Performing and Visual Arts and Music


There are lots of creative and therapeutic opportunities available in Southwark and its neighbouring boroughs. There are specialist, inclusive and mainstream services which cover a large number of interests including; dance, drama and various art and craft activities.


Heart n Soul is a place for people with learning disabilities to do activities.


Do Your Own Thing is a safe, fun and friendly place with lots of cool activities to take part in. From Radio, Music, DJing, Videos, anything.


  • The 2nd Saturday of the month for 10 -16 year olds to find their groove.  

  • The last Saturday of the month is for all young people aged 10 - 25 to come together, be creative and share.


For further details:

Grooveschool is a not for profit organisation that run projects focussed towards nurturing young people's engagement, creativity and invention.


The main activity we provide is DJ and Music Technology workshops for all ages and abilities.


Our overall aim is to make accessible something that may be of interest from which enjoyment and creativity can flow. Working towards something tangible, that ensues enthusiasm, inspiration, inclusion, worth and purpose .


  • We believe in the capacity of every child to be creative and to grow through their involvement with music.


  • We aim to create the safe and inspiring space for children to explore, appreciate, play and make music.


  • We value all talents and children equally, without judging, grading or creating any pressure to compete or to perform.
    All of our practitioners are CRB checked professional artists.



We're based in Streatham, South London and we also have facilities in Brixton.

For more information please visit the Grooveschool website

We offer a range of dance classes in 3 locations within the Southwark borough.


Our classes all take place after school (with the exception of out twinkly toes class that is mid-afternoon), so it’s a great option for an extra curricula activity.


We offer dance classes to children to help encourage confidence fitness and social skills.  Dance is a great way for young people as young as 2, to understand their bodies through movement and use of sound and rhythm to do so.


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Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers.


Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow. No concert is complete without feeding, crying and nappy changing!


Tickets: Adults £8 ~ £12, Children FREE

Monmouth Coffee Mingle: 30 mins before start time shown

Concert Duration: about an hour

Please click here to see the schedule for venues and dates in South London

Southwark Music Service aims to enrich the lives of all Southwark children and young people by making the learning of music dynamic, energetic, varied and fun. We are are proud to be working with our partners in the Southwark Music Hub to maximise the many diverse musical opportunities for those living and learning in Southwark.


We fund the Southwark Youth Orchestra, a community orchestra open to young people either going to school or living in the Borough of Southwark.


Our vibrant Saturday Music Centre at Walworth Academy now incorporates the Saturday Morning Centre and the Southwark Creative Orchestra.


In partnership with the David Idowu Foundation, we fund the David Idowu Choir, open to young singers throughout Southwark.


We offer lessons and musical activities using a wide range of instruments and a variety of musical styles. Everything we do is of the highest quality.


Whether you’re a parent, teacher or a young person who wants to learn, we look forward to welcoming you to our award-winning service - Denise Barber, Head of Southwark Music Service.


For more information, please visit the Southwark Music Service website 

Mousetrap provides opportunities for young people with special needs to engage with theatre, both as an audience member and in the classroom.


Theatre Journeys for Special Schools gives special school pupils access to the best of London's theatre for just £8 a ticket, with in-school workshops that enrich the experience.


We employ outstanding and experienced workshop leaders work to get the best out of every student - often in profound and surprising ways.


See more on the Mousetrap website.

The Unicorn Theatre hold a number of accessible performances throughout the year.


Accessible performances include:


• Relaxed performances
• Audio described and pre-show touch tours
• Deaf Friendly shows
• Live Captioning
• Integrated sign-language in performance

If you have any questions about your visit, please email us at


For more information or to see how to book a ticket please click visit the Unicorn Theatre website.

London Bubble run a number of participatory theatre groups in Rotherhithe open to ages from 6 upwards.


These weekly sessions give the opportunity for a wide range of people to make theatre together, assisted by experienced theatre practitioners and other specialists.


We run inclusive classes and our facilities are fully accessible.


Please contact us if you would like to talk about any specific access needs or additional support for your or your child. A parking space can be made available for anyone attending classes with access needs but we ask that you contact us about reserving a place in advance.


There is no audition process - we just need you to be enthusiastic and committed.

For more information, or to book a place for a class, please call Lucy on 020 7237 4434 or email


See website for further details.

Theatre Peckham; a Learning Theatre, where inspirational artists meet inspirational young people.


Home to world class creative learning and performance, with and by young people from the diverse communities of South London.  Theatre Peckham aims to inspire young people from all its diverse local communities to engage with the performing arts as audiences, participants and artists. A local venue with a world view, Theatre Peckham is driven by the cultural diversity and the creative mix of Peckham and its young people.


We provide routes into the performing arts for disadvantaged young people and a safe space to explore, take risks and negotiate their way in a changing world.


We are a charity, providing a platform for vibrant young voices to be heard, grow in confidence and take a voyage of discovery, and proud to be part of South London in all its complexity and vibrancy.


To find out more please visit the Theatre Peckham website.

Whippersnappers is a vibrant, inclusive, community organisation which works out of Brockwell Lido in Brockwell Park and College Lodge in Dulwich Park.


They offer the following classes, which children and teenagers with additional needs in Southwark can access:


  • Art and Drama Therapy club for 5 – 11 year olds at College Lodge – Weds 3.30pm – 6pm referrals only -funded by Children in Need.


  • Under-fives Inclusive Music Workshops Venue: College Lodge and Brockwell Lido. Dates: Monday Saturday (term-time only). Please call 0207 738 6633 to reserve a place. Free to children with disabilities and their siblings.


  • Whippersnappers also runs an inclusive after-school club at Brockwell Lido for 5–11 year olds. Activities include Acrobatics, Capoeira, Arts and Crafts, Cookery, Park Activities and Cinema Club.


If you would like to access this service please call 0207 738 66 33.  Or email:


Whippersnappers also delivers disability awareness training to children centres, after school clubs, youth centres, community organisations and private businesses. For further information go to:

Inclusive Dance is a contemporary dance and drama programme for young people with learning disabilities, aged between 16 and 25.


Participants learn movement and social skills that can be transferable to the world of work. They also develop arts-related technical skills, such as performing and improvisation that can be used in future performing arts-related employment.


Classes are currently taking place online, rather than in-person. We meet over Zoom, a video calling app that’s very easy to use.


We meet for one hour a week on Thursdays at 4:30pm. We try new things every week, from making up dances together to having fun practising our singing! You don’t need to have too much room to move – enough space to reach your arms out to the side is enough!


When: Thursdays  4:30pm-5:30pm


Where: Online




Cost: FREE

East Duwich Picturehouse offers Autism friendly screenings throughout the year for only £3 (for non-members)


To find out more information about films being screened or how to book please contact East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café directly on 0871 902 5749 (calls cost 13p per minute plus your telephone company's access charge), alternatively you can visit their website:

Early Birds enables families with children who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) to come along and enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.


Taking place on particular Saturdays across the year, we open the Museum early at 8.30am and some of our interactive galleries remain available exclusively to booked Early Birds guests until 11.15am. As well as exploring some of the galleries you can enjoy a selection of fun workshops and exciting demonstrations.


All of these events are completely free and suitable for families with children under the age of 14.


Places are limited so you do need to book. This can be done on 020 7942 4777.


To find out the forthcoming dates and more information, please go to