Hoot n Toot Songtime

Hoot n Toot Songtime with Helen, Hoot the Owl and Toot the Flute! – a time for babies, toddlers and grown-ups to sing songs and rhymes together.

Its a drop in class so no need to book £4 per child.

Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet Summer Disco Ball

It's D.I.S.C.O party time!

We are SO excited to be bringing Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet to Beckenham Place Mansion this July. Our fabulous DJ Da'Lynne will be spinning feel good 70s & 80s tunes – and a few hula hoops too! – and Lady Boo will be getting you up and dancing to everything from Car Wash to Footloose.

If you haven't been to HSDY before, do check out our website www.haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk where you can book tickets too.

HSDY is recommended by everyone from Time Out and Londonist to BBC Radio 4 but our favourite quote comes from a recent partygoer who told us that "HSDY makes people feel so happy it should be on the NHS!" – come get your prescription!

Tickets £15 in advance, £18 door (if available)

Hoot n Toot Songtime

Hoot n Toot Songtime with Helen, Hoot the Owl and Toot the Flute! – a time for babies, toddlers and grown-ups to sing songs and rhymes together.

Its a drop in class so no need to book £4 per child.

Totally Vocal Pop-up Singing Workshop

Discover the delights of exploring our voices together with gentle warm ups and simple rounds to lift our energy and help us tune into ourselves and each other. Experimenting with playful exercises to help bypass our critical minds, activate our creativity and free our voices so we can learn and sing songs in harmony with joyful ease, making beautiful sounds together, touching our hearts, bringing us closer and reminding us of all that we share in common.

It doesn’t matter whether you have sung a lot, or hardly ever, this workshop is designed to be supportively challenging for all levels, encouraging everyone to participate freely without judgement. Together we will create a safe, relaxed, accepting space where we can express and share our unique voices and nurture an improved sense of belonging and well-being

Everyone will be warmly welcomed
No experience needed as everything is taught by ear

£8/£5 conc in advance, or £10 on the day.

To book in advance go to: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/466234 – £8
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/466235 – £5 conc

Beckenham Arts Lab: Launch Party

In 1969 David Bowie started The Beckenham Arts Lab, a home for music in Beckenham. 50 years on, Beckenham Arts Lab returns for the 21st century, bringing the creative hub of Beckenham back to the community and giving artists, bands, poets and filmmakers a space to share their passions. The Launch Party is taking place at Beckenham Place Mansion on February 1st.
The Lineup consists of South London favourites,

The Vouchers/Rattletooth/Waxdoll

Tickets: https://www.beckenhamartslab.co.uk/event-info/launch-party


Catfest returns bigger and better at Beckenham Place, a Georgian mansion in a leafy south London park. The day-and-night festival for cat lovers will bring together buzz-worthy cat accessories with 50+ exhibitors and feature films, live music, books, art, vegan street food and cat-themed cocktails, along with feline superstar meet-and-greets and talks from international bestselling authors and feline experts.

Part of the proceeds will benefit Erham Rescue and Freshfields Animal Rescue Wales to help cats and kittens in need.

  • Gwen Cooper (Homer’s Odyssey)
  • Tom Cox (Close Encounters of the Fur Kind; the Good, the Bad, the Furry)
  • Giles Clark, star BBC's Big Cats About the House
  • James Bowen (A Street Cat Named Bob) and street cat Bob
  • Britta Jaschinski, European wildlife photographer of the year
  • Shawn Simons, Kitty Bungalow founder and animal advocate
  • Anna Kogan, Forgotten Animals founder

Feline Film Festival

After dark, Catfest will be screening in the park: ROAR, Tippi Hendren's cult classic - the most dangerous film ever made

Catfest will show a limited screening inside the Mansion of KEDI, the enchanting documentary about Istanbul's street cats. See the movie inside the Meow Parlour surrounded by kittens (6.30pm; and 8.15pm showings)

Live Music on the Mansion Terrace

  • Young Sawbones
  • Dai & the Ramblers
  • Liberation Drummer

Art, books, food + cocktails

  • Swell Cat Art Show
  • Bookshop/storytelling tent
  • Face painting + arts and crafts workshop
  • Fab vegan street food and kitty-inspired cakes
  • Cat-themed cocktails

Rescue kittens + celebrity cats

  • Meet street cat Bob and other feline superstars, Maine coon adventure cats Artemis & Apollo and kitty supermodel Starina and others
  • Fall in love with adoptable rescue kittens at the Meow Parlour (£5 donation at the door)

Helping cats in need

Catfest will donate part of the proceeds to Erham Cat Rescue to sterilise and improve the lives of suffering Moroccan street cats and kittens.

Beckenham Place Mansion Yuletide Fayre

he Yuletide Fayre will feature lots of local craft sellers selling gift items and craft decorations and there will be mulled wine and minced pies too. We also have Christmas wreaths and Christmas cards and Festive Music will play throughout.

