Join us at dusk in the Town Square at 4pm to sample food from local restaurants and cafes and pick up your guide to an evening of FREE activities exploring the many cultures represented on our vibrant and diverse High Street.
Live Music from around the World | Heritage Walking tour | Giant Hopscotch | West African Fanal Lantern procession | Origami Workshop | Sustainable Fashion | Cartoon Workshop | ….and much more.
If you live near the High Street then programmes should be dropping through your letterbox soon. Otherwise, pick up a programme from local venues or from information points on the day.
Join us in the Town Square at 4pm for the launch and an “al-fresco dining room”, why not wear your most colourful, flamboyant clothes and join the Colour Walk.
The Full Programme
In the meantime, grab a cuppa settle back and read the full list of events on the night:
The Al-fresco Dining Room
Walthamstow Town Square, 4-5pm (Or until the last crumb!)
High Street ADVENTures will be launched in the Town Square at 4pm with a chance to meet local food business owners and sample some of their delicious food at our pop up “Al Fresco Dining Room”. Find your next favourite eating place just around the corner.
Local restaurants and cafes providing tastings on the night include:
The Hornbeam Centre
The Jellied Eel
The Kitchen and Deli at St J’s
The Lacy Nook
Today Bread Food Rescue Project
The Colour Walk
Walthamstow Town Square at the “Al-fresco dining room” and later at Sue Ryder, 93-95 High Street 4-7pm
Wear a smile and your most flamboyant outfits! Galina Sherri of Gigi’s Dressing Room first created the Colour Walk. Join the fabulous Florent Bidois for a photo call in the Town Square at 4pm then sashay along the street to the Sue Ryder
West End to Walthamstow High Street
Walthamstow Town Square 4.45 and 5.45pm
Students from Leyton Sixth Form College will be performing musical theatre numbers from Fame – expect song and dance and some surprise extras!
X7eaven present Chaplin
Walthamstow Town Square 6-6.15pm
Join X7eaven as they celebrate bringing the High Street alive through dance with their own modern classic piece “Chaplin”.
Puddings, Poinsettias & Pantomimes – a Walthamstow Christmas walk
Meet outside Walthamstow Library, High Street, E17 7JN 4.30-5.30pmFrom Christmas pantomimes at the Palace Theatre to buying your Christmas greenery in the market, join this FREE guided walk to discover more about the history of Christmas in Walthamstow with local tour guide Joanna Moncrieff.
Reserve your FREE place HERE.
Giant Hopscotch Farah Ishaq
Walthamstow Town Square, High Street. E17 7JN
Dec 1-Jan 5
Hop, skip and jump on the town square – enjoy an element of placemaking and play in the run up to Christmas 2019, as the year of Waltham Forest Borough of Culture comes to a close. Inspired by Walthamstow High Street, 10 squares to leap over, just outside Walthamstow Library.
West African Fanal Lantern Procession with musicians and dancers
Gather outside Walthamstow Central Library, High Street,
E17 7JN 6-6.30 pm
MBilla Arts bring African musicians and dancers on a parade from Walthamstow Central library, down the High Street to CRATE St James Street with lanterns and illuminated structures in a procession originating in the Senegambia region of West Africa. Children can make their own lantern at Walthamstow Central Library and join the parade (see separate listing).
West African Fanal Lantern Making Workshop
Upstairs, Walthamstow Central Library, High Street, E17 7JN 4-6pm
Join Inky Cuttlefish for this FREE drop-in workshop to decorate a stunning lantern inspired by the Fanal Parade, which takes place at Christmas in Gambia (West Africa), and then join us outside the library at 6pm for a parade and procession along the High Street to Crate.
Vintage Lampshade & Garland Workshop
First Floor, Walthamstow Central Library, High Street, E17 7JN 4-7pm
In a FREE drop-in workshop, join Morag Winters of Bella Quail Re-Loved to use High Street fabrics, trimmings, stencils, embroidery, etc to upcycle your old lampshades and create a colourful garland for a more distinctive Christmas decoration. Morag will provide vintage lampshades and materials or you can bring your own lampshade to decorate.
Christmas Cartoon Art Workshop
Children’s Library, Walthamstow Central Library, High Street,
E17 7JN 5-7pm
Come to the Christmas Cartoon Art Work-shop with Tim Reedy and learn how to make a Christmas card or draw a picture of Father Christmas using a step-by-step template. Suitable for all ages this is a FREE drop-in workshop. Art materials will be provided.
Vegetable Carving Performance
Peking Chef, 178 Hoe Street,
E17 4QH 4-6pm
Discover the art of carving vegetables to form beautiful objects such as flowers or birds. Our artist will perform and showcase an artwork made of everyday vegetables such as carrots and cucumber. You may even be invited to eat the artworks afterwards!
High Mountain & Flowing Water: Guzheng Workshop
Peking Chef, 178 Hoe Street,
E17 4QH 6-8pm
At around 2500 years old, Guzheng is the oldest musical instrument in China. Enjoy a performance of Tai Chi accompanied by a range of Chinese and western music played on this incredible instrument. Audience members will also be given the opportunity to play the Guzheng.
