Tag archive: children’s centre

Lab Central

Borrow a micro:bit for free The micro:bit is a pocket-sized micro-controller that has 25 LEDs that can flash messages and be used to create games and much more using block coding (overlaying Javascript) and Python. It is super easy to get started and now any adult or child from 8 yrs+ can borrow it for free from […]

Hub Central

What’s on offer We offer a range of resources including: An Exclusive Co-working space with FREE Wi-Fi and business hosts available to help with enquiries Partnership working with local organisations helping residents learn new skills A wide range of Online Resources including COBRA, the complete business reference adviser Employment Advisers with Work Redbridge who are based in Hub Central providing […]

This Girl Can

Are you looking for women only sessions in your local area? Come and join us, have fun, be active and celebrate doing your thing no matter how well you do it, how you look or even how red your face gets! Let us be your source of inspiration. Please note some sessions may require advance […]

Sleeping Beauty finds its star-studded cast

Kenneth More Theatre has found its brand new panto cast just in time for Christmas! The theatre, which has recently come under Vision’s management, will continue its tradition of putting shows for the community including the popular Christmas pantomime. This year’s panto is the much loved classic, Sleeping Beauty presented by Anton Benson productions. We […]

Ken Aston Square

As part of the Better Barkingside initiative, Vision RCL were commissioned to create a year-long programme of cultural activities for local families. Events have taken place throughout the summer in the newly developed Ken Aston Square at the Leisure Centre and Library area of Barkingside. Our aim for Ken Aston Square is to create an […]

Venues for Sport

We offer a variety of arrangements across our sport facilities from a court by the hour, to the whole facility for a weekend event. Availability and costs vary and you should contact the site direct to discuss your requirements. Athletics Ashton Playing Fields Cricklefields Athletics Ground Badminton Loxford Leisure Centre Mayfield Leisure Centre Wanstead Leisure […]

Venues for Children’s Parties

We can offer party solutions for children of ages, so whether you just need a venue or you want an inclusive activity package please contact the relevant site direct for availability. Venues with Activities Fairlop High Ropes, challenge your guests with our high ropes courses or dare the adventure tower and wall. Fairlop Outdoor Activity […]

Venues for Meetings

We have a range of venues ready to host your meeting, course or conference. Varying in sizes and facilities, there is something for everyone, so whether you need a small space for interviews, large space for team training with breakout areas or a venue that can offer a physical team building challenge as part of […]

Venues for Performances

We have a range of venues that are available to hire for long runs or one off performances, or just for rehearsal spaces. Please contact the individual venues to discuss your requirements and technical specification. Kenneth More Theatre Vision RCL took over the management of the KMT on 1st September 2019, the 358 seat theatre […]

Venues for Weddings

Whether you want a small intimate event or a large grand occasion, we have a range of venues to meet your requirements and budget. We have licensed venues that can host your ceremony as well as the reception, or venues to welcome you and your guests to celebrate your special day. Valentines Mansion is a […]

Professional Golf Coaching

You can join as a Golf Member at Fairlop Waters Country Park for unlimited use of both courses. View information on becoming a member and membership prices.  To book any of the sessions below please call Jimmy Burns PGA Golf Professional on 07534 033801. Individual Personalised Coaching Coaching programs aimed at improving players and those new to […]

Fit Fed and Read

Fit, Fed and Read is a holiday supervised activity programme for children who are entitled to Free School Meals. The programme will be running in the South of the borough every half term. The sessions will be running in schools with Ofsted registered partner (Shine Clubs). 4 hours session consists of: 2 hours of multi-sports […]

MAN v FAT Football

MAN v FAT Football is a football league for local men who want to lose weight. All players will encourage and motivate their fellow team members to lose weight and get healthier through their love of playing football. Best of all, the league is decided not just on points won, but pounds lost. We give […]

Active Stars

What is the aim of the service? The aim of Active Stars is to educate families to increase physical activity levels and to learn to live a healthy life. The Sport and Health Team at Vision RCL delivers a whole system approach (physical activity, nutrition and behaviour change) weight management programme for children. Who is […]

Lab Central – Regular Clubs and Groups

Toddler coding monthly workshops, 3-6 yrs Come along to this hands-on session of basic programming with our cool Code-a-Pillars. By arranging and re-arranging the segments of the caterpillars your children will have fun while learning about directions, sequencing and problem-solving. An interactive session to give your child their first taste for coding. Venue: Redbridge Central Library, […]

Hub Central – What’s on

Hub Central is our business, employment and skills hub in Redbridge Central Library which offers access to our free co-working space for members,  exclusive glass meeting room for hire, 1-2-1 business advice and a range of workshops, training and networking events plus library and online resources including books, journals and the COBRA business database. Date Time […]

