There are quite a few things happening in and around Walthamstow over the Royal Wedding/May Day bank holiday, so whether you’re a merry monarchist or a rowdy republican, you should find plenty to do in this fair postcode of ours. Here’s a selection of what we’ve heard about on the E17 hipster grapevine, feel free to post details of other things you know about which might have escaped us momentarily!
Brodie’s Beer Festival
The King William IV hosts the ‘Bunny Basher Beer Festival’ from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May. The William is of course the home to the marvellous Brodie’s Beers, a micro-brewery right on our doorstep. A few friends of Stow Scene went along last year and reports were great, if a little hazy the morning after. It’s not just the 35 beers on offer (at £1.99 a pint) – there is a hog roast, a vegan BBQ, live music on Sunday, and they tell me that it is geared up to welcome people who want to bring their kids along too. The King William IV is near Bakers Arms, opposite the Tesco in Leyton.
Party in the Street
Ye Olde Rose and Crown on Hoe Street is holding a Party in the Street on Friday 29 April. The party is billed as being in honour of the Royal Wedding, but I suspect that it is mainly a good excuse to have a few drinks and a dance, hopefully in the sunshine! There will be bunting, cakes and stalls, and the band Soul Funk Secrets will be playing in the pub in the evening.
Ye Olde Rose & Crown also had an art exhibition, ‘Republic’, running across the Bank Holiday weekend, and more details about that can be found here. It is the CAMRA East London Pub of the Year, so well worth checking out.
Food and drinks in The Salon
Also on Friday 29 April, The Salon is holding a fundraising event in aid of Macmillan Cancer. The hairdressers is just around the corner from The Castle pub, on Beulah Road in the Village. They are promising food and drinks and a party atmosphere, and you can go along, even if you’re not getting your hair cut. Stow Scene has always found The Salon to be very welcoming and they do some sharp haircuts, so check out their website here.
Street party at The Queen’s Head
The Queen’s Head in the Village is also putting on a street party in honour of the Royal Wedding. They are also offering food, drinks and a general party atmosphere, with what they describe as a “good old Cockney knees-up” in the evening.
Miniature Steam Train Rides
Slightly out of E17, this one, but worthy of a mention. You may not know but there are two miniature train tracks at the back of Ridgeway Park in Peel Close, Chingford, E4 6XU. It’s near the Green Man pub at Chingford Mount. Every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday they are offering train rides for the sum of either 50p or £1 (depending on which track is used) between 2pm and 5.30pm. Under 3s go free with an adult. The Chingford & District Model Engineering Club run the tracks, and you can find out more information here.
The vegan cafe and community centre Hornbeam Cafe, on Hoe Street near Bakers Arms, is holding a BBQ on Saturday 30 April. This is to celebrate the Celtic festival of Beltane. The BBQ kicks off at 12pm and there will be veggie food a-go-go. More information can be found here.
Beer Festival and Cat Wedding
Finally, we come to the Nags Head. If you’ve been in there recently, you can’t fail to have noticed that they have a cat wedding coming up on Friday 29 April. Yes, on Royal Wedding day, one cat is marrying another cat. Alongside that, they have a real ale festival running from Thursday 28 April until Sunday 1 May. They are promising around 20 different ales to choose from, and we hear there will be a cheesy disco too. So, whether you’re excited by the cat wedding or not, there’s a chance to sup some ales and pull some shapes on the dancefloor until the early hours.
Have a great Easter and Bank Holiday, keep it E17!