Be Magnificent: Craft Marquee at Walthamstow Garden Party


Celebrating Waltham Forest’s creative and cultural communities, this free annual event sees two days of music, crafts, food and family activity delivered in partnership with local organisations. The Be Magnificent Craft Marquee is a celebration of regional designers/makers drawn together in a programme supported by independent estate agents, The Stow Brothers.

Presented outside the gallery on the lawns during the Walthamstow Garden Party, children and adults can try their hand at ceramics, embroidery, textile design, woodwork, printmaking and more. In 2017, the programme includes demos and activities from:

Blackhorse Workshop: Blackhorse Pegasus
Using wood, metal, plastic, nuts, bolts and wire assemble your own winged mechanical stallion with our experienced team of technicians from Blackhorse Workshop.Using wood, metal, plastic, nuts, bolts and wire assemble your own winged mechanical stallion with our experienced team of technicians from Blackhorse Workshop.
Cost: £5

Chad McCail: Plasticine Modelling
Come and mould little people, animals, monsters or heads with artist Chad McCail.
Cost: Free

Dash ‘N Dem: Cool Britannia 2.0
Create an interactive Cool Britannia avatar, which will allow audiences to create their own version of the song and perform it using face rigging and voice synthesiser technology. Inside the William Morris Gallery!
Cost: Free

Inky Cuttlefish: POP Art printing
Participants will get to print multi-coloured photo-etchings inspired by Pop Art onto a cotton tote bag using a traditional etching press.
Cost: Paper Bag, Free; Cotton Tote, £4

Lola Lely: Shibori Indigo Dying
Using the ancient Japanese art of Shibori indigo dyeing make a unique patchwork apron from material dyed by you in a design your own taste.
Cost: Free

Made by Ore: Make a Ring with a ‘Twist’
Learn how to make a ring with simple joining solutions that become the feature of the ring.
Cost: Copper Ring, Free; Silver Ring, £20

Queenie & Ted: Badge and Patch Making
Make a unique 3D fabric badge or patch, inspired by the bands that played at the magnificent Walthamstow School of Art.
Cost: Free

Scribble & Smudge: Everyone’s a spinner baby!
Spin the decks and make an album cover like 60’s pop artist Peter Blake. A free workshop for all ages. All children must be accompanied.
Cost: Free

Turning Earth: Pottery in the Park
Join potters from local ceramics makerspace Turning Earth for a 45-minute workshop.
Cost: Free, To glaze a piece, £5

Yanire Sylva: Pottery & Patterns
Applying traditional pottery techniques you will create and design a ceramic dish out of air dry clay decorated with the beautiful pattern designs, inspired by Celia Birtwell.
Cost: Free

The festival’s music programme features international musicians from around the globe alongside the best of local talent across its stages and tents. Further details on the full programme are available on the Walthamstow Garden Party website.


Delivered by the Barbican in partnership with Create and Waltham Forest Council.
The Be Magnificent Craft Marquee is sponsored by The Stow Brothers.


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