It's back, for our 5th year - Wild Norwood 2023, a celebration of nature in an urban, inner London borough, our FREE community festival
From Sunday 26 November through to Sunday 10 December, Wild Norwood 2023 wildness will be popping up throughout the neighbourhood - not least with Window Wanderland 2023 where our theme this year will be TREES.
As well as getting involved yourselves with your own lovely window designs, there will be guided tree and bird walks and other self guided ways to enjoy our local outdoor environment, as well as big window display unveiled in West Norwood Picturehouse.
A parallel, more serious strand will feature discussion workshops on our How Green Can We Go sustainability project - including a competition. More details to follow.
Register your own windows on the Window Wanderland map HERE and then set about with scissors and paper to design your own paper window displays. We will be posting ideas from previous years to inspire you on our social media: Facebook, Twitter (yes we know its called X now) and Instagram. Like and Follow @TheNorwoodForum!
Free Naure Walks
These are run in partnership with West Norwood Cemetery National Lottery Heritage Fund project
They are all completely FREE, but its essential to book in advance as places are limited.
Sunday 26 November, 11.30pm-1pm: Our Magnificent Trees - what stories can they tell? Book here for this free walk
A chance to look though a window in time to reveal the hidden histories of the cemetery's many ancient trees
Saturday 9 December, 9.30am-11am: Winter Birds, with Lev Parikian, West Norwood's favorite birder Book here for this free walk
The forth (and sadly final) in our series of seasonal guided bird walks for 2023, as we search for birdlife as West Norwood Cemetery moves into its Winter plummage.
Sunday 10 December, 1.30pm-3pm: Trees and the Afterlife Book here for this free walk
This extra special guided walk will explore the cultural and mythological beliefs surrounding our many magnificent trees.
'Glowing Cemetery' an afternoon and early evening of festive magic on Sunday 10 December
There will be a really festive end to this years Wild Norwood in collaboration with West Norwood Cemetery National Lottery Heritage Fund project and South London Botanical Institute. We are calling it 'Glowing Cemetery' in honour of SLBI's usual Glowing Garden which they sadly cannot run this year due to their continuing building works.
- Join a special guided tree walk: Trees and the Afterlife 1.30pm-3pm - places are limited, so please book in advance here
- Visit our 'Glowing Cemetery' 2pm-6pm fair with stalls offering festive activities including lantern making, Morris dancing with the Tatterjack Morris, singing and plenty of fairy lights!
- Then at 6.30pm our evening event Winter Fairytales will begin (which you will need to pre-book as numbers are limited)
This will start with a lantern lit procession (make yours at home, or at our earlier fair), through the cemetery up to the chapel where we will settle down in the warm to listen to some extra special Winter Fairytales from Sally (Pomme) Clayton.
Then, if the night is clear, we will go outside to star-gaze before we are all guided back to the cemetery entrance around 8.30/9pm
Book your places for our evening event here. Its suitable for everyone, including families with children over 5.
Lets go Wild Norwood!