Vote for your favourite park in the People’s Choice Award 2019

Residents now have the chance to vote for their favourite Green Flag flying park in Redbridge as part of the People’s Choice 2019 awards. Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, the prestigious poll finds the nation’s top 10 parks from almost 2,000 awarded Green Flag Award status by the environment charity. In July, nine Redbridge parks […]

Nature Conservation Volunteering Workdays

If you have some spare time on your hands and would like to enjoy the great outdoors, then why not help us to keep our parks and opens spaces smart? It’s a great way to exercise, meet new friends and help the environment, all at the same time. You can: gain valuable practical experience in […]

Black History Month

Redbridge Libraries are hosting a programme of events and activities for Black History Month during the month of October. This national celebration aims to recognise Black contributions to society and to foster an understanding of Black history in general. We’ve lots going on throughout October so please come along, learn and celebrate! During October join […]

Children’s Events

Looking for events for children taking place in Redbridge? See our list of events below. You can also view our Sports Club Directory (PDF 1MB) for details of all sports clubs in Redbridge. If you would like to find out more about regular events and activities, sign up to our monthly enewsletter. We have plenty […]

Fabula Festival 2019

About Fabula Festival Redbridge’s annual Fabula Festival is a unique celebration of the arts and libraries and their power to transform lives. It is delivered through a programme of performances, children’s events, author talks, films, writing programmes, workshops and specially commissioned arts projects. It is designed to encourage Redbridge residents to participate in a range […]

IT and Computer Skills Volunteers

Would you like to get experience working with the public? Redbridge Libraries are looking for sociable and IT literate individuals to help our customers to make the most of their IT and online experiences. We are searching for individuals who are excited about the opportunity of growing and learning in a fast changing environment, who […]

Kenneth More Theatre

Sleeping Beauty – Tickets on sale now We are delighted to announce that this year’s pantomime will be Sleeping Beauty. Tickets are now on sale. Please note the box office is not open at site, please follow the link below to book. Headlining is Atomic Kitten’s Kerry Katona as the evil Carabosse and the legendary […]

Children’s Activities Volunteers

Do you love working with children and young people? We are looking for inspirational individuals to help deliver our popular selection of engaging sessions. Your task will be to assist the staff in creating a welcoming and warm experience for our younger members and help them to fully enjoy and participate in the activity of […]

Kenneth More Theatre joins the Vision family

Following discussions between Redbridge Council, Redbridge Theatre Company and Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure on the future of the Kenneth More Theatre, Vision will take over the Theatre’s operations from 1 September 2019. Vision is already receiving a significant number of enquiries from hirers and volunteers. We will be responding to these from September, but […]

Community Support Volunteers

Do you enjoy working with the public? Would you like an important Volunteer Role assisting people with applying online for Blue Badges or applying online for School Admissions? Are you kind and IT literate, and have a few hours a month to spare? As one of our community volunteers you will provide support and help […]

Lottery grant worth nearly £100k set to transform Redbridge Museum

Redbridge Museum is set for a major transformation thanks to a grant worth £99,990 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The award will enable the museum based in Redbridge Central Library to revamp its much-loved permanent exhibition dedicated to celebrating local history. From Ice Age Ilford to suburban Wanstead and Woodford, from historical links with […]

Redbridge raises nine Green Flags to mark the quality of its open spaces

Nine council parks and open spaces in Redbridge have again been confirmed as some of the best in the world after successfully retaining their coveted Green Flag award. The esteemed flags will be flying for another year in Claybury Park, Clayhall Park, Elmhurst Gardens, Goodmayes Park, Hainault Forest, Ilford War Memorial, Seven Kings Park, South […]

At the Library

Law&Rights The Law&Rights website is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain’. The resource is updated daily. This resource is only available from Reference in Redbridge Central Library. Which? Reports This resource gives access to thousands of expert product reviews […]

Britannica Library

Britannica Library – Adult  Encyclopedia Britannica is advanced level, constantly updated reference content from reliable trusted sources for older students and adults. It works on any device: PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone. Students are able to conduct research, complete homework assignments, work on specific projects and store research in their own My Britannica Account. This […]


Victorian Literature – Oxford Bibliographies The Victorian period is often regarded as a high point in literary history. It encompassed the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837-1901 and produced a large number of prominent authors such as Charles Dickens, the Brontë Sisters & Oscar Wilde. The Victorian Literature resource provides a reliable, up to date and authoritative […]

News Archives

The British Newspaper Archive The British Newspaper Archive offers national, regional and local newspapers from the 19th (and some 18th) century British newspapers. This resource is only available from the Redbridge Heritage Centre. The Times Digital Archives The Times Digital Archive is an online, full-text facsimile of more that 200 years of The Times, one […]


What is PressReader? PressReader offers you unlimited access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines in an easy-to-use app available on every smartphone and tablet. PressReader may also be accessed using your browser on any laptop or desktop computer. There should always be something to cater to your needs, with content available in 63 languages, from […]

