Croydon is blessed with plenty of options for things to do so when you find yourself with a free weekend or bank holiday, you shouldn’t be short of options.
But of course you need to know it’s there and sometimes some fantastic leisure activities can pass you by.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of things to do at the weekend, which are not date specific, so you can fit them n whenever you have the time.
From walks and food to art and even board games, we’ve got you covered.
Visit the Museum of Croydon galleries
Aside from the exhibitions that change regularly at the Museum of Croydon, the institute also has galleries that celebrate Croydon from 1800.
Found on the ground floor of the museum’s home in Croydon Clocktower, the galleries include over 250 objects that tell Croydon’s story starting at the turn of the nineteenth century until the present day.
Creating a narrative through objects owned by Croydonians and objects found in Croydon throughout the ages, the gallery is sure to be a weekend treat for any history buff and anyone interested in the borough’s past.
Entry is free and the museum is open from 10.30am-5pm every Saturday.
See where air traffic control was first used
Believe it or not, air traffic control was first used in Croydon – a little known fact a number of Croydon residents should be proud of.
Well, beginning in 2000, Croydon Airport bosses decided to open up its doors every first Sunday of the month to celebrate this marvel.
From 11am-4pm, with last entry at 3.15pm, visitors can learn about air traffic control’s first use and the oldest ever air traffic control tower, which is also incidentally at Croydon Airport.
Found at Croydon Airport Visitor Centre, at Airport House, Purley Way, free guided tours of this landmark in aviation history are available.
Take a weekend stroll from Oaks Park to Clockhouse
We know this walk is just outside Croydon’s boundary but because of how perfect it is for a weekend stroll we decided to include it.
Starting at Oaks Park, walkers taking this route are advised to follow Woodmansterne Road until you turn left onto Oaks Track. Then turn right at the crossroads and follow it until you reach a road.
Cross this road and then you enter a woods. After roughly 300 yards you will find a signposted footpath which you should turn right on.
When following the path it bends right towards pillared gateposts. At this point, turn left climb over a tall stile.
Then follow this path until you reach a muddy field; you will encounter another stile along the way.
A further stile at the muddy field will give you access to an enclosed path which turns right and then immediately left at the end.
Once here, turn right until you reach Woodcote Park Golf Club and continue on to reach the Clock Tower Estate.
You can then take a right turn on Grove Lane with the Jack and Jill Pub on your left.
The height of this walk offers great views, where Canary Wharf and Wembley Stadium can be seen on a clear day.
Check out what contemporary art is on offer at RISE Gallery
Found in St George’s Walk, Croydon’s very own RISE Gallery offers a deep foray into contemporary, urban and post-war pop art.
Working closely with emerging and established international artists, RISE brings the best in cutting-edge, technically sound modern art to the borough.
Some well-known artists who have had work displayed at the gallery include Damien Hirst, Banksy, Jamie Reid, Rich Simmons and FAILE.
Open every Saturday from 10.30am till 4pm, the gallery is free to visit.
Choose from a selection of board games at Croydon’s only board game café
The Ludoquist has a selection of over 750 different board games for you to choose from.
So whether it’s well-known games such as Cluedo or more out-there titles such as Settlers of Catan, all board gaming desires can be met in Croydon.
The café is open 10am-11pm on Saturday and 10am-10pm on Sunday.
Spend an hour jumping on hundreds of trampolines
The perfect family fun activitiy.
What’s more fun than jumping on more than a hundred trampolines to burn off your weekend energy?
It also has a play area for under 5s and a giant airbag.
Open from 9am-9pm Saturday and Sunday, Oxygen Freejumping can be found at Unit 5, The Colonnades, Purley Way.
Gorge yourself on street food in Boxpark Croydon
Boxpark Croydon is a haven of street food.
The pop-up mall has over 40 different food outlets, with Taiwanese, Korean and tapas all included in the international cuisine on offer.
There are even dessert eateries and a couple of bars to help you wash down your main course.