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What’s On in Wimbledon This May Half-Term

Can You Spot a Corgi?

Take the kids on a hunt to find all five of our Jubilee-themed plinths across the town centre – there’s a corgi, a portrait of The Queen, a crown, a teacup, and an environmentally inspired design that was driven by the community. Can you find them all?

Head Outside to Play

When the sun’s in the sky, there’s no reason not to play outdoors. Make the most of the sunny weather with an awesome range of kids’ mud kitchens, sandpits, paddling pools, bubble machines and playhouses at The Entertainer. Guaranteed to entertain even the most active of kids!

Opt for sustainable toys from Elys, including a micro scooter that is made using discarded fishing nets that pollute our oceans. Plus pick up activity packs or colouring books to keep them occupied during picnics from Smiggle and The Works.

Get Creative and Arty

Take part in Jubilee-themed art and craft activities at FREE Platinum Jubilee Creative Family workshops in Wimbledon Library. Hosted by CityLit, parents and carers are invited to just turn up and join alongside their children (ages 3-10) on Wednesday 1st June from 10am – 12.30pm.

Whether you’re looking to inspire the kids or you’re looking for a West End experience, Wimbledon’s theatre scene is brimming this half-term! Watch Errol and sister Tia’s dream of creating a community garden at age 10, come to life in the interactive musical Errol’s Garden (30th May – 1st June). Or rock the night away at a performance of  We Will Rock You (30th May – 4th June), also at New Wimbledon Theatre.

Join a fresh new bite of the classic tale Snow White showing at Polka Theatre (27th May – 5th June) or take enjoy the return of The Paper Dolls – referred to as “a magical version of the best arts and crafts session you can imagine!” (20th May – 7th August).

Plus don’t miss the FREE book launch of Wilder than Midnight at Polka Theatre – a bold and evocative adventure centred around sisterhood and the power of myths and storytelling. Perfect for middle-grade readers aged 9 and above.  

Unleash their creativity at full-day art workshops from Art-K, and allow them to get messy exploring a range of mediums such as clay, watercolour, acrylics, and mixed media (30th May – 2nd June). Childcare vouchers are accepted.

Stay local and #LoveLocal this May half term.

Shine Photography Showcase Coming To Elys

Shine Exhibition

An inspiring exhibition showcasing exceptional photography from the children of the Shine Camera Club will be showcased in Wimbledon this summer. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds took part in a four-week course where they were taught the basic skills of photography and were encouraged to stop, look at and snap the world they live in through their own eyes. The best selection from each child will be exhibited this summer at landmark Wimbledon department store Elys, during the tennis championships from 24th June – 16th July, for the public to enjoy.

Founded by filmmaker and photographer Cindy Sasha, the Shine Camera Club inspires children from disadvantaged backgrounds between the ages of 8-10 years to dream big and pursue photography. Cindy is no stranger to bringing art to Wimbledon and collaborated with us at Love Wimbledon to bring our free ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ bird mural to the high street.

“I never had the opportunity as a child to explore photography or to understand that it could be a career. Growing up in a working-class background to dream was impossible and opportunities didn’t present themselves like today. I want to make sure this camera club inspires and allow children to dream again.” 

Through Cindy’s trusting relationship with Kristina Burton, Project and Development Manager at Mitcham Town Community Trust, Shine Camera Club provides a safe learning space for children to feel inspired through creativity and to build their confidence to pursue photography in later life. During this Saturday club, children were encouraged to explore portraiture, still life and street photography, whilst learning about cameras, lighting, famous photographers and discussing the power of an image. Kristina Burton added:

“Shine Merton Saturday School is delighted to be working with Cindy Sasha on a series of highly imaginative photography workshops. Providing disadvantaged primary students with an opportunity to have a camera and take images under professional instruction is a true rarity. It is also a prime example of how children can thrive and shine.”

Jennie Ricketts, respected curator and former picture editor at The Observer Magazine, helped to select the images to be featured in the exhibition. She stated that her hope is for children to enjoy the experience of having their images displayed for an audience, but also that this experience may reveal a potential future talented photographer.

Be sure to pop into Elys during the tennis championships to see the full exhibition and enjoy the tennis events happening around town.

Prepare Your Garden For Summer

As the weather gets warmer, now is the time to spruce up your outdoors to get ready for enjoying all things alfresco!

