Les Enfants Terribles bring their multiple award-winning show, The Terrible Infants to the magical surroundings of Wiltons Music Hall for the first time.
Based upon a series of twisted tales, this fantastic spectacle blends puppetry, live music and story-telling into a highly sensory theatrical feast suitable for big kids and small grown-ups! Featuring narration from Dame Judi Dench.
Meet Tumb, the boy who eats his mum, Thingummyboy, with a face even his mother forgets, Little Linena, the material girl and of course little Tilly and her terrible tail. Roald Dahl meets Tim Burton in this hugely theatrical, funny, sad, silly, junk-filled, puppetry packed, dark, delicious, magical piece of performance.
This unforgettable 10th anniversary production follows the huge success of The Trench, The Vaudevillains and the Olivier Award-nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground.
Feathers, glitz and fabulous dance routines are set to return to the borough’s streets. Hundreds of performers will take to the streets, with a procession weaving through the borough to cheers from Hackney’s local residents, all celebrating the borough’s thriving culture, creativity and community cohesion.
There will also be an all-day children’s play area in Gillett Square and another in Hackney Town Hall Square from 12-4pm, as well as a carnival finale party at Ridley Road and Gillett Square featuring global foods, arts and music.
Schools and community groups will be involved in creating vibrant carnival decorations which will transform parts of the route into a riot of colour.
How do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? How do bats see at night? Enter the fascinating world of the Robot Zoo and discover the mechanisms that give animals their amazing abilities.
This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. Interactive exhibits also give you the chance to try jet-propelled squid racing, shoot a chameleon’s ‘tongue-gun’ and even design your own ‘mutant’ robot creature. 🤖
Visit this new London jazz festival and discover top UK contemporary bands to excite and challenge your musical self. Summer Jazz Weekenders takes place in Greenwich Peninsula’s beautiful outdoor amphitheatre in Peninsula Gardens. Two bands a day for four days of music over two weekends. 🎶🎷
Summer Jazz Weekenders is in association with Jazz FM and will also feature MI-SOUL Radio DJs, live contemporary circus performances by Upswing, Ping Pong fun with Pongathon, an area of workshops, food and relaxation for families by MOTHERBRUNCH, artist workshops with Honeyscribe and street food by Craft London.
UK jazz today experiments and takes risks, drawing on an eclectic mix of musical influences from hiphop, folk, electronic music, rock, soul and music from all over the world. Experience the diversity of the modern UK jazz scene through a mixture of established and fresh musicians with a variety of musical and cultural influences.
One of London’s biggest free events, the flagship festival will feature live theatre, more than 25 artists and bands and over 30 different food stalls, with Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club announced today as the headline act. ☀️👪👨👩👧👨👨👧👧
The Summer Festival is back for its third year and has got loads of new events and activities to complement old favourites like the infamous 100m waterslide (images and video available of people hurtling down the hill in a dingy), the secret forest silent disco, outdoor cinema and Great British Pram Race, featuring some truly pimped up prams.
There’s plenty for the kids too – after a triumphant sold out Family Rave last year, Big Fish Little Fish are back with another. There’s also a funfair, graffiti workshops and much more to keep the little ones entertained.
Theatre highlights include an interactive theatre show for families by Chickenshed and comedy from Jackson’s Lane presents Lost in Translation Circus. Ahead of the opening of the Victorian Theatre next year, this emphasis on performance art is all about building excitement and drawing a brand new audience to Ally Pally.
Offering inspirational planting ideas for the smallest urban plots, balconies and interiors. Some of the country’s best growers will be selling an exotic mix of plants including unusual edibles, succulents and an array of tropical houseplants.
This year there is an immersive experience, which will place visitors into a plant-filled tropical paradise with inspirational displays. The Urban Room Set installations will demonstrate cutting-edge indoor planting design for the home and any interior space. A central Indoor Pond, along with an exhibition of specially commissioned plant pot designs by Central St Martins students will be on display. There’ll also be a Virtual Reality RHS experience, and images on display from the RHS Photographic Competition 2017.
Whatever your level of plant knowledge may be, there will be plenty of experts on hand to advise on suitable plants for your space, as well as providing essential care tips to keep them healthy. In addition, some of London’s hottest new horticultural brands will be offering exclusive and unique collections of pots and accessories to help you create your own impressive display.
Seminars and talks
Featuring seminars from leading landscape designers Nigel Dunnett and Cleve West, who will each be presenting their own views on the importance of planting in urban environments. There will also be talks from experts on the subjects of urban gardening including RHS Big Ideas Small Spaces author Tony Wood and Telegraph gardening columnist Alice Vincent.
There will be free curated tours of our Lindley Library, which will include a visit to the Gardeners’ World at 50 exhibit. This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the programme and provides an in-depth look at its influence upon gardening trends since the 1960s.
We will also be tempting the senses with a range of street food providing a fabulous variety of catering for every taste, including exclusively plant-based options!
Bringing the best of Korean art, cuisine, martial arts and drumming from TAGO to the UK. There are loads of attractions for families at the free day event, full of the sights, sounds and scents of Korean culture. 🇰🇷
There is an opportunity for would-be UK K-pop stars to compete in the K-Pop World Festival, with UK Regionals taking place at 2pm during the London Korean Festival.
Join East London’s biggest street party as the Leyton Carnival fills the streets of Leyton with Caribbean colours, music and flavours. The theme this year is Around the World, so expect to be amazed by colours, feathers and all things that sparkle!
Elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. Watch the carnival parade, join in the fun and visit the tempting food stalls, funfair rides, cinema and music at Leyton Cricket Ground. One of East London’s biggest and best annual events!
The festival will kick off at lunch time with the traditional Caribbean carnival leaving the sports ground at 1pm as they dance and swirl through the streets. Leyton High Road is taken over with the Carnival as it fills the streets with steel bands, mobile sound systems, dancers and performers.
The Family Festival then takes place shortly after this, with performers showing off their elaborate costumes back in the show ground.
But that’s not it! Once the Carnival Parade is finished there will be a host of entertainment back in the Show Ground with music from Aswad and Lovers Rock group filling the stage with their fabulous music.
The Pavillion will host a themed tea room serving coffee, tea and cakes throughout the day plus a variety of local vendors will be selling a wide range of food and drinks to keep you going! Bars will be serving delicious Carnival themed drinks.
Originally setup in 2010 to celebrate the area’s radical and literary history. From the non-conformists who gathered around Newington Green in the 17th century to the diverse community that exists today.
Stoke Newington has long been a melting pot of new ideas, artistic endeavour and off-centre thinking and the programming is directly inspired by the mavericks and rabble-rousers – Mary Wollstonecraft, Reverend Richard Price, Edgar Allan Poe, Daniel Defoe, Anna Laetitia Barbauld & many more – who helped shape the world we know.
The Old Church
Abney Public Hall
Abney Park Cemetery
St Paul’s Church Hall
William Patten School
You can buy tickets from our box office (Town Hall) over the weekend & on the door at non-sold-out events.