Tag archive: Children’s events

Swim for £1

Vision RCL manage three swimming pools within Redbridge, offering public sessions for adults, families, and competent children swimmers 12 years and over. Fullwell Cross – One 25 metre swimming pool and a children’s pool.Loxford – One 25 metre swimming pool (Booking not available via the app) Mayfield – One 25 metre swimming pool Our pools

Redbridge pays tribute to The Queen with special Beacon Lighting Ceremony

In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure and Redbridge Council held a special Beacon Lighting Ceremony on Thursday 2 June at Redbridge Cycling Centre, Hainault. Leader of the Council, Jas Athwal, was honoured to light the beacon here in Redbridge, joined with 1,500 other beacons across the UK, to mark

Cinema for £1

Between Wednesday 10 August to Wednesday 31 August we’re offering all tickets for just £1 for our Wednesday film screenings at Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford. We’ll be showing:

Children With Additional Needs

We appreciate that every child is unique, and their interest and abilities can vary. We have created a Mega Mix of activities, ranging from sports, to dance and drama, learning new music skills or digital workshops. We will also be offering adapted sessions for those children that would benefit from additional support. Including: arts &

Other Activities

Mega Mix is our new summer programme for 8 – 16 years olds.  We appreciate that every child is unique, and their interest are different. So, we have created a Mega Mix of activities, ranging from sports, to dance and drama, learning new music skills or digital workshops. There’s something for everyone, whatever they’re into!

Booking Support

Having trouble making a booking, or need some help? Follow our handy guides below or contact one of our friendly team. Skip links: Cinema | Swimming | Other Activities Cinema Bookings Swimming Bookings Swimming bookings are available 7 days in advance via our online portal and our app. All Other Bookings

Redbridge Holiday MiniMix

Saturday 23 July to Saturday 10 September Redbridge Holiday Mini Mix is a programme of books, culture and creativity for children 4 years and over happening in Redbridge Libraries this summer holidays. Discover all the amazing things you can do at your local library. There’s something from all tastes from learning how to code, reading

Pride Month 2022

Pride Month 2022 June is Pride Month, an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights. Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT+ population and their allies come together to celebrate and recognise the influence LGBT+ people have had around the world. Why was June chosen?

Redbridge Outdoor Arts in Ken Aston Square

Vision RCL’s Redbridge Outdoor Arts (ROA) programme presents a summer of arts and culture in Ken Aston Square on Barkingside High Street. A programme for all ages to enjoy, where everyone in the community is welcome and all events are FREE of any charge. Once a month from June to September the square will become

Windrush Day 2022

Windrush Day 2022 Wednesday 22 June 2022, is the 5th annual Windrush Day. After a successful campaign led by Patrick Vernon Windrush Day was introduced in June 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the Windrush migration. In 1948 citizens of the British colonies were given the right to settle in the UK. After the war, Britain had a

Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre Conditions of Hire

General The person(s) signing ‘the hiring agreement’ shall be deemed to be and hereinafter known as the “hirer”. The hirer must be aged 18 years or over.  The hirer agrees to be responsible for the enforcement of these regulations and payment of all charges to Vision RC & L  Booking times are inclusive of all

Free Family Festivals in Redbridge Parks

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

Redbridge Holiday MegaMix

Throughout the summer holidays there will be a variety of affordable taster sessions available for children 8 to 16 years. All sessions will be held in local facilities and venues in and around Redbridge.

Hainault Forest to be part of Queen’s Green Canopy Programme

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

Hainault Library Refurbishment

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

Tech Ilford 2022

Exhibitors Redbridge for Education Entrance, Redbridge Central Library, 11am-4pm Redbridge4Ed Tech 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!

Dying Matters Awareness Week

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

Tech Ilford 2022

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! Activities An interactive game-zone for all Ilford High Road, 11 am-5 pm Try out the

Follow the yellow brick road to Kenneth More Theatre this summer

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

May and Jubilee Bank Holiday Opening Hours

During the May and Jubilee Bank Holiday period 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. Find out more about your local sport and leisure centre Find out more about your local library Find

Vision RCL donates £1,000 to Swan Sanctuary Charity

When dealing with wildlife and working with partners such as DEFRA and the Environment Agency, the Swan Sanctuary always provide dedicated care and specialist treatment at difficult times. Over the years there have been many occasions where Vision – Redbridge Culture & Leisure have required specialist expertise offered by the Swan Sanctuary Charity. This donation

