C/O Southwark Explorers Club, Southwark Pensioners Centre, 305-307 Camberwell Road, London SE5 0HQ
Explorers’ telephone number: 020-7701 4452

Our programme for June 2022

Wednesday 1 June at 8.00 pm: HAPGOOD by Tom Stoppard

South London Theatre, The Old Fire Station, Norwood High Street SE27. Tom Stoppard’s play is “essentially a fascinating spy thriller with a great whodunnit angle. Elizabeth Hapgood is a British spymaster who is concerned that she may have a double or even a triple agent within her organisation.” We are charging just £8.00. Please return the enclosed booking slip with payment by 16 May.

Saturday 4 June: JUBILEE HISTORY TRAIL in Burgess Park

Chumleigh Gardens, SE5. We won’t be going as a group, but members may like to join an Art in the Park walk exploring the decades of changes to Burgess Park since the Queen ascended the throne. To find out more about the Art in the Park visual arts and theatre workshops and projects, contact 020-7277 4297.

Tuesday 7 June: RAMSGATE – by coach

A day trip to one of the great English seaside towns of the 19th century, with its sandy beaches, elegant Georgian terraces and Regency villas, historic port and marina. The Maritime Museum in the Royal Harbour relates Ramsgate’s heritage of fishing, shipbuilding and shipwrecks. There are cliff walks, harbour sightseeing trips, and tours of the Ramsgate Tunnels, which were built as World War II approached The Club is charging just £13.00, to cover coach travel and driver gratuities. To book, please return the attached booking slip with payment by 16 May.

Thursday 16 June: IN A POT OF HOT SOUP

Brunei Gallery, off Russell Square, WC1 (Bus: 68 or 168 to Russell Square) ‘In a Pot of Hot Soup’ presents an exhibition of contemporary Nigerian art, digital and non-digital, centred on artists’ explorations of the roles of political voice within Nigeria. A second exhibition, Crafting Subversion, explores the technology used for underground printing during the Indian emergency of 1975-77. Free, but numbers are required. To book, please return the enclosed slip by 16 May.


(Bus: 36 stops nearby) Join us for a guided tour of this beautiful Grade I listed church built in 1867-72 to a design by the architect of the Royal Courts of Justice, George Edmund Street, and considered to be his masterpiece of church architecture. Canal-side café. Free, but numbers are required. To book, please return the enclosed slip by 16 May.

Explorerse posing with Westminister in the background
The Southwark Explorers Club, founded in 2000 by Tony Lynes, started with just a handful of members, and now has nearly 300. It is open to everyone over the age of 50 (most of us are over 60) in Southwark and the surrounding area.

Our monthly programme offers free or low-price/subsidised weekly events and outings to places and events of cultural, artistic or historical interest (usually one per week), across London and further afield. We meet up at SPC setting out. Led by members who are pensioners, the Club also provides opportunities for older people, including the many who live alone, to make new friends.

Recent events have included guided tours of the Southbank Centre, The Magic Circle, and Clarence House. There have been day trips by coach or train to Broadstairs, RHS Wisley, Blenheim Palace and Cambridge. There is a regular programme of guided walks and boat trips, as well as theatre and film visits.


Explorers’ membership is £10.00. We try to make our events accessible to as wide a range of members as possible, and many of our activities are subsidised.


Call in at the Southwark Pensioners Centre to find out about membership of the Explorers and to see a sample monthly programme; telephone us on 020-7701 4452; or email

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