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London’s alternative festive experience is back! Following the huge success of last year, Winterville returns to Clapham Common with a diverse and unmissable month of entertainment you won’t find anywhere else this winter period!

Street Feast, Backyard Cinema, the Ice Rink, Twisted Wheels Roller Disco, Plonk Golf, the Fairground, Spiegeltent and pop-up pub Bar Humbug all return. But there’s also plenty of new entertainment to get excited about! The Christmas Labrinth is a huge magical maze from Backyard Cinema, leading to a two-screen cinema in an enchanted forest with a cabaret-themed bar, a hidden tequila bar and surprises galore along the way.

Following a sell-out run in The Vaults earlier this year, aerial sensationalists Chivaree Circus debut their brand-new production CRASH in the Spiegeltent. And for the first time, the Winterville Spiegel hosts comedy with a special showcase of Rabbit Rabbit Comedy’s favourite comedians including Kerry Godliman, Fin Taylor and Tony Laws.

Lucha Britannia returns to Winterville with their Mexican Wrestling extravaganza, as do Mariah & Friendz with their distinctly disturbed take on the holiday season. Rising London festival Mighty Hoopla are putting on a Christmas Jumpergeddon, while U Okay Hun? and The Cocoa Butter Club also make their Winterville debuts.

There’s plenty of family festive fun. Kids can hop on board a converted double-decker bus and experience Bus King Theatre’s magical puppet show What Is That In My Hat, before heading upstairs for a puppet-making workshop. (And adults can return in the evening for a more risque puppet show The Disillusioned Illusionist)! Each week art and science magazine Okido host a number of kids workshops, while one-off special kids shows include a Family Mexican Wrestling Show from the London Lucha League and SPLAT, a new variety extravaganza from Mariah & Friendz.

Solo Craft Fair sets up shop in a second Spiegeltent every weekend showcasing local artisans selling a unique range of art, jewellery, ceramics, kids clothing and more, while there’s also a series of themed talks from Funzing including ‘The Science Of Santa’, ’Love, Dating & Festive Flirting’ and ‘Christmas Cards From A Killer’.

And this is only the beginning. More entertainment is still to be announced with the food and drink line-up, live DJ sets, new kids activities and lots, lots more still to come! winterville.co.uk

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