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Hundreds of events on offer in the borough’s summer of fun


Most events are free to take part in Free food for families will be available at some events to help with the cost-of-living crisis

From arts and crafts to music, sport, dance, festivals, adventure play, biking, street art, farm tours, woodwork and more, Tower Hamlets Council has today published its summer events programme.

The council and partner organisations have so much to offer for children and families this summer, as they team up to host hundreds of events and activities to support families during the school summer break, aid recovery from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and encourage residents to explore their local environment.

The action-packed programme of summer activities also includes cooking and baking, gardening sessions, nature activities, theatre and drama, and skills training.

Most of the activities are free and some include a free, healthy meal.

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“With more than 600 free events on offer during the school summer holidays benefitting more than 14,500 recipients, this year’s summer of fun programme promises to give local young people and families a chance to relax, take part in sport or a physical activity or enjoy a new cultural experience.

Many of the activities offer a free meal to all participants, supporting families who may be experiencing hardship, especially during the long school break and when the cost-of-living crisis is impacting families.”

As well as hosting free events, the council has invested £10 million as part of its parks capital programme which includes improving play facilities to encourage families to visit and enjoy the borough’s outdoor spaces, especially on long summer days.

A new toddler and junior playground at Ravenscroft Park in Bethnal Green is one of the most recently opened facilities. With inclusive play equipment enabling children of all abilities to play together, the playground, inspired by the nearby Columbia Road Market, has flower and plant themed equipment and floor markings.

Councillor Iqbal Hossain, Cabinet Member for Culture and Recreation, said:

“Leisure and physical activities are proven to enrich lives, improve mental wellbeing and build confidence. Our summer programme gives everyone a chance to bounce back to wellbeing after the Covid-19 pandemic by making the most of our leisure facilities, beautiful parks and outdoor spaces.”