MyRaynesPark Festival Is Back This Summer!

A range of events on our doorstep in SW20

The annual MyRaynesPark festival, a community arts festival for the residents of neighbouring SW20 is back next month.

It’s been running for seven years and has brought comedy, art, music, drama, poetry and family fun to the area. This year’s event runs from June 24-July 2, with the following events:

·         There’s A Tiger in the Garden 

Join Lizzy Stewart, creator of the book ‘There’s A Tiger in the Garden’ to discover the answer and to make your very own Tiger mask in this one hour workshop, that will spark imagination and creativity. 

Age: For ages 5+

Price: free but to reserve place book online at

Date: Saturday 24th June, 2017

Time: 2:30pm

Venue: Raynes Park Library, Approach Rd, SW20 8BA 

·         The Divided Kingdom

A lecture by Ann Morisy

Join author and theologian Ann Morisy as she discusses how we can bridge the gaps in our communities and learn to disagree well.

Price: free

Date: Saturday 24th June, 2017

Time: 7.30pm (doors open from 7.00pm)

Venue: The Parish Lounge, Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, SW19 4LU 

·         Sports Quiz & Disco

Test your sports trivia knowledge with members of our local football team Raynes Park United CFC.  After the ‘final whistle’, celebrate with a DJ into the early hours.

Price: £1 per person to enter

Date: Saturday 24th June

Time: 7:30pm quiz, disco starts at 10pm

Venue: Prince George’s Club, Prince George's Ave, SW20 8BQ

·         Festival Church Service

Raynes Park Community Church is hosting a special MyRaynesPark Festival church service. Suitable for people of all ages, it will be informal and creative including storytelling, a scratch choir, prayers for our World, crafts, games and lots of fun! 

Age:  All ages

Price: Free

Date: Sunday 25th June

Time: 10:30am

Venue: The Scout Hut, 106 Cottenham Park Road, SW20 0SX

·         The Shadow World

Join us for a screening of ‘The Shadow World’.  Winner of Best Documentary Feature at The Edinburgh International Film Festival, ‘The Shadow World’ reveals how the international trade in weapons fosters corruption and creates widespread suffering.  After the screening there will be a discussion with Andrew Feinstein (author of The Shadow World) & Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei (Bahrani human rights activist now living as a refugee in London).

Age:  12+

Price: £5, book online at (90p online booking fee)

Date: Sunday 25th June

Time: 7pm

Venue: The Scout Hut, 106 Cottenham Park Road, SW20 0SX

·         Belly Laughs

Two restaurants and two comedians serve up a tasty evening of mouth-watering food and riotous laughter. MyRaynesPark favourite Andy Kind is back by popular demand and this time joined by Joy Carter.

Simply book your table at your preferred restaurant and we’ll provide the comedy between courses:

Sai Punjabi – 020 8947 2212 / 020 8617 0278

Mora Meza– 020 3583 7148

Age: suitable for family audiences

Price: Mora Meza - £22 for three courses (Middle Eastern food)

Sai Restaurant - £20 for buffet (Authentic Punjabi food)

Date: Monday 26th June, 2017

Time: 7:30pm

Venues: Mora Meza, 17 Approach Rd, SW20 8BA

Sai Punjabi, 193 Worple Rd, SW20 8RE

·         Poetry Evening

This year our annual poetry evening is delighted to welcome Vanessa Kisuule.  Vanessa has won several slam titles and performed at an array of festivals, including Glastonbury.

If you want to perform a five-minute slot of your own poetry please email: 

Price: Free 

Date: Tuesday 27th June

Time: 8pm

Venue: Love & Dye, 187 Worple Rd, SW20 8RE

·         Pub Quiz

Back by popular demand your chance once again to gather a group of brainy friends and test your knowledge against the greatest minds in SW20.

Price: Free

Date: Wednesday 28th June

Time: 8pm (sign up from 7:30pm)

Venue: The Edward Rayne, 12 Coombe Lane, SW20 8ND

·         Book Club

Local book groups and others are invited to join us and read ‘Exotic England’ by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.  England may be a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world beyond their shoreline.  The evening will feature a discussion on the book with the author, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, and facilitated by Dr Russell Rook.  All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book this will be a fascinating discussion.

