Hornbeam regular activities

As well as hosting Waltham Forest’s longest running (around 30 years!) vegetarian (now vegan) cafe from Tuesday to Sunday, the Hornbeam runs a wide variety of events for and by the community based around promoting sustainable and low cost living.

Please check events and social media for changes in the schedules of regular activities during August.  Community Mondays and Hornbeam Nights will be taking an August holiday break.

Food Rescue Kitchendrop-in opportunities to learn to cook vegan food or just to eat. Cook from 10am, eat 1-2pm.

We run pay-as-you-feel food stalls around the borough as part of this project providing food that is perfect to eat, but won’t be sold by shops as it’s near it’s ‘best before’ date.

Hornbeam Nights can be put on by anyone who has an idea for a talk, film, pop-up Supper Club or music on Thurs, Fri or Sat nights.

JoyRiders: we run a cycling group in Walthamstow for women only and one in Chingford for families. We also hold occasionally discussions or exhibitions at both locations.

Family activitiesWe have lots of activities at the Hornbeam and the Learning Lodge using craft, food and nature to entertain, including the regular Sunday Family Club.

Hornbeam Pop-Up Best Before, Still Good After stall

Supporting community building: We regularly hold events which give support to people who need a space to meet, such as the Stories and Supper Clubs which occur regularly to give refugees and migrants a chance to meet, learn and tell their stories at the Supper Club events .

OrganicLea’s Market Stall: every Saturday 10am-3pm our partner Organiclea, run a food and veg stall outside the Hornbeam cafe.  The market stall sells organic and ultra-local sustainably grown fruit and vegetables, plus homemade bread, jams and preserves.  Another stall is held in Leytonstone outside Matalan.


More regular events also happen at our Learning Lodge in Chingford. 

Upcoming events:

DIY Weather Vane

Thu 21st Feb 2019 - Fri 22nd Feb 2019, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Half term family events: Whatever the Weather

The Learning Lodge, London

Fri 22nd Feb 2019, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Bakers Arms Book Group

The Hornbeam Café, Walthamstow London

Sat 23rd Feb 2019, 10:00am - 3:00pm

OrganicLea's Weekly Market Stall

The Hornbeam Café, Walthamstow London

Mon 25th Feb 2019, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Food Rescue Kitchen every Monday

The Hornbeam E17, Walthamstow London

Thu 28th Feb 2019, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Hornbeam Herbals: Tree Medicine

The Hornbeam Café, Walthamstow London

Fri 1st Mar 2019, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Sculptural Vessel: 5 Afternoon sessions March

The Learning Lodge, London

See all events at the Hornbeam


Community cafe, event space and environment centre // 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH // 020 8558 6880