The seventh Walthamstow Garden Party was due to take place this month, but the coronavirus pandemic meant getting 30,000 people together for a weekend of fun in Lloyd Park just wasn’t going to be possible.
Undeterred, we’re launching Walthamstow Garden Party In The Air, a programme of free activities developed by local organisations and community groups to get people into the spirit of the festival, and be creative at home.
From Wednesday 1 July, there will be a variety of free resources and sharing ideas to help you get started. Among the free activities you can do will be decorative 'kimono' kite making with Blackhorse Workshop, DIY windchimes with Walthamstow Toy Library and Play Centre and Scribble & Smudge, and crafting birds with the William Morris Gallery. You can also get weaving with Rezia Wahid from the Waltham Forest Muslim Culture Forum and explore a range of artist workshops and family activities commissioned by Artillery. As well as so many more virtual activities, video performances and more.
We’d love you to share your creations – so post them up in your windows, on balconies and on social media, and encourage your friends and neighbours to take part too. Join the fun on #WGPInTheAir.
Then, over the weekend of 18 and 19 July, East London Radio will be broadcasting live, bringing you activities, discussions and music from our Walthamstow Garden Party friends.
If you’ve been to the festival before, you’ll remember Walthamstow’s Wild Card Brewery’s beers. Since lockdown the team has launched a home-delivery service to areas of east London. If that’s your tipple of choice, grab a brew from them and get in the festival groove.
Here’s your ‘festival guide’ to how you can join in the fun while staying at home. You can find it all, and more on the Walthamstow Garden Party website.