As we now enter the third step in the Government’s road out of lockdown, more of our Vision facilities have reopened today Monday 17 May.
While our leisure centres re-opened last month for gym use and swimming, we are excited to finally recommence indoor sports. Fitness classes such as spinning, body conditioning, zumba and lots more is available to book for members and non-members pay as you go via the website or app. To make sure our customers feel safe, we are running our sessions with reduced numbers. Many members have been waiting for the chance to get back on our courts and we are pleased to re-introduce racquet sports such as badminton.
Theatre lovers will be delighted to return to Kenneth More Theatre. Visitors will notice a revamp in the auditorium as brand new carpet has been laid out. We are also working on construction of a new foyer bar and are delighted to announce the name of our new bar as Kenny’s. We look forward to welcoming you to Kenny’s soon! We have a fantastic summer programme planned, which kicks off in with KMT Cinema. Later this summer audiences will get to enjoy Disney’s The Little Mermaid, produced by Redbridge Creates, our own in house theatre company.
Valentines Mansion has re-opened to the public, with a brand new exhibition to welcome customers back. The free show, ‘Art in Lockdown’ features the works of the Studio Artists, created during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be open every Monday and Sunday until 19 July. As well as being repainted and spruced up ready for re-opening, the Mansion also boasts new furniture and floral decorations as well as interesting displays for visitors to enjoy.
Families with young children will be pleased to hear that our indoor play venue Owls Play Centre, located in Fairlop Waters, has re-opened. Families can feel confident booking at Owls, as we have put in measures in place to ensure social distancing can be maintained, by reducing capacity and removing some play aspects. Visitors can book online for their household and one other household that forms their group.
The long awaited return of Redbridge Heritage Centre is finally here. From Wednesday 19 May, Library users will have access to this free facility which offers a diverse range of local and family history resources. Customers must book in advance which will ensure both that the requested resources are available and that the Heritage Centre can be used safely.
Some of our Redbridge Libraries including Redbridge Central, Fullwell Cross, South Woodford, Wanstead and Goodmayes are now open. Library users can browse for books, as well as book PC’s and study desks. Hub Central is also available for bookable co-working space. For customers that are unable to visit a library due to health and mobility difficulties, the home library service is available. All Redbridge library members can also access an array of online resources via our virtual library, available all day, every day.
For further information on the services now available and further re-opening dates please see the latest update on phased re-opening of Vision facilities.