East Village Community Activities, Events and more


The Highway Rat is visiting Discover this Easter

Fri 30 March - Tues 3 April
All ages

If you missed the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler adventure on TV this Christmas, we’ll be holding screenings of The Highway Rat over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The Highway Rat is about a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all sweet things. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end.

A swashbuckling tale of bandits and biscuits the whole family will enjoy, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and produced by Magic Light Pictures.

Plus, you might even meet the Highway Rat himself!

This event has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential. To book please call 020 8536 5555 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or visit booking.discover.org.uk.


Come along to this years Wizard of Oz themed Easter Egg Hunt!!!


This Easter weekend, head to East Village and join Dorothy and all her friends from Oz in a search for chocolate eggs!

On Saturday 31 March 2018, families are invited to East Village E20 from midday for a FREE ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed Easter egg hunt around the former Athletes’ Village.

Along the way, families can meet Dorothy and her friends including the tin man, lion and scarecrow…but watch out for the wicked witch!

The hunt will start at midday on Victory Parade next to Darkhorse Restaurant and will close at 4pm (last registration is at 3.30pm).

To register for the Easter egg hunt on the day:

1 Find Dorothy on Victory Parade from 12 midday

2 Collect your FREE Easter basket and map

3 Follow the map and help Dorothy find her friends from Oz around East Village collecting Easter eggs along the way!

To find Dorothy simply head over to Victory Parade, East Village, E20 1GF.

There will also be a FREE Easter card making workshop from 3-6pm at Ted’s Veg, neighbourhood greengrocer and farm style shop at 7 West Park Walk, E20 1DH.

T’s & C’s

This FREE community activity has been funded by Get Living London and Triathlon Homes for the benefit of East Village residents and

the local community. All children participating must be accompanied by an appropriate adult over the age of 18 at all times. Registration to

participate will be on a first come, first served basis.

For further information about East Village Eggs-travaganza email: info@eastvillagecommunity.co.uk


5 Days To Go!!! :grin::grin::grin:

Families are invited to East Village E20 from midday for a FREE ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed Easter egg hunt

Join Dorothy and all her friends from Oz in a search for chocolate eggs!

There will also be a FREE Easter card making workshop from 3-6pm at Ted’s Veg, neighbourhood greengrocer and farm style shop at 7 West Park Walk, E20 1DH.



Two more days to go!!!



This season is great for bank holidays and school breaks, kicking off the month with a delightful range of springtime activities to keep the family entertained throughout the Easter holidays. With trails, cycling, swimming, playgrounds, food, sports events and so much more to look forward to - we’ve got your back covered throughout the break!

We recently welcomed our 250,000th Slider on The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which collectively took us over the total distance of 40,070 kilometres - the equivalent distance to a lap around the world! To celebrate, thousands more tickets have been released, ticket prices have frozen and opening hours have been extended!

The popular water fountains have been switched back on and the awesome swan pedalos and boat tours have returned to the waterways until Autumn - simply hop on board from the pontoon adjacent to the London Aquatics Centre. It’s not long until we’re joined by Glastonbury Festival’s most famous stage, Arcadia, either as the 10th Anniversary Festival comes to London in 4 weeks - watch the trailer below!

Remember, entry to the Park is free all year round and with numerous public transport routes servicing Stratford,


Discover Children’s Story Centre

Catch the last of our Monkey Puzzle story telling sessions and book now for A Squash and a Squeeze.

Monkey Puzzle
Until Sun 29 April
Age 0-3
Mon-Thurs: 11am & 1.30pm
Fri-Sun and school holidays: 11am, 1pm & 3pm

Can butterfly help little monkey find his mum? Enjoy this fun story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler told by Story Builders in our leafy 0-3 story room.

Book Now


Stratford Royal Theatre

New season of shows at Theatre Royal Stratford East, starting this September. Don’t forget to use the special offer of 10% off tickets to non preview performances* when you use the code EARLYREWARD - Till 22nd April.


Fri 7 Sep - Sat 6 Oct 2018

Wed 24 Oct – Sat 17 Nov 2018

Wed 16 Jan – Sat 2 Feb 2019



Join us and discover the Park at your own pace or download one of our free trails for an organised, informative route around the Park. The Park’s venues continue to welcome visitors through their doors to enjoy the iconic facilities, along with a funfair for the first week of May to keep the adrenaline going.

