Wandle Fortnight is a celebration of the Wandle Valley run by the community for the community. It runs across three weekends this September.
Details of the Wandle Fortnight programme in 2021 are provided in the Calendar below. It provided a wide variety of events and activities, including guided walks, talks, open days, trampolining, blue plaques, a Heritage Day, orienteering, bell ringing, VR heritage, bat walks and more.
We were delighted to have supported 13 localorganisations with small grants toalling over £2,500 - Friends of the Canons, Community Action, Wandle Industrial Museum, Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage, Gill Manly, Endeavour Youth Club, Wandle Industrial Museum, Summerstown 182, Tooting History Group, Friends of Garfield Rec and Wandle Meadow Nature Park, Melanie's Walks, Sutton and Wandle Valley Ramblers and BedZed Residents Association.
Wandle Grants are still available outside the period of Wandle Fortnight for projects that will benefit the Wandle Valley and can be celebrated during future events. Apply for a Wandle Grant (£50-£200) at any time using the simple Wandle Grant application form. Wandle Grants cannot be used to pay for what would otherwise be volunteer time.
Details of previous Wandle Fortnights are below and past events can be found by searching the Calendar for previous years.
The calendar provides information on the events and activities run during Wandle Fortnight. You can search by date or a specific word i.e. child-friendly, cycling or type in the relevant London Borough i.e. Merton, Sutton, Croydon or Wandsworth. Use Pinboard, Agenda or Monthly options to see which display is best for you.
Past Wandle Fortnights
Wandle Fortnight 2020
Wandle Fortnight 2020 was run during the Covid-19 pandemic. A diverse range of events and activities were put on despite the constraints. We were delighted to support 10 community groups with small grants of up to £200 to help their participation in Wandle Fortnight - Nicholas Stewart Project, Sutton and Wandle Valley Ramblers, Friends of the Canons, Colliers Wood Residents Association, Mitcham Cricket Green Community & Heritage, Melanie's Walks, Friends of Garfield Park and Wandle Meadows Nature Park, Community Action, BedZed Residents Association and Summerstown 182.
Listed below are some of the main events running during Wandle Fortnight 2020 which also included a series of self-guided walks and a photographic exhibition available throughout the celebration.
12 - Mitcham Heritage Day 12/18/19/25/26 - Honeywood Museum - The Painted Wandle exhibition 19 - Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day 19 - Cycle ride starting from Beddington Park 20 - Celebratory privet hedge first prune - Mitcham cricket ground 22 - Official opening of Beddington Park Permanent Orienteering Course 24 - Wandsworth Society Walk 25 - Beddington Park to Waddon Ponds walk 26 - Walk the Wandle Trail 26 - Merton Heritage Discovery Day 26/27 - Friends of Garfield and Wandle Meadows Nature Park launch
Wandle Fortnight 2019
Wandle Fortnight 2019 was the largest yet, with over 50 community run events and activities run across the two weeks. You can view the events by slecting the last two weeks of September 2019 in the caendar. 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.
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.