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July 16th 2016 will be the last Music in Wanstead Park. After seventeen years it is time for a come along and enjoy one of East London's only community-based large outdoor events for the last time.

We start an hour earlier at 1pm -just in time for lunch.
You could help make the last Music in Wanstead Park the best one by helping our team of volunteers, eg on the Main Gate or running craft workshops. Friends of Wanstead Parklands will be hosting a stall. New ideas for activities or stalls are always welcome.

The event begins with a bang with the London School of Samba Procession and ends with lively dance band Grooveability. Excellent refreshments will be on sale. Or bring your own picnic- but remember this is a glass-free event!

Tons of excitement : Spider Mountain, Crazy Bikes, Rollapaluza static bike racing, live snakes and ferrets, Mr Alexander's astounding Travelling Show, Kinovan vintage  London film etc etc....

2016 ticket prices : a day's fun for £5 for children and £10 for adults ; free for under 4's


Special General Meeting: 11 May

Dear Friend of Wanstead Parklands

You are invited to a Special General Meeting of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands on the Wednesday 11th May at 7.00pm at Wanstead Golf Club. We are meeting because we need to further slightly amend our constitution to receive charitable status and require a minimum of 20 members to do so.  Please see the updated draft constitution.

So we thought we would make the meeting a bit more than just a meeting! We are going to include a finger buffet and short tour of the historic buildings and feature around the Golf Club.


7.00pm Meet at bar and finger buffet

7.30pm Walk through former stables (Golf Club!), past the church and onto the Golf Course to visit the site of the House and if we have time to return via the Octagonal Lake which once graced the front of the House.

8.00pm Special General Meeting


Introduction to the Meeting

Change of constitution and charity status

Update on Park Plan and Heritage Lottery Fund application

Update on Tea Hut Tesco’s application


The Meeting will finish at 9.00pm and those who chose can retire to bar

Renewal of Benches by the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park: Your Support Needed

Are you concerned about the poor condition of the seats and benches by the Tea Hut in Wanstead Park?IMG_4265

Are you fed up with drinking your tea over 5 worn out benches, standing in puddles after rain?

We could replace this old stuff with something fit for purpose:

  • 4 brand new solid oak picnic suites, consisting of a table (8’x4’) and a bench on either side
  • Together with 3 new solid oak benches up to 8’ long.
  • With every seat and bench resting on a gravel base – so no longer will your feet rest in puddles

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands will apply for funding for the above from a Tesco community grant scheme called “Bags of Help”.

But Tesco needs you to show your support for this new Tea Hut furniture.

So, email stating: YES, including your contact details to show that you do want new tea hut furnitureOr sign the petition at the Tea Hut.

We need as many responses as possible to persuade Tesco to give us a grant, so please reply.

Of course, if you like the present stuff, you can always say no.