Creative writing for kids, for adults and Film clubs!

Three new fantastic events at New Cross Learning in January/ February

Regular film club for adults every Wednesday, from 7pm, (the children’s film club is at 4pm each Wednesday): starts on 4 Feb

Adults’ writing workshop Saturday 31 January, 3pm-6pm with Different Skies

Half term creative writing and storytelling workshop, Thursday 19 Feb, 11am-12.30pm (for 7-10 year olds) Storytellingsmall

Writing workshops for 13-18 year olds, IT/ CV training, and a celebration of New Cross Learning’s new look

Our three top events in Jan/Feb 2015:

We have  writing workshops for 13-19 year olds at New Cross Learning on Tuesdays for 6 weeks from 20th January.

There’s an IT and CV clinic on 10th February. 

And we’re celebrating New Cross Learning’s fantastic new look, thanks to many of your generous donations. Come and see the lightboxes and beautifully painted new walls and ceiling on Saturday 28th February.


Celebrate the last days of summer at Party In The Park in New Cross: 14 Sept 2013

Don’t miss out on Party in the Park in New Cross, the free community & music festival with a large number of brilliant young bands, which wraps up the end of summer on 14 September, 1pm-8pm.

The Party, organised by New Cross Learning and Madcap Coalition in Fordham Park, is a revival of the famous Urban festival. It’s a community event for all ages, with family events, arts and crafts, stalls, spoken word, as well as local bands and acts for all tastes from disco to reggae, punk rock, soul and folk. There will be food stalls, a beer tent, a bookstall and bric a brac for sale.

“In its day, Urban Festival was the alternative Glastonbury. This party is being organised by local people for local people and it’s also a celebration of local talent – the musicians and artists you’ll be reading about next year. And unlike so many festivals today it’s absolutely free,” said New Cross Learning Chair Kathy Dunbar.

“We think the Party in the Park embodies the spirit of New Cross: this is a brilliant community and people have come together to volunteer their time and local organisations have sponsored the party,” said Dunbar

Patrick Lyons of Optical Radio will MC on the main stage,  and acts include a hula hooping showcase, street dancers, a zumba class, as well as a stage for local musicians: Bands/ singers include:

Ben Holland

Little Big Noise

Emily Eccles

Nunhead Folk Circle

Mark Sampson

Nathan Kidd

Murphy McFall

Jean Jean’s Massive hugs

Stolen (999 club)

The Magic City Trio

The Donuts

The otherside

The Hotelles

The Shocks of Mighty!


Eddie Capone

Thee graverobbers

Ben Singer

The Family of Cats

The Fruitful Earth

The Pit Ponies

Old Kent Roadies

Lectric Love

Captain Spangles

Unit 137 Soundsystem

The Party’s sponsors include Sanford Housing Cooperative, The Hill Station Cafe, The New Cross Inn and Little Nans Bar.

The organisers are still looking for volunteers: contact


Event notes: 

Party in the Park will take place at Fordham Park, New Cross, on Saturday 14 September from 1pm-8pm.

New Cross Learning is a community run library and learning space in New Cross and volunteers working for the library have played a major role in organising the programme for the Party. Our website is

MadCap Coalition is a performing arts organisation which organises Urban fetes and workshops.

Updates to the line-up and the event can be found here and on the twitter feed @partyinthepark3

Creepy House Summer Programme from Jul 30

New Cross Learning brings you a summer of books, art, mystery walks,stories – and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Get the kids reading with the summer reading challenge (themed ‘Creepy House) at New Cross Learning, (next to Iceland on New Cross Road) from 30th July, for arts and crafts (mainly Thursdays 2-4pm) and storytelling sessions (mainly Wednesdays 2.30-3.30pm) and we have magical mystery walks/ picnics every Friday (11am-2pm; just turn up). For those that love Alice in Wonderland, the final storytelling event will be a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party  on Wednesday 28th August;

We are continuing our usual programme throughout July and August – including our free and very well attended Baby Bounce, street dance, zumba, knitting and poetry workshops.

You can read the full summer calendar here.


Pop up Tapas Night 12 July: Fundraiser for Party in the Park

You are warmly invited to a pop up tapas night, at the Hill Station on Friday 12 July 2013. This is a fundraising event for New Cross Learning’s annual community-run Party in the Park event (Sep 12).

Tapas night @ New Cross Learning

£12 per head will get you a tapas meal each and a big jug of Sangria per table. There will also be live Spanish music and entertainment.

Please avoid disappointment and get tickets in advance from

You can see our lovely poster about the event here.

If anyone would like to help publicise this event, please call in at New Cross Learning!


Big Book Sale at New Cross Learning 10 Mar

Big Book Sale on Sunday 10 March from 2-5pm.

Underneath New Cross Learning, within the endless catacombs of the Lewisham Historical Society, we have accumulated a store of thousands and thousands and THOUSANDS of books, and the time has come once again to sell some off!

If you’ve been to one of our Big Book Sales before you will know that they are among the best places in London to pick up new reading material. Get there early for sweet deals. Hardbacks £1. Paperbacks 5 for a £1. Refreshments will be available. This is a fundraiser for New Cross Learning.

New Cross Learning is next to Iceland on the New Cross Road (the old Library building): 283-285 New Cross Rd, London, SE14 6AS