Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Explore, Exercise, Exhale: www.cooltanarts.org.uk/guided-walks
CoolWalks South London festival of urban exploration March 28 - April 2 2017


“These new walks are a great way to see the city from a completely different perspective.”


CoolTan is holding a walking festival entitled ‘Explore, Exercise, Exhale’ this Spring, to relaunch their walking programme ‘CoolWalks’, based on CoolTan’s ten years experience of developing and running public walks. We have developed a range of tours, including seven walks about historical figures who lived in South London, such as David Bowie, Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Dickens and Michael Caine. The tour guides are encouraged to research and craft stories they feel are important, delving into archives and recently published histories which offers an alternative, radical view of the city. For the Chaplin walk we encounter Charlie’s family, exploring their struggles to survive the up and down fortunes of the music hall life. All the walks create refreshing, fun and lively alternatives to the traditional pedestrian tour by telling the human stories that lie behind the places we live in, visit or inhabit.  
CoolTan Arts is an award-winning arts in health charity that supports adults with mental health conditions.

Paid walks are interspersed with a number of free walking art workshops designed by CoolTan Arts in collaboration with Bermondsey Artists Group and InspiralLondon. Dates for walks and workshops from 28 March to 2 April (all times and dates tbc). You can find out more information or book your place by going to CoolWalks website: www.cooltanarts.org.uk/guided-walks


Tuesday 28 March
 In Lambeth’s Furnace: William Blake’s South London walk
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, meet at Imperial War Museum
This Blake inspired walk concentrates on the artist’s time in Lambeth – the artist and his creativity – spanning his most creative and productive period living and working at 13 Hercules Road.

 A Tale of Two Sisters: Mary Wollstonecraft’s London walk
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm, meet at Southwark tube station
A brand new walk and take on Mary Wollstonecraft’s contribution to women’s emancipation and the radical politics of Eighteenth Century Europe. Exploring Southwark near the River and crossing the Thames to St Pauls’ Churchyard; this tour explores radical 18th Century London, through Mary’s revolutionary feminist eyes. We relive the ferment of ideas and people that circulated around her, through her writings and her relationship with her two sisters, and two daughters.

Twists and Transformations: Dickens’ London Borough walk
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, meet at Borough tube station
This walk is conducted through the streets of Old Borough, and follows the ‘Twists and Transformations’ of Dickens’s early childhood, revisiting early Victorian London South of the River. By encountering the traumatic twists in Dickens’s early years, as he took his first tentative steps into this new city of opportunity, we reveal something of his restless spirit, manifest in his compulsive night-walking and his feelings of ‘houselessness’.
Wednesday 29 March

CoolTan Arts Open Afternoon: Wellbeing and Walking Art
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, at CoolTan Arts
Visit CoolTan to find out how we help adults with mental health issues through arts workshops and volunteering opportunities. See the exhibition, speak to staff, and learn how to register. These events are for anyone with an interest in how the creative arts can help improve mental wellbeing.
This Open Afternoon coincides with the CoolTan Arts Walking Festival. Join a taster walk at 2.30pm which looks at the changing landscape of Walworth through the lens of Charlie Chaplin’s childhood spent around the Elephant and Castle area.

Saturday 1 April 2017
Largactyl Shuffle: Revolutionary Women walk
10.15am – 1pm, meeting point TBC
A guided, cultural walk, to celebrate International Women's Day and encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history. The walk will lead us across boroughs for talks on local suffragettes and revolutionary women from Southwark and Lambeth. It is a century since the Electoral Reform Bill passed in the Commons, giving votes only to certain women: those over the age of 30, those over 21 who own their own house or those married to householders.

Thameside Tales: The Bermondsey Story walk
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Bermondsey Tube station
This walk takes us up along the river side and through South London’s old wharfside docks where we encounter the childhood memories of Bermondsey boys: Michael Caine and Tommy Steele. Their early days growing up in North Southwark saw World War Two destruction and subsequent rebuild of the area; also known for its long history of Thameside manufacturing. Come and join us as we explore the river, its people and the recent history of the docks as we unravel this unique Bermondsey story.

‘Beautification’ Walking Art Workshop
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, CGP London
Drawing inspiration from the original Southwark ‘beautification’ projects, this workshop draws its content from the InspiralLondon 300-mile walk, investigating aspects of the beautiful and looking for intrinsic aesthetics we might encounter on the walk. By sharing the expertise of CoolWalks volunteers and Bermondsey Artist Group, with a wider public, we explore together ways to capture and represent these other ‘beauties’.

