Monday, 12 November 2018

Snowdrop Planting, Sunday 10-1PM, Chris' Wood

Chris' Wood

This Sunday we have our final bulb planting session of the year.

Over the past few weeks, we have planted some 4,000 bluebells along the woodland walk near the climbing wall. This time we have a thousand snowdrops to plant in Chris' Wood (location below) which is looking beautiful at the moment. We might even plant some daffs if time allows.

This is a great chance to meet others who enjoy our Park, whilst having some gentle exercise. Afterwards we will head to The Coffee Room for refreshments (you have to try their Victoria Sponge).

Equipment such as trowels, gloves and bulb planters is supplied; as well as a small number of foam kneeling pads. If you prefer then please do bring your own hand tools.

If you would like to join in then please email so we have an idea of numbers and you can be kept up to date with arrangements (ie weather!).

Location: Chris' Wood (besides the Art Pavilion and parallel to Clinton Road, behind the Grove Road Texaco Garage)
When: 10-1PM 
What to wear: Clothes suitable for the weather and sturdy boots.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Bulb Planting - This Friday and Sunday (Can you spare an hour or so?)

Mile End in 2-3 years?
This coming Friday and Sunday, instead of our regular monthly litter-pick, we are holding a couple of bulb-planting sessions. These should be great fun for all the family.

The Council have given us 6,000 bluebells and the "Grande Plan" is to plant bluebells in the section of woodland between Grove Road and Mile End Climbing Wall beside the railway. Whilst the area is no forest, anyone who has wandered through there will know it is actually surprisingly peaceful. Who knows, after a couple of years Mile End may have its very own bluebell wood to rival the Bluebell Railway.

If you would like to come and help out then please email or just turn up. Further details below.

Event Details
Location: The woodland area between Grove Road and the Mile End Climbing Wall (shaded light blue in the map above).
When: FRIDAY: 11.30-3PM; SUNDAY: 10-12 or until the bulbs run out! 
Equipment: We have a range of tools and equipment, but if you have your own (gardening gloves/bulb planter, etc) then you are welcome to bring them. Please wear sturdy/non-precious footwear. 

If you want to pop along for just half an hour or so then please do (preferably with Haribos).

Next year we hope to continue bulb planting the area (planting bluebells "in the green" late Spring and more bluebells in the Autumn), and lots of different bulbs in the orange-shaded area above - the idea being that  the wood transitions from a bluebell wood to a more varied planting regime as you turn the dog-leg by the climbing wall.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

The Art Pavilion - Waterscape Exhibition & Workshops (7-9th August)

This summer immerse yourself in a cooling, watery exhibition at The Art Pavilion in Mile End Park and take part in free art workshops including painting, textiles and paper-based media. Participants will be able to contribute towards the creation of a large-scale and progressive sculpture; all inspired by the waterside location of the gorgeous, glass-fronted Art Pavilion building. There will be an exhibition in the space featuring local artists David Ko, Jasper Deane, Alice Sielle, Virginia Hawke, Paula Haughney, Sarah Ainslie, Jill Fullbrook and Katja Rosenberg. 

Taster Workshops 
Tuesday 7 August 12pm-4pm Chinese Paper Cutting with David Ko 
Wednesday 8 August 12-4pm Marbling with Virginia Hawke 
Thursday 9 August 12pm-4pm Chinese Brush Painting with David Ko 
Tuesday - Thursday 7 – 9 August 12-4pm Silk Painting with Jill Fullbrook. 

Workshops are suitable for all levels, including those with no previous experience. Open to all, but children should be accompanied by adults. 

The exhibition will be open from 11am-5pm with drop-in sessions from 12-4pm each day. Just turn up, no booking required. 

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Tower Hamlets Summer Activities 2018 MoreTh>n 165 FREE Activities

Tower Hamlets has released its booklet detailing over 165 free activities for children, young people, adults and the whole family. Lots of the activities take place in Mile End Park in the Children's play park, Art Pavilion, Eco Pavilion, Urban Adventure Base, Mile End Stadium or the Leisure centre.

For the full programme click here.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Mile End Park Community Fair & Dog Show: Sunday 22nd July 11-4PM

This year's Park Life is just 5 days away and is going to be jam-packed with something for everyone. It takes place just off Grove Road between the Texaco Garage and the Brittania Fish Bar.

