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.

April

Really Get to Know Your Wild Plants 1: Cabbage Family

Saturday 1 April  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.

Introduction to Green Woodwork
Sunday 2 April  10.00am - 4.00pm  £47

Learn to make a variety of Wooden Spatulas for use in your Kitchen, using 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. As part of the ticket price you'll also be treated to a vegetarian lunch cooked on an open fire and home-made chai tea.  

More information and booking

Monthly Conservation Volunteers (1st Sunday of the Month)
Sunday 2 April  10.00-16.00  Free, just turn up
Join the Friends in helping us to care for Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Each month we carry out a different conservation project.
All training and equipment is provided, along with tea and coffee.  More information.
Forest School
Mon 3rd, Tue 4th, Fri 7th, Mon 10th, Tue 11th April   £30 per session or £135 for all five sessions
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.

Heritage Volunteers (every 2nd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 9 April  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 April  10.30am - 12.30pm  Free

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


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

Sunday 16 April  2pm - 4pm  Free

Join us a free tour of Park to learn about the fascinating fauna and flora of this beautiful urban nature reserve. This month we join local history expert Marilyn Baltutis to learn about some of the local characters interred here. Just drop in, no need to book. Donations are welcomed. 

Spring Bee ID Walk

Sunday 23 April  1.00 - 5.00  £12/£10

Join local bee recorder Mark Patterson and learn about the spring bees which make the cemetery park their home, how to identify bees in the field for beginners and how to submit your sightings to contribute to scientific understanding of bees in London.  More information and booking          More bee events

Evening Wildflower Walks 1

Tuesday 25 April  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 Bluebell, Wild Garlic, Sweet Woodruff, Honesty, Yellow Archangel, Arum Lily, Garlic Mustard and Greater Stitchwort.   First of a series of 3.  Information and booking


Shakespeare's Flowers

Sunday 30 April 10.30 - 1.30  £18/£15

Shakespeare’s birthday is 23 April. His works make many references to flowers.  A timely one from Love’s Labours Lost is: When daisies pied, and violets blue and Lady-Smocks all silver white

And Cuckoo buds of yellow hue do paint the meadows with delight.

On this in-depth guided tour, we will see all of these, and many others, and relate the flowers to Shakespeare’s works.  Information and booking

Drop in Volunteer Day

Every Tuesday  9.30am - 4pm  Free, just turn up  Age 16+

Join us for our weekly conservation volunteer day. Come for all or part of the day.  We host a large variety of tasks and have opportunities for people of any skill level or ability. Help care for and develop Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. More information.

May

Monthly Conservation Volunteers (1st Sunday of the Month)
Sunday 7 May 10.00-16.00  Free, just turn up
Join the Friends in helping us to care for Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Each month we carry out a different conservation project.
All training and equipment is provided, along with tea and coffee.  More information.

Heritage Volunteers (every 2nd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 14 May  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 20 May  10.30am - 12.30pm  Free

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

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

Sunday 21 May  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. This month we will be looking at bulbs. Just drop in, no need to book. Donations are welcomed. 

Drop in Volunteer Day

Every Tuesday  9.30am - 4pm  Free, just turn up  Age 16+

Join us for our weekly conservation volunteer day. Come for all or part of the day.  We host a large variety of tasks and have opportunities for people of any skill level or ability. Help care for and develop Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. More information.

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