The Collab, 198 Hoe Street, E17 4BF 4-9pm
Greenaway Studios are bringing a herd of elusive digital deer out of Epping Forest and into the urban environment. See them at The Collab but some may have strayed along the Street. Some are more timid than others, will you spot them all? Keep your eyes peeled @ideer_greenaway #iDeerADVENTure
Taking Back Winter – busking goes indoors!
The Collab, 198 Hoe Street, E17 4BF 7.30pm
Our buskers go indoors and out of the cold for a second set in case you missed them earlier. Enjoy covers of classic Christmas and familiar songs with inventive arrangements for voice and guitars with local young musicians George van der Byl, Kirani Brayshaw and Parsa Valian.
Exhibition of Art by local illustrator Alex Bloomer
Albert’s Dog Grooming & Care, 3 Central Parade, 137 Hoe Street, E17 4RT 4-9pm
Pop by – maybe with your pet pooch – for an exhibition by local illustrator Alex Bloomer. Alex combines both traditional drawing techniques and computer aided design to create his personal aesthetic.
Fashion and The Art of Sustainability
GLOW LONDON, 4 Central Parade, 137 Hoe Street, E17 4RT 12-9pm
See our display from Future Fashion – project 137 and join us for drinks and nibbles while exploring Glow London’s local design talent. Nevo Burrell of Nevo Concept image will also be on hand with style tips for the festive season and offering some lucky visitors a free style makeover.
Charity Art Auction
Artsnug, 6-10 Central Parade, 137 Hoe Street, E17 4RT 10am-8pm
Grab yourself an art bargain all while supporting our charity of choice RGOA who help find retired racing greyhounds their forever homes.
Shkembe Soup Live at The Lacy Nook – a magical night of dance, music & food
The Lacy Nook at Today Bread, Central Parade, 137 Hoe Street, E17 4RT 8-11pm
Enjoy fusion cuisine from the Balkan Peninsula, accompanied by Shkembe Soup – a troupe of musicians and dancers who perform a concoction of delicious live music and swirling dance from the Balkans, Egypt, Hungary, Morocco and East London. Non diners also welcome.
Hoe Street Central Bank (HSCB), 151-155 Hoe Street, E17 3AN 4-11pm
Tour and explore early photographic methods, party and join us as we launch an urgent campaign to secure and grow this ‘rebel bank.’ Come and get your shares. Doing economics differently on the High Street.
Lens Obscura Workshops
The Mall, 45 Selborne Road, E17 7JR 4-9pm
Join this workshop to create Christmas themed silhouettes with the use of a cameraless technique called a photogram – popularised by Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy. Experience basic darkroom techniques and leave with a life-size Christmas themed silhouette of yourself.
Mehraj Arts: South Asian Gift Wrap Printing Workshop
The Mall, 45 Selborne Road, E17 7JR 4.30-7.30pm
Join artist Sba Shaik for these FREE drop-in workshops printing South Asian motifs onto recycled newspaper and fabrics from the different cultures that make up our High Street. Discover some gift wrapping ideas using recycled materials.
4.30pm-5.45pm – Block/Silk print gift paper/fabric
6pm-7.30pm – Gift wrapping workshop
Taking Back Winter – busking
Outside Tree Island, 10 Palace Parade, High Street, E17 7BU 5pm
Enjoy covers of classic Christmas and familiar songs with inventive arrangements for voice and guitars with local young musicians George van der Byl, Kirani Brayshaw and Parsa Valian.
ADVENTures in Writing
Market Cafe, 151 High Street, E17 7BX 6-7.30pm
A free drop-in writing workshop led by local author Shelly Berry. Shelly will be inviting participants to write a short Advent-inspired piece based on their sensory experiences of the season.
Walthamstow Mix-Tape Choir
The Chequers, 145 High Street, E17 7BX 5pm
Local community choir singing a range of festive (and non-festive) classic pop, indie and soul songs!
Sustainable Fashion & Conscious Shopping
Sue Ryder, 93-95 High Street, E17 7DB 4pm-7pm
Galina Sherri from Gigi’s Dressing Room will be sharing advice on conscious shopping and creating your own signature style with pre-loved, re-purposed or rented clothes. Galina was the original creator of The Colour Walk and will be welcoming joyful, colourful dressers back to Walthamstow where it all began. The Colour Walkers will be sashaying along the High Street to rendezvous with Galina in the Sue Ryder store.
Live DJs at The Jellied Eel
Jellied Eel, Manze’s Pie & Mash Shop, 76 High Street, E17 7LD 7pm-midnight
Enjoy some banging tunes within the surroundings of the Grade II listed, Art Deco interior of Manze’s pie and mash shop. The Jellied Eel cocktail bar is open every Friday and Saturday night serving inventive cocktails and Mediterranean small plates.
Marzipan Sculpting Workshop: “What Does Christmas Mean to You?”
Golden Cake, 39-41 High Street, E17 7AD 5-9pm
Join artist Sue McQueen on this fun, festive and FREE Workshop. You might sculpt a traditional nativity scene with shepherds and angels, a Santa Claus, the Queen making her Christmas Day Speech or a tray of mince pies.
