Wahaca Wimbledon helping Polka inspire children through live theatre

Polka and Wahaca Wimbledon have been working together since 2014 and during this time the partnership has gone from strength to strength. For every children’s meal sold at Wahaca Wimbledon, 20p goes to Polka; almost £1,000 in 2016 alone. As a registered charity, Polka relies on these and other donations so they can continue creating inventive, new theatre and sharing it with as many children as possible. In addition to their 90,000+ annual visitors, last year we were able to introduce around 4,500 children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and others with specific learning and access needs, to live theatre and associated learning opportunities.

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Polka has an exciting year coming up. New productions include Sarah & Duck for ages 3–6, where the enchanting world of the BAFTA award winning CBeebies show is brought to life in a brand new stage show. And don’t miss To Dream Again for ages 7-11, a new play inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Visit t www.polkatheatre.com to find out more!

Wahaca goes Carbon Neutral

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Wahaca goes Carbon Neutral

We are delighted to to be the first restaurant group in the UK to be certified as a CarbonNeutral company – here’s how:

Since opening our very first restaurant in Covent Garden in 2007, we have sought to be a climate leader in the industry, challenging ourselves to ensure that each site has as low an environmental impact as possible. Our group, which currently has 23 locations, has reduced the average total energy consumption of newer sites (those established after 2013) by 36%. Further to this, we have regularly assessed the efficiency of older locations, and by upgrading systems and appliances have decreased the average energy consumption of older sites by 15%. For example, adjusting a heater battery at the Bluewater Wahaca led to a 76% reduction in gas use. In 2016, through offsetting the remaining unavoidable energy usage by investing in far-reaching energy-saving initiatives, Wahaca has been certified as having a net zero carbon footprint.

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Wahaca bringing children's literature to the table

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Wahaca bringing children’s literature to the table

We are very excited to partner up with Flying Eye Books to encourage children to embark on a lifetime love of reading.

To begin with, 6 of  our most family visited restaurants are now home to a ‘Flying Eye Books Little Library’ featuring a host of beautifully designed award-winning books for all ages for children to enjoy with their families as part of their Wahaca dining experience. The children will be encouraged to borrow and read a book while their family finishes their meal. Children will also be the opportunity to get creative with Flying Eye character branded menu placemats and get their own collectors book mark to take home with them. tumblr_miimpm1O1h1rm3ezmo1_1280 About Flying Eye Books: Flying Eye Books (FEB, for short) is the children’s imprint of award-winning visual publishing house Nobrow. Established in early 2013, FEB sought to retain the same attention to detail in design and excellence in illustrated content as its parent publisher, but with a focus on the craft of children’s storytelling and non-fiction. Since then, an array of stunning and innovative titles have populated the list, including the award-winning Hildafolk series by Luke Pearson, the highly acclaimed Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space from Ben Newman and Dr. Dominic Walliman and exquisite picture books and enchanting illustrated biographies from breakaway young talents like Emily Hughes (Wild) and William Grill (Shackleton’s Journey, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014 and winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal).

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Join us at Wahaca Wimbledon’s Mexican Film Fiesta

 

On Sunday 29th of June we will be taking over the Big Screen at the Piazza in Wimbledon town centre to bring you a fun filled day of Mexican inspired films and award winning shorts for the whole family.

Our newest restaurant in Wimbledon opened it’s doors in April, bringing the freshest and most delicious Mexican street food to South West London, and with the Big Screen on our doorstep, we have put together a programme of films that we know you will just love.

Wimbledon Mexican Film Fiesta

Here’s what’s on:

1pm  Nacho Libre – Jack Black’s brilliant comedy packed with laughs from start to finish follows Jack as a luchador on his fight to save the children from the most fearsome wrestler in town.

3pm Oaxaca Film Festival short films – Named as one of the top 25 film independent festivals in the world, Oaxaca city’s very own, has grown to be one of the largest international film festivals in Latin America. We will be showcasing a selection of short films especially for the day.

5pm Fun in Acapulco – Elvis Presley’s 1963 epic film shot in Acapulco – Mexico,  is the perfect movie for a summer’s evening with scenic vistas and Latin-beat tunes.

Wahaca Wimbledon is open from 12pm to 10:30pm ready for you to grab a quick bite between flicks. Entry to the film festival is free for everyone, but arrive early if you want to bag a deckchair.

See you down there.