Wanstead Festival

Wanstead's traditional fun-filled day of music, dance, food, drink, arts & crafts, rides and activities for all the family, right in the heart of Wanstead. And as a first this year, the festival fun extends to Wanstead High Street where part of the road will be liberated from traffic.

Launch of Wanstead Bookclub

Virtual Event Virtual Event

We're delighted to launch the Wanstead Bookclub as the first event of this year's Fringe. All book lovers are welcome to join this online event which will have some special guests and which will mark the launch of a brand new website to be the focus of the book club. It's yet another landmark in … Continue reading Launch of Wanstead Bookclub

Free

Photo clinic I

Ace photographer Geoff Wilkinson is offering hour-long one-on-one clinic sessions for people to get advice about any aspect of photography. He writes: "People can book a slot, come in and get advice about any aspect of photography. I am happy to give advice on how they can get the best out of their camera, techniques, … Continue reading Photo clinic I

£15

Local Makers Market

Local Makers Market is a modern, curated craft market showcasing handmade products from local designer-makers. You can expect to find screen prints, ceramics, jewellery, homewares and textiles from a wide selection of talented artisans.

Free

The Duke – Street Party

The Fringe’s annual kick-off party brings together music, food and old friends. Includes events for younger Fringe-goers.

Free

Jazz Vespers

Jazz Vespers is a beautiful candlelit service centred around jazz and supporting local musicians. The word Vespers means evening prayer and was an act of worship designed to be conducted at sunset and dates back to the 2nd Century. This laid back and reflective service went from strength to strength before the pandemic with people … Continue reading Jazz Vespers

Free

Tours of the crypt

The crypt at St Mary's church in Overton Drive is a fascinating slice of Wanstead past. This is your chance to go on an evening tour to see the tombs where some of Wanstead's great and good ended up. The tours will last 30-45 minutes, and are limited to six per tour, to avoid getting … Continue reading Tours of the crypt

£10

Tamsin Omond

Eco-activist Tamsin Omond celebrates their new book, Do Earth, discussing what humankind’s strategies should be to deal with the climate crisis. Organised by the Wanstead Tap and Newham Bookshop. You can buy tickets for this event through Eventbrite here.

Wanstead Fringe Comedy: Paul Sinha

DUE TO MASSIVE DEMAND WE HAVE SECURED AN ADDITIONAL 20 TICKETS...(@ 05.09.21)BOOK NOW! Paul Sinha is quite simply the favourite of the Wanstead Fringe, thanks to his hugely popular return visits over the years. A trained medical doctor who is perhaps best known as the 'Sinnerman' on the ITV quiz show 'The Chase', Paul has … Continue reading Wanstead Fringe Comedy: Paul Sinha

£15 – £50

Wanstead Fringe Comedy: Improv for Kids

A special show from award-winning improv comedy troupe, Shoot From The Hip, that will be tailored specifically for kids (9+) and young teens. The show will be totally unscripted and based upon audience suggestions. Great entertainment for kids, young teens and parents alike. Always new, always unique and always 100% improvised. Great early evening fun … Continue reading Wanstead Fringe Comedy: Improv for Kids

£10 – £35
Virtual Event

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words I

An evening with award-winning photographers Geoff Wilkinson and Stefan Rousseau, the Press Association's chief political photographer, both of whom are Wanstead residents. The pair will show photographs that accompanied newspaper headlines and iconic magazines features and tell the stories behind them. An entertaining evening not to be missed - come along and hear them talk, … Continue reading A Picture Paints a Thousand Words I

£15

Wanstead Bookshop presents: Ian Dunt

Across the world, liberal values are under attack. In his book How To Be A Liberal, political journalist and commentator Ian Dunt gives a rallying cry for those who still believe in freedom and reason. Dunt is a journalist and political commentator, editor of Politics.co.uk and a frequent guest on BBC News and Sky. He … Continue reading Wanstead Bookshop presents: Ian Dunt