Activities Galore
Face Painting | The Ice Run Adventure | The Horizontal Bungee | Go Karts |
Coconut Shy | Fair Rides | Bouncy Castle | Inflatable Mid Dragon Slide
Climbing Wall | Inflatable 5-a-side Football Pitch | Jewellery Making | Rollapaluza

Bric-a-Brac | PDSA Advice Stall | Friends of Mile End Park | Arts and Crafts 

East End WI with Cakes galore and teas and drinks | Smoothie Bikes
 Ice Cream Van | Onion Bhajis & Samosas

And of Course The Dog Show with the following categories:
            1. Most Fabulous Fella
            2. Loveliest Lady
            3. Most Endearing Rescue Dog
            4. Most Courageous Golden Oldie (7 and over)
            5. Best Puppy (under 12 months)
            6. Best Trick
            7. Look-a-like (Dog most like their owner)
            8. Egg and spoon race (dog on lead)*
Prize rosettes for the top four in each category with each winner receiving a gift donated by Hounds of Bow. Each category winner will be entered into the Best in Show competition at the end to win a trophy.

This year we will again be running Dog Agility demos and try-outs. So bring fido and see how he likes our agility course courtesy of Friendly Creatures.

*Still working on this one, but it is likely to be a "treat and spoon" race with a statutory sit halfway. No eating the treat until the end!

Monday, 2 July 2018

Park Life 2018: Mile End Park Community Fair and Dog Show -Sunday 22nd July

There are just three weeks to go until the 2018 Park Life Festival: Community Fair and Dog Show. Put the date in your diary (if you still use one!).

We will be sending out more info soon. But it looks like it will be the biggest festival we have put on in years with something for everyone.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

George Irvin's Fun Fair -Coming to Mile End Park this Friday

With the balmy summer weather lots of us are enjoying evenings outdoors in the Park rather than staying in our stuffy homes. George Irvin's Fair is coming to Mile End Park this Friday for a week and a bit. So we have another reason to stay outdoors and avoid the monotony of Love Island.

The Fair will be located just South of the Green Bridge off of Burdett Road. 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Royal Wedding Celebration - Picnic & Activities in the Park (Sat. 19th May)

Bring along a picnic to celebrate the royal wedding and take part in a range of children's activities and sports. The picnic will take place on Mile End Park Events Field, Haverfield Road (off Grove Road), London, E3 5TW 

Attractions include: 

*Bungee Run * Pedal Karts * Fairground Side Stalls * All-age Bouncer *Fun-run Bouncer * Midi-slide * FacePainters *Arts & Crafts Activities * Coconut Shy 

The event is FREE
Venue: Mile End Park, near the climbing wall
Contact: for more info: (Tel 020 7364 5227)

Friday, 27 April 2018

Litter Pick This Sunday - 10am by the Art Pavilion

Welcome to those of you who signed up to be a Friend of Mile End Park at last weekend's Urban Makers Fair in the Ecology Pavilion. Everyone registering was entered into a [virtual] draw to win a £25 voucher to spend at The Pizza Room. Congratulations to our winner Martin Church and thanks to The Pizza Room for donating the prize.

This Sunday is our first litter pick in a while and I hope some of you can come for some or all of the time. The event typically lasts two hours. We also use it as an opportunity to "audit" the park and feedback to the park management. Folk are welcome to come for half an hour or so if they prefer. It is a very friendly affair, and afterwards we go to the Coffee Room in Grove Road for a free drink and cakes.

Time 10-12 noon
Location: Meet by the Art Pavilion (behind the Grove Road Texaco garage)
All equipment provided
Wear sturdy footwear and clothes appropriate to the weather. More info:

Monday, 16 April 2018

Eco Pavilion - Urban Makers Spring Eco Market (Sat-Sun, 21-22nd April, 11-5PM)

Urban Makers East are continuing their run of seasonal makers’ markets at our Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park. Situated amongst the lakes and reed beds of the park, the Pavilion provides a wonderful setting for some of the area's foremost independent designer-makers. 

To celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) the market is being curated with an ecological agenda. As the 2018 theme is End Plastic Pollution, Urban Makers East will be minimising all single-use plastics and encouraging designers to use biodegradable plastics and recycled packaging. 

There will be completely new designers each day, so why not visit the Market twice!. You can expect art, homeware, natural skincare, jewellery, textiles, stationery, knitwear, clothes for hip kids, contemporary miscellanea and more. 

