Festivals

Hollow ponds Leytonstone

Happy Bank Holiday

Hollow ponds LeytonstoneThe Paralympics starts next week with the torch relay coming to Leyton on Wednesday evening to coincide with the reopening of the former Marsh Lane Playing Fields as the Jubilee Park. Entrance is free and there will be lots of activities to take part in.

If the weather is nice — and some sun is promised for the weekend — taking a boat out on Hollow Ponds is always a good way to enjoy the weather and you can buy teas, coffees, ice creams and quick food from three places by the pond or pop over the road for a full meal at the Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel.

Eel and Pie House Harrow Green LeytonstoneLeytonstone shops, restaurants and cafés would also welcome your custom, with a wide range of food on offer including English, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Romanian, Turkish/Greek/Mediterranean in the town centre, not forgetting the stylish Horizon Patisserie, through to the new Lithuanian Shepherd’s Inn pub right next door to a traditional East End Eel & Pie House in Harrow Green. And lots more besides.

Art exhibition

Although the Stone Space is closed for a summer break until 29 August, there’s a four week art exhibition in the temporary space outside Leytonstone tube called ‘Present’, so if you haven’t been already don’t miss it! The exhibition runs from 20 August to 17 September.

Saturday 25 August

The Lion Heart Market

… will be outside the Red Lion again this Saturday. The Lion Heart Market offers vintage, craft and hand-made and ‘not on the high street’ products from local people. The market is open from 10am to 6pm, and it costs nothing to browse! There’s wheelchair access to the pub and garden, a ground floor disabled toilet.

Thursdays

Sunset Tours at St John’s Church

The sun is setting earlier now so don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views from St John’s Church on their Thursday evening tours.

Looking ahead

Sunday 9 September, 2-4pm

Launch of Church Lane Community Garden

Church Lane Leytonstone, between the footbridge stairs and 111 Harold Road.

A chance for local people to come and see the proposed site and to contribute their ideas and sign up to get involved.

Sunday 16 September

OlivesCar Free Day

The annual Leytonstone Car Free Day is organised by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and will be on Sunday 16 September. There will be a mix of entertainment, local stalls and a French market.

Have a great Bank Holiday!

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(Mostly) not the Olympics

Hollow pondsIf the Olympics is not your thing and you’ve chosen to stay in Leytonstone rather than risk sunburn and heat fatigue from somewhere abroad, here are a  few suggestions to keep yourself occupied.

Hire a boat on Hollow Ponds, pop into a Leytonstone pub or restaurant for a meal or …

Wandering Rocks exhibition

Stone Space

Check the Stone Space website for opening days and times. There’s also a new display in the Slate gallery window next door.

Now until 12 August

International Peace Quilts

The Stone Space Projects Gallery (outside Leytonstone tube)

The International Peace Quilt project will be on display in The Stone Space Projects Gallery, Station Forecourt, Leytonstone from July 28th to August 12th with a special viewing on August 3rd at 3.pm. Gary Hall jr winner of 10 Olympic Swimming medals and recently joining the U.S. hall of fame is to view the project during his time in London for the Games.

More information on Facebook

Thursday 2 August

Sunset Tours from the Tower

St John’s Church

The forecast for this Thursday is looking good at the moment, so if you’ve not yet seen the wonderful views from the top of St John’s Church Tower, this week must be a hot favourite for your diary while the Olympics is still on. You’re asked to book in advance: see St John’s Church website for details.

Thursday 2 August

William Morris Gallery reopening

It’s not in Leytonstone, but as it serves the whole borough including Leytonstone they deserve a mention. After a period of closure for refurbishment, the William Morris Gallery is reopening on Thursday 2 August.

When the gallery reopens there will be more of this unique collection on display, including new interactive displays.

The gallery will now be fully accessible and there will be a new special exhibition gallery, an improved shop and a tea room with wi-fi where you can admire the views over the newly-refurbished Lloyd Park.

