The Alternative Christmas Festival Kept South London Buzzing
This year, Winterville moved from Victoria to Clapham Common, and proved as popular as ever with both locals and visitors to South London
Since its first appearance at Victoria, the Wintergreen festival has been one of the most anticipated events of the year. Part festival and part Christmas and New Year extravaganza, it provided a range of entertainment for all ages.
Of course, the key to events like these is to keep the juice flowing, and the team at Templant Generator Hire were on hand to do just that. If you were able to get along to Winterville, let’s look back on some of the highlights. And if you weren’t, here’s a taste of what you missed out on!
Come on Eileen
Kevin Rowland is, of course, best known as the former frontman of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and his appearance at Bar Humbug went down a storm with everyone, not just those of a certain age reliving their glam-rock days! Kevin blasted out a variety of classics, and proved he has a range that goes far beyond that famous dance floor hit!
Girl Power and Parrots
It might sound like an unconventional sort of combination, but it seemed to work! Resident DJ Karistokat hosted a night of Girl Power immediately before Christmas, where the venue was filled with drag queens and lots of dancing! This was followed by the amazing Parrots versus Dachshunds night, featuring guest DJs and the usual crowd pleasers to keep everyone in the festive spirit.
The Magic of Narnia
Despite the festival vibe, Winterville was not just about the music. The Narnia experience was truly magical, and it was not just the kids who were captivated. The adventure began, of course, by stepping through a magic wardrobe, and from there, it was one room after another of interactive adventures. These included the opportunity to sit and drink tea with a faun, sneak past the White Queen and make a reindeer disguise in order to get out safely!
The ice rink proved an enormous festive hit throughout the festival. There were plenty of beginners willing to give it a go, as well as a few who had clearly been getting in some last minute practice! For the even more adventurous, the roller disco was great fun for the youngsters, plus a good few people who might otherwise have thought their roller discoing days were behind them.
Food and drink
A festival is not a festival without a good range of food stands, but Winterville took things to a higher level. Street Feast brought some of London’s best street foods to Clapham Common. Gourmet burgers, pizzas, Chinese, some absolutely stunning ribs – the list just went on and on. There was also a good choice of places to get a drink, both on Street Feast, with its stands selling everything from mulled wine to vodka shots, and at the ever popular Bar Humbug.