A rich cultural heritage
Catford is going through a cultural and creative revival. Last century, our town centre had a variety of cultural offerings now lost to history including Eros Cinema, Gaumont Cinema, the Lewisham Hippodrome, the Savoy Ballroom and more recently, the Catford Greyhound Stadium.
With the Catford Arts Trail, artists’ studios in the Old Town Hall, Catford Free Film Festival and the Catford Beer Festival, the town centre is rapidly reclaiming its title as the cultural hub of the borough of south east London.
Once south east London’s cultural hotspot with three cinemas and two dance halls, Catford is now on the brink of reclaiming its cultural crown. In line with the draft London Plan (policy HC5, A4), the Council is using its vacant properties to support a vibrant and viable town centre and is in talks with a number of exciting leisure operators.
Set construction company Supersets have already moved into a depot on Thomas Lane and are using their expertise to renovate and revive the building, creating a workshop that will be used to create film and TV sets. The depot will also act as a community hub, with plans for a beach, a skate park, drive-in movie nights, evening classes and apprenticeships. Hear more about Supersets plans for the space in the video below.
Have you seen Catford's butterflies?
Anyone wandering through Catford will have noticed new and exciting artwork popping up throughout the neighbourhood.
From butterflies fluttering along Catford Bridge, to mice hiding from the Catford Cat, the artwork is not only showcasing some of Catford’s talented artists, but is also proving to be a real talking point for Catford folk. Team Catford is proud to support 6 Arts and the stunning street art unfolding across the town centre - three cheers to the team and watch this space for more to come. We’ve been out and about to hear views on what the artwork means to Catford - listen to just some of their thoughts below.
Catford's very first gin festival
Over a warm autumn weekend in 2017, award winning distillers and gin lovers alike flocked to Catford for the neighbourhood’s first ever gin festival. Held in an empty unit in Catford’s shopping centre, no less than 15 new and established gin brands were available for sampling and guests were invited to relax in the gin cocktail bar, swot up on their gin facts at the gin masterclasses and, of course, take away a bottle of Catford’s very own Tom Cat Six, scotch bonnet infused gin from the on-site shop. There was also plenty to keep rumbling stomachs satisfied with mouth-watering street food from Raastawala and Jerk Off BBQ. Watch our video of festival fun below.