Southwark Explorers Club

Southwark Pensioners Centre, 307 Camberwell Road, London SE5 0HQ

Explorers’ telephone number: 020-7701 4452

Supported by grant from Southwark Council

Our programme for March 2023

Sunday 5 March at 3.00 pm: WEIMAR: MADCHEN IN UNIFORM

East Dulwich Picturehouse, Lordship Lane, SE22. “When new student Manuela starts to fall in love with her kindly tutor, she and her teacher soon discover that their feelings are mutual. As Manuela seeks to follow her heart, she encounters the challenges of pursuing a forbidden romance and a scandal soon erupts.” Please return the enclosed slip with payment of £7.00 by 15 February.

Friday 10 March at 10.30 am: CLERKENWELL – WALK

Join John Turpin for a walk in historic Clerkenwell, an ancient parish from medieval times. Still to be seen are remains of abbey buildings, Charterhouse, the home of the Order of St John, a pretty parish church, signs of artisan craftsmen, and a Marxist library. Numbers are required. To book, please return the enclosed slip by 15 February.

Monday 20 March at 11.30 am: INSIDE TOWER BRIDGE

Tower Bridge Road, SE1. “Tower Bridge will transport you to Victorian London, telling the story of the city’s defining landmark from the very beginning: London views from the Walkways, spectacular Glass Floors; marvel at the feat of Victorian engineering inside our Engine Rooms.” Lifts. To book, please return the enclosed slip with payment of £7.00 by 15 February.

Sunday 26 March at 3.00 pm: WAGNER & BRUCKNER

Royal Festival Hall, SE1. Welsh opera legend Sir Bryn Terfel sings Wagner, as the former Philharmonia Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to London. Terfel has chosen highlights from two of the roles that confirm his standing as one of today’s greatest Wagnerians – Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger and Wotan in the Ring Cycle. Salonen pairs Wagner with Bruckner’s magnificent Symphony No. 6.  To book, please return the enclosed slip with payment of £16.00 by 15 February.

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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