Your Space

Your Space

The Somerville is at the heart of the community in Lewisham and Southwark, providing a safe space for play, learning, socialising and developing new skills. From young children to our senior residents – there is something for everyone to get involved in.

Who We Are


The Somerville was founded by local community worker Ron Martin in 1971. He believed that adventure playgrounds were a much-needed resource for children growing up in inner cities and worked tirelessly throughout his life to make the site accessible to kids. Ron was a volunteer at a play scheme run from St Catherine’s Church on […]

Uncategorized Who We Are

Who We Are

The Somerville was first opened in 1971. Our commitment to providing a happy, safe and stimulating environment for all members of the Lewisham and Southwark community hasn’t changed since then. Find out about our history and read our mission statement. Our youth and play provision covers our unique adventure playground plus a programme of educational […]

The Blue Opening Times


The Blue Youth Club is going to re-open soon!! The Blue Youth Club is a place for everyone, a community hub to empower, enable and achieve. The youth centre in The Blue offers activities for young people 11-15 years olds and the community in the brand new home in Bermondsey. Don’t miss out, pop in […]

Community and Families Men In Sheds

Men In Sheds

The men in sheds project is run by JOY – Just Older Youth. The project is based in a fully kitted-out workshop in the grounds of the Somerville adventure playground. “Shedders” can start their own projects, join in making things with other “Shedders” or create things for the community. Activities include: woodworking–inter-generational skills sharing – […]

Community and Families Mosaic


An art mosaic project for adults meets at Somerville every Wednesday. The group spends one term learning the skills and techniques of this ancient art resulting in an individual piece of work. Results are fantastic with all students completing unique designs of outstanding quality.    Students then work collaboratively with the mosaic tutor on large […]