Free eco festival coming to Lesnes Abbey in September 

Family Fun Eco Festival

Lesnes Abbey will host a free festival in September, as part of moves to make a difference to local communities and the environment.

The festival will be held at the historic site from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 28 September and is being organised by the Council, in partnership with Cory Riverside Energy and Peabody.

Residents can register for free tickets online.

On the day visitors can enjoy fun family activities, live music and a wide range of stalls. Some will be selling eco-friendly items, while others will have information about local wellbeing community groups and volunteering opportunities. 

The festival will also become a validated ‘Learning destination’ for the day through Bexley’s Children’s University programme. Children taking part in the free learning programme will be able to get their ‘passport’ stamped at the festival for taking part in different activities. 

Residents can pick up plenty of freebies on the day, as well as meet special guest Bin Bot - a 15’ 6” tall robot made from wheelie bins.

Councillor Peter Craske, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Places said: “This festival is the first of its kind in Bexley. Adults and children alike can learn interesting facts about the environment and the importance of looking after it. They can find about the importance of recycling, making more economical choices, as well as looking out for one another through community activities and volunteering.

“Places are limited, so make sure that you sign up for the event in advance. As a special reward, you’ll be entered into a prize draw for your chance to win a free eco hamper!”

Cory Riverside Energy, one of the UK’s leading resource management, recycling, and energy recovery companies, has kindly agreed to provide funding towards the cost of the event.

Toby Warren, Cory Riverside Energy’s HR Director said: “We are delighted to be able to support this event, which we are sure will not only be a really fun day but help raise awareness about the key environmental issues that we face and what steps we can take to help the environment.”

Peabody, which owns and manages more than 5,000 homes in Bexley, is also helping to fund the event.

Desiree Shepherd, Public Realm and Landscape Manager at Peabody said: “Thamesmead has some fantastic public spaces and it’s important that we all learn how take care of them so they can be enjoyed for years and years to come. 

This festival is a great way for the whole community to come together to learn about being environmentally responsible through fun, interactive activities It’s a great family day out and we look forward to seeing you there!”