May 2022 • Vision RCL

Start your summer with Vision’s annual summer events programme, take a trip to Redbridge for the fantastic Fairlop Fair on Saturday 2 July at Fairlop Waters.

A fun filled day of entertainment for all ages from 11am-6pm. New attractions for 2022 include:

  • Mini golf
  • Petting zoo
  • Chainsaw artist
  • Group exercise taster sessions which include Yoga and Zumba in the Park for adults and Zumba kids and more
  • Smoothie machine
  • Sugar smart stand with information on healthy eating
  • Adult Body MOTs
  • Traditional fairground rides
  • Arts and crafts
  • Wellbeing walk around the Country Park
  • Sports
  • Live music
  • Plus lots of tasty food to purchase from on-site food caterers.

Fairlop Waters is the largest country park in Redbridge situated within close proximity to Barkingside High Street, with lots of local bus routes available and just a 5-minute walk from Fairlop Tube Station. This glorious open space also boasts from a children’s play area, boulder park, indoor soft play plus lots of adventure to be enjoyed with the water sports on offer from Fairlop Outdoor Activity and Aqua Splash, the inflatable assault course on the lake.

Thousands of visitors return to these summer festivals year on year and is excellent opportunity for local businesses to promote or sell their products.  Local businesses who offer arts and crafts groups are encouraged to get involved with these fun and dynamic events.
Find out how to apply for a stall.

Don’t forget to save the date for the following summer festivals in Redbridge:

  • Our Community Festival, Sunday 17 July at Barley Lane Recreation Ground
  • Wanstead Festival on Sunday 18 September at Christchurch Green.

For more information on Summer Festivals in Redbridge visit our Summer Festivals page.

Hainault Forest has been chosen as part of the Jubilee tree planting project. The country park in Redbridge has been selected as part of a UK-wide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees dedicated for the celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created for the 2022 Platinum Jubilee, which invites people across the UK to plant a tree for the Jubilee.  

From individuals to Scout groups, schools, villages, counties, and cities, are encouraged to take part by planting trees during the official planting season which is between October to March. Tree planting will start in October 2022 through to the end of the Jubilee year.

The locations for the Ancient Canopy reflect a number of themes including; Royal, history, children, education, literature/creative, arts, science, conservation, communities, health and well being.

Hainault is the last remaining part of the medieval Forest of Essex.

Hainault Forest was once a royal medieval forest and is the last remaining part of the medieval forest of Essex. In the eleventh century it was part of the Royal hunting forests and was stated to be protected. It was declared a forest vaguely in 1130 by Henry I.

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, who is the patron of the QGC recorded a video message to mark the launch.

“These working woodlands and magnificent trees span our nation’s amazing landscape and exist for everyone to enjoy. The Ancient woodlands and trees can be found in urban and rural environments, from National Parks to residential areas, representing the unique diversity of all corners of the United Kingdom.

Trees and woodlands have a profound significance for us all – their steadfast and reassuring presence a reminder of our long-serving Sovereign and her enduring dedication. Let us ensure that in her name, we can now protect and strengthen this.”

Hainault Country Park is currently undergoing a £7m restoration, including £4m of support from the National Lottery Heritage fund, to bring a number of historic buildings back into use and improve the pathways and landscaping, which will complete in the Autumn. Vision RCL are working in partnership with The London Borough of Redbridge and the Woodland Trust, to oversee the project and share their expertise in woodland management to help ensure people are able to enjoy this wonderful place and learn about ancient woodlands for many years to come.

See here for more information on the Hainault Forest Restoration Project.

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure are delighted to announce that Hainault Library will undergo major refurbishment this Spring/Summer to create a more modern and spacious library.

Your new look library will boast a brand-new children’s library, new books, digital devices, study area and meeting tables for group activities. A new advice hub will also be created, where residents can see an advisor from a range of local support services.

The library will have dedicated zones for different ages including an out of this world area for under 5s, an area for older children to study and a readers’ garden.

Like other refurbished libraries in the Borough, the space will provide flexibility through the use of moveable shelving and furniture. This means it will be possible to host larger events and activities such as talks and family theatre shows which are a popular part of the libraries programme.

To enable these works to be carried out by the summer, the library will be closed from Monday 16 May and is expected to reopen by end of July.

Books borrowed from Hainault Library will automatically be renewed to the end of July to give borrowers more time to visit an alternative branch to return books. No fines will be incurred during this time, but if a charge does appear after the 16 May then speak to a member of staff. Any charges on customer accounts prior to the library closing for refurbishment on the 16 May will still apply.

