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.

Community Mondays – People’s Kitchenare drop-in opportunities to learn to cook vegan food or just to eat at People’s Kitchen 10-2pm.

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

Best Before Stalls: we run pay-as-you-feel food stalls around the borough as part of our Food for London project providing food that is perfect to eat, but won’t be sold by shops as it’s near it’s ‘best before’ date.

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:

Fri 12th Oct 2018 - Fri 16th Nov 2018, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Sculptural Vessel - 5 Week Ceramics course - afternoons

The Learning Lodge, London

Fri 12th Oct 2018 - Fri 16th Nov 2018, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Sculptural Vessel - 5 week ceramics course - evenings

The Learning Lodge, London

Tue 16th Oct 2018, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Friday Hill Tues Drop-In

Other Location, see event details

Wed 17th Oct 2018, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Nature Works at Pimp Hall Nature Reserve

The Learning Lodge, London

Sat 20th Oct 2018, 10:00am - 3:00pm

OrganicLea's Weekly Market Stall

The Hornbeam Café, Walthamstow London

Bringing children and nature together

Sun 21st Oct 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Sunday Family Club

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