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Forest Hill

Find out more about Forest Hill including local events, democracy, schools, transport links and more.

Local events

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Colour: The Rainbow Revealed

Horniman Museum and Gardens 23 April 10am to 5.30PM

An interactive exhibition for the all the family exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world.

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Whatever youth theatre for those at risk of mental health problems

Horniman Museum and Gardens 23 April 4.30PM to 2.30PM

8–14 year olds at risk of developing mental health issues are invited to a supportive free drama programme.

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Colour: The Rainbow Revealed

Horniman Museum and Gardens 24 April 10am to 5.30PM

An interactive exhibition for the all the family exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world.

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Tai chi classes

Stanstead Lodge Seniors Club 24 April 1pm to 2pm

Practise the art of meditation in movement and calm the waters of the mind.

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Techy Tea

Ewart Community Hall 24 April 1pm to 3pm

Learn how to use the internet with tablets with help from our buddies, with free tea and cake to keep you going.

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History

Forest Hill is one of the highest hills in London, originally part of the Great North Wood until the mid-19th century it was sparsely inhabited by charcoal burners and woodsmen. The opening of the Forest Hill Station in 1839 (originally called The Dartmouth Arms) gave the first boost to the development of the suburb. Until then the name 'Forest Hill' had been applied exclusively to fifteen or twenty houses in Honor Oak Road.

Collector and politician Frederick Horniman began his collection of artefacts as a public and it became one of the most popular attractions in south London. The current building was opened in 1901 amid a 16-acre park and is open to the public free of charge. Other buildings of architectural merit include the Forest Hill Library, Forest Hill Pools and the Capitol cinema now a J.D Wetherspoons pub.