The Summer Fair is back!
After some years away due to Covid-19 and all the associated lockdowns, we are thrilled to be welcoming our community back for the 2023 Summer Fair!
This will be a day of fun activities, informative tours, stalls for local makers, delicious food and drink and of course a chance to find out more about the work the Friends do at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Find out more about our timetable for the day and some of the stallholders that will be joining us below!
This event will run on the 29th of July between 12pm and 5pm and is free for all. Download our programme here >>>> Summer Fair Programme
Free drop-in workshops in the Cemetery Park Lodge Yard
These workshops are suitable for all ages but any under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
12.00-13.00 Wild Tea and Foraged Soup Tasters
Visit the Cemetery Park Lodge Yard to find out more about the plants that you can use to make tasty food or refreshing drinks.
Try our nettle soup with a cup of silver birch twig or fireweed tea before exploring the rest of the Cemetery Park!
13.30-15.00 Make a Clay Gravestone
Find out more about the symbols that tell the stories on the headstones at the Cemetery Park and have a go at making your own gravestone out of air dry clay. Perhaps you might make a stone using symbols that reflect your life or perhaps you’ll take inspiration from the stones on site!
15.30-17.00 Wild Weaving
Have a go at making your own woven artwork using donated fabrics or plant materials found in the Cemetery Park or add to our large community piece! You’ll learn techniques used for thousands of years to make something fun and beautiful.
Free Guided Walks
Join our guided nature and heritage walks with Cemetery Park volunteers at 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00.
Other Free Activities
Pop in at any time and pick up our Cemetery Park scavenger hunts, word searches and colouring pages. We’ll have colouring pencils and crayons available for anyone who wants to get creative whilst visiting!
Pick up a copy of our free Plants and People trail to go on a self-guided exploration of the Cemetery Park in your own time.
Shkembe Soup will perform on the main fair glade at 13:00 and 14:30 for 30 minutes each time.
London Music Hall Choir will perform on the main fair glade at 12:30, 14:00 and 15:00.
All our stallholders will be on Horse Chestnut Glade throughout the event. Stalls include:
East London History Society, Sunpatch Quilts, Brown Owl Cards, Handmade by Janet, Tarn Turnings, Bobby’s Bubbles, Hazel Bakez, Debra Lloyd-Bangay, The Basketry Collective, Poplar HARCA, Positive East, Sustainable Makers Ceramic Studio, Crafty Eastender, Bo Daisy Scrunchies, Friends of the Earth, Bontalicious, Mira Connolly, Apicultural, Sigrid Werner, Sophie Harris-Greenslade Facepainting and Hair Braiding.