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Croydon’s Secret Spaces! Free Family Workshop

We need your help to make our town better! In this family workshop, use our magic magnifying glasses to find spaces around Croydon

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, 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 workshop will be followed by another free workshop next year, where you’ll be able to give your ideas for how you think the town should look!

This event is part of a series of engagements exploring how to make Croydon town centre better. Led by urban design specialists We Made That and supported by local arts charity Turf Projects, the events will involve the community in the creation of a new strategy for the town centre which Croydon Council is planning in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA). The work is taking place from November 2023 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.



Croydon Council is creating a new strategy to underpin the regeneration programmes being planned for the town centre. Croydon’s community groups, residents and businesses will be key to shaping Croydon’s vision.

A multi-disciplinary team led by consultants We Made That, experts in urban strategy, design and infrastructure, has been appointed to create a varied programme of community-led activities where participants will be able to influence the vision and strategy.

A programme of workshops to explore the future of Croydon town centre offers residents, businesses and partners the opportunity to get involved.

As we gather people’s ideas and emerging visions, this will be shared in the Croydon Urban Room website and physical space, which is open to the public. Visit the Croydon Urban Room website for more information, and to get involved please email us at



  • 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.

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