Festival feedback

So the 2014 festival is over! We hope you enjoyed it – we certainly did! Do check out all the photos and videos over on our Facebook page – do tag anyone you know if you recognise anyone. We’ve put together a short feedback form below. Do let us know what you like, what you didn’t, and any suggestions for next …

Sell-out at week-day events

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We are very pleased with the way Purley Festival 2014 week is going.  We’ve had some sell-out events, for instance, the Swing Dance at Airport House, the film showing by Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign and Dot-Social’s social media workshop. We still have performances of The Wabbit King, a fabulous children’s theatre production at Christ Church with tickets available …

Officially open!

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Purley festival has officially been opened yesterday by the Mayor of Croydon Manju Shahul-Hameed in the presence of the Purley Festival committee , our volunteers, sponsors, supporters and Festival friends as well as representatives from Purley Fire Station.  A big thank you to the Airport House for letting us use your lovely venue and to Tashi’s Pantry for the selection of …

Purley Sound Check – the auditions

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This year our talent contest is taking place at the fabulous community hub in Croydon, Matthews Yard. Again organised by Adam Hughes of Adam Hughes UK and AffinityD, with some help from Alex Chum.  The Judges this year were Jess Feonander of Affinity D, Adrian Harrison of Tru Star, (the Purley Sound Check winner 2013 for adults) Maggie Hughes, Tesco mum …

A Detective-Project CSI Session for the Children

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Let me tell you about a children’s party with a difference: a party with a CSI theme! ‘The Detective Project’ parties are hosted by one of their agents, in  this case, Steve Sharkey, and provides a one hour and 15 minute CSI session. I’m excited to tell you that for the Purley Festival, Steve, a Metropolitan Police Officer with 30 …

Forest School and Nature Play in the Enchanted Wood

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Have you heard of Forest School? The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment. Now we may not have a forest within the confines of our Purley Festival weekend, but we aim to show you as many of …

Beanies Soft Play in the Enchanted Wood

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Beanies in Croydon are coming to join us in the Children’s Area of the festival for the second year running. Last year they ran a really popular and well attended party on both days of the weekend event. I’m pleased to tell you that this year their presence and their offering to the children and families who attend will be …

Street Dance Style at the Festival

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The Purley Festival has a double helping of the Younger Generation Theatre Group for 2014. They will be performing songs from their 2014 show on the main stage at 2pm on Saturday and then running a street-dance based session in Festival-Fun Tent One at 3pm on the same day. This theatre group is made up of 70-100 young people aged 9-18 years …

Tots Rock at the Purley Festival

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In Festival-Fun Tent One at 1 pm on Sunday 30th June we are delighted to bring you a Tots Rock session for your 0 – 5 year olds. When Siobhan Barr started her Tots Rock sessions at Purley Oaks Children’s Centre, they became so popular that they had to move the class from the Children’s Centre to the school hall! …

Ballet with Theatrebug

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On Sunday 29th June at 1 pm, Zoe Hodges of  TheatreBug will be running a ballet class in the Festival-Fun Tent One at the Purley Festival finale weekend event, so I want to share a bit about Zoe’s company, her classes and what she loves about the work she does! Firstly let me tell you Zoe is a trained dance …