We are asking all members of Friends of Streatham Common, to offer just a few hours of your time to make sure our 20th Kite Day celebration is a success.

You dont have to be a member to offer help, we need litter pickers, stewards, and bodies to help set up and take down the event area structures. Nothing is too heavy, we have lots of different duties and actually is great fun to be a part of. Volunteering for your local community means that everyone can enjoy a safe day out and gives those participating and giving up their time a fantastic feeling of being part of the bigger picture in Streatham.

As you may know, circumstances beyond our control meant that our original day in May had to be cancelled because of the state of the ground which needed to recover. However, not all of our trusty band of core volunteers can participate in the new date.

We only need a minimum of 2 hours – but would be great if you can be flexible. Please contact kitedayvolunteers@streathamcommon.org so I can coordinate times that can fit with your schedule.

Kite Day Sunday 2nd September 2018

Kite Day Sunday 2nd September 2018

Now in its 20th year – Kite Day returns on Sunday 2nd September

A great FREE event for all Streathamites, Kite fans and those who want a fun day out from further afield. It has everything…music, food…and kites!

Volunteers will be needed so if you want to join in  – please let us know so we can place you accordingly.

Planning ahead:  How to get to Streatham Common

By Bus – 50, 60, 109, 249, 250, 255.

By Train – Streatham or Streatham Common stations.

By Bike – A23 Streatham High Road – ample space for cycle parking around the common.

By Car – Not recommended. Parking restrictions will be in place and the area is already densely populated. Lets help the environment and travel by public transport instead. Do your bit for greening our City


10/04/18: ATTENTION! STREATHAM KITE DAY POSTPONED! Serious ground damage to Common means the ground will not be in good shape for the big day in just one months time & this has meant we needed to move dates.

The ground in the lower Common has suffered much damage this year due to the combined effort of extreme weather conditions & churn caused by heavy vehicles from a prior event in March.

Although the ground may dry out in time, there is too much to risk with around 5000 people expected to visit the Kite Day – any regrowth would be crushed and so the ground would again need repair.

We thank all the volunteers and organisers who have put time in to working towards the 13th May, but we did not want to risk the health of the Common itself. We were unable to place Kite Day before September due to the Commons planned diary of events, and commitments of expert Kite flyers that ensure our Kite Day is now a key event on the National & International Kite festival circuit.


Wind in the Willows at the Streatham Rookery

Wind in the Willows at the Streatham Rookery

Wind in the Willows at the Streatham Rookery
Sixteenfeet Productions

Thursday 9th – Monday 13th August

11.30am & 2.30pm on weekdays

(no afternoon performance on the 10th)
2.30pm & 5.30pm at weekends

Age Guide: 5+

Book tickets online: https://sixteenfeet.cloudvenue.co.uk/windinthewillowsstreathamrookerygardens

About the theatre company: Sixteenfeet collaborates with writers, musicians and actors to produce new work and tell classic stories in a contemporary and inventive way. We specialise in site-specific theatre, which we perform in unexpected places. Our summer productions give a fresh perspective to classic stories and bring promenade theatre to some of London’s loveliest parks and green spaces. We also run an educational programme with workshops to support our productions. Our Lambeth Voices Programme works with all sections of the Community increasing participation in and access to creative opportunities.

Read about the Wind in the Willows and author Kenneth Grahame



Geology walk 15th July 2018 2.00pm

Geology walk 15th July 2018 2.00pm

A gentle guided walk looking at the fascinating geology of Streatham Common – how rocks have shaped, and continue to shape, the local area. With Dr Iain Boulton – no geological experience necessary!

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If you have ever wondered about the ground beneath your feet and how it determines what is above ground, here is your chance to find out.

Meet at the Rookery Cafe at 2.00pm.

A FREE event. Please donate to FOSC if you can

Shakespeare in the Rookery: The Winter’s Tale 8th July 2018

Shakespeare in the Rookery: The Winter’s Tale 8th July 2018

The Festival Player’s annual open-air performance of a Shakespeare play – this year The Winter’s Tale – starts at 3.00pm on Sunday 8th July on the Rookery lawn.

Tickets are available in advance from Streatham Tate Library (63 Streatham High Rd) or can be booked online at https://crbo.ticketsolve.com/shows/873584276

They will also be available on the gate. Prices are
Adults £13.50,
Concessions £12,
Under 16s £6.00.

For this open-air performance, you are advised to bring a rug or chairs. Picnics welcome.

FoSC Annual General Meeting: Wednesday June 27th at 7:30pm

FoSC Annual General Meeting: Wednesday June 27th at 7:30pm

Rookery Cafe
Wednesday June 27th at 7:30pm
The Friends AGM

Just a quick reminder about our AGM next Wednesday. We will talk about all that’s happened on the Common over the past year and we’re very pleased to welcome the following guest speakers:

Olivia Pearcey will hold a Q&A session on Lambeth events run on the Common
Lee Heykoop will be speaking on the new design for the Rookery Cascade
Thomas Talbot, from Inkspot, will give us an update on Streatham Common’s microbrewery (samples will be on sale in the cafe along with wine and soft drinks)

If you’d like an opportunity to take an active role in what happens across the Common then we are also looking for people to join the Friends Executive Committee. I hope to see you there.
Mike Robinson

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Small Mammal Surveying and Workshop: 23rd and 24th June

Small Mammal Surveying and Workshop: 23rd and 24th June

 Discover what small mammals are on Streatham Common.

Learn about the techniques used for surveying them.

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During each day, apparatus such as live animal, hair and activity traps will be set up and examined for evidence of wild mammals.

Surveys begins at 10.00am each day with a one hour workshop, which will be repeated at 2.00pm. You can come along at other times, up until about 7.00pm, to see what is going on.

For the workshops, meet at the Rookery Car Park. Iain Boulton will be there to welcome you.

To volunteer to help with setting up and inspecting traps etc. during each day please contact Iain on 07944 823548