All events start from the Soanes Centre, by the gate from Southern Grove E3 4PX. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  For family events, click here.

June

Free Monthly Guided Walk (every 3rd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 18 June 2 - 4pm  Free, just turn up

Join us a free tour to learn about the fascinating fauna and flora of this beautiful urban nature reserve.  This month, Sarah talks about how we manage the park for wildlife and people.

Just drop in, no need to book. Donations are welcomed.

Evening Wildflower Walks 3

Tuesday 27 June 6.30 - 8.30pm  £12/£10

A botanical walk in the park, looking in depth at selected wildflowers now in season, exploring the plant itself, its ecology and its human connections – to literature, folklore, medicine, food and drink and crafts. We will also look at other flowers more briefly. This session we will look at  Rosebay Willowherb, Salad Burnet, Foxglove, St John’s Wort, Field Scabious, Black Knapweed, Meadow Cranesbill, and Bird’s Foot Trefoil.   Information and booking

Muddy Play in the Woods
Thursday 29 June  4.15 to 5.30pm  Free - donations welcome
International Mud Day happens but once a year.  Join Ken to get down and dirty our woodland mud kitchen for some awesome outdoor learning and nature discovery. Dress for mess, oh yes! 

Suitable for children aged 3 to 12.  No need to book, just turn up.

Parents / carers must accompany all children: maximum 4 children per adult.

July

Summer Fair Saturday 1 July 12.00 - 5.00 Free
Join us for food, music, dance, pond dipping, woodland crafts, history displays and lots of fun in the sun.  Penny farthings will be available to ride for all ages!
 

Introduction to Green Woodwork

Sunday 2 July 10.00 - 4.00  £47

Learn to use specialist green wood-working tools (Froe, Beetle, Small Hand Axe, Chopping Block, Draw Knife, Brace & Bit) whilst sat astride an authentic wooden Shaving Horse in the beautiful surroundings of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. You will make a variety of Wooden Spatulas for use in your Kitchen.

As part of the ticket price you'll also be treated to a vegetarian lunch cooked on a camp fire and home-made chai tea.      More information and booking

Really Get to Know Your Wild Plants: Pea Family

Sunday 2 July  10.00 - 15.30  £30/£25

A series of days held on the first Saturday of the month throughout the summer, looking at wild plants, including trees and shrubs.  We will identify plants, get to know their ecology, examine their structure and how they fit into their plant family, their pollination and other wildlife values, and their connections to human culture.  Each event stands alone, but also builds on previous ones.  Suitable for beginners, and more experienced participants will be given extra challenges.  Each time, as well as looking at a wide range of plants, we will give special attention to one major family.   Information and booking.      Others in the series.

Heritage Volunteers (every 2nd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 9 July  14.00 - 16.00  Free, just turn up 

Join members of the Friends and the East London History Society, in recording memorial inscriptions. This is part of an ongoing project to record the history of the cemetery. More information

Bow Beasties Wildlife Club (every 3rd Saturday of the month)

Saturday 15 July  10.30am - 12.30pm  Free

Experience the magic of woodlands and wildlife! Seasonal, outdoor, nature activities and games for children and families.  More information

NB No Bow Beasties in August

Free Monthly Guided Walk  (every 3rd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 16 July  2pm - 4pm  Free, just turn up

Join us a free tour of Park to learn about the fascinating fauna and flora of this beautiful urban nature reserve. Just drop in, no need to book. Donations are welcomed. 

Evening Wildflower Walk 4

Tuesday 18 July  6.30 - 8.30pm  £12/£10

A botanical walk in the park, looking in depth at selected wildflowers now in season, exploring the plant itself, its ecology and its human connections – to literature, folklore, medicine, food and drink and crafts. We will also look at other flowers more briefly. This session we will look at Purple Loosetrife, Spiny Rest Harrow, Meadowsweet, Marjoram, Wild Basil, Wild Carrot, Dark Mullein

Information and booking

Bushcraft Knots and Shelters Course

Monday 24 July 9:30am-5pm £25

A full day course for outdoor educators, bushcraft and survival enthusiasts, forest school and scout leaders, and everyone interested in wild camping in a forest environment.

