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Ken Aston Square

As part of the Better Barkingside initiative, we have commissioned Vision RCL to create a year-long programme of cultural activities for local families.  Events will take place in the newly developed Ken Aston Square at the Leisure Centre and Library area of Barkingside.

All the events are free unless stated otherwise. No need to book just turn up.  


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Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure announces an exciting new partnership with Without Walls

Vision RCL's outdoor arts programme in Ken Aston Square is a partner in Without Walls, working with festivals and artists and bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK.  Find out more on the Without Walls website

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Saturday 8 June to Saturday 22 September

The Ken Aston Square outdoor arts programme 2019 will run from Saturday 8 June to Saturday 21 September, once a month in Ken Aston Square, Barkingside High Street.  All outdoor arts shows will be completely free for all ages to take part in and enjoy!

Our aim for Ken Aston Square is to create an exciting, engaging and accessible high-quality outdoor arts venue in the heart of the community.

If you have any questions please contact culture@visionrcl.org.uk

Please see the full summer programme below.


Summer 2019 Full Programme

Arts and Crafts

10am to 4pm

Arts and craft activities & stalls on the square and in Fullwell Cross Library.


children watching a man planting a life size seed

The Seed

11am and 3pm

A surprising and inspiring hitch-hike on the journey from small acorns to great oaks. Join Wilford planting trees where he shouldn’t - living in his shed, on the run from his past and his arch-enemies, SLUGS


woman holding a pineapple and smiling at the camera

Vegetable Nannies

10am, 12 midday and 2pm

The Vegetable Nannies are two everyday gardeners who’ve taken their young vegetables out of the ground for a day trip. If you see an old pram brimming with some beautiful bouncing baby vegetables, come over and say hello.


Vegetable Nannies has been supported by Without Walls

woman with lab coat holding a puppet

Theatre for One Ensemble

11am to 3pm

Experience a surprising or unexpected puppetry moment... A selection of 3-minute performances by various artists each performed to only one person at a time (plus curious onlookers). A most intriguing and then exclusive mini theatre experience. Which will you choose?


Theatre for One Ensemble has been supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Just So Festival.

man dressed as astronaut on a busy street

Urban Astronaut

11am and 3pm

Urban Astronaut provides a glimpse of a future that might be…where problems surrounding air pollution have grown to a crisis point, is there anyway back? The answer is found in a simple encounter with a young girl who provides the one thing the astronaut has lost... hope.


Urban Astronaut has been supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts.

a marching band performing on a road

The Band at the End of the World

Arriving in a cloud of raucous brass heavy music, driving their home made, flaming and smoking battle-church. Dressed in punk marching band attire & existing within their very own miniature apocalyptic microclimate.


The Band at the end of the World! has been supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Without Walls, Brighton Festival, Just So Festival and Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts. Supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space & The Invisible Circus. Developed at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space, The invisible Circus Creation Space & OnSet.


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