South Norwood Arts Festival – SNAF – Highlights

Saturday 5 July. 2.30pm. Historic Walk and Talk

South Norwood resident historian John Hickman leads a walk around  Beckenham Cemetery highlighting the history of the Cemetery as well as some of the famous local resting places. A fascinating insight into some of the local history of South Norwood. Pre-SNAF Fringe Event. Harrington Road Entrance. John’s introduction at the Croydon films night at Fairfield Halls in the Croydon heritage Festival was excellent.

Monday 7 July. 7.30pm. SNAF Opening Night – Comedy Gala

Ola the Comedian gives us a preview of his Edinburgh Fringe show ‘The Comedian and His Future Wife’ Then stand-up comic Kevin Day brings his unique brand of humour to SNAF. Stanley Halls. Tickets £5 can be purchased online at or on the door on the night! The ticket price goes to support Stanley Halls and SNAF(for the costs of various hires, insurance etc., so it is important that this event is a sellout.) 

Tuesday 8  July. 7.30pm. “Basically, Johnny Moped” (2013)

Cinema Night with film by Fred Burns featuring Johnny Moped, Dave Berk, Slimy Toad, Captain Sensible, Chrissie Hynde and Shane McGowan. Harris Academy South Norwood, Cumberlow Ave,  SE25 6AE. Hosted by the Save The David Lean Cinema Campaign. Tickets £5 via or £6 at the door. A must for those who missed the previous showings by the Campaign..

Thursday 10  July. 7.30pm. Great Big South Norwood Quiz.

Hosted by the ever entertaining South Norwood Tourist Board, a fun evening testing your knowledge of all things SE25 (or thereabouts!). Bring your friends, but don’t worry if you don’t have enough people for a table as they can be formed with others on the night. for more! South Norwood & Woodside Social Club, 12 Enmore Road, SE25 5NQ.

Sunday 13 July. 12-4pm. Secret Garden Open Day

Discover the secret garden in the heart of Norwood Junction station, rejuvenated by green fingered local Transport Police, and community volunteers. You will be amazed by the new section of wildlife garden that includes a pond! At 3pm this area will have it’s official opening by Chief Superintendent Brogden, BTP. Also live music etc. Norwood Junction Station (Woodside Entrance – SNAF programme to enter the station).

Wednesday 16 July. 2pm. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Talk by Streatham Society’s indefatigable John Brown, whose presentation of South Streatham History at the Nrood History event on 28 June was superb in its clarity and pitch of delivery.. Plus a description of some of the highlights of his Doyle’s years in South Norwood   by Bernard Winchester. Talented young local violinist William Campbell  will play the 221B Baker Street theme. South Norwood Library, Lawrence Road, South Norwood, SE25 5AA. William bowled the audience over at the talk I did on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor I gave ln last year’s Festival.

Thursday 17 July. 7pm. An Evening of Music and Song.  

Relax and be entertained by a variety of local performers, including young violinist William Campbell. South Norwood Baptist Church, Oliver Avenue, SE25 6TY.

The full Festival programme can be seen at

Details of the one day South Norwood Community Festival  Sunday 6 July

can be seen at


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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