3 August deadline

Voting for the Forest Film Fest

The final event in the Council’s Big 6 programme, is now open and residents are being asked to vote for the films they want to see on the big screen.

There are seven categories to vote in:

  1. Children’s Disney and Pixar
  2. Alfred Hitchcock and horror
  3. Sports related
  4. General and action
  5. Blockbuster
  6. Classics
  7. James Bond (probably not including any royalty …)

More information

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August

The 2012 Festival of Sport

The fifth of the Council’s Big 6 events programme, takes place at Waltham Forest Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday. Watch the Olympic Games on the giant screen, master a sport of your choice, speak to professionals for advice.

More information

Sunday 5 August

‘Godiva Awakes’

A 10 metre high puppet of Godiva, powered by cyclists, will travel through the borough, starting at Ridgeway Park in Chingford, through the Crooked Billet roundabout and onto Waltham Forest Town Hall as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

More information

Friday 3 August

Raj against the machine

491 Gallery

491 Gallery
Blending the best in performance, music, live bands, art and dance… Raj Against the Machine will provide the audience with a spectacular experience.

More information: www.skiddle.com

Summer Daze schools summer fun

There are activities and events in over 50 schools across the borough this summer for children, young people and their families during the school summer holidays running from Monday 30 July to Friday 24 August. See the Council’s website for more information.

More information

Tuesday 14 August

Woodhouse Players: play choosing meeting

Looking ahead, The Woodhouse Players are meeting on the 14th to choose their Christmas Panto, if you want to take part, see their website for more details:

Leytonstone Festival, Arts Trail and the Olympic Torch

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012Festival and Arts Trail

It’s the last weekend of Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail and there’s still a packed programme of Festival events and art appearing all over the area, not just in the 16 venues taking part but also in people’s windows and gardens.

With the sun reckoned to make a much delayed appearance it promises to be a perfect weekend to enjoy these events.

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Some of the pictures at Norlington Road Studios — it’s worth a visit as there are many more to see. Entry is free.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know.

The Stone Space is the headquarters for Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 and is showing samples from over 70 artists. You can collect a Trail Guide from The Stone Space and find out about the venues taking part in this year’s Arts Trail.

London 2012 bannerOlympic torch

The Olympic torch arrives in Waltham Forest this Saturday. It’s not coming to Leytonstone, but will be going along parts of Leyton High Road.

Independent Retailer Month: support your local shops and businesses

Independent Retailer Month poster
July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!

Saturday 21 July

Carlton House Open Day

Aylmer Road

Saturday 21 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Saturday 21 July

A leisurely walk around Leytonstone Arts Trail

Meet at Leytonstone Underground (Church Lane side), 11.00am

Saturday 21 July

Leytonstone Calling, live music at The Red Lion

Hip-hop and street art and the London food and ale festival.

Saturday 21 July

The Hot House Quintet

The North Star

Saturday 21 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Saturday 21 July

Blackhorse and Standard Women’s Morris Dance

St John’s Churchyard

Saturday 21 July

Shaolin Gong Fu City Kung Fu and Tai Chi performances and workshops

The Salvation Army Hall


Sunday 22 July

A celebration of Irish culture, featuring the Jones Boys

The Plough and Harrow

Sunday 22 July

Oh So Funny Comedy Night, starring Mr Alan Davies

The Sheepwalk (ticketed event by email: ohsofunnycomedy@yahoo.co.uk, say how many tickets you want, if tickets are still available)

Sunday 22 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Sunday 22 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Sunday 22 July

What’s Cookin’ Fifth Annual Summer Picnic

The Birkbeck Tavern

Sunday 22 July

The Choice Standards Trio and Marnie

The North Star

Sunday 22 July

Songs of Praise

Cann Hall and Harrow Green Baptist Church


Further afield

The British Film Institute has a Hitchcock Season this summer

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1


Check these pages for more information:

Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail Mon 16-Fri 20 July

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 mapLeytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail continue this week and into next weekend (21-22 July) with music, art, photography, theatre and much more.

