2019 Plumstead Make Merry, Saturday 8 June

Unforunatley due to Covid-19 the 2020 festival was cancelled. However our festival in 2019 was fun packed and here is a little look back to then. Our festival was and always is organised entirely by volunteers who work tirelessly to make each even happen. Every year we raise funds through stall fees, sponsorship and funding grants.  In 2019 the following helped finance the event;

Beaumont Gibbs Estate Agents are sponsoring the festival in the following areas, and will be offering free face painting and balloon modelling from their stall:

  • The Bandstand (main stage)
  • The Acoustic Cafe
  • LOGO FOR PROMOTION - Beaumont Gibbs - white backgroundThe Workshop Tent
  • The Information Tent


Berkeley Group are sponsoring the printing and also the inflatables area run by Inflat-a-bros so that we can offer free activities to children. Berkeley Group will also be running a free activity workshop to create a large

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‘Plumstead’ mosaic that we hope will be used by local organisations after the festival.  They will engage with the local community to showcase the work that they do with local schools to teach children and young people about jobs in construction and to encourage more girls to work in this sector. 


Andrew Johnson Funeral Services are sponsoring some of our technical services, those parts of the festival that are so necessary.


Royal Borough of Greenwich have given us a grant this year from their Community Arts Fund.LOGO FOR PROMOTION - Royal Borough of Greenwich - Funded By logo

Richard McDonald has designed an amazing letterpress poster for this year’s festival and is donating all proceeds from sales to help fund next year’s festival. Each poster is individually printed in colour, is A3 size, letterpress printed on 140 gsm Fedrigoni Woodstock paper. These highly sought after Plumstead Make Merry posters  are now available to purchase for just £5 (+p&p)! All proceeds go the Make Merry to  help organise next year’s event.  To get your hands on one, send an email to hello@richard-mcdonald.com or pop along to our Information Tent on the day.

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C-THAT will be producing two large paintings at the festival, so you can see him in action on-site. Following the event he will donate the canvases to us, with all proceeds raised from the sales going towards funding the festival.


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There were performances throughout the day in this area, that were all enjoyed for free!

The comperes for the day were Simon Berridge and Nick Day.


There were erformances throughout the day in this area, all enjoyed completley free!

Your comperes for the day were Rob Thom and John Rastall.

Our Cafe was hosted by the Greenwich Co-Operative Development Agency (GCDA) who will be serving a Surplus Feast and inexpensive refreshments, some of the money raised here goes directly to funding this year’s festival.  https://gcda.coop/

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There were5 free workshop activities throughout the day in this area:

  • Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust ran an arts & crafts session where children made their own rabbit of Plumstead (past). www.greenwichheritage.org
  • Wandsworth Uke Troop gave people the chance to play a ukulele, and then attendees performed afterwards in the Acoustic Cafe.
  • Thwaq gave people the opportunity to bang some drums, and you to perform with them in the Acoustic Cafe after the session.  www.facebook.com/ThwaqDrumming/
  • Mathmagics Roll up and discover some amazing maths! Mathmagical stories, tricks and games – guaranteed to entertain the entire family.  www.davidhallworkshopsandshows.co.uk
  • StoryFace offered the chance for children (and the young at heart) to take part in slapstick fun and a silly magic show with some added extras.  www.storyface.co.uk

Please note that children must be accompanied by a parent or carer at all times.


Art Plumstead hosted the Fruit & Vegetable Sculpting Competition (free activity).  https://artplumstead.wordpress.com/

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You will be able to find out about the festival here too, as well as our Lost Children area and Lost Property.


  • Berkeley Group hosted an activity throughout the day to build a ‘Plumstead’ mosaic and to give advice on careers in the construction industry (free activity)www.berkeleygroup.co.uk
  • Under 1 Roof hosted a variety of children’s activities all day, including games and Diddi Dance sessions (free activity).  www.under1roofkids.com/
  • Inflat-a-bros had two bouncy castles and a soft play area for the under 7’s, as well as a giant Connect 4 game (free activities).  www.facebook.com/inflatabros/
  • Plumstead Fire Brigade were on-site to provide fire prevention advice, and let people sit in the fire engine! (free activity).
  • Greenwich Rugby Football Club offered the following kids rugby games all day – Tag Rugby, Animal Walks, Beat the Coach, 5-ball challenge & more (free activities).  www.facebook.com/greenwich.rfc.9
  • Crossway Gymnastics Club gave the opportunity to see demonstrations and participate from 12 noon to 2:45pm (free activity)www.crosswaygymnastics.com
  • Energie Fitness gave the opportunity to see demonstrations and participate from 3:15 to 6pm (free activity). www.facebook.com/energiewoolwich
  • Emmanuel and the UK African Acrobats Cultural Variety Entertainment Group entertained everyone around the site with demonstrations and interactive displays (free activity)www.facebook.com/Emmanuel-The-Magnificent-220675761316055/
  • Greenwich Morris Men showed their traditional dance skills around the site and giving you the chance to take part too (free activity).  www.greenwichmorrismen.com
  • StoryFace roamed the site with balloon modelling, slapstick and silly fun, magic tricks, and Mickey Monkey puppet fun.
  • (free activity).  www.storyface.co.uk 
  • Police Cadets gave the chance to explore a Police van, and see their drummers in action (free activity).
  • Children’s Fun Fair.


There were over 90 stalls on the day:

You can download the schedule for the day via the link below: