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fringesmallRight, here’s the first information about the Wanstead Fringe dates. Consider it your privileged information as a reader of Wansteadium.

As you may be aware, the third Wanstead Fringe takes place between Sat 5 September and Sat 12 September, the eight days leading up to the Wanstead Festival, which is on Sunday 13 September.

There are more than 25 events planned for that week, with possibly more to follow. But here are some key dates you won’t want to miss.

* The Wanstead Kinema returns for THREE NIGHTS!! That is officially more cinema than Wanstead has had since 1956 when the original Wanstead Kinema klosed having shown Laurence Olivier in Richard III. Yes, three nights, including
+ Weds 9 SeptemberKinema for lovers of cycling
+ Thurs 10 SeptemberKinema for lovers of cricket
+ Fri 11 SeptemberKinema for lovers of cinema and magical family nights out

Put those dates in your diary now.

*There are again two nights of comedy, Thursday 10 September and Saturday 12 September, the Fringe finale at which Paul Sinha will make a triumphant return

*A night of local accoustic bands – Fringe Benefrets – returns on Friday 11 September, held for the first time at Manor House

*There’s food for your brain too, with conversation about memories of fathers (starring our local MP) on Weds 9 September, and a night of bring-your-own poetry on Monday 7th.

*This time next week there will be Wanstead’s first Jumble Trail, across the whole of Wanstead, Aldersbrook and Snaresbrook. More than 50 people are already signed up – you can see a map of them and sign up yourself here.

*A big picnic on Sunday 6 September for the whole of Wanstead on Christchurch Green with musical treats. Plus the first Wanstead Fringe Book Swap – come along and give a book to someone you don’t know. Any leftovers will be donated to our friends at the Oxfam shop.

*Photo and craft events galore, plus puppetry for children, champagne tasting, opera for the more discerning, and more besides (including a street party).

The whole line-up is now available at and the programmes are now being distributed. Make sure you get one – among other things it will let you get discounts/treats during Wanstead Restaurant Week.

Yes, you may be wondering what you did, as a Wanstead resident, to be this lucky.

The answer is that a group of your neighbours decided to get together to arrange things. It’s as simple as that. Some local businesses – in particular Petty Son andPrestwich – coughed up to pay the bills. And then people like you decided to come along.

“But is it too late to get involved?” you may be wondering. “No!” is the answer. We have need for people with the following skills/callings:
*Flat bed truck and driver – we need to transport hay bales for the Kinema
*Hands – we need to hand out programmes to commuters
*Windows – we need people with windows to display our posters (download and print your own here)
*Actors – we have a plan that we don’t want to say too much about at this stage, but do get in touch. Actors who are prepared to have a go with a new script especially written for the occasion
*Stewards – we need DBS-checked people to help at one of our bigger events
*Jumble trail participants – will you set up a stall, or visit those others are running?
*Money. To be honest although this list of events sounds impressive and we’re grateful to our sponsors, this whole thing is run on a shoestring. If you have some money, the longterm viability of the Fringe would be grateful of it. You can donate using the button below. Or if you would like to take out an advert on the Fringe website and app, get in touch with us at



This is just a bit of advance notice, but the dates are confirmed as Sat 5 to Sat 12 September – as in previous years it’s the week leading up to the Wanstead Festival, which will be held on Sunday the thirteenth.

The Fringe website is now live – you can see it here – and though the programme isn’t yet released, there will be some of the old favourites… open air Kinema, comedy, music, and something for the brain too.  There’s also some advice if you want to organise an event yourself – there’s still time to do it.

You can sign up for email updates from the Fringe, or just keep an eye on Wansteadium where we will be featuring all the news about it.



IMG_5777Wanstead’s newest pub/bar/pizza place Luppolo has now been in business for a couple of weeks, so it’s time for our customary invitation for customers to submit their reviews, whether about food, drinks or ambience. You can do so using the comments form below.

Plus it’s sad to note the following Facebook post, below, from Dai Viet, the Vietnamese restaurant between the former snooker club (and Kinema) and the George.



This is the 100th Wanstead Weekend Photo published on Wansteadium, taken from the Wanstead Daily Photo blog. What started for Geoff Wilkinson as a year-long exercise has gone far beyond its original ambition. Congratulations to him – and also for the successful craft and photography events he, Lynn and Danielle have been holding as stalwart supporters of the Wanstead Fringe. The above remarkable photo was taken at Saturday night’s Kinema.
PS. For this landmark week, we dropped the Roman numeral. It may return next week.


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

wansteadkinemaSchool’s nearly back, but there’s just time to build a Wanstead landmark in Lego. It can be any landmark – the photos are just suggestions – and it can be whatever size you like. And there are prizes for the best – the judging will take place before the showing of The Lego Movie on Saturday night, which is part of the Wanstead Fringe. The competition is open to adults too. But children will probably win.

Bring models along to the gardens of Christ Church on Wanstead High Street by 7pm on Saturday night. Attendance at the movie (to which all under-16s must be accompanied by an adult) is not necessary, but would of course be awesome. Tickets can be booked here.