Join our pilgrimage from The George Inn on Borough High Street to William Morris’ Red House in Bexleyheath, discovering the pilgrim routes that inspired Chaucer and the Pre-Raphaelites. Brought to you by Curiocity and the National Trust’s London Project. By foot, bike, or public transport, weave through the green spaces of south London, past the wharves of Deptford, the Old Royal Naval College and the ancient oaks of Oxleas Wood.
Along the way are four specially-created stops where you can create your own Morris-inspired artworks with invited artists. You’ll hear the stories of pilgrims and Pre-Raphaelites past brought to life by professional storytellers. As the sun sets, your quest will conclude in the intimate walled garden of Red House with a pilgrims’ party. There will be skittles on the bowling lawn, roast meats, local ales and live folk music by Josienne Clarke, Ben Walker and Jim Moray, curated by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), as well as specially invited guest speakers.
- Saturday 7th September, pilgrimage from 9am to 5pm, party from 5pm to 9pm.
- Starting at The George Inn, 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH (nearest station London Bridge).
- Arrive any time between 9am and 11am. Walkers advised to arrive early.
- Concluding at Red House, Bexleyheath, DA6 8JF (nearest station Bexleyheath).
- Pilgrims’ party at Red House and around its gardens from 5pm to 9pm.
- Tickets: £20 adult, £16 redhead/NT member/concession, £14 child, £60 family of four.
More information here. If you can’t make the event on the 7th, you can still enjoy the Pre-Raphaelite Pilgrimage. Get a copy of Curiocity: Escaping London (available from September 9th) and download The Well at the World’s End audioguide in the London section of PocketGuide (free smartphone app).