You will learn ropework - knots and lashings (bindings) for a range of bushcraft, wild camping and survival purposes, how to put up shelters, tarps and hammocks and also how to put a parachute up in a tree as a large group shelter. More information and booking.


A Stroll Around the Plants and People Trail

Monday 24 July 6:30-8pm £9/£5

There are hundreds of wild plant species along the trail. Join us for a gentle saunter and we will explore some of these plants and their connections to bees, butterflies, folklore, herbalism, arts, crafts and literature. Enjoy a wild tea and nibble a few tasty wild salad plants, while having your own plant questions answered. Information and booking.

Big Butterfly Count

Thursday 27 July 10.00 - 12.00am  Free - booking essential

A morning of outdoor fun exploring insects!  Help us open our moth trap and learn to identify the moths before releasing them to flit away.  Then we'll hunt through the park for butterflies and send our sightings to the Big Butterfly Count. Suitable for all ages, all children must be accompanied by an adult - maximum 3 children per adult.  More information and booking

Forest School
31 July, 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, August £30 per session
Forest School is made up of a very wide range of experiences and adventures, which can include bush craft skills, whittling, fire lighting and cooking on fires, through to bug hunts and bird watching.

August

Forest School
31 July, 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, August £30 per session
Forest School is made up of a very wide range of experiences and adventures, which can include bush craft skills, whittling, fire lighting and cooking on fires, through to bug hunts and bird watching.

Wildlife Friendly Gardening

Thursday 10 August 6:30-8:30pm £12/£10

During this workshop we'll teach you techniques to attract beneficial wildlife into your garden or allotment and show you how you can evaluate your space's potential to give wildlife a home. The course will take place both inside and outside and each participant will go away with some free seeds. Information and booking.

Really Get to Know Your Wild Plants: Mint Family

Saturday 12 August  10.00 - 15.30  £30/£25

A series of days held on the first Saturday of the month throughout the summer, looking at wild plants, including trees and shrubs.  We will identify plants, get to know their ecology, examine their structure and how they fit into their plant family, their pollination and other wildlife values, and their connections to human culture.  Each event stands alone, but also builds on previous ones.  Suitable for beginners, and more experienced participants will be given extra challenges.  Each time, as well as looking at a wide range of plants, we will give special attention to one major family.  Information and booking.

Heritage Volunteers (every 2nd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 13 August  14.00 - 16.00  Free, just turn up 

Join members of the Friends and the East London History Society, in recording memorial inscriptions. This is part of an ongoing project to record the history of the cemetery. More information


A Stroll Around the Plants and People Trail

Thursday 17 August 6:30-8pm £9/£5

There are hundreds of wild plant species along the trail. Join us for a gentle saunter and we will explore some of these plants and their connections to bees, butterflies, folklore, herbalism, arts, crafts and literature. Enjoy a wild tea and nibble a few tasty wild salad plants, while having your own plant questions answered. Information and booking.

Free Monthly Guided Walk (every 3rd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 20 August 2pm - 4pm  Free, just turn up

Join us a free tour of Park to learn about the fascinating fauna and flora of this beautiful urban nature reserve. Just drop in, no need to book. Donations are welcomed.


Evening Wildflower Walk 5

Tuesday 22 August  6 - 8pm  £12/£10

A botanical walk in the park, looking in depth at selected wildflowers now in season, exploring the plant itself, its ecology and its human connections – to literature, folklore, medicine, food and drink and crafts. We will also look at other flowers more briefly. This session we will look at Devil’s Bit Scabious, Small Scabious, Autumn Cyclamen, Colchium, Common Fleabane, Teazel, Small Teazel, Hemp Agrimony

Information and booking

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