East London


Inspiring places to go, people to see and things to do in East London

How on earth is it July already? Soon the kids will be off school and the sun, hopefully, will be out in full glory. Hope you find inspiration in this round up of East London family events and if you think we’ve missed something be sure to let us know!


Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Don’t miss this spectacular festival which, on the 29th of July, will include a giant child puppet “Mo & The Red Ribbon” marching down the Roman rd. Highlighting the plight of a child migrant separated from their family, the performance ultimately brings a message of hope and positivity.

The closing ceremony on the 6th of July will be breathtaking! The transformation of the Royal Albert Dock into a glittering outdoor ballroom by means of an awe-inspiring high-flying chandelier. Dancers will perform aerial displays channelling the spirit of the Royal Docks in an evening of celebration culminating in an impressive fireworks display. Both of these events will start late in the evening so kids will need to be kept up past their bedtimes but they will probably be worth it.

Mo and the Red Ribbon Saturday 29th June 9:30pm Roman Rd

W: https://festival.org/whats-on/mo-and-the-red-ribbon/

Closing Ceremony Saturday 6th July 9:30pm RAD London, Royal Albert Dock, Royal Docks, E16 2YP

W: https://festival.org/whats-on/cristal-palace-royal-docks/

Summer Family Festival at Canary Wharf

Find Short Story Stations throughout Canary Wharf at the Children’s Stories weekender on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July. Simply select the length of your story and push the button and the machine will do the rest. Enjoy reading the stories together in the tranquil outdoor spaces at Canary Wharf including the wonderful Crossrail Roof Top Garden.

Children will collaborate to create a giant rocket sculpture during the Moon Weekend on Saturday the 20th July. They can choose to make their own rocket, flying saucer or astronaut to take home. Under 2s will delight in Opera for Babies on the 21st of July, a calm, playful and creative first experience of opera music for the tiny people.

Where: Various Venues throughout Canary Wharf (see website for more information)

When: Now until the 11th August 2019.



George Irvin’s Ultimate Fun Fair Mile End Park

Dodgems, rollercoasters, bouncy castles and slides, choo choo trains and something new called the XLR8 (sounds dreadful) return to East London in July. They’ll be taking over Mile End Park between the 4th -14th of July. Children love a fun fair and if you go during the week you’ll find all the fun of the fair a bit more easy on the pocket with half price for almost all of the rides.

When: 4th -14th July 2019

Where: Mile End Park, E3 4TN

W: https://www.irvinleisure.co.uk/funfairs/mile-end-park/

Lime House Festival

The free annual festival of fun, games and entertainment returns Sunday the 7th July. Join the Pearly Kings and Queens of East London in Ropemakers Fields where there will be live music, activities, face painting, KidZone, competitions, prizes, a dog show and much more.

Where: Ropemakers Fields, Narrow Street, E14 8BX

When: Sun 7th July 2019 12noon – 5pm.

W: www.limehousefestival.com


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 on Saturday the 29th for a kid’s planting workshop followed by a performance from Johnny and the Rain Drops. On the 27th Cut a Shine the  “Anarchic Hillbilly Barn Dancing Squad” will host an all ages rip-roaring, thigh-slapping, pavement-stomping, exhilarating, heart thumping, blood pumping barn dance and Ceilidh show. Families can get crafty together on the 6th, 13th and 27th and block print some fish; designed to facilitate collaborative making between children and their adults. Explore pattern and colour while discovering the weird and wonderful secrets of the Thames’ river life.  There will also be some outdoor family film screenings. There is much for adults to enjoy including a Bar by the River serving cocktails, great music and an amazing monkfish burger. ALL FOR FREE. ALL SUMMER LONG.

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

The Women’s Hall Garden Party

Come and celebrate the East London Federation of Suffragettes at the Victoria Park Bandstand on Sunday the 14th of July. We’ll be there running a stall so pop by and say hello and get crafty with THMs. There will be live music, dancing, singing, stalls, exhibitions and workshops to make for a fantastic day out for the family. It’s also just moments away from the Victoria Park Pools Playground so a great mix of a little something for you and a little something for them.

