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Summer in Stokey

If you’re opting for a staycation in Stokey this summer, you won’t be disappointed.

Whether you fancy a spot of wild swimming, a picnic in the park whilst watching a Shakespeare play, filling your boots with Caribbean food or are in need of activities to keep the kids entertained, we’ve got you covered.

One of our favourite events in the calendar is the opening of the West Reservoir at night-time on August 12th. Book your spot and head along at 6pm to enjoy a dip and then tuck into Indian bowl food and other street food, cocktails, beers and ciders by the water’s edge. The event costs £25 and ends at 11pm.

Heidi Early, Chair of Stoke Newington Business Association, said: “There are so many opportunities for creating magical memories in Stoke Newington this summer. As traders, we work hard to keep the area’s website up to date so locals and visitors can find inspiration and we’ve been blown away by just how many special events are in the calendar.”

The East London Shakespeare Festival is coming to Clissold Park from July 27th till 30th with a lively production of Romeo and Juliet. Pack a picnic to enjoy during the show and join a mask-making workshop beforehand.

Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean at a food and drink festival in Clissold Park on Saturday August 19th. There’ll be food from the different islands of the Caribbean, a chance to dance to reggae, the music of Motown, R&B classics, 80s, 90s as well as funfair rides and rum punch. Bring a picnic rug and spend the day!

Fancy treading the boards in the Tower Theatre? They’re auditioning for a number of productions this summer! Check out their website for details.

UK singer-songwriter Daniel Lumley is performing at The Old Church on August 2nd. It’ll be a folk music extravaganza in a stunning setting.

Fancy learning a new skill? Rainbow Glass (just off Church St) is offering a five-day enamelling course from August 7th.

The restoration of Abney Park Chapel and the construction of a new café near the High St entrance is also set to be complete this summer. You can access the park in the meantime and see the work as it progresses.

The much-loved Hackney Flea Market will be back at Abney Hall on the weekend of August 12th and, since Stokey is generally quieter in the summer, there’ll be less competition for bargain-hunters!

If you fancy a stroll, while learning about the area’s amazing history, check out the See you in Stokey Walking Route. It’s an hour-long stroll, taking in the prettiest, most interesting spots.

And please take a look at our Area Guides to learn more about the area.

What’s On for kids in Stoke Newington

Woodberry Wetlands has some lovely activities planned this summer. Its’ Wonderful Wildlife Weekends continue every Sunday throughout the summer (1pm-3.30pm). Drop in and enjoy free family nature activities such as pond-dipping and bug-hunting.

The nature reserve is also hosting Nature Storytime every Tuesday throughout the school holidays at 10.30am – a story followed by a nature themed craft activity or habitat exploration. Meet next to the Coal House Café. There’ll be a Nature Discovery Event on the same days from 1pm till 4pm – a chance to learn about the habitats and wildlife there.

Other workshops taking place at Woodberry Wetlands includes an introduction to the flowers there (August 3), A Brilliant Birds Talk (August 10th), a poetry and performance workshop (August 17th), a nature club (August 24th).

Creative Mash is holding Performing Arts Camps throughout the summer at Princess May Primary. £250 per week, Little Soccer Stars offers a football course for kids in Clissold Park from £37.50 per day.

Make Do on Kynaston Road offer the chance to make something stunning while learning sewing and making skills. Learn to sew summer bunting, drawstring bags, vases and more at one of their holiday courses.

Clissold Leisure Centre has a Holiday Club offering swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts and more. £109.25 per week (concessions available).

Circus Dreams are holding a holiday camp at William Patten School throughout the summer. Single days from £50, whole weeks £225.

Details of other summer holiday play-schemes can be found via Hackney Council’s website.

Please check out our events page for a full what's on listing. Wishing you a wonderful summer!


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