Wandle Fortnight 2023

Wandle Fortnight 2023

The River Wandle comes alive for this year’s Wandle Fortnight. Guided walks, bike rides, exhibitions, and so much more…

Wandle Valley Forum is organising this year’s Wandle Fortnight, the annual celebration of the Wandle Valley. Taking place over three weekends this September, this series of events brings together the local community, with more than 40 events put together to appreciate the history of this unique and beloved waterway.

Highlights this year

For the history buffs, Mitcham Heritage Day (9 Sep) is an annual celebration of local history and heritage, filled with guided walks, activities and exhibitions. You can also tour around the historic 18th century Carshalton Water Tower (9, 17, 24 Sep) and attend the Industrial Heritage Walk (17 Sep), a guided tour run by the Wandle Industrial Museum where you will learn all about local industrial history. The ‘Lost Nursery of Blooming Tooting’ guided walk (23 Sep) teaches all about the ‘Tooting Nursery’ which was a notable garden in Tooting during the 19th century. There will also be a plaque unveiling – surely not one to miss!

There are many events this year for the animal lovers. You can attend a guided loop of the lakes in Beddington Farmlands (12, 14, 19, 21 Sep) where the warden will explain all about the species on site and how you can get involved to help. There’s also a bat walk at Beddington Farmlands (16 Sept) where you can observe the use of bat detectors. For Hoot in the Park (24 Sept) at Poulter Park, Berkshire Birds of Prey will host a meet-and-greet with the owls. Come up close in personal with your feathery friends, from the barn owl to the tawny.

There’s also a whole host of vibrant local events. Hackbridge Fete (23 Sep) will have stall holders, a free bouncy castle, a kids’ circus, face painting and hot food. The leisurely cycle ride organised by CTC Beginners (16 Sep) will take you on a calming trail through quiet roads. Or you can walk the Wandle Trail (23 Sep) and take a guided tour of the lovely local sites.

There’s so much more fun to be had this year, with more than 40 events taking place across the fortnight.

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