Lion Heart Market

artFORMS, markets and carols

Christmas decorations from Bumblebee Flowers

This week has seen the opening of the artFORMS exhibition at the Stone Space Gallery, there are carols at St John’s Church on Sunday and Jumblegeddon at the 491 Gallery.

If you’ve still not bought all your Christmas presents, The Lion Heart will be outside the Red Lion on Saturday and local traders would love your business!

13 December 2012–6 January 2013

artFORMS

The Stone Space

More information and to check opening times:

Saturday 15 December

Lion Heart Christmas market

Outside the Red Lion Pub

More information: Lion Heart Market

Sunday 16 December 11am-5pm

Jumblegeddon!

491 Gallery

Vintage and designer clothes, art and artists supplies, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and music equipment, books, plants, hand made bird boxes, bric-a-brac and collectibles. Cafe by donation, mulled wine and outdoor fire. Free entry, £5 per table.

491 Grove Green Road
Leytonstone, E11 4AA

More information from the organiser Jim Daubenton-Brown on Facebook

Sunday 16 December, 4.30pm

Carol Service

St Andrew’s Church, Colworth Road, Upper Leytonstone

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Christmas events and shopping

Christmas decorationChristmas is coming and I’ve listed some of the events including Christmas markets I’ve heard about so far in Leytonstone over the Christmas and New Year period on a new page Christmas events 2012. If you want to know more about any of these events, please contact the relevant organiser, I don’t have details!

Fire and kitchensLocal traders would love you to shop locally this year and so I’ve included a little feature on some of the independent shops in the Leytonstone town centre area who can easily get overlooked but might just have that perfect present, card or Christmas decoration you’re looking for. See Christmas shopping 2012.

Horizon PatisserieAnd of course if you’re out shopping in Leytonstone there are plenty of cafes and restaurants that would also love to see you for a coffee, cake or meal!

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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!

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 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! 

Shop Local: support Independent Retailer Month

Independent Retailer Month logoIndependent Retailer Month

July is Independent Retailer Month so it’s a good time to give a plug to the shops in Leytonstone.

As well as many large well-known high street chains Leytonstone has a wealth of independent traders in the town centre, the length of the High Road, as well as tucked away in residential areas such as Grove Green Road and Colworth Road.

I’ve rewritten the shopping pages on this website to make them easier to find, with a new Shopping page on the top menu now. Take a look at some of what Leytonstone has to offer and support your local traders!

If you are a local trader have a look at the Independent Retailer Month page and see what free resources you can tap into to help promote your business in July.

More information

Love your local market logoLove Your Local Market

23 June to 8 July is also Love Your Local Market fortnight, so if you’ve not already tried the Organiclea stall outside Matalan every Saturday or the fortnightly Lion Heart Market (check their website for dates and stalls), this is the time to show your support!

More information

Leytonstone’s arts season kicks off this weekend

Langthorne Park amphitheatreWith Euro 2012, the Olympics and the beginning of Wimbledon next week likely to dominate the media in the next few days, let’s not forget that the Arts Season in Leytonstone kicks off this weekend.

Arts in the Park

On Saturday and Sunday there’s art and music and more at Arts in the Park in Langthorne Park, Leytonstone. See the Waltham Forest Guardian for more details.

Langthorne Park is easily reached on the 257 bus from Stratford and Walthamstow.

The Stone SpaceThe Stone Space

The Stone Space in Church Lane, has a particularly interesting exhibiton, which features works about Leytonstone called ‘1 day’s walk’. Conveniently it’s only 1 minute’s walk from Leytonstone tube, where of course you can also see the Hitchcock Murals as a refresher for the Sir Alfred Hitchcock festival coming up soon. On Saturday 23 you can also see printed photos from the online Leytonstone Museum.

Just round the corner, with arts, craft and homemade food will be the Lion Heart Market this Saturday.

Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail

After this weekend’s taster put the 12 to 22 July in your diary for the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail.

Let’s grow local

An event to inspire and facilitate growing food in Leytonstone (Update Sun 24: Event postponed, see link below for details)

If you’d rather turn your creative talents to growing fruit and veg, Let’s Grow Local on Sunday will feature guest speaker Pam Warhurst who will talk about how the Todmorden community in Yorkshire turned disused areas into a giant allotment. Tea and cake and much more. All welcome.

The Epicentre, 41 West Street Leytonstone E11 4lJ

And you can get a taster of organically grown fruit and veg from the Organiclea stall outside Matalan on Saturday.
Organiclea Transition Leytonstone stall

Happy First Birthday Red Lion

Leytonstone The Red LionHappy First Birthday for Friday 15th to the Red Lion!

This pub has really helped to bring life back to the High Road. A welcoming pub, food, the Lion Heart Market outside … it’s a great improvement on Zulus.