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October Plenty

We are so sorry to announce that
there will be no October Plenty festival in 2023

However .

We are choosing now to dedicate this coming year to exploring the overall creative and administrative needs that such a festival requires to be sustainable for years to come.

We want time to refresh and revisit all our lasting collaborative partnerships. Partnerships that are essential in terms of realising creative input, goods and resources and community interactivity for the festival.

We want to recognise and strengthen the shared public domain that is the root of this much loved seasonal theatre-based festival.

We hope to forge new collaborations too!

Previous October Plenty events & highlights:

TheCorn Queene


Heavy with wheat, fruit & vegetables, the magnificent CORN QUEENE will appear in procession in front of the Globe with our company of actors, along with the traditional HOBBY HORSE.

The procession


Join the procession of music, flags and spectacle through the streets to the historic BOROUGH MARKET. Leading us is the extraordinary BERRY MAN, the autumnal Green Man, decked with wild fruits & foliage. See the Borough Market's bright Market Hall come alive with festivity whilst savouring and sampling the food, cider and apple juice on offer from this famous food market.


This year the Lions part heartily welcomes The Fabularium with their boisterous Fabularium Fables the release of their Flock of Sheep into the Market.


See the Ravensbourne Morris dancers amidst the festivities, the time honoured Redding Moreys and Shakespeare's Goddesses in splendour. Catch the Berry Man and company for a conker fight.

Watch the infamous EXECUTION OF JOHN BARLEYCORN and Dance the Hay with us followed by the traditional stripping of the CORN QUEENE.

The Story Orchard


All afternoon a little orchard of young apple trees creates a space for storytelling for children of all ages about food, magic & harvest. Our beloved master storyteller Pat Ryan joins us once again.


At the end of the festivities join us to visit & decorate the extraordinary gates of Crossbones Graveyard in Red Cross Way and contemplate the quiet of the Graveyard with us.


Warmest wishes for the autumn season,
the Lions part

Lift up your hearts, your voices and feet!

Keep an eye on our facebook and twitter feeds, our Instagram Account, our Youtube Channel and this website for news.

View our photo gallery of past October Plenty events

The Corn Queene

Over 20 years ago, fired with enthusiasm for amazing autumn festivies that people celebrated world wide and influenced by the organisation Common Ground, whose creation of Apple Day has inspired so many, I gathered with local friends and members of the Lions part and we launched October Plenty. At the heart of it was the iconic Corn Queene. Since then, in collaboration with Roots and Shoots, Lambeth, through David Perkins and Sarah Wilson, she has become an annual wonder. This, her 'Natural History' written by David, offers you all her qualities: enjoy!

Click here to download "The Corn Queene Natural History", by David Perkins.

If you like this booklet, we would welcome a suggested voluntary donation of £5

Click here to donate

Make a Donation

the Lions part is a charity which survives on donations and one-off grants. Thanks to the Arts Council England Emergency Covid-19 Fund 2020, we were given a little bit of a breathing space for one year!
If you would like to make a regular or a one-off donation towards our future work, Please click here

Thank you!!