Most of the local pubs have special events on and many events are free, or low cost.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know. Highlights of the coming week include:

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012

Leytonstone Arts Trail Map Exhibition launches at The Stone Space

The Stone Space is the headquarters for Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 and is showing samples from over 70 artists. You can collect a Trail Guide from The Stone Space, which is open every day this week, and find out about the venues taking part in this year’s Arts Trail including:

  • Stone Space Projects, Leytonstone’s new pop up gallery situated just outside the tube station
  • As Time Goes By exhibition featuring 17 artists
  • The Red Lion’s group of exhibitions
  • Norlington Road Studios ‘When The Walls Come Down’
  • The Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel
  • Leytonstone Social Club’s Shadwell Printers exhibition
  • Leytonstone Library
  • Davies Lane Primary School
  • Electroset Studio, Davies Lane
  • Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Centre
  • Eatery 7, Church Lane
  • Meze Patisserie, High Road Leytonstone
  • 491 Gallery, Grove Green Road
  • Café de Montmartre, Church Lane

and many more.

 Mon 16 July

Don’t forget: Olympic Controlled Parking Zone period starts today!

Leytonstone Museum photosMonday 16 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

Created this year as an online museum of photographs of people and places in Leytonstone, these sessions will give you an opportunity to see printed copies of the photos.

Monday 16 July (and every day)

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Monday 16 July

Heavy Metal 2: Bell ringing at St John’s Church

Monday 16 July

Hitchcock Retrospective

O’Neills, Green Man roundabout

Monday 16 July

Mr Nightingale’s Diary by Charles Dickens and Mark Lemon

Leytonstone Library Playreading Group
Leytonstone Library


Tuesday 17 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

See Monday 16 July for more details.

Tuesday 17 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree
The Star of India

Tuesday 17 July

Maddona at the Star

The Star of India


Wednesday 18 July

The Art and Architecture of St Margaret’s

St Margaret’s Woodhouse Road

Wednesday 18 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

See Monday 16 July for more details.

Wednesday 18 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree
Golden Curry

Wednesday 18 July

Leytonstone Film Club’s Curry and Quiz Night

The Golden Curry

Wednesday 18 July

Norman Jacobs talks on Gilbert and Sullivan

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society
St John’s Church Hall

Wednesday 18 July

Pandora’s Box—an hour of Comedy Cabaret

O’Neills, Green Man roundabout

The Welsh Church

Wednesday 18 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The Welsh Church Hall

Wednesday 18 July

What’s Cookin’ presents Eric Brace and Peter Cooper

The Birkbeck Tavern


Thursday 19 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

See Monday 16 July for more details.

Thursday 19 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree
St John's Church, Town Centre

Thursday 19 July

Lunchtime concert at St John’s

Thursday 19 July

London Sunset Tower Tour

Music, a drink a a tour of the tower with stunning views over London.

Thursday 19 July

An evening of spoken Word, Storytelling and Music

Leytonstone Library

Luna Lounge

Thursday 19 July

Stand Up Musical Comedy Night

The Luna Lounge

Heathcote Arms

Thursday 19 July

The George Simmonds Septet

The Heathcote

O'Neills 'The Green Man'

Thursday 19 July

Pandora’s Box—an hour of Comedy Cabaret

O’Neills


Friday 20 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Fri 20 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The Welsh Church Hall

The Birkbeck Tavern, Leytonstone

Fri 20 July

Lost Horizons presents Ewan McClellan

The Birkbeck Tavern

Fri 20 July

The Legendary Mr Will Gaines with Jacqueline Pert and Bret Jones

Leytonstone Social Club


Further afield

The British Film Institute has a Hitchcock Season this summer.

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1



… and more events on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July

Check these pages for more information:

Independent Retailer Month poster

July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!

More photos from the church tower

Leytonstone Wanstead Flats and Canary Wharf from St John's TowerI’ve added some more photos from the tower of St John’s Church and arranged them in an approximately 360 degree order here: St John’s Church Panoramas from the Tower.