Vision 2022 – 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 Trust expanded further to become responsible for

The ‘Clean Parks for London’ campaign brings together the green space sector to tackle litter in our parks

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure have joined together with Parks for London and 16 other organisations including the Mayor and nine local councils to launch a new campaign, ‘Clean Parks for London’, starting this April 2022. Led by Parks for London, an independent charity and Centre for Excellence for green space management, the pan-London campaign aims to tackle this

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Culture Team Royal Redbridge – Redbridge Museum exhibition Redbridge Museum will hold a brand new display on the Royal Family, on the ground floor of Redbridge Central Library. The exhibition will feature remarkable Royal memorabilia from the Museum’s permanent collection alongside local historical objects associated with the Her Majesty The Queen’s four Royal visits to

Easter Opening Times

During the Easter period 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. Find out more about your local sport and leisure centre Find out more about your local library Find out more about theatre

New Business Opportunity – Organic Food Growing at Ray Park

GREENHOUSE AREA WITHIN THE WALLED GARDEN AT RAY PARK, SNAKES LANE EAST, WOODFORD GREEN IG8 7JQ The presently redundant parks greenhouses, adjacent polytunnel frames and outbuilding within the 18th Century locally listed walled gardens of Ray Park have become available. They provide an excellent business opportunity in a beautiful location, for a community focused organisation

Redbridge Libraries adds local publications to PressReader

Redbridge Libraries today announced that the Wanstead Village Directory and South Woodford Village Gazette will be available on PressReader, the digital platform which allows library card holders and leisure centre visitors to access thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world. PressReader forms part of the Virtual Library offer within Redbridge Libraries, and adding

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions If you have any access requirements please let us know when booking. Our online booking system doesn’t allow customers to leave single seats unsold. We do this in order to prevent gaps and empty seats in the auditorium. Concessions and Children 60 years+ / Students (with a valid NUS card) and those

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Bugsy Malone at Kenneth More Theatre 

After cancelling the original production within days of its opening night, Bugsy Malone will finally open at Kenneth More Theatre in March. Based on the 1976 film written and directed by Alan Parker, Bugsy Malone is a fun family musical with a cast of young actors. The cast were rehearsed and ready to perform when

The TrUst in Us Model

Credit: Community Leisure UK Why Charitable Trusts are great! Here’s a quick summary! Charitable Trusts come in all shapes and sizes. But they all have two things in common. To do good and make things better.  Your Local Leisure and Culture Trust is no different. They help make your community better because as a charitable organisation

Keeping Redbridge Wild

Natural Sources of Food Why feeding can be harmful? What can I do instead of feeding wildlife?

What’s on at Redbridge Drama Centre

Kenneth More Theatre Based in Ilford, the Kenneth More Theatre is our sister venue and offers a range of shows that run throughout the year. Click the button below to find out what’s on offer!

What’s on at the Kenneth More Theatre

Redbridge Drama Centre Based in South Woodford, Redbridge Drama Centre is our sister venue and offers a range of shows that run throughout the year. Click the button below to find out what’s on offer!

Valentines voted into UKs Top Ten favourite parks

Vision RCL are pleased to announce that Valentines Park has once again been voted one of the Top Ten Green Flag Award-winning parks in the UK. The People’s Choice Award top ten parks were announced in a special virtual awards ceremony hosted by Keep Britain Tidy, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Green

Christmas Fun in Redbridge

Get into the festive spirit with our fantastic Christmas programme. Vision RCL are hoping to make Christmas 2021 a special one for all residents and visitors.

Wellness Together

Physical activity opportunities for women in Redbridge who feel they could benefit from being more active. Have you had a baby recently or do you have young children? Have you been affected by domestic violence? Are you feeling low, isolated or worried and would benefit from some ‘me’ time?

Environmental Education in Redbridge

Outdoor learning and play can help to motivate and stimulate young minds, and positively contribute to children’s health and wellbeing. Having access to, and experiences in, parks and green spaces, fosters a connection between young people and the natural world, and can even contribute to safeguarding the environment for future generations. Every year the Nature

E-newsletters and Apps

Download our App Want to access your leisure centre or libraries account on the go? Why not download the Vision apps, available on both Apple or Android mobile phones. Leisure Centres: Book a gym / pool session, a court for racquet sports or a fitness class. Redbridge Libraries: Access your library account to manage loans,

Active Together

Active Together has two simple aims: ✔ to improve the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of residents by increasing participation in physical activity.✔ to improve local community cohesion by developing sustainable community physical activity opportunities.

