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Feedback and photos from the Fun Day festivities

We are pleased to share the joy with a few photos of the 30 August Family Fun Day held on the Wood Street Plaza.


East London Royals


Chloe gets the crowd moving

Roxy Cuff from Inspired Exotics, the Mayor - and a python

Roxy Cuff from Inspire Exotics, the Mayor – and a python

seaside photo

They do like to be beside the seaside

child on fairground ride

At the wheel and having fun

Dancers with flags

Flags and movement outside the Dukes

We also had volunteers on the day asking people for their thoughts about the Wood Street, the Plaza and the event. We got 25 responses – not a huge sample, but enough to give us some intriguing answers.

Views on the Fun Day

Over half of respondents (15) said it was the first event they had visited in the Plaza. Pleasingly, all but 3 said they would come to a similar event if one were run again. The same number said they were happy that the Council had helped to fund the event. Asked what they most enjoyed, 5 mentioned the snakes from Inspire Exotics, 4 the community atmosphere and 3 the activities for children. There were fewer complaints, but some were unhappy about the numbers and the queue for the climbing wall.

Views on Wood Street

Most were positive about their overall experience of their visits to Wood Street, and most thought that things have got better in the area over the last few years. Asked how important the Plaza and play park are to them, 17 chose “very important”, while 7 chose “not very important but I do like it”.

Asked what would make them visit Wood Street more, 19 chose “better shops and cafes” while 6 chose “cheaper parking”. A number spontaneously called for improvements to the train station, even though this was not an explicit choice on the form.

Over half of those asked did not live in the Wood Street Ward, and 5 of these said they did not live near the area, implying that the event is attracting significant number from quite far away.

Feel free to leave your views here – we are always keen to hear how we can make our events more successful, and also want to know what you think about our area.

Thanks to Philipp Ebeling and the GLA for allowing us to make use of most of these images.


Programme for festive event in Wood Street announced

Poster for eventWhen?

Saturday 7 December 2013, 2 – 7 pm


Wood Street Plaza

Walthamstow E17

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Festive event on 7 December in Wood Street

SnowflakePlans are afoot to hold a festive event in the Wood Street Plaza on the afternoon of 7 December. The programme is still being developed, and we will give more details here when they are available. But it is likely to include music, refreshments, stalls and quite possibly a guest appearance from a large bloke in a red and white outfit.

So put a note in your diary now:

Saturday 7 December, 2 – 7 pm (timings provisional)
Wood Street Plaza

The event is part of an initiative called ‘Supporting Small Businesses Saturday’ being taken forward by Waltham Forest Council, and follows on from this summer’s Love Your High Street events (one of which was held here in Wood Street). It is being organised by the same committee that pulled together that event. (Yes, that includes Graham Hodgkiss, who is not letting a small thing like having a serious accident and being assigned months of bed rest stop him from getting involved – and we are sure people will want to wish Graham a speedy recovery.)

What did you think of Wood Street’s Family Fun Day?

We won’t talk about the weather. Ok, we will just say “shame about the weather”, and move on. From my point of view (Tim here: I am on the organising committee, and am also one of the panel members of Wood Street First) the highlights were the amazing diversity of talents, skills and wares on display on the stages and the street stalls, and the great atmosphere (when the heavens allowed it). Also – wasn’t it wonderful to have the whole expanse of the street?

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More on the Family Fun Day programme for this Saturday

We can now confirm the running order for the Rang Festival, an exciting addition to the Fun Day that will take place alongside the programme already announced in the Plaza.

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Announcing the Family Fun Day programme

Bollywood Dancers

Honey’s Dance Academy

The running order for the main stage of the 15 June Wood Street Family Fun Day has been announced, bringing together experienced performers with rising stars – and every one has local connections. Read the schedule below.

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