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Kick off Your Summer in East London with these Great Events!

We’ve got a jam-packed June of fun outdoor events and inspiring ways to kick off your Summer in East London. Most of the events here are free, and many of them are in keeping with a theme of multiculturalism, community and hope. The perfect antidote to all this Brexit Chaos! We hope you enjoy your time together and meet some new faces along the way. East London has always been the most friendly place to be in the city.

Pools Park Playground

Victoria Park Splash Pool is now open! A great place to cool down and let your little rascals run wild as the weather starts heating up. Bring a picnic or visit the Hub Café which has been taken over by two local mums aiming to fill the gap left by our beloved One O’clock club. They are serving kids pasta for £3.50 which definitely earns a thumbs up from our little one. The pools park playground is right next to a large adventure playground where you can throw yourselves down super slippery slides and pretend to drive diggers.

When: Open now until September 11am-5pm

Where: Victoria Park Area D5 -situated at the back of the large adventure playground

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Summer by The River

Head to London Bridge City at Hayes Galleria for a full summer of daily free entertainment along the Thames. The fun filled program includes live music, theatre, fitness, outdoor cinema and Massaoke! Massaoke is exactly what you might think it is, a great big sing along.  Head down for a Saturday morning from 11am and catch some brilliant children’s entertainment like Mrs H Sings and her Singalong band Saturday the 8th June, a puppet-making workshop with Half a String followed by a puppet show on June 15th and fun with fairytales on the 22nd with Rhubarb Theatre and on the 29th a kid’s planting workshop. There is much for adults to enjoy including a Bar by the River serving cocktails and an amazing monkfish burger.

When: All Summer long from now until August 31st, daily at various times

Where: Between City Hall and Hay’s Galleria

W: https://londonbridgecity.co.uk/events

Summer Fair at London Docks

Head to London Docks Saturday 8th June for a free family fair. Childrens Entertainment including face painting and fairground games will keep the little ones occupied and there will live music and mouth-watering street food stalls.

When: Saturday 8th June 10am-4pm

Where: Gauging Square, London Dock, Vaughan Way, Wapping E1W 2AA.

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Sheep & Wool Fayre Spitalfields City Farm

Head to Spitalfields City Farm on the 9th of June for a Free Celebration of all things Woolly! Visitors will get the chance to meet rare breed sheep and lambs, see sheep shearing demonstrations and have-a-go with crafts like knitting, spinning and weaving . There will also be woolly games and competitions. Make sure to visit the other animals while you’re there. You woolly wouldn’t want to miss out on this amazing event for East London families.

When: Sunday, 9 June 2019

Where: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London E1 5AR

W: https://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/whats-on/2019/6/9/sheep-amp-wool-fayre

Festival of Communities

The annual Festival of Communities returns to Tower Hamlets for its’ fourth year exploring learning and living in East London.

“The festival is an opportunity for all ages to get hands on and explore the ground-breaking research that is happening right on their doorsteps. People will get the opportunity to see how Queen Mary researchers are working with our local and international communities on projects that impact society and change lives.”

Visitors will be able to get hands-on with Queen Mary research including seeing the ‘Beeanardo Da Vinci’ bees painting artworks, and use cutting-edge VR technology to explore the Hyper-K neutrino detector hidden beneath a mountain in Japan.  Elsewhere you will be able to experience life as a Turtle, build your own city to see how your design can effect air pollution, and get creative with a community mural.  There will also be a chance to have a kick-about. Children will love the face-painting, balloon modellers, and plenty of giant inflatables to make for a great day out with the kids!

When: Saturday, 15th & 16th June 2019 from 11:30-16:30

Where: Stepney Green Park (15th) & Queen Mary University (16th )

W: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/festival/

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

With over 130 performances and 15 UK premières, this year’s Festival is packed with incredible outdoor theatre and performances, as well as opening and closing ceremonies in celebration of the spirit of the people and places in which these two major events will take place. As part of the festival, on the 29th of June at 9:30pm there will be a giant child puppet walking down Roman Rd!

