The first Sunday of the month, April through to December, is Feast day in West Norwood. For the past seven years, this is the day when 5000+ locals take to the streets to enjoy their very own volunteer-powered street market festival.
West Norwood Feast is a community event built around 100 market stalls over five sites along the high street. It is run almost entirely by local volunteers who book the stalls and organise a full programme of free children’s activities and live entertainment. It is a farmer’s market, a craft fair, a flea market and a street food hub all rolled into one, yet the goal has always been to provide an experience that was wider than that.
Each monthly Feast is themed by volunteers who organise free community engaging events in addition to the core market activity. These range from talks on Caribbean cuisine for Black History month, a fashion show showcasing local talent and retail, art trails up and down the high street, to a Sports Feast that featured all the local organisations that promote active lifestyles. Added to this, volunteers organise a full schedule of entertainment at each Feast (from brass bands to live DJs), an open mic performance space for young people and plenty of fun and creative children’s activities (from sports days to mural making).
Feast has approximately 40 regular volunteers, plus more occasional supporters, employs a part time coordinator and was self-sustaining within three years of operation. There is nothing else like West Norwood Feast!
The Artisans’ marketplace is a buzz of creativity and excitement. Here you’ll find arty activities for children to do while you browse the wares on the artisans stalls; anything from handmade pottery, jewellery, T-shirts, toys, bags, candles and knick-knacks to stunning photography and art.
At this hub you can also find our Tea & Talk Table, a space where older people in the community can come for free cuppa and a chat with one of our friendly volunteers.
Fresh ‘n’ Green has a variety of stalls with the emphasis on good quality fresh produce (meat, fruit & veg, cheese, olives) sourced from local producers where possible. We also feature juices, pickles and preserves, teas from around the world, fresh popcorn, plants and flowers. Our aim is that people can now do a week’s shopping at Feast and from local shops.
Whether you’re a keen foodie, committed to local produce, or simply fancy a bite to eat, the Food Fair will have something to suit you.
Here you’ll find traders with a passion for food, and a regularly changing stall selection which brings cuisine from all corners of the globe to West Norwood. Our coffee stall and bar are both run by popular local businesses, and many more of our traders are drawn from the wider local area.
The market hosts a variety of craft, art, clothing, food and drink stalls with an emphasis on families, healthy living and affordability. Our food traders always offer at least one dish at £5 or less and where appropriate, child sized / priced portions.
Come along to the ‘Picnic & Play Area’ situated on the grass area safely away from traffic. Families can enjoy craft activities and games from South London Play Partners, Maths Explorers and Portico Bloom Art Club. Alongside you can buy a great value £2.50 kids lunch bag. Free themed activities as diverse as apple pressing, gardening and sport workouts.
Enjoy a visit to Retro Village to create a perfect retro outfit or classic vintage look, from shoes, bags and hats to dresses, jackets, and accessories. Alongside the clothing rails are lovingly reclaimed furnishings, kitchenalia, advertisement signs, curios and many more unique pieces. What’s more, each month Retro Village is different in the goods that are sold – come along and find out which treasures are waiting to be found.
If on a Feast day you go to Retro and it’s not in its usual place, don’t panic – Retro will just be at the Family Hub! (sometimes Rosebery’s has an auction on a Feast day and needs its car park back)
“The area’s crowning achievement, and a testament to the community spirit in the neighbourhood, is the West Norwood Feast. This hugely popular event held on the first Sunday of the month, from April through to December, is more than just another street market.”
Article 24.05.17, The Evening Standard