Price: Free

Date: Thursday 29th June

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Raynes Park Library, Approach Rd, SW20 8BA 

·         Youth Gig Night

Featuring headline set from Jasmine Jones

If you’re between 12-18 come and check out the local music talent at our Youth Gig Night.

Price: Free

Date: Friday 30th June

Time: 8-10pm

Venue: The Bash, 496 Kingston Road, SW20 8DX

·         Refuge

The refugee crisis is the largest humanitarian crisis of our age, join us for an evening of theatre and discussion on this vital subject.  The evening will feature a performance from Attic Theatre Company & scriptural reasoning from Cambridge Inter-faith Program.

Price: Free

Date: Saturday 1st July

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: St Saviours, Grand Drive, SW20 9DG

·         Bach Baby

Bach to Baby, the critically acclaimed classical concert series for baby and you presents outstanding musicians, exhilarating performances in inspiring locations across London and the South East.

Price: Tickets are available online through  £10 adult, children free. 

Date: Saturday 1st July

Time: 11am (Bach to Baby)

Venue: St Matthew's church, Durham Road, SW20 0DE.

·         Jigsaw Players

The Jigsaw Players will present a programme of Mozart, Schubert and Schumann. 

Price: Tickets are available online through  £15 adult, £12 concessions, £5 students and free for under 18’s. 

Date: Saturday 1st July

Time: 7:30pm (Jigsaw Players)

Venue: St Matthew's church, Durham Road, SW20 0DE.

·         Raynes Lark in the Park

Food is the big theme of our party this year so bring a picnic and be prepared for a food swap!  The afternoon will also feature; Football, Balloon Modeling, Vintage Film Footage from the KinoVan, Paralympic Sport Boccia, Parachute Games, Art and much more!

This event is in collaboration with thousands of other around the country as part of The Great Get Together
– a huge community celebration planned in honour of Jo Cox.  

Price: Free

Date: Sunday 2nd July

Time: 12:30-4:30pm

Venue: Holland Garden, Cambridge Road, SW20 0SN 

·         The Cable Street Collective

Having spent three summers tearing up the festival circuit with barnstorming sets at the likes of Bestival, Secret Garden Party and The Isle of Wight Festival, Cable Street Collective now join us at the MyRaynesPark Festival.   

Price: Free

Date: Sunday 2nd July

Time: 8pm

Venue: The Cavern, 100-102 Coombe Lane, SW20 0AY 

·         Treasure Hunt

Starting at Raynes Park Library, solve the clues to find eight special treasure boxes around Raynes Park!  

Price: Free

Date: Saturday 24th June to Saturday 1st July (not open on Wednesday or Sunday)

Time: Daytimes

Venue: Starting at Raynes Park Library, Approach Rd, SW20 8BA

·         My Life in London

During the week of the festival we will be exhibiting on the high street My Life in London: a photographic project by clients of South London Refugee Association. 

·         Daytimes at Lantern Coffee House

Monday 26th June - Card Making Skills Share  – 10:30am-12pm

Come and learn some card making skills with other local residents.  This event is free and no booking is necessary.

Weds 28th – Cuppa with a Coppa, 10:30am-12pm

Drop in for a chat with police officers from our Raynes Park Safer

Neighbourhood Team.

Thurs 29th – Cupcake Decorating, 10:30am-12pm

Come along to learn how to decorate your cupcakes with butter cream and royal icing with Abby Herring from ‘Crumble and Cake’.  Due to limited space booking is a must – booking is via The Lantern Coffee House.  To cover all costs there is a £10 charge per person payable on booking and you will go home with 4 beautifully decorated cupcakes. 

Fri 30th – Sit & Knit, 10:30am-12pm

Whether an expert or a beginner, come and join with other Raynes Park residents to knit together.  This event is free and no booking is necessary.

What’s Next?

The MyRaynesPark Festival is organised by and for local residents, come and join us after the festival to share your ideas and plans for the future.  

Price: Free

Date: Monday 3rd July

Time: 8pm

Venue: Mora Meza, 17 Approach Rd, SW20 8BA.

May 23, 2017