Walthamstow Garden Party 2018

Walthamstow Garden Party

About the event Click to get info

Your favourite summer festival returns to Lloyd Park for two days of music, theatre, dance, film, spoken word, arts & crafts, food and community fun. We’re partnering with the Barbican and Create to present the fifth Walthamstow Garden Party hosting the best talent from around the globe and Waltham Forest’s thriving creative and cultural communities.

There will also be information about opportunities for residents, artists, businesses, schools and young people to take part in London Borough of Culture 2019.

Sign up for Walthamstow Garden Party updates to receive a digital version of the festival guide and map.

Barbican Music Stage

The festival’s music programme will feature international musicians from across the globe, performing on the Barbican Music stage. 

  • Cero39 - Saturday 14th July: blending influences from Latin pop culture, indie, reggaeton, hip hop and dembow. 
  • London African Gospel Choir, Saturday 14th July: performing their own powerful twist on Paul Simon’s Graceland.

  • Adrian Sherwood + Creation Rebel, Saturday 14th July: Creation Rebel, originally the backing group for reggae great Prince Far-I, reunite with Adrian Sherwood who has worked with world-renowned artists such as Lee Scratch Perry, Primal Scream and Depeche Mode, after working with him from 1978–1982.

  • Fatoumata Diawara, Sunday 15th July: has previously worked with some of the biggest names in contemporary music including Bobby Womack and Herbie Hancock.

  • 47 Soul, Sunday 15th July: originally from Jordan, this band mix traditional Palestinian music Dabke, with influences from Electronica and Hip-Hop. Add dashes of Reggae and Arabic percussion and you get music that is as powerful as it is danceable. 

  • Dona Onete, Sunday 15th July: from northern Brazil, mixes electric guitar and bass with indigenous drums.

News From Nowhere Stage - featuring performances, demos and workshops for everyone to get involved in:

  • MovE17: a dance group for people of all ages and abilities from Waltham Forest, will be performing a work inspired by RAIN by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, set to the original score by Steve Reich.
  • X7eaven Academy: the local performing arts school will present a showcase of local young people’s dance.
  • Walthamstow Youth Circus: will be performing on trapezes, ropes and hoops.

The Glittering Plains dance tent - showcasing local DJ talent:

  • Electronic 17
  • Soul Picnic
  • You Should Be Dancing
  • We Can Be Heroes
  • Faze Action

Useful & Beautiful Maker’s Marquee

Create London and William Morris Gallery are teaming up with local makerspace Blackhorse Workshop, who will take over the Useful & Beautiful Maker’s Marquee presenting Body Builders: an experimental workshop for local makers to learn new skills and create some ‘festival fashion’, activated by the wearer’s body movement. The area is supported by local business The Stow Brothers.

London Borough of Culture 2019

Waltham Forest is proud to be the first ever Mayor’s London Borough of Culture in 2019!

We launched our bid to win London Borough of Culture one year ago at the Walthamstow Garden Party. And over 14,000 people pledged their support to help bring this amazing award home. Come and speak to the team at this year’s Walthamstow Garden Party and find out how you can get involved in our spectacular year of culture.

There will be plenty of opportunities for residents, artists, businesses, schools and young people to take part in London Borough of Culture 2019, from volunteering to creative participation.

Fellowship Island

This area brings together local food and drink producers, urban growers and people from the local community to explore ways of cultivating a closer connection with nature and community in the city. This area is supported by the National Lottery’s Awards for All.

Earthly Paradise Tent

Highlights local talent with performances from local choirs Natural Voices and Choir 17, plus choirs from Frederick Brenner Secondary School, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Barn Croft Primary School, and Greenleaf Primary School who will also be bringing along their samba group.

Art Road Show

New for 2018 at Waltham Forest's Get Together events is a travelling exhibition of art submitted by communities and budding artists from all around London, called Art Road Show. 

Curated by local artist Sba Shaikh and the William Morris Gallery Young Curators, the roadshow will feature a wide range of art forms and there will be workshops and talks from local artists, as well as art work from Malawian artists in partnership with Lake of Stars. 

Festival goers will select their favourite pieces throughout the summer with a prize of  £500 for the overall winner, £200 for the 25 and under category two additional prizes worth £50 each to take part in the 2019 E17 Arts Trail.

