What’s on this Summer

Great East End Walk

Previous participants. Pic: St Joseph’s Hospice

Location:  St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 4SA.

Date and Time: Sunday 1 September  10.30am – 4pm

Description: This unique 10-mile walk celebrates all things East End. Starting at St Joseph’s Hospice, the route takes you through both well-trodden and lesser-known parts of London’s East End and on into the City of London.

Minimum age: All Ages

Cost: Free

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy

Student playing the drums. Pic: The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy

Student playing the drums. Pic: The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy

Location: Downs Park Road, Hackney Downs, London, E5 8JY

Date and Time: Tuesday 27 August – Friday 30 August

Description: This is a four-day course focusing on the masterworks of one of America’s composers – Duke Ellington. The course is specifically for sax, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section players (approx. grade 5+, no audition required).

Minimum age:  See website

Cost:  See website


Dinerama. Pic: Matt Brown

Location: 19 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3EJ

Date and Time: Saturday 3 August- Saturday 10 August  2 – 10pm

Description: Summer is here! Dinerama is a split-level, global street food market housing a cluster of stalls & bars in a lively environment. Throughout August, Dinerama will be offering Saturday afternoons filled with great street food, cocktails, music and so much more to get you in a feel-good mood. House and disco legends, Late Nite Tuff Guy & Dimitri From Paris will keep the celebrations going over at club XOYO from 10pm.

Minimum age: See website

Cost: See website

El Mercado – Local eco-friendly Village Market

El Mercado poster. Pic: Love Hackney

Location: Hackney Downs Studios. Amhurst Terrace, Hackney, E8 2 BT.

Date and Time: Saturday 10 August  (multiple dates since May) See website for times

Description: El Mercado is in the heart of Hackney, and offers international foods, enjoy live music in the form of Jazz, Soul, and DJs, cocktail masterclasses and food workshops. In the Downmarket, you can experience different draught beers from All Good Beer and fresh baked bread from Brunswick East.

Disabled Access: Yes

Minimum age: See website 

Cost: See website 

Spineless authors’ night

Spineless Authors poster. Pic: Spineless Authors

Location: The Clapton Hart, 231 Lower Clapton Rd, E58EG

Date and Time: Wednesday 14 August 8.30 – 10pm

Description: Spineless Authors’ Night is a monthly Literary ‘open mic’ night during which authors, poets and anyone experimenting with language can have the opportunity to perform their work in front of an intimate crowd. If you’re tempted to dip your toe but don’t want to commit, simply turn up on the night with your work in hand and step up if the mood takes you.

Disabled Access: Yes

Minimum age: See website 

Cost: Free

Zkeletonz & friendz live

Zkeletonz members. Pic: Zkeletonz

Location: 14 Collent Street,The Basement, The Ceramic Works, Hackney,E9 6SG

Date and Time: Sunday 1 September 7- 10pm

Description: Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Zkeletonz will be performing their new show ‘Apocalypse How?’. The show combines electronic synth-pop music with high energy eclectic art. 

Minimum age: See website 

Cost: £7.50

Hip Hop Karaoke

Karaoke crowd. Pic: Boxpark Croydon

Location: Boxpark Croydon, 99 George St, Croydon

Date and Time: Every first Friday of the month, 8-10pm

Description: Every first Friday of the month Boxpark Croydon hosts Hip Hop Karaoke. The event offers attendees the chance to live out their rap fantasies! Whether it’s old school gems from the 80s and 90s or the latest records.

Minimum age: See website

Cost: See website 

The Caribbean Experience

Caribbean dishes. Pic: Thomas Kelly

Location: Croydon Park Hotel, 7 Altyre Rd, Croydon, CR9 5AA

Date and Time: Saturday 3 August 7pm-1am (First Saturday of every month)

Description: The evening kicks off with a glass of punch on arrival followed by a themed buffet, Caribbean style. (Food is served until 9:30pm) After the buffet, entertainment will be offered including  the steel pan, limbo and DJ. There’s also an opportunity to have your photo taken with a carnival queen or on the beach via green screen. See website for bookings.

Minimum age: 12

Cost: £40 per person

Yoga On The Rooftop

Rooftop yoga. Pic: Flickr

Location: Boxpark Croydon, 99 George St, Croydon

Date and Time: Saturday 10 August 9:30- 10:30am

Description: This is an opportunity to be involved in an uplifting vinyasa yoga classes on the rooftop at Boxpark Croydon. Take your yoga mat (not provided), water, and loose/stretchy clothing plus layers and socks for the final, blissful ‘chill out’ pose (Savasana), and a yoga brick, if you have one.

