What’s on around Clapham October 2018

Here’s our pick of what’s happening around Clapham this October. Do get in touch with your news – it’s free to be included. You can subscribe to our monthly ‘what’s on’ newsletter and be the first to hear our latest news.

Food & Drink

Lazy Sunday lunches needn’t be a thing of the past just because you have young children. Mommi on Clapham High Street has teamed up with Kid’s Table to launch the WeAreFamily Sunday brunch/lunch with a pop-up kids corner offering free, supervised craft activities for 3-10 year olds from 1-5pm every Sunday. Book online via the Mommi website and take a look at their other offers and events.

Congratulations to local Italian restaurant Sorella on Clapham Manor Street for winning a Michelin Bib Gourmand award – given to restaurants that deliver ‘simple yet skilful cooking and great prices’.

Balham continues to attract new eateries. In addition to the popular new restaurant Pirana, the area welcomes a new bar/restaurant on Station Road, Heidi ,  complete with wine vending machines! Eleven, a cafe/bar on Fernlea Road is due to open soon and The Bedford is undergoing a major face lift and is scheduled to relaunch in December.

Did you know that Tequilla Mockingbird on Battersea Rise SW11 is offering 2 for 1 cocktails every night from 5-9pm? Yes, every night!

Art & culture

There’s an arty start to autumn around Clapham with the chance to visit artists’ creative spaces in the borough thanks to the Lambeth Open on 6-7 October and Wandsworth Artists Open House on the same weekend as well as the following – 13/14 October. And the Affordable Art Fair is back in Battersea Park from 18-21 October.

Omnibus Theatre marks the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement with an Irish theatre season from 2-28 October. Or if you are looking for theatre suitable for children, there are two family shows this month. Invisible Me on Sunday 21 October (suitable for ages 5-11) and on 24 October Ice Island is perfect for 4-7s followed by a craft workshop.

Clapham Fringe at the Bread & Roses theatre continues until 14 October with a wide range of shows including comedy, theatre and family – check their website for details.

Fairs, Festivals & Fireworks

It’s Streatham Festival this month from 4 – 14 October with live music from r&b to opera, dance, workshops, drama, film, family entertainment, exhibitions plus Art23, Streatham’s art trail and the popular music trail the Streatham Strut! See their website for full details.

SoLo craft fair is holding its autumn market on Saturday 6 October, 12-5pm at Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Road SW12. There will be 30 independent traders, workshops, a kids’ corner and food and drink on sale at the bar. Free entry and the first 250 visitors will receive a goody bag.

From 25-28 October, there will be mountains of fun at The Telegraph ski and snowboard festival at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park. New attractions this year include a snow and rock climbing wall, dog sledding, ferris wheel plus there is ice skating, children’s activities and of course plenty of apres ski!

The two big local fireworks events on Saturday 3 November are ticket only so make sure you buy yours in advance. Gates open for Battersea Park fireworks  at 6pm (no admittance after 8pm) and tickets usually sell out in advance. Lambeth fireworks  at Brockwell Park start at 6.45pm with a kids’ movies theme and 8pm with fireworks set to well known anthems from the 1980s to the present day.

A bit of fun

The Clapham Grand is hosting an evening featuring comedian Russell Howard and Friends: Work in Progress.
He will be testing out some brand new material and introducing some of his favourite comedians currently on the circuit.

Did you know that Clapham Picture house has Vintage Sunday screenings? This month there is a definite out of this world theme…

With half term around the corner, Storystock, the travelling circus of stories, returns toThe Village Hall at Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station from 22-24 October with workshops, live shows and storytelling for children of all ages. Many new restaurants and bars have opened up in the area too.

Book up now for a fun neon artwork class hosted at The Exhibit in Balham on Sunday 25 November 11.30am-2pm. The cost is £35 per person and you’ll be provided with everything you need including battery powered LED wire (in pink, blue or green) and a 40 x 50cm canvas – plus a glass of bubbles (or non-alcoholic alternative) to get the creative juices flowing! Book via Make Me Neon 

Inspired by living in Clapham

Author and managing change consultant  Jennifer L Cahill got in touch to tell us about her new book ‘One?’ which is set in the best place to live in London – Clapham of course! Inspired by her experience of living in Clapham in her twenties, the book follows the escapades of a group of 20-something singletons as they search for love and self-awareness in London. ‘One?’ is published by Clink Street publishing and is the first in a triology. The next book will be published in Spring 2019.

In a different way, living in Clapham has certainly influenced rapper Choze, who has just released a new single ‘Nothing to Lose’. His music combines gritty rap with orchestral sounds and covers hard hitting themes including knife crime. His single can be heard on YouTube.

 

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