Gingerbread House Making Workshop

We are delighted to offer a limited number of Gingerbread House Making workshops at the Beckenham Place Mansion Yuletide Fayre on 8th December. The gingerbread house will be pre-baked by a local baker, for authentic high quality taste and texture and robust build quality.

The Gingerbread house you will construct will have two roof panels, two side panels, a rear panel and each gingerbread house front will have stained glass window. There will be dressing accessories such as chocolate buttons, smarties, chocolate fingers, and sweets.

You will be assigned a thirty minute slot to build your house, once you have booked please email david@eventsinspire.net to arrange a suitable timeslot.

You will receive a 12-inch cake board, icing gun, ribbon and polythane, and will work on an allocated tables in Beckenham Place Mansion, and you will be assisted our resident tutor.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gingerbread-house-making-workshop-beckenham-place-mansion-yuletide-fayre-tickets-52917184724

Festival of Lights 2018

A celebration of the start of the festive season at the Mansion.

There will be a bicycle-powered light installation, a range of arts and crafts workshops including tea towel printing and lantern making (a small fee will be charged to cover material costs), live musical performances, free workshops in Studio Kooks (Hatha yoga, body percussion, creative movement, candle-lit chanting), food and drink on sale, including mulled wine, and a small selection of traders selling wreaths and candles. The artists studios on the first floor will be open throughout. The event will culminate with a light display on the back of the Mansion at 4:30pm.

Getting here

There is limited parking during the event, so please travel by foot, bike or public transport if possible.

Bus routes: 54, 181, 320, 208, 354, 352
Railway stations: Beckenham Hill, Beckenham Junction, Ravensbourne

Download the brochure

The Icarus Club Acoustic Autumn Concert

The Icarus Club is an acoustic club, born in a variety of South London Venues, starting in 2003. With a close eye on high quality music, and a 'no covers' policy, The Icarus Club has welcomed over 1000 musicians in its 15 year history.

This is our second concert at Beckenham Place Mansion. A beautiful Georgian mansion, set in Beckenham Place Park.

This very special show features 4 top acoustic artists:

Adam Cooney

Adam Cooney is a singer/songwriter originally from Kent. He writes songs that are honest, melodic and often melancholic and has an unhealthy interest in 90s pop music.

"…a beautiful voice; soft, gentle and tuneful." GigglePics music reviews (2014)

Sam Winston

Sam Winston is an Indie Folk Pop Artist from London. He writes, produces and records in his own studio that he built. He has studied the piano since he was 6 and taught himself the acoustic, electric, bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele, kalimba. His passion for Folk Pop resulted in the 2016 release of "The Fire & The Icicle". Its 10 songs point towards the idea of hope in the dark. Sam's album was mixed by Chris Brown (Radiohead's "Street Spirit"; Muse's "Feeling Good"). The Fire & The Icicle was mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios.

Anne Sumner

Classically trained from an early age, Anne is well-versed in the power of music to generate beauty from the darker sides of human existence. She weaves tales of love, loss and longing with a soothing warmth, simultaneously uplifting, poignant and comforting.
Emotionally honest and lyrically led, her writing style is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell or James Taylor, and criss-crosses the acoustic-pop spectrum from folk to country and back again. Vocally more likely to get compared to Tracy Chapman, Sandy Denny, or Joan Armatrading, Anne’s tender and often haunting vocals are set off by a minimalist fingerpicking style that allows the emotion to take centre stage.

The Gillies

The Gillies are an Americana influenced alternative folk duo, based in South-East London, Susan Turner (vocals, tenor guitar), and Mark (Gilly) Evans (guitar, dobro).
With Susan’s poignant, Emmylou Harris-tinged vocals laid above the intertwining picked guitars, The Gillies have brought their own personal flavour to their songwriting, their songs have influences of English, Celtic, and American folk traditions, a sense of darkness, a twist of fate, the complications of tangled relationships and a timeless sense of mystery


Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-icarus-club-acoustic-autumn-concert-tickets-50822403176

London Irish Harp Day

LONDON IRISH HARP DAY with Janet Harbison is a morning and afternoon of workshops for Celtic harp players (11am – 1pm and 2.30 – 4.30pm @ £20 per workshop, £40 for both with the concert included) – a LUNCHTIME CONCERT at 1.10pm (Admission £10, £5 concession and £20 family group) and a FREE 'Try Out the Harp Session' from 2 – 2.30pm. With Janet Harbison, one of today's most dynamic players, a composer and teacher, Ireland's 'Queen of the Harp', a Grammy Award winner and director of the Irish Harp Orchestra.

Book the workshop at info@JanetHarbisonHarp.com, pay at the door for the concert, and just come along for the 'Try Out Session'!

  • 11am – 1pm Workshop
  • 1.10 – 2pm Lunchtime Concert
  • 2 – 2.30pm Try out the Harp Session (Everybody welcome)
  • 2.30 – 4.30pm Workshop