Wandle Park


Why must I be a teenager in love? CODA Croydon presents Romeo and Juliet in Wandle Park

Posted on August 7th, by Sue Harling in Culture. 2 comments

Love was definitely not lost or laboured,in this lovingly staged take on Shakespeare’s ode to doomed romance

My quiz-team friends will confirm that I “don’t do Shakespeare”, but I know from CODA’s production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2016 that it is possible to enjoy his works when you’re not worrying about memorising quotes for your O level (GCSE, in old money). This year’s CODA production … Read More »



The amazing wildlife of Wandle Park pond

Posted on June 13th, by Peter Ball in Culture. 2 comments

If you think of Croydon as a barren urban wilderness, you’re very much mistaken

In 2012, after decades channelled underground, the river Wandle was re-surfaced to flow through the park to which it gives its name. The remodelling of the landscape also created a pond. It’s here that I recently captured these images of some of the wild creatures with whom we unknowingly share our town, and … Read More »



Regenerating Croydon from the ground up

Posted on May 17th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How Croydonians are creating a grassroots regeneration movement, and why a totem pole is the perfect symbol of this

“Quality… you know what it is, yet you don’t know what it is. Some things are better than others… but what is the betterness?” – Robert M Pirsig.

Everybody wants a better Croydon. So what exactly is it? Well, it depends on whom you ask.

The … Read More »



Are you a star-cross’d lover? Hunting for Croydon’s Romeo and Juliet

Posted on May 3rd, by David Sanders in Culture. No Comments

Interested in drama? Aged sixteen or over? Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association would love to hear from you

Every summer CODA (Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association) performs a large-scale play or musical on the bandstand in Wandle Park. This July’s production will be Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, Romeo And Juliet, and CODA would love to give the young people of Croydon the opportunity to take leading roles.

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Going bats in Wandle Park

Posted on April 18th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Eighty-four Croydonians went on a high-tech bat-spotting mission

If you live near Wandle Park, it’s likely that the neighbourhood’s bats will have wintered in your attic.

This was one of several fascinating bat-facts brought to us by Croydon Council’s knowledgeable Community Partnerships Officer for Parks and Leisure, Meike Weiser. She led our intrepid group, which assembled at Wandle Park tram stop as dusk was falling on … Read More »



Digging into the past: a vintage poster with local roots

Posted on February 27th, by Andrew Dickinson in History. No Comments

A local man who became a propaganda legend is remembered…

Wandle Park recently partnered with the Kenley Revival Project to host a World War Two poster-making workshop, using vintage posters from the period as inspiration. Well-known classic designs such as ‘Dig For Victory’, ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’ and ‘The Walls Have Ears’ all featured.

Much fun was had by all – and some good new examples … 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 »



Wandle Fortnight: a visit to the Wandle Industrial Museum

Posted on October 11th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. No Comments

A great place to learn all about the history and heritage of the River Wandle

Wandle Fortnight ran from 9th to 23rd September. Wandle Park was heavily involved in activities to celebrate the river’s past and present. There was river cleaning, pond dipping, watercolour painting with Turf Projects, and Wandle Park-inspired haiku poetry with George from the Friends group. Then, perhaps most interestingly, we went on a midweek … Read More »



Event review: CODA presents The Pirates of Penzance

Posted on August 9th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 3 comments

Buckles were swashed, blades were brandished and spirits undampened by the weather

Croydon’s been lucky with the rain so far this summer, sunshine-y at just the right moments for its outdoor festivities. This was the week that luck ran out, with grey drizzly skies hanging over Wandle Park as Friday evening’s Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association show time approached. But no matter  – the audience had come impressively … Read More »



Event review: Croydon’s Summer of Love Festival

Posted on June 30th, by Peter Ball with Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Fifty years after the Summer of Love, Croydon celebrates in Wandle Park

Croydon’s Summer of Love festival was Andrew Dickinson’s idea.

When he’s not hanging loose, he manages events in Wandle Park and organises recycling and re-use services for the borough.

He decided that Croydon should mark the anniversary by having a community festival.

On Saturday 17th June the festival commenced and some amazing … Read More »