Posted by Boundary Community Launderette on 24/05/2012
Well, what a week it’s been. As you probably all know by now we came second in the Creme of Nature Community Action Award on Sunday and then, suddenly, the weather changed to matched our bright and sunny mood. It seems this much longed for sunshine and warmth is going to continue until the weekend and beyond – dig out the summer clothes!
We’ve only found one free event locally this weekend and a brilliant new exhibition – it seems London is having a rest before the excesses of events next weekend to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. To celebrate the warmest weekend of the year so far we’ve had a look at our local parks and the larger ones an easy bus-ride away, got the links and put them on this page for you to pick from for a spot of sun worship, a picnic, people watching, wildlife spotting or even a game of tennis! There are more links to the right of the page if there’s nothing here to interest you. Whatever you do have a great weekend!
On Sunday 27th May on Arnold Circus from 3 to 5pm the Friends of Arnold Circus have organised their annual Arnold Day and a celebration of the Diamond Jubilee in a very distinctive way. Not only will you get Pavilion Brass, but artist Livvy Fink will be on hand to lead an activity, making diamonds to hang on a large structure created by children at Virginia Primary School. The Bengali Women’s Group at St Hilda’s are making diamond-shaped glittery biscuits, and Rochelle Canteen will be donating a batch of their special Arnold Biscuits. See the FOAC website for more information.
Alan Dein, a noted and respected local historian, writer and broadcaster, has an exhibition ‘After You’ve Gone : East End Shopfronts, 1988’ running at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library, Bancroft Road. Alan’s photographs of East End shopfronts were taken in 1988 when many Tower Hamlets streets were on the verge of dereliction. Find out more about this exhibition at the Tower Hamlets Arts website. The library is open this Saturday, but check the Library webpage for full details of opening hours.
Our little corner of the east end where Hackney and Tower Hamlets meet has a great variety of green corners, from the Edwardian loveliness of Arnold Circus to the football pitch heaven (for some!) of Weavers Fields, with city farms and wildflower meadows adding to the mix. Here’s our pick of the best, with a quick rundown of what they offer…
Allen Gardens a green open space perfect for catching the sun and enjoying a picnic before or after visiting the hurly-burly of Brick Lane or the rare breeds at Spitalfields Farm.
Bethnal Green Gardens and nearby Museum Gardens are perfect places to rest during shopping on Bethnal Green Road or Roman Road, or somewhere to get a bit of fresh air and enjoy a picnic after enjoying the delights of the Museum of Childhood.
Mile End Park is 90 acres of green right in the middle of Tower Hamlets. It has wildflower meadows, ponds, lawns, formal gardens, sports facilities, a leisure centre and an arts pavilion. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the sun whatever your interests! The Ragged School Museum is nearby too.
Mudchute Park & Farm on the Isle of Dogs is Britain’s biggest city farm, 32 acres of open space that really do feel like the country in the heart of the city, with its own riding stables for the equestrians amongst us. There are picnic areas and a great cafe – it’s the ideal destination for a day out in the country on the 135 bus route!
Shoreditch Park has recently been refurbished and has an adventure playground, ping-pong tables and a boulder for rock climbing amongst the facilities.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a true urban oasis , with wonderful woodland walks, amazing wildlife and wild plants, all just off the Mile End Road! Take a picnic and immerse yourself in the peace of this wonderful park.
Victoria Park is the Queen of east end parks and London’s oldest public park. a splendid Victorian creation with tree-lined walks, gracious ponds, immaculate flower beds and lush lawns combined with play areas, sports facilities and a great cafe – in short, the perfect traditional park!
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