This month, we will welcome Arcadia to celebrate its 10th Anniversary Festival followed by The Rolling Stones at the London Stadium - kicking off the season of indoor concerts! Whatever your reason for visiting the Park, why not combine your day with a trip to the ArcelorMittal Orbit? Explore the fascinating structure, with art, interactive screens, floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning skyline views to enjoy!

Remember, entry to the Park is free all year round and with numerous public transport routes servicing Stratford.



‘The Librarian’
By Inspector Sands
45 minutes
For ages 5+
4th May - 30th May 2018

A FREE immersive show event visiting libraries in Eltham, East Ham, Stratford, Fullwell Cross, Redbridge Central, Barking and Dagenham.


Don’t miss your chance to join Inspector Sands and Discover Children’s Story Centre at your local library to solve the mystery of the missing books. We need your help stopping the thief… before there’s only boring books left.

This free interactive show featuring moving shelves and a librarian like you’ve never seen before. Every child and adult is given magical antennae headphones to hear special audio that guides them on their adventure – but parents beware: whilst you are being told to “nod off”, the children are being given different top secret instructions!

Book Now



May Half-Term

You’re Safe with Me with Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry

FREE immersive reading exhibition
Sat 26 May, 2pm, Ages 5+

SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Listen to songs and folktales and make masks whilst reading along with the baby animals. This will be followed by a book signing.

This event has a limited capacity and pre-booking is essential

Transbook Exhibition

Mon 28 May – Fri 1 June
11am-4pm (drop-in)
All Ages

join us this half-term at our Transbook Exhibition as we set new rules for the reader, rules that let the reader play, take action, feel a story and dive into it. Read with your senses through the imaginary territory created by children’s authors from across Europe that unfurl books from front to back; transitioning reading into an immersive adventure across the page.

FREE with a Day Pass

A Squash and a Squeeze

Fri 4 May – Sun 1 July
Mon-Thurs: 11am & 1.30pm
Fri-Sun and school holidays: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Ages 0-3

The little old lady is not happy. Her house is too small, even for one. Whatever can she do? The wise old man knows – bring in a scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals! Join our Story Builders to find out what happens in this story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.





Get the sun cream ready, the hundreds of acres of parklands are waiting to be explored, following on from previous years success, The Great Get Together returns to the Park this month - a FREE day out for all your friends, family and neighbours.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit continues to wow visitors with striking skyline views and the adrenaline-soaked Slide and abseil experience too! Venture up to the viewing platforms and you might even catch the soundchecks of Jay Z and Beyoncé or Foo Fighters - all of which will be taking to the stage inside the London Stadium later this month!

If you still have the time and energy after all of this then be sure to check out our state-of-the-art playgrounds, free trails and why not try one of our swan pedalos - all just a short 10-minute journey from Central London. Remember, entry to the Park is free all year round!

Finally, have you heard about the exciting plans for East Bank? The spectacular project will transform the Park into a powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth - read more here.


XLP are youth workers that travel around the country who engage with young people in various activities.

XLP are coming to East Village with a Mobile Recording Studio. You’ll have a chance to create music, record beats and record your songs in their recording booth. And you’ll also be able to play X-BOX on an exterior screen on the van and engage in other activities.




Things have been heating up on the Park. Following on from a huge weekend at the end of June with concerts and The Great Get Together, we look forward to welcoming hundreds of thousands more to the Park to embrace the sunshine. The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit recently celebrated its second birthday too - book your tickets in advance for summer to avoid disappointment!

With multiple events to look forward to, you can take part in a run across the iconic parklands, or watch some world-class athletics and hockey action! Netball is returning to the Copper Box Arena too for the Vitality Superleague Grand Finals, and Make The Future Live returns to the Park to explore the solutions to climate change through science shows, virtual reality, games, panel debates and more. Everyone is welcome to join our East Bank partners in the free Open Doors Vote 100 event too - celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage with free performances, talks and activities.

Remember, the Park is open all year round and free to enter every day - so bring your sun cream and kick start your summer on the Park.


Below is something to look forward to this summer…

The activities are offered by XLP, for more information please visit their website:-


Active August is back this year! Please see below for the schedule for this year.



Over 100 FREE activities across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park :grin:




Young Urban Arts Foundation is coming to East Village, they’ll be here Mondays from the 6th-27th August, please see below for more information.


3 more days for the next session!!!


2 more days for the next session!!
Please see poster for more details.