Summer 2016 festivals & events in Croydon


Our comprehensive guide to what’s on in Croydon this summer.

There’s a great weather forecast throughout June and July, so make the most of it by getting along to a few of these great local events, many of which are free entry.

Rooftop Cinema and Bar (Thursdays – Sundays)
The top floor of NCP FAIRFIELD CAR PARK has been transformed into Croydon’s very own (not-so-secret) rooftop beer garden, and outdoor cinema. Every week from Thursday through to Sunday enjoy one of the best views of the sunset in London whilst sipping on a drink from the fully-licensed bar and enjoying a meal from one of the venue’s street food traders. Entry to the garden and bar is free, with tickets on sale for the outdoor cinema, which shows an eclectic programme of cult and contemporary classics.

Purley Food and Drink Week (28 May – 5 June)
Brought to Purley by the newly-established business improvement district (Bid), the week offers a great time out, with entertainment, offers, competitions, music, fun for kids, and a craft beer festival (organised by the same team that has already staged two successful events at the Clocktower).     &

Addiscombe Festival (29 May)
Croydon Lions are once again joining forces with Conoley’s fun fair at Ashburton Park to bring a day of family entertainment to Addiscombe.

Croydon Comedy Festival (2 June – 30 July)
Now in its second year, the festival features almost 40 live comedy shows and classic comedy film screenings at 10 venues across the borough.

Park Hill Family Festival/Big Dance (4 June)
Park Hill Park is just a short walk from Croydon town centre, and as part of the festival it will be brought to life with the culmination of rehearsals by dozens of local dance groups taking part in ‘The Big Dance’. The festival will also include everything from gardening and beekeeping to mural design and computer coding.

Interfaith Bike Ride & Picnic (5 June)
The bike ride is an inclusive cycling event which is open to all. It involves stops at various faith centres along the way and ends at Parkhill Recreation ground for an early ‘Big Lunch’ interfaith picnic.

Pearl Izumi Tour Series town-centre cycle race (7 June)
Hot on the wheels of last year’s successful visit, the country’s top professional cyclists will be battling through the penultimate stage of their national road-race tour on a 1.3km town-centre circuit. This is London’s only professional road cycle race this year, and is sure to be thrilling. School and charity races take place during the afternoon, with the main action in the evening.

Ping! Table Tennis Festival (10 June – end of August)
Last June, Croydon Council and Table Tennis England installed 15 ping pong tables and equipment at outdoor and indoor locations across the borough so residents, workers and visitors could play impromptu matches as part of the nationwide Ping! festival. Now the expanded festival will return with more than 25 tables at locations from parks and community centres to cafés.

Croydon Green Fair @Wandle Park (11 June)
One of London’s largest environmental fairs, the Croydon Green Fair has been running for several years and has rapidly grown in popularity, which is why it has moved from the town centre to the larger expanse of Wandle Park. Expect plenty of entertainment plus loads of environmentally-friendly tips and tricks.

New Addington People’s Carnival (11-12 June)
With music and arena acts, dance groups, local charities and voluntary groups and the traditional Sunday carnival parade, this is a popular local event run entirely by volunteers and enjoyed by the whole community.

The Big Lunch and Queen’s 90th birthday street parties (12 June)
Every year thousands of Croydon residents roll out the trestle tables and bunting to sit down outside with their neighbours and enjoy a shared meal. This year will be extra special as the event will also be a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Croydon Heritage Festival (18 – 25 June)
This year’s festival is themed ‘Undiscovered Croydon’ – aiming to take people on a journey and exploration around Croydon to reveal its iconic locations and residents, little known facts, and best kept secrets.

Croydon Food Festival (26 June)
Ten thousand people flocked to the famous South Croydon Restaurant Quarter in South End last summer to enjoy a delicious smorgasbord of food, fun, live music and entertainment, served up by a record number of more than 70 traders. This year, to better reflect the growing popularity and importance of the event across the borough, it is being renamed from the South End Food Festival, to the Croydon Food Festival.

Queen and Country – London Mozart Players (30 June)
The London Mozart Players will be holding a celebratory royal concert in honour of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday in the presence of TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex. ‘Queen & Country’ will also be the last classical performance at the Fairfield Halls before its temporary closure for refurbishment in July.

Poetry Festival @Wandle Park (2 July)
Poetry for a summer’s day on the Wandle Park bandstand from 2pm-6pm. This is a free event hosted by local poets who also have regular shows on Croydon Radio.

The Streets – South Norwood (9-10 July)
Local resident Captain Sensible will celebrate the high street alongside a 25-piece choir from the Brit School and Mind Charity, performing many songs (including Happy Talk) in the community-created Sensible Garden. Acclaimed soprano Amanda Forbeswill take opera to the streets with a mix of work by South Norwood composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor, arias from famous operas and songs by Amy Winehouse and other iconic contemporary artists. This two-day event will include street stalls, food markets and many local artists and performers.

South Norwood Community Festival (10 July)
This is a free family event just a few minutes’ walk from Norwood Junction station. It has a fun fair, music of all kinds, food of every description, and a varied programme of events. Music comes from Boston Brew, Birdogg, Ruby Red, Famous Last Words and Blues Hammer performing, along with another dozen or so other bands on the main ‘Roger Piner’ stage. There’s plenty of food and a well-stocked beer tent, too.

Thornton Heath Arts Week (16 – 23 July)
This year’s Arts Week will include a book jam, quiz night, film and poetry evening, music workshop, and pop-up arts and crafts stalls in High Street. It all begins with an online exhibition that runs from Friday 20 May.

Wandle Park Garden Party (24 July)
The garden party is becoming a firm fixture in the local diary for anyone who loves a great day out in a relaxed oasis that still has plenty to do – from the café and adventure playground to the bandstand and the skate park. Or, of course, just a leisurely stroll along the bank of the Wandle.

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