Following a period of inactivity on its social media pages, it has been confirmed that Winterville will not take place this year.
Lambeth Council told Access that the event was cancelled due to organisers taking a year off. A Lambeth council spokesperson said: “Clapham Common will not be hosting Winterville this year as the operators have decided to take a year off from putting on the event. We expect that the company will apply to run the event at Clapham Common in 2020.”
The event, which took place on Clapham Common, faced opposition from the Open Spaces Society which reported in August 2018 that the ground that site occupied was ‘still mainly bare compacted earth with minimal grass cover’.
“The succession of events taking place on this key part of the common—together with the periods necessary for set-up and derigging followed by extended periods to allow attempts to be made to repair the damage—is resulting in the public being denied access on an almost permanent basis,” its statement read.
“The council has been flooded with objections to the planning application for a repeat of the festival, which takes place in the run-up to Christmas. It has so far received 227 objections as against 52 representations in support.”
The event, a collaboration between the co-founders of Field Day festival and London Union – which owns Street Feast – enlisted the services of entertainment providers including Backyard Cinema, Plonk Golf, Bugged Out & Marbles and Ware.
The event featured a 200 capacity ice rink, a 230-seat immersive cinema, a 120 capacity UV- powered crazy golf course, a 150 capacity roller disco and a 450 capacity ‘Spiegeltent’ with live performances.