Your spring summer 2018 events guide

15 February 2018
What's On Guide 2018

This week we launch the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of our What’s On Guide, showcasing our jam-packed arts and culture programme taking place across Waltham Forest over the next few months. You can find it delivered to your doorstep in this week’s issue of Waltham Forest News, or in libraries and community centres across the borough.

Download a PDF version of the What's On Guide (2MB)

As spring breathes fresh life into the great outdoors what better time to get out and explore the beautiful green spaces of our borough. Artists will be working on site at the newly opened Walthamstow Wetlands, developing a programme of installations and performance, as well as ongoing weekly activities and events.

The theme of nature continues with two brand-new exhibitions at the William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum drawing inspiration from Epping Forest.

And as the days get longer, our parks in Leyton, Leytonstone, Chingford and Walthamstow play host to our much-loved free summer festivals — enjoy world-class artists and the best of local talent on your doorstep. 2018 also sees the launch of WAH17, the borough’s new arts and live music programme.

We will also be marking International Women’s Day with a celebration of the life of local artist Madge Gill, marking the beginning of a series of events and exhibitions about her life.

There is a great deal more including visual arts, music, film, dance and theatre funded through our grants programmes - keep an eye on our website for all the latest updates.

Coming up soon

New exhibition at William Morris Gallery

Epping Forest is the inspiration for the latest exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, Gayle Chong Kwan: The People’s Forest. The exhibition is the result of the artist’s two year investigation into the history, politics, and people of London’s ancient woodland; explored through installation photography and sculpture. Opening Saturday 3 March.

International Women’s Day

Hear about the life and work of past Waltham Forest resident Madge Gill as we unveil a blue plaque in her honour this International Women’s Day. She was an artist who produced thousands of intricate ink drawings and embroideries.  Thursday 8 March, 4pm, 71 High Street.


In 2018 Grade II listed Walthamstow Assembly Hall, known for its outstanding acoustics, launches a new arts and music programme: WAH17. Events include classical concerts from Forest Philharmonic and Hackney Singers, comedy nights and Pop Up Vintage Fairs. The programme kicks off with the closing concert for new one-day festival Lake of Stars London on Saturday 10 March, celebrating 15 years of the popular Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi.

Chingford Tea Dances

Supported by Waltham Forest Council and led by Akademi, these popular monthly tea dances in Chingford attract a friendly crowd who enjoy a cup of tea and a twirl around the dance floor. Never been to a tea dance before? Professional dancers will be on hand every three months to show you the steps — with DJ Mr Wonderful providing the music. Last Wednesday of every month, 1-4pm. Tickets £6 including refreshments, free for carers.