FONC Open Day

FONC’s Open Day in May is our biggest event of the year.

The next FONC Open Day is 18th May 2024,
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We run tours of the cemetery, visits to the chapel and crypt – not usually open – guidance on family history, plus delicious food and drinks at our café. Please volunteer to help with our stalls, tours and of course setting up and packing away.
Email the Organisers – all help gratefully received!

FONC Open Day has many stalls run by local groups and other cemetery friends. Booking has closed for this year but please contact us if you would like to book a stall for your group next year.

Special attractions for the young ones include Badge Making and the famous Bug Hunt. We look forward to seeing you.

Schedule of events

The schedule below is from 2023. An updated schedule for 2024 will be published at the beginning of May 2024.

These will take place adjacent to the chapel, no booking needed

11:00Rye Poets
11:30Motor Hearse Chug!
11:40One Tree Hill Choir
12:05‘Victorian’ Hearse & Horses Promenade on the main avenue
12:20Black Swan Border Morris (dance)
12:50Motor Hearse Chug!
13:00Nunhead Community Choir
13.40Telegraph Community Choir
12:50‘Victorian’ Hearse & Horses Promenade on the main avenue
14.20Strawberry Thieves Choir
14:30Motor Hearse Chug!
15.00Dulwich Folk Choir
15:25‘Victorian’ Hearse & Horses Promenade on the main avenue
15.40Black Swan Border Morris (dance)
16:20Goldsmith College Students arts performance

Book your place at the FONC information desk (sorry, no pre-booking)
The general Cemetery Tour takes about 50 – 60 minutes.

  11.15Crypt visit
12.00Guided cemetery tour12.00Crypt visit
12.45Crypt visit
13.00Guided cemetery tour
13.30Crypt visit
14.00Guided cemetery tour
14.15Crypt visit
15:00Guided cemetery tour15.00Crypt visit
  15.45Crypt visit
16:00Guided cemetery tour
  16.30Crypt visit

Confirmed stalls include:
Friends of Nunhead Cemetery stalls: Café; Plant Stall; Publications Stall; Information Desk; Monument Inscription Recording;

Bug Hunt (Collect a pot, search for a bug, get it identified by expert Bugman Jones, and get a certificate. Suitable for all ages!)

Other stalls:
Face painting (Anna Probert); Nunhead Football Club; Bodgers, including Tim the Nunhead Bodger, Ben Willis, chairmaker, Steve de St Croix (wooden bowl turner) and Lewis Duckworth (natural fabric dyes) plus greenwood-work demonstrations; Tim Whitton (woodcarver); Popbox Art (children’s crafts); Camberwell Gardens Guild; Dignity Funerals (Horse-drawn Hearse); Dulwich Horticultural and Chrysanthemum Society; Christadelphians; East Surrey Family History Society; Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries; Friends of Peckham Rye Park; Honor Oak Women’s Institute; Nunhead Art Trail; Nunhead’s Voice; Practical Action South East London Group; Rebecca Buckley (have-a-go sheet copper work); Vintage Motor Hearse.

Plus we are hoping to see Stuart Road Allotments, Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, South East London Humanists, London Wildlife Trust and more!

Please keep dogs on leads throughout the Cemetery during Open Day

More photographs from the open day can be seen below.

Last Updated on 8th November 2023