SouthWestFest Returns for Summer 2021

We are pleased to announce that we will be bringing SouthWestFest back for summer 2021. This year we are ‘Reimagining’ what our community festival looks like and plan to take SouthWestFest to the Streets of south Westminster with a 3 week programme including pop up performances, creative activations, Art Trails, Health Trails and more.

SouthWestFest is a community led event, and there are plenty of ways for local organisations, groups and members of the community to take part.

 Open Access Event Programme

Host your own event, workshops or activity as part of our part of our 3 week celebratory cultural community festival programme which is SouthWestFest. This year the festival will be running from the 2nd to the 23rd July 2021.

The festival is open access and we encourage local community groups, organisations, artists, creatives and individuals to host their own events and activities as part of this community celebration.

Events registered should be either free or very low cost. The aim of the festival is to get local community members out into the area to try new activities and learn about local groups, services and venues in an accessible manner.

This year you can register both online and physical/live events (ensuring they are Covid secure)

This year we are theming our programme…

2nd – 9th July : Health & Wellbeing

10th – 16th July: Arts & Culture

17th – 23rd July: Celebrate Community

It is FREE to register your events in our festival programme! By registering your event or activity as part of our Open Access Programme, you will be included in our printed brochure and on our website in the run up to and during the festival. In return, we ask you to co-promote your event along with the festival, and on registering we will send you our Partner’s Pack which includes a guide on how to co-promote your event as part of the festival.

CLICK HERE to register your event or activity.

Take part in our Online & On Foot Art Trail

Building on our inaugural Art Trail last Summer,  we are aiming to create south Westminster’s biggest community Art Trail to date!

Are you a local artist that lives or works in south Westminster? Then we want you to get involved! The aim of our art trail is to feature  artwork that is created by local artists; bringing art into the community by the community.

The Art Trail will run from Saturday 10th to Friday 16th July 2021:

Online Trail: hosted on our website so that those that are not able to walk around the local area easily can still easily access the art

On Foot Trail: taking place in local venues/residential windows or gardens/public facing spaces so that those who can, can walk around the local area, discover your work, new spaces and be out in the community

the Art Trail Launch Day on Saturday 10th July, will include extra special celebratory pop-up performances and guided tours of sections of the trail.

CLICK HERE to submit your artwork for the Art Trail

Other Ways to Get Involved

There are plenty of other ways to get involved in year’s festival, just head over to our Take Part page to find out more…


Open Space Talks: Art In The Streets with Open Age

Date: 21st July

Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Online

Who this Event is for: Free for All Ages

London streets are full of art, but we can miss it every day! Find out about some of South London’s pop-up art, architecture, statues, sculpture and more with our regular speaker Colin Lomas. A link to the Zoom video call will be sent to registered participants via email.

Free (25 place available) | To book please email: (Code: Art)

Open Age provides opportunities for our older Londoners to take part in meaningful activities, strengthen their sense of community, rediscover old hobbies, find new ones, make new friends, and most of all, have fun Please help us support our members and their activities:

(Re)Discover – Audio Walking Tour with Dodie Finamore & SouthWestFest

Dates: 17th – 23rd July

Venue: Start Point TBC

Who this event is for: Free for All

About this Event:

Head to the start point, pop your headphones in and press go.

~ an audio exploration; a medley of stories – musings – thoughts; a space to (Re)Discover a place ~

Let yourself be taken on a walk looking into and at community, our surroundings and ourselves. An hour+ audio guided walking tour through south Westminster.

A solo experience, that can be done in groups or alone. Bring your curiosity, openness, smart phone and headphones.

Check for the most up to date information and the download link here:


The Art of Self-Love Portrait Drawing Workshop with  SouthWestFest & Sketch Appeal

Date: 15th July

Time: 6pm – 7pm

Venue: Cave, Tachbrook Street

Who this event is for: Free for Ages 18+

About this event:

Join Dulcie Ball, Artist and Author of The Art of Self-Love, for a fun and uplifting workshop exploring self-portraiture and the powerful impact it can have on our self-confidence and wellbeing. Dulcie will share her experience of drawing her way to mental health, before inviting you to experiment with some of the challenges and activities in her book. No experience or drawing skills required!

