Wandle Park


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 »



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 »