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Mid-summer fun at free festival

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The longest day of the year was marked by celebrations in Waltham Forest as the Leyton Mid-summer Festival returned with a bang.

Taking place in Leyton Jubilee Park, on Sunday 21 June, the free community event featured an eclectic range of Eastern European music, delicious food and drink and a variety of family friendly activities, arts, and entertainment for all ages.

The festival was also the start and finish point of this year’s Le Tour de Waltham Forest, a popular cycling event that gives residents – regardless of age or ability – the chance to take to two wheels and explore the borough.

In the region of 2,800 residents joined in the festival fun this year – with close to 2,500 going solely for the Mid-summer Festival and 300-plus people turning up to take part in Le Tour de Waltham Forest.

Alongside a variety of entertainment acts, visitors to the free, Council-run festival were treated to a range of cultural activities, including a William Morris pop-up at which artist Sba Shaikh led a tile-painting workshop exploring how Turkish and Middle Eastern designs inspired Morris.

Elsewhere, East London-based Dash Arts created a beautiful, furnished Dacha - similar to a countryside retreat – with its own garden in which residents could discover a boiling samovar (traditionally used to brew tea), books, pickles and bread on the kitchen table. Throughout the day there were poetry and music performances, a talk and food demonstration from cooks and food historians and a participative music workshop.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “This year’s Leyton Mid-summer Festival and Le Tour de Waltham Forest really did offer something for everyone. And, there’s much more to come in the months ahead with Big Weekender events in Chingford, Leytonstone and Leyton as well as the Walthamstow Garden Party to name just a few.

“This is all part of our commitment to helping residents and families enjoy a good quality of life – bringing communities together in celebration and ensuring local people continue to enjoy living in the borough.”

The free Leyton Big Weekender returns with two days of family fun at Leyton Cricket Ground, in Crawley Road, on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July.

Part of the Council’s Get Together programme, the festival kicks off on Saturday with a family fun day, featuring a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy. 

On Sunday residents can join the celebrations as the Waltham Forest Caribbean Carnival parade leaves Leyton Cricket Ground at 1pm. The theme for this year’s Carnival is ‘all creatures great and small’. The parade will arrive back at the ground at around 2.30pm, where the party will continue with live music and performances from acts including headliners Aswad and The Real Thing, along with Island Waves DJ, Scrappy, Camara, Amy Young and the Cerebro Dance Troupe.

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