The Mayor's Newham Show

Come and enjoy two days of free fun and entertainment for all ages including live music, cabaret entertainment, sport and children’s activities, as well as the very popular Newham at the Seaside area which includes a manmade beach complete with sand, paddling pool and helter skelter.

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July, 12noon to 6pm
Central Park, High Street South, East Ham, E6
The Mayor's Newham Show 2017

The Main Stage

Inspired by the line “All the World’s a Stage” from the William Shakepeare play As You Like It, this year’s main stage entertainment features music and dance rhythms from around the globe. Hosted by much-loved regular presenters Ashley J and Tee-J, the programme is bursting with acts to keep you entertained throughout the weekend.


Take advantage of an opportunity to go and say hello to Peppa Pig, who will also be featuring on the children’s stage during the day.

You can dance like crazy to pop act Candy Apple Blue who are Saturday’s main stage headliners. Their dynamic stage show and repertoire of chart hits and soul favourites will keep you on your toes!

You can also watch Bollywood and Punjabi dance routines from the Taal Tarongo Dance School.

If you like the sound of fast and furious accordions and violins then the music and dance steps of Gypsy Stars may tempt you, or you can salsa to the of Colombian percussionist Roberto Pla and his Latin Ensemble.

Don’t miss the fusion of hip hop and African rhythms by Native Sun, or the urban dance steps of Boadicea Dance Company.

The soulful vocals of top Barry White tribute artist A-Kay will sing favourites Just The Way You Are, See The Trouble With Me, and My First, My Last, My Everything. He will also perform songs by other Motown artists.


TV character Captain Barnacles, the brave polar bear, and Kwazii, the daredevil cat with a mysterious past, both from the children’s series Octonauts will be appearing on both the main stage and children’s stage.

Reggae artist Nereus Joseph is the headline act on Sunday. Brought up in Newham, he and his band will keep you grooving until the show closes at 6pm.
Nereus Joseph

Also, don’t miss urban dance group Chromatic Dance Company, 1920s flappers The Gatsby Dancers, and Brazilian samba outfit London School Of Samba.

Congolese band Grupo Lokito will blow you away with tropical rhythms.

Newham’s Every Child a Musician Choir and Orchestra, Forest Gate’s StAngela’s School Choir, the Langdon Academy, Brampton Academy, and Deborah Day Theatre School will also be showcasing their talents.


Children’s Stage

This year the Children’s Stage will be bigger than ever!

Here is just a taste of what is on offer:​​


Everyone’s favourite pigs are coming to the party! Peppa and George will be appearing during story-time sessions, led by a narrator. You can see them on the Main Stage and the Children’s Stage at intervals throughout the day, plus there will be meet and greet opportunities, so don’t forget your cameras. The Children’s Stage will also see the Bubble Wizard perform some spectacular magic tricks, and the Rhubarb Theatre Company will take you on an extraordinary journey around the world with Explorers Galorers! There will also be lots of fun games and dances with the Teddy Bears Party.


Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from TV’s the Octonauts will be leaving their octopod to take you on an amazing underwater adventure. See them perform their mini-show called Octonauts: To Your Stations on the Children’s Stage as well as the Main Stage. You can also meet the underwater heroes at intervals throughout the day. The Children’s Stage will also be welcoming DNA Kids (Cool Kids Disco Party), and Comedy 4 Kids, for a day of cheekiness and fun.

Cabaret Tent

Caberet tent
This year’s circus-themed Cabaret Tent will be hosted by ringmaster extraordinaire Matt Pang and will feature acts such as stunning acrobats The Black Eagles.

Also to celebrate the 100th birthday of East Ham-born Dame Vera Lynn, who was the Forces Sweetheart during World War 2, the amazing tribute band A Salute To Vera Lynn will be performing songs like We’ll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover.​
A Salute to Vera Lynn


Newham Seaside

The beach is coming to you this summer! Come and see the tennis courts in Central Park transformed into a traditional British seaside. There's nothing quite like settling into a deckchair with an ice cream and feeling the warmth of the sand between your toes. There’ll be buckets and spades, a helter skelter, crazy golf course, a live steel pan band and you can also create a big splash in our giant paddling pool.

Newham Seaside

Newham Village Fete

Pop into the Newham Village Fete and take part in some quintessential summer activities including a coconut shy, hook-a-duck, a stall where you can purchase plants from local allotments and for those wanting to test their strength, we’ll have a strong man contest. The very best traditional Punch and Judy Puppet Show will bring joy and delight to young and old alike by featuring all of the classic characters in a hilarious action packed show on Sunday.
Join the East End Sisters Women’s Institute for a delicious afternoon tea. There’s a well stocked selection of homemade cakes with tea, coffee and refreshing homemade lemonade. They’ll also be selling handmade crafts. Newham City Farm is also back in the Village Fete this year with animals from the farm.

Children’s Entertainment Area

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly or run at the speed of light? Well wonder no more! The Children’s Entertainment Area has everything you could ever need to bring out your inner superhero. Special training grounds have been developed to teach you how to master the art of disguise, draw out your X-ray vision and there’s even a chance to design your very own superhero costume.

In the Children’s Entertainment Area there will be an under 5s and breast feeding area.

Cenotaph Area

Cavelry rider on a horse
To mark the centenary years of World War 1, the Cenotaph area will be
suitably themed. If you are a fan of the film and stage drama Warhorse, come and see the cavalry exhibit with horses and a mule. Experience what it was like to be recruited as a World War 1 soldier from being measured for uniform to taking part in marching drill. See a wartime first aid tent and discover the events of the 1917 Silvertown Explosion.

There will also be various talks and drill displays on the hour between 1pm
and 5pm. Other uniformed organisations taking part include G Company 7 Rifles, Royal Navy, Sea Cadets, Scouts, Police Cadets and the Rotary Club.

Useful information

No public parking; limited blue badge parking available on Rancliffe Road. Please walk or use public transport. Bike racks are available in Central Park.
Tube: East Ham station (15 min walk). Visit for travel updates.
Buses: 58, 101, 104, 115 and 474 to Central Park (East Ham/White Horse) and 5, 147, 238, 300 and 325 to Barking Road (High Street North/Newham Town Hall).
You may be searched as a condition of entry. This event takes place on grass.
No glass bottles or dogs are allowed. Last entry is 5.30pm.
All programming is subject to change.

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