Up on the Roof Community Day

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Sun 14 Jul, 12 noon
Roof Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall
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A group of children sat listening to performers in the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden
Kadiatou Diallo

Join our Arts & Wellbeing team up on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall for music and activities for all the family.

Come and experience the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden, which is home to over 250 species of British wildflowers, fruit trees, native trees and herbs. We believe that everyone belongs in nature, and this community event features free creative activities and music for all the family.

This day is open to all, but we especially welcome our Lambeth and Southwark neighbours to experience the wellbeing benefits of getting your hands into the earth.

The Gardening Drawing Club, led by artist and gardener Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck, leads a workshop on the basics of planting. Nurture your skills and confidence in gardening, then engage in a painting and drawing session inspired by the shapes, colours and energies we find within plants and seeds.

Nature-connection advocate Kwesia, aka City Girl in Nature joins us for an interactive talk. City Girl in Nature is Kwesia’s ongoing project, sharing her passion and love for the outdoors, and the belief that everyone should have the chance to be healed, nourished and live life with abundance.

Shaped by her life events and experiences growing up mixed heritage in Deptford, in inner-city south-east London, a life-changing expedition to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest with no phone or contact with the outside world changed her trajectory. Kwesia shares her story and information about her projects around the power of connecting with our natural world, especially on our doorsteps, wherever we may be.

Artist, poet and visual storyteller Tyries Holder leads a creative workshop, Back to Centre, to recentre and ground us through creative aromatherapy and textiles. Create a custom decorated textile aromatherapy pouch to revitalise yourself throughout the day.

Deptford-based tapestry weaver Sara Kelly leads a Weaving with Nature workshop to create a tapestry of natural materials from the garden.

Community music and creative arts centre Raw Materials amps up the summer with a live set throughout the event. Under the mentorship of Double O – DJ, producer, label owner and mastermind of music label Rupture – emerging DJs ONKXR and Mirror Me from Raw Material’s Sync Lab and Run Da Track DJing intensives spin the perfect mix of catchy summer grooves. Expect fun, chilled out and laid-back vibes.

This event is part of our You Belong Here summer season.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For all ages

Come prepared for all weather

Dates & times

Sun 14 Jul, 12 noon

Price

  • Standard entryFree

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Venue

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

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The Queen Elizabeth Hall is open 90 minutes before events

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Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines). There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.

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Pre-booking online is recommended. Check our website on the day for returns. There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our Visitor Assistants on entry.

Some free events don't require a ticket. Found an event labelled FREE on our website with no way to book? Simply turn up on the day.

If you don't receive your e-ticket

Your e-ticket will be sent to you seven days before the event date from [email protected]. If you don't receive your e-ticket, and it's not in your junk or spam folder, please get in touch. 

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More information

Find out all you need to know about tickets, including concessions, group bookings, returns, credit vouchers and more, via the link below.

Frequently asked questions

Get an overview of the seating layout of Queen Elizabeth Hall by downloading our seating plan.

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Toilets

An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. Please visit the Welcome Desk on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, where a member of staff can provide you with the key. You can also use the phone next to the Changing Places toilet to speak to a member of staff. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Cloakroom

The Queen Elizabeth Hall cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the Queen Elizabeth Hall, so please leave large bags at home.

We're cash-free

Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

For step-free access from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating (excluding rows A to C) and wheelchair spaces in the Rear Stalls, plus Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and the Purcell Room, please use the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

To reach this entrance, enter the Royal Festival Hall via the Southbank Centre Square Doors. Take the JCB Glass Lift to Level 2 and exit to the Riverside Terrace. Turn right to find the Queen Elizabeth Hall main entrance.

You can also use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square to reach Mandela Walk, Level 2. 

For access to the Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating rows A to C and wheelchair spaces in the Front Stalls, please enter via the Artists' Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.

Download step-free access map

More about Access and facilities

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