Get active this summer with our holiday activities

The summer holidays are almost here and there’s plenty to keep the kids busy right here in Redbridge! Get involved and learn a new sport, pick up useful skills or simply have some fun and make friends! From multi-sports to water sports, there’s something for every child. We offer a range of leisure and sport […]

Holiday Activities

We have a range of activities this summer for children of all ages to get active, try a new sport, face a new challenge or learn a new skill. Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre Come and enjoy an action packed water sport week this summer. Experience sailing, canoeing, kayaking and much more!! 8.45am-5pm daily £170 for […]

Redbridge’s London Youth Games competitors bring home Gold

The London Youth Games 2019 competition has begun and our Redbridge teams have already brought home impressive results! Every year Vision’s Sport and Health team work with children in the borough to build confidence, practice and build teams to compete for Redbridge in various sports including Badminton, Tennis, Netball and more. During the two day […]

Vision partners with Circulate Consortium for outdoor arts

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure has partnered with Circulate, a group of arts organisations working together to bring outstanding, free outdoor arts events to London, enlivening the neighbourhoods where people live. Find out more on the Circulate website. We have a range of events taking place in Ilford Town Centre this summer, so come along […]

Vision’s volunteer wins ‘unsung hero volunteer of the year’ award by England Hockey

Vision works with volunteers regularly across all of our services, helping to create opportunities and shape communities for the future. We value our volunteers and all of their hard work in giving back to the community. In an event on Thursday 6 June, coinciding with Volunteers Week, all of our volunteers were invited to an […]

VR Playground comes to #TechIlford

Saturday 15 June 11am-4.30pm VR Playground is the latest ride experiment by SPACE artist and the world’s first Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker and his Thrill Laboratory. Scoot through the metropolis inside a mono-wheel; leap tall structures in a single bound; and undulate upwards to escape the deep abyss – don a virtual reality headset, jump […]

Vision’s partner The Orchard Project become BBC Food and Farming Award finalists

Vision’s Nature Conservation Ranger Team have been supported by partner The Orchard Project to help enrichen the community, work with local residents and volunteers to plant and maintain orchards in Claybury Park and other Redbridge parks. We are excited to share that The Orchard Project recently landed a place as one of three finalists in […]

Water Sport Programme

Pay as you go prices available or choose an inclusive* yearly membership option. For more information call Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre on 020 8500 1468 or email foacadmin@visionrcl.org.uk Day Time Session Monday 4.30pm – 6.30pm Junior Sailing & Stand Up Paddleboard Tuesday 4.30pm – 6.30pm Junior RYA Onboard Sailing Tuesday 7pm – 9pm Coached Racing […]

Grounds Maintenance

For commercial and large residential projects we are able to offer a long list of specialist services typically including but not limited to: Hedge maintenance Grass cutting Weed spraying Planting and pruning Leaf clearance Shrub bed maintenance Flowers bed creation Construction of footpaths and paving Fencing, gates and bollards Play area inspection We are committed […]

London National Park City*

In July we ran activities to mark the historic moment in making London the world’s first National Park City. What is the National Park City Festival? The festival was London’s largest free celebration of the outdoors, aimed at people of all ages. With lots of fun activities from culture and health and fitness to wildlife, […]

Ken Aston Square’s full summer programme announced

In March 2019 it was announced that Vision’s outdoor arts programme in Ken Aston Square had partnered with England’s biggest network of outdoor arts festivals, Without Walls. The outdoor arts programme will run once a month from Saturday 8 June to Saturday 21 September in Ken Aston Square, Barkingside High Street. All shows will be […]

Threatened species and ancient woodland set to thrive at Hainault Forest thanks to National Lottery

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £4.2 million to Redbridge Council to restore the forest to its former natural and wild state and help threatened species thrive, including eleven species of bat. Among them, the rare Barbastelle bat which was spotted there in 2017, the first time it had been seen in London for […]

The Smallest Library launches at Mayfield Leisure Centre

From our Home Library Service to our Virtual Library options, we have always been proud to be able to make our library service as accessible as possible. Over the last few months in partnership with 2cqr Limited, we have launched our Smallest Library service, one of the first of it’s kind in the UK! This […]

Weddings at Valentines Mansion

Set alongside beautiful and picturesque walled gardens, the long water and ponds, grade II* listed Valentines Mansion boasts exquisite period rooms and features, including the magnificent grand staircase with its stunning stained glass windows and gorgeous fireplaces. Located on the borders of both London and Essex, Valentines Mansion is ideally situated to provide a stunning […]

Redbridge Libraries project ‘The Final Party’ wins Edge Award

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure were delighted to win an award for their innovative project, The Final Party, in the Social category at this year’s Edge Awards. The Edge Awards highlight and reward good practice in innovative library and information projects. The Social category recognises work involving communities or target groups, engagement and making a difference. […]


