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Wild Norwood 2021 - Walks and Events

This year we are celebrating the great outdoors with a terrific range of guided and self-guided Wild Walks.
You do need to reserve a place for most of the walks, as numbers are limited.
They are all completely FREE, except one where half price discounts are available.
Please scroll to the end of this page for our General Walks Info and Covid-19 strategy.

You will also find below other events and activities happening during Wild Norwood, including all the brand new Winter Festival  events
This year Wild Norwood 2021 is part of the brand new Winter Festival brought to you through our partnership with West Norwood Feast and Station to Station: West Norwood & Tulse Hill BID with European funding through Lambeth and the Welcome Back Fund.


Code:
Red=FREE but essential to book 
Blue=FREE no booking
Orange=Ticketed and essential to book
All the Wild Walks have a banner image

Wild Norwood begins!
5-8pm - and every day of Wild Norwood!
Window Wanderland FREE, no booking

Make plans for your own self-guided walk around your neighbours Window Wanderland Windows.
Find the Windows Map here which you can download (and the same link will allow you to register your own window too - registration remains open till 12 Dec!)

Monday 29 November

Self-guided FREE
A fantastic range of downloadable maps that will take you around some hidden local gems.
Incredible Edible Lambeth help food activists in Lambeth connect and grow. The promote food growing spaces for everyone by transforming unused urban spaces into rich, biodiverse food production spaces and they also run the Blooming Lambeth Awards (local Open Orchard were award winners this year).
Find all the maps and descriptions here

Tuesday 30 November

Self-guided FREE
17 local walks with some further afield - put together by Norwood Forum.
#GreenNorwood #NatureinourNeighbourhood
Find inspiration here 

Wednesday 1 December

12.15pm – 1.30pm

Walking for Health FREE, no booking - just turn up
This is part of a national scheme. This activity runs locally every Wednesday, combining a short lunchtime walk around the 40 acre rural space that is West Norwood Cemetery with social history. One of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries of London, West Norwood Cemetery is a site of major historical, architectural and ecological interest and a designated Green Flag public space. Hear some local social history (with a special Wild Norwood focus during the festival) relating to one of the graves/monuments. The walk is over easy terrain.
Meet: West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre, Devane Way, SE27 0DF (at the reception desk)
Finish by 1:30pm at West Norwood Cemetery gates

Thursday 2 December

3.30pm-4.45pm
Spooky walk of West Norwood Cemetery
FREE but essential to BOOK HERE - places limited to 25 
This walk, led by Iain Boulton, Lambeth Community Parks Officer, will be around the accessible sections of the Cemetery. We will be looking for, and hearing about, the wildlife that lives in our midst. It will be both eerie and exciting with some weird history about the kind of wild things, animals and plants that are associated with burial grounds and cemeteries, and their connections with human history, legends, tall tales, and mysteries. Remember to bring a torch or lantern.
Meet: just inside the main gate, West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Rd, London SE27 9JU

Other Events
11am-4pm
Open Garden at South London Botanical Insitutute £5
Enjoy some Autumnal splendour in their beautiful botanical garden
7pm-8pm
Emerging Arable Weed Species online talk from South London Botanical Institute DONATIONS
with John Cussans, Weed Biology and Management expert at NIAB (National Institute Of Agricultural Botany)
Full details including booking information on both events here

Friday 3 December
Other Winter Festival Events
3 - 19 December
Odd One Out Shop Local Trail & Competition FREE
Search shop windows to find the ODD items within the display, complete and submit the competition form for a chance to win great prizes!
5.30pm-7.30pm
Family Fun Disco Party with games, best dressed competition and face painting (accompanied under 11s) FREE no booking - just turn up
The Portico, 23 Knights Hill, SE27 0HS 
Details on these other Winter Festival Events here

Saturday 4 December

2.30pm-3.45pm
The Norwood Food Trail
FREE but essential to BOOK HERE - places limited to 10
#TasteNorwood. Norwood Forum will be running a local foodie walk. We will visit five different local shops, cafes and restaurants, hear from their owners and get to taste some of their food as well!
Meet: TBC Norwood Road


3.00pm-4.00pm
Norwood Park and The Great North Wood FREE but essential to BOOK HERE - places limited to 25

Hear from Iain Boulton, Lambeth Community Parks Officer, about The Great North Wood (this was an extensive area of woodland that once cloaked much of South Lambeth and both West Norwood Cemetery and Norwood Park were once part of it), as well as the mystery of the River Effra which used to run above ground through both sites - especially its natural history, trees and habitats. The London Wildlife Trust has recently received new funding to continue its Great North Wood project, and Norwood Park is now included – and the view across London remains tremendous.
Meet: outside the Hungry Hippo Café, Norwood Park, Salter's Hill, SE19 1JN
The café will be open for refreshments before the walk starts, so plan to arrive early for some tasty treats!

