BATTERSEA POWER STATION LIGHTS UP WINTER WITH A FESTIVE PROGRAMME OF FUN
Eat, drink and be merry this Christmas at Battersea Power Station, with festive menus, live music, dance workshops and shows throughout December as well as an interactive light installation next to the River Thames.
Circus West Village, London’s newest neighbourhood at the foot of the Power Station, offers plenty to do for adults and children alike and will be kicking off the festivities next weekend, Saturday 1stand Sunday 2ndDecember, with carolling, workshops, delicious food and drinks and a Christmas tree with a difference.
Battersea Power Station’s Light Up Winter initiative, which will extend into January, includes Christmas wreath making and candle making workshops, as well as a play by Michael Morpurgo, the creator of War Horse, entitled Mimi and the Mountain Dragon. This family theatre show is full of adventure, snow, dragons, lively songs and magical puppets. Performances take place in The Village Hall at Circus West Village on select dates between 22ndand 31stDecember from 11am – 4pm. To buy tickets and view the full winter programme visit batterseapowerstation.co.uk/winter.
Restaurants at Circus West Village, including Fiume, where chef Francesco Mazzei serves classic Italian food from Calabria, Tapas Brindisa, serving the best ingredients from across Spain and its islands, Wright Brothers, which offers great, fresh seafood and shell fish and Tonkotsu,an authentic Japanese restaurant,will also be offering special Christmas delights. There will also be live Jazz music every Friday at Cinnamon Kitchen, a contemporary Indian restaurant featuring modern food created by celebrity chef, Vivek Singh.
An interactive Christmas tree installation reaching over 7m in height that allows visitors to trigger an animated light show will be bringing a splash of light and colour to the riverwalkat Circus West Village. The structure has been designed to allow people to explore underneath it, revealing a more immersive and interactive spider-web shape. The tree is the first installation in the UK to come from Paris-based Studio Bruyant.
The workshops will be taking place in the Circus West Pop-Ups and include a Christmas wreath making class from florist Moyses Stevens, which will soon be opening a boutique and floristry school at Circus West Village. Using a pre-made wreath base, the florists will demonstrate how to build in additional foliage and add a variety of seasonal decorations to complete a beautiful Christmas wreath. The workshops will take place on Saturday 1stand Sunday 2ndDecember at 11am and 2pm. Please note these classes are suitable for adults only.
Get your groove on at Battersea Power Station for our festive LED Hula Hoop Disco! There's fun for the entire family! Learn how to hoop with our team of experts, be amazed by our LED hoop show's and 'get on down' in a fun party atmosphere complete with DJ's, glow sticks and disco lights. It's the perfect way to warm up for winter! No experience necessary, all ages welcome. Adults fear not - never been able to hula hoop?! Well this is your chance to learn from the best. The LED Hula Hoop Disco will take place on Saturday 1stDecember in hour slots from 10.30am until 5.00pm.
Come inside Talking Birds’ Festive OakMobile – a magical tin house for a story guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit! Fun for all ages, ramp accessible and 100% Christmassy. Talking Birds has been producing thoughtful, playful, resonant, mischievous and transformative meditations on people and place. Their projects are built on collaboration, conversation, participation, trust, warmth, generosity and sharing – and will be fun(ny), accessible, gently provocative, ethical, relational and thoughtful. The Talking Birds Festive OakMobile is FREE and takes place on Saturday 16thDecember at either 11am or 2.30pm.
Another workshop will teach both adults and children how to make their own holiday candles. Adults will be able to choose from an array of seasonal fragrances and dyes while children will be able to decorate their candles with colourful packaging and gems to personalise each one. The adult workshop takes place on Thursday 29thNovember at 19.00 and the children’s sessions will take place on Sunday 16thDecember at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.
Paint Jam, taking place on Friday 30thNovember, offers a quirky night out to get you in the festive party mood, in a pop-up art studio offering a social painting workshop with a bar, DJ and free mince pie for everyone. Those taking part get to paint their own canvas, get creative, mingle and go home with an original artwork.
There will also be live music every Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from the end of November to the middle of January, with a range of soloists and duos playing their best upbeat tunes under Grosvenor Arch and on the Piazza. The initiative is from Busk in London, which supports and champions street performance across the capital.
To book tickets and to view the full programme please visit batterseapowerstation.co.uk/winterand follow @BatterseaPwrStn for the latest news and events.
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About Battersea Power Station:
- Battersea Power Station is one of central London’s largest, most visionary and eagerly anticipated new town centres in which roughly half the development will consist of shops, restaurants and office space. In addition, there will be a six-acre public park, a town square and a new tube station (scheduled to be within Zone 1).
- The Battersea Power Station project covers 42 acres and includes 3.5m sq ft of mixed commercial space, together with 4,239 new homes.
- The successful regeneration of Battersea Power Station will create 20,000 new jobs, inject £20bn into the UK economy and create a funding mechanism for the first major tube line extension since the Millennium. A new NHS medical facility is also being built.
- The Battersea Power Station Foundation supports local charities and community projects. Over £4.5m has been awarded since it launched in 2016; the largest grant awarded was to Battersea Arts Centre for £305,000.
- Circus West Village is the first phase of the development that opened to the public inSpring 2017 and forms the heart of the neighbourhood, providing a mix of new shops and restaurants, as well as an ongoing programme of events that have been enjoyed by over a million people so far.
- Residents started to move in to Circus West early in 2017 and continue to do so. The Village Hall, a new performance space, has opened at Circus West Village and a new MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus service commenced last year
- The Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence (BASE), the development company’s bespoke jobs and training service created for those living locally, was launched in 2016. It is focused on matching people with jobs at Battersea as well as providing training relevant to the job pipeline at the development.