Adults Days Price Venues Bookings Monday 8.00pm to 9.00pm £2 per session Loxford Youth Centre Contact active.redbridge@visionrcl.org.uk or 020 8708 0950 Monday, Wednesday and Friday6.30pm to 8.30pm £30 One-off joining fee Gator AbcUnit GX, 11-17 Fowler Road, Hainault IGU 3UJ Contact Keith Markham 020 8500 5420 or 07802 936432Visit the Gator ABC website Tuesday and Thursday6.30pm […]

Support Vision RCL

Vision RCL is a charitable trust; registration number is 1122720. Our objectives are: To improve the health and wellbeing of local residents by providing physical, cultural and learning experiences. To build stronger and more sustainable communities. To improve the skills of our communities through participation and learning. To focus our resources on delivering our purpose […]

Events in Parks

Our parks and outdoor spaces are available to hire for large or small events. You just need a clear event purpose, clear plan and safety measures. All events must be approved by the Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure Events Team. Each event is unique and we need a clear outline of the event before we […]


Tree and memorial bench sponsorship scheme Our services offer the opportunity for people to sponsor a tree or bench which could be to celebrate a special occasion, a new birth, or a memorial to a loved one.  This scheme allows individuals to donate a tree which can be placed within the boundaries of many of our […]

Our Parks Responsibilities

Adoptee Responsibilities The adopted area should be kept in a suitable condition. Horticultural features should be maintained to standards agreed with Vision RCL and the area should be kept free from weeds, litter and horticultural waste. If replacing existing plants, the choice of replacement must be agreed in advance with Vision RCL. Adoptees must not […]

Our Parks

Vision RCL encourages residents to take more opportunities to get fit and active in parks and open spaces, giving them the chance to enjoy their local area and embrace what the borough has to offer. Our Parks scheme aims to commit to the actions needed to bring and build stronger and more sustainable communities together, […]

Our Parks Guidance

Do Begin with a review of safety procedures. Wear proper clothing and protective gloves when picking up litter. Stay within your designated project boundaries. Be aware of your surroundings. Drink water often and take breaks on a regular basis. Report damaged signs or dangerous conditions to parks.enquiries@visionrcl.org.uk or call 020 8708 3141 Have a first […]


You can play tennis for free in some of our parks. Tennis can be played on a first come, first serve basis except for Clayhall Park, Goodmayes park and Valentines Park which requires pre-booking*. Tennis courts are available in: Barkingside Recreation Ground Barley Lane Recreation Ground Clayhall Park* Elmhurst Gardens Goodmayes Park* Loxford Park Ray […]

Group Cycling

Schools We offer comprehensive coaching packages for schools and groups with British Cycling coaches. These sessions are only £75.00 per hour for up to 15 riders and includes bikes, helmets and use of the tracks. Sessions can be ‘one off’ or a series of progressive coaching sessions over a number of weeks. We can deliver […]

The Spa

The Spa at Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre, has been designed solely with your health and relaxation in mind. When the pressures of every day life seem to be mounting and you need some ‘me’ time, then some time in The Spa is the perfect answer. At the heart of our new wellness Spa are the […]

Cycle Vision Holiday Courses

All sessions are 3 hours in length, apart from Balance Bikes which is 2 hours, and cost £12.50 per person. Bike hire is available for an additional £5 Parental consent forms are required to be completed at the start of all sessions. Ages stated are for guidance only. Please note sessions are outside and run […]


Swimming Adult (peak / off-peak) £4.50 / £3.20 Concession (peak / off-peak) £2.90 / £2.30 Leisure Pass £2.20 Off-Peak Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm Gym per hour Joining Fee £10.00 Adult £8.60 Adult (Ashton Playing Fields) £5.70 Junior Gym £2.80 Leisure Pass £3.20 Fitness Classes Studio Class £7.80 Circuit Training £8.80 Yoga / Pilates […]

Car Parking & Park Rules

Car Parking Where car parking charges apply at our parks and opens spaces you can now use the RingGo payment system. There are no cash payments taken at parking meters and instead customers will need to use RingGo to pay. How to pay for parking You can pay using RingGo by iPhone, Android, Blackberry 10 and Windows […]

Ken Aston Square partners with network of outdoor arts festivals

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure’s outdoor arts programme in Ken Aston Square is a new partner with England’s biggest network of outdoor arts festivals, Without Walls. The organisation works with festivals and artists and brings fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK. To find out more visit Without Walls Website. […]


Join us for a collaboration between Redbridge Drama Centre and Redbridge Music Service. Based on the Dickens novel, join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the streets of London searching for a home and a family. With live music brought to you by Redbridge Music Service and featuring all the classic songs such as Food Glorious Food, Consider […]

