Stay local this summer and enjoy leisure and cultural facilities on your doorstep • Vision RCL

Stay local this summer and enjoy leisure and cultural facilities on your doorstep


It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer as Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure prepare their events programme. All events will be delivered in line with government guidance and will enable children and adults to mix again socially and enjoy the fantastic provision we have here in Redbridge.

Our Walking for Health group was one of our first events to resume, offering free walks for adults. Meeting at various parks and open spaces across Redbridge on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Currently numbers are limited and booking is required.

A visit to Fairlop Waters over the summer period is a must, this beautiful country park bustling with families enjoying the wide range of activities this complex has to offer; Boulder Park, Owls Play Centre and back by popular demand for 2021 Aqua Bounce, inflatables on the lake! If you are keen to get on the water we have Rowing Boats available for hire plus a range of water sports available at Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre in June. These include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, raft building and stand up paddleboarding.

Our Nature Conservation team are planning to restart practical workday sessions at our parks and open spaces from 21 June onwards – these will be size restricted and will only be available to book online.

Redbridge Cycling Centre, is for cyclists of all abilities, from families to competitive riders, offering purpose built road, BMX & off-road tracks. For more info contact the Centre on 020 8500 9359.

Coming soon, Junior Badminton Course! Learn, develop or fine-tune your badminton skills when you join our badminton course at Wanstead Leisure Centre. Saturdays sessions, Level 1 2pm-3.30pm, Level 2 3.30pm-5pm, Level 3 5pm-6.30pm. Contact us to book in for your free trial session on 0208 989 1172.

Vision RCL are thrilled to present Redbridge Create’s Production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Performances at Kenneth More Theatre will take place from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 August, tickets start from £14.
Book tickets online here.

Redbridge Drama Centre has welcomed back students to their after-school programme, which includes sessions such as Performing Arts School and Street Dance. These sessions have led some pupils onto career path in performing arts. Redbridge Drama Centre in partnership with RSL (Rockschool Ltd) also offer Redbridge Drama and Dance Course, a unique vocational course for young people aged 16 years and over. This course is equivalent of two A levels, as well as the extended Level 3 Diploma (Two-year course) which is a high-quality equivalent of three A levels. Many of our students then go on to perform at our local theatres.

The Summer Reading Challenge in partnership with The Reading Agency, is being offered by Vision. This years’ theme WILD WORLD HEROES arriving in your local library and online. Discover how you can make a difference to the environment for this special nature-themed challenge that will inspire you to stand up for the planet! Bring your children along to sign up at our launch day on Saturday 10 July at your local library.

An Exhibition at Valentines Mansion 
Art in Lockdown
A special collection of works by our Studio Artists, created during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From Monday 17 May to Monday 19 July. Visit during normal open times, Sundays & Mondays 10.30am-4pm
Free entry

Free Community events

  • Armed Forces Day Virtual Ceremony, 26 June at 10am
  • Fairlop Waters, Fairlop Fair on Saturday 31 July
  • National Play Day on Wednesday 4 August
  • Barley Lane Recreation Ground, Our Community Festival on Sunday 8 August

More information about these events will be available by end of May 2021, please check back for further updates.

External Park Events

  • Hainault Forest, Newman Hilly 5 on Wednesday 14 July from 4.30pm to 9pm
  • Forest Road Playing Fields, Somewhere Someplace on Saturday 17 July 
  • Goodmayes Park, 1 Eid, 18-20 July from 8.30am to 2pm
  • Barley Lane Recreation Ground, Eid in the Open from 18-20 July from 8am to 11.30am
  • Melbourne Field, Al Noor Family Fun Day on 24-25 July from 11am to 8.30pm
  • Clayhall Park, Family Fun Day on 21 August from 1pm to 6pm
  • Loxford Park, Loxford Community Open Day on 21 August from 11am to 4pm

Parnhams Funfair

Melbourne Field
Every weekend from 12 June to 18 July
Every weekday from 1 to 24 July
Open from 11am to 7.30pm
£2 entry fee per person, unlimited rides £9.99 per person per session

Hainault Forest
Every weekend from 12 to 27 June and 3 to 18 July 
11am to 7.30pm
Free entry, 1 Token £1.20 or £10 Tokens £10

Fairlop Waters
Everyday from 2 to 23 July, 31 July and 6 to 23 August
11am to 6.30pm
Free entry, 1 Token £1.20 or 10 Tokens £10

For more information see our events and activities listings.

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