Winterville: South London’s Big New Christmas Fair For 2017

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Winterville, the Christmas market in London brought to you by the guys from Field Day and Street Feast, returns to London on November 23, 2017 with a new site on Clapham Common.

Winterville first popped-up in east London’s Victoria Park back in 2014, came back much-improved in 2015 before taking a break last year. But this year, the trendy alternative to Winter Wonderland is giving their wintery world another whirl, this time on south London’s Clapham Common.

Winterville London Clapham
Photo courtesy Winterville

This year, there’ll be a ‘huge’ outdoor ice rink as well as a roller disco, a giant ferris wheel to take in the view, and a fairground full of exciting rides.

Get ice skating tickets here for £10.
Get roller-rink tickets here for £7.

On the culinary side, Street Feast have curated an outstanding street food market, including kebabs and cocktails from the Babek Brothers, fried chicken from Mother Clucker and Caribbean flavours from White Men Can’t Jerk, chocolate naughtiness from Love Churros and more besides. The centerpiece pub, Bar Humbug, will be hosting a series of raucous nights, from a George Michael special to a gospel karaoke party.

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Mother Clucker: one of the street food vendors at this year’s Winterville. Photo: @annaricketts

Also joining in the fun will be the Backyard Cinema team (who are also running their own ‘Snow Kingdom cinema‘ near Borough this winter), and Plonk Golf with a Christmassy crazy golf course.

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An ‘alternative’ Christmas market will gather London’s quirkiest designers in one space for you to get a grip on your gifting.

And there’ll be events throughout the fair’s six week run in the warm Spiegeltent venue:

The Spiegeltent will host plenty of FREE entertainment including an opening weekend set from Norman Jay MBE and free shows from Guilty Pleasures, Ultimate Power, South London Soul Train, R&She with All Saint Mel Blatt, Gin & Juice, Indeedy Musical Bingo and the Winterville Orchestra & Choir.

Ticketed shows include Cirque du Cabaret and Mexican Wrestling from Lucha Britannia, while Sunday nights see Sink The Pink Presents The Merry Marys, Little Gay Brother and Mariah & Friends take to the stage. The Twisted Wheels Roller Disco will feature nights from 2 Bears, Erol Alkan’s Disco 3000, Stevie Wonderland and Throwback Events, as well an All-Abba Disco and a Studio 54 Special. (See the full line-up.)

For kids, there’s a live adaptation of Mimi & The Snow Dragon from War Horse creator Michael Morpurgo, a family rave-up with Big Fish Little Fish, the World Beyond the Wardrobe immersive experience from A Tea Dance For Little People, plus our very own Santa’s Workshop.

South London Soul Train Winterville
Photo courtesy Winterville

Winterville is open seven days a week, from 10.30am on weekends, and from 11am on weekdays. It closes at 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and 10pm on all other nights. Entry is FREE, except on Friday and Saturday evenings when it’ll cost just £3.

The closest tube station to Winterville is Clapham Common; you can also get the Overground to Clapham High Street.

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Winterville kicks off on Clapham Common on Thursday, November 23, running until January 1. Visit their website for more.

Guy Parsons

Guy Parsons

Guy is the editor-in-chief of Secret London. He likes running, cover versions and scotch.

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