The Festival of Light celebrates the importance of light in the darkest months, by illuminating the Garden throughout Winter with magical light installations. Adults can help transform the little Greenhouse into a ‘Shadow Lantern’ and create other hand-made lights by taking part in a series of free paper-cutting workshops. Children and young people can take inspiration from the vegetables and seed pods grown in the Garden in ‘Fruit ‘n’ Veg’ paper lantern workshops on Saturday afternoons.

All of the hand-made lanterns create a magical atmosphere on special late opening ‘Light Nights’ throughout December, Thursday – Sundays until 20 December, when the Garden stays open until 11pm.


Saturdays 21 & 28 November 2015, 1-5pm


It’s ‘Festival of Light’ time at the Garden again when we celebrate the importance of light in the darkest months, first of all with free lantern-making workshops for adults and for children and then with December ‘Light Nights!’ when the Garden and Pavilion are magically illuminated by all the hand-crafted lanterns lit up together on cosy late night openings.

On Saturdays 21 & 28 November, 1- 5pm, children, young people and adults can join in making giant sculptural paper lanterns, inspired by the fruits, vegetables and seed-pods that we grow in the Garden. The sessions are free and supported by our team of Garden volunteers. No booking is necessary, just turn up and stay for as long as you like. All we ask is that you leave the lanterns to help light up the Garden on ‘Light Nights’ and in the winter months.

The lantern making sessions all take place inside the Pineapple House, with the wood-burning stove keeping everyone cosy. The Garden cafe serves hot chocolate and mulled wine, with Latto’s Pizzas from the wood-fired oven on Saturdays and Sundays. You can borrow blankets and hot water bottles if you want to sit outside – so no need to worry about the cold!


Tuesdays 24 November & 1 December 4-6pm & 6.30-9pm


Join us in the Pineapple House for these free ‘shadow’ paper-cutting sessions and help transform our little greenhouse into a magical winter ‘lantern’. Every year the many individually crafted panels make this a much talked about highlight of the Festival of Light!

You can make a whole panel or just one piece to join together with others – last year we had toadstools, vegetables, rain-clouds with umbrellas and woodland creatures – all cut out of paper and illuminated at night.

There’s no need to book, just drop in. The first session starts at 4pm each week and the second at about 6.30pm, but you are welcome to stay for both. These sessions are aimed at adults, although older children are welcome to come along. No previous experience is needed.


Help fill the Garden with Spring Colour

Saturday 7 November 2015, 2-5pm Volunteers have made a start on a mass bulb-planting which will fill the Garden with colour next Spring. If you would like to help, just turn up for the next session on Saturday 7 November, 2-5pm, when we will be planting hundreds more Snowdrops, Muscari and Daffodils.

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Quilt Garden

Sunday 8 November 2015, 2-5pm As the days start to get chillier, we’re launching a cosy winter project to make a quilt for the Garden, led by textile artist Katherine May. We’ll be in the Pineapple House, with the wood-burning stove keeping us warm, working together to make a communal piece.  You can come to one session or to all […]

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Spiders, pumpkins and pizzas – Halloween at the Garden

Saturday 31 October 2015, until 11pm There could be no more atmospheric place to spend this Saturday’s Halloween than here at the Curve Garden! From late afternoon we will be lighting up the many pumpkins carved by creative Hackney children, young people and adults for last weekend’s Lantern Show, that are tucked into every nook […]

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Spiders, Night Masks & Spooky Pizzas: Half-term activities for children

Join us for four afternoons of free creative workshops for children during the half-term holidays. Tuesday 27 October, 2-4pm Spider Puppets Taking inspiration from Anansi, the spiders in the Garden, and other creatures that live here, puppet-maker Hyunjung Choi will help children transform simple materials into fantastical puppet characters. Wednesday 28 October, 2-4pm Autumnal Shadow Lanterns Artists Hyunjung […]

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Autumn at the Garden

There might be an autumn nip in the air, but the Garden remains open everyday from 11am – 7pm and with late night openings, Friday – Sunday. There are plenty of blankets and hot water bottles to keep everyone cosy and hot chocolate and mulled and spiced drinks from the cafe bar. You can still join in […]

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Carve a pumpkin for our Lantern Show!

As the leaves fall and the Garden takes on its Autumn coat, it’s time once again for Dalston’s annual ‘Halloween Pumpkin Lantern Show’. All shapes and sizes of pumpkins will be waiting to be transformed by children and young people over a marathon weekend of carving. The weekend ends with all the lanterns lit up […]

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Halloween Pumpkin Lantern Show 2015

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Summer Thursday Herb Sessions

Weekly Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm: 2 July – 17 September 2015 Gone Wild Herbs will be hosting a series of free drop-in herbal sessions at their Herbal Health Bar in the Garden every Thursday evening this summer. Each week will be different, with sessions covering plant identification, herbal tastings and practical demonstrations including making your own infusions […]

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Urban Living herbal workshop: Seasonal Immune Support

Sunday 6 September 2015, 12 noon – 5pm Join Rasheeqa Ahmad and Steph Wehowski of ‘Gone Wild Herbs’ for the fourth and final workshop in their series of ‘Herbal Remedies for City Living’ workshops. Seasonal immune support will look at making medicines with what’s around us. The end of the summer is a time of berries and richness […]

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