Wandle Fortnight is an annual programme of events and activities celebrating the River Wandle organised by the community, for the community. The river celebration has taken place through the Living Wandle Partnership Scheme since 2014, building on the success of the Wandle Valley Festival held in 2013.
Community groups and local organisations are invited to host a variety of activities over a two-week period during the summer, encouraging residents of the Wandle Valley to explore its heritage, recreation and interest activities on offer and to connect them better with the river and its surrounds. Wandle Fortnight has grown in success over the years, with a rising number of events on offer leading to hundreds of people enjoying the fortnight festivities; a record-breaking 60+ events were hosted in 2017 by over 40 different community groups!
A micro-grants scheme was also funded as part of this project, enabling smaller community groups to organise and deliver events as part of the wider programme. The Living Wandle Partnership collaborated with Wandle Valley Forum to host the celebrations in 2016 & 2017, and it will continue into the future organised independently by the Wandle Valley Forum.
Wandle Fortnight will return in Summer 2018 with more action packed, fun filled activities for all the family!
For details near the time please visit the Wandle Valley Forum’s website. Below you can view previous years’ Wandle Fortnight event programmes to get a flavour for what’s in store next…
This project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.