CAMBERWELL TOUR & BELL RINGING EXPERIENCE
Friday 2 October, 6 November, 4 December TBC
Have you ever rung a bell in a belfry? Give it a try with the help of an enthusiastic bunch of men and women who share a real passion for the English art of bell ringing.
They meet once a month in the belfry of St Giles' Church in Camberwell to practice change ringing, the ancient skill of ringing a set of tuned tower bells in an intricate series of changes.
Climb the tower with them to get to know about the philosophy of this art, hear why it's so special, where it originates and encounter the stories of those exercising it today.
Before this very special musical experience a pleasant walk takes you through the historical and artistic heritage of Camberwell, unveils the biographies of the Londoners who made its past and gives you a glimpse into the contemporary life of its streets.
Camberwell Grove in particular, one of the best preserved Georgian streets in London, tells the visitor about merchants, bankers and poets such as John Lettsom, one of the great philanthropists
of his time, the writer and activist Una Marson and John Ruskin, the most prominent art critic of the Victorian era.
Main features: Experience with the bell ringers at St Giles' Church and tour of Camberwell
Meeting point: 5.30pm at Denmark Hill Station (in front of the main entrance).
Transport: Denmark Hill Station is regularly served by mainline trains from London Victoria and London Overground trains from Clapham Junction and Islington.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Distance: 0.4 mile (0.6 kilometre)
Cost: £15 per adult (below 18-years old FREE) On-line pre-booking required.
The cost includes a £5 contribution towards the charity "Docklands Ringing Centre" for the maintenance of St Giles' Church bells, Public Liability Insurance and the guide’s fee.
To bring: comfortable shoes, drinking water and clothing adequate for the season.
After the walk you may: join the bell ringers for a pint, have dinner at the The Crooked Well gastro pub, go for a gig at the Jazz Club in the Crypt underneath St Giles' Church.
Before the walk you may: have a stroll in Ruskin Park (5 minutes away from Denmark Hill Station).
The walk starts at 5.30pm sharp at Denmark Hill Station and finishes at St Giles' Church (15 minutes walk to the same station).
Please be aware that, in order to reach the bells chamber, a steep and narrow spiral staircase has to be climbed. Approximately 100 steps. A lift service is not available.
Cancellations must be made at least 1 day (24 hours) before departure. A refund will not be given to no shows or late comers.
The number of participants to this event is limited: to book PLEASE CLICK HERE