Seeds of Change: Ada Salter and Rotherhithe’s Radical Non-conformists walk
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, meet at Rotherhithe tube
Seeds of Change invites you to experience the undercurrents of London’s South Docks’ and the radical history of Rotherhithe. From this peninsula parish, the Mayflower set sail for North America and Captain James Cook gathered his intrepid crews. Join CoolWalks to relive this progressive history, and witness how non-conformism radically transformed city life, through creative environmental and public health reforms, that formed the foundations of universal health care, social housing and modern green cities.

Sunday 2 April
InspiralLondon: 23:23 Hinterlands walk
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Gants Hill station
Join InspiralLondon on a walk which investigates notions of beauty, through the lens of town planning, across hinterland and the semi-urban landscapes that we traverse to this day. InspiralLondon is an ambitious artist-led project, working collectively to create a new walk trail spiralling out through London, from Kings Cross, ending and beginning again at Gravesend. The complete, 300 mile spiral walk is split into segments – this is segment 23.
Please either book your free place or buy a ticket via the website on: www.cooltanarts.org.uk/guided-walks

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

CHANGING WALWORTH: Charlie Chaplin's South London

5.30pm Tuesday 14 February 2017
Meet Elephant Street exit of Elephant & Castle ThamesLink
Train: Elephant & Castle, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB

Duration of walk: 2 hours max
Finish before 7.30pm
Changing Walworth tour explores the areas changing landscape through the lens of Charlie Chaplins’ extraordinary childhood. The walk navigates the streets round Elephant delving into the hidden childhood stories of South London’s greatest Cinema star. In its heyday the area had nearly fifty music halls presenting all manner of acts. But as Charlie grew the golden age of music-hall faded, metamorphosing into the new-fangled picture houses; as films superseded live acts. Exploring the little tramps origins, his rise from rags to riches, this walk traces and recreates something of the up and down fortunes of South London’s Piccadilly Circus.

THAMESIDE TALES: The Bermondsey Story Walk 

11 am Saturday 18 February 2017

Meet Bermondsey Tube Station, 142-145 Jamaica Road, Rotherhithe London, SE16 4RX
Starts and finishes at Bermondsey Tube Station
The walk is approximately 2 1/2 miles.

Thameside Tales walk takes us up along the river side and through South London’s old wharfside docks where we encounter the childhood memories of Bermondsey boys: Michael Caine and Tommy Steele. Their early days growing up in North Southwark saw World War Two visiting destruction to the area, and to its long history of Thameside manufacturing.
Come and join us as we explore the river, its people and the recent history of the docks as we unravel the Bermondsey Story.

Please wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing.
If you have any queries or would like any further information, please contact info@cooltanarts.org.uk

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

SEEDS OF CHANGE: Rotherhithe’s radical non-conformists.
Saturday 21 January 2017 Meeting at 11am Rotherhithe Overground exit and finishing at 1pm

Seeds of Change invites you to experience the undercurrents of London’s South Docks’ and the radical history of Rotherhithe. From this peninsula parish, the Mayflower set sail for North America and Captain James Cook gathered his intrepid crews. The walk will navigate this rich maritime history, through the development of the Surrey Docks, exploring the social and economic fabric of the ancient borough; particularly focusing on the work of political pioneers such as the Salters.
Join Southwark Hidden Stories to relive this progressive hidden history, and witness how non-conformism radically transformed city life through creative environmental and public health reforms.
Rotherhithe’s visionary Seeds of Change that formed the foundations of universal health care, social housing and modern green cities.
The walk is approximately 2 and half miles long and we would ask participants to wear sensible walking footwear and to come prepared for weather conditions.


The walk is free, and accessible. £5 Donations Welcome



Tuesday December 13th 2pm -4pm
Country to Council in East Dulwich.
Meet at Grove Vale Library at 2pm 25-27 Grove Vale, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EQ
Bus: P13, 40, 176, 185, 484 or train to East Dulwich



Starting from Grove Vale Library near to East Dulwich Train Station, this walk spans the transformation of the village around Goose Green, up Lordship Lane and into the former Country Estates. Exploring the manner in which the green parkland and country houses metamorphosed into housing for the people.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016





Tuesday 22 November 2016
Twists & Transformations: Dickens' London Borough
 Meet at 5pm John Harvard Library,John Harvard Library Entrance
211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

This walk through the streets of Old Borough, follows the ‘Twists and Transformations’ of Dickens’s early childhood, revisiting early Victorian London South of the River. The walk starts by passing through the site of the Marshalsea Prison and takes us back up to the Thames near old London Bridge. Starts at 5pm – finish 6.45pm



Tuesday 29 November 2016
Blake’s London: In Lambeth’s furnace.  
Meet Imperial War Museum @ 11 am finishes near Waterloo Station 1pm

This Blake inspired walk concentrates on the Artist's time living in Lambeth – the furnace of his creativity - spanning his most creative and productive period living and working at 13 Hercules Road. We will walk from Imperial War Museum, through Lambeth Palace Gardens and up to the river at Lambeth Bridge before turning towards Blake's home.


