5 creative things to do in Walthamstow this October
As the weather gets a little chillier and the autumn leaves in Lloyd Park begin to scatter, there’s never been a better time to hole up in one of Walthamstow’s many cultural haunts and get creative. E17 is bursting with creativity and the choice of things to do can seem so plentiful it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to go for.
Every month we’re going to whittle down the options and serve up the best creative treats the borough of culture has to offer.
1. Make and create at Blackhorse Workshop
Blackhorse Workshop is an amazing public space providing designers and makers with open access to a wood and metal workshop. You’ll find lots of creative local people and small businesses there – in fact, some of our own furniture was made in the space! Craftspeople are welcome to drop in for the day or stay for an entire year, and a number of professionals are on board to help with the machinery.
If you’re not a maker but have always fancied having a go at creating things from wood, metal or leather, you can sign up to one of the many creative courses starting this month.
2. Discover how printmaking can improve your wellbeing
Research shows that being creative makes people happier and builds confidence. If you’re free on Wednesday mornings, pop down to Inky Cuttlefish Studios on Blackhorse Lane and parktake in some therapeutic printmaking. Each session is only £5, and you’ll be learning alongside professional artists. Techniques covered include screen and relief printing. It’s a great opportunity to become part of a creative community and learn new skills.
Check out the print we recently bought from the talented folk at Inky Cuttlefish Studios!
3. An open mic night for the musical minded
The Coppermill Pub hosts an open mic night on the first and third Monday of the month. Anyone who plays an instrument is welcome to join in and jam with others in a chilled setting. All performers get a free recording of their performance – another reason to dust off your old guitar and get practising!
The pub itself is a traditional, welcoming establishment just down the road from Walthamstow Marshes which we’d highly recommend visiting on the weekend.
4. The Big Draw – one for the kids
The William Morris Gallery is running drawing activities throughout the October half term holiday inspired by their new exhibition, The Enchanted Garden. The Enchanted Garden explores how Morris’s contemporaries and the generations of artists who followed in his footsteps – from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Bloomsbury Group – have responded to the beauty of garden spaces.
Activities are suitable for babies to
5. Life drawing at the Nags Head
Life drawing is great way to meet like-minded people, improve your technique and get friendly feedback in an informal setting. Walthamstow Lifedrawing sessions run every Monday from 7:30 until 10pm above the Nags Head in Walthamstow Village. Sessions cost £9.50 per session on a drop-in basis or £32 for 4 sessions in advance. You must take your own materials with you.