Full programme published for Purley Festival 2015

By - Monday 22nd June, 2015

As Purley Festival approaches, the organisers have released the programme for a week of activities from Monday 29th June to Sunday 5th July. 

Photo by Purley Festival, used with permission.

Release begins: Events are taking place at various venues throughout Purley from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July and the line-up for the weekend finale at the Rotary Field, Brighton Road on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July. There are even pre-festival events, such as a Swing Dance on Saturday 20th June.

The full programme can be downloaded now from www.purleyfestival.co.uk.

Now in its fifth year, Purley Festival 2015 will officially kick off with an Opening Ceremony to coincide with the launch of Purley Business Improvement District. This is happening at 12.30pm on Monday 29th June at Christ Church, Brighton Road.

During the week, there will be walks; talks; music, film and arts based activities; workshops and networking meetings. And on Friday 3rd July, there will be two screenings of the smash hit “Paddington” film. This is the first time Purley Festival has put on a film screening, which will be weather proof and fun for all the family.

There are other birthday surprises in store for the weekend finale, which will be headlined by 80s Jazz-Funk troubadours Shakatak and soul hero Omar – two very prestigious recording acts that have experienced considerable chart success.

Image by Purley Festival, used with permission.

The Weekend Finale will have a circus theme, so festivalgoers can expect to see walk around circus performers, stilt walkers and bubble magic.

A brand new silent disco will feature local DJs such as Massive Arms and the Happy Sundays crew from Croydon Radio.

In addition, there will be two bars, a 1940s-themed cocktail garden organised by Redfest, visual and interactive art; and a jam-packed schedule for the children’s area at Christ Church School, not to mention a whole host of delicious food on offer from local traders.

Purley Festival receives no funding from Central or Local Government and is organised by a committed team of volunteers. It is a community driven event that celebrates the local area and cultural scene, local businesses and local people. The Oval Tavern will run the main bar and acoustic stage this year, while Lives Not Knives – the Croydon-based campaign group which raises awareness of the dangers of knife crime – will run the Soapbox stage.

There is a suggested donation for those who attend the weekend finale of £4 for adults and £1 for children.

It is still possible to sponsor Purley Festival or volunteer to help out. For example, the organisers are looking for people to help steward at the weekend finale. For more details about sponsorship and advertising opportunities or to help steward for an hour or two, please email

Fiona Lipscombe, Purley Festival Director, says:

‘This year’s Purley Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with lots of exciting new features for people of all ages to enjoy. I hope that people will visit our website to find out exactly what is going on throughout the week. There really is something for everyone and I hope people are looking forward to it as much as we are!*

‘I would like to thank our sponsors Jemca Lexus and Jemca Toyota, Sunrise of Purley, Streeter Marshall, and Laithwaites for making the Festival possible.

‘Thank you also to the fantastic team of incredibly dedicated volunteers who have given up their time and provided so much energy to make this year’s Festival – our fifth – really special. As always, I am overwhelmed by the positivity and support we have received from local people, organisations and businesses and I look forward to seeing the community come together to enjoy Purley Festival 2015!’

Release ends.

Release provider: Purley Festival.



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