For the kids, there will be pond dipping and net sweeping in the park and craft activities in the mini makers craft room. 

If you need to restore some energy, visitors can sit, relax and enjoy the view through the floor to ceiling windows whilst enjoying exquisite street food, killer cakes, artisan coffee and Spring cocktails. 

There are four workshops running over the weekend. 
Saturday: 11.30-1.30pm Make your own soap with MBotanicals 
2-4pm Social sketching workshop with Dulcimer Draws 

Sunday: 11.30-1.30pm Make a paper Peony with The Paper Flower Garden 
2-4pm Gardens for your soul - free garden design workshop with Alex Scrivens

Time: 11-5PM
Venue: The Ecology Pavilion
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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Art Pavilion - St George's Day Over 50s Tea Dance (Wed 25th April, 2-4.30PM)

Tower Hamlets' St George's Day over 50s tea dance returns to Mile End Park's Art Pavilion on Wednesday 25th April. It features live music from The Sunshine Kings who will be playing hits from the 1930s and 1940s plus modern day tunes and there will be a dance leader to lead the way on the dance floor, and refreshments to help you dance the afternoon away! 

Booking opens Tuesday 10th April Free of charge but advance booking essential by calling Regina on 020-7364-7916 between 9.30-1pm, Mon-Fri or by emailing:

Time: 2-4.30 PM
Venue: The Art Pavilion

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Our Annual General Meeting (Wed 11th April, 7.15PM, Eco Pavilion)

This Wednesday is our Annual General Meeting, at 7.15PM in the Ecology Pavilion, Grove Road. The agenda is below. I do hope you can come along. It should take under an hour.

The committee is keen to get more people involved in running the Friends. Nothing too onerous - the committee usually meet for an hour or so about 4 times a year in one of our houses. If you are interested and want to find out more, then please just pop along on Wednesday. We don't bite!

The Mile End Park Management Team will be providing an update on the Park, and there will be a chance to ask them any questions you might have or perhaps you might have some ideas you'd like to put forward?

At the AGM we will have a selection of free refreshments such as nibbles, wine and soft drinks to help the evening go along.

Also, we are delighted to be giving out free copies of the recently published 80-page booklet Beer Barrels and Brewhouses (which explores the brewing heritage of the East End). It is an excellent read. 

Attendees will also be entered into a free prize draw to win a £30 voucher valid at  The Greedy Cow in Grove Road. Thanks Reg for donating the voucher.

  1. Apologies for absence (to Secretary in advance)
  2. Minutes of 2017 AGM
  3. Matters arising
  4. Chair’s Report on Activities and Developments
  5. Treasurer’s Report on Finance and Annual Accounts
  6. Alexia Walenkaki
  7. Update on Future Events: 
    1. Community Fair and Dog Show 
    2. Monthly litter-picking get-togethers
    3. Any other suggestions invited 
  8. Election of officers:
    1. Chair
    2. Treasurer
    3. Secretary
  9. Update from Mile End Park Management Team 
  10. Any other business

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Art Pavilion Exhibition: Shape Open 2018 - Collective Influence (22nd March - 5th April 2018)

Shape Arts' 2018 Shape Open, this year titled “Collective Influence”, is a group exhibition of artwork created by both disabled and non-disabled artists in response to provocations such as: what influences you? How does influence go further than inspiration? What power does influence have to provoke change, and what capacity does it have to affect society?

Showcasing work across a wide range of art forms by some of the UK’s most compelling emerging artists, and supported by Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE, Collective Influence investigates the interwoven influences of art, disability and the power of a collective voice. Questioning how the “collective” has the power to evoke and influence change, this exhibition is an examination of the role art plays in activating social developments, and vice versa.

This year’s exhibiting artists are: Aidan Moesby, Alice Rose Floyd, Amy Hutchings, Anahita Harding, Arjun Harrison-Mann, Arushee Suri, Ashokkumar Mistry, Attia Rashid, Brendan O’Neill, DYSPLA, Eleanor Johnson, Elinor Clare Rowlands, Ellie Collins, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Fae Kilburn, Grace Leigh Igoe, Helen Jones, Jack Haslam, Justin Levesque, Justin Piccirilli, Ker Wallwork, Mary Rouncefield, MH Sarkis, Mohammad Barrangi Fashtami, Nina Thomas, Oaklee Thiele, Rah Petherbridge, Ray Kathryn Radnell, Sally Booth, Sarah Carpenter, Signkid, Steph Harrison, and Susan Elaine Jones.

