Friday, 2 June 2017

Fancy helping litter-pick the Park this Sunday (10am by the Art Pavilion)?

This Sunday is the Friends' monthly litter-pick of the Park. We meet at 10am by the Art Pavilion and litter-pick the park for a couple of hours (or less if you want to!) and then slope off to the Coffee Room for complimentary refreshments. Litter pickers, gloves and refuse bags are supplied. Just make sure you wear clothing suitable for our variable weather.

The park is full of contrasts at the moment - trees are being threatened by youths stripping the bark away; the water level in the Eco Pavilion is higher than it has been for years aided by the odd Boris Bike that has been added to the soup; and amid this vandalism a pair of swans have built a nest and are rearing an octet of signets. 

Please do come along and join us this Sunday. As MC I promise to let you enjoy the park providing you lift the odd bit of litter.

Urban Makers East: Summer Market (3-4th June 11-5PM, Ecology Pavilion)

This weekend sees the return of the Urban Makers East Market to the Ecology Pavilion in our Park.

The market contains a carefully curated selection of contemporary designer makers with stalls selling original art works, homeware, jewellery, textiles, stationary, knitwear, hip children's clothes and much more. There are plenty of activities for children too (see below).

There are also four workshops running over the weekend:
Saturday: 11.30–1.30pm Make your own beaded hanging planter with Caron Goldman
2–4pm Create a collage with The Artistic Side of Life.

Sunday: 11.30–1.30pm Bespoke Face Mask Workshop with Suzie from Soothe-Me
2–4pm Bathbomb making with Philly Aime

Laurence King Publishing will be providing a range of activities. They will be supplying colouring and comic making books to the ever popular Minimakers’ Craft Room, hosting two temporary tattoo booths for kids and adults, plus children will be invited to dress as their favourite superhero for an action packed treasure hunt. Laurence King will also be selling discounted  books and games from their creative range of titles.

The event runs both Saturday and Sunday from 11-5PM

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Date for the Diary: Sunday 9th July

We are now gearing up for our annual Community Fair & Dog Show on Sunday 9th July 12-5 PM. Make sure you put that date in your diary. More info to follow. We will have lots for the young, old, those in between and of course plenty for our canine friends.

If you'd like to help out in any way then email 

Also, can you think of any dog-related tracks to play during the doggie events? Let us know at

Friday, 31 March 2017

Our Annual General Meeting: This Wed 5th April, 7 for 7.15PM at The Art Pavilion

I hope some of you can make it to this year's Annual General Meeting. The Friends committee will be updating you on what we have got up to in the last 12 months as well as briefing members on our aims for 2017 and beyond.

The Park Managers will be around to brief attendees on their team's accomplishments in 2016 and future projects. There will also be a short Q and A session.

Of course, nibbles, soft drinks and wine will be available.

All welcome.

I hope to see you there.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Force Of Nature: Exhibition at the Art Pavilion 5th March-9th April 2017 12-6PM daily

A wonderfully accessible art exhibition has opened at the Art Pavilion in the park. It runs from 5th March to 9th April, 12-6PM daily. Works on display are inspired by nature and include pieces from David Nash and Andy Goldsworthy, and has been curated by James Putnam with Alteria Art.

Yours truly was lucky enough to pop along to the opening night and without a doubt, it is the most enjoyable exhibition the Art Pavilion has hosted in a while - I wanted to take just about all the exhibits home with me. There are works by 28 established and emerging artists and the Pavilion is the ideal setting with some of the works overflowing into the outdoor arena of the lake and the Art Pavilion island. The pieces are very varied, as is nature itself of course, and the curator James Putnam has done an amazing job of bringing together such a stimulating collection of exhibits of varying form, colour and texture that make full use of the Pavilion's panoramic setting.

There will be a late night opening (as part of First Thursdays) on Thursday 6th April

Sunday, 26 February 2017

As the days are getting lighter the park is springing into life


I hope you have had a great weekend. After a fairly dreary couple of months, the park has started to wakeup. The video above posted on twitter by @artmemos has really lifted my day. Just a minor detour from your busy day into the park to spot some squirrels or birds hopping around, or the bright joyful colours of the spring bulbs, can really lift the spirits.

The Friends monthly litter-pick sessions begin again next Sunday 5th March. We will meet by the Art Pavilion (behind the Grove Road Texaco Garage) at 10am and litter pick until approximately 12 midday. Then we'll pop to The Coffee Room in Grove Road for a [free] coffee or two and a chat. Pop along if you can for all or part of the session. Just make sure you have some good shoes on - we supply all the gloves, litter picks and refuse bags. It is a surprisingly social affair and fingers crossed the spring bulbs will be out in their wonderful mix of colours. 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Traditions Exhibition: 12 noon to 6PM daily until Sunday 19th February

This exhibition by Art Catcher, a London curator of exhibitions about cultural and emotional identity, in collaboration with Incloodu Festivals and supported by Tower Hamlets Council, looks on the effects our cultural rituals have on how we feel about ourselves and the world, how it can help us to think big and walk towards each other while at other times it stops us from spreading our wings. 

40 artists have responded to the theme in painting, print, interactive installation and video work in sometimes humorous, sometimes questioning ways and it is a particular strong point of this show that it speaks to all ages and makes for an interesting visit for the whole family. 

The exhibition runs at the Mile End Park Art Pavilion until Sunday the 19th February and is open 12-6PM daily with further events as detailed on the Art Catcher website