family workshop participants drawing with pens

Croydon’s Secret Spaces! Free Family Workshop

We need your help to make our town better; come and join in!

Free & open to all; please book a free space so we know how many people to expect!


We need your help to make our town better; come and join in!


Become explorers and use our magic magnifying glasses and viewfinders to discover the spaces around Croydon town centre that you and your family like (and don’t like!). Why do you love some spaces, and other spaces you don’t like so much? Then, use your imagination to make new spaces for Croydon. Add your drawings and models to our BIG map of the town centre!


This free workshop is most suitable for ages 5-11 and their families to take part in together. All materials are provided.


This workshop is for Croydon families, so we kindly ask you to please only book on if you live in or come to the area frequently.


This event is part of a series of work by local arts charity Turf Projects, involving the community in the creation of a new strategy for the town centre alongside lead organisation We Made That and Croydon Council in partnership with the GLA. The work is taking place from November until Spring 2024.



Asha is a visual artist and arts educator based in South London. Using her background in social anthropology and painting, drawing and printmaking, her soft, brightly coloured, playful and often figurative work imagines worlds that are non-hierarchical, free and based in genuine care for others. Adopting honesty and the love ethic proposed by bell hooks, her practice allows space for challenging emotions and healing.



  • To help us support you best, please let us know if you have any access needs when booking.
  • Buggy store space will be available for you. We have toilets on the first floor of Turf, accessible via an internal staircase or external lift. There are no dedicated nursing or changing spaces available, but just let us know and we’ll find a comfortable and private space for you.
  • For access info about getting to Turf and the Turf space, click here.



Turf aims to be a space where all are welcomed & respected. We ask all attendees to align with this spirit when booking and support us in creating a welcoming & collaborative atmosphere together. We ask that everyone is;

  • Kind and respectful in our language and behaviour towards others. Turf is a space which is anti racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism.
  • Considerate of others’ time; allowing others room to speak & engage.
  • Respectful of the space itself as belonging to many people, treating the space & objects with care.
  • Attend wherever possible: In 2023, around 30% of people booking free tickets didn’t turn up!  Our free tickets are limited and in high demand. Every person who doesn’t turn up means someone else can’t attend, so please let us know if you can’t make it to free up a space. If you don’t attend twice or more without letting us know, you may be restricted from booking again.

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