Love Parks

Love Parks Wandsworth 2020

On Saturday 12 September we celebrated the end of Wandsworth council’s Love Parks campaign. The Bandstand Chamber Festival, Cllr Steffi Sutters and The Mayor of Wandsworth closed the programme along with a performance by the Hill Quartet. The Love Parks campaign successfully showcased a whole host of socially distanced programmes this summer.

The campaign launched with a mini-plog litter pick on Wandsworth Common with a further three litter pick engagement days running across various parks in Wandsworth. The Bandstand Chamber Festival brought four classical chamber music performances to the Bandstand in Battersea Park and we had free live performances at the Bandstand every Sunday in August, as part of the Wandsworth Summer Sessions.

FitSW11 hosted a free fun body workout every Saturday that got just under 100 people moving! Shillington Gardens was transformed into an outdoor theatre and showcased two performances; one from Shakespeare Out Loud, and another from a play called Estimated Waiting Time.

On Bank Holiday Monday Disability Sports Coach put on an inclusive sports session in Battersea Park, while the weekend after saw Alice in Wonderland performing at Furzedown Recreation Ground’s Bowling green, produced by Let’s All Dance.

We would like to thank everyone who supported and participated and all the companies and performers who took part.



Love Parks is bringing the magic of Alice in Wonderland to Furzedown Recreation’s Bowling Green on Saturday 12 September at 1pm and 3pm.

Let’s All Dance will be performing their beautiful rendition of Alice in Wonderland in an outdoor performance on Saturday 12 September. Performances will be held at Furzedown Recreation’s Bowling Green SW17 9BL and there are two performances to chose from 1pm and 3pm. This performance is great for the whole family, especially those 2 to 14 years old, including those with special needs, the running time is 40 minutes (no interval). Tickets are £6 and are available from Social distancing measures will be in place and please bring a picnic blanket to sit on.  


Wandsworth Council is proud to host the Bandstand Chamber Festival, founded by clarinetist and concert promoter Anthony Friend, with a series of free, outdoor chamber music concerts 1 -15 September. 

Four of the UK’s best-loved string quartets will take to the stage to perform some of the greatest pieces of classical music, live in Battersea Park.

Battersea Park’s beautiful Victorian bandstand will be turned into a stage for the four evening performances, which all start at 6.30pm.

The performances are part of the Love Parks Wandsworth campaign, which encourages residents to enjoy their local parks and outdoor spaces.

Tuesday 1 September

Doric Quartet play Mozart and Mendelssohn

Mozart, Quartet in B-flat, K. 589

Mendelssohn, Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

Friday 4 September

Maggini Quartet play Beethoven and Dvořák

Beethoven, Quartet in G, Op. 18, No. 2

Dvořák, Quartet in F, Op. 96, ‘American’

Thursday 10 September

Solem Quartet & Anthony Friend, clarinet, play Haydn and Brahms

Haydn, Quartet in E-flat, Op, 76, No. 6

Brahms, Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Tuesday 15 September

Hill Quartet play Haydn and Ravel

Haydn, Quartet in E-flat, Op. 64, No. 6

Ravel, String Quartet in F

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Free socially-distanced workout every Saturday at 10am at the Bowling Green, Battersea Park.

Join Michelle of Fit SW11 for a free forty-five minute workout! This total body fun work out is a mix of cardio and strength suitable for all abilities. Set to music, this session will leave you feeling fitter, stronger and ready for the day ahead.

Spaces are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Social distancing measures will be in place and we will be actioning regular sanitation of the space to ensure the safety of everyone attending.

The Love Parks workouts have now finished however, Wandsworth Council are continuing these workouts until 31 October 2020 so there is still time to take part.


Love Parks Wandsworth presents another Wandsworth Summer Session

Two free performances will be held on On Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 August in Shillington Gardens.


Suitable for age 6 years +, the first performance is 11am to 12pm and the second performance from 12pm to 1pm.

In order to engage the younger members of the neighbourhood, professional actors will perform a selection of significant scenes from each of the Shakespearean texts featured on the National Curriculum: Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Othello and Much Ado About Nothing.

After each scene, a question and answer session will follow to allow the young audience to ask any questions they may have about the plot, the characters or the themes.

With schools being closed, this will provide an opportunity to continue to learn and engage with Shakespeare. Scenes will be constrained to 2 or 3 parts, and all actors will perform 2 metres from each other and the audience.

The performances are free with no need to book but spaces will be limited to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please feel free to bring your own picnic and blanket along with you and enjoy the performance.

Estimated Waiting Time

Suitable for ages 14+. Contains swearing and smoking. The first performance is 5pm to 6pm and second performance is 7pm to 8pm

A new play by Hackney playwright Mark Lindow, set on a housing estate’s playground. Alyssa (42) and Liam (15), two lonely and isolated people, form an unlikely friendship over cigarettes, dreams and college. With Covid 19 creating more isolation within communities, this play highlights the need for human connection and celebrates the bonds that can be made in unlikely places.