Register for your free place at:

An Experience with The Bush Theatre and Open Age 

Date: 14th July 

Venue: Online

Who this event is for: Free for Adults

About this Event:

Open Age and The Bush Theatre, Hammersmith & Fulham, joined together to offer a series of writing and performance workshops for Open Age members. Participating members recorded their original scripts and we invite you to view the resulting composite video of their performances. A link to the Zoom video call will be sent to registered participants via email

Free | (Code: OANT)

Open Age provides opportunities for our older Londoners to take part in meaningful activities, strengthen their sense of community, rediscover old hobbies, find new ones, make new friends, and most of all, have fun Please help us support our members and their activities:

Creative Carers with The Abbey Centre

Date: 12th July

Time: 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Venue: The Abbey Centre

Who this event is for: Carers and Parents

About this Event:

Creative Carers is a free, practical course for carers and parents, in partnership with Learning Unlimited. Try out creative activities with other carers, enjoy the therapeutic benefits of creativity, explore different ways of improving your well-being and have fun learning and creating together!

Singalong with Pimlico Musical Foundation & SouthWestFest

Date: 11th July

Times: 11.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Bessborough Family Hub

Who this event is for: Families

About this Event:

Join the Pimlico Musical Foundation for a fun singing session for all ages and abilities! Led by one of our resident teachers, Fiona Fraser, we’ll learn some new songs as well as work on a selection of favourites including You’ve Got a Friend in Me, Umbrella/Singing in the Rain, I’m Yours (Jason Mraz), and Somewhere Over the Rainbow. No experience or preparation is needed – just bring your best singing voice and get ready to make some music together.

Please email to book a free place

Online & On Foot Art Trail | 10th – 16th July

We’re brightening the streets of South Westminster with fantastic artwork created by our very own local artists, showcasing the variety and breadth of artistic creativity in our community.

Leading on from our inaugural 2020 Art Trail, for this year’s Online & On Foot Art Trail we will be spreading our wings further afield, discovering and showcasing artwork from over 30 individual artists and collectives, so join us in getting out there and getting inspired!

The Art Trail will be launched on Saturday 10th July, with pop-up performances and guided tours of the On Foot Art Trail led by artist Harmony Thyme. To register for your free place on one of our Art Trail Guided Tours, go to:

Plus don’t miss out on our Online Art Trail Exhibition, which can be viewed via our website:

Artist & Venue List:

Ann M-D | 4 Cumberland Street, SW1V 4LT
Coco Sato | Chapter House,Westminster Abbey, SW1P 3PA
Christina Marshall | Online only
ETAT Exhibition | Thamesbank Centre, Turpentine Lane, SW1V 4BD
Harmony Thyme | Pimlico Fresh Cafe, SW1V 1DN
Hayley Stuart | 42 Stourhead House, 79 Tachbrook Street, SW1V 2QP
Julie Bloom | Studio 1, Ebury Edge, SW1W 8DX
Ninebob | St. Leonards Hotel, 21 Longmoore Street, SW1V 1JQ
Open Age Exhibition | St Margaret’s Centre, 1 Carey Place, SW1V 2RT
Polysara | 92C Gloucester Street, SW1V 4ED
Richard Mittens | Moreland House Marsham Street, SW1P 4JH
Sophie O’Leary | St Andrew’s Club, 12 Old Pye Street, SW1P 2DG
WAES Ceramics Exhibition | Pimlico Centre, Lupus Street, SW1V 3AT
Wilfried Rimensberger | Millbank Gardens, 49 Erasmus St, SW1P 4DZ
Vivienne Gibbon | Thamesbank Centre, Turpentine Lane, SW1V 4BD

Other locations to check out:
Cave, 81 Tachbrook St, SW1V 2QP
Saatchi Gallery, King’s Rd, SW3 4RY
Occasions, Ebury Bridge Road, SW1W 8QX
The Rent Office Gallery, Chelsea & Wellington Estate, Ebury Bridge Road, SW1W 8SA
Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin’s St, WC2H 7HP

Artists and locations to be added, keep up to date on our website!

Craft and Wellbeing for 16-25 Year Olds with Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES)

Date: 9th July

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am

Venue: WAES Pimlico Centre/Pimlico Library

This event is for: Free for 16-25 Year Olds

About this event:

This is a safe and creative space for young people to develop their crafting skills using traditional techniques.

Create a WAES account then register here:

Westminster Adult Education Service receive funding to offer this workshop and your registration will help us to deliver these sessions at no cost to you.


SouthWestFest Family Art Trail Workshop and Art Packs with Pimlico Toy Library

Date: 6th July

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Online

This event is for: Free event for Families

About this event: We are inviting families to take part in SouthWestFest Online and On Foot Art Trail by creating a SouthWestFest kite to display in your window at home, and have featured in our Art Trail online. Join the Pimlico Toy Library who will be providing Family Art Packs, plus a special online workshop helping you with great ideas on how to decorate your SouthWestFest kite pictures.

To get your free family art pack, plus a place on the online workshop, please become a member at Pimlico Toy Library by emailing