Tuesday December 13th 2pm -4pm
Country to Council in East Dulwich.
Meet at Grove Vale Library at 2pm 25-27 Grove Vale, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EQ
Bus: P13, 40, 176, 185, 484 or train to East Dulwich

Starting from Grove Vale Library near to East Dulwich Train Station, this walk spans the transformation of the village around Goose Green, up Lordship Lane and into the former Country Estates. Exploring the manner in which the green parkland and country houses metamorphosed into housing for the people.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Thameside Tales:The Bermondsey Story Walk

Thameside Tales: The Bermondsey Story Walk
Thameside Tales walk takes us up along the river and through South London’s old wharfside dockland. We will meet with the childhood memories of Bermondsey boys: Michael Caine and Tommy Steele. Their early days growing up in North Southwark saw WW2 bring destruction to the area and to its long history of Thameside manufacturing. 
Come and join us as we explore the river, its people and the recent history of the docks as we unravel the Bermondsey Story.



 


Date: 11 am - 1pm Saturday 22nd October 22 2016

Starts and finishes at Bermondsey Tube Station 

The walk is approximately 2 1/2 miles. Please wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing.
If you have any queries or would like any further information, please contact info@cooltanarts.org.uk 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016


Changing Walworth: Charlie Chaplin's London

Tuesday 27 September 6-8pm Nearest Transport Elephant & Castle Station/Tube


CoolWalks free guided walk explores Walworth's changing landscape through the lens of Charlie Chaplins’ extraordinary childhood. The walk navigates the streets round Elephant delving into the hidden childhood stories of South London’s greatest Cinema star. Beginning with the birth of cinema we follow Charlie Chaplin before he transformed himself into the little Tramp with the swinging cane; tramping carefully through the streets of SE17 we encounter Chaplin in East Street market, in the back streets and at London’s unique Cinema Museum, housed now in Lambeth’s old poorhouse, where he and his family were committed in the 1890’s. Then the walk detours off the Walworth Road to follow in the footsteps of his music hall family.

In its heyday the area had nearly fifty music halls presenting all manner of acts. But as Charlie grew the golden age of music-hall faded, metamorphosing into the new-fangled picture houses; as films superseded live acts. Exploring little tramps origins, his rise from rags to riches, this walk traces and recreates something of the up and down fortunes of South London’s Piccadilly Circus.

Meet at Elephant & Castle train station at the exit onto Elephant Road at 6pm or if you are early or want to visit the Newington Temporary Library turn right along Elephant Road and visit Elephant ArtWorks containers.

Walk starts at 6pm and will finish before 8pm back at Elephant and Castle.

The walk is approximately 2 1/2 miles and is suitable for all walkers.  We would ask participants to bring a bottle of water, wear sensible walking footwear. If you have any queries or would like any further information, please check: coolwalksblog.blogspot.co.uk or contact Charlie on 020 7701 2696, or via email coolwalksinfo@gmail.com or tweet @CoolWalks.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Thameside Tales: The Bermondsey Story Walk 

11 am Tuesday 6th September 2016

Thameside Tales takes us up along the river and through South London’s old wharfside dockland. We will meet with the childhood memories of the Bermondsey boys: Michael Caine and Tommy Steele. Their early days saw WW2 bring destruction to the area and to its long history of Thameside manufacturing. Come and join us as we unravel The Bermondsey Story.

Meet at Blue Anchor Library at 11 am and finishes at Bermondsey Tube Station around 1pm


Date: Tuesday 6th September 2016 from 11am to 1pm

The walk is approximately 2 1/2 miles. Please wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing. 
Blue Anchor Library, Market Place, Southwark Park Road SE16 3UQ  Buses: 1, P12, 381 or tube to Bermondsey

Rebels & Revolutionaries Friday 26 August 2.30 - 4.30pm.


How to get there.



Start at Brandon Library at 2.30pm, 26 August 2016
Address: Maddock way, Cooks Road, SE17 3NH.
Nearest tube Kennington. Bus stop Dale Road (stop S) served by P5, 36, 185, 436.