This weekend sees the return of the amazing Walthamstow Garden Party and we can't wait!! With two days jam packed with music, art, theatre, food and more, there will be truck loads to discover, but with so much on offer it might be tricky to pick out what to do to keep the kids, as well as your own good self, entertained and happy? Which is why we bring you...
Yup, it’s our kids starter guide to help you get your Garden Party weekend off to a good start. Fingers crossed for great weather!
1 | Little Universe | A playful outdoor theatre performance by Fevered Sleep that promises to encourage young children to consider some big ideas, the entire universe in fact! The Little Universe performance shows how planets and particles in the universe move with, around and because of each other, through the medium of dance and music. It might just be the perfect introduction to the universe, for future little scientists, or dancers? | 3-7 + family | Touring around the festival see website for details |
2 | Barbican Pop-Up Cinema : Beautiful Animation | Desperate to move beyond Frozen? Need movie or film inspiration? Why not try and introduce you kids to the best in international cinema, in bite-sized chunks of course! Each programme running time: 30 mins | All Ages | Winns Gallery |
3 | Festival T-shirt printing | Children can screen-print their very own festival t-shirt again this year with lovely, local company Little Mashers. The special chalkboard ink used can then be customised with chalk writing or drawing, wiped out and drawn on again and again. | 3+ | Useful and Beautiful Craft Marquee & Trail |
4 | Fish Dogs | We’re pretty sure that your children will love most of the amazing food on offer at the Garden Party and there is so much to choose from. But a good choice for fussy eaters might be a “Fish Dog”. These are the 'Rollls Royce' of the fish finger sandwich world and contains local fish from sustainable sources. It is fried to a crispy perfection, married with minted mushy peas and tartare sauce. Yum! | All Ages | Street Food Festival |
5 | Suntrap | We think that most kids will be dying to get their hands on some creepy crawlies! The Suntrap Education Centre (normally based in Epping Forest) encourages children to explore the natural world and they will be bringing a selection of 'friends' for kids to check out in the Mini Garden area. | Saturday & Sunday | All Ages | Mini Garden / Lloyd Park Centre |
6 | KA-BOOM Market Stall | We will obviously be joining the party and we're bringing lots of cool stuff for little people! We’ve got awesome new kidswear and your little ones will be able to get themselves a fabulous teeny nailjob and a funky temporary tattoo (both non-toxic of course) at our stall too! Come and say hello! | All ages | Kidswear 0-7 years | Mini Garden / Lloyd Park Centre |
7 | Drum Works | Your kids are sure to be inspired by the music at the festival, and might very well be geared up to have a go themselves! Social music project Drum Works will be running free workshops in the Mini Garden and their members will be performing across the weekend at various locations around the park. Don’t miss the spectacular 100+ strong performance on Saturday afternoon! | All Ages | Drum Works Tent + Mini Garden (3.15pm Sat/Sun) Lloyd Park Centre |
8 | Kids Yoga | After all that action your kids may need a bit of chill out time? East of Eden is a new, local Yoga and Pilates studio that will be running the wellness area at the Garden Party, offering half hour taster sessions of vinyasa flow yoga, Pilates, mum and baby Pilates and kids yoga. | All Ages | Artillery Island |
That's just for starters, there will be plenty more to do, see, hear, discover and taste for you and your family! Find out more at the Walthamstow Garden Party 2015 website, where you can sign up for a free guide.
See you there! Enjoy the party!