Family Tennis Day 13 August 2017 @ 11:00

Family Tennis Day 13 August 2017 @ 11:00

A fun tennis day at the beautiful Rookery Tennis Court  supported and organised by Serious About Tennis and The Friends of Streatham Common.

Coached sessions followed by free play for families.

Streatham Common Lawn Tennis Championships 30 June 1896
Streatham Common Lawn Tennis Championships 30 June 1896

Equipment supplied just come wearing suitable footwear (trainers), and comfortable clothes.

There is no charge but you must book your 1-hour session, between 11.00am and 3.00pm via:

Entrance: Through the Rookery Gardens or via Covington Way SW16

Streatham Common has had a long history of tennis playing…be part of its future…and have fun!

Tennis Day 13 august 2017







Alice in Wonderland @ The Rookery 10 – 14 August 2017

Alice in Wonderland @ The Rookery 10 – 14 August 2017

Sixteenfeet Productions return to one of Lambeth’s loveliest green spaces with their unique brand of outdoor theatre.

Plunge down the rabbit hole and enter a fantastical world inhabited by some of the most iconic characters in children’s fiction.

Especially commissioned for the Company this is promenade theatre so the audience will be encouraged to explore the beautiful setting in order to watch the story unfold, ably led by a talented cast of actor-musicians.

Streatham Rookery Gardens, SW16 3BX
Thursday 10th – Monday 14 August
Weekday performances: 11:30 & 14:30
Weekend performances: 14:30 & 17:30

Adapted By Bradley Cole from Lewis Carroll’s Tales
Original music composed by Guy Holden
Directed by John Ward

What the press say about us:

“As spellbinding for adults as it is for kids………Precisely the sort of promenade theatre that can really bring our parks and open spaces to life.”
– South London Press


Adults (£12.50)
Children (£8.50)


60 minutes

Box Office: 02078560380

Twitter: @sixteen_feet
Instagram: sixteen_feet
Hashtag: #16feet

Copyright Simon Turtle – from a previous 16’ production
For more information or press enquiries please contact:
Caroline Funnell on 07958448690

Streatham Common’s woodland to receive funding

Streatham Common’s woodland to receive funding

Streatham Common is to benefit from a new Heritage Lottery funded project run by the London Wildlife Trust.

The Great North Wood project, which is to receive £699,000 over the next four years, aims to revive and reimagine a wood that once covered a large swathe of land lying south-west of London, of which only fragments remain. Both educational activities and woodland management will be carried out. Precisely what will be funded in Streatham Common’s woodlands has yet to be established.

The full article can be found here: Bringing an ancient landscape back to life

Visiting Streatham Common?

Visiting Streatham Common?

Streatham Common is our wonderful piece of open green space in our built up City.  The space is used for many things, celebrating, relaxing, sports, nature, walking, or just sitting and thinking. Given we all use our space in different ways – please be aware of basic rules that are in place [Lambeth Council byelaws], so that all users can enjoy.

Although we have some litter bins in place, the cuts to our budget mean the Common is overwhelmed with rubbish on sunny days. Please clear up your picnic after you, bring home and recycle. Bagging up rubbish and leaving next to bins is unhelpful as foxes & other wildlife shred bags overnight. If the bin is full – take it home.  None of the litter collections are recycled. Broken glass is of particular concern to all users of the common.

The cost of clearing up litter means budgets [government spending forced a 70% reduction for the Common] are diverted away from maintaining other parts of the common, including the playground. We are all responsible for our own waste, it is not fair or sustainable to simply say it is someones else’s job.  To continue enjoying the beautiful space of the Common – it is every persons responsibility to leave no trace.

The heat from small portable BBQs and fires scorch and destroy the grassland and are banned. The common is a nature reserve and any introduction of fire is devastating to our small but delicate flora & fauna that is dotted around the common. Many insects and birds relay on how our environment is maintained. The fire brigade may be called to put out your BBQ.
[Ref Bylaw 10. (1 & 2 )]

There has been an increase in groups using loudhailers to assist with sports events and group gatherings. We encourage people joining together to enjoy the outdoors, but using loudhailers to co-ordinate party games or unauthorised sports events is not allowed. The sound carries over the entire common, disturbing everyone in earshot. Playing loud music from either mobile speakers or from parked cars on the Common. With regard to Excessive noise, the byelaws specify –
No person shall, after being requested to desist by any other person in the grounds:
(a) by shouting or singing;
(b) by playing on a musical instrument; or (c) by operating or permitting to be operated any radio, amplifier, tape recorder or similar device, make or permit to be made any noise which is so loud or so continuous or repeated as to give reasonable cause for annoyance to other persons in the ground.
[ ref bylaw 39. (1) ]

These are NOT allowed on any Lambeth greenspace. It is illegal to fly your drone over a congested area, never fly within 50 metres of a person, vehicle or building
not under your control. Drones must be registered and can be seized by the police. Respect your neighbours right to peace & privacy.  [cap 393; the air navigation order 2016 (ano)]

Cars Motorbikes and Quad bikes are NOT permitted anywhere on the Common unless permission given. They cause damage and are not allowed anywhere on the grass.
This also includes vehicles selling goods or services – including Ice cream vans [Only permitted to sell by the playground, on the pavement and nowhere else on the Common] [ Bylaw 16]

Damage to the common will not be tolerated. [ Ref Bylaws 4 & 43 ]

Very welcome, but owners must by law pick up after their dogs and dispose in bins. Not picking up your dogs poop can land you a FPN OF £100 in the LB of Lambeth.
Please keep your dog on a lead if you are unable to control by commands. If another dog owner asks you to pull your dog away – it is considered respectful to do so.

As everywhere else in the UK, the use of drug taking on the Common is against the law. An increased use of balloons and Nitrous Oxide [laughing gas] has been particularly noticeable due to the huge amount of debris left behind. The leftover capsules if not disposed of responsibly are very dangerous to children and pets who can bite or swallow them. Possesion of Nitrous oxide has an  FPN OF £100 in the LB of Lambeth. [Ref Lambeth PSPO]

The full PDF from Lambeth council on Byelaws can be found here: lsp-parks-open-spaces-byelaws(1)

There is a small car park at the top of Streatham Common South -SW16 3HR. Street parking is difficult on weekdays and weekends when the weather is good.
New restrictions have been introduced on Streatham Common South and surrounding roads – Double yellow lines mean no parking at any time. Streatham High Street has no parking, and Streatham Common North has virtually no parking areas as it is also a busy road. Thankfully there are great transport links to the Common.

GETTING HERE: Google map

Bus services are regular and stop directly outside Streatham Common
    50 – Croydon – Streatham – Clapham – Stockwell
    60 – Old Coulsdon – Purley – Croydon – Streatham
    109 – Croydon – Streatham – Brixton
    118 – Brixton – Streatham – Morden
    249 – Clapham Common – Norwood – Anerley
    250 – Brixton – Streatham – Norbury – Thornton Heath Pond – West Croydon – Croydon Town Centre
    255 – Pollards Hill – Norbury – Streatham Common – Balham
    417 – Crystal Palace – Streatham – Clapham Common
    G1 – Streatham – Tooting – Battersea
    N109 – Croydon – Streatham – Oxford Circus
    N133 – Morden – Streatham – Liverpool Street
    N137 – Crystal Palace – Clapham – Oxford Circus

    The 133 & 333 terminate a little walk away at Streatham Bus Garage

Overland train stations serving the Common are:
    Streatham Common
– both are about a 12 minute walk to the Common.