Time Out says
Festive playground Winterville is back in Clapham Common and features more dancing, eating, laughing, drinking and skating than you can shake a snow globe at.
Street Feast, Backyard Cinema, Plonk Golf, an Ice Rink and the Solo Craft Fair Christmas Market will be popping up, plus the Common will play host to the Spiegeltent, packed full with party people like Chivaree Circus, Lucha Britannia Mexican Wrestling, Mariah & Friends and the Mighty Hoopla’s Christmas Jumpergeddon.
Backyard Cinema will be making an appearance with their Christmas Maze and there'll also be club nights in the Roller Disco. There’s also an indoor area for kids complete with Santa's Workshop and a fairground.
Entry: Tue: free, Wed: £2, Thu: £2, Fri: £2 after 12noon & £5 after 6pm, Sat: £2 after 12pm & £5 after 6pm, Sun: £2. Free all times under 16s. Free for SW4 residents expect after 6pm on Fri and 5pm on Sat.
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I liked it last year. It is small and quirky rather than your big fancy winter fair in Hyde Park. Good range of food stalls, mulled cider followed by ice skating, what more could you want?! Saturday 5 December there is a Christmas craft fair down the road from Vicky Park at St Paul's chruch, close to Roman Road. Along with a range of Christmas markets at Winterville this is a much more fun way to do your Christmas shopping than queuing to get in nearby Westfield!
It's the most wonderful time of the year - Winterville is bringing holiday cheer back to East London! No better way to spend a frosty Winter weekend than wrapped up listening to music with a mulled wine in the Spiegeltent.
FABULOUS!!!!!! Dont know why people moan about pricing what do you expect in London, i thought everything was quite reasonable and no more pricy than any other event of its kind. First year so hopefully in years to come it will only get better
Had a great time, good selection of food stalls and fun rides. Its bigger than last year and generally looks a lot better! There is a circus this year too which was really fun!
Amazing! So much to do we didn't have time to fit it all in to one night. Great selection of rides (for kids & adults). The food stands in the food hall were more upmarket than the usual funfair options. Definitely going back there for the crazy golf!
Fantastic opening night last night, loads of things to see and do. Such a change from last year. Really nice that there are lots of places to sit and drink inside. We didn't manage to do everything so will definitely go back with the family. Can't wait to go back.
Love Winterville! The Spiegeltent is so much fun, we saw a great ukulele covers band, went on a couple of rides and grabbed some yummy street food. Loads more to do like the roller disco and wall of death, will definitely come back!
Very small, dark, full of mud, tacky, rip off, Essex style fan funfair behind metal fencing...
They are shouting "free" everywhere but free is only getting your shoes dirty in mud. Everything else is west end prices and they accept cash only - oh hang on there is a cash point there - 3 pound fee for withdrawals.
No dogs allowed, nothing to do for young children, the place feels sad and empty. Security Guard I had a chat with gave me a hint they might be closing the whole thing down way before Christmas as there is no interest and as they put it on the grass field the whole place is sinking in mud.
Having disliked winter wonderland quite a bit, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to Winterville- my worry was misjudged though. It was much more welcoming and fun and I had a great night!
I visited the Spiegeltent and played musical bingo, danced around to some guilty pleasures (there were definitely some throwbacks!) and then had some food at the street feast vendors - I can’t remember which it was but the potatoes and chilli were delicious (if a little on the expensive side).
I can’t wait to properly explore it next year!!
I don't know if it's because we went on a weekday, but it was pretty blah. A big section was closed off, so it was mainly cheesy fairground rides and the food stall area. Everything was really expensive, which we kind of expected, but the thing that made it so bad was the music playing. I expected Christmas songs, but there was relentless crappy techno booming around the whole place!! It was SO loud and I could hear people around me moaning about it too. It just felt really out of place and not Christmassy at all!! Maybe this was because we were there on a weekday? I don't know but they should really fix that.
Winterville is fine. Just fine. Nothing wrong with it - imagine a mini-Winter Wonderland with less crowds (that's a win) and better food (that's a significant win!). Street Feast and Backyard Cinema add an alternative and very cool (festive-wise) twist to the festival, but to be honest, don't expect much else that's different from all the other London winter attractions.