Swim Vision Terms and Conditions

Swim Vision’s Aquatics team are qualified professionals with the sole aim of aiding you in reaching all your swimming goals. Please ensure you read the following terms and conditions fully prior to your enrolment to a Swim Vision lesson. The terms and conditions will be provided to you upon your application to the Swim Vision

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Vision Redbridge Libraries receives prestigious award for ‘The Death Positive Library’ project

The team at Redbridge Libraries add to their growing number of awards for their innovative, sensitive and creative approach to dealing with the difficult subject of death. Vision RCL’s Libraries team was delighted to win an award for ‘Health & Wellbeing’ at the first ever awards event hosted by Libraries Connected, a membership organisation for

Redbridge’s 2021 Nature Photography Competition Winners announced

Sleepy cygnets, perfect pyramidal orchids, beautiful bumblebees and fox families are just some of the fantastic submissions we received for our recent Nature Photography Competition. During summer 2021, Vision RCL organised a photography competition encouraging residents to engage with the natural world through a lens and explore some of the wonderful wild spaces in Redbridge.

Raise the flag for nine Redbridge Green Flag parks

Redbridge residents will be overjoyed to learn that Redbridge parks are once again being recognised for the prestigious Green Flag award. In Redbridge, we are fortunate to have 50 parks and open spaces where visitors can enjoy walks, children’s play areas, outdoor gyms, cafes or simply relax within the beautiful natural surroundings. Vision RCL is

Redbridge residents to come together at community fair in celebration of Black History Month

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure will begin a month-long celebration for Black History starting with a Black Brits African & Caribbean Community Fair this October. The national celebration aims to recognise Black contributions to society and to foster an understanding of Black history in general. Families are invited to attend the community fair taking place

Woodford Green Library & Gym re-opens

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure is thrilled to announce the re-opening of Woodford Green Library and Gym to the public following the completion of a major refurbishment. The new library and fitness facility is a partnership between Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure and the London Borough of Redbridge, with a joint investment of over £300,000

Garfield Weston Foundation Award £45k to Vision RCL for Hainault Forest Restoration Project

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure are delighted to announce the award of £45,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation for our major project to restore Hainault Forest. The grant is crucial to achieving our project aims, together with funding from The National Heritage Lottery Fund, the Greater London Authority Mayor’s Fund and Redbridge Council, the project

Redbridge Libraries to Receive HUGE Digital Upgrade

Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure today announced that Redbridge Libraries will receive its biggest Public PC upgrade ever. The latest step in a far-reaching plan to make access to the library service easier and more accessible than ever; and the upgrade is already under way. The new public devices boast a 53% larger screen size compared to their predecessors and offer a new

Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre receives ‘Very Good’ in quality scheme assessment for sport and leisure

Fullwell Cross Leisure centre has received a Very Good assessment by Quest, the UK’s quality scheme for Sport and Leisure. Quest has been running for over 20 years and is recognised and supported by Sport England as the recommended Continuous Improvement Tool for leisure facilities and sports development teams. The tool is designed in measuring

Vision’s statement for Kiosk Café at Christchurch Green

Vision have submitted a planning application for a kiosk café at Christchurch Green, Wanstead. There is speculation that we are spending up to £2m on this scheme. We would like to make it clear that we have absolutely no intention of spending anything like this sum of money on this proposal. Our current expectation is

The Libraries Consortium Book Club Summer Edition

The Libraries Consortium (TLC) is offering a new book club for members of their library authorities (you can see a full list of the member library authorities here). Assisted by Bolinda, suppliers of eAudiobooks and eBooks, the TLC Book Club will give access to four titles chosen for their relatability across a family demographic. These

Swim Vision Apprenticeship Scheme

We are now recruiting Assistant Swimming Teachers. If you have a passion and desire to teach people of all ages this invaluable life skill, then why not apply to join Vision? There are opportunities available at all three of our Swim Vision sites: Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre Loxford Leisure Centre Mayfield Leisure Centre Job requirements:

Vision’s statement on library event on Saturday 10 July 2021

Vision RCL supports the statement made by the Leader of Redbridge Council and are conducting our own detailed investigation into complaints raised on 10 July 2021.  The Trust commissioned a nationally reputed arts company to perform at a live event within some of the libraries we operate across the borough. The performance, which had been previously staged

Music Library

Good news! We are open. Redbridge Music Library is located at the John Savage Centre in Barkingside. We offer a range of facilities to members with a Redbridge Libraries card. Services Book borrowing and browsing Find, reserve and renew your books CD Borrowing Music Set Borrowing View our Opening Hours Term Time Monday 1.00pm –

Instrument Repair

Book your repair with us We are proud to offer an instrument repair service for Woodwind, Brass and String instruments and a competitive price. Complete our short form below and a member of the team will be in touch.

Music For Adults

Where can the art of Music take you… Have you always wanted to learn a new instrument, but never been sure how to get started? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to sing with an expert? You have come to the right place. We offer individual music lessons for adults on a wide range

Book a Venue

Thank you for choosing to book your event with us. Please give us as much detail as you can in your form to ensure we can provide you with the best possible service. If you have any trouble completing this form, the team is on hand to help. Completing this form does not confirm your

Nature Photography Competition – Winners Exhibition

Winner – Animal Portraits By Kanishka BuwanekabahuValentines Park, May 2021 I saw this cygnet trying to take a nap and thought it was such a peaceful scene. It was an overcast day with soft light which was ideal for photographing white birds. Runner Up – Animal Portraits By Michael TrumpHainault Forest, July 2021 Up close

Save the date for Vision’s summer finale – Wanstead Festival

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure is bringing the local community back together again with the annual celebration that residents, local businesses, communities and charities look forward to year on year, Wanstead Festival. Everyone is invited to come along to enjoy a lively afternoon of entertainment on Sunday 12 September at Christchurch Green from 11am until

More Vision Facilities re-open from 17 May

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

Active Stars Pre-Workshop Questionnaire

Thank you for attending Active Stars! Please help us to keep these sessions going and to ensure that they are tailored to your needs by completing this questionnaire.

Active Stars: 3 Month Follow-Up Questionnaire

The following form is to be filled in three months after completing the Active Stars programme. This form should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Please answer questions as honestly as possible.

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

More Vision facilities re-open just in time for the final week of the Easter holidays

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure were delighted to be able to re-open some of their leisure and cultural facilities on Monday 12 April, one step closer to bringing the Redbridge community back together. Following the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown families can once again enjoy swimming sessions at their local leisure centre. Parents are keen

Begin your journey back to fitness with Vision leisure centres

As Redbridge approaches step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown, we will begin to see the re-opening of local facilities.  As part of this next step, Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure are thrilled to re-open their Leisure Centres from Monday 12 April. To welcome customers back to fitness, Vision are offering a special welcome

Vision RCL among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Vision RCL has received a grant of £190,110 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Vision in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced

Reading Well

Support your self-care with Reading Well, recommended by health experts. What is Reading Well? Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. Reading Well books are all recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered and their relatives and

Getting Started with Creative Classes

What are Creative Classes on Demand? Vision Creative Classes on demand are pre-recorded classes available to buy and watch from the comfort of your home. The classes are hosted and produced by the Redbridge Drama Centre team and include a range of fun activities for under 5s, children and adults. This encompasses everything from yoga

On Demand FAQ

Have a question about our online Fitness on Demand programme? Check our frequently asked questions below!

HIIT and Core

The core is the muscles in and your abdomen, back and pelvis. You use your core to accomplish everyday activities. It is vital to strengthen this part of your body as it can affect your balance, posture, and stability.

Heritage Walks

Discover the history on your doorstep, take a 60-70 minute stroll from Barkingside to Ilford War Memorial via historic sites in Aldborough or discover the history of Wanstead.  Download the Aldborough Walk (PDF 1MB) Download the Wanstead Jubilee Walk (PDF 814 KB) Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose

Home Library Service Volunteers

Do you love working with the public? Do you want to create inclusive and transformative experiences for our more vulnerable customers? We are looking for sociable and caring individuals to help those customers who find it difficult to visit any of our libraries due to old age, disability, illness or have caring responsibilities. Your task

Introducing Vision Fitness on Demand

Keeping active has never been so important, both for our physical and mental wellbeing. With many people confined to their homes, we are delighted to be able to offer an ‘at home’ alternative to exercising with our new Fitness on Demand programme, launched 19 November. Vision Fitness on Demand gives our local community the opportunity and means

Getting Started

GETTING STARTED IS SIMPLE 👇 🏃‍♀️ Select the type of activity you enjoy most 🎬 Click your favourite video ▶️ Click play 🤑 Unlimited sessions for Just £10 per month 💧 All you need to bring is some water with a drop of motivation! Meet the Instructors!