Pick up stylish garden furniture for a fun garden party or gathering, with great options for whatever size/shape of your garden. Choose from new large rattan sets at Elys or hanging egg chairs and eye-catching arbours at Robert Dyas. In need of some inspiration? Head to home decor store Neptune for ideas on how to dress your space to feel as welcoming and cosy as the indoors, with a great selection of planters, outdoor lighting and lanterns.

Garden furniture Garden furniture

Make the most of the long summer days by hosting warm-weather lunches, brunches and dinners on your patio. Find a range of outdoor pizza ovens and barbecues at Lakeland, that will be sure to please a crowd of family or friends, or browse their unique range of cooking tools such as tagine pot and eco-friendly food covers. To serve the ultimate aesthetically-pleasing picnic, head to Oliver Bonas for classic wicker baskets, luxury parasols, cosy blankets, seat pads, and so much more.

Brighten up any space, by growing your own plants and supporting local biodiversity. You’ll find a variety of fruit or vegetable seeds, flower bulbs, compost and greenhouses at Wilko.

Growing vegetables Growing fruit

For a full list of shops in Wimbledon, click here and #LoveLocal this Spring.

Mother’s Day Gifts Guaranteed To Make Her Smile

Looking to make Mother’s Day extra special? Whether you’re shopping for a mother-to-be or showing your appreciation through a heart-warming gift, check out our ideas to add a loving touch to Mother’s Day this year.

Keep Her Entertained

With theatres poised to re-open in June, give a gift that’s a little different this year. Give the gift of emotion, excitement, laughter and joy, by taking the special woman in your life to a show she’ll love. Book tickets in advance for shows returning with a bang at New Wimbledon Theatre, including Heathers The Musical and Footloose.

Smelling, Looking and Feeling Good

Check out Elys Mother’s Day edit for luxury hand cream sets to resurrect dry hands, premium skincare and elegant diffusers. Order for Click & Collect by Wednesday 10th March, for safe pick-up in store on Thursday 11th March (10am – 4pm).

Newly re-opened for Click + Collect, The Fragrance Shop have a variety of perfumes and fragrance mists for all budgets!

Offer some relief to a mother suffering from acute pain, minor injuries, anxiety or depression. Health Zone Wimbledon are continuing to offer massage therapy and reflexology treatments to clients with genuine healthcare needs.

Or think sustainable and give a gift that is kind in nature and to nature, from Wimbledon’s zero waste store – from organic cotton facial pads, shampoo bars, lip balms, conjac sponges and more, from Zéro.

Add a Decorative Touch

Pick up beautiful bouquets from Wimbledon Flower Kiosk – see their wide selection of beautiful flower arrangements and order via their website, or call on 020894684444⁣. If you prefer to go hassle-free (and skip having to remember watering duties) then simply go with one of Partica’s stunning balloon bouquets instead.                                                                                  

For the Mother-To-Be

Treat a mother-to-be with maternity products or great keepsakes from JoJo Maman Bebe, like their Pregnancy Journal. Available for Click & Collect from their Wimbledon store.

Presents From The Pub 

Make sure that Mum doesn’t have to lift a finger and recreate the experience of a pub meal from home, with pre-prepared roasts from The Old Frizzle. Options include a 3-course roast dinner with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate dessert and prosecco, or a delicious melt-your-own-cheese Raclette boxes 🥂 They all come with simple instructions for you (not mum) to finish at home! Pre-order by midnight Thursday 11th March. Centre Court Shopping Centre are also offering one lucky shopper the chance to win an Ultimate Roast Box for Mother’s Day worth £75 – enter here.

Much-loved local pub The Alexandra are offering exclusive Mother’s Day vouchers from £50 – purchase one and be rewarded with two complimentary Gin & Tonic’s to enjoy when they re-open! Click here to find out more.

Given the current national lockdown due to COVID-19, we are encouraging the people of Wimbledon to continue to support the local economy. Many local stores are still open for Click & Collect, to ensure that they can still serve your needs. Rather than relying on large e-commerce sites, please consider how you could be helping your local, small or independent businesses – they need your support now more than ever to ensure that they can re-open in a stronger position. Contact them and see what they can offer you – from gift cards to local delivery and more. 

 

Events

Shine Camera Club Photography Showcase

An inspiring exhibition showcasing exceptional photography from the children of the Shine Camera Club will be showcased in Wimbledon this summer. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds took part in a four-week course where they were taught the basic skills of photography and were encouraged to stop, look at and snap the world they live in through their own eyes. The best selection from each child is exhibited this summer at landmark Wimbledon department store Elys, during the tennis championships from 24th June – 16th July, for the public to enjoy. Read more here.