Wanstead Fringe sales break records

Sales of tickets for Wanstead Fringe events broke every first day record on Friday as the full line-up of events was published.

More than £1,000 in tickets for the tours, plays, book talks, Kinema and other events were bought by earlybird purchasers – dwarfing the first day sales in other years. This year’s programme includes more than 60 events.

The listings are available on the Wanstead Fringe site here.

Definitive image

The PA picture as used on the BBC site

Wanstead Park’s status as one of the nation’s barometers was reinforced this week as the Press Association photograph of a dried up lake was used across the nation’s media – one of the week’s defining images.

We suspect PA’s chief photographer, and Wanstead resident, Stefan Rousseau has been at work…

Revealed: The line-up for the biggest Wanstead Fringe yet

The programme for this year’s Wanstead Fringe has been published – and it’s by far the biggest in the nine-year history of the Fringe.

This year it will include THREE plays – one coming directly to Wanstead from the Edinburgh Fringe.

There is also the inaugural Wanstead Book Festival which will feature poet Hannah Lowe (winner of the Costa Book Award), the BBC’s Justin Webb, and controversial historian Otto English.

There is also comedy, live music, opera, a brass band, a blow-up planetarium, talks, masterclasses, pottery, the ever-popular Jumble Trail, and more besides.

All listings and tickets are available now at wansteadfringe.org.

This is the ninth Wanstead Fringe, which is organised by the Wanstead Fringe Association, a group of residents. It has been built entirely without public money, and is funded by ticket sales and by its generous sponsors who this year include Petty Son and Prestwich, Edwards Duthie Shamash, THP Chartered Accountants, The Wanstead Society, Eton Manor RFC and The Duke.

Let us know what you make of the line-up of events – you can use the comments box below.

Farewell to the Wanstead oasis

During the hottest days of this summer, one patch of Wanstead remained verdant and lush. It now too has dried up.

The oasis on Elmcroft Ave – also known as the Sinkhole, and the Elmcroft Marsh, was until last week green and thriving, thanks to a leaky pipe buried beneath the grass. That has now been fixed (good job too when water restrictions are just around the corner) and the patch has been made good.

Sadly for the grass seed put there, there’s no sign of rain. Just a few pigeons filling their bellies.

Last few days for Wanstead branch of Ikea

The Wanstead branch of Ikea, which is technically in Edmonton, has just two weeks left before it closes – with an uncertain future for what will take its place.

The Swedish company decided to close the branch following the rise in online sales, and also said the local council’s plan to increase the number of houses in the ‘Meridian Water’ development influenced its decision – though that logic is not immediately clear.

But from many a Wanstead Billy Bookcase owner come the thanks to the 450 staff who will be losing their jobs.