Thornton Heath Festival 2019 will take place on Sunday, 8 September 2019. Please put it in your diary to avoid missing this annual sensation.
Speaking today, Festival Chairman Tony Rowland said ‘the Festival will take place on Thornton Heath High Street as usual and run from noon until 6.30pm. The street will be closed off for the full day, starting from early morning to allow fairground attractions, the stage and stalls to set up – and then to allow Festival goers to fully enjoy this big day out uninterrupted’.
Vice Chairman, Callton Young, said ‘Thornton Heath Festival aka ‘Thornton Heath Carnival‘ is an awesome spectacle of sound, colour, dance and food. It is not to be missed’. The Festival has been safely under good management for over a decade. It has something for everyone regardless of age, gender or ethnic background.’ He is encouraging lovers of festivals, carnival and fun in general, to put 8 September 2019 in their diaries and to spread the word about this premier local event.
Thornton Heath Festival 2018 was spectacular as it was successful, made possible by the hard work of a small team of organising volunteers: Tony Rowland, Cllr. Callton Young, Hon Alderman Adrian Dennis, Cllr. Pat Clouder, Agnes Forbes, Cllr. Karen Jewitt and Neil Athron.
One The Band played out Thornton Heath Festival 2018 in what turned out to be a live Soca-fest of a-grand-finale featuring international Soca artists, Ms Desire, DJ Frisco and S Rise!
Ms Desire sang hits like ‘Doing Me’ and ‘Do Whu You Want’ – along with champion, DJ Frisco. Thornton Heath was spoilt for talent as S Rise took to the stage to sing hit song ‘I am Winning’.
As the crowd demanded more, Ms Desire sang ‘ My Team’, another of her Soca sensations, as a parting gift. Working the crowd, she got everyone singing, hands over hearts, that they ‘are the best’; ‘Thornton Heath is the Best’. We all left bursting with pride for our community. What a perfect end to a perfect day!
The date of Thornton Heath Festival 2018 has been announced. It’s Sunday, 9 September 2018. Please put it in your diary.
Speaking today, Festival Chairman Tony Rowland said ‘as usual the event will take place on Thornton Heath High Street and run from noon until 6pm. The road will be closed off for the day to fit in as many attractions as possible and to allow Festival goers to fully enjoy themselves without interruption’.
Vice Chairman, Callton Young, said ‘Thornton Heath Festival has evolved to become an awesome spectacle of sounds, colour, dance and food and is a ‘must go’. There is something for everyone to enjoy regardless of age, gender or ethnic background.’ He is urging Festival regulars to block 9 September 2018 off in their diaries and to spread the word about what is now undoubtedly Croydon’s premier annual street festival.
Together with other key Management Committee members, Adrian Dennis, Pat Clouder, Agnes Forbes, Karen Jewitt, Tony and Callton are working to make Thornton Heath Festival 2018 the best one in its eleven year history.
When heavy rain was forecast for Sunday 3 September, Thornton Heath Festival 2017 stood every chance of being a wash-out for the first time in a decade! Key members of the Festival Management Committee, Tony Rowland, Cllr. Callton Young OBE, Cllr. Pat Clouder, Hon. Alderman Adrian Dennis, Karen Barnett and Cllr. Karen Jewitt were therefore on tenterhooks as Thornton Heath High Street was closed to traffic at 6am that morning, to make preparation for the day ahead.
Heavy lorries rolled in, ladened with the all important Fun Fair rides. No Thornton Heath Festival is complete without them! Then there was the arrival of the central stage, the stallholders and the band of volunteers who help the day run smoothly. All of this happened under the watchful gaze of our professional group of SIA approved security officers led by Renford.
Fortunately, rain did not come until the end of the Festival. And by then both revellers and performers alike were in the groove! So the band played on, singers sang on and the crowd danced on, full of the joys! Indeed, this Festival eclipsed many others to become one of the most enjoyable yet! Above are some photos of the best ‘people’ moments towards the very end of Festival as rain started to fall! There were smiles all round!
Thornton Heath Festival’s awesome spectacle of sound, colour, dance and food takes place this weekend, Sunday 3 September. It will bring Thornton Heath’s diverse communities together for a fun-packed day by providing something for people of all groups, ages and backgrounds. An online Council poll voted last year’s event the best festival in Croydon by a large margin.
