Wimbledon International Music Festival sponsorship opportunities

Corporate sponsors are warmly welcomed at the Wimbledon International Music Festival, which takes place from 11 – 26 November 2017.

Wimbledon International Music Festival is seeking to develop an on-going relationship with its sponsors securing sponsorship for 2-3 years in order to plan ahead and realise these opportunities. There are a number of ways to be involved as a Festival Sponsor, a Young People’s Series Sponsor, an Artist Sponsor, or an Event Sponsor.

Sponsorship can be a powerful and cost-effective way to reinforce corporate image and to promote a company’s name, products and services to a wider, targeted audience. Corporate sponsorship packages are tailored to suit the exact needs of each business or organisation. All packages include the following:

  • full colour print promotion in the Festival Brochure (35k distribution between May – November)
  • full sponsor and logo acknowledgement on the Festival’s website, linking to sponsor’s website
  • full sponsor and logo acknowledgement in the Festival’s Programme
  • line credit on the Festival Programme for each sponsored performance
  • on-stage acknowledgement
  • complimentary tickets to sponsored performance (number dependent of level of support)
  • 10% discount on all further tickets booked for that performance
  • priority booking for all festival performances
  • complimentary interval drinks with the Artistic Director and/or Festival Chairman
  • invitations to Festival launch events and VIP pre-Festival receptions
  • opportunity to meet performers
  • opportunity for private corporate entertaining


Highly visible sponsorship of Wimbledon International Music Festival affords the opportunity to:

  • develop an association between a business / organisation and world-class classical music events
  • foster goodwill with customers and employees
  • demonstrate corporate social responsibility by strengthening involvement with the cultural and educational life of the local community

To discuss a bespoke partnership with the Festival or to find out more, please contact Festival Director, Anthony Wilkinson on 020 8946 5078 or email anthony@wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk

Read more about the theme for this year’s festival: Music Capitals.

Merton Arts Space secures funding for learning

The flexible, multipurpose performance and art venue in Wimbledon Library will use funding from Arts Council England to promote library services to 11-18 year olds in Merton.

Merton Arts Space, which opened in Wimbledon Library in 2016, and Mitcham Library have been awarded funding for youth literacy, arts and culture initiatives. Funding of £142,000 from Arts Council England will be used to promote the library services in Merton to 11-to-18-year-olds.

Artists will work with teenagers to develop a series of performances inspired by the theme “My Library”.

Arts Council England’s London area director, Joyce Wilson, said: “This project will inject a vital shot of energy into an area of outer London that will really feel the benefits.

“With our support, Merton Council will not only create cultural contact points for young people who may not have been able to access much art and culture before, but dedicated physical spaces that they can help shape and make their own.”

Merton Arts Space has become a flexible multipurpose library and performance area, with moveable bookcases, tables and chairs. The facility also includes professional standard lighting and sound equipment and has an audience capacity of 250 seated or 300 standing.

Upcoming events include Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart performance on Saturday 1 July 2017. For more details please visit Merton Arts Space.

Crossrail 2 update following announcement of general election

Transport for London remains committed to consulting on revised proposals for Crossrail 2 at the earliest possible time, and to a hybrid bill in the next Parliament following the announcement of a general election on 8 June. TfL is keen to see all political parties include Crossrail 2 in their manifestos and to make delivering it as quickly as possible a key priority for the next government.

The business case for Crossrail 2 is currently with the Transport Secretary for consideration.

Read Love Wimbledon’s formal response to the Crossrail 2 consultation and the recent letter from business leaders, including Love Wimbledon’s Helen Clark Bell calling on Government to make delivering Crossrail 2 a priority for the good of the whole country.

Old £5 note to be withdrawn from circulation on 5 May

The old paper £5 note will be withdrawn from circulation on Friday 5 May 2017.

The only £5 note that will be legal tender after this date is the new polymer £5 featuring Sir Winston Churchill, which was introduced in September 2016. After 5 May old paper £5 notes will need to be exchanged at the Bank of England in person or by post.

Read the Guidance for Retailers regarding the new £5 note.

For more information please visit the Bank of England.

New Wimbledon Theatre revitalised with recent renovations

New Wimbeldon Theatre has always been a welcoming venue and the management team are always looking to enhance the patron experience.

On and off since August 2016 the in house team have been meticulously attending to the plasterwork and paint in the main foyer, installing new directional signage and carrying out refurbishment works to the foyer bar.  The foyer bar is the first area all patrons to the venue see and in May the works will be completed with a total rebuild of the main bar serving area.  The bar will be open post-show for patrons to continue their evening’s entertainment.

The Studio Theatre, accessed by a small door off The Broadway is undergoing a complete refurbishment.  New seating, carpets, paintwork, signage and a digital cinema with Dolby surround sound will present live broadcast theatre experiences from around the world, and be available for private hire experiences. The studio theatre bar will be overhauled in the summer to incorporate a new, intimate gallery space.

New Wimbledon Theatre currently hosts a Lunchtime Choir, and runs topical workshops throughout the year including the upcoming Shakespeare in a Day: Macbeth and Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoe Workshop during the Easter holidays.

Gina Conway celebrating Earth Month this April

To celebrate Earth Month in April, staff at Gina Conway in Wimbledon will be fundraising for WaterAid and the Global Greengrants Fund.

They will volunteer their time, offering haircuts and facials for just £50 and blowdries for £30 including a free Earth Month candle. They will also be holding a cake sale and a mufti day raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. The salon’s Assistant Manager, Dom will be shaving off his beard.

Staff will also be taking part in a static bike ride to India, aiming to cover 4,500 miles and Gina Conway herself will be taking part in the London 100 bike ride this summer as part of the WaterAid team.

Keep up to date with their progress via our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Time & Leisure Food & Drink Awards 2017

Now in their seventh year, the Time & Leisure Food & Drinks Awards (FADAs) are firmly established as one of the most important annual events for the food and drink industry in south London and North Surrey.

The awards celebrate the high quality and diversity of local restaurants, pubs, cafés and retailers and are all ‘people’s choice’ awards, which ensure the winners are chosen independently by the public. So if you want to celebrate, support or thank your favourite place, do so by voting and help them make the winners’ list.

Restaurants, bars, cafés, delis, producers and suppliers of all shapes and sizes can enter themselves or be nominated across 12 categories open to public vote, listed below. Any member of the public is entitled to one vote in each category.

Best Family Friendly Restaurant
Best Cocktail Venue
Best Wine Retailer
Best Service
Best Coffee/Tea House
Best Food Retailer
Best Pub
Best Takeaway/Delivery
Best Newcomer
Best Eating Experience – Wimbledon Town Centre
Local Restaurant of the Year
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

Voting is open NOW and will close at midnight on Wednesday 19 July. For more information please visit Time & Leisure Food & Drink Awards 2017.