Feast of fun on offer at the Mayor's Newham Show

26 June 2017 in Events and Mayor
​A two day feast of fun for the whole family is on offer next month at the annual Mayor’s Newham Show – one of the biggest and FREE events in the borough.
Central Park, in High Street South, East Ham, will once again host the show which will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July with entertainment and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. It will run from noon until 6pm on both days.

Last year more than 50,000 people attended the event, and this year is set to be even more exciting with something on offer for everyone.

The family favourite seaside experience will return this year complete with giant paddling pool, helter skelter, crazy golf and steel band as well as the traditional village fete.

Visitors will be asked to take part in a range of arts and craft activities, as well as sports taster sessions over the weekend. 

Among the sporting activities West Ham United will be running a penalty shootout and Essex County Cricket Club will be offering you the chance to improve your throwing skills. ParkLives - the partnership between Newham Council and Coca-Cola Great Britain to provide a variety of fun, free activities in 14 parks across the borough - will also be at the event.

Newham’s community neighbourhood teams are at the heart of everything we do in the borough, and will once again be at the heart of the show. Come along and help us build a community garden, which after the show will have a permanent home in the borough.

There’s a mini children’s library, find out about the Summer Reading Challenge which this year has an Animal Agents theme. 

Children will be able to transform themselves into superheroes in the special Children’s Entertainment Area, while others will be able to experience what it was like to be recruited as a World War 1 soldier from being measured for a uniform to taking part in a marching drill.

The highlight of Saturday’s show is the Mayor’s Newham Carnival Parade which attracts more than 2,000 participants each year. The parade will start from Rancliffe Road at 2pm before heading along High Street South, High Street North, Ron Leighton Way, Barking Road and Bartle Avenue before arriving back in Central Park at around 3pm. Why not come along and wave them off or catch up with them on the route.  

Over the weekend the show’s entertainment will be spread across three different stages, the Main Stage, the Cabaret Tent and the Children’s Stage with performances to keep young and old visitors entertained.

Entertaining the crowds on the main stage on Saturday will be Peppa Pig and George, Candy Apple Blue, Bollywood and Punjabi dance routines from the Taal Tarongo Dance School, Barry White tribute act A-Kay and Native Sun who will perform a fusion of hip hop and African rhythms.

On Sunday reggae artist Nereus Joseph, who was brought up in Newham, will be the headline act on the main stage, which will also feature appearances by Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from children’s TV series Octonauts, The Gatsby Dancers, London School of Samba and Congolese band Grupo Lokito.

There will also be performances from Newham’s very own Every Child a Musician Choir and Orchestra, St Angela’s School Choir from Forest Gate, Deborah Day Theatre School and the Langdon and Brampton academies.

Peppa Pig and George will also take part in story-time sessions on the Children’s Stage on Saturday and youngsters will be able to see the Bubble Wizard perform spectacular magic tricks and be taken on a journey around the world by the Rhubarb Theatre Company.

Captain Barnacles and Kwazii will take to the stage on Sunday, where there will also be the Cool Kids Party hosted by DNS Kids.

The Cabaret Tent will play host to tribute band A Salute to Vera Lyn who will help celebrate the 100th birthday of The Forces’ Sweetheart by performing some of her famous songs, followed by a special tea dance. The tent will also feature The Black Eagles acrobats.

Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales said: “The Show gets bigger and better every single year. Once again this year there will be a feast of fun for residents of all ages to enjoy.

“There will be a wide range of activities and entertainment on offer including the annual carnival procession which is always a colourful event. As well as watching the performances people will be ale to try a range of sports and crafts and find out more about the range services available from the council and out partners.

“The show plays a key role in our commitment to bring our local community together and I would urge everyone to come along and enjoy the fun at one of the borough’s biggest FREE events”.