We work with businesses and venues to host a range of events that help residents to both explore their neighbourhood and to meet other local people.
Our Meet-Ups are smaller events for up to 15 people, focused on having a drink together. Our Activity Events are (no surprises here!) focused around a specific activity and for larger groups of 15 or more.
Join our Meet-Ups to get to know other locals over a drink. These smaller events are capped at 15 people to ensure everyone has a chance to chat!
Tickets are £5 and include a free glass of house wine, beer or soft drink. Previous meet ups have been held at Matthews Yard, Boxpark, Memory Box, the Dog & Bull, Basil & Grape, The Store and Art & Craft.
These larger events are open to all ages and bring residents together on the basis of shared interests. Previous events have included Hot Yoga Sessions, Bottomless Brunches, Immersive Theatre Trips, Art Workshops, Private Dinners and Tasting Masterclasses.
PREVIOUS ACTIVITY EVENTS
East Croydon Cool 10k Party!
On Friday 18th February, to (belatedly!) celebrate hitting 10k Instagram followers…we had a party! Aware that the difficulties of recent years meant collaboration was going to be more important than ever in 2022, we brought together a great (if not slightly random!) mix of 200 local residents, creatives and business owners to help build relationships that could lead to positive partnerships in the year ahead. Held at the newly re-branded The Venue on Middle St. (a three storey private event venue in the centre of Croydon) guests enjoyed drinks, nibbles, chat (and digital illustrations!) before heading upstairs where DJ talent from Wrights Academy kept the dancefloor strong until midnight. Guests took home goody bags – filled with reminders of what Croydon has to offer. For full details of the night including photos and videos, CLICK HERE.
East Croydon Cool presents…Big Mike’s Rooftop Lime (with Bottomless Rum Punch)
In August, East Croydon Cool arranged a table at ‘Big Mike’s Rooftop Lime’ at Boxpark to get locals back together IRL. The good old British weather scuppered the outdoor bbq plans but we did manage a few drinks on the roof before heading to Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen for a delicious (indoor!) lunch and bottomless rum punch. Our (very understanding!) guests included musicians, app developers, games designers, professional dog walkers, stylists, builders, marketeers, teachers and lawyers to name just a few. All good events end with an after party, and this one continued over at Mr Fox.
East Croydon Cool presents…Hot Yoga
In October, East Croydon Cool partnered with Yoga Haven to (safely) bring together local residents for a socially distanced hot yoga session. After experiencing it first hand, attendees were invited to take part in a Q&A from an expert practitioner to learn more about the benefits of hot yoga. Designed with beginners in mind, the 50 minute session was held in Yoga Haven’s beautiful new studio on the new Ruskin Square complex.
East Croydon Cool presents…Lino Printing Workshop with Art Club Croydon
In October, East Croydon Cool hosted a lino printing class led by the lovely ladies from Art Club Croydon. Having been welcomed with a complimentary glass of wine, attendees watched a live demo and got inspiration from a variety of ‘here’s one we made earlier’ examples. Materials were then provided for guests to cut their own designs into lino before printing onto paper. Croydon inspired pre-drawn designs were available and the Art Club Croydon team were on hand to help throughout. Whilst waiting for pictures to dry, guests caught up and met new friends over drinks. The resulting work was framed so everyone left with their own personalised piece of artwork.
East Croydon Cool presents…A Croydonites Night
In May, East Croydon Cool invited people to experience one of the immersive theatre performances taking place during Croydonites Festival. Döden (held at Matthews Yard) was a participatory experience where the audience, through movement, was invited to examine and meditate upon existential, physical and meta-physical questions regarding life, living, death, dying, their own bodies, its functions and the social context it dwells in. The group then headed to Basil & Grape for a well needed debrief (accompanied by wine and nibbles!)
East Croydon Cool presents…a Sunday Stroll (in partnership with the Lily Pad Appeal)
In May, an East Croydon Cool team took part in ‘The Great Croydon 5k Sponsored Walk’ before heading for a roast lunch in The Joker. This Sponsored Walk was in aid of The Lily Pad Appeal; a campaign set up by Chartwell Cancer Trust to raise £750,000 for a state-of-the-art Children’s Cancer Unit for Croydon.
East Croydon Cool presents…a Gin and Tonic Masterclass
In February, East Croydon Cool joined forces with Mr Fox Croydon for a gin and tonic masterclass in partnership with Lixir tonics and several artisan gin companies. Guests sipped on gin cocktails during an introduction and demonstration from Lixir before creating their own G&Ts using three different gins and a selection of herbs, spices, fruits and tonics.
East Croydon Cool presents…Dinner with Strangers
In December, to celebrate the launch of the new Private Dining Room at The Store, East Croydon Cool hosted ‘Dinner with Strangers’. This social dining experience enabled guests to enjoy great food and drink in an intimate setting, whilst getting to know new people (courtesy of a few low key ice-breakers!)
East Croydon Cool presents…Street Art Tour and Bottomless Lunch
In July, in collaboration with RISEgallery and Crushed Bean, East Croydon Cool hosted a Street Art Tour and Bottomless Lunch for 20 people. The event included a one-hour walking tour around the Arts Quarter and an introduction to some of the key pieces and the artists who created them. Attendees then enjoyed a delicious lunch at Crushed Bean amongst new friends, accompanied by bottomless white wine and prosecco.