The church has an open day today and is running its Sunset over London tours every Thursday evening (which include music and a free drink). Read my review for more information.

Leytonstone Festival 2012The church’s open day is part of the Leytonstone Festival which this year runs alongside the Leytonstone Arts Trail. Get a taster of the many events running this weekend on Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail.

Monday 16 July sees the start of the Olympic Controlled Parking Zones in Leytonstone. Are you ready for the Olympics. I created a page a few weeks ago with lots of useful links about the Olympics for Leytonstone residents, businesses and visitors — take a look it should save you time hunting down all the various sources of information: Olympics 2012 page.

Independent Retailer Month logoIf you’re out shopping today don’t forget it’s Independent Retailer Month. Support your local shops (and cafés and retaurants)! Today is also the Lion Heart Festival Market outside the Red Lion.

Enjoy the Festival and Arts Trail, and please share with your family and friends!

Leytonstone Festival Needs Poets, Spoken Word and Storytellers!

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Leytonstone Festival’s Spoken Word events needs local Poets, Spoken Word Artists and Storytellers.

If you have performance experience and a ten minute set to perform we would like to hear from you.

Please get in touch with details of your performance experience asap!

  • Closes: Tuesday 10 July 2012
  • Paid (£15k-20k pro rata)
  • Part time

Contact

Email: Paula cma@live.co.uk (Please quote this site, but please do not reply to this site)

More information at Arts Council website

Advertise your event for free

WhereCanWeGo.com logoIf you have an event to advertise you can add it to this site http://www.WhereCanWeGo.com. A basic entry is free, though there are paid premium options too. Find out more on the Calendar page.

I’ve added a link to the Calendar page on this site. If you click on this link it will pull up events in or near ‘E11’ that are advertised on WhereCanWeGo.com.

See the Calendar page for other ways you can advertise your local event for free using this site or associated social media sites.

I’ve also moved content from the Events page on this site (http://www.leytonstonetoday.net) to the Calendar page, so it’s easier to find everything now in the same place.

Thank you to Ros Kane from local charity Carefree Kids for supplying the WhereCanWeGo.com link!

London celebrates Leytonstone’s Sir Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Hitchcock

The work of one of Leytonstone’s most famous sons is being celebrated this summer by the British Film Institute, as part of the Cultural Olympiad, and as part of the Leytonstone Festival.

British Film Institute Hitchcock season

From June to October 2012 the British Film Institute is celebrating the works of one of Leytonstone’s most famous sons, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, described by the BFI as “the most influential and iconic British film director of all time”.

The celebration includes displays, talks and screenings. Two years ago the BFI also began a fundraising campaign to restore Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films ‘Rescue the Hitchcock 9’ — the BFI National Archive’s biggest single project to date.

The London Nobody Knows, the Leytonstone Nobody knows and Alfred Hitchcock.

Sunday 15 July − Part of  Leytonstone Festival

Screenings and debate exploring London’s unknown ‘underside’ plus documentary on ‘The Leytonstone Hitchcock never wanted to know’.

The Heathcote, Grove Green Road, E11 4EA

More information

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube

First time visitors to Leytonstone can’t miss Sir Alfred Hitchcock if they arrive by tube as his films are celebrated in mosaics at Leytonstone tube station, here are a few examples.

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More information

Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail start today

Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail

12 to 22 July 2012

Leytonstone Festival 2012This year there’s a double helping of culture as Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail run alongside each other on the same dates.

From 12 to 22 July Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail will be offering a wide selection of events including art, drama, music, comedy, photography, arts and crafts market and much more all around Leytonstone.

I’ve listed below events that people have sent to me and asked me to promote, plus I’ve tried to fill in the gaps from the official programmes and postings in the many associated Facebook pages and groups.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know.

Independent Retailer Month poster

July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!


From Thu 12 July

When the Walls Come Down

Leytonstone Arts Trail

Norlington Rd Studios, E10


Thu 12 to Sat 21 July

As Time Goes By

Leytonstone Library


Thu 12 Jul and repeats on other dates

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree. Entrance Free.