Music in Schools

Redbridge Music Service provides a wide range of instrumental and vocal tuition in schools throughout the borough. Schools throughout Redbridge have the choice as to which of these services they purchase. In addition to instrumental and vocal tuition, schools may also purchase: School ensemble coaching Indian Music African Music South American Music Recitals in Schools […]

Music for Early Years

Mini Musicians This specialist early years music class is tailored for young children aged between birth and 4 years of age. These exciting and engaging classes use songs, rhymes, poems, movement and dancing along with playing a range of age appropriate percussion instruments such as drums, shakers, chime bars and rhythm sticks. Movement activities are enhanced […]

Instrument Hire

Instrument hire is available to our pupils. In some cases there may be a waiting period while the instrument is prepared for collection, in which case the pupils may begin some ‘pre instrumental training’. The Music Service will inform the pupil when the instrument is ready for collection from the Instrument Centre at the John […]

Music School

There are three main groups of activities. Open Access Music Groups These activities are available to pupils on a first come first served basis and there is no prerequisite to read music. Mini Musicians Music Kindergarten Young Music Makers More Music Makers Recorder Club World Music Club Singing Club Redbridge Music School Clubs Guitar Club […]

Associate Companies

Redbridge Drama Centre supports the development of professional companies. As an Associate Company they are able to develop and rehearse work here and run workshops for our theatre schools and other young people. Theatre Ad Infinitum Our first Associate Company is the award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum who share many of our own ideals and have produced […]

School Support

Primary, Secondary and Special Schools Redbridge Drama Centre has been educating the children of Redbridge and the surrounding boroughs for many years now. We make learning fun! The popularity of our school visits is due to the care and delivery of our units, and the diverse range of the subjects taught. Our history classes cover […]

Artist Development

Redbridge Creates supports the development of professional artists and companies in Redbridge. You will see we have a number of artists working here including writers, dancers and actors who all have links to the borough. If you are keen to develop something new come and talk to us! Our latest Apprentice company are We Sleeping Trees who […]

The Underground Cafe

The Underground Cafe is open throughout the day on Saturdays and Sundays. We’re also open 45 minutes before a performance and during intervals. We serve hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks. The Underground Cafe is perfect for meetings, a catch up and coffee with friends or a pre show drink! There are […]

Getting Here

Tube The nearest underground station is South Woodford which is on the Central Line. It is a 15 minute walk from the station. Exit the station from the Eastbound platform then walk up George Lane past the roundabout until you reach the T junction and traffic lights. Turn right and walk along Wodford Green High […]


When booking, please let the Box Office know of any special requirements you or anyone in your party may have. If you need help or assistance when you arrive or at any point during your visit, speak to a member of staff of Front Of House team who will be happy to help. If you […]

How to Book

Call us Box office – 020 8708 8803 In person The box office is open: 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday-Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm Sunday Online You can book online up to 30 minutes prior to a performance – no booking fee! Reservations We can reserve tickets up to 7 days before a performance without payment. If […]


Redbridge hosts a range of bowls clubs around the borough, offering tournaments and other events through membership. Club Location Contact Details Barley Bowls Club Barley Lane Recreation Ground 01268 540 078 or martin.chissm@hotmail.com Clementswood Bowls Club South Park 020 8924 8964 or lesley.pegrum@ntlworld.com Goodmayes Bowls Club Goodmayes Park 020 8597 6538 or raybowler@live.co.uk Hainault Bowls […]

Beach Sports

Loxford Park has beach volleyball and football courts which can be hired by members of the public on a casual basis and to clubs or organisations for regular sessions or events. Prices £13 per court (per hour) £40 for the whole beach area (per hour) £10 for the pavilion (per hour) plus court booking £200 […]


Adults Day Session Time Venue Contact Monday  East London runners 6.45pm Ashton Playing Fields email info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk Tuesday and Thursday Track and field – Ilford Athletics Club  6:30pm to 8.00pm   Cricklefields Athletics Ground   call Andy Catton – 07767 796110 or view Ilford Athletic Club Website Tuesday and Thursday Track and field – Woodford Green and Essex Ladies 7.00pm […]


Cricket pitches are available for hire in many of our parks. Redbridge Last Man Stands Cricket Last Man Stands is the new way to play cricket. An exciting and challenging way to keep fit and develop your cricketing skills. Over 30,000 players across the globe already taking part in the fastest game of cricket out there, basically […]


Fairlop Waters Country Park Offers the angler a choice of two waters: East lake A 3.5 acre lake with a large head of Carp. This lake also offers Tench and Bream up to 10lbs. A disabled angling platform is in place with wheelchair access. Sailing lake The sailing lake, which covers an area of 38 acres, […]