Other Winter Festival Events
10am-4pm
Christmas Gift Street Market
Enjoy a seasonal street market along Norwood Road as you support your local shops on Small Business Saturday 
And come and find Norwood Forum outside Knowles Pub
2pm-5pm
Choir Performances & Live Music FREE no booking - just turn up
St Luke’s Church, 13 Norwood High St, SE27 0DT 
Various times
L’Arche Craft Making 

Christmas decorations (donations), candle making (£10) and wreath making (£15) workshops
L’Arche, 9-13 Norwood High St, SE27 9JU 
5.30pm
Family Film: Arthur’s Christmas FREE no booking - just turn up
St Luke’s Church, presented byWest Norwood Free Film Festival 
Details on these other Winter Festival events here

Sunday 5 December

2.30pm-3.45pm
The Norwood Food Trail
FREE but essential to BOOK HERE - places limited to 10
#TasteNorwood. Norwood Forum will be running a second local foodie walk. We will visit a further five different local shops, cafes and restaurants, hear from their owners and get to taste some of their food as well!
Meeting place: TBC Norwood Road

Other Winter Festival Events
10am–4pm 
West Norwood Feast
- the final Feast of 2021
With all your favourite stalls & delicious food, fun and FREE activities for children!
Details here

Other Events
2pm
Equipping People Vocals at the Christmas tree on Gipsy Hill FREE
Details here

Monday 6 December
Other Events
7.30pm
Ambrassadors singing at the Christmas tree on Gipsy Hill FREE
Details here

Tuesday 7 December
Other Events
7pm
Christchurch Choir and Carol Singing at the Christmas tree on Gipsy Hill FREE
Details here

Wednesday 8 December

12.15pm – 1.30pm

Walking for Health FREE no booking - just turn up
This is part of a national scheme. This activity runs locally every Wednesday, combining a short lunchtime walk around the 40 acre rural space that is West Norwood Cemetery. One of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries of London, West Norwood Cemetery is a site of major historical, architectural and ecological interest and a designated Green Flag public space. Hear some local social history (with a special Wild Norwood focus during the festival) relating to one of the graves/monuments. The walk is over easy terrain.
Meet: West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre, Devane Way, SE27 0DF
Finish by 1:30pm at West Norwood Cemetery gates

Thursday 9 December
Other Events
11am-4pm
Open Garden at South London Botanical Insitutute £5
Enjoy some Autumnal splendour in their beautiful botanical garden
Details here

Friday 10 December

Self-guided FREE
There is no shortage of apps to help plan a walk, but we like Komoot as its free, easy to use, and there are lots of local walks to choose from.
The app also covers cycling and for an added bonus - not just the UK.
Details here

Saturday 11 December

10am-4.30pm – it is also possible to join for just half a day
Walking the Hidden River Effra -
TICKETED and essential to BOOK HERE - places are limited
Thousands of people cross the River Effra every day, but few of them realise it. Although it is mostly hidden underground today, traces remain in street names - and muddy patches of ground. Jenni Bowley will be following its course from the springs of Upper Norwood to the Thames at Vauxhall.
Join her for a day of walking and history, finding traces of the Effra in street names and stink pipes and hearing the stories of those who have lived on its banks. This is a rare chance to walk from one end of a river to the other in a day.
The whole walk is about nine miles, but if you can't spare the time why not join the walk for half a day?
Meeting place: Information on booking form
This walk is ticketed but is half price for Norwood Forum members - you are a member if you receive our newsletter - sign up here

Other Events
10.30am-12noon
A Christmas Cracker - workshop for 5-10yrs at South London Botanical Institute £5(one childe + carer)
2.30pm-5pm
Aromatherapy and herbs - make you own seasonal gifts at South London Botanical Institute £40(member)/£45(everyone else)
Full details including booking information here

It's the final day of Wild Norwood and we end with two amazing Wild Walks
Sunday 12 December

11am-12.30pm
Light Rains Sometimes Fall
FREE but essential to BOOK HERE  - places limited to 25
This walk will be led by local author Lev Parikian. He will take us to some of the sites he references in his fantastic new book Light Rains Sometimes Fall and will also read from the book during the walk. See the British year afresh and experience a new way of connecting with nature – through the prism of Japan’s seventy-two ancient micro seasons.
Meeting place: Outside West Norwood Library and Picturehouse
We will finish inside West Norwood Picturehouse with some mulled wine and a chance to ask Lev some questions.


5pm-6.30pm
Magical Lantern Walk with Open Orchard FREE - no booking - just turn up

Please bring your beautiful self-made lanterns along. Everybody is welcome.
Open Orchard Project led a similar walk for Wild Norwood last year - remind yourselves how to make your own lanterns here (and dont get confused with the 2020 date!)

Open Orchard connects locals through fruit and the planting of fruit trees in public places. They strive to engage local residents in the planting and ongoing care of trees and provide them with free fruit while enhancing the biodiversity in our urban environment. 
Meet: Outside West Norwood Library and Picturehouse, 1-5 Norwood High St, SE27 9JX

And even after Wild Norwood sadly ends, there remains lots of terrific events happening across your neighbourhood this December - and beyond
See our Events webpage for details from mistletoe mapping to glowing gardens ...


Covid-19
All of our walks are outside.
Please keep your distance from people other than your own household.
Please wear a face covering when in close proximity to other people or if you find yourself in a confined area.
Please DO NOT attend if you have any remotely similar symptoms as described by the NHS here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

General Walks Info

  • None of our walks have any age restrictions.
  • Please check the weather and come appropriately dressed. Unless you hear from us, the walk (in some format) will go ahead whatever the weather.
  • If its a night time walk and you have young children, they might like to bring their own torch or lantern.
  • Please arrive at least 5mins before the walk start time so we can begin promptly.
  • For the walks that you book for, if you find you cannot attend, please let us know so we can allocate your place to someone on the waiting list.
  • If you have any mobility issues, please contact with us well in advance so we can discuss the landscape of the walk: info@norwoodforum.org
  • You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and snacks.

We look forward to walking with you!
Let's go Wild