Outdoors

The Green Line Part 4

19 May 2022

Now we have warmer days and lighter evenings, there is every excuse to go exploring Croydon’s green spaces. Why not enjoy the final few weeks of Spring by taking a stroll along the river...
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Living Streets, Local art

21 April 2022

This week we chat to South London visual artist ELNO who has recently worked with local teenage girls and non-binary teens to create a new mural in South Norwood, organised by the Croydon Living...
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The Green Line part 3

31 March 2022

It’s now officially Spring and Croydon’s parks and tree-lined streets have been adorned with beautiful blossoms for a couple of weeks now. Why not catch a glimpse by taking a stroll around the town...
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The green line part 2

3 February 2022

It’s February and I saw a daffodil on my walk this morning, so we must be on our way to Spring. The perfect time to try out the next instalment of guest writer Peter...
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The Green Line Part 1

22 December 2021

We always find the festive break a great time to get out into Croydon’s green spaces for some much needed exercise, to walk off the extra helpings of roast potatoes, whilst enjoying some local nature....
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Starting a monster month

30 September 2021

October is the month of ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and monsters as we fast approach All Hallows Eve. Yes Halloween is only one day, but for me, October is always Halloween month and I’ll spend...
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Real bands, real ale, real life

8 July 2021

Festival season has had its knocks these past 18 or so months, but suddenly there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.  South Norwood Community Festival has been given the green...
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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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Pride in the Park

28 June 2018

We have a whole host of reasons to get out and about in Croydon in July. Our festival season laps up the summer sun and continues with gusto into next month. Don’t forget that...
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Go west along the Wandle

21 June 2018

Woods, streams, fairy tale bridges and a beer garden – Beddington Park has it all – making it one of our favourite spots for a sunny afternoon walk with Smudge (our beloved dog). Just...
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The Enchanted Wood

12 April 2018

We can’t resist a good old-fashioned woodland walk – the rustle of leaves beneath our feet, birdsong in our ears, and looking up at a canopy of branches far above our heads. One of...
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Roaring fires, happy hills

8 February 2018

One of the things I like most about winter is wrapping up warm, heading out into the countryside for a bit of fresh air and ending the day in front of a fire in...
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Four seasons of Parklife

13 December 2017

Every park should have a café – it’s a place to escape the rain, quench your thirst on a hot summer’s day or enjoy a bite to eat and a hot drink to warm...
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In the market for some theatre

27 September 2017

One sunny friday last month I headed down to Surrey Street to look for the theatre tent nestled amongst the stall holders. Yes you read correctly – theatre on the market. The Human Zoo Theatre Company,...
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Pop goes the Warhol

29 August 2017

If you haven’t heard already, September is Warhol month in Croydon. Yes that’s right folks, a whole month of events dedicated to the god of pop art Andy Warhol right here on our doorstep...
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Croydon’s green-fingered matchmaker

22 August 2017

I grew up with both parents being avid gardeners – rather traditionally perhaps, mum did the flowers and dad grew the veg – so I should really have green fingers in my genes. However I...
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Celebrating a golden rainbow

12 July 2017

Croydon Pridefest 2017’s local LGBT+ celebrations are almost upon us and this year marks 50 years of progress on the road towards equality. From the beginnings of decriminalising homosexuality in 1967 to gay marriage...
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A sky of crocuses

28 June 2017

You may have already noticed the crocus installation if you’ve glanced up whilst walking by the entrance to the Whitgift Centre in the last week. What does it mean and why is it there,...
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A postcard to Croydon

14 June 2017

I seem to have spent much of the past month tutting in my impatient Croydon way at Italians taking an age to purchase their train tickets, or struggling to raise my backpack onto a...
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If you go down to the woods today…

18 April 2017

Our recent woodland rediscovery is in Sanderstead. Kings Wood sits between Old Farleigh Road and Limpsfield Road and is a beautiful ancient woodland. It’s relatively flat and criss-crossed by pathways, making it an easy...
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All things bright and beautiful

20 December 2016

It’s time for the announcement of our favourite Croydon Christmas lights folks. We’ve seen some fantastically festive lights the length and the breadth of the borough from Selhurst to Selsdon, Addiscombe to New Addington,...
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The spice of Croydon life

9 November 2016

It’s currently harvest time at Croydon Saffron Central. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, this is the world’s largest urban pop-up saffron farm. And thousands of crocus corms are beginning to...
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The sky’s the limit (60s style)

9 October 2016

The late 1960s are definitely in fashion at the moment, what with the V&A’s current blockbuster exhibition on revolutions of the period, and the Saatchi Gallery’s Rolling Stones exhibition earlier this year. Then there...
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Croydon’s grand designs

4 September 2016

If you’re like me and enjoy a good nose round other people’s pads, or have rolling episodes of Grand Designs on the telly as background noise to relax, you’ll be looking forward to Open...
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A rainbow over Surrey Street

23 August 2016

Last year on August bank holiday weekend Angela and I got hitched at Croydon Town Hall. So what better way to mark our first anniversary than to celebrate at the inaugural Croydon PrideFest? That’s...
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Wandle wonder

25 July 2016

This summer I’ve rediscovered Wandle Park. I have vague memories of being dragged round its rather grotty grassy expanse by my parents in my tweenage years, before hitting the infinitely more exciting Whitgift Centre...
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Park fiction, park fantasy

6 June 2016

If you happen to glance between where the foxgloves sway and the poppies turn towards the sun you may glimpse a fairy hiding amongst the flora… …Alright, I’m not on drugs, but if you...
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Amsterdam, Norfolk, or Croydon?

24 May 2016

When we think of windmills the first places that spring to mind are Amsterdam and Norfolk, followed by the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, oh and a random school trip to somewhere in Essex…...
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I spy Big Ben

8 May 2016

Addington Hills is our dog Lilly’s current favourite woodland walk in Croydon. (OK, we’re just a bit in love with the place too). It all feels rather magical up there, with its unusual undulating...
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