Swimming Pool Timetable

Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre Main Pool Day Time Session Monday 7.30am – 12.30pm Public Swimming 12.30pm – 1.30pm Adults only 1.30pm – 5.30pm Public Swimming Tuesday 7.30am – 12.30pm Public Swimming 12.30pm – 1.30pm Adults Only 1.30pm – 6.00pm Public Swimming 8.30pm – 9.30pm Adults Only Wednesday 7.30am – 12.30pm Public Swimming 12.30pm – 1.30pm […]

Owls Parties

Parties at Owls We have a range of fantastic fun party packages to book: Non-private parties 90 minutes play, 30 minutes in the party room with party food Weekends – £160.00 Weekdays – £140.00  Prices for 10 children + birthday child. Toddler party (1-3 years old) – Weekdays 10.00am – 3.00pm  £56.00  6 children max […]

Gender Pay Gap

Vision 2018 – Gender Pay Gap Report Background & Introduction Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure  was originally founded in 2007 as a charitable trust and limited company. Initially the Trust managed four leisure facilities on behalf of the London Borough of Redbridge, subsequently expanding to include an additional three facilities by 2009. In 2011 the […]

Senior Management Team

Iain Varah – Chief Executive Iain as a Chief Officer in Redbridge Council was responsible for the initial creation of Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure as a Sport and Leisure trust that has managed the London Borough of Redbridge’s sports facilities since April 2007. In May of 2011, the remainder of Redbridge’s culture and leisure […]

Nature Conservation Team

Redbridge has a wealth of open spaces, from local parks to country parks. All types of green spaces are important for wildlife and can contain a variety of habitats including woodland, hedgerows, grassland, streams, lakes and ponds. Nature conservation ensures that these areas are protected, preserved and carefully managed. This helps to not only protect […]

Walking for Health

Free organised weekly walks which take place in parks and open spaces across Redbridge. No booking required, just turn up and enjoy the company. Meeting points and difficulty grades for walks 1 = easy, flat walk at a gentle pace on hard surfaces 2 = steady pace, some gentle slopes and uneven terrain  3 = […]

Schools at the Museum

The Museum & Heritage Service delivers a wide range of free education sessions based around the national curriculum. These educational sessions can take place at the Museum or at Valentines Mansion. To find out more about what you and your group can gain from a visit to Redbridge Museum watch this short film. All sessions include […]

What’s on at the Museum?

Eat It! A fun family exhibition about food Tuesday 23 July to Saturday 28 December 2019 This summer at Redbridge Museum discover the wonderful world of food! Have fun down on the Victorian farm, sail your crops to market on the River Roding, eat like Ice Age mammoth, survive wartime rationing and explore food from […]

What’s in the Museum?

Moving Stories Meet some of the people who have lived and worked in Redbridge between 1940 and today The March of Bricks and Mortar Discover how Redbridge grew from a number of villages to a modern suburb between 1900 and 1939 Rural Redbridge Find out what life was like in the local area in the 1800s Time Zone Explore […]

Schools Heritage Programme

The Heritage Service delivers a wide range of free education sessions based around the national curriculum. Groups can use historic archives, maps, and photographs to learn about the history of their local area and school. Combine your session with a visit to the museum where students can handle real artefacts, take part in fun activities […]

Local & Family History

We provide a service for local and family history research and hold the largest collection of materials in the Borough on the history of Ilford, Wanstead, Woodford and Redbridge. These materials include: periodicals census information maps military resources free access to Ancestry library edition free access to Find My Past free access to British Newspaper Archives We also have a general […]


Fairlop Waters boasts 2 golf courses. The 18-hole course is 6,281 yards long and has a par of 72. The 9-hole course is 1,167 yards long and has a par of 27.   Both courses are professionally maintained and have reached an attractive level of maturity.  There is also a 18 bay, floodlit covered Driving Range […]

Water Sports

Sailing Fairlop Waters Country Park provides an opportunity for sailing throughout the year. For those with their own dinghies, you are able to obtain an annual pass from the Boat House and we can also offer annual Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre offers coaching, R.Y.A courses, race sessions and equipment for those wishing to sail. Session […]

Race Events

Redbridge Cycling Centre regular hosts events and races on all or some of the tracks, this can effect the availability of tracks for public use. 2019 Races and Events May 1 May: Beastway Series – Full road & MTB tracks booked 5:30pm – 9:00pm2 May: Monument Cycling – Full road track booked 7:30pm – 9:00pm4 May: […]

Bike Maintenance

Redbridge Cycling Centre are able to offer a range of repairs* on site carried out by a qualified Cytech bike mechanic. We also run regular bike maintenance courses to assist you with the ongoing servicing of your own bike. *Due to time constraints we are unable to carry out repairs on suspension or hydraulic brakes. Standard Repairs Puncture Repair, including new tube £10 Wheel Tru-ing (subject to wheel condition) £12 […]

