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The West Nor­wood Feast is a non-profit monthly mar­ket run entirely by volun­teers from the local area. The aim is to work togeth­er to boost the pro­file of the area with­in Lam­beth and bring more trade and interest to the high street. It’s also a chance to meet new people and catch up with old friends. With free kid’s activ­it­ies, four mar­ket ‘hubs’ for food, garden­ing sup­plies, arts and crafts and vin­tage and retro curios, as well as live music, there really is some­thing for every­one. From its begin­ning as a group of strangers meet­ing for the first time in a pub, the Feast has been powered by a desire for change and unceas­ing enthu­si­asm from the people involved. With Space Makers Agency act­ing as a cata­lyst, the West Nor­wood Feast has brought people from the com­munity togeth­er to work towards mak­ing their neigh­bour­hood a bet­ter place to live. More than that, it has altered the way in which people view West Nor­wood as a place, while at the same time act­ing as a plat­form on which to exper­i­ment, be cre­at­ive, try new ideas, and meet lots of new people.

The Feast con­sists of five mar­ket ‘hubs’ — Food Fair, Retro Vil­lage, Artis­ans, Fam­ily hub and Fresh ‘n’ Green. These are spread along the high street, the aim being to draw people along the length of the street so that they sit up and notice what amaz­ing resources they have in the shops on their door­step. We have around 60 stalls in total and these are accom­pan­ied by free children’s activ­it­ies, music per­form­ances and work­shops.

Our aim now is to make Feast sus­tain­able, some­thing that depends some­what on the phys­ic­al re-devel­op­ment of Nor­wood High Street, but also on the sup­port of the com­munity and volun­teers, includ­ing new volun­teers who we are always delighted to meet.

If youʼd like to get involved, pop along to one of our weekly open meet­ings held every Tues­day from 6.30pm at the Rail­way Tav­ern (warm­er months) or The White Hart (colder months) both by Tulse Hill sta­tion. Oth­er­wise, you can come and meet us at the next Feast, every first Sunday of the month 10am to 4pm (we’ll be the ones wear­ing blue hi-vis…), or you can simply email us at to find out more. We’re also on Face­book and Twit­ter ( and @WN_FEAST), so you can keep fully up to date with everything Feast.