Parks in Hackney and Stoke Newington are famed for their festivals and events during spring and summer, and their beauty and accesibility during autumn and winter. They are a wonderful place to take children and they all offer a range of fantastic activities. check out the Council website for dates and details of these events, click here.
The Hackney Learning Trust organise a number of courses and activities, as well as running an advice centre, to help you to choose the right kind of course for your career and personal aims. So whether you want to brush up on skills and knowledge you already have, improve your employment opportunities, or simply take up a new interest, The Hackney Learning Trust can help. For more details, click here.
Young Hackney provides a hub of entertainment, education and information on events and news for Hackney's young. The website below is commissioned by Hackney Youth Service designed for, and by, local young people. For a comprehensive list, visit: click here
Hackney Libraries host about 500 events every year. These include regular reading groups, visits from authors, cultural festivals, specialist talks, computer classes, homework clubs and toy libraries. There are eight libraries in Hackney to choose from. For up-to-date details of whats on, click here.
Sutton House is a National Trust site from the Tudor period and the oldest house in East London. Sutton House hold regular events and give visitors the opportunity to explore the house as it would have been throughout the ages. For more information or to arrange a booking, please click here.
Hackney Museum is a wonderful place to learn about local history. There is a permanent exhibition here detailing the history of immigration into Hackney over the past 1,000 years. There are plenty of hands-on exhibitions to keep children entertained as well as regular events and topical exhibitions. For more information, click here.
The N16 Fringe Festival takes place each summer in the Stoke Newington area. There is a wealth of different musicians to see, each playing in various bars and cafes in Stoke Newington. Poetry and art also feature in the festival. The festival is a great chance to check out the many bars and venues across Stoke Newington, as well as catering to all different music tastes. For more details, click here.
The Geffrye Museum is one of London's most famed museums. The museum has a large collection of English interiors through the ages as well as beautiful, award-winning gardens to visit. It also hosts regular special open days, educational events and exhibitions. Check out the website here.
The Rio Cinema on Kingsland High Street shows a variety of fantastic art house and block buster films. It was originally built in 1909 and has today become a community treasure, there is even Kurdish and Turkish fims shown. It shows a huge variety of films including art house and blockbusters. There are regular seasons of Kurdish and Turkish films shown. The cinema is also very good value for money. Click here for current programmes.
The Vortex Jazz Club one of the best jazz clubs in London, is located in Dalston and has been running for 20 years. The club hosts a variety of different musicians, from the well-known hit makers to up-and-coming musical talent. For more details of events and concerts, click here.
The Arcola Theatre well known for being a unique 'fringe' venue, offers a wide-range of shows and productions. This great theatre also promises affordability with its regular "pay what you can" nights. There are resident groups for young people, writers and OAPs. There are regular seminars held in the theatre on a variety of interesting subjects. Visit the website here.
The Hackney Empire has been entertaining people from London and beyond since 1901. Currently the theatre is used for many different shows – dancing, music, acting and pantomime. There are a number of different educational activities and courses based at the Empire, including for those people interested in getting into working in the theatre and entertainment world. It is also possible to take back-stage tours of the Empire once a month. The Marie Lloyd Bar is located next door to the theatre and plays host to talks, poetry and music events. For more information, click here.
Dakrobi Arts is a Stoke Newington-based organisation concerned with portraying African education, arts and culture positively. Founded by Ngozi Headley-Fulani, Dakrobi Arts provides performances, workshops, history, music, dance, drumming and much more. To learn more about Dakrobi Arts, Sofora and what else they offer, click here.