August 2023 • Vision RCL

On Sunday 17 September, Wanstead Festival will be returning to Christchurch Green once again. This annual festival will feature a lot of the familiar attractions that have been enjoyed at the event before and lots to watch and enjoy.

The festival will run from 11am to 6pm on the day with performances, stalls and activities taking place throughout the day.

They day will feature lots of fun and activities such as:

  • Car Show
  • Nature Quiz
  • Children’s Rides
  • Holistic and Wellbeing Zone
  • Zumba
  • Sports demonstrations
  • Land train
  • Strolling performers

Some of the people you may have seen before include:

Aldersbrook Riding School

Aldersbrook Riding School who will be in attendance with some friends of theirs such as Rolant, Honeybee, Blue and Bonny. And there will opportunities to enjoy a pony ride!

Walkies with Una

Walkies with Una will be around conducting a dog show and handing out rosette to the best pups in a number of different categories.


There will be a number of artists including Katherine Poluck, Kara Hand Craft and David Varney who will be selling their designs.

Katherine Poluck

Kara Hand Craft

David Varney

Food Stalls

There will be a wide range of food stalls available on the day with a variety of cuisines including Guyanese, Italian and Colombian fusion, homemade salsa and hearty chips.


GT Kitchen

Mabel’s Homemade Salsa

Naked Chips

During the August Bank Holiday our leisure centres, libraries and other centres will have different opening hours. To find out more information on opening times, please see below or visit the individual centre pages.

For more information on our Summer Holiday activities view the Children’s events page.

Parks & Open Spaces

All of our parks and open spaces remain open as usual.

Theatre & Heritage


Sport & Leisure Centres

The Kenneth More Theatre have now announced their principle cast for the 2023 pantomime, Peter Pan. This year’s panto is set to be another wondrous performance full of fun, magic and catchy music. Take a look at the cast below:

Peter Pan

A headshot of Marcus J Foreman, a white male with short brown hair wearing a dark grey jumper

Marcus J Foreman

Marcus is a new addition to the Kenneth More Theatre team but has performed in many different shows all over the UK. He will be flying high as Peter in his first KMT panto!

Wendy Darling

A headshot of Chloe Holder, a while female with medium length brown hair. She is smiling at the camera and is wearing a blue, ditsy floral patterned top.

Chloe Holder

Chloe has worked with the Kenneth More Theatre in many capacities and for a long time but lots of you may recognise her from when she played Ariel in The Little Mermaid. This Christmas she’ll be swapping fishy friends for The Lost Boys – but there might still be a few mermaids about!


A headshot of Lydia Hunt, a white female with medium length strawberry blonde hair. She is smiling at the camera and is wearing a blue button down shit

Lydia Hunt

Lydia is a recent Musical Theatre graduate and this will be her first time performing at the Kenneth More Theatre and will be bringing some fairy mischief with her!

Captain Hook

A headshot of Liam Harkins, a while male with short ginger hair and with some short facial hair. He is wearing a red and blue check button down shirt.

Liam Harkins

Liam will be back for his third pantomime at the Kenneth More Theatre. Previously featured as Abanazar in Aladdin and Claudia one of the `Ugly Sisters’ in Cinderella.

King Neptune

A headshot of Darren Hart, a black male with black hair in a medium length afro style. He is wearing a black tshirt.

Darren Hart

If you’ve been to see a pantomime in the last few years at the Kenneth More Theatre then you’ll most certainly recognise Darren! He was the Genie in Aladdin, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, Prince Dandini in Sleeping Beauty, the Huntsman in Snow White and Prince Percy in Cinderella. We’re excited to have him back – huzzah!


A headshot of Finlay Mckillop, a white male with short brown hair. He is wearing a dark blue tshirt and a black shirt open over the top.

Finlay Mckillop

Finlay will be hopping aboard the KMT panto ship this year after being nominated for Best Newcomer at the UK Pantomime Awards 2023!

Auntie Agatha

A headshot of Joe Feeney, a white male with short brown hair. He is wearing a dark coloured knitted jumper.

Joe Feeney

Joe may not have been in a Kenneth More Theatre pantomime before but you might have seen him in Romeo & Juliet at the KMT last year.  He’ll be back to join us for panto 2023 – oh yes he will!

Tickets for Peter Pan at the Kenneth More Theatre are already on sale. You can buy your tickets using the button below:

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure is delighted to announce that the newly built playground at Hainault Forest is now open for children to come and enjoy hours of unadulterated fun.

The playground’s opening this week marks the final part of Redbridge Council’s £ 1.7 million investment programme to improve and transform play areas in the borough. The investment has delivered new playgrounds in Clayhall Park, Brocket Way Park and Ray Park, in addition to playground equipment upgrades at Christchurch Green, Valentines Park, Loxford Park, Seven Kings Park, South Park and Westwood Recreation Ground. 

The new play installations will tell the story of the site – from the beacon towers to the hermit’s hut – providing children with a range of sensory experiences and play spaces to play physically, imaginatively, and collaboratively. 

All play equipment is made from natural wood taking inspiration from the surrounding Forest and its royal history. The outdoor play installations complement the storytelling experience that children can discover in the indoor exhibition in the neighbouring barns. The new playground is also home to the biggest slide in Redbridge.

The new play area is next to the Forest Centre, Woodland Trust Visitor Centre, and the family-friendly indoor interpretation space. 

The new Woodland Trust Visitor Centre, officially opened in April, is the first of its kind. It complements the stunning renovated Victorian barns, updated children’s farm, and new landscaping at the country park. 

The £7m project has seen the restoration of the Victorian barns, which now boast a range of new features and facilities, including:

  • A stunning events space for weddings, corporate events, and celebrations
  • A new interactive visitor hub
  • A brand-new café
  • Craft Workshops for local artists and businesses

Cllr Kam Rai, Deputy Leader of Redbridge Council, said: “The transformation of Hainault Forest is another excellent example of what we’re doing to make Redbridge the best place to live, work and visit. 

“The opening of this new playground marks the final piece of our ambitious £ 1.7 million investment programme, and it couldn’t have happened at a better place.

“Hainault Forest Country Park is one of London’s hidden gems, and thanks to our investment, we’re now offering families a far richer and more rewarding experience with brand-new facilities that people of all ages will enjoy for years to come.

“We’re sure children will be over the new moon they see the new playground for the first time, giving parents a chance to unwind with a coffee or snack surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. It’s a really great day out.”

Chair of Vision Trustees Martin Solder said:

 “I would like to personally thank all the staff involved for all their hard work and dedication to ensure the new play area is open in time for the children to enjoy over the summer holidays and beyond.”

 “With the cost-of-living crisis, this new adventure play facility gives the children something new to enjoy over the holidays for free!” 

If you are travelling by car, please remember that car parking charges apply; prices start from £1.40 for one hour and are payable by the RingGo app.

This new playground is thanks to funding from Redbridge Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, and the Mayor of London, all part of the Hainault Restoration Project. 

For more information, please visit the Hainault Forest website.