What’s on around Clapham June 2017

There’s everything from family fetes and festivals to thought-provoking theatre and comedy events around Clapham this June. Here’s our pick of the best. And no mention of a general election, we promise – although don’t forget to vote on 8 June!

Fetes, fairs & bandstands

We start off with some fabulous local fetes: St Paul’s Church Clapham Summer Fair, Saturday 10 June, noon-4pm, with stalls, tombola, competitions, music and food. Followed by Ritherdon Road Street Party on Sunday 11 June, 11am-5pm, Ritherdon Road SW17 with plenty of stalls plus live music and BBQ. Also on Sunday 11 June,SoLo Craft Fair is open from noon-5pm at Balham Bowls Club, Ramsden Road SW12. Over 30 independent traders plus live music and workshops.

The much loved Abbeville Fete is on Saturday 24 June, noon-4pm, Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 – a popular, family event which raises money for local charities.   See our blog for more summer fairs and festivals around Clapham.

We love it that Clapham bandstand is hosting more musical performances – there will be a series of Summer bandstand concerts every fortnight until 3 September. There’s everything from contemporary music and dance to jazz, brass bands, poets and choirs. Next up  a local community choir, singing on the bandstand for the first time on Sunday 25 June.

Eating & Drinking

Brixton Beach is back at a rooftop near you… Well, on Pope’s Road to be precise. There are themed beach parties, food, drink, DJs and music – everything you need for an urban beach experience and this year there’s a distinctly Cuban vibe. Even better, Time Out has a feature on the best urban beaches in London plus a food and drink offer at Brixton Beach.

Radio Alice Pizza is coming to Venn Street Clapham very soon – named after an Italian pirate radio station in case you were wondering. Their other branch is in Hoxton. All the cool places…

While we’re in the Italian mood, Made in Italy restaurant has finally opened on Northcote Road offering mainly pizzas and pasta. It’s already proving very popular and has some table and chairs outside for warmer days.

If you enjoy a good quiz, there’s a chance to win a £50 voucher plus wine and free drinks at The Landor pub quiz on Sunday 4 June at 8pm. £2 entry person, maximum 6 per team. And The Jam Tree in Clapham Old Town also hosts a quiz every Sunday from 8pm. £50 to be won.

We love Venn Street market of course but if you find yourself in the Battersea area, there’s a new farmer’s market opening outside the lovely Nutbourne restaurant on Parkgate Road SW11. Every Saturday at 10am-2pm from 10 June, Ransome’s Dock farmer’s market will be selling fresh, free range, organic produce from over 20 vendors. There’s also a competition to win a farmer’s market sweep – see their website for details.

Cartela new late-night tequila bar & taqueria, has just opened at 517 Battersea Park Road SW11. It will stock over 70 different tequilas and host live music and DJs from Thursday to Saturday (open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights).

Five Guys burger joint will be taking over the former Bison & Bird site at 182 Clapham High Street and serving up… you guessed it, burgers, plus hot dogs, sandwiches, fries and milkshakes. Opening any day now!

FIXED restaurant on Northcote Road Battersea SW11 have got in touch to say they’ve just launched a new summer menu. It’s excellent value – starters £5 each, mains £10, desserts £3. There are tables outside too – perfect for summer evenings. And yes, it IS going to be a hot summer…


Bread & Roses Theatre has two productions this month which caught our eye.  Radiant Vermin, is a darkly humorous play that asks just how far you would go to get on the property ladder…? Performing from 14-17 June. And Bristol based theatre company AWOL Productions brings a farcical extravaganza Going AWOL to the stage on 20 & 21 June. 

There are more thought-provoking performances at Omnibus including an interactive interpretation of Midsummer Night’s Dream.  After a sell-out run in Oxford last year, Creation Theatre brings its anarchic treasure hunt of a show to Omnibus from 16-30 June. It starts in a secret location and involves picking up clues and characters, following trails and delivering wedding invitations. Or for something less active but just as extraordinary, six people tell their fascinating stories as part of ‘So, This Is What Happened‘ on 29 June at Omnibus. Expect stories that are poignant, funny, life affirming, cathartic and, above all, true.

