Day one at the Fringe


The Wanstead Fringe got off to a triumphant start on Saturday, with the return of the Wanstead Kinema. It was a perfect balmy Saturday night at a perfect venue – and was sold out too. Particularly pleasing was the staging of the first Wanstead Conker Challenge, brought to fruition by an early chestnut harvest and the cubs of 21st Epping Forest South.


It came after the day’s other activities also went off with a bang, including craft workshops and tree yoga and the start of the Wanstead Restaurant week. Across the other side of the Flats, the Wanstead Tap was sold out with a gig by Kitchen Sink Drama. It was a pretty full-on day.

Sunday will be just as busy with an extra near-impromptu event – petanque on Christ Church Green. The informal family tournament will start at 2pm, and last a couple of hours. If you have a nice set of Boules, please bring them along. All players under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Also on Sunday afternoon is The State We’re In – a celebration of vintage soul, jazz, ska, and rocksteady at Bar Room Bar.

More details of the events are at

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