Keeping Wimbledon Green

Every year Love Wimbledon splashes The Piazza green with astroturf for our Big Screen Tennis and Summer Sit Out events. Local business, Abbotswood Flooring supplies and fits the astroturf for us and if it’s in good enough condition to re-use, stores it for us for the following year.

After this summer the astroturf was unfortunately not good enough for re-use on The Piazza, so we offered it out to our community. We were thrilled to see it successfully upcycled by a local allotment which specialises in working with the elderly. The astroturf has been used on their pathways, enabling visitors to navigate their way around the allotment more easily. One of the helpers enthused, “It has gone down a treat! We can’t thank you enough and we certainly do love Love Wimbledon.”

We are constantly aware of our environment at Love Wimbledon and strive to reduce our environmental impact, including initiatives such as making our markets single-use plastic free.

Helen Clark Bell, CEO of Love Wimbledon commented, “Our aim is to reuse wherever possible and recycle if reuse isn’t possible. We are really pleased the astroturf has found a local home which will assist those on the allotments.”



Polka’s local pop-ups launch ‘TEN4POLKA’ Campaign

Polka Theatre will be popping up throughout the autumn at a host of local events offering families a chance to enjoy creative activities, storytelling and support the creation of new free play spaces in the redeveloped Polka building.

Free storytelling and Craft workshops for children will take place at Wimbledon Fayre and Centre Court Shopping Centre where families can find out more about what Polka’s new building will offer when it re-opens in 2020.

Polka need the help of the whole community to make the new free playspaces at Polka Theatre a reality as a welcoming venue dedicated to the playful inspiration of children.


Polka believes that every child has the right to imaginative play, regardless of background or ability. Polka helps children to navigate their world, to be happier and more confident, have improved mental health and wellbeing as well as to have better physical health and to negotiate, compromise and empathise.


To provide free-to-all new play spaces and multi-sensory garden, Polka are inviting local people to contribute ten pounds by text as part of their TEN4POLKA campaign.


Polka will also be at Wimbledon BookFest with ticketed workshops in the themes of The Paper Dolls and Meet the Moomins.


Pop up events listings:


Wimbledon Fayre

Sat 21 Sept at 2-5pm, Sun 22 Sept at 11-2pm




Sun 6 Oct Robert Graves Gallery


£10 Per session, booking link:



Sun 13 Oct William Morris Tent


£10 Per session, booking Link:


Centre Court Shopping Centre

Sat 19 Oct time tbc

Mon 21 Oct time tbc

Pirate themes Storytelling and Arts & Crafts

(Head to the back of the centre on the bottom level outside Debenhams. Drop in sessions, Parents need to remain at event.)

Text donations: Text 10POLKA to 70085 or Donate on the Polka website to give £10 (Costs: £10 plus your standard message rate.)