Minimum age: See website

Cost: £13 cash payable on arrival.

Transformation 2019-Mind, Body & Spirit Experience 

Energy symbols. Pic: Transformation

Location: Lewisham Villiage, Unit 3 Lewisham retail park, London, SE13 7RZ

Date and Time: Saturday 10 August noon- 8pm

Description: This is the opportunity to experience speakers sharing their knowledge on the subject of holistic health. The event will offer a variety of  practical workshops to participate in, including  an introduction to Capoeira, Wing Chung, Crystal Healing, Herbal Health, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and Reiki workshop sessions. There will also be  exhibitors showcasing Ethical Products and Services from Natural Skincare, Crystals, Handmade Jewellery, Organic Nutritional Vegan/Vegetarian Food and much more.

Cost: Under 16 go Free
Students Ticket £5 (17-21 years with valid student ID)
General Ticket £10
Community Ticket: 3 tickets for £20 (for Lewisham Residents Only with valid ID)
Universal Ticket £20 (Access all areas + Food Box + drink for Lewisham Residents)

All day celebration of UK Bass Music

Event poster. Pic: The Fox and Firkin

Location: The Fox and Firkin, 316 Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6JZ

Date and Time: Saturday 17 August 1- 4am

Description: This is a day time family friendly event until 8pm afterthe opportunity to experience a village fete style celebration of UK Bass Music. The event includes, a BBQ, games, an outdoor bar and a record stall.

Minimum age: 1, See website

Cost: Free BEFORE 3PM
£5 UNTIL 5pm
£12 AFTER 5pm

‘Circle of Life’ themed holiday course

The Circle of life. Pic: Wiki Commons

Location: Sydenham Centre, 44A Sydenham Rd, London, SE26 5QX

Date and Time: Monday 12 August-Friday 16 August 9.30 – 4.30pm

Description: This is a week long children’s holiday course. During the week, children will be able to create their very own musical theatre show with a performance to friends and family on their final day.

Minimum age: see website

Cost: £125 (£70 concessions)

Queer Reading Group 

LGBTI+ literature. Pic: Lewisham Library,  

Location: Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, London,SE13 6LG

Date and Time: The last Monday of every month 7.30-8.30pm

Description: An LGBTI+ Reading group which meets the last Monday of every month in Lewisham Library. This event is led by Lewisham LGBT Forum.

Minimum age: see website

Cost: Free

Well Grounded Barista Course

Latte art. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council

Location: Langdon Park Hay Currie Street, E14 6GN

Date and Time: Monday 5 August 1pm & Friday 9 August 5pm

Description: Working with coffee specialists Well Grounded, this course aims to raise your interest in and knowledge of speciality coffee. it gives atendees the practical skills required to become a professional barista and all participants will be signposted and supported into work.

Minimum age: 11-19

Cost: See website 

Knife Crime Workshop

Knives. Pic: Flickr

Location: Colombia Youth Centre, 27 Columbia Road, E2 7QB

Date and Time: Monday 5 August 4.30-5.30pm

Description: Tower Hamlets council will be holding a ‘Knife Crime’ awareness workshop, covering the following topics: The reasons why children and young people might carry knives and the impact of doing so; and, the laws surrounding knife carrying and knife crime, including minimum sentences and joint enterprise.

Minimum age: See website

Cost: Free

Saudha Bangla Music Festival 2019

Event poster. Pic: Saudha

Location: Poplar Union & Multiple other locations, see website

Date and Time: Saturday 21 September 7.30pm (multiple dates, see website)

Description: This annual Bengali music festival comes back to Tower Hamlets in September. The festival is one of the biggest celebrations of Bengali music outside of India.

Minimum age: 

Cost: £5-£7, see website

Estate Summer Soccer Camp

Young people at football camp. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council

Location: The MUGA, Wapping Gardens, Trench Street, E1W 2QD

Date and Time: Sunday 4 August noon-6pm

Description: The Tower Hamlets Sports Development Team and Wapping Youth FC are delivering a series of free fun summer football camps for 8-16 years olds – just turn up and register. For more information and session times contact: info@wappingyouthfc.co.ukor derek.bennett@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Minimum age: 8-16

Cost: For more information and session times contact: info@wappingyouthfc.co.ukor derek.bennett@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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