Heaps of holiday fun for residents of all ages


Free activities include outdoor cinema, live music, BMX track sessions, fishing, canoeing and hanging basket workshops

Residents of all ages will be spoilt for choice about what to do and where to go this Spring Bank Holiday and throughout half term, as the council and leisure partners host a heap of entertaining events and activities from community festivals to arts and crafts and active sporting sessions from Monday 28 May to Friday June 1.

The council supports residents to access a range of cultural, community and leisure activities throughout the year.

Mayor John Biggs said: “Every day, thousands of people come to see major attractions in our borough, including our multiple award winning Victoria Park.

Our jam-packed Spring holiday and half term programme offers you a chance to gather your friends and family together and join in the free fun.”

Kick-starting the bank holiday week, is In The Neighbourhood a four-day programme of free activities in Victoria Park from Monday 28– Thursday 31May.

In The Neighbourhood is part of a dedicated drive by the council and festival organisers All Points East, to provide free cultural and leisure activities for local residents and the wider community and to support local businesses. 

The majority of activities have been sourced from amazing organisations based in Tower Hamlets.

There will be outdoor cinema, live music and entertainment, street food, pop up bars, theatre, arts, sports and wellbeing and children’s activities.

The first day of In The Neighbourhood is titled All Points Equal, a day dedicated to celebrating the 100 years of votes for (some) women, and 90 years of equal voting rights for women and men.

Go to All Points East NBHD for further details.

Elsewhere in Victoria Park, sports enthusiasts and those willing to try something new can visit the borough’s much loved open space for a bowls taster day on Tuesday 29 May from 11am-2pm.

Budding anglers are invited to a fishing taster day on Wednesday May 30 from 11am -3pm or why not grab an oar and have a go at canoeing on Thursday 31 May from 12 noon until 3pm.

There will be a children’s chess taster day on Friday June 1 from 11am to 2pm. Beginners and more experienced players can pick up tips from professionals. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cllr Amina Ali, Cabinet Member, for Culture, Arts and Brexit said: “This extensive programme of free community events gives residents plenty to choose from. In the Neighbourhood and council events across the borough ensure that residents of all ages can take part.” 

Mile End Park Leisure Centre will host a holiday club for 5 to 16 year olds, every day from May 28 until June 1, with trampolining, football, swimming, tennis, arts and crafts and much more. For further information visit www.better.org.uk/mile-end or email nick.clock@gll.org

Free cycling courses, BMX track sessions and canoeing are some of the activities planned to keep children over the age of five active this half term holiday. Run by Tower Hamlets Sports Development in partnership with Urban Adventure Base, and Access Sport, sessions will take place at Mile End Park’s Urban Adventure Base and Mile End Stadium. Sessions must be booked in advance and priority will be given to Tower Hamlets residents. Contact Pauline.Stewart@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Join our community park rangers at Mile End Park Play Pavilion, where they will help you create your very own window box or hanging basket at a workshop on Wednesday 30 May from 12noon – 3pm. Admire your work and take it home with you afterwards. Booking is required. Email mileendpark@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 5227

Get crafting at King Edward Memorial Park, the riverside venue will hold afternoon of arts and crafts on Friday 1 June, from 1-3pm. For more information contact KEMPproject@towerhamlets.gov.uk

The fun is not limited to the outdoors. Idea Stores in Whitechapel and Watney Market will hold events ranging from story picnics to thrifty upcycling sessions to the opportunity to create your very own Giant Peach air balloon. For times and dates of all the activities visit www.ideastore.co.uk/idea-store-whitechapel or www.ideastore.co.uk/idea-store-watney-market

Posted on Wednesday 23rd May 2018