Thu 12 July

Canary WharfLunchtime concert at St John’s

Free weekly concerts every Thursday 13:00-14:00 at St John’s Church

Sunset over London Tours

New tours, which started July 2012. You are taken to the top of the church tower for half an hour to enjoy the stunning views over London. The tours start with music from a professional musician and end with a free tea/coffee or chocolate. Booking essential.

Thu 12 July

Rye, plus support

Music night at the North Star

Thu 12 Jul

Curry and Quiz Night

Star of India

Thu 12 and Fri 13 July

O'Neills 'The Green Man'O’Neills: Pandora, Goddess of Barnsley, is waiting for you…

Come and see her in action this Thursday or Friday at O’Neills at 8pm. Tickets on the door or you can book them here:


Fri 13 Jul

Buxton School presents The Jungle Book


Fri 13 Jul

Birkbeck tavern, LeytonstoneWhat’s Cookin’ Jazz Night

The Birkbeck Tavern


Fri 13 Jul

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • Fri 13 July 2012, 8pm
  • Sat 14 July 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm
  • Wed 18 July 2012, 8pm
  • Fri 20 July 2012, 8pm
  • Sat 21 July 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm

Welsh Church Hall 879 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR
Performed by Woodhouse Players
Tickets £8 (£5 concessions)
Book online via the Woodhouse Players website http://www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk
Phone reservations:  020 8504 3872


Sat 14 Jul

Buxton School’s Summer Fete

www.buxtonschool.org.uk

Sat 14 July

St John’s Church Open Day

Festivity and fun, featuring tower tours, refreshment, and music. Entrance Free.


Sat 14 Jul

Lion Heart Festival Market

Leytonstone The Red Lion

Outside the Red Lion, home baked cakes, retro and vintage fashion, art and craft and lots, lots more and you can always pop into the Red Lion for food and drink if the summer weather gets too … hot … outside.


Sat 14

Leytonstone Calling, live music at The Red Lion


Sat 14 Jul

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (see Fri 13 above)


Sat 14 Jul

News from Nowhere Club

John Ruskin, the French Baron and the Olympic Games

Dr Cynthia Gamble, Vice-Chair of the Ruskin Society, will show how John Ruskin was a major influence on a young French Baron, Pierre de Coubertin, who was responsible for reviving the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.


Sat 14 July

Vision Voices presents an evening of opera

Leytonstone United Free Church


 Sat 14 July

Heathcote ArmsJohn Ongom Big Band and Singers

The Heathcote.


Sat 14 Jul

What’s Cookin’: I See Hawks in LA

The Birkbeck Tavern


Sat 14 July

The Diva With A Difference

The Plough and Harrow

The Plough and Harrow

See Leytonstone Festival Programme page 10 for more details


Sun 15 July

Leytonstone Green Drinks

For anyone interested in building a stronger community with more of the things we need being grown or sourced locally. Ask at the bar if you cannot spot us. (Every month on the 15th.)


Sun 15 July

Carefree Kids logo

Let’s have fun together

An afternoon for children, their parents and carers.

Epicentre


Sun 15 July

A Walk Round The Flats

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society walk around the green spaces of Wanstead Flats.

Sun 15 July

The Little Big Band

Luna Lounge

The Luna Lounge


Sun 15 July

What’s Cookin’ presents I See Hawks in LA, plus guests

The Birkbeck Tavern


Sun 15 July

Poetry Cafe

SunWay Cafe, 17:30-19:00

Julie Stephenson’s informal get together welcomes all Leytonstone poets (accomplished and aspiring); features two readers, a raffle, and free refreshment; and aims to encourage a stronger local poetry scene.


Sun 15 July

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1The London Nobody Knows, the Leytonstone Nobody Knows, and Alfred Hitchcock

The Heathcote



… and lots more events right the way through to 22 July.

Check these pages for more information:

Mon 16 July

Don’t forget: Olympic Controlled Parking Zone period starts today!