Wandsworth Bridge Road to Host Second Spring Fayre

Association asks local residents and businesses to get involved

Big crowd turned up despite the poor weather
Big crowds at last year's Wandsworth Bridge Road Fayre

Following the success of last year’s first ever Spring Fayre, Wandsworth Bridge Road will once again be going traffic free for a second community event on Sunday, May 21.

Organised by the Wandsworth Bridge Road Association with the support of H&F Council, the fayre, open from 11am till 5pm, will offer a shopping market, street food, live music and entertainment and fun and games for children and adults.

The fayre is planned to run between junctions with Ryecroft Street and Narborough Street, with a stage set up at the Hazlebury Road junction as well as a number of performance areas.

The road will be lined with dozens of stalls selling everything from handmade jewellery and handbags to jams and chutneys from local traders and the road’s own stores, including its wide range of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants.

There will be live music from a jazz band alongside a line-up of singers and comedians on the main stage.

Children’s favourites Sharkey & George will be leading the fun in the kids’ games area, along with Jolof Sports, a seasonal Maypole, free face painting and junior yoga. The grown ups meanwhile can have a go at the funfair stalls including a coconut shy, splat a rat, test your strength and more.

There will also be a fascinating exhibition of photos of the South Fulham road’s past, when it included both swimming baths and a large cinema, as well as a chance to discuss plans for the future of Wandsworth Bridge Road,

In May 2021, after asking local people about the most important issues facing the community, the Wandsworth Bridge Road Association submitted its vision for the future to the Mayor of London’s ‘High Street for All’ regeneration scheme.

It was selected as one of the exemplar projects and the association then worked with the community to define a collective vision for a Clean Green Wandsworth Bridge Road through multiple workshops, fairs, pop-ups and of course last year’s Spring Fayre.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has committed to integrating this Clean Green Vision as central to the Clean Air Neighbourhoods, and agreed to implement some short-term improvements, including green cycle lanes, banners and the lights on the trees.

The council and its consultants WSP are now working on plans for the total redesign of Wandsworth Bridge Road, in line with the association’s shared vision of a less car-centric more pedestrian and cycle friendly high street.

Visualisation of Wandsworth Bridge Road in the future
Visualisation of Wandsworth Bridge Road in the future

The latest drawings showing how WBR could look in the future will be on show at the fayre, and you can also see them in full here.

As plans for the fayre progress, Wandsworth Bridge Road Association is inviting local residents and businesses to get involved and help make it a huge success, saying,“ If you would like to take part, or to help in any way, we would love to hear from you.”

This includes local businesses and sole traders who would like to take a stall, musicians, entertainers or face-painters, people who can run children’s activities or have any talents they want to share. There are also opportunities for businesses to sponsor the fayre and have their banners on show at areas including the stage, picnic tables and hay bales.

The association says if you are available to volunteer or lend a hand organising, your help will be warmly welcomed. Find out more and register to take part.

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March 20, 2023