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Welcome to Dalston Curve Garden! The Garden and Cafe are open to the public daily, all year round.

You can see our current public opening hours here. At this time of the year, when the weather can be very wet and windy, we may occasionally have to close the Garden and Cafe earlier than our advertised times, so we recommend you bear that in mind when planning your trip.

Our café is open daily during the Garden’s opening times, serving warming soups, hot drinks, delicious seasonal cakes and bakes and a range of drinks, including locally brewed beers. The Garden is free to enter and there is no obligation to buy anything from our cafe, but if you do, you are helping keep the Garden open every day for everyone to enjoy!

We hope you make it in to the Garden soon for a stroll among all the trees and greenery or to relax with coffee and cake while watching the sparrows at the bird-feeders, or to enjoy a mulled wine or spiced cider in the evenings, in among the lights.

Thursdays 24 November & 1 December, 5.30pm-7pm & 7.30-9pm

Every year the Garden’s Rainbow Greenhouse is transformed into a magical shadow lantern, using cut-out paper silhouettes. This community artwork brings colour and light in the dark winter months and is a highlight for visitors in the Garden’s seasonal calendar.  

This winter, as well as re-displaying treasured silhouettes, we are creating several new shadow panels for the Rainbow Greenhouse Lantern, taking inspiration from nature and the Curve Garden. You can craft your own silhouette artwork for the display in one of our four free community paper-cutting workshops. All materials will be supplied. 

These workshops are designed for adults and for young people over 14 years of age, who must be accompanied by an adult. 

The sessions will take place inside the cosy Pineapple House and our Cafe will be selling  hot drinks and mulled wine and cider. 

Please note, as the artwork silhouettes will form part of our community installation, they need to be left at the Garden after the workshop. 

Places for each of our four workshops are limited and booking is essential. You can book via the links below:

Thursday 24 November, 5.30 – 7pm: Book Here

Thursday 24 November, 7.30 – 9pm: Book Here

Thursday 1 December, 5.30 – 7pm: Book Here

Thursday 1 December, 7.30 – 9pm: Book Here


The Shadow Lantern workshops are part of our year-long programme of creative activities at Dalston Curve Garden exploring plants, nature and biodiversity throughout each season. This programme is supported by Hackney Council’s ‘Hello Again Hackney’ and Hackney High Street Funds. You can find out about their initiative, which allows residents to take advantage of discounted tickets and invitations to cultural events at venues across Hackney at: www.lovehackney.uk/entertainment-offers