Whilst international travel continues to look tricky this summer, the Croydon BID* is bringing a holiday feel to the high street with a programme of live entertainment and family-friendly activities.
Over four weekends, the #StreetLive Croydon Staycation will welcome live music, crazy golf, dinosaur shows as well as fairground games and a helter skelter to North End, creating something for all ages to enjoy.
With High Streets across the country struggling for multiple reasons (including lockdown and the rise of online shopping), it’s good to see Croydon BID pro-actively encouraging residents to celebrate the re-opening of the town centre.
Planned events are as follows:
31 July, 11am-5pm, North End, Croydon
Missing music festivals? Come along and get in the festival spirit with a day of live music featuring local acts. Get your glitter on and grab a selfie at the Campervan photobooth and try your hand at fun games. Wellies, hopefully, not required.
7 August, 11am-5pm, North End, Croydon
Step back in time and discover a prehistoric world where dinosaurs walked the Earth. To coincide with Croydon’s Brickosaurs trail, we have a Roar-some day of activities – explore fossils, get up close to the dinosaur egg and catch the dinosaur show with Baxter T Rex and the Dino babies.
14 August, 11am-5pm, North End, Croydon
The summer of sport comes to the town centre. Play a round of crazy golf, take on friends on the football tables or scale the climbing wall. And, if you prefer watching your sport, be amazed at the jaw-dropping stunts performed in our live BMX demonstrations.
20-22 August, 11am-5pm, North End, Croydon
All the fun of the seaside, in Croydon. We’re bringing family shows, fairground stall games, live music and a helter skelter to the town centre for a long weekend of summer fun. Grab an ice cream and relax in the giant deck chair!
*A little summary for those not familiar with BIDS (Business Improvement Districts). BIDS are independent business-led, business-funded organisations formed to improve a defined commercial area. A BID is elected by a majority of business owners in the area and can only operate for a maximum term of five years before seeking re-election by eligible voters. BIDs are not-for-profit organisations financed principally through a small, compulsory annual fee paid by businesses in the BID area. By working in partnership and bringing together the skills, experience and influence of local businesses, public authorities and other key agencies, BIDs can serve as a highly effective model for delivering added value to an area through dedicated services and initiatives. There are currently over 300 active BIDs in the UK.
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