For a less stressful life…come and sit by a tree!

For a less stressful life…come and sit by a tree!

In the early Eighties, a young psychologist did something unusual. His name was Roger Ulrich, and he started reviewing the hospital records of patients recovering from surgery to compare the recovery rates for people with bedside windows looking out on to trees with those of patients who could only see brick walls from their beds.

What did he find? On average, the ones who could look at natural landscapes healed faster, needed significantly less pain medication and had fewer complications post-surgery.

Read the full Evening Standard article here

Birds of Prey Flying Display 30 July 2017 @ 13:00

Birds of Prey Flying Display 30 July 2017 @ 13:00

Birds of prey 2017A variety of hawks, falcons, owls and other birds of prey will be on display throughout the afternoon, during which there will be two flying displays.

On the Common, near the path from opposite Copley Park to opposite Valley Road. Birds (owls, falcons, hawks etc) on show from 1.00pm to 5.00pm, and displays of flying at approximately 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

A free event but donations welcome on the day.



Music: Rookfest 1st July 2017 11am-10pm.

Music: Rookfest 1st July 2017 11am-10pm.

rookfestSCCoop and the Friends of Streatham Common are very excited to present Rookfest. The event will be held at the finest outdoor venue Streatham has to offer, the Rookery on Saturday July 1st from 11am- 10pm.

We have been working with the best record shop in Streatham, Turnstyle Records and deli –lama to bring you an amazing roster of musicians to suit every taste. All the acts have a strong local connection and are an eclectic mix of Folk, Jazz, Pop, Soul, World music, Americana and Indy.

The artists are performing for free to raise funds towards the upkeep of the Rookery. On the day you can also expect food and drink stalls from local suppliers including beer from Inkspot Brewery. The event also kicks off the Streatham Festival so what better way to start enjoying the best Streatham has to offer!

Tickets – Limited availability!

Due to our license at the Rookery we only have a limited amount of tickets available. Entrance will be available for a donation on the door. However if the Rookery fills up we will have to operate a one in, one out policy.

If you would like to guarantee entry to the event on the day, and bypass the queue, we have a limited number of fast-pass tickets available at £10 each (inc. VAT). Remember only these tickets will guarantee you and your guests entry on the day!  

Click here for tickets [redirects you to SCoop site]



Shakespeare in the Rookery 9th July 2017

Shakespeare in the Rookery 9th July 2017

The Festival Players present Shakespeare’s ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’
Date: Sunday 9th July 2017
Time: 15:00
The Rookery, Streatham Common, South London, SW16 3BX

We’re delighted to welcome back The Festival Players with ‘The Merry Wives Of Windsor’.

The roguish and foolish knight, Falstaff, schemes to woo two married women to get his hands on their husbands’ money, but the wiley Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him!

The Festival Players Theatre Company brings you this hilarious and colourful comedy in an all-male, fast paced, costumed production – a summer feast of farce!

Open air performance

Bring your own seating and a picnic

Tickets in advance here:
Adult : £13.50
Concessions : £11.50
Under16s : £6.00
( Proof of eligibility for any concession will be required on the door )

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Art Expo: Perspectives 29 July 2017

Art Expo: Perspectives 29 July 2017

An Exhibition of Landscape Paintings & Drawings of Streatham Common and The Rookery
by Local Artist Nishad Karim

Saturday 29th July 2017
11:00am – 7:00pm on the top lawn by the main gates of the Rookery.

The exhibition will be postponed to a later date in the event of rain.

Donations will be made to the Friends of Streatham Common.

Nishad Karim is a Trinidadian born artist and has been a teacher for the last 20 years. Nishad graduated with a B.A. Visual Arts ( First Class Hons.) from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, but considers himself a self taught artist. He admires the works of Turner, Constable, Cezanne and Monet but he grew up studying the works of local Trinidadian artists such as  Cazabon, MP Alladin and Boscoe Holder. He works in all media, with oils being his favourite. His canvasses are often highly textured as he expresses his joy of pressing and working the paint into cracks and crevices to get a variety of effects.

His interest with drawing, colouring and painting started at an early age, exploring still life and his natural outdoor environment which he has grown to love and appreciate immensely. He especially reminisces about the days when his father, a businessman and farmer, would take him fishing in the Caroni Swamp and how he was always amazed at the flora and fauna. This love inspired him to capture the atmosphere and mood of the Caribbean landscape with its scenic, lush tropical vegetation and vibrant colours.

Nishad is currently residing in London and works as a Learning and Teaching Leader/Art Coordinator at Rockmount Primary School in the Borough of Croydon. He is continually on a path of education and learning with regards to his teaching and his passion, art. Nishad is also a freelance photographer.