Vision is committed to providing equal access to our services and facilities. We have resources available in a number of formats to support all our library users including: Large print books If you have some vision but you struggle to read regular print, large print may be for you. The size of a font is

Museum activities from home

While Redbridge Museum is temporarily closed, there are still plenty of activities that you can get involved with. Check out our list of museum related activities below. Virtual Tour Take a 360 virtual tour of Redbridge Museum! Explore the displays and discover Redbridge’s history through objects, photographs and oral histories. Take the virtual tour Twitter

Vote for your favourite park in the People’s Choice Award 2020

Help us get Redbridge into the top ten by voting for your favourite park in the People’s Choice Awards. This year an army of experts awarded a record breaking 2,061 Green Flag Awards to the UK’s very best parks and green spaces, including nine Redbridge parks. Organised by Keep Britain Tidy, the scheme is now

Redbridge Music Service part of winning ensemble at 2020 Olivier Awards

Children in Redbridge were celebrating on Sunday with the news that they were part of the winning nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Opera at the 2020 Olivier Awards for the production of Noye’s Fludde at the Theatre Royal Stratford East staged in July 2019.  The production was made up of over 200 young people across

Hainault Forest Restoration Project

Find out more To stay updated on the latest news & information on the project, please sign up to our e-newsletter or if you have a specific question about the project please contact us.

Shape the future of Fairlop Waters

Redbridge Council has announced bold and exciting plans to preserve and expand Fairlop Waters, adding 250 acres of green space to the existing park over the coming years. Fairlop Waters is one of the largest country parks in Redbridge, home to expansive green space, a lake, and a wide range of outdoor activities, including the

Introducing Vision Venues!

We are introducing Vision Venues, a new way to make effortless bookings with Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure. We are a brand-new team here to help you book into our fabulous venues located across Redbridge! Our venues include: Valentines Mansion, Redbridge Town Hall, Sir James Hawkey Hall and many more! You will be delighted to

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Vision RCL has been awarded £547,565 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today. Vision is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed

Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2020

Every year Redbridge Schools Library service (SLS) involves  14 secondary schools, 16 primary schools and over 200 students in the Redbridge Children’s Book Award.  Despite the closure of schools due to COVID 19, Redbridge  SLS was determined to keep these young readers and literary critics engaged.  The SLS manager along with Redbridge teachers  has have

Owls is re-opening!!

Owls is back and can’t wait to welcome you. We are pleased to announce that Owls Play Centre, Fairlop Waters, will be reopening on Monday 7 September. We have had to make some changes to ensure everyone can play safely but are confident that the fun can continue. We will be running sessions with limited

Frequently Asked Questions Returning to Leisure Facilities

Following June 2020 Member survey Do I need to pre-book to use gym or pool All gym and pool sessions are 55 minutes long and must be pre-booked online via website or APP. All non-members must pay in advance for sessions. Will gym and pool have reduced numbers? All gym and pool sessions will have

Free Summer Arts Project for 15-19 year olds in Redbridge

FUTURE MAKERS FOR THE GAME CHANGERS.THE RULE BREAKERS.THE FUTURE MAKERS. Bursting with big ideas, but not sure where to start? We’re looking for young creatives bold enough to break the mould, who want to push boundaries, and shape our future. Join us for a FREE two-week innovative on-line programme designed to build your creative skills

Winners announced in our ‘Clean Up Your Park, Take Your Litter Home’ poster competition

Litter has become a big problem for Redbridge parks during the good weather. When the bins are full, visitors to the parks have just been leaving their litter behind. So Redbridge Council and Vision put their heads together and thought it would be a good idea to get the younger generation on board. A competition

Virtual Tours

Want an inside look into some of Vision’s venues? We’ve created 360 virtual tours showcasing some of our special buildings! Find out more about the history of each building and then click on the link below to start your virtual tour. Valentines Mansion Grade II* listed, the house was built in around 1696 for Elizabeth

The Community Leisure UK Award winners have been announced!

