A chance to volunteer

Did you ever fancy being a National Trust volunteer but there's no historic properties nearby to love and cherish?  Do you  have an interest in history and a knowledge of  the heritage Wanstead Park in particular? Now is your chance  to help out at the historic property on our doorstep! The Temple in Wanstead Park is  a Grade 2 listed building dating from the 1760s and is a survival from the heyday of Wanstead Park. It is open to the public every weekend.  This gives visitors the opportunity not only  to visit this unique and beautiful building but also to learn about the extraordinary history of the Park. Continue reading "A chance to volunteer"

Dwight & Son bike on

Dwight (59) and; Lewis 13 Cycle Cycle Tour around the coast of the UK. 2014 to 2016, over 3 summers: 1st summer:-2650(ish) miles Exeter to Edinbugh in (roughly) 42 days then 2nd summer 2015 600 miles 10 days, Edinburgh to London.  3rd Summer 2016 10 days complete full round uk coastal tour 500 Exeter to London miles (total mileage well over 3000 miles) a Young persons record!

For more and to support Dwight and Lewis follow this link.



July 16th 2016 will be the last Music in Wanstead Park. After seventeen years it is time for a change...so come along and enjoy one of East London's only community-based large outdoor events for the last time.

We start an hour earlier at 1pm -just in time for lunch.
You could help make the last Music in Wanstead Park the best one by helping our team of volunteers, eg on the Main Gate or running craft workshops. Friends of Wanstead Parklands will be hosting a stall. New ideas for activities or stalls are always welcome.

The event begins with a bang with the London School of Samba Procession and ends with lively dance band Grooveability. Excellent refreshments will be on sale. Or bring your own picnic- but remember this is a glass-free event!

Tons of excitement : Spider Mountain, Crazy Bikes, Rollapaluza static bike racing, live snakes and ferrets, Mr Alexander's astounding Travelling Show, Kinovan vintage  London film etc etc....

2016 ticket prices : a day's fun for £5 for children and £10 for adults ; free for under 4's

Debbie: OT.debbie@ntlworld.com
Gill: gilljames@btinternet.com

AGM Spectacular for Friends of Wanstead Parklands

The AGM to attend and be seen at

Wednesday, 24th February 2016

7pm for 7.15pm  at  Wanstead Golf Club, E11 2LW

Introduction by the Chair

Keynote speakers including:

1.    John Cryer MP representing the Parliamentary Support Group for Wanstead Park
2.    Geraldine Roberts author of The Angel and The Cad

Meet and greet with local supporting groups

Drinks and nibbles available

Fireworks Spectacular

Book a place on Eventbrite

Download flyer

Register for free at http://www.WansteadPark.org.uk

Free for members | £5 non-members (incl membership) | Affiliate members: £1

All ages welcome to celebrate our achievements and have a good time!

2016 AGM


You'll want to be at our next big event, our AGM on 24th February, 2016 (19:30- 21:00). It will truly be a date not to be missed.


Featuring a firework display finale (courtesy of ItDoesTheJob.com)
Harking back to over 200 years ago when fire work displays were common place in the Park.

The AGM will have a few interesting and brief presentations:
John Cryer MP
We will hear John's progress lobbying heavily with the City on our behalf together with 12 other local MPs.
Geraldine Roberts Author of The Angel and The Cad
With insights into the intrigues of Wanstead House... Was it social media at its very beginning..?

Light bites, wine and a pay bar will be on hand

Event is free to members and only £5 for non-members (which then includes membership)

N.B. This event is children-friendly & will finish by 9pm

It's simple to let us know you're coming- just register on eventbrite so we can cater for numbers.


Special General Meeting

A Special General meeting of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands is to be held at 6:30pm on Saturday 10 October, immediately prior to the Gala Dinner at Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket Club.

The object of the meeting will be to adopt a new consitution for the Friends which will pave the way for us to apply for Registered Charity status. This in turn will unlock sources of grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources, allowing us to contribute more actively to securing Wanstead Park's future.

The agenda for the Special General Meeting, of which formal notice is hereby given, is as follows -

  1. Chairman's opening remarks.
  2. Questions from the floor.
  3. To vote on the motion "This meeting endorses the Committee's objective to apply for charitable status and, to that end, adopts the new constitution which has been circulated in advance of this meeting".
  4. Signing of the new constitution by the Chairman.

The new constitution may be read or downloaded here, and the existing text here for comparison.

The meeting is expected to be very brief, and those who make the effort to attend will be welcome to stay for drinks until guests for the gala dinner take their seats at 7:30pm.

Friends of Wanstead Parklands Gala Dinner

Agatha Christie Presents...


Dwight, Chair of Wanstead Parklands
Invites you to a 3-course celebration of our unique II* listed park
Hosted by Friends of Wanstead Parklands, Agatha Christie & some Mysterious Characters...

It's the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie, a murder might take place so keep your wits about you...

There's lots to celebrate so come and join us to help us to raise awareness of our nationally-important & historic local parklands. This evening is an opportunity to lend your support for our work whilst eating, drinking and being merry!

Three course meal  ~  Some Agatha Chritie-esque entertainment
~  A paid bar  ~ Blockbuster raffle

*Dress code: 1920s/'30s/ '40s  // Agatha Christie  //  Smart*

10th October 2015

Available through Eventbrite

Book your tickets now and looking forward to seeing you then!
*Tickets must be booked in advance, please*

“When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach”, Agatha Christie