About Time: You Visited WintervilleBy Alicia Grimshaw
Winterville has opened in south London and it’s absolutely mega. The Christmas village is a right festive knees up, and is home to Clapham Common’s first ever ice rink, UV-powered crazy golf, a Narnia-inspired interactive experience, rides, dodgems, more rides, roasted chestnuts, buckets of candy floss, and an incredible street food line up. If that hasn’t tempted you to travel south of the river – nothing will. Here’s the all important info:
Winterville: Street Feast
Street Feast have brought their biggest food and booze line-up yet to Clapham Common: get ready for 16 of London’s best street food traders and 15 brilliant bars at SW4’s pop-up Christmas town.
The all-star street food line up includes: Up In My Grill, Petare, Chin Chin Labs, Babek Brothers, Born & Raised, INK, Lagom, Mother Clucker and White Men Can’t Jerk. Expect street food favourites and festive specials (including veggie, vegan and kid’s dishes) – dig into Lagom’s grilled turkey with lingonberry and chilli sauce, parsnip crisps, ‘slaw and white sauce, or try the meaty collab from Up In My Grill and Honest Burgers – a juicy beef patty topped with chimichurri, chorizo, melty provolone cheese, shallot mayo and Malbec-pickled onions.
Swing by Truck Stop where top traders Le Bao, Popdogs, Kalimera and Love Churros have parked up alongside Sophie Michell, who’s cooking up a delicious Christmas menu. Save room for a post-skate pudding at SE Cakery’s rink-side caff – there’s Salted Caramel, Oreo, Chocolate Orange, Nutella and Mince Pie Brownies plus hot drinks. Oooft.
Winterville: What’s On
Open seven days a week, get ready to slide and glide across Clapham Common’s first ever ice rink, with trusty penguin skating aids on hand for the little ones, or head into the Twisted Wheels Roller Disco featuring big party bangers.
In the Spiegeltent, expect performances of Michael Morpugo’s Mimi & The Mountain Dragon from Skewbald Theatre – a tale of snow dragons, puppets and songs, with plenty of audience interaction. There’s also free shows from Guilty Pleasures, Ultimate Power, South London Soul Train, R&She with All Saint Mel Blatt, Gin & Juice, Indeedy Musical Bingo and the Winterville Orchestra & Choir.
Winterville: Backyard Cinema
For another immersive experience head through the magical wardrobe and down a secret tunnel of trees to find Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, where you can watch Christmas classics including Home Alone, Elf and much more in a beautiful woodland setting.
Winterville: Useful Info
Baby changing facilities and pushchair access is available across the site, and the nearest tube is Clapham Common. Entry is free for kids under 16, and free for 16+ except Friday and Saturday night with a £3 entry from 6PM. For more information, tickets and opening times – click here.
Photo Credit: Justin De Souza