A winning artist, selected by a small panel including Shape Open Patron Yinka Shonibare MBE, will be awarded £1,000 at the Private View; a second artist will receive the People’s Choice Award of £250, as voted for by attendees of the Open throughout its duration.

All are welcome to attend the Private View from 6.30 to 8.30pm, on Thursday 22 March.

Shape Open 2018: Collective Influence
Date Thu 22nd Mar - Thu 5th April
Time 10am to 6pm every day except Mondays and Easter Sunday.
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Monday, 26 February 2018

Art Pavilion Exhibition: In A Country Far, Far Away (1-17th March)

This group show incorporates work by 80 artists from London, Europe and further afield which presents varied interpretations of fairytales, myths and legends from countries under sufferance of war and crisis. It offers a platform for reconnection with, and enhanced understanding of true personal identities behind the distorted images which arise from conflict and crisis. 

The exhibition, brought to life by East London curatorial service Art Catcher, is accompanied by a busy programme of workshops and events that have something to offer for most ages and walks of life. 

These include exhibition exploration materials hub for children, a speed storytelling event, a personal roots interview and photo portrait studio and a (half dressed) life drawing afternoon. Other workshops include making a communal golem from clay, as well as an animation-based film night portraying cultures of the world, and a meditation sound bath. 

Last but not least, fantastic music will be on the menu from UK folk band Mishaped Pearls on 1 March at 8pm, and Lebanese indie-pop formation Sandmoon on 17 March at 7pm. 

In A Country Far, Far Away
Date Thu 1st Mar - Sat 17th Mar 2018
Time 12 noon - 6.30PM
Venue The Art Pavilion, E3 4QY

Monday, 19 February 2018

Art Pavilion Exhibition: Creative Pathways Post 16 (21st Feb-25th Feb 2018)

The Art Pavilion Spring Exhibition season continues with an event showcasing the best of Tower Hamlets' young artists work from 6th forms in the borough. 

Participating schools include: 

• St Paul’s Way Trust School 
• Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools 
• Raine’s Foundation School 
• Mulberry School for Girls 
• Morpeth School 
• Swanlea School 
• Bow School 
• Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College 
• Central Foundation Girls’ School 
• Langdon Park School 

There will be a private view on Thursday 22nd February 4.30-8:30 to which all are welcome. 

Creative Pathways Post 16 Exhibition
Date Wed 21st Feb - Sun 25th Feb
Time 10.30AM-17.30PM daily
Venue The Art Pavilion, E3 4QY

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Art Pavilion: Spring 2018 London Chinese Photography Exhibition (9-17th Feb)

There is currently a wonderful free photography exhibition on at the Art Pavilion.

PingHub UK and Opustique Infinity present an Exhibition to Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2018 with images provided by both the Cambridge Photographic Association and The Entrepreneurs Photography Association of China. Subjects range from landscapes to animals, and all are on display to help usher in the Year of Dog with a diverse and high-quality selection of photographs.

The closing ceremony and auction will take place on Saturday 17th February from 2.00 - 5.00pm.

Spring 2018 London Chinese Photography Exhibition
Date Fri 9th Feb - Sat 17th Feb
Time 9-16 Feb 10AM-6PM, Sat 17th Feb 10AM-5PM
Venue The Art Pavilion, E3 4QY
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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

This coming Sunday, 4th February, the Friends of Mile End Park are co-hosting a planning event from 1.30 to 4.30PM at the Art Pavilion. All the details are above on the flyer. This event forms part of the process of formulating the  Roman Road and Bow Neighbourhood Plan. 

We will be walking around the Mile End Park area to start with (leaving the Art Pavilion around 1.30 and returning by 2.30) to help prompt us in thinking about what we like and dislike about our area. Upon returning to the Pavilion there will a chance for some light refreshments, children's activities, local musicians and a chance to literally map out your thoughts about our part of Bow - particularly the kind of developments and businesses we would like to see encouraged or discouraged.

If the weather is horrid the event will still go ahead, but we may limit the outdoor element. We'll play it by ear. 

Mile End Old Town Residents' Association and Antill Road Residents' Association will be our co-hosts, together with members of the Roman Road Bow Neighbourhood Plan Forum.

Please do pop along if only for part of the time.