Keep it Free

This year, Walthamstow Garden Party again encourages people to donate through Keep It Free, a fundraising campaign asking people who enjoy the festival to give what they can to help invest in local artists and organisations, attract the best talent from around the globe and to keep the festival free for all.

See more of the programme at walthamstowgardenparty.com

How to get here Click to get info

Lloyd Park, Forest Rd, Walthamstow, London E17 5EH

To ensure the safe-running of the event, Lloyd Park will operate differently to normal: between Friday 14th July, to Monday 16th July.

Event infrastructure will start to be installed from Tuesday 10 July and will be completely removed by Wednesday 18th July.

This page will be updated with further details of park opening times and scheduled works closer to the event.

The roads listed below will be closed between 10:00hrs and 22:00hrs on Saturday 14 July 2018 and between 10:00hrs and 21:30hrs on Sunday 15 July 2018, except for emergency service vehicles, special event organisers’ vehicles and local residents vehicles;

Winns Terrance E17 - all, Carr Road E17 - all, Brettenham Road E17 – all.

Parking – Forest Road, Hoe Street, Chingford Road

Parking will be prohibited between 10:00hrs to 22:00hrs on both Saturday 14 July 2018 and Sunday 15 July 2018 along the following sections;

• Forest Road – Badlis Road to Farnham Road

• Hoe Street – Forest Road to Browns Road

• Chingford Road – Forest Road to Evesham Avenue

Parking Restrictions – Aveling Park Road

Parking will be prohibited in the following parts of Aveling Park Road.

• 17-19 Aveling Park Road

• 25 Aveling Park Road

• 18-20 Aveling Park Road

• 24 Aveling Park Road, side of, Evesham Avenue

This enforcement will be between 08:00hrs to 18:00hrs each day from Tuesday 10th July 2018 to Wednesday 18th July 2018 inclusive. Any vehicle remaining within the prohibited area may receive a Penalty Charge Notice and be towed away. Signs will be in position at the enforced areas.

Event Stewards will be on duty to control access at the junctions of the above roads. Residents can access their houses on foot or by car.

Accessibility Click to get info

Accessibility around the Festival

Most of the main site is flat and easily accessible in good weather. A hard path runs through the centre of the park enabling access to the grounds of the William Morris Gallery, Be Magnificent Craft Trail, Fellowship Island, Art For All - Family Area, as well as through the centre of the main area. The Barbican Music Stage, Earthly Paradise Tent and News From Nowhere Stages are all located on grass, so in wet weather these areas may get muddy, and might be difficult to access.

The majority of the stages will be designed for standing audiences. Some seating will be available around the site. Should you have any specific needs, please go to one of the main info points and we’ll do our best to help.

We do not have any wheelchairs or mobility scooters that we can lend out during the weekend.

 If you use walking sticks or crutches consider how they will work in mud or soft ground, some people use special attachments to help them.

 Blue badge parking is available on Winns Terrace, which is a short distance from the main event entrance on Forest Road and works on a first come first served basis.

Viewing Platforms

There will be a viewing platform for the Barbican Music Stage which will be stewarded during performance times. We do understand that you would like to have your friends, family and carers with you but we ask that you bring a maximum of two people with you and that they move off the platform if it becomes crowded so that other people with access requirements can use it as a priority. There will be some chairs available on this platform.


Accessible toilets are available at each of the toilet blocks. All accessible toilets will be located near to hard ground paths for easier access. There are also accessible toilets inside the William Morris Gallery.

Festival Guide

Sign up for Walthamstow Garden Party updates to receive a digital version of the festival guide and map.

If you have any specific requirements you would like to talk through please contact access@barbican.org.uk or call the Barbican Box Office on 0845 120 7511 or for hard of hearing customers please text on 07710 854 085.

Walthamstow Garden Party is a very family-friendly event. We do everything we can to make the weekend enjoyable for the whole family, whilst maintaining the magic and fun!

Care & Safety

 Please remember the following tips when bringing kids to Walthamstow Garden Party:

  • No unaccompanied under 14s are allowed onsite – all under 14s must be accompanied by an over 18 and this adult must remain on site throughout the event
  • We recommend picking up one of our kids wristbands which parents can write their mobile phone numbers on – these are available from the main entrance and from the Family Info Stall.
  • Lost children and people are looked after by the Welfare team and all relevant agencies are contacted

Age Restrictions

  • No unaccompanied under 14s are allowed onsite – all under 14s must be accompanied by an over 18 and this adult must remain on site throughout the event
  • Where age restrictions apply. Proof of age/ID may be required
  • Walthamstow Garden Party may include performances that are unsuitable for children.  Where this is the case age restrictions will be advertised in advance and signed at the festival where possible

Family Info Stall

As part of the Art For All, Family Area, you’ll find the Family info Stall with all the info you need to help you and your family get the most out of your day.

