#dadlife: time for baby music

Posted on September 3rd, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Making music with our daughter in Croydon

They say that babies are never too young to enjoy music and I’ve certainly been putting that theory to the test with some great local activities this summer.

In July Zoo Co turned a space in the Whitgift Centre into a pop-up theatre. We took our daughter to an adaptation, by Collar & Cuffs Co, of the storybook Little Meerkat’s Big Panic.

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#dadlife: a Croydon dad gets back to work

Posted on May 29th, by Martin Leay in Culture. 1 Comment

In his latest #dadlife column, Martin Leay returns to the office with a new parental perspective

It’s been a while since I’ve written a #dadlife column. It turns out that my ability to write about fatherhood is constrained by the actual realities of fatherhood. Crazy, I know!

My three months of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) went by in a flash. We might not have managed the … Read More »



#dadlife – how a new Croydon dad is learning on the job

Posted on January 23rd, by Martin Leay in Politics & Society. 2 comments

New daughter, new dad

Five months ago, I had never changed a nappy – not one! But I am now a dad who knows his way around a changing mat and is proficient with a wet wipe and a soft flannel. In fact, I am proud to have served as first responder during some very powerful poo-namis.

The prospect of fatherhood had been daunting. I was … Read More »



Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … Read More »



Restaurant review: Five Guys, High Street, Croydon town centre

Posted on September 29th, by Martin Leay in Culture. 2 comments

A new burger joint brings the guys to central Croydon

Time from East Croydon:  5 minutes

7-11 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QA

There was a great deal of fanfare when the American burger and fries emporium Five Guys opened its first UK branch in Covent Garden back in 2013. And now, in the latest sign of Croydon’s burgeoning cultural and economic significance, the chain has set up … Read More »



Event review: Purley Festival 2017

Posted on July 11th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Now in its sixth year, Purley Festival 2017 showcased the best of Croydon’s creativity and community spirit

The sun shone on the Rotary Field on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July as thousands joined together to enjoy a wonderful weekend of music and fun during the finale of Purley Festival.

In these uncertain times, there is something special about people uniting to celebrate the … Read More »



Purley Festival is back!

Posted on May 15th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Back after a break, 2017′s festival will be bigger and better than ever

Purley Festival has been a highlight of the Croydon calendar since 2011. After a break last year, this great community festival is back for local people to enjoy this summer.

Starting on Monday 26th June with a week-long series of festival fringe events, the festival builds up to a music and arts finale on … Read More »