What’s on around Clapham September 2018

We’re back from a short summer break refreshed and ready to share our pick of what’s happening around Clapham this month. Do get in touch if you want to spread the word about any local events.

Theatre & film

Battersea Art Centre Grand Hall has been reborn, just over three years after it was destroyed by fire. To celebrate, there is a host of events taking place in the Grand Hall as part of the BAC Phoenix season.

An Indian Abroad is an entertaining new play by Pariah Khan to premiere at the Bread and Roses theatre, Clapham Manor Street, from 23-25 September, and is centred around an Indian student’s journey of self-discovery when he goes on a gap year to the exotic island of Britain. This is followed by Clapham Fringe at the Bread & Roses theatre with over 45 performances from 27 September – 14 October, including comedy, theatre and family shows.

Over at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham we are hearing great things about Blood Wedding – a contemporary adaptation of Lorca’s 1930s’ play. It is on until 23 September, tickets £16.

Do something different this week and pop along to the new Clapham Film Club  It is screening ‘short films by women’ on Thursday 13 September – at 11.15am (mums with babies welcome to this session) and 6.15pm. £6 per person. Clapham Library, Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street SW4.

The Luna Cinema will be showing films outdoors in September at Battersea Park, including Three Billboards on 18 September, Blade Runner 2049 on 19 September and Pretty Woman on 20 September.

Streatham Free Film Festival is on from 14-29 September and includes a 48 hour movie making contest  The festival is run by volunteers – if you’d like to get involved, click here for more details.

Walk, jog, run

Great idea from local arts charity Clapham Writers. They’ve devised a self-guided literary walking trail around Clapham Common, starting and finishing at Clapham Common tube. It takes about 90 minutes and can be downloaded from the This is Clapham website. The answers are on the guide too, so avert your eyes – unless you get stuck that is!

The brand new adidas city run through the streets of Clapham is on 16 September.  The Clapham 10K closed road running event will take you on a flat route through Clapham and Stockwell.  You’ll be able to enjoy the Event Village at the end of your run and then head off to take advantage of special offers at local Clapham bars and restaurants. See their website for full entry details.

Windmill Drive in Clapham is going car-free on Saturday 22 September. Join Bandstand Beds from noon until 5pm for activities including a feast in the garden and an insect workshop – we’re not sure what that involves! Dr Bike will be on hand too offering free bike checks.

Trinity Hospice has organised a new family fundraising walk and fun day on Sunday 30 September. Choose a 2, 5 or 8 mile walk and join in the family fun day with live music, bbq, stalls, arts and crafts and a puppet show. Dogs welcome too! £10 to enter (£5 for children aged 5-16.) Click on the link to book your place.

Fairs & Festivals

Foodies have plenty of opportunities to indulge this month with these local food festivals:

Tooting Foodival on Saturday 15 September is a chance to share and eat locally grown food – full details on the Foodival blog. And Tootopia is back in SW17 with three days of street food and foodie trails plus local heritage talks, dancing, arts & crafts and a secret pub cinema screening.

Balham Food Festival is from 23-30 September on Hildreth Street and Bedford Hill Place. The festival kicks off with the Balham Banquet on Sunday 23 September, 11am-5pm, with over 30 food and drink stalls plus a kids’ zone and music from Wandsworth Radio.

Shops & restaurants news

MEATliquor is coming to Northcote Road soon, next to the ever-popular Franco Manca. Not surprisingly, their speciality is meat but the menu includes vegan and vegetarian choices too.

A bit further down Northcote Road at is a new pizza place: Manifesto pizza with pizzas made from organic, seasonal ingredients.  Even the wines are organic.

Pirana is a new restaurant to open in Balham at 76 Bedford Hill SW12 9HR. The focus is on South American/Brazilian food and cocktails of course.  It looks super cool – we will be trying it out very soon!

There have been a few closures too: Bertie & Boo cafe in Balham and Gazette in Balham.  Over in Wandsworth, Homebase and B&Q are being redeveloped into new housing.  DIY Sundays just got more difficult…

Coming up

Early bird tickets for Battersea Park fireworks on Saturday 3 November have already sold out so don’t leave it too late to book your tickets. Entry is by ticket only. You can head over to Battersea Power Station before or after the fireworks to the new restaurants, bars and cafes in the Circus West Village area.

Lambeth fireworks are also on Saturday 3 November at Brockwell Park. There are two displays – 6.45pm with a ‘kids’ movies’ theme and 8pm with fireworks set to well known anthems from the 1980s to the present day. There will also be a fun fair, stalls and food & drink. Super early bird tickets on sale until 14 September – after that the prices go up!

Two fundraising events in aid of Cancer Research UK are scheduled on Clapham Common for early October:

Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids return to Clapham Common on Saturday 6 October with a 5km obstacle course for women and children under 12.  Or if you’re not so keen on the muddy element, Race for Life is on Sunday 7 October – a 5 and 10k walk, jog or run open to women and children. See the websites for entry details.

Book now for a mono printing workshop on 23 October, 7-8.30pm at House of Killik, 125 Northcote Road SW11 6PS. London based artist Venetia Berry will guide you through the process of creating several artworks of your own design to take home. £40 per person.

SoLo craft fair is holding its autumn market on Saturday 6 October, 12-5pm at Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Rd, London SW12 8QX. There will be 30 independent traders, workshops, a kids’ corner and food and drink on sale at the bar. Free entry.

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