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Roman Road Yard Market launch party

Saturday 19 March, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Roman Road Yard Market flyer

Please come to the launch party of Roman Road’s new weekly market on Saturday 19 March 2016.

Bring your friends and family and enjoy hot food, street music and market stalls selling unique and handcrafted wares, as well as a series of guided tours exploring Roman Road’s hidden secrets, from its heritage and ‘disappearing boozers’, to its best indie shops and visions for a community-led future. If you come early you may be able to spot Iron Man and Super Girl wrestling balloons into animals – children (and adults!) in fancy dress are most welcome.

Thanks to generous donations from Mayor of London Festival and London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the guided walks, music, entertainment and workshops are all free.

Street entertainment

11am – 1pm: Ballon modelling superhero style – come as your favourite superhero!

11am -12noon: Elizabeth Flett, fiddler (accoustic)

12noon – 1pm: James Nicholl, guitarist

1pm-3pm: Adam Beattie, with double bass player

3pm-5pm: Brooke Sharkey, with violinist

Explore Bow

Please note: The programme is still being finalised and times may change.

11am – Welcome from Councillor Joshua Peck

The launch party will be opened by local councillor and Tower Hamlets Cabinet Member for Work & Economic Growth, Joshua Peck.

11.15am – 1.15pm High Street Reimagined with Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

Be part of shaping your neighbourhood. Art and architecture practice Public Works will be explaining the concept of how neighbourhood plans can empower the community, and then The Cass will give a guided tour of Roman Road, helping people understand how buildings and public realm on the high street can be re-imagined to help build a stronger community.

11.30-1.30 Not the Bow Bells – architectural history stroll guided by David Garrard of English Heritage

A tour of Bow’s hidden history led by David Garrard of English Heritage.

1pm-3pm Open Spaces Trail with Seed Bombing

Families and children will be able to explore the pocket parks around Roman Road, finishing the tour at a site that offers the potential to transform a dead space into a community asset.

2.30-4.00pm Battling Belles of Bow with Rachel Kolsky

Sylvia Pankhurst’s Bow: a toy factory, a creche and a restaurant.

3pm-5pm Best Indie shops on Roman Road led by Tabitha Stapely

Guided tour of independent stores on Roman Road.

4pm-5pm Disappearing Boozers

Tour of Roman Road’s lost pubs ending up in a local pub for drinks.

InterAct hub programme

InterAct is an arts & culture pop-up community hub sited adjacent to the Roman Road car park and Yard Market. It puts on a programme of community events developed by residents students from The Cass.

2pm-4pm Memory Hut Down the Roman

Author Melanie McGrath will be in residence in the mobile Memory Hut recording memories of growing up in the local area for her new book based on Roman Road.

Kindly sponsored by

Find Your London Festival logo

London Borough of Tower Hamlets logo

Attic Secure Self Storage logo


Saturday 19 March, 2016
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Roman Road Trust


Roman Road car park
Ford Road
London, E3 5NS United Kingdom
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