Lewisham Council - Forest Hill

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Forest Hill

Forest Hill has an attractive mix of local shops, a library, the pools, and the Horniman Museum (one of London’s best kept secrets).

Local events

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Hornimans Explorers family workshop  Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 23 October 11.45AM to 2.30PM

​Families with children aged 3+ can handle museum objects related to autumn animals.

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Whatever youth theatre for those at risk of mental health problems

Horniman Museum and Gardens 23 October 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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Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children - yoga in Forest Hill

St George's Church 23 October 7.30PM to 9pm

Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children.

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Carers Coffee Morning! Free

 24 October 10.30AM to 12.30PM

Would you like to get out of the house and meet other carers in similar situations to your own? Would you like an opportunity to get information and support? This support group is open to all carers of any age or caring responsibility in Lewisham.

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Hornimans Explorers family workshop  Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 24 October 11.45AM to 2.30PM

​Families with children aged 3+ can handle museum objects related to autumn animals.

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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.