Harpist Anna Skodbo
Querky Cafe, 23 High Street, E17 7AD 6pm and 8pm
Harpist Anna Skodbo is a proud resident of Walthamstow. A woman of many talents, Anna Skodbo is also the driving force behind the clothing label phannatiq, as well as being a qualified electrician. Anna will be playing the harp and singing a mixture of her favourite Irish, Scottish, English, Portuguese and Norwegian folk songs.
An Other A-Z of E17/Rough Guide to Fast Fashion
Querky Cafe, 23 High Street, E17 7AD 7pm
Other Theresa celebrates Walthamstow’s glorious past and present with spoken word and ‘spong’. She’ll also take you on a poetic journey roaming the nightmare realms of fast fashion, to ponder the future.
Invisible Numbers Present The Bear Who Found a Ukulele
1B Window Gallery (Invisible Numbers), Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA 7-8.30 pm
‘The Bear Who Found a Ukulele’ by The Minimus Uke. A beautiful collection of ukuleles handmade with reclaimed wood. Performances by Rod Arthur (founder and maker) and Ukelele17.
Moko Jumbie Stilts Walker Mask & Art Workshop
The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, E17 7HA 6.30-8pm
Moko Jumbie was a spirit dancer from West Africa who travelled to the Caribbean and is now an integral part of Carnival. Watch a short introductory video for inspiration and then join artists Sharon Foster & Jacqueline McFarlane at this FREE drop in art workshop for adults.
The People’s Forest – Origami Workshop
ST JAMES ST, 18-20 St James Street, E17 7PF 5-8pm
A drop-in Origami workshop for all ages to create a people’s forest installation of paper trees. The paper trees created as part of this event will later be displayed in shop windows on Walthamstow High Street throughout December.
Card & Christmas Decoration Making Workshop at The Bulgarian Book Cafe
Once Upon a Time, 2 Station Road, E17 8AA 5-8pm
Embrace the spirit of Christmas in this festive creative workshop hosted by Zanara Design and accompanied by lovely Christmas music and mulled wine.
GestureLab 3: Bodyworks Reimagined
The Meeting Place, Unit 31, CRATE St James, 35 St James Street, E17 7FY 4-9pm
Artist Anja Borowicz’s video installation is based on imagined choreographies of gestures and recorded body movements. These projections were recorded during the first public GestureLab at One Hoe Street, where participants responded to archives of recorded body movements of people at work.
Free Beer tasting at the Untraditional Pub
The Untraditional Pub, Upstairs, Unit 27, CRATE St James, 35 St James Street, E17 7FY 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Join one of the FREE 40 minute tutored tastings of different styles of locally produced lager at Pillars Brewery. First come first served. Three sessions: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm. Limited to 24 people per session.
Dijon Dajee and Hans Ortiz Art Exhibition
Studio 3, Unit 28, CRATE St James, 35 St James Street, E17 7FY 6-9pm
An art exhibition of two experimental artists who have ended up living in Walthamstow hosted by Terra Chokubaiten.
Botanical Matchbox Calendar
Borrowed Light Floral Studio, Unit 1, CRATE St James,
35 St James Street, E17 7FY 11am-9pm
Festive window display by local florists Borrowed Light Floral Studio. See 24 botanicals of Christmas presented in tiny matchboxes.
The Art Of Coffee Selection By Cupping
Long & Short Coffee, Unit 5, CRATE St James, 35 St James Street, E17 7FY 5-6pm
How much do you love coffee? As part of our selection process we have to ‘cup’ many coffees on a regular basis, using just our nose and palate to choose the winners. Join us for a cupping session and help choose our next round of coffees from the coming harvests.
Ceramic workshop – Make your own cup & saucer
The Wonders of Clay HQ, Unit 7, CRATE St James,
35 St James Street, E17 7FY 4.30-9pm
Come along to this newly opened ceramic studio to make your own cup & saucer using the slab-building technique.
Book your place in advance HERE.
Unit 21, CRATE St James, 35 St James Street, E17 7FY 11am-9pm
Discover a Ceramic Winter Wonderland.
Sustainable Fashion with D4DISCUS –vintage inspired clothes
D4DISCUS, Unit 16, CRATE St James, 35 St James Street, E17 7FY 6-9pm
Local designer Seiko Fujino’s women’s sustainable fashion brand D4Discus specialises in creating clothes from vintage fabrics. Seiko will be displaying some of her designs with vintage fabric & will be on hand to discuss her designs.
High Street ADVENTures is produced by Artillery and celebrates Walthamstow High Street as The Mayor of London’Bring s first Night Time Enterprise Zone. This event is part of the Walthamstow Night Time Enterprise pilot project and is jointly funded by the Mayor of London and LBWF.
Funders & Supporters
The project is supported with funding from The Mayor of London, Waltham Forest Council and with in-kind support from our project partners at CRATE St James Street, St James Street Big Local Resident Group, The Mill Community Space and The Mall.