A guide to festive fun in Erith

Dec 21, 2018

The town of Erith, home to new eco-development The Quarry is located on the London-Kent border in London fare zone 6, situated within the M25 and along the River Thames, yet outside the hustle and bustle of inner-city London. While only a 35-minute train ride from central London (with journey times set to decrease further with the opening of nearby Crossrail stations at Abbey Wood and Woolwich), Erith provides its community with a considerably calmer pace of living.

Under the area’s current regeneration programme, present day Erith is a flourishing community benefitting from improvements to the town centre and growth in employment opportunities.

A rich local history

Erith’s rich historical roots can be traced back to the 16th century, when it rose to prominence as a trading hub for King Henry VIII. Further down the line in the 1800s, Erith welcomed tourists travelling by boat or train to revel at its infamously impressive pier – the longest in London. It was at this time that the industrial reputation of the town was established, owing to its large quarry. This source of gravel and loam retained its value into WW1, providing materials integral to construction and ballast.

Celebrating Christmas in Erith

With Christmas just around the corner, Erith offers a plethora of festive fun. Among activities that are fit for all the family are the annual Christmas Tree Festival, which includes carol concerts and a Christmas Fair. Get into the holiday spirit with a trip to see Scrooged at the Erith pop-up cinema or catch a pantomime at Erith Playhouse. Work off that Christmas pudding at the Yacht, Rowing, or Rugby club or continue the culinary indulgence at Crumbs Bakery or Melucci’s Italian Deli.

Located on the Thames Path National Trail and Green Chain Walk, as well as playing host to a 444ft pier, Erith offers ample opportunities to explore in the great outdoors. Moreover, the wider Borough of Bexley accommodates over 100 public parks and outdoor spaces, where you can explore the ancient ruins of Lesnes Abbey or play a round at Barnehurst Golf Club, while the renowned 330-store Bluewater Shopping Centre is just a short drive away.

Erith living at The Quarry

The shared vision of L&Q and The Anderson Group is breathing new life into Erith’s disused quarry. The previously abandoned land is being transformed into a collection of 600 new homes accompanied by a state-of-the-art primary school and ecology park. With sustainability at its heart, The Quarry offers high quality, considered living, with innovative design which builds on the ecology of the site. The development’s design blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings, providing a wealth of green spaces easily navigated by its network of cycle and walkways. These properties honour the commitment of L&Q and The Anderson Group to create places where people really want to live, at a price that is affordable.


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