Find out about all the amazing family friendly programming spread across the site from E17 puppets in Earthly Paradise Tent, circus workshops at News From Nowhere Stage, hands on making in the Be Magnificent Craft Marquee or bug hunting and kids yoga on Fellowship Island. All this on top of the bespoke programme of family film, theatre, music, sport and making specially curated for you and your family in the Art For All, Family Area.

The stall will be the place to sign up to performances of Ready Steady Go (which has limited capacity), and get detailed timings for screenings in the Kids Film Lounge. Whilst your there, pick up a set of colouring pens and encourage all the family to release their inner artist on our giant family colouring walls.

Take the stress out of your day by familiarising yourself with all the family friendly site facilities. Free water refill stations, toilets, baby changing, buggy park … We'll also have emergency supplies of suncream, nappies and wipes which can be borrowed from the Art For All Emergency Kit in exchange for donations to our Keep It Free campaign.

To help keep your family safe, we’re asking all parents and carers to make sure kids are wearing a paper wristband with a mobile contact number on it. Wristbands will be available at the Art For All, Family Info Stall and at the main entrance. It's also a good idea to familiarise children with the location of the stall, and suggest it as a good place for them to head to if they do get lost.

If you have suggestions of how we might be able to make the festival easier for families please feel free to contact beyondbarbican@barbican.org.uk.

To ensure that all events organised by Waltham Forest Council run smoothly and are as enjoyable as possible for everyone, please be aware of the following terms and conditions of entry. Unless otherwise indicated, the following points relate to all Waltham Forest Council events.

  • Alcohol, controlled drugs or substances suspected to be a controlled drug. Including “legal” highs and nitrous oxide canisters/dispensers aren't allowed into the event. Any containers that are unsealed will need to be checked so please be prepared to remove these from your bags and open them.
  • There will be security carrying out body and bag searches at the entrances.
  • Bicycles cannot be cycled in the park but can be brought into the park via the Brettenham Road entrance and left in the event cycle park.
  • Strictly no roller skating, scootering, inline skating or skateboarding on the event site (unless part of the event in designated areas). The event will be very crowded and this is to prevent accidents.
  • There is no minimum age restriction; however children under age of 14 are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Small and personal provisions of food and soft drinks will be allowed. There will be a wide range of food and drink available to purchase on site.
  • No barbeques, unauthorised professional video equipment or gazebos can be brought into the Park
  • Dogs can be brought onto the park during the event, but must be kept on a lead .Please see Councils policy on dogs at events
  • This event is a no drone zone and all drones will be confiscated

If you would like any more information about conditions of entry please contact TESAL Event Logistics on Tel: 0203 743 7292


By entering the event site you agree to be filmed and photographed. Images may be used by the Barbican and its partners for press, marketing and archive purposes. If you do not want your photo to be taken or for photos of you to be used, please go to the info points and we can ensure this is communicated to the relevant parties.


A huge range of food and drink will be on sale across the weekend. Everything from local produce on the island to a mouth-watering line-up of international street food in the Real Food Festival. They’ll also be food, drinks, snacks and ice-creams on sale at both William Morris Gallery Tea Room and Le Delice in the Park as well as two ice cream vendors onsite.

You’re welcome to bring your own food for personal consumption but we heartily encourage you to sample what’s on offer at the event. Please remember no alcohol, glass or knives will be allowed onto the park.


Three main bars will be operating over the event weekend. See ‘Around the Park’ for more information on the food and drink offer at Walthamstow Garden Party.

Drinking Water

For the first time, UK Water Charity, FRANK Water is bringing their FreeFill service to Walthamstow Garden Party, serving thirsty customers with all the chilled, filtered water you can drink.  Public water stations will be located next to the main festival bar and on Fellowship Island. We strongly encourage people to bring along their own refillable water bottles or purchase a limited edition #PledgeTo Refill bottle, made from stainless steel.  Find out more.