The performances are free with no need to book but spaces will be limited to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please feel free to bring your own picnic and blanket along with you and enjoy the performance.

Love Parks is supporting Disability Sports Coach’s accessible sport sessions.

These inclusive sports outdoor sessions are being held in Battersa Park on 1 September. There are 3 sessions – 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Each session will have space for up to 5 participants, with 1 coach and will cost £3 per person. The sessions will be led by an experienced head coach.

For more information and bookings please email .

Every Sunday afternoon in August, free live performances will be at Battersea Park Bandstand to help cure those Sunday blues.

From 1pm, Wandsworth residents will see performances such as singers, jugglers, poets and bands take to the stage, guaranteed to cheer you up on a summer afternoon. Head to our Instagram page for full details on each weekend, and a sneak peak at the line up!

Social distancing measures will be in place and we will be actioning regular sanitation of the space to ensure the safety of everyone attending.

Photographing the River Thames is an in person outdoor photography course that explores a local slice of London’s great river.

Did you know the Battersea Park river walk covers two miles? The walk takes you through Battersea Park Riverside, along Chelsea Embankment and across two beautiful bridges, the Chelsea Bridge and the Albert Bridge. Landscape photographer Nick Cobb will guide a group of photographers to seek out signs of the past use and contrasts these with the present. Along the way capture the surprises of flora and fauna we encounter.

The first part of the workshop runs outdoor from 10 – 11 Aug 2020 with social distancing maintained. The second half of the course is run with zoom tutorials from home. For more information and prices please see the Putney School of Art and Design website here.


Flowers in Watercolour Pencils

Learn a new skill of using watercolour pencils, either as a drawing and painting medium in its own right or as an addition to your watercolours. In this course you will be guided on the techniques through practical exercises which will enable you to explore and create a series of studies of summer flowers and work towards producing a more elaborate paintings. The course will explore the following watercolour pencils techniques.

The course starts on 13 to 27 August. For more information and prices please see the Putney School of Art and Design website here.

Drawing and Watercolour Painting: Flora, Fauna and Natural Forms

Botanical drawing and painting are a creative art form and a means of recording natural structures. Working from plants and flowers you will be introduced to observational painting and drawing of natural form. Exploring working with form, line, tone, texture, colour and water colour techniques. A range of plants and flowers will be the subject of this studio-based class each week. Through group and one to one tuition, demonstrations and looking at images from other artists. The tutor will recommend museums, exhibitions and galleries to visit for visual inspiration.

The course starts on 14 September and runs for twelve weeks. For more information and prices please see the Putney School of Art and Design website here.


Wandsworth Council kicked off its annual summer campaign, Love Parks Wandsworth – at the weekend – with a community clean up event and plog organised by the Friends of Wandsworth Common.

The day saw Friends of Wandsworth Common – supported by voluntary group Plogolution – run a fun, socially-distanced litter pick and mini-plog, where you pick up litter while jogging, known as plogging.

In total, more than 100 bags of recyclables – 1280 glass bottles, 880 plastic bottles and 2050 cans – and 30 bags of rubbish, were collected, which highlights the amount of rubbish that people leave in parks and open spaces across the borough at the moment.

Julia Bott and Richard Fox, co-chairs of the Friends of Wandsworth Common said,

“We’re really delighted to see so many dedicated volunteers who turned up to do their bit for Wandsworth Common on Saturday.

“Throughout the year, volunteers from our Friends group do monthly (now weekly) litter picks to help keep the Common clean and litter-free.

“These past months we’ve seen litter increase massively, which is not acceptable, especially when you take into account the harm that it does, not only to our delicate biodiversity of plants and wildlife here, but also by so much not being recycled that could be. People love to come to beautiful green spaces like this – why would anyone leave it in a state they would not wish to find it in!?

Please be kind to our parks and opens spaces, and treat them with the respect they deserve. Bring your friends, your drinks, your picnics, but PLEASE, when all the containers are empty, take them home and reuse and recycle whatever you can”

Councillor Steffi Sutters, Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said,

“The Friends of Wandsworth Common did a tremendous job picking up litter throughout the day at the weekend.

“All our Friends of Parks groups, along with the team at Enable, do an amazing job keeping the parks looking at their best.

“But the reality is that they shouldn’t have to pick up litter – asking people to take their litter home or bin it really is a simple thing to do, and everyone should manage to do it without being asked.”

Over the summer Wandsworth Council will continue to remind people to ‘Love Parks’ and do their bit to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

Wandsworth is one of the greenest of London boroughs with 32 public parks – many with children’s playgrounds.  Parks, open spaces, and private gardens cover 40 per cent of the borough.

Wandsworth has one of the highest number of council-owned parks and open spaces in inner London and Love Parks Wandsworth is all about encouraging residents to enjoy their favourite park, or discover new ones, and appreciate exactly why parks matter so much.