Mycenae House’s PARKSfest 2017

I popped into Mycenae House after a visit to Blackheath’s M&S for yesterday’s ParksFest and failed to take any photographs as my phone was charging at home, oops. Fortunately other people brought their cameras and tweeted some stuff (below). Looks like it was a really enjoyable day. I was surprised to discover how large the Mycenae Gardens are and amazed to see a large redwood tree, among some other pretty interesting trees. I signed up to become a ‘friend of’ the gardens and was given a leaflet on the gardens history.

Mycenae House (built in 1776) Gardens were created by someone whose name – Angerstein – I had heard of only in the context of freight trains shuttling between Angerstein Wharf and Bardon Hill quarry in Leicester. He filled the garden with some trees that have been there for over 200 years (a lovely old plane tree is still there) and after his death his collection of paintings also kicked off the National Gallery. Angerstein actually lived in ‘Woodlands’ (now a Steiner School) next door to Mycenae House.

The friends of the Garden had a couple of good tree quizzes – it turns out I’m better at recognising a species from its leaf than from a picture of the tree.

A few years ago I saw Shaun of the Dead in the gardens thanks to Pop Up Screens, it was fab though I got bitten by midges 😉 I don’t think they’re doing any screenings at Mycenae House but they do have films in Greenwich Peninsula in August (also Lee / Hither Green which is nearby).

Mycenae House (What’s On) –
Friends of Mycenae Gardens –
Westcombe (Park) Society –
Blackheath Society –
Charlton Society –

I enjoyed the bunting seen in the tweet above.


Christmas shopping in #Blackheath – pt 2, Royal Standard, #SE3

Recently I spotted an edition of The Resident, a local magazine (with separate magazines for various segments of London including Blackheath / Greenwich), which had lots of information about where you could buy Christmas presents. Unfortunately none of the shops mentioned seemed to be local and Blackheath is a fantastic place to go Christmas shopping so I thought I’d see what I could find.

By the way, on Saturday 6 December 2014 it’s the inaugural Blackheath Village Day with events and lantern-making, Santa’s grotto and our local horses trotting parade-ly around the village. There’s a big switch-on of the Christmas lights by Nick Ferrari at 4.30pm.

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Getting here
Rail: Westcombe Park | Blackheath | Charlton | Maze Hill
Buses: 53, 54, 89 (within walking distance) 108, 202, 286, 380, 386, 422

Blackheath Royal Standard shops
Homepage for Blackheath Standard / Royal Standard shops
• Shops in Old Dover Road
• Shops in Stratheden Parade – Section 1 | Section 2
• Shops in Westcombe Hill – Section 1 | Section 2
• Shops in Vanbrugh Park
• Shops in Station Crescent (refers to Westcombe Park station)
• Shops in Humber Road

This part of Blackheath has a Marks and Spencer and a big library as well as lots of smaller local shops.

Whenever I’m in the area I usually try and pop in to Blackheath Cooks as this place is a bit of a treat and I’ve done a couple of their evening cookery classes here. There are plenty of fun things in the shop bit at the front for children and adults as well as classes in the spacious kitchen at the back.

Obviously the shop has lots of cookery sets, some aimed at children like this dinosaur cookie cutter kit and there are nice little aprons. I’m not sure how much children enjoy jam making but their selection of jam jars at the front is great. The thing that I was really smitten with though were the colour-in kits from Eggnogg and I bought a few of them for various nieces and nephews. The Christmas colour-in table cloth is lovely and visitors to the shop can colour a bit in themselves.

I got some colour-in bunting for myself. In the lower two pictures above you can see a range of Growing Gifts boxes, including Pizza Chef and Veg Patch.

I’ve never been in Ottie and the Bea before but it turned out to be the perfect place for little pull back friction-vehicles (the ones you roll on the ground and they carry on rolling) – I got a lovely little metallic aircraft and car. They also sell copies of Okido science magazine for 3-8 year olds (here’s their Tumblr) and lots of these kits and games (picture below) from Djeco (switch sound off before clicking).

Pegga Stores
This is a lovely shop (here’s what the Greenwich Phantom had to say about it in 2007) which is packed full of greeting cards and diaries, I picked up a couple of festive-themed gift bags, an ‘old fashioned’ style Advent calendar (my ‘primary’ Advent calendar is of course this colour-in one from @MooseAllain) and a couple of notebooks, which are rather lovely.

See Part One
Christmas shopping in #Blackheath – pt 1, Blackheath Village, #SE3


Open air films near Westcombe Park (at Greenwich Pleasaunce)

The lovely Pop Up Screens are bringing a couple of films to Westcombe Park (at the East Greenwich Pleasaunce) in a few weeks, weather permitting. They are The Truman Show on 20 September and Bedknobs and Broomsticks on 21 September, and both start at 8pm.

Tickets and info: The Truman Show | Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Location: Chevening Road, Greenwich, SE10 0LA – nearest rail station is Westcombe Park which has trains from Charing Cross, Cannon Street or London Bridge. Buses going past the station include the 108, 286, 386 and 422.