Some stalls and food traders will be able to accept card payments but the majority won’t, so we recommend you bring enough cash with you to get what you need. The nearest cash machines are located next to the Tesco Metro on Forest Road. If you do find yourself in need of extra cash there will be cash machines (ATMs) located within the Real Food Festival area.  The ATMs are operated by a 3rd party company and will carry a charge of £2.95 per transaction.


Is available in both William Morris Gallery and Le Delice Café. Due to the large volumes of people expected across the weekend, WIFI might be slower than usual, so please be patient.

Public Toilets

Temporary toilets will be located across the park. Please sign up to receive the Festival Guide for more information. 


Entry to the event is free and managed on a first come first served basis. The event site has a total capacity of 11,000 people and once the site is full, entry will be one in one out. Should you need to leave the site, and the site is busy, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to get back in, so come prepared!

Alcohol Click to get info

You cannot bring alcohol to the event. However, there will be a range of stalls selling delicious food and refreshing alcoholic and soft drinks for you to enjoy on the day!

Dogs at the event Click to get info

This event may not be suitable for dogs as we are expecting high volumes of visitors to attend and loud noise.

If you choose to take your dog to these this event the following expectations apply and we reserve the right to refuse entry or ask you and your dog to leave:

  • Keep your dog with you at all times and on a lead
  • Keep out of specific child play areas, food zones and marked stage areas – please watch out for markings on the ground
  • Remove and dispose of any dog fouling promptly
  • Prevent your dog from causing any form of nuisance or distress
  • Please remember to consider the needs of your dog at events e.g. adequate water and shelter.

At the point of entry and at any other time during the event we may refuse entry or ask you to leave if you do not adhere to the above.  We may also ask you to leave if the event has become unsuitable for animals due to loud noise or crowding.

Get Involved Click to get info

There are lots of different ways to get involved in this year’s Walthamstow Garden Party, both in the run up and across the weekend itself. Whether you want to apply to be a food trader, take part in a dance performance or offer your expertise for a workshop or activity, take a look at the offers below to find something to get involved in.

Art Road Show

This year's Get Together festivals will feature an Art Road Show that will be travelling around the borough throughout the summer.

We are inviting creative practitioners from different practices, backgrounds and cultures to showcase their passion as part of this collaborative exhibition and competition. You can submit your entry online by Friday 1 June.

Festival goers will select their favourite pieces throughout the summer with a prize of  £500 for the overall winner, £200 for the 25 and under category 2 additional prizes worth £50 each to take part in the 2019 E17 Arts Trail.

Click here to apply

Fellowship Island

This year Fellowship Island is looking for a programme that offers a stimulating, alternative take on what the future of London could look like and inspiration on how to build a stronger, more harmonious, resource-saving community in Walthamstow and beyond.

Help Fellowship Island become a small biosphere by submitting your idea here

Useful and Beautiful

This year, Create and William Morris Gallery are partnering up with Blackhorse Workshop to curate Body-Builders, an experimental production lab of anatomical accessories (think: extendable arms, Pinocchio noses and altered vision goggles). Check out the open call here.


Open Call to Waltham Forest residents. MovE17 is looking for mums, dads and their children (aged 8-12 years) to perform at the Walthamstow Garden Party. Participation is free and open to all abilities (no previous dance experience required).

Check MovE17's Facebook here for more details 

Propel: making workshops

Come get involved with four free open access workshops taking place before the Walthamstow Garden Party. Join artist Delyth Taylor to make bike wheel propellers in a range of different sizes. What you make will create a forest of propellers to decorate the News from Nowhere stage at this year's festival. You will also be invited to take part in the Propel Parade at the over the weekend.

Sunday 24th June - Stoneydown Festival

Saturday 30th June - Outdoor Market at Leyton Jubilee Park

Sunday 1st July - Wood Street

Sunday 8th July - Leyton Carnival

Watch this space for further details and timings.

The Real Food Festival

Bringing you the very best of Walthamstow and London's street food, selecting traders for their quality, integrity and great taste. 

Follow the link to apply to be part of this year's festival.

Appetite Food Market

Art Road ShowLovingly curated by Auntie Maureen, the Appetite Food Market on Fellowship Island is a truly independent local eating, drinking and socialising spot where everyone is welcome. It gives east London food producers and sellers a platform to share delicious food, drink, snacks and related products.

Follow the link here for more info and to register.