Image of artist impression of restored bandstand

The bandstand and its restoration

Built by McCallum & Hope Ltd of Glasgow, the elegant Edwardian bandstand, ​believed to be installed in 1905, has been the venue for many musical performances. One of Beckenham’s most famous residents, David Bowie played at the bandstand at Growth Summer Festival in 1969 which was organised by the musician himself and The Beckenham Arts Laboratory. This has led to the bandstand being known locally by some as the ‘Bowie Bandstand’.

Efforts to restore the bandstand have continued for some years, including since the desperate news of David Bowie’s passing in January 2016.

The bandstand which is Grade II listed, once restored, will be a permanent and fitting tribute to a superstar musician admired and missed by millions, and also hopefully a site where future legends might also one day cut their teeth as well. The council worked closely with the Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground and other local partners on the restoration project.


Restoration works commenced at the beginning of July 2023 by restoration specialists AF Starr and reached completion in March 2024. The Bandstand remains closed and will be opened formally at the launch event on 17 May 2024.

Purcell, who were appointed as Conservation consultants for the project, worked with the Council and stakeholders to develop designs for the restoration that were sympathetic to the heritage of the bandstand, and to facilitate its future use as a community facility.

Purcell and their contractors carried out a number of surveys on the bandstand to inform their proposals, including one to assess the current condition of the structure. They also commissioned a paint historian to try to identify the original paint colours used. This enabled designs to be developed that were within keeping of the bandstand’s original look and feel.

The resteration included:

  • refurbishment of all areas, including the intricate ironwork and perimeter fencing
  • restored colour scheme of dark brown and buff that is respectful of the bandstand’s heritage
  • improved landscaping, including Bandstand Brick pathway which features the personalised bricks purchased by individuals, families, groups, organisations and businesses
  • improvements to the roof material to aid the dispersal of rainwater, with the inclusion of sympathetic rainwater goods
  • security measures, including lighting, which could also be used for performances.

Support the Restoration

If you would like to continue to support the ongoing maintenance of the bandstand, please see our donation page.

Whilst we have halted sales of the bricks for the moment, we have been able to release a further 50 tickets to the launch event.

Bandstand launch event tickets

Please note that these are being sold on a first come, first served basis.

Further purchases of bricks will be possible once the bandstand has reopened.