Adapted Bikes

Redbridge Cycling Centre has a number of adapted bikes for disabled users, with various seating and control combinations. There are also trailer bikes, additional trikes, tandems and a side by side bike. Bikes can be used by individuals or groups in our flat coaching area and there is no hire charge for these users.  For […]

Get Involved

Youth Advisory Board We’re encouraging young people to have a say in how libraries are run. You will be involved in stock selection and event planning and delivery. This is a great opportunity and will be valuable experience to add to your CV. If you are aged between 14 and 18 and want to be involved please […]


The Sport & Health Team with their partners provide activities to give disabled people the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity. After School Multi Sports (8-14 yrs) This session is for young people with a disability and/or special educational need and their siblings or a friend. Try out some new activities, learn […]

Compete for Redbridge

The Sport & Health Team coordinates the entries for Redbridge into a variety of youth events including London Youth Games, London School Games and Virgin London Mini Marathon. If you would like to get involved either as a competitor or a volunteer coach, please email active.redbridge@visionrcl.org.uk Virgin London Mini Marathon 11 to 17 year olds […]

Sport & Health Team

Working in partnership with Public Health, London Borough of Redbridge, community groups, National Governing Bodies, Sport England and London Sport, the Sport & Health Team provide a range of services, activities and opportunities across Redbridge to encourage and support you getting active. These include: Supporting local sports clubs Supporting and developing coaches and volunteers Weight […]

Exercise on Referral

The Exercise on Referral scheme is for Redbridge residents aged 16yrs+ who would benefit from increasing their levels of physical activity. It is aimed at individuals who are suffering from a variety of medical conditions and have been referred by their health professional. Common Conditions for Referral Diabetes Obesity Asthma Hypertension Depression/Stress/Anxiety Bone/Joint/Muscular Conditions Benefits […]


Cycle Vision is Redbridge Cycling Centre’s programme to deliver coaching to all riders and abilities and includes Learn to Ride, British Cycling’s Go-ride, Strider balance bikes, holiday programmes, and adapted bike usage for disabled groups schemes. Please contact the centre for further information on any of our programmes or to book a session. Strider Bikes If your child […]

Artists at Valentines Mansion

Exhibitions and unique installations showcase contemporary art at Valentines. There are also arts workshops and private viewings. The top floor of Valentines has been converted to artists’ studios. Open studio days provide a chance to visit the studios, meet the artists and view their work. Lisa Atkin With a passion and a need to “make” […]

Valentines Mansion Gardens

Relax and unwind in the gorgeous gardens at Valentines. Discover the historic kitchen garden, the Old English walled garden and the Victorian rose garden. There are also a whole host of unique features like the Long Water canal, rococo grottoes and dovecote. Valentines Gardens provide a wonderful setting for events throughout the year, from open-air […]

History of Valentines Mansion

The house was built in around 1696 for Elizabeth Tillotson and her family, after the death of her husband, the Archbishop of Canterbury. At that time the new brick house stood in open countryside, several miles from the edge of London. Valentines has changed hands many times since then. City merchant and banker Robert Surman […]

Join Your Local Centre

Vision RCL offers a range of memberships across it’s facilities centres to meet the varied needs of our customers. Fitness Memberships Our inclusive memberships can be used across Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre, Mayfield Leisure Centre, South Woodford Library & Gym and Wanstead Leisure Centre and can be seen below with an indication of the facilities […]

Racquet Sports

Badminton Badminton courts are available to book at Loxford Leisure Centre, Mayfield Leisure Centre and Wanstead Leisure Centre. Courts can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance* and must be paid for at the time of booking, Mayfield Leisure Centre and Wanstead Leisure Centre can be booked online or through the Vision RCL app. […]

Redbridge Arts Grant

Redbridge Arts Grants aim to make sure residents can take part in a wide range of arts and cultural related activities. The grants are available to voluntary organisations and community groups based or planning to work in the borough. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £3,000 although most grants will be under £2,000. […]

Report an Issue

General Enquiries For all general enquiries, please email parks.enquiries@visionrcl.org.uk Bins If the bins in your park are full, please contact Parks Operations on 020 8708 5437 (7 days a week 8am – 4pm). Playground Equipment If the playground equipment is damaged, broken or unsafe, please contact Parks Operations on 020 8708 5437 (7 days a […]

Green Flag Award

The national standard for parks and open spaces in England and Wales recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country with Green Flag Status and for 2019, a record breaking 1,970 green spaces across the UK have achieved this recognition, including 9 of our very own. Claybury Park Clayhall Park Elmhurst Gardens Goodmayes […]

Redbridge in Bloom

Our amateur gardening competition is now closed. Thank you to all our keen gardeners who have entered. We are hoping to see some pretty gardens bursting full with colour, smell and texture, as we celebrate 24 years of Redbridge in Bloom. Our theme this year is’A garden for the senses‘ to tie in with mental […]

