The Oval Tavern


International Women’s Day: Greta Scacchi helps fundraise for period poverty

Posted on March 21st, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. No Comments

The Hollywood A-lister was in attendance for a charity tea party at Croydon’s Oval Tavern

On Saturday 10th March, International Women’s Day 2018 was celebrated in Croydon with a tea party at the Oval Tavern in support of local charity We-STAP (We Supply Toiletries And Products For Women In Need). The event was attended by Mayor Toni Letts and also received support from Hollywood star Greta Scacchi, invited by one of … 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 »



The third annual Brothers of Mothershovel charity barbecue

Posted on May 23rd, by Mark Aarons in Culture. No Comments

An unmissable event for a good cause

Saturday 3rd June 2017 marks the third annual Brothers of Mothershovel (BoMs) charity BBQ event held at the Oval Tavern. Nestled between the hotly-contested East Croydon/Addiscombe ward border on Oval Road, the Oval Tavern is Croydon’s foremost arts and music pub, with a formidable roster of live and recorded music throughout the week. The Oval is also a community hub, … Read More »



Event review: Bob Fox at the Oval Tavern, Tuesday 9th May

Posted on May 19th, by Paul M Ford in Culture. No Comments

The Oval audience was drawn together by a compelling performer with tremendous range

One time culture minister Kim Howells once said that his idea of hell was being stuck in a pub with a bunch of folk singers from Somerset, showing once again the remarkable level of stupidity and arrogance that needs to be attained before you can be a fully-fledged member of the government.

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Does ‘Devoted and Disgruntled’ sum up the feelings of Croydon’s artistic community?

Posted on May 12th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Croydon is changing: how can the arts be a part of that change?

This was the question that sixty or so Croydonians gathered to answer at TMRW, the business start-up hub in Croydon High Street, on the evening of Tuesday 2nd May. The event followed a format titled ‘Devoted and Disgruntled‘ (D&D), the umbrella title of a series of arts community events devised by drama company Improbable. This … Read More »



On the land where Boxpark stands

Posted on November 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 13 comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones has a difficult personal relationship with Boxpark

It’s my own fault. ‘Let’s meet for coffee in Boxpark‘, I keep saying. Then comes guilt: I’m taking my coffee spend away from great places and great friends who’ve worked hard both to build up their businesses and to bring a quality product to Croydon. Places like Smoothbean! on Dingwall Road. And this is the reward I give … Read More »



Event review: Croydon’s Night of Dance,Tuesday 16th August

Posted on August 23rd, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Liz Sheppard-Jones watches Croydon’s Morris men (and women) dancing in the streets

Over the last few weeks, Croydon has shaken its booty down to the ground in not one but three celebrations of dancing. First we had Family Fest in Park Hill Park on 4th June, then the Big Dance, a London-wide festival of movement, culminating in Trafalgar Square on 2nd July where a number of Croydonians participated. Finally … Read More »



Five of the best… places in Croydon for (very) late summer fun

Posted on August 5th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Bernadette Fallon’s suggestions for seizing every moment of this late burst of summer

It’s the hottest September for fifty years – and whilst you might be feeling a bit hot under the collar in the office, these Indian summer days offer us a chance to catch up on missed opportunities earlier in the year. Here are my recommendations for top things to do outdoors in Croydon.

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Croydon’s newest music festival, Radfest, announces its line-up

Posted on June 21st, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

On Saturday 16th July the Oval Tavern in Oval Road will host Radfest, a music festival to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Release begins: British Blues Awards 2015 songwriter of the year, Katie Bradley, will be amongst almost 20 top bands and musicians raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support at The Oval Tavern on 16 July.

RADFEST runs from noon to midnight with artists performing in the main … Read More »



Croydon Craft Beer Festival set for Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th March 2016 in the Braithwaite Hall

Posted on March 15th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

An extended Craft Beer Festival will be held in the Braithwaite Hall on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March.

Release begins: Following a hugely successful first year in 2015, the Braithwaite Hall at the Croydon Clocktower will host the second Croydon Craft Beer Festival. After the incredible popularity of our first festival last October, we’re bringing a bigger and better edition back for 2016.

There … Read More »