Residents in Thamesmead are being invited to a new festival that will feature live performances and a town fete.

The Thamesmead Festival will take place on September 15-17 in Southmere Park.

Starting at 2pm on Saturday, September 16 the Thamesmead Town Fete will host Thamesmead's Got Talent.

The show will feature performances from residents and community groups, performing alongside food and crafts from local makers.

There will also be a 'soapbox art and science' and a pet show - even animals are welcome and prizes will be available.

From 7pm residents can watch a lantern procession, followed by floating sculptures and pyrotechnics and a light show at Southmere Lake.

Peabody’s executive director for Thamesmead, John Lewis said: “The Thamesmead Festival weekend is set to celebrate the many talents of our residents – and their pets - and the unique places and spaces within Thamesmead. I am especially looking forward to seeing Southmere Lake light up during the Wish you Were Here spectacular. The Thamesmead Festival is set to become the go-to event of the year.”

The Thamesmead Festival is a partnership event between Peabody, Thamesmead residents, local organisations and artists, part funded by Arts Council England, supported by Bexley council and Greenwich council.

It is also part of the Totally Thames Festival and Open House London.

A full programme will be released shortly and you can find out more here.