This year’s Festival will be our tenth anniversary! Reaching this milestone is a tribute to the efforts of volunteers like Tony Rowland (Chair), Councillor Callton Young, Councillor Pat Clouder, Hon. Alderman Adrian Dennis, Karen Barnett and a small but changing group of others over the years.
Each year we aim to improve our offer. This year is no different. There will be live music from local band Skillosophi and local performers like Kimberley SK and X Factor star Leah McKenzie (pictured below) and Ben Brown from The Voice.
The date of Thornton Heath Festival 2017 has been announced as Sunday, 3 September 2017.
As usual the event will run from noon until 6pm and take place on Thornton Heath High Street. The road will be closed off for the day.
Speaking ahead of a meeting with Town Hall officials to get clearances for the event, Festival Chairman Tony Rowland said ‘the Management Committee is delighted to be delivering yet another fun-filled day for the local community! The Festival is in its 10th year, has always been popular with local residents.
Festival Vice Chairman, Councillor Callton Young OBE, said he was” looking forward to helping to deliver yet another fabulous day for the community. A lot of exceptionally good talent is coming out of Thornton Heath at the moment and the Festival is an opportunity to showcase that and to bring in good acts from further afield to create a great party atmosphere.”
Well, Well! Thornton Heath was buzzing today as locals stopped to read banners, posters and flyers promoting this year’s Thornton Heath Festival which will take place on Sunday, 4 September. The event will be held on Thornton Heath High Street. It will start at noon and run throughout the afternoon, finishing at 6pm. The street will be closed to traffic.
Organisers have lined up some great artists for the live stage performances. Festival Vice Chairman, Councillor Callton Young OBE, said “last year’s festival was great but this year’s will be fantastic! There will be a distinct Soca vibe with Soca champions like Triniboi Joocie and One The Band, performing live – plus Notting Hill favourites Flagz Mas Band showing us how Soca is danced professionally and getting the crowd involved.” Councillor Pat Clouder, who has been working with the Festival for ten years now, said “the event is a great way of bringing the community together.”
The date of Thornton Heath Festival 2016 has been announced!!
Speaking today Festival Chairman Tony Rowland said ‘the Management Committee is planning another fun-filled day for the whole community to take place on 4 September 2016!
It will be bigger and better than ever said Festival Vice Chairman Councillor Callton Young. ‘Last year was good but we will surpass it this year because of solid community support and growing interest among top quality local performers.’ ‘Our local community has much of which to be proud’ he added.
Triniboi Joocie performing at THF 2o15
Another Festival organiser, Councillor Pat Clouder, was just as upbeat about the event.
She said ‘I am so pleased to help produce such an enjoyable day out for the whole community’ Each year the event gets better and better’.
Thornton Heath Festival’s Christmas light event took place as planned on Saturday 21 November 2015.
Acts Christian Church Choir under Thornton Heath’s historic Clock Tower before lights are turned on!
The event was opened by Acts Christian Church Choir! It sang beautifully, applying well practised harmonies to a range of Christmas carol favorites to bring Christmas cheer to Thornton Heath! Locals quickly got into the festive spirit, with some joining in the carol singing as the Choir got into full swing! It’s just not Christmas without a great choir singing well known and loved carols!!! Thornton Heath owes a debt of thanks to the Acts Christian Church.
Acts Christian Church choir bring Tidings of Good Joy to Thornton Heath’s residents and shoppers
Thornton Heath Festival Vice-Chairman, Callton Young OBE wished the gathered Thornton Heath crowd a merry Christmas. He said the Thornton Heath Festival, held in the summer, was the best ever and thanked locals for their support.
Callton explained that funds generated at the Festival had been invested in new lights for the large tree by Thornton Heath’s Clock Tower and on lampposts along the High Street!!!. He saw this as community action at its very best!!!!
Thornton Heath’s Santa Baby Kimberley SK conjuers up Xmas spirit
Festival Chairman, Tony Rowland welcomed special guest Kimberley SK to the stage. ‘Santa Baby’ Kimberley SK told the gathered crowd that she is a local singer pursuing her dream. She had just come second in ‘Croydon with Talent’ a fiercely contested local competition. Thornton Heath responded with loud cheers for this talented local star!!!!!