March 20-26: Get out & show your support for Sport Relief

Fancy dress is heavily encouraged at most events. Pic: Flickr

Fancy dress is heavily encouraged at most events. Pic: Flickr

It’s Sport Relief this weekend and there are plenty of activities to get involved in. Thousands of people across the East London Lines boroughs will be raising money for charity while running, cycling and swimming. Take this chance to dedicate the week to health and wellbeing with many other activities, from various walks to wrestling shows and even an exhibition on mental health.



As part of Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games this year, the Swimathon will take place at Glass Mill Leisure Centre. You can choose to swim alone or as part of a team, ranging from 1, 5 to 3 miles.

The Swimathon takes place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 of March. For more details see the Sport Relief website.

Dawn Chorus walk

For the early-risers who want to start the day with a healthy and educational walk, why not take part in Dawn Chorus walk. The Ornithologist David Darrell-Lambert will walk you around the Horniman Gardens to listen to and identify the many birds that you can hear.

The Dawn Chorus walk is on Saturday March 22 starting from 5am at Horniman Museum Gardens. Book tickets here.

Tower Hamlets

Dragon boat challenge

Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre will host an unusual event this Friday as part of Sport Relief. Competitive folk are invited to join the challenge, which will see dragons (and their paddlers) racing on water.

The event will take place on Friday, March 21 from 4 to 6.30pm at the Middle Dock in Canary Wharf. For more info and how to get involved, visit Canary Wharf Boat Challenge.

Learning to play – a promenade

Everybody can join this family-friendly walk through Victoria Park that explores play through movement and moving image. Artist Lucy Thane will guide the walk, but you can also explore the park on your own.

The meeting point is outside the café at The Hub at 2pm on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 of March. For more information and where to find a map, see here.


Sport relief cycle

The landmark Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle will be taking place on Sunday, starting and finishing in Lee Valley VeloPark. This is the venue’s first mass participation event and you can tackle a 25 or 50 mile cycle or saddle up with family and friends and sign up to the 3-mile family cycle.

The event will take place on Sunday March 23 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. More details can be found here.

Mental Illness and Me by Bobby Baker

Grab your last chance to visit an exhibition that explores the artist's experiences of the mental health system over 11 years. Bobby Baker is an acclaimed multi-disciplinary artist and the exhibition will be hosted by the Chats Palace.

More details can be found here. The exhibition closes on Tuesday, March 25.


Sport Relief Mile

Show Croydon what you are made of and take part in the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile. Fantastic fancy dress is of course encouraged, so bring your friends and family along to join in the fun. You can choose to run 1, 3 or 6 miles.

The event will take place on Sunday March 23 at 3pm at the Croydon Sports Arena. More details of how to get involved are here.


British wrestling is back and bigger than ever. Featuring all the stars of London wrestling, it is an action-packed show that both parents and kids will enjoy.

The show will take place at Fairfield Halls on Sunday, March 23 at 3pm. Buy tickets here.

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