We’re encouraging keen young photographers aged 18 or under to capture what they feel best sums up the beauty and uniqueness of Beckenham Place Park.

Your pictures could be of the flora and fauna found in our largest park, a snapshot of your family and friends having fun, or perhaps your favourite view in the park.

Photography entry guidelines

The competition is free to enter.
Any photograph taken within or of the park can be entered.
Maximum of two entries per person.
We reserve the right to use all photographs entered in the competition.
The decision of the judges will be final and there is no right to make any appeal or representation against these decisions.


There are three categories:

10 years and under
11–14 years
15–18 years


If you’re a winner, you could see your photo used in promotional material for the park, win one of three spaces on a photography workshop (donated by Daniela Fleckenstein, photographer at The Mansion) or win a Beckenham Place Park frisbee.

How to enter:

All entries must be submitted by email (10MB max attachment) by midnight, Sunday 10 December and include:

your name
date of birth
contact email address (for entrants aged under 16, this should be a responsible adult’s email).

Winners will be notified the week beginning Monday 11 December.  (Source: Lewisham council press release.)


Events and Activities

Horniman Christmas Market
Thursday 7 December

Enjoy a special late night Christmas shopping experience with gorgeous gifts, mulled wine, workshops and your favourite festive tunes. The Museum will be filled with stalls and products by local designers and makers, craft breweries, music and dancing. Bring your friends and make an evening of it!
Free entry

Tea with Santa
Saturday 9 + Sunday 10 December. Saturday 16 + Sunday 17 December

Join Santa and the elves for a magical cooking and eating experience, then aid your digestion with a little singing and dancing elf style! Prepare a traditional Lapland meal with Mary Christmas in this group interactive theatre experience with food. Stir sticky porridge, create festive cakes and edible snowballs and help the elves wake Santa before he sleeps through Christmas.  Performed by children’s theatre company Tea Dance for Little People.
Please go to our website for full details, timings and to book tickets. Tickets – £8 per child / £5 per adult. Recommended for ages 3+.

Horniman Christmas Fair
Saturday 16 December

Join in the festivities and get into the spirit of the season at our Christmas Fair. Pick up your seasonal produce at our Farmers’ Market, take part in festive themed craft workshops, and enjoy a carol concert on the Bandstand Terrace with mince pies and mulled wine.
Free entry

Horniman Butterfly House
Throughout the year
10am-4pm November to February. 10am-5pm March to October. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Get up close with hundreds of beautiful butterflies in a tropical indoor garden. The specially-planted habitat is the perfect place to experience free-flying butterflies and discover amazing facts about the life-cycle and behaviour of these fascinating creatures.
Tickets: Adult £6, Child £6, Family (2 adults and 2 children) £15 [includes voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation which supports the work of the Horniman. Standard prices also available.]  Book at or in person at the Museum.  Horniman Members and Benefactors enjoy free, unlimited visits.

Exhibitions and Displays

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
Saturday 25 November 2017–Sunday 14 January 2018

An exhibition of over 100 photographs that showcase the beauty and diversity of wildlife in Britain. From action to pattern, the extraordinary images were all taken by talented photographers working in the UK ranging from established professionals to under-12s.

Coral: Fabric of the Reef
Saturday 9 December 2017–Sunday 9 September 2018

Inspired by the Horniman’s Aquarium and Natural History collection, in this display artist Karen Dodd uses woollen fabric – dyed and sculpted, and intricately bound and stitched – to draw attention to coral and coral reefs, simultaneously celebrating their beauty and raising awareness of their vulnerability in the face of increasing environmental change.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens opened in 1901 as a gift to the people in perpetuity from tea trader and philanthropist Frederick John Horniman, to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’. Today the Horniman has a collection of 350,000 objects, specimens and artefacts from around the world. Its galleries include natural history, music and an acclaimed aquarium. Indoor exhibits link to the award-winning display gardens – from medicinal and dye gardens to an interactive sound garden, Butterfly House and an animal walk – set among 16 acres of beautiful, green space offering spectacular views across London.

Please note: The anthropology galleries (African Worlds and Centenary Gallery) are now closed until June 2018 while we develop a new World Gallery and studio space. To find out more visit
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is core-funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and since 1990 has been governed by an independent charitable trust, registered charity no. 802725. The Horniman Museum and Gardens also receives funding from Arts Council England as one of its Major partner museums.
Opening times and admission. The Horniman Museum is open daily 10.00am-5.30pm, except 24 – 26 December, when it is closed. The Gardens open at 7.15am Monday to Saturday and 8.00am on Sunday and Bank Holidays, and close at sunset. Entry to the Museum and Gardens is free but charges apply for the Aquarium, Butterfly House and some special exhibitions and events. Horniman Members go free –
Access. The Museum and the Gardens are both wheelchair and pushchair friendly with accessible toilets. Limited on-site parking is available for Blue Badge holders.
Travel. The Horniman is situated at 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ on the South Circular Road (A205).   It can be reached easily by train to Forest Hill station (London Overground/Southern, travel time approx.15-20 minutes from east/ce


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