Welcome to the London Borough of Havering’s culture website

From arts and music to sports, libraries and more than 100 parks and open spaces, Havering Council provides countless activities and events to inspire residents and make the borough a great place to live and visit.

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Tuesday 19 February Para Multi Arts

1-2.30pm, Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1AX
Painting, clay modelling and music for anyone aged 5+ with special educational needs or disability (S.E.N.D.). £4pp

01708 456308 or pay on the door

Tuesday 21 February: LGBT+ Communities, Then and Now

7pm, Rainham Library, 6 Celtic Farm Road, Rainham RM13 9GP
In a talk for LGBT History month, the acclaimed author discusses his work and reads from his novel London Tryptych.


Friday 1 March: Claire Martin and Ray Gelato

8pm: Fairkytes Live, Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch RM11 1AX
Legendary British jazz singer and BBC presenter Claire Martin is joined by saxophone virtuoso Ray Gelato for an evening of jazz, swing and classics from the Great American Songbook


Friday 29 March: Martin Turner (ex-Wishbone Ash)

8pm: Fairkytes Live, Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch RM11 1AX
Martin Turner was the driving force behind legendary British progressive rockers Wishbone Ash. Marking 50 years since the band was formed, Martin is touring the country to perform the classic 1976 album New England as well as favourites from their seminal work, Argus.


Fridays 10, 17 and 24 May: Havering Hurricanes London Youth Games Netball trials

6.30-8pm, Central Park Leisure Centre, Gooshays Drive, Romford RM3 9LB
Netball trials for girls to represent their borough at the 2019 London Youth Games


Friday 24 May: Toyah: Up Close and Personal

8pm: Fairkytes Live, Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch RM11 1AX
Punk icon, pop star and star of stage and screen, the ever-youthful Toyah Willcox presents her one woman show, reflecting on her 40 year career in the business and performing acoustic versions of her greatest hits.


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Havering – a creative culture for all

Havering Council aims to put culture and leisure at the heart of the community. We encourage artists and craftspeople, talented musicians and dancers, organise concerts and sports teams, look after our borough’s heritage and care for more than 100 outstanding parks and open spaces.

Havering’s cultural programme encourages creativity to build stronger communities and highlight how arts and culture can be a catalyst for happier, healthier lives.

We run arts and crafts activities for people of all ages at Fairkytes Arts Centre in Hornchurch and in 10 libraries around the borough. Havering Music School offers high quality teaching and runs music groups and concerts for young talent.

From the Walking for Health programme in Havering’s parks to our highly successful London Youth Games team and modern sports and leisure facilities such as Sapphire Ice and Leisure in Romford, which opened in 2018, we contribute to healthy sports activities.

Havering libraries hosts author talks, literary and poetry groups, run children’s activities and last year launched the hugely successful Havering Literary Festival bringing famous authors into the borough.

Our heritage work including caring for many listed buildings, including a fine English smock windmill at Upminster, elegant parks such as Langtons Gardens in Hornchurch and Raphael Park in Romford and wildlife-rich open spaces such as Bedfords Park and Havering Country Park.

We work with many partners and volunteers on cultural activities. Havering Arts Council hosts an annual arts festival, Havering Music School works alongside orchestras such as the London Chamber Orchestra to provide amazing opportunities for young musicians and Havering Adult College provides courses for people of all ages to learn new skills.

Whatever your talent or passion, Havering encourages a creative culture for all.

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Join the conversation!

We would like everyone who lives, works in or visits Havering to join the conversation and contribute to our cultural programme.

Please tell us what events and activities you enjoy, whether you have a secret passion or talent, or if there's anything you would like to do that you feel perhaps isn't catered for. You can join us on social media, tag us and talk to us and ask your friends and family to do the same. Havering's culture belongs to everyone.

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