Waltham Forest residents will also get vouchers to spend in local shops.
- How to claim your vouchers
- London Borough of Waltham Forest Love Your High Street Day
- Love Your High Street Leytonstone on Facebook
- Shopping in Leytonstone
If you were waiting to see if the world was going to end this morning before sending your Christmas cards, well the good news is the Mayan’s got it wrong and we’re all still here, the not so good news is you’ve left it too late to post a card, except by Special Delivery (check Royal Mail’s Christmas posting dates here).
Help is at hand. I’ve added some (free) Leytonstone Christmas cards you can download and email or print off yourself. Plus a page of Christmas and New Year music, including Carols, other songs and Auld Lang Syne (including the words).
Don’t forget also there’s a page on Christmas and New year events in Leytonstone (recently updated) and Christmas shopping ideas and I’ve added a page with some links to Christmas recipes.
- Leytonstone Christmas cards
- Christmas and New Year music
- Christmas and New Year events
- Christmas shopping ideas
- Christmas recipe links
Whether you celebrate Christmas or try to avoid it, best wishes for the season and for 2013. I hope you find this site useful and will share it with colleagues, friends and family.
The Christmas lights are up in Leytonstone and this week sees the Christmas season really get going with Christmas markets this weekend at St John’s, The Methodist Church and the Lion Heart Market and Christmas carols in the town centre on Thursday led by the Mayor of Waltham Forest.
- For more events see: Christmas events 2012 (and there are of course lots more events going on around Leytonstone)
- For ideas for Christmas shopping see: Christmas shopping 2012
- See also this report in the Waltham Forest Guardian about free parking for shoppers in Waltham Forest including Church Lane, Leytonstone (please do not contact this site for details, I have no more information!)
Saturday 1 December
Lion Heart Christmas market
Outside the Red Lion Pub
- More information: Lion Heart Market
Saturday 1 December
Arts and Crafts Christmas Market
The annual arts and crafts market held simulateously at St John’s Church, Church Lane, and the Methodist Church Hall on Leytonstone High Road.
More information: Waltham Forest Council website
Saturday, 1 December 2012, 11:00
Christmas indoor market
Handmade crafts, tarot card reading, henna painting, home made cakes and free soup.
More details from the organiser: Luna Lounge on Facebook
Sunday 2 December
491 Jumble Sale
Organiser and more details: 491 Gallery on Facebook
Thursday 6 December, 4.30pm-6.00pm
Carol Singing in aid of the Mayor’s Charity
Leytonstone Town Centre
Come along and join in the singing!
The mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Richard Sweden, will be attending and will be raising money for his charity Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme. The event is organised by the Ward councillors and supported by local schools and churches.
Christmas Services at St John’s Church
For a full programme of Advent and Carol Services over the Christmas period see the St John’s Church website
Car Free Day is held outside the tube station, in Kirkdale Road and Church Lane, so buses will be diverted and these roads closed to cars.
Sunday will be the last day of the Stone Space Thread’Bare exhibition and the Present Exhibition will be open in the pop up exhibition space outside Leytonstone tube, with Leytonstone Museum holding a viewing session in the same space on the Sunday too.
- London Borough of Waltham Forest Car Free Day (enquiries about bookings should be referred to the Council firstname.lastname@example.org, I have no involvement with the organisation of Car Free Day!)
- Photos from car Free Day 2011
The 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.
Leytonstone 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- See the London Borough of Waltham Forest website for more details
- If you want to book a stall email: email@example.com
- Pictures of Car Free Day 2011
Have a great Bank Holiday!
Westfield Stratford City has sent a message out saying that it will have restricted opening today (Friday 3 August) and tomorrow (Saturday 4 August), because of the Olympics, so if you were thinking of shopping or going to a restaurant there — choose Leytonstone instead!
This is the email from Westfield:“Games Organisers, including LOCOG, TfL and the Metropolitan Police, are implementing managed access to Westfield Stratford City for the high demand Games days, today Friday 3rd August, and Saturday 4th August. On these days, all Olympic Park venues will be operational resulting in a large increase in the number of Olympic Games visitors. To assist with the smooth running of the Games, Westfield is working with the Games organisers to allow Centre access to accredited personnel, hospitality visitors and Games ticket holders only between the hours of 10.30am and 5.00pm on these two busy days. Outside these hours, Westfield Stratford City’s shops will be open to all visitors until 11.00pm and restaurants and leisure until 12:30am. Extended trading hours will resume on Sunday 5th August with all shops open until 11:00pm and restaurants and leisure until 12:30am.”