France’s Compagnie L’Homme Debout present Mo and the Red Ribbon, a charming promenade performance here receiving its UK premiere. Mo is a giant child puppet, who wakes up in Bow to find he’s been separated from his family. With a red ribbon for a guide, Mo sets about on his journey, which explores the experience of migration from a child’s perspective and offers an ultimately optimistic perspective on our world.

A brand new show from Gandini Juggling called Stack Cats featuring clowning, slapstick and dance with classical painting references all, literally, juggled together in a fantastic performance the 22nd & 23rd of June.

And so much more! Stay tuned for a full THMs update next week!

When: 21st June-6th July various times

Where: Greenwich Peninsula, City of London and various locations

W:https://festival.org/gdif/

 

Victoria Park’s Great Get Together Picnic

One of many events happening nationwide to celebrate the memory of Jo Cox. As all this Brexit madness descends around us it is important to remember her message. To come together and break bread and ensure we keep in mind all the things we have in common. Children are great for bringing us together and making us realise we all go through so much of the same, don’t we? Let’s make this East London Summer all about reaching out and sharing our commonalities. The London Metropolitan Brass band and the KIX Jazz Orchestra will perform on the Bandstand. Spread out your blanket and bring a little something to share.

When: Sunday, 23 June 2019 2pm to 5pm

Where: The Bandstand, Victoria Park, E3 5TB

Meet at the Bandstand – Area C1

Details: contact@victoriaparkfriends.london // www.victoriaparkfriends.london

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Queen Elizabeth Park’s Great Get Together Picnic

Discover local talent and enjoy exclusive performances and workshops from the East Bank organisations set to form part of the Stratford community! Bring along a picnic to enjoy, or make the most of the delicious food and drink stalls sharing delicacies from all over the world. With over five different stages and zones, including a Family Zone and Breakin’ Convention tent, this event is perfect for families of all ages. Activities will include a world-class dance performance from Sadler’s Wells, storytelling, free face painting and games for children. Families can get crafty in the Making Zone with hands-on activities. There will be fabulous music throughout the day, including performances from BBC Singers. Families are also invited to take part in dancing and singing workshops. Gather together your family, friends and anyone else you can find and make a day of it!

When: 23rd June 2019 12pm – 6pm

Where: Queen Elizabeth Park

W: https://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2019/06/great-get-together-2019

Boishaki Mela 2019 Bengali New Year!

All are welcome to enjoy the Mela Parade and festival in Weavers Fields on the 30th of June. Celebrate Bengali New Year with a festival of Bengali Arts and Culture with exciting performances and thrilling funfair rides. The tranquil family area includes a mix of visual arts and crafts workshops as well as performances including dance, music and storytelling. All ages are invited to take part but workshops will ideally be suited to those aged 6+. Families are invited to play Carrom or chess or practice your yoga moves! Experts will be on hand to guide you through these activities, which are open to all. East London Summer Bengali Style!

When: 30th June 2019 12pm to 6.30pm

Where: Weavers Fields

W: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/mela/content/about.htm

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Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park Summer Fair

Having recently been included in one of the Guardian’s best places to see wildlife in the UK we should all be grateful to have this amazing park on our doorstep; right here in East London. This coming June 30th there will be even more reason to love it! We’ve been trying to find a little more detail about the event but so far we can only see what happened last year which included Face Painting, Woodland Crafts, Pond Dipping , Guided Walks, Food Stalls, Penny Farthings, Heritage Displays, Craft Stalls, Live Music & Dance. Please stay tuned as we endeavour to find out more detail for you!

When: Saturday, 29 June 2019 from 12:00-17:00

Where: The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, E3 4PX London

W:https://www.facebook.com/events/tower-hamlets-cemetery-park/summer-fair-2019/

 

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