Art & culture

Wandsworth Heritage Festival is the chance to discover more about the history of the borough with events planned until 12 June. It’s also Wandsworth Arts open day on 10 June. Organisations around Wandsworth, including Battersea Arts Centre, Omnibus, ALRA, Theatre 503 and the Pump House Gallery, will open their doors for tours and activities for all ages.

The Friends of Clapham Common are holding their first watercolour workshop on 4 June, 2 -3.30pm. Local artist Susanna MacInnes will run a collaborative painting session at the boating lake (near the basketball courts). Free for FCC  members, £5 for non-members.

Balham Literary Festival takes place from 8-11 June at The Bedford in Balham with author talks, music, children’s story telling, plus Dulwich Books pop-up shop. To book and for full details, see their website.

Cooking & Nutrition

Make Me Feel parapharmacie on Abbeville Road offers health & beauty advice and products as well as consultations on everything from osteopathy and acupuncture to reflexology and physiotherapy. They got in touch to tell us about their cooking workshop on Monday12 June. The focus is on preparing nutritious recipes which are also delicious – it is possible! To book email: contact@makemefeel.co.uk Other events this month include a paediatric first aid evening, anti-ageing facials and intolerance testing.

Still on the cooking theme, on Saturday 17 June from 1-5pm, Bandstand Beds volunteers are collaborating with food blogging duo Howell and Harte and Cactus Kitchens to host a special Clapham Common Cook Up as part of London Food Month. Using fresh produce from the Bandstand Beds community garden, Will Howell and Conor Harte will create delicious dishes while a team from Cactus Kitchens will offer a taster session of their Knife Skills class. Windmill Drive gardens, SW4 9DE. Visit their website to book a free ticket.

Fitness & fun runs

Don’t be surprised if you see a herd of elephants on Clapham Common this month, or at least people dressed in elephant costumes. It’s the Enormous Elephant Run on Saturday 10 June, 10am-2pm, raising money for Africa’s elephants which are under threat from poaching. To take part or volunteer, see The Enormous Elephant website.

Want to burn up to 500 calories and have fun at the same time? Then try SwingTrain. It’s a dance cardio workout inspired by the sounds of swing, charleston, rhythm & blues and hot jazz. Even better,  your first class is FREE if you email STClaphamJunction@gmail.com and reference TOTALLYCLAPHAM to claim.  Offers are limited to a few spaces per class so book your place now. You can find SwingTrain under Clapham Junction station at Off the Rails Studios every Monday at 7.30pm. For more information check out their Facebook page.

Still on the fitness theme, if you’re the type of person who enjoys heavy duty exercise (don’t look at us), new company Go Sweat asked us to give their latest review of Clapham’s Best Bootcamps a mention. So we just have!

If fitness ‘funky style’ is more your thing, the Funky Moves team is back with their ‘no-pressure’, outdoor wireless dance fitness classes at outdoor locations. If you enter wireless3 at the checkout when you book 3 classes you’ll get one HALF PRICE!  Indoor classes every Friday morning at Tooting Bec Athletics Track & Gym from 9.30am – 10.30am, £10 drop in!

Special offers

We’ve also teamed up with The Indie Hub who negotiate weekly special offers at independent restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. To make the most of these special offers, just sign up on The Indie Hub website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street.

Coming up

July is a bumper month for comedy but you’ll need to book up now to ensure you get a ticket:

Balham Comedy Festival, 29 June – 8 July at The Bedford pub. The line-up includes Ed Byrne, Jason Manford, Stephen K Amos, Sara Pascoe, Jeremy Hardy, Rich Hall and many more. Tickets on sale now!

From 10-22 July the Edinburgh Comedy previews at Battersea Arts Centre.  If you book 3 shows in the same transaction, you’ll save 20%. Box Office: 020 7223 2223.

And Laugh Train Home Edinburgh Preview comedy festival is from 5-26 July at the Four Thieves pub Lavender Gardens Battersea SW11.  Dates include 5, 9-13 and 26 July. Early tickets £7, advance £8-10, on door £10. Tickets sold out last year so book early

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