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Introducing Plaistow Village

Introducing PLAISTOW VILLAGE… Yes, Really.

Last week, we found an Instagram account called @PlaistowVillage and it took us rather by surprise (if it’s your instagram account, give us a shout and let us know if we missed anything). Shocked at having left the Plaistow stones uncovered for so long, we popped on our explorer boots and brushed up on what’s what in E13….

Turns out poor ole Plaistow often gets overshadowed by its shinier bouncier siblings. East Ham, West Ham and Stratford have all been known to take the credit for a Plaistow-ian gem  or two, so we’re here to set the record straight.  Scroll down to discover our best picks for Plaistow.

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Baby friendly Newham

East Ham is a haven for new families; good primary schools, an abundance of parks and relatively low house prices (for London) are all good reasons for newbie parents to make the journey further east and become E6 explorers. This and the fact that East Ham has an utterly amazing kiddie friendly community of parents, volunteers and council led schemes that provide a wonderful local support network. Yep, East Ham is a winner when it comes to small people; from council led Children’s Centres and NCT meet ups, to a 250 strong What’sApp group of mums chatting parenting, babies, boobs and the state of the UK. All that, topped off with a few solid family friendly cafes means East Ham has everything you need to bring a new tiny human into the world. Continue Reading


St Mary’s Church and Nature Reserve – A spooky but beautiful spot to explore for Halloween

Fancy changing up your Sunday stroll? We’ve got the perfect spot for you… Beautiful? Check. Tree lined? Check. Peaceful? Check. In East Ham? Check. Slightly spooky, what with it being Halloween and all…? CHECK! 

St. Mary Magdalene’s church and Nature Reserve sits quietly at the foot of East Ham, minding its own business and not making a fuss. You would be forgiven for walking past it and not even noticing it, given that it is set back from the road underneath the A13, but boy, are you missing out because this place is massive, and massively under rated.

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A RUN-derful way to get to know East Ham!

East End Road Runners are a running club that might be right up your street…Ok they probably don’t literally run up your street but they do run up the greenway, and as far afield as Regents Canal or Victoria Park too sometime.

We appreciate that running is not everyone’s bag but if you looked outside this morning and thought: a) I need to get fit; b) I need to get outside; c) I need to top up my tan (shallow, we know but com’on, we are NOT the only ones who think about it, right?) then we might just have a solution… Continue Reading


Central Park, East Ham: An ode to Summer…

Summer. Until next time.

It is a cold and drizzly morning in East Ham and today we are missing the buzz of summer. So we thought it was time to upload this little wee video we took of Central Park way back when the sun was high in the sky to help remind you all that it comes back, every year. No matter how dark December gets, April never far behind it AND we have an AWESOME park space to help us make the most of it.  Continue Reading


OMG…The Mayor’s Newham Show 2015 is 60’s themed!

Whats that? A flippin’ festival? With a beach, and a carnival? In EAST HAM?

Yes, that’s right. Every year Newham council hold The Mayor’s Newham Show, a totally banging 2 day event which happens to be happening in two WEEKS TIME! Get your diaries out now, and get it in there IN PEN (or for the technologically advanced, here’s a link to the Facebook event)!

So what do you need to know? There are craft stalls, food stalls, info stands about local stuff and stuff, a cabaret stage, a carnival and a SEASIDE (um, yep, with real sand, a paddling pool, beach huts, deck chairs and donkeys to ride). AND this year its 1960’s themed. Sounds like a blast (erm, from the past? *drums*). Continue Reading


International Yoga Day with Parklives

A sunny Yoga-Sunday in Central Park

For those of you who don’t know, Sunday was International Day of Yoga  so the good people of ParkLives and ActiveNewham were holding a bit of a do…

They held several free glorious and sunny Yoga sessions from Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Relaxation Yoga and also (ahem) Broga®. Yes that’s right. Yoga, for Bros run by former American football star and super-heavyweight bodybuilding champion, Matt Miller. Eeer, we watched from the sidelines for that session, btw. Anyone saying Yoga is easy, I dare you to do it with Matt Miller! Phew, we were exhausted just watching it! Continue Reading


Brampton Park: Small but mighty…

Brampton park is a lovely wee park in East Ham south that backs on to Brampton Primary school (you know, the one with the awesome ofsted reports? Yeah, that one)…

Open since 1915, this park is seriously cool if you are a tiny person or a parent looking for play places: it has swings, adventure playground, and in the summer it only has a flippin’ paddling pool as well! It wasn’t filled when we went, but as soon as they  turn the taps on we will let you know…

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