Library customers can still access our virtual library from home 24/7 where you can renew and reserve books at your convenience. Books can be returned and reservations collected from any Redbridge Library. The closest branch is Fullwell Cross library in Barkingside.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back in the Summer. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for further updates.

See here for more information on other library locations and opening times.

Further information

Redbridge Libraries are operated by Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure, a charitable trust, on behalf of Redbridge Council. Vision operates the 12 libraries in the borough.

Redbridge Libraries is also a member of The Libraries Consortium – a network of 18 library authorities across London and the South East.

Membership of the consortium means that Redbridge Library members can access nearly 8 million items of stock and use libraries in any of the other areas that are also part of the consortium

Dying Matters Awareness Week is an annual programme, from 2-6 May, which aims to open up the conversation around death, dying and grief, remove the stigma that surrounds it and call for meaningful change so that everyone gets the quality end of life care they deserve.

Redbridge Libraries started it’s journey to become the UK’s first Death Positive Library service in 2017. Back then, Dying Matters Awareness Week was (and still is) an important way for them to use our library spaces, resources, partnerships and creative projects to engage the public in a difficult and taboo subject. In that time, thousands of people have taken part in one of their death positive projects.

Feedback from participants has shown how important the work has been to them and how much it’s really needed within our communities, with over 90% reporting that they found this subject easier to engage with because projects and events were delivered by a safe and trusted brand – their local library!

5 years ago Redbridge Central Library were a lone library service doing this work but knew others were interested too, because of the huge volume of requests they had from colleagues up and down the country wanting to find out more about what we were doing and how they could start similar projects in their local areas.

When RCL started, there wasn’t much information so they had to learn through trial and error what would work in a public library setting and more importantly for our local community. They were delighted when Libraries Connected agreed to work with them to develop a framework to support other library services.

12 months on, a collaboration between Libraries Connected and Hospice UK has resulted in a tool kit for public libraries and RCL are proud that their Death Positive work is referenced in the resources section of the pack. It’s an easy to read and understand tool kit and they hope it encourages other library services to explore doing death positive work and if you are working in any aspect of End of Life, that you will consider your local library as a potential partner for projects.

If you are interested in learning more about The Death Positive Library then follow @deathpositivel1 (Twitter) @TheDeathPositiveLibrary (Facebook and Instagram).

Tech Ilford is back on Saturday 18 June 2022! Come all day to have plenty of time to try every single activity or pop in at any time when you are free to try those that you fancy the most!


An interactive game-zone for all

Ilford High Road, 11 am-5 pm

Try out the Actual Reality Arcade today! A ten giant playable models of classic retro games: everything from an IRL Donkey Kong-style challenge to life-sized asteroids and a huge scale Whac-a-Mole!

Newspaper STIXX engineering

Foyer, Redbridge Central Library, 11 am-4 pm

Use  your creative and innovative skills to construct, out of newspaper, an object of your choice. You will be amazed what you can build with a little bit of imagination and help from STEM in Schools. Take home what you build to show your family and friends.

Bristle bots

Children’s library, Redbridge Central Library, 11 am-4 pm

Build your own bristle bot and compete with others in the different arenas!


Redbridge for Education

Redbridge4Ed Tech is a not-for-profit organisation that recycles pre-loved laptops for local children to access their online learning. You can donate your laptop on the day. Look for their donation station at Redbridge Central Library!

As Redbridge Creates presents The Wizard of Oz from 29 July 29 to 5 August. A wonderful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from MGM Film. This timeless tale shows the travels of young Dorothy from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical land of Oz.

This production is presented by ‘Redbridge Creates’ – a hub for the creative strands across the Redbridge Drama Centre, The Kenneth More Theatre and The Redbridge Music Service. The aim of the hub is to help local performing artists and provide a performance platform, bringing affordable and high-quality theatre to the Redbridge community as an unpaid opportunity. Some of Redbridge Creates’ previous successful productions include The Little Mermaid (August 2021) and Oliver! At Sir James Hawkey Hall (April 2019). These productions made by Redbridge Creates are a great way for Vision to showcase the talent of the young people across the borough.

Auditions are planned to take place on 25 May and will include characters such as Dorothy, Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Wizard and the rest of the cast. There will be a dance call first and all auditionees will need to prepare a song of their choice. Rehearsals will then follow throughout June and July ready for the performers to take the stage for the live performances.

Tickets are on sale now!

Full price: £16 Concession: £14 Child: £14 Family Ticket: £56

For more information on this show or to book tickets, please visit our events page.