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Love Wimbledon gets a YES!

The businesses of Wimbledon Town Centre have confirmed their support for Love Wimbledon BID with an 85% majority YES vote in our renewal ballot, enabling our activities and support to continue for another five years.

This will provide an additional £2.5m worth of investment into the town centre for projects including: greening, events, marketing, crime reduction, cleaning and place-making.

Love Wimbledon continually aspires to make Wimbledon a better place to visit; from family-friendly trails to our Christmas Tree, murals to Hartfield Walk, our popular markets to Winter Wonderland, and our Big Screen Tennis to Autumn Arts activities. It is about making Wimbledon more active and attractive, and creating a town that people want to visit and work in. Delivering events is just one of our key objectives, and probably is the most publicly recognised.

Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District (BID) is a not-for-profit organisation that is paid for and run by local businesses within our Wimbledon Town Centre BID boundary. Businesses fund the BID through an annual levy. All Business Improvement Districts must go to ballot every five years to secure support from the business community.

Receiving a ‘YES’ result, means that our BID businesses have supported Love Wimbledon’s work to continue, and their funding will allow us to continue to deliver for our next five year term (2022-2027). Our three aims for the next five years are to:

  • Create better places, spaces and experience
  • Promote and support business
  • Become greener and more sustainable

A big thank you to you all, the businesses and the wider community of residents, visitors and employees, who have supported us through the last five years.

Together we can ensure a brighter future for Wimbledon Town Centre.

 

Winter Wonderland Brings Christmas to Wimbledon

Town Centre lights up as the festive season begins in Wimbledon

Love Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland brought a joyous warm glow to our town centre on Sunday 1 December. With The Broadway closed to traffic, thousands of visitors filled the streets, enjoying festive entertainment, tucking in to traditional treats and getting hands-on with a host of activities for all ages. Shoppers were also treated to a huge array of unique and handmade gifts, including original art, homeware, clothing and accessories from local artisans at our Christmas Market.

Visitors tucked in to all the festive favourites such as mince pies, mulled wine, popcorn and candyfloss, along with a huge range of exotic cuisines from India, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Brazil and South Africa. And new this year, the Sticks N Sushi Tent proved a great addition!

Entertainment featured classic carols and contemporary favourites on The Piazza bandstand and inside Centre Court, along with local dance group and brass band performances, and larger-than-life Christmas characters mingling with the crowds. There were fun family photo opportunities inside our giant snow globe, the light tunnel and Christmas unicorn vignette and our traditional live ice carving drew in the crowds who watched in awe as a stunning reindeer evolved from the frozen block.

New to Winter Wonderland this year was the Games Tent. Designed with older kids in mind, it featured Roll-A-Ball Reindeer, the Snownado and Snowman Alley, plus regular firm favourite, the challenging Snowboard Simulator. And of course, our hugely popular Snowman and Pudding bouncy castles were there for the younger children, along with a very busy Make ‘n’ Take Tent.

A spectacular fireworks display lit up the evening sky, courtesy of Centre Court Shopping Centre.

Thank you to everyone for coming and to the businesses for supporting this most wonder time of the year.