Sport & Activities
Walking Tour: Play and Place
Join poet and playwright Inua Ellams as he takes you on a walking tour packed with creative activities.
His three-hour route visits large-scale artworks by Jessie Brennan and uses them as prompts to curate a series of participatory literary exercises. Ellams will lead mini-workshops, ice breakers and games that look at relationship-building and the meanings of play and place.
An inspiring way of visiting Brennan’s artworks Go the Distance, Custom House Is Our House, and Take Your Place, Inua’s walk will also give you the opportunity to delve deeper into Brennan’s process of enquiry and collaboration with community groups in the Royal Docks. Jessie’s artworks that form Making Space, are a journey through the historical, social, political and economic factors that have impacted this area of London and shaped its identity.
There are two other walks taking place in August. Writer and journalist Owen Hatherley will explore the changing architecture of the Royal Docks on 7 August; while on 21 August, sculptor and artist Eloise Hawser will explore how different periods of river, road, rails, and runways have impacted the area. Learn more about Making Space and find all four artworks around the Royal Docks here. Making Space and the associated walks programme has been curated by UP Projects and commissioned by the Royal Docks Team.
All events and activities will adhere to the Government’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Regular updates are also provided to organisers to ensure all events and activities are adhering to the most recent Government Coronavirus guidance and restrictions
For your visit
Food & Drink
The Snack Shack
Homemade cakes and hot food are on offer at this friendly and laid-back spot on St. John’s Green.
London Borough of Newham
The dockside HQ of Newham Council.
It's easy to miss Lyle Park's narrow entrance, but its triangle of green with a river view is worth exploring.