There are rides, a ferris wheel, very expensive (but super tasty!) hot chocolate and an ice rink. But there's loads of seating, nice selection of stalls and open fires, which are cool and very good to warm up your hands.
If you live in the area or fancy something a bit smaller and friendlier than WW, this one's a good alternative. Definitely recommend Backyard Cinema though - the tent is toasty and the Ginger-tini is soooo nice.
Winterville is simply a fun, feelgood Christmassy extravaganza that everyone should go to. Apparently it’s bigger than previous years, I couldn’t tell if this is true having never been before, but considering how wife they have made the walkways do expect it to be crowded. Situated on Clapham Common, it is only a short walk from the tube.
The park itself is a well thought out combination of street food stalls, rides and a pretty big children’s area, again with rides suitable. Throughout there are drink stands where you can purchase warm wine (not mulled wine I noticed), beers and shots. A big wheel takes centre stage that offers panoramic views over London. A lot of the rides are ones that will throw you around, including a space odyssey experience that spins you around before turning you upside down, and a cat and mouse ride that is well worth a go. Save your money on the Haunted House, it’s not the best, probably what you’d expect, instead head to the ice skating, golf or straight to the food tent. A selection of burgers, fish and chips or chicken are a few of the tasty treats that you can indulge in. There is decent amount of seating and heaters to keep you warm in these cold winter months. There’s a Christmas tree for photos and I’d recommend going after dark to fully appreciate the lights and general relaxed, safe and happy mood. #TOTASTEMAKER
Winter wonderland's younger, cooler sibling. As a Clapham local I am somewhat biased towards the newest London Christmas addition. A short, leisurely stroll down the high street and we arrive. The real star of the evening was the phenomenal choir, singing Christmas hit after hit. The choir alone is more festive than anything else I am yet to experience in London. Alongside a cheeky glass of wine or two. Another highlight is the street feast, shout out to the most incredible fish finger sandwich. The only real downside is the lack of Christmas market stalls. More of an eating and drinking experience than anything else.
Over the past few years, the Christmas period has been defined by Londoners descending upon Hyde Park to experience all the bright lights and fairground rides Winter Wonderland has to offer. Being located just off the end of Oxford Street, and stretching so far across the park you can almost hop, skip and jump through the doors of Harrods at the other end, it has become common that this particular festive attraction can make you sometimes feel as stuffed as sardines at a packing plant. So, if you’re looking for an alternative this year - Winterville is here for the rescue, offering all the great touches that Winter Wonderland brings to Hyde Park, and a couple more. After moving from Victoria Park to Clapham Common this year, South London is getting the perfect touch of much-needed holiday spirit.
On the surface it all looks similar to Winter Wonderland, only a tiny bit smaller - carnival rides, Bailey’s hot chocolate, ice skating and a big decorated tree in the middle. However, the humble capacity is not a bad thing at all, as there’s still plenty to do. You’ll be able to enjoy the always-fun crazy golf area, group-friendly roller skating and mouth-watering food indulgence at Street Feast. I would definitely recommend the Argentinian street food, wood-fired pizzas (nothing beats the delicious mushroom and truffle oil!) and in true Christmas spirit - the marvellous massive festive cocktails to keep up the holiday feeling all through the day.
I would definitely recommend Winterville for a good day out to get a touch of the Christmas feeling in South London.
Took my 3 year old there this weekend. It's basically a very standard fair with some added crap Christmas decorations. Stapling a moth-eaten stuffed reindeer on the front of the waltzer does not turn it into a magical festive experience. £3 per person on the average ride (and with a toddler you have to pay twice because they're not big enough to go on their own - there's no need for this degree of nickle and diming anyone with kids, it's not like they were pushed for capacity), so £6 for about 3 minutes of going round and round on a shabby plastic elephant. Cos everyone know it's Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid and Dumbo.
It's about as Christmassy as Margate on a bank holiday weekend.
Food's nice, if you can afford it after more than 3 rides. Luckily there are cashpoints on site, and a mortgage adviser.
Please delete all the below reviews, the thing hasnt even started yet. This is the first year it has happened, the reviews below are not relevant.