Wandle Fortnight is a celebration of the Wandle Valley run by the community for the community. Let us know if you want us to include something in your local area in the 2020 programme.
Past Wandle Fortnight Events
Wandle Fortnight 2019
Wandle Fortnight 2019 was the largest yet, with over 50 community run events and activities run across the two weeks. We provided over £3,000 in grants to participating local organisations, including Friends of the Canons; Ecolocal; Ethnic Minority Centre; Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage; Mitcham Cricket Club; Friends in St Helier; Summerstown 182; Mitcham Parish Church; Wandle Industrial Museum and Sutton and Wandle Valley Ramblers. Our thanks to The Collective for supporting these grants.
There events and activities included walks, talks, exhibitions, Zen Doodling, pond dipping, painting with pastels, pot throwing, river clearance, wall garden restoration, bat identifcation, interactive story telling, rain garden workshops, visiting a priory and a water tower and unveiling a plaque to the Daffodil King.
The calendar below provides information on the events and activities. You can search by date or a specific word i.e. child-friendly, cycling or type in the London Borough you would like to visit i.e. Merton, Sutton, Croydon or Wandsworth. You can also view the calendar in different ways.
Wandle Fortnight 2018
Wandle Fortnight is a community-led celebration of all things Wandle. In 2018 it ran from September 8th to September 23rd and the highlights included:
Earlsfield Wandle Wander - 8th September
Mitcham Heritage Day - 8th September
Capability Brown weekend - 8th & 9th September
Wandle Trail 30th anniversary walks - 16th September
Bringing the Park to Life - Regional Park engagement events - 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th September
Merton Priory Chapter House - first viewing - 22nd & 23rd September
Wandle exhibition, Honeywood Museum - during opening hours
The 2018 Programme was the largest yet with over 60 events and activities put on by community groups and voluntary organisations across the Wandle Valley. The programme is available as a PDF here.
Wandle Fortnight 2017
The celebration of all things Wandle is over for another year. We were delighted by the record number of more than 70 events and the support which came from all those who attended. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who did so much to make Wandle Fortnight a success. We plan to run another celebration in September 2018 so do let us have any feedback on what can be improved and what you would like to see.
We were delighted to support 23 community groups in the Wandle Valley with over £3,000 of small grants between £40 and £200 for their events and activities during Wandle Fortnight 2017. Our thanks to the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership, Goldcrest Land and L&Q for their support.
Wandle Fortnight 2016
In September 2016 over 50 activities were put on by the community for Wandle Fortnight.
Wandle Valley Forum was pleased to support nine organisations with micro grants for their Wandle Fortnight activities. These were Friends in St Helier, Mole Valley Orienteering Club, Sutton and Wandle Valley Ramblers, Ethnic Minority Centre, Wild in the City, Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage, Object Book, Wendelsworth Community Garden and Workshop 305.
We distributed £1000 to support events which attracted over 440 people and inspired over 220 volunteer hours for the benefit of the Wandle Valley.
Read what the groups did with their microgrants in their own words here.
We are grateful to the Living Wandle Landscape Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund for the support that made the micro grants scheme possible.