Bring a picnic and get ready to educate your little ones about East London’s integral role in the “her”story of Female Emancipation!

When: Sunday 14th July 2019 2pm-5pm

Where: Victoria Park Bandstand


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Park Life Dog Show & Community Fair

The Friends of Mile End Park’s annual Community Fair and Dog Show will have something for people of all ages including: bouncy castle, children’s fair rides, coconut shy, facepainting, t-shirt printing food stalls. The Dog Show is always great fun and starts at 2pm with registrations from 1pm. There will be dog agility demonstrations from 1pm. The PDSA will be on hand and will have a range of doggie treats for sale (all money goes towards their work).

Where: Haverfield Road, E14, Mile End Park Events Field

When: 14th July, 12-4pm.


Creating History: All together

Creating History: All Together!” is a large-scale event that will bring people together around St Hilda’s East’s 130th Anniversary on the 20th July. Based around arts, activities and food in the open air on the Boundary Estate’s Rochelle Street, “Creating History: All Together!” will offer a range of exciting and participative opportunities, from music and dancing, to singing and painting, and engage with as many people as possible in order to stimulate, educate, play and celebrate. The ethnic diversity of East London’s Boundary Estate will be celebrated through a collaborative weave-map activity.

When: Sat 20th July 19 12pm-4pm

Where: Rochelle St, Shoreditch, London, E2 7ES



Summer Screens at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf’s screens will be live all summer, showing a variety of a sporting action plus the highlights, entertainment, news, movies and cultural events. Bring a picnic and head to Canada Square Park or Cabot Square picnic benches. A great one for the little ones will be the Live Cbeebies Proms: A Musical Trip to the Moon.

Where: Canada Sq Park & Cabot Square, Canary Wharf E14

When: Sat 21st July at 11am

W: https://canarywharf.com/arts-events/events/summer-screens-at-canary-wharf-jun-sept-2019/

Summer Play Festival at the V&A Museum of Childhood

Play is for everyone. Help celebrate all things play over this two-day festival filled with workshops, games, and activities designed for all ages. Children can design their own musical instrument using digital and hands-on methods, get outdoors and play with the team from Montessori St Nicholas Charity and experience prototype virtual reality environments with a team from UCL. Little ones can learn games that children played over 50 years ago and contribute their own to an ever-growing archive of fun.

When: 20th – 21st July 2019 11am – 16.30, Free drop-in, all ages

Where: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnhal Green E2 9PA



My Opera House -NOW Gallery

A great excuse to hop on the Emirates Air Line and see the view of East London from above as you soar over the Thames and onto the Greenwich Peninsula. The Now Gallery is famous for interactive exhibitions and this time the artist is Kinska. Through her past experiences, the concepts of love and pain are beautifully showcased in what she describes as her ‘OperaHouse’. Created predominantly from ceramics, the exhibition takes you on a journey far away from Greenwich and into a world born from the surreal mind of the Argentinean born artist.

Write, draw and express yourself in individually themed sketchbooks. Venture into the wooden whimsical House based on Kinska’s studio in Hackney under a rainy sky of hundreds ceramic tear drops.
When: 4th July- 22nd September 2019

Where: Now Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0SQ

W: http://nowgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/my-opera-house/

Illustration Takeover Day at Discover Children’s Story Centre

Author and Illustrator, Adam Stower will entrance young book worms with a reading and live drawing demonstrations from King Coo and the Curse of Mummy’s Gold at 11:30am. Real-life pirate and creator of The Pirates Next Door, Jonny Duddle will embark on the piratical adventure of a life time as he illustrates with words and pictures his thrilling tales of high seas at 1pm. Author and Illustrator Simon Bartram will enthral and delight young audiences with storytelling and interactive and other worldly drawing demonstrations from the pages everyone’s favourite Bob, Man on the Moon at 2:15pm. At the end of the day the 3 talented men will compete in a MEGA DRAW competition where the winner is decided by clap-o-meter.

When: 27th  July 2019  11:30am,1pm, 2:15pm and 3:45pm

Free with Day Pass | Booking is essential

Where: Discover, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ

W: http://www.discover.org.uk/all-events/



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