Category Archives: Family related

Join Hornbeam’s JoyRiders cycling for fun and relaxation

We are delighted that our JoyRiders project has secured a London Cycling Grant for three years.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with JoyRiders E17.
Women join together to gain confidence cycling and enjoy the local area with Hornbeam JoyRiders.
This will enable us to continue delivering led rides for novice cyclists, organise group training and train up a new generation of Ride Leaders so that we can build a network of groups organising their own led rides in partnership with local schools and organisations.
Can you be a Ride Leader?
If you are a competent, experienced cyclist and would like to volunteer to lead rides, please email for more information or message us through Facebook.
Hornbeam JoyRiders out and about
Hornbeam JoyRiders out and about
We particularly need female cyclists available to lead or support rides on weekdays, and both male and female cyclists to help lead family rides in school holidays.
We can also provide Ride Leadership training in partnership with Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest (limited places available).
If you’d like to be kept informed about future rides, please contact
See our What’s On page for future family rides or join the Hornbeam JoyRiders Women’s Facebook group.

Thurs 18 May: Night of the Dandelions – Herbal workshop

Hornbeam Nights Thursday Workshop, Thurs 18 May, 7.45pm

Come join a communal plant medicine making session to create delicious healing tonics for your family/households/friends with seasonal, locally foraged and grown herbs! Adults and children welcome.

Rasheeqa Ahmed of Hedge Herbs & Sarah Gary of the Community Herbal Hands are hosting an evening of concocting, supping and sharing around the Hornbeam table.

Learn practical pharmacy skills, share knowledge, stories & healing remedies and take home your medicines as well as making a stock for the community to be available from the Hornbeam Cafe. This will be a lively participatory workshop to make healing connections together and find out about our neighbourhood plant allies and resources.

This month, connect with the glorious Dandelion: we’ll roast Dandelion root coffee, brew tea and make a contemporary Dandelion and Burdock root beer tonic for cleansing and liver health – joyful seasonal additions. Price £10.
Book your ticket

Regular activities at the Learning Lodge

Sunday Family Club
First and third Sunday of every month, 2-4pm Learning Lodge and outside in the reserve when fine.
Pimp Hall Nature Reserve is a beautiful small wooded area in Chingford where we organise activities for people to spend valuable time in nature.
Pimp Hall Nature Reserve is a beautiful small wooded area in Chingford where we organise activities for people to spend valuable time in nature.

Every second and fourth Sunday enjoy quality time with your kids.Sunday Family Club Logo  Kids Kitchen will help you make delicious food with your under 5s and other activities will be taking place inside and outside the Learning Lodge such as outdoor learning, visits to Pimp Hall allotments, activities with the Friends of Pimp Hall Park. Activities will take place on the second and fourth Sunday of every month with activities from Kids Kitchen, Walk the Loop and Craft activities.

Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6.30-8.30pm
Monthly evening workshops exploring the changing seasons, old myths and magic, with Christine Watts of the Avalonia Centre.
April 26th    Springtime Magic – Beltane is a Celtic fire festival that celebrates of the coming of summer and the fertility of the coming year. Learn more about this tradition.
May 24th   Summer is a Coming In
June 27th   Midsummer Murmurs.
July 26th   Halcyon Days

FREE but donations towards materials welcome Booking details – just turn up!


DROP-IN TUESDAYS for Friday Hill tenants and neighbours, 2.30-5.30pm, at Friday Hill TMO Office, Chingdale Rd. E4 6HZ
We’re running drop-ins at Friday Hill  (NOT the Learning Lodge) every week and are looking for volunteers in Chingford E4 to help us out. Contact Elizabeth for more info.

Other Events and Classes at the Learning Lodge and Pimp Hall Nature Reserve.

