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Late event brings Midsummer magic to Vestry House Museum

Walthamstow’s Vestry House Museum is opening up its award winning garden for a special late event to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

The museum’s Midsummer Late on Saturday 18 June will feature live music, poetry, summery cocktails and a range of activities for children to mark the start of summer.

Throughout the evening, visitors to the museum, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, will be able to:

  • enjoy live music by Natural Voices Choir 

  • experience live poetry performances from the Forest Poets

  • make their own Victorian style peg doll

  • search the Museum and garden for elves and fairies in a magical family trail

  • sample a unique range of cocktails inspired by the flavours of summer, and cakes by London’s own Elderflower Cakes.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “Vestry House Museum’s wonderful garden is one of the borough’s best kept secrets. Where better to celebrate the start of summer? The Museum’s programme of late events offers a great mix of entertainment and relaxation for the whole family – it’s great to see it growing in popularity.”

Vestry House Museum Late events are a chance to relax, enjoy and view the secluded Museum and garden from a whole new perspective. Each event features local food, activities for families and cultural entertainment for everyone.

Notes to editors

Midsummer Late

Saturday 18 June 2016

4.30 – 9.00pm

Vestry House Museum

Vestry Rd, Walthamstow, London, E17 9NH

£2 donation on the door, free entry for children (all proceeds support Vestry House Museum’s exhibitions and events)

For further information please contact Ian Mason:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143


About Vestry House Museum

Owned and managed by Waltham Forest Council, Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for Waltham Forest and home of Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library. Set in an 18th century former workhouse in the heart of historic Walthamstow Village, the Museum tells the story of the borough through a series of permanent displays and special exhibitions. A favourite exhibit is Britain’s first petrol driven car, built by Frederick Bremer in 1892.

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