Wandle Park


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 »



The Wandle pollution scandal isn’t going away

Posted on May 16th, by Peter Ball in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Now there’s sewage in the River Wandle

I recently wrote an article in the Citizen highlighting the issue of visible pollution in the River Wandle in Croydon. Since then I have carried out further investigations. What I have discovered is troubling.

After becoming aware of pollution in January 2017, I have walked the length of the river within Wandle Park almost every day. There has not been a … Read More »



How Pokémon Go is changing the culture of Croydon

Posted on August 17th, by Max Shirley in Culture, Topical. 1 Comment

  Max Shirley headed into Croydon to see how Pokémon Go is taking over, with some very positive results

Pokémon Go fever has hit Croydon since the official release of this mobile game on 14th July. The augmented reality app has simply taken the world by storm: the game has already surpassed dating app Tinder in terms of downloads, and has more daily users than Twitter. One only … Read More »



Event review: Much Ado About Nothing by Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association, performed in Wandle Park, July 2016

Posted on August 10th, by Andy Ellis in Culture. No Comments

“Don’t believe me just watch (Shakespeare)”, says Andy Ellis

Despite having gone to the same school as Shakespeare, I actually knew very little about his comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, and approached this open air production with no preconceptions.

Let’s start with the venue, which was the bandstand in Wandle Park, just a short work from the tramstop of the same name. On arrival we were … Read More »



Event report: Croydon Environmental Fair, Saturday 11th June 2016

Posted on July 14th, by Andrew Dickinson in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Andrew Dickinson reports on undampened spirits and a growing sense of community purpose among green (and Green) minded Croydonians

It took a while (five years in fact) but eventually the Croydon Environmental Fair (which started life know as the Green Fair) landed in its always intended location of Wandle Park on Saturday 11th June. It’s a permanent home. Why five years? Well, the event would have kicked … Read More »



Croydon’s sixth Environmental Fair comes to Wandle Park on Saturday 11th June

Posted on June 8th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. 1 Comment

In its sixth consecutive year, the event highlighting everything green and environmentally-friendly will take place this coming Saturday 11th June in its new home in Wandle Park.

Release begins: On Saturday 11th June we have Croydon’s very own Environmental (Green) Fair now in to its sixth year. Also, finally in its intended location of the beautiful Wandle Park. Croydon has a very strong but underappreciated environmental scene and this is … Read More »



Five of the best… Croydon parks to walk your dog

Posted on February 23rd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 1 Comment

In the first of her new series, ‘five of the best’, Bernadette Fallon offers her pick of Croydon’s parks

We’re very fortunate in Croydon to have so many parks and green spaces – 127 to be precise, so get your walking shoes on and grab the dog. If you haven’t got one, borrow the neighbour’s, because if there is one thing better than getting outside to enjoy … Read More »