£10 – £15

Wanstead Fringe Mid-week Comedy: Improv

Award-winning, side-splitting improv comedy from Shoot From The Hip, as recommended by Time Out, Metro, and The Evening Standard. Described as ‘the younger, sexier version’ of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’, Shoot From The Hip shows are completely unscripted, blending witty one-liners and hilarious character comedy with off-the-cuff storytelling. Always new, always unique and always … Continue reading Wanstead Fringe Mid-week Comedy: Improv

£12 – £40

Tours of the crypt

The crypt at St Mary's church in Overton Drive is a fascinating slice of Wanstead past. This is your chance to go on an evening tour to see the tombs where some of Wanstead's great and good ended up. The tours will last 30-45 minutes, and are limited to six per tour, to avoid getting … Continue reading Tours of the crypt

£10

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words II

A second chance to enjoy an evening with award-winning photographers Geoff Wilkinson and Stefan Rousseau, the Press Association's chief political photographer, both of whom are Wanstead residents. The pair will show photographs that accompanied newspaper headlines and iconic magazines features and tell the stories behind them. An entertaining evening not to be missed - come … Continue reading A Picture Paints a Thousand Words II

£15

Wanstead Fringe Comedy: Dan Evans and supporting acts

What do Micky Flanagan, Frankie Boyle, Milton Jones, and Gary Delaney all have in common? Answer: Dan Evans. He has written jokes for all of them! Surreal and inventive comedy from this brilliant unsung hero of the comedy circuit. Dan Evans is the master of silly gags and the ridiculous. He's appeared on: Brain Candy … Continue reading Wanstead Fringe Comedy: Dan Evans and supporting acts

£12.00 – £40.00

Tours of the crypt

The crypt at St Mary's church in Overton Drive is a fascinating slice of Wanstead past. This is your chance to go on an evening tour to see the tombs where some of Wanstead's great and good ended up. The tours will last 30-45 minutes, and are limited to six per tour, to avoid getting … Continue reading Tours of the crypt

£10

Wanstead Kinema

Wanstead's annual outdoor cinema spectacular returns for the open-air Kinema. And to enable maximum social distancing, we're returning to our first venue, Wanstead Cricket Club at Overton Drive. We are delighted to present our annual outdoor cinema spectacular, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dr Seuss' The Lorax. And to enable maximum social distancing, we're returning … Continue reading Wanstead Kinema

£3.50 – £7.50

Hope and Ruin: a night of skewed acoustic balladry, beats and good vibes

Presented by Freak Flag productions. The return of the Fringe's most enjoyable night, featuring the finest singer-songwriters from E11 (and beyond). Expect to hear finely crafted, good-time tunes from Mick Terry, the deep feels and captivating voice of Naomi Hinds, awesome textures and layered beats from Dread Fury, the loved-up folk duo Anything Goes and the acerbic insights and poetic lyrics of Sam … Continue reading Hope and Ruin: a night of skewed acoustic balladry, beats and good vibes

Free

Wanstead Fringe Jumble Trail

The popular Wanstead Fringe Jumble trail is back!  The original, biggest and best local trail returns on Saturday 11 September bringing Jumble Trail fans to Wanstead from all over East London. The Jumble Trail offers a brilliant opportunity to clear out your wardrobe and free up some space in the toy cupboard – assuming you … Continue reading Wanstead Fringe Jumble Trail

£5.00

Wanstead Fringe Comedy for Kids: Graeme Matthews a.k.a BAM BAM

Graeme Mathews a.k.a Bam Bam has been a professional entertainer for 17 years. He reached the semi-finals of of Britain’s Got Talent (2019). He won over the judges, and Amanda Holden in particular, with his quirky comedy magic tricks. Graeme's alter ego Bam Bam creates a hilarious comedy show with loads of audience participation and … Continue reading Wanstead Fringe Comedy for Kids: Graeme Matthews a.k.a BAM BAM