May Learning Lodge events, E4

Sun 7 and 21 May, 2-4pm, SUNDAY FAMILY CLUB. For children aged 0-8 years and their parent-carers. Older siblings are welcome… We will enjoy a range of outdoor and indoor activities, decorating our own maypole tree, looking out for birds, discovering a range of herbs and plants and nurturing them. Arts and crafts will also be there to enjoy.

Tues 9 May, *Flower Arranging with Simone (note this is at Friday Hill TMO, not the Learning Lodge)

Wed 10 May, 1-3pm, Walk the Loop. For children aged 0-8 years and their parent-carers. Older siblings are welcome. Join Olivia this second Wed of the month to walk around beautiful Pimp Hall Nature reserve and enjoy the blossoming plants, trees and shrubs. We will be looking out for birds and enjoying their different songs. We will also craft and paint our own fantastic birds. Contact Olivia.

Sun 14 May, 2-4pm, *German Language Playgroup. Second Sunday every month. Learn and practice German while enjoying this beautiful space. FREE, drop-in. Contact Nina via Facebook groups: Waltham Forest German speaking parents or Deutschsprachige Eltern Nord-London

Sat 20 May, 10am-1pmE4 Joy Riders: Family Bike Ride. Second outing of our new group Chingford JoyRiders. Meet outside Friday Hill TMO office and join a cycle ride ending at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve for a picnic. Suitable for beginners and anyone wanting a relaxed cycle.  

Wed 24 May, 6:30-8:30pm, *Myth and Magic talk: Summer-is-a-coming-in. FREE. Drop-in.

Sat 27 May, Green Open Spaces day organised by *Friends of Pimp Hall. Wildlife day starting with the Dawn Chorus and ending with Bat Watch. 11-3pm Families crafts and exploring the nature reserve.

* Organised by a Hornbeam Community Champion


Mon 23 Jan – Community Monday with Hedgeherbs at the Hornbeam

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Make your own herbal remedies for the family with medical herbalist Rasheeqa of Hedgeherbs at the Hornbeam between 10am-1pm.
Learn how to make effective and tasty medicines for the kids when they get poorly, with kitchen ingredients and local plants! Natural healthcare at low cost and with connection to our environment: healthy families, healthy communities, healthy earth.
We will looks at common seasonal lurgies from coughs, colds and flus to allergies, skin and tummy upsets.
Booking essential (details to follow).


Kids Kitchen

Kids Kitchen
Kids Kitchen

As part of the Hornbeam’s Community Mondays, Kids Kitchen will be on the third Monday of every month. Join us with your little-ins –  prepare and eat fresh healthy food with while singing songs, playing and washing up.

Kids Kitchen is a collective of Parents and Vegan Chefs who want to share food with young children. Creating spaces for Kids and parents to get stuck in and explore cooking, local, organic, fun food with out having to worry how much mess they are making!

If you have a child or children under 5 come to Kids’ Kitchen, or tell your friends who do to, and cook a fun, healthy lunch while exploring, enjoying and learning about food.

10am-12pm at the Hornbeam Cafe.
£4 (£2 concessions) – includes lunch for your child.
Please book as spaces are limited.

Here’s a link to our facebook page, so please feel free to “like” us and share us with your friends on facebook.
See you soon

Low Cost Parenting – 10p burger workshops

Sun 27 Nov, 2-4pm, Learning Lodge
Mon 28 Nov, 10am-12pm, Hornbeam Centre
Learn how to make tasty, healthy family food on a budget on Sunday in the beautiful location of Pimp Hall Nature Reserve or on Monday at the Hornbeam Centre and Cafe.
Join us to make cheap and healthy bean burgers - yum!
Join us to make cheap and healthy bean burgers – yum!
We’ll be making Jack Munroe’s delicious 10p beanburgers. Kids can eat the fruits of your labour! Free, donations towards costs welcome. Craft activities also available for children if they don’t want to join in with the food activity.
Parents welcome with or without children, eat the burgers for lunch in our cafe or take them home with you!
Folding buggies only please if coming to the Hornbeam session.