Packed programme announced for Hackney Family Learning Festival

Family Learning Festival

Hackney's Family Learning Festival is back, with two weeks of fun, free events for all ages.

The theme of this year's festival, which runs from 19 October to 3 November, is Fantastic Journeys, and families can find out more about what's on offer at the launch event on Saturday 19 October, from 1-3pm, split across two neighbouring sites.

The aim of the event is to encourage families to try new things together in an informal, fun setting.

Morningside Children's Centre will host activities for families with children under seven, including face painting, jewellery making and more. At The Urswick School, families with children aged seven to 15 can learn to play in a steel pan band, get creative with pencil decorating, try some new moves with Africaeorbics and take part in a K'NEX car race challenge.

Events throughout the festival range from e-safety and money management to hula hooping, song writing and French lessons.

Maria Harman, 30, of Clapton, has attended previous family learning festival events, including sewing, storytelling, maths and health and fitness. She said: “The thing I most enjoyed about the courses was the feeling of being a part of a community based group, working together with our children and other parents, getting to know each other and all at the same time as gaining new skills and new friends.

Cllr Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, Hackney Council
The Family Learning Festival is all about encouraging people of all ages to rediscover the joys of learning. Familes are children's very first teachers, and encouraging learning from a young age can spark a life long passion, as well as helping them to gain confidence and meet new people. The Council and our partners have arranged a diverse range of activities, from academic subjects to arts, sports and languages so, whether you’re thinking of taking up a new hobby, learning a new skill or just want to spend some quality time with your family, I’d urge everyone to have a look at what’s on offer.
Cllr Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services, Hackney Council