£10 – £35

Wanstead Fringe Sunday Night Comedy: Tom Binns and Supporting Acts

Tom Binns is an award-winning and critically acclaimed character comedian, in demand on the International Comedy Festival and UK Stand Up Comedy Circuits. His alter egos; Hospital Radio DJ 'Ivan Brackenbury' and the 'Psychic Comedium' have won him over 30 five star reviews. He's was voted a ‘Fosters Comedy God’ and he's won Best International … Continue reading Wanstead Fringe Sunday Night Comedy: Tom Binns and Supporting Acts

£15.00 – £50

Tours of the crypt

The crypt at St Mary's church in Overton Drive is a fascinating slice of Wanstead past. This is your chance to go on an evening tour to see the tombs where some of Wanstead's great and good ended up. The tours will last 30-45 minutes, and are limited to six per tour, to avoid getting … Continue reading Tours of the crypt

£10

Wanstead through the Ages: Pubs, Protest and Pioneers

Explore Wanstead’s rich history in a walk past its buildings, open spaces, churches and pubs.  Hear the stories of the people who shaped it, and the villains and heroes that have characterised East London’s most fascinating urban village. These tours will be led by highly experienced tour guide Chris O'Donnell who delighted audiences during lockdown … Continue reading Wanstead through the Ages: Pubs, Protest and Pioneers

£10

Spoken Word Night

Join local poets Victoria Richards and Liz Fenton and other local spoken word artists for an evening full of opportunity to hear and to speak.

£7

Wanstead Bookshop presents: In Search of Wanstead House

Hannah Armstrong is a historian and author of the upcoming publication Wanstead House East London’s Lost Palace. Her book is the first fully illustrated monograph about the meteoric rise and tragic decline of the Child dynasty and their magnificent, classical palace, Wanstead House, which was demolished in 1824. Hannah Armstrong has spent the past seven … Continue reading Wanstead Bookshop presents: In Search of Wanstead House

£10 – £15

Tours of the crypt

The crypt at St Mary's church in Overton Drive is a fascinating slice of Wanstead past. This is your chance to go on an evening tour to see the tombs where some of Wanstead's great and good ended up. The tours will last 30-45 minutes, and are limited to six per tour, to avoid getting … Continue reading Tours of the crypt

£10

Wanstead Bookshop presents: Rory Cellan-Jones

Rory Cellan-Jones has been the BBC’s technology correspondent for many years, and so has seen at first hand the people and stories behind the rise of mobile phones and social media, which he’s written about in his book Always On. How are these revolutions changing us? Stephen Fry said about Always On: 'Delightfully insightful and intensely readable … Continue reading Wanstead Bookshop presents: Rory Cellan-Jones

£10 – £15

Tours of the crypt

The crypt at St Mary's church in Overton Drive is a fascinating slice of Wanstead past. This is your chance to go on an evening tour to see the tombs where some of Wanstead's great and good ended up. The tours will last 30-45 minutes, and are limited to six per tour, to avoid getting … Continue reading Tours of the crypt

£10

Wanstead Fringe Late Night Comedy: Improv

Award-winning, side-splitting improv comedy group Shoot From The Hip, return for this late night Friday show. Recommended by Time Out, Metro, and The Evening Standard. Described as ‘the younger, sexier version’ of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’, Shoot From The Hip shows are completely unscripted, blending witty one-liners and hilarious character comedy with off-the-cuff storytelling. … Continue reading Wanstead Fringe Late Night Comedy: Improv

£12 – £40

Photo clinic II

A second chance to spend an hour with ace photographer Geoff Wilkinson when you can get advice about any aspect of photography. He writes: "People can book a slot, come in and get advice about any aspect of photography. I am happy to give advice on how they can get the best out of their … Continue reading Photo clinic II

£15

Wanstead Fringe comedy finale: Chris McGlade’s Forgiveness

Chris McGlade presents his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show Forgiveness. Chris is a northern working class comedian fiercely proud of his heritage. Just before the 2019 Edinburgh Festival he previewed his show Forgiveness at Wanstead Comedy Night, and then went on to receive rave reviews in Edinburgh with a series of impressive performances inspiring packed … Continue reading Wanstead Fringe comedy finale: Chris McGlade’s Forgiveness

£12