Sport Pitches

We offer both football and cricket pitches in several of our parks for hire on a seasonal booking or for one-off bookings. For one-off bookings at least 10 full days notice is required.  How do I book? Please contact us to check availability, seasonal bookings may require you to be put on a waiting list. […]


There are 24 allotment sites within the Borough. Fourteen are directly let from Vision RCL and the other 10 are managed by societies or independent voluntary organisations. If you live in Redbridge and are over the age of 18 you can apply to rent an allotment. One rod is equal to 25 square metres. Our […]

Resources for Teachers

Redbridge Schools’ Library Service provides learning resources, librarians and library-related advice and support to schools in Redbridge, Newham, Waltham Forest, Havering and other London boroughs not served by a schools’ library service. More information is available in our information booklet (PDF 660KB). Our resources are regularly maintained and updated in line with general demand and […]

Redbridge Book Award

Each year, the Vision Schools’ Library Service run the Redbridge Children’s Book Award. There are two categories: The Children’s Book Award for school students aged 10 to 12 years old The Teenage Book Award for school students aged 13 to 16 years old The awards process starts in September and ends in June. We invite […]

Youth Centres

Vision RCL operates two youth centres within Redbridge. Both offer a range of activities for young people to take part in and also offer facilities for local groups to hire. For more information on sessions or to hire facilities, email micky.peacock@visionrcl.org.uk Wanstead Youth Centre Elmcroft Avenue, Wanstead E11 2DB Day Time Session Age Wednesday 4.00pm […]

Mildmay Nursery

Mildmay Nursery works in partnership with parents and carers to provide quality experiences within a safe, nurturing and respectful environment.  We encourage all areas of the child’s development whilst recognising and meeting the individual developmental and cultural needs of the child and their family within a happy, caring and supportive environment. We aim to provide […]

Books on Prescription

Books on prescription helps you manage your well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including depression and anxiety.  How does books on prescription work? These self-help books are available for anyone to borrow […]

Home Library Service

We offer a home delivery service for customers who still want to read but are unable to get to their local library or mobile library. It’s for anyone who for any reason is confined to their home. There is no charge for this service.   Your needs To find out more and to speak confidentially to […]

What Can I Borrow?

You need a library card to borrow items from a library including books, DVDs, CDs, eBooks and Audio books.  How can I borrow? To use the online renewals and catalogue system you need your library card and pin. Search the online library catalogue for books, DVDs, CDs and audio books  Visit your local library and ask our staff […]

Fairlop High Ropes

Come and climb with us this October half-term, we are running haunted high rope sessions from Monday 21 – Friday 25 October at the times below. Click here to book online or contact us for more information. 10am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm Sessions are for 1 hour, but you MUST arrive 15 minutes before the start […]

Redbridge Cycling Centre

Upcoming Track Closures Saturday 19 October LVYCC Full road circuit 10am – 12pm Saturday 19 October Great Dunmow Round Table Full road circuit 12pm – 3pm Sunday 20 October London Rollerski Full road circuit 10am – 4pm Saturday 26 October LVYCC Full Road Circuit 10am – 12pm Sunday 27 October East Essex Tri Full road […]

Hainault Forest Country Park

On Saturday 26 October the car parks at Hainault Forest Country Park will be closed for public use due to the We Are Halloween Festival. There will be some restrictions within the park, however many areas will be open for public use. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Demo Centre

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Swimming Lessons

Swim Vision Vision RCL runs a wide range of swimming lessons for all abilities for swimmers aged 3yrs+ across 4 swimming pools, Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre, Ilford County High School, Loxford Leisure Centre and Mayfield Leisure Centre.  Lessons run all year round and are available 7 days a week. Swim Vision Terms & Conditions can […]


In our busy, stressful lives, we all need to take time out to look after ourselves, learn to love our bodies, and reap the benefits of exercise which can be far reaching. Exercising makes you feel more positive, increases your sense of well being and gives you the energy needed for living a full and […]

Contact Us

Whatever service you want, we want to make sure you get the best. Whether it is a complaint or a compliment, we want to know. Who to go to first If you have a complaint, please let the member of staff who is dealing with you at the time know. Otherwise come in person, telephone, […]


Vision RCL is a registered charity and as a non-profit organisation any surplus we make will be reinvested for community benefit, to improve the quality of facilities and services offered to you. As a social enterprise Vision RCL is committed to working in partnership with the London Borough of Redbridge to deliver a wide range […]

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Privacy Policy

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure Privacy Notice This privacy notice informs customers and users of Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure Limited’s services about the collection, use and sharing of personal information collected through our websites, and at our events and through our facilities and services. Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure Limited (“Vision”) is a data […]