Who are the South Norwood Community Festival (SNCF)?

SNCF was formed in 2011 in response to the need for a local community festival which is inclusive of everyone, particularly those families who can't afford to attend some of the local events. We are a not for profit group, recently registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC).  All our organisers and volunteers are unpaid and we invest 100% back to the festival for the following year. 

Can I get involved in the festival?

Yes, please register your interest on this link.

Can I bring alcohol to the festival?

No. Unfortunately alcohol and glass bottles cannot be brought to the festival. Alcohol can be purchased within the licensed Beer Tent in the large marquee area in the centre of the park.

Can I bring my dog or bicycle to the festival?

You cannot cycle within the park and dogs will not be allowed in the park on the day of the festival. This is unfortunately due to park, council and police licensing restrictions for busy events. This excludes guide and service dogs who are registered as such.

Are there parking restrictions?

Yes. Lawrence Road and Cargreen Road will be closed to vehicles to allow emergency access vehicles only. Parking is available on many other surrounding roads in the area. Also avoid Holmesdale Road, Elm Park Road and Albert Road or you will receive a fine from Croydon Council's ANPR cameras.

Why are the above restrictions being enforced?

Visitors to the park will be far higher than normal on the day of the festival. Therefore to allow the festival to take place Croydon Council, Police, LFB and Festival Organisers are required to enforce restrictions to ensure the safety of the public.

Is the park a public area on the day?

No. The park is privately rented and run by the Festival Organisers. Public access is provided based upon the Police and Croydon Council's licensing conditions outlined above.

Can I apply to be a stallholder?

You must register your interest on this link 5-10 months prior to the festival date (September to January). Due to the volume of applications we will only get back to successful applicants by the end of March.

Can I apply to perform on the main stage as a band, artist or performer?

You must register your interest on this link 5-10 months prior to the festival date (September to January). Due to the volume of applications we will only get back to successful applicants by the end of January.

Lost Children

If you lose your child immediately report it to Ambulance staff near the Big Red Bus and Information Area. Security will close all gates and start a search with yourself, security and volunteers.  Please do NOT ask anyone to announce your child's name on a stage PA.

Who is the festival in aid of?

The festival is in aid of the local area, community, businesses, artists and charities. All monies raised in ticket raffle sales and donation buckets go directly to our two nominated charities.

What is the Festival layout for the Day?

A map of the festival is available on this link.

The playing of live and recorded music is prohibited

Due to music licensing laws, the public and stallholders are not allowed to play live or recorded music. Music can only be played by scheduled performers who are Police background checked and hold a valid music license for the day of the festival.


Should the festival be evacuated, the meeting point will be permanent play area near Tennison Road railway bridge. Should this become unsuitable the meeting point will be outside the park on Tennison Road. Please do not gather near the main entrance at Station Road where emergency services will be trying to enter.


Free Entry - Conditions Apply: No BBQ's. Alcohol, Glass Bottles or Dogs. Picnics Allowed, Licensed Beer Tent Area.

See our FAQs for further information. Click Here for a map of the festival site.

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