‘wild medicine’ walk and an ‘All paths lead to Erith tour’, that will explore and celebrate the many faces of Erith. In honour of Erith’s former market, the Erith Lighthouse terrace will become a marketplace on 26 August, selling goods from local makers.
Those wishing to attend any of the events must book in advance. Simply visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Erith Lighthouse. Most of the day time events are free. A small charge of £5 will be made for those guided tours and walks that include lunch at the Lighthouse and numbers will be limited. There will be a £10 cover charge for the Bexley beer tasting event on 19 August. Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Erith Lighthouse is commissioned by the London Borough of Bexley and funded by the Mayor of London as part of Bexley’s Greater Erith Programme, a town centre regeneration programme that is enabling the creation of an active town centre that makes the most of Erith’s unique setting by the River Thames.
Space is limited at Erith Lighthouse so booking in advance for all events and dinners is essential.