If Winter Wonderland is too hectic, and the kids aren’t yet old enough to hit London’s outdoor ice rinks, Greenwich’s new Winter Time Festival might make a happy maritime medium.
Located in the grounds of the Royal Naval College, the set-up combines live music, children’s shows, silent disco and ice skating performances, with a small select number of street food trucks and market stalls from some of London’s cooler family brands.
We were delighted to see some of our favourite mama-run brands had set up shop in the marketplace shipping containers including; Hunter + Rose kid’s clothing, Rockbox personalised gift box service and vegan bakery Cookie & Biscuit. We’d have loved to have seen even more down there!
The ticketed morning, afternoon and evening sessions mean that numbers remain manageable so there are no buggy battles and plenty of seating for all at the large covered, heated bar when you want a little shelter from the elements. Certainly one of the more civilised set-ups we’ve come across.
And don’t forget you’re in the heart of Greenwich so even before or after your three-hour time slot there’s plenty to see and do around the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market, Royal Naval College and Meantime Brewery building.
We enjoyed our time at the festival, but all felt that £15 entry per adult was far too steep for what was there. Especially when so many of London’s other Christmas events are either free or available for a cheaper price. It seems that other patrons have felt the same and, since our visit, we’ve learned that they’ve actually dropped the entry price completely. A smart move and proves that they are paying attention to feedback which is always encouraging!
The prices at the bar were also a little on the spenny side at £6 a pint, and we couldn’t work out why Meantime wasn’t available when it’s the beer of Greenwich and the brewery is literally right next door.
Greenwich can be a pain in the baubles to get to, even if you live in South East London(!) so why not put the joy back into the journey by boarding the Thames Clipper. Yes it’s a little more expensive, but whatever age the kids are, they’ll love the novelty of being on a boat and parents can grab a coffee (or something stronger) on board. It sure beats the bus!
The Greenwich Winter Time Festival is on until 31st December (closed on Christmas Day) – for more information and to book click here