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Carnival of Invention

  • Location Station Road, Norwood Junction
  • Date Sep 10 2023
  • Time 11:00 am till 5:00 pm
  • TicketsFree
  • AgesAll ages

Celebrate the everyday inventions and creativity of South Norwood in an all-day take-over of Station Road.


Just us on Sunday 10 September for interactive family friendly activities, making stations, street art, pineapple-generated electricity, live music and performances, a community feast and go kart race to close off the day.

Bring your bright ideas for the future, as together we create the world of our greatest imaginations!

Interactive activities from 11am – 3pm

Superhero Badge Making with comic creator Martin Eden

Make a Mosaic with artist Kes Young

Build a Nature-Sculpture with artist Mandy Lawson

Build Your Own Bug Hotel with Cecily Loveys Jervoise

Paint the Streets with artist Amina Malik

Litter Picking & Eco Art with Norwood JunKAction

Next in Line Face Painting 

Pineapple-Powered Cars & Armstrong Challenge

Poetry Takeaways

Yaba’s Juice from South Norwood Community Kitchen 

11.30 – 12.30pm Litter Picking Tour with  Norwood JunKAction*

1 – 2pm Community Feast with Communitea Cafe*

3 – 4.30pm Go Cart Race


Events to book for:

Litter-picking tour with Norwood JunkAction. Book here*

Walking Tour with Local Historian John Hickman. Book here*

William Stanley’s Inventions with local craftsman Henry Lelen. Book here*

‘Revenge on the Norwood Builder’ by Croydon Cycle Theatre. Book here*

*Limited capacity. You must book these events in advance. Please let us know if you can no longer attend so we can reallocate your ticket. 



Song from Cherry Stars 

Music from Jean Genie Hayes

Hosted by Mama G Panto Dame

Live Performance from punk pop group Frank Chickens  

Samba Reggae and Hip Hop with Pengenista Drummers

Go Cart Race

Closing the day with a bang will be our very own Go Cart Race for everyone to cheer on. 6 teams will have made their carts prior to the day with designer Oliver Thornton and local artist Ella Yarde and they will take part in point-to-point and circuit races down Station Rd. Prizes will be awarded for Speed, Flair and Showmanship, Best Costume, Best Cart Design, and Most Enthusiastic Team Support!

Visiting us? Here’s what you need to know for the day:

Read more details on what to expect on the day in our blog here.

For most activities there’s no need to book – just turn up!

Hot weather: come prepped for heat and pack lightly! Bring suncream, hats, and plenty of water as there is no running tap on site other than nearby eateries.

Everyone is invited to bring their own food and picnics and sit together in the street for a collective community feast.

Bring your junk to make art and wire coat hangers to make nature art sculptures with!

There are no toilets on site.

No dogs or alcohol are allowed on site.

There will be bag checks at our designated entrances so please don’t bring glass.

Image: Pineapple car, crediting Bureau of Silly Ideas.

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