The Winterville Festival will be gracing the East End’s Victoria Park for the first time this year. A lower key – but certainly no less charming – version of the West End’s Winter Wonderland and friends, Winterville serves as an alternative, creative expression of Christmassy community spirit.
There will be a 600 square-metre outdoor, covered Ice Rink, Horse-Drawn Carriages to help you explore at someone else’s ease, plus a Fairground, Ferris Wheel, and House of Fairytales for the little revellers. The park will be transformed into a miniature village, complete with Town Square, Market Place, Downtown areas, and more eating and drinking establishments than you could hope to exhaust.
In addition to a multitude of street food stalls (including Anna Mae’s Mac ’n’ Cheese, Bell & Brisket’s pulled meats, Dalston’s transposed Voodoo Rays pizza-truck and the award-winning Dorshi Dumplings) the festival will be hosting an on-site pub, Food Hall, Christmas Marketwith a twist, a Craft Beer area as well as the more traditional mulled wine and mince pie hawkers and even an apres-skate Bar Humbug.
Good News for the Night Robins
Later on of an eve, the famously atmospheric Spiegeltent will be hosting Club Nights, Cabaret,comedy gigs, live music shows and even a special hour-long slapstick Robin Hood Christmas Panto from December 6th. There’s also a Roller Disco, and Sundays are given over to celebration of all that is LGBT, including artists such as Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, Ma Butcher’s bingo and the unstoppable Sink The Pink.
So if you’re looking for a more independent, East-flavoured take on this traditional festive instalment, Winterville might just be for you… and your kids, grandparents, West End friends, maybe even the bah-humbugs out there can be convinced?
Open 2nd December 2014 – 1st January 2015 (closed 25th & 26th December) 10am – late
Entry is FREE , however some tickets are available in advance for specific events