The National Community Leisure UK Awards are held annually and recognise, celebrate and share the achievements of leisure and culture trusts across the UK. Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure were delighted to have finalists in three of the categories for the 2020 awards and a winner in one! Huge congratulations go to Yashmin Harun, a

Pride Month June 2021

June is Pride month LGBT or Gay Pride is a movement that celebrates sexual diversity. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people it is a way of promoting dignity, equal rights, self-affirmation while increasing society’s awareness of the issues the LGBT community face and protesting about discrimination and violence. During the month of June,

Black Lives Matter

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure stands in solidarity with our Black communities, colleagues and volunteers, customers, artists and audiences in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Our facilities are a safe place where all our communities can come together to learn, create and thrive. We aim to contribute to this movement through inclusion, education and continued learning. 

Group celebratory events

Lockdown is making it difficult for groups of people to celebrate together, but Redbridge Drama Centre and the Kenneth More Theatre have teamed up to provide the perfect solution – an online comedy murder mystery to get you working together alongside friends or family members either locally or from around the globe (subject to timelines).

The Death Positive Library

The COVID-19 crisis has prompted us all to think a bit more about death and what it means for us. It’s also given an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. But it’s crucial we don’t feel alone with these thoughts. As a trusted

Financial help for the sport and physical activity sector through coronavirus

Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The money will help their partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic. The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and

Vision wins three Healthy Catering Commitment awards

Vision’s Sport & Health team was presented with three Healthy Catering Commitments awards at a ceremony on Tuesday 4 February at Redbridge Town Hall. Two of our venues, Owl’s Play Centre and Redbridge Cycling Centre will proudly display this award. We’re also the first organisation in Redbridge to receive the award for an educational and

Rare bird spotted in Valentines Park Birdwatch Walk

UPDATE: BBC2 featured our Turtle Dove during their Winterwatch programme on Friday 31 January at 8.30pm. On Saturday 25 January Vision’s Nature Conservation team partnered with the local North East London RSPB group to host a Big Garden Birdwatch Walk at Valentines Park. The event coincided with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch campaign, which is

Successful community tree planting during National Tree Week

Vision RCL and Redbridge council partnered with Trees for Cities to plant new young trees across the borough this year, including Goodmayes Park and Orchard Playing Fields (formally Goodmayes Recreation Ground). To mark the beginning of National Tree Week, which ran from 23 November-1 December, Vision’s nature conservation team was joined by partners and volunteers

Wanstead Leisure Centre wins award for most improved performer

Wanstead Leisure Centre has scooped the award for Most Improved performer in Sport and Leisure Facility Management at The Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards. APSE Performance Networks benchmarks the operational performance of leisure centres on a national basis in ‘like for like’ family groups. The award was based on Wanstead Leisure Centre’s overall

Redbridge Libraries secure funding to expand and continue project around death

Redbridge Libraries will partner with Kirklees and Newcastle Libraries to investigate if people’s attitude to death can change depending on where they live or their cultural backgrounds. The project is part a continuation of the successful Final Party project run by Redbridge Libraries from October 2017. The attitudes of people in Redbridge towards death are

Bounce yourself fit!!

New trampolining courses start Monday 25 November at Wanstead Leisure Centre. Come and join us to have fun, learn new skills and enjoy a fun way to keep fit. 5.30pm – 6.30pm Juniors 5 – 11yrs6.30pm – 7.30pm Juniors 11 – 15yrs7.30pm – 8.30pm Adults 16yrs+ For more information or to book a space contact

Family, Fit and Fun

Family, Fit and Fun is a fitness programme designed to cater to antenatal and postnatal women and mothers with young children looking to stay active during and after their pregnancy. Whilst our regular sessions cannot take place at the Children’s Centres due to National Lockdown restrictions, join our free weekly sessions online instead: Antenatal Yoga

Hub Central

We offer a range of resources including: ✓ Partnership working with local organisations helping residents learn new skills✓ A wide range of Online Resources✓ Employment Advisers with Work Redbridge who are based in Hub Central providing support with CVs, training and developing your career✓ Career Support with The National Career Service providing impartial and professional advice on skills and the

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

Childrens Regular Activities

Looking for regular activities for children taking place in Redbridge? See a list of our regular weekly activities below. If you would like to find out more about regular events and activities, sign up to our monthly Do More in Redbridge enewsletter. Looking for special events? Visit out children’s events page.

