Outdoors

Woods, right, left and centre

27 May 2021

Our new favourite find at the moment is Shirley Heath – a wooded area you can enter on Bridle Road just where Shirley Church Road becomes Spout Hill. We’ve driven past the entrance sign...
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Addiscombe blue green run

20 May 2021

Welcome to the second in our series of blue plaque runs. Ok this one isn’t 100% blue plaque as it features a green plaque too, but it’s an optional stop, so if you want...
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The Purley Pear Tree

22 April 2021

In recent years Croydon town centre has been synonymous with street art, and the art has gradually expanded north, to West Croydon and up – indeed Thornton Heath has a pretty awesome street art trail...
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Norwood’s blue plaque run

8 April 2021

Lockdown has sucked hasn’t it, but I have tried to look at the positives throughout, like not having to commute, getting chores done during the week rather than taking up my whole weekend, and...
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Escape to the Country Park

25 February 2021

This last week has really started to feel more hopeful. The sun has been shining, giving life an air of Spring, and, although we might not be out of lockdown yet, we now at...
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A Royal meal and a view

19 November 2020

This time of year as the evenings draw in and the weather gets all wintery I always fancy some comfort food by the time we reach a Friday evening. Add in a second lockdown...
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The clocktower market strikes five

8 October 2020

Local community has become more important than ever this year,  as we’ve spent less time travelling and more time at home, appreciating our neighbours and immediate surroundings. South Norwood already had a close-knit community...
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From Spitfires to orchids

24 September 2020

I grew up on the southern edge of Croydon and my childhood home was just down the road from Kenley Common, so I’ve been visiting this beautiful greenspace ever since I can remember… I...
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To Croydon, with love

20 August 2020

Now we do like a zine at the Croydonist. An independent publication is always a labour of love, and when we saw ‘A Love Letter to Croydon’ by Waddon-based photographer Ameena Rojee we knew...
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The perfect place for a picnic

30 July 2020

If you go down to Selsdon Wood today, you’re sure of a big surprise (if you haven’t been before, that is), as you’ll see a huge (teddy) bear staring back at you as you...
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Rush hour Covid-19 

6 May 2020

During the Covid-19 lockdown, writer Elizabeth Sheppard has been using her phone camera to document Croydon’s altered urban landscape. — Early in the mornings during Covid-19, I’ve come out of the side streets and gone...
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wandle weekender

10 July 2019

The sun is out (hopefully at time of reading) and our Croydon summer is in full swing. This weekend sees a double bill of free festival fun at Wandle Park, with the borough’s fourth...
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No wellies needed

25 June 2019

You don’t need to pack your wellies, head to the fields and pitch a tent that turns out to not be waterproof (speaking from experience) to enjoy a festival. Croydon’s festival calendar is pretty...
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Capturing Croydon and beyond

20 March 2019

Like us, you may already follow Glenn Foster (aka @croydon_photographer) on Instagram, and enjoy seeing his awe-inspiring photos of Croydon and beyond. For those of you who don’t, I guarantee you’ll want to after...
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Celebrating the rise of urban art

30 August 2018

Once upon a time you’d get a smack on the wrist if you decided to decorate your local high street with graffiti. Ok that still happens, but with the rise of urban art, more...
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Our super market

22 August 2018

“Pound a bowl, pound a bowl!”, “cherry, cherry, cherry!”. Hear that? That’s the sound of Surrey Street Market, the largest and longest established market in the Croydon borough. Awash with colour, texture and scents,...
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Jurassic Park

16 August 2018

The other week we hopped over the Croydon border to spend a pleasant afternoon strolling around Crystal Palace Park. The park sits just the other side of the Crystal Palace triangle in our neighbouring...
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Butterflies and decks

25 July 2018

This summer you’ll be able to experience a butterfly of a different kind with the arrival of Croydon’s biggest music festival to date, The Butterfly Effect. Taking place this weekend at Lloyd Park, the...
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Blooming marvellous

19 July 2018

Coombe Road, which winds its way from Croydon’s High Street, and meanders towards Addington with the tram route trundling along side, is most definitely the Road of Nature. On one side alone, there are...
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