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

Holiday Activities and Food (previously Fit Fed and Read)

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF), previously known as the Fit, Fed and Read programme, will be working in partnership with London Borough of Redbridge. The programme HAF offers an online holiday activity and food programme to children who are eligible for Free School Meals in the Easter holidays 2021. Sessions will include: Physical activity including

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.

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

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

Community Support Volunteers

Freedom Passes for Londoners Support Volunteers Do you enjoy working with the public and would like an important volunteer role assisting people applying online for Freedom Passes? We are looking for kind, IT literate individuals to assist customers who want to apply for their Freedom Pass for travel around London. Volunteers will assist customers to

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

Access to Research Access to research gives free, walk-in access to a wide range of academic articles and research in public libraries across the UK. Subjects include: art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. All content provided is digital and can only be accessed from a library terminal. Ideal for

Britannica Library

If you have a Redbridge library card, you can view these resources from your devices at home. 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,


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.


Newspapers and Magazines straight to your phone!

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

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

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

Wanstead Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

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.

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,


We offer a range of inclusive memberships across sites for regular users. There are also option to purchase 10 for 8 packages for a range of activities. For more information please contact your local centre.

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.

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

Instrument Hire

We are pleased to be able to offer instrument hire to all pupils at Redbridge Music Service. If you don’t have an instrument to get started, this is the perfect option for you. In some cases there may be a waiting period while the instrument is prepared for collection, in which case the pupils may

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

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

Foxburrows Farm

Foxburrows Farm is closed due to the Hainault Forest Restoration Project. During 2022 some exciting improvements will be made to the farm please re-visit this page for further updates.

Swimming Pool Timetable

Our monthly swimming pool timetables will be available soon, please check back for updates. We offer a range on swimming sessions at Fullwell Cross, Mayfield and Loxford Leisure Centre. This includes: Public Swim – to attend this session you must be 12 years and over and a competent swimmerFamily Swim – for families with children

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

VOLUNTEER NOTICE: We have recently restarted our nature conservation volunteering workdays and events. For safety reasons some of these events remain size restricted so attendees will need to book their place via our online ticketing system. Redbridge has a wealth of open spaces, from local parks to country parks. All types of green spaces are

Redbridge Central Library

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Schools at the Museum

Schools Newsletter Sign up to receive our quarterly e-newsletter for teachers. Get updates about new and current programmes, special events and what’s new to support your teaching.

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

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

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

Seven Kings Library

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Wanstead Library

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Keith Axon Centre

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Hainault Library

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Goodmayes Library

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Gants Hill Library

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Fullwell Cross Library

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Clayhall Library

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Aldersbrook Library

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South Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Ray Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Onslow Gardens

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Loxford Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.


Volunteering Volunteering helps to create opportunities and changes many people’s lives as well as shaping communities for the future.  Volunteering gives you the chance to ‘give something back to the community’. Many activities would not remain sustainable or manageable without the help of those individuals that provide their time. Why volunteer with us? You will

Exercise on Referral

How to Join Please speak to your Doctor or Practice Nurse, or other health professional, as they will be required to refer you to us. If you require any further information about the Exercise of Referral programme, please contact us via phone or email.

Studio Artists at Valentines Mansion

Studio artists at Valentines Mansion work from their private space on the top floor of the building, which was historically the servants quarters. This area was restored back in 2009 into six contemporary spaces for local artists and makers. Open studio days provide a chance for the public to visit the studios, meet the artists

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

Join at Home

Corporate Memberships We offer corporate discounts on our memberships to a range of organisations. If you are interested in signing up, or finding out if you are eligible, please email us

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

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

Join The Library

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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 Outdoor Activity Centre

About the centre Activities run by our partners We welcome a range of groups to the centre, click below to find a list of our partners and the activities that they offer. Opening Hours We are open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am-5pm

Hainault Forest

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Goodmayes Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Elmhurst Gardens

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Crucible Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Clayhall Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Seven Kings Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Valentines Park

Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.

Demo Centre

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Swimming Lessons

Become a Swimming Teacher We are now recruiting for Swimming Assistants. If you have a passion and desire to teach people of all ages this invaluable life skill, then why not apply to join Vision? There are opportunities available at all three of our Swim Vision sites.


Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure 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 bit about us 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

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