1st Dec – 23rd Dec
Forest Works, Forest Road,
Walthamstow, E17 6JF (opposite Blackhorse Road tube station)

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The festive season is here and SIDESHOW will transform into a sparkling celebration of creativity. In homage to the enormously popular giant marble-run installation, this exhibition continues the theme of games and play on a big scale.

With outdoor Christmas film screenings, wreath making workshops, alternative gift products and of course, the annual Blackhorse Workshop Christmas Market. Take a look to see what’s coming up.

Thurs 7th Dec, 5pm – 9pm
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Come along to discover unique gifts and products by local deigners and makers. As ever, there will be an impressive range of materials and craftsmanship on show, from leatherwork to ceramics, and wooden toys to terracotta homeware. You can also pick up your Christmas tree at the market and keep your strength up with some tasty street food and mulled cider.

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1st Dec from 7pm  – Click for info
Exhibition on until 22nd Dec
At the final exhibition from our Showcase series, visitors can test their strength (and find out what workshop skills they’re ready for) on out Blackhorse Workshop ‘Make-o-Meter’. Then give the ‘The Nifty-Gifter’ a spin to select just the right present for a loved one, not to mention a lucky dip of gifts made by our makers while DJs Tom and Kevin from Record Roulette provide the tunes.


Sat 9th Dec – Click to book
A workshop for the kids, where they can make 6-10 clay tree decorations, paint them and tie them with ribbon to either adorn your own tree or you can give to friends and family as a gift.

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8th Dec – Click to book

Join the London Flower Farmer and make a garden inspired Christmas wreath to adorn your front door for the festive season, over a glass of something seasonal. Using natural mosses as a base and working with the fragrant greens of winter, jewel like rose hips, lichen tinged branches dried grasses and flowers.


16th Dec – Click to book
Bringing back this great kids workshop, where children get the rare chance to safely use hand-tools to hammer, drill, and fix wood and metal togehter to create a five-note xylophone. Tickets available in 20min one-to-one slots.

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16th Dec – Click to book
Enter the Booth of Truth to make a unique vinyl record via the 1950s technology of a Recording Late. Book a 20 minute slot online to record a Christmas message, a declaration of love, a song or sound or just some words. Come prepared with what you want to sing or say, bring an instrument or go impromtu on the day!

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SIDESHOW is an installation created in partnership with specialist regeneration company U+I to celebrate the maker culture of Walthamstow .

It is situated on the original site (opposite Blackhorse Road tube) of the Associated Equipment Company, whose prototypes inspired the design of London’s iconic Routemaster bus.

Running until the end of December , the space is host to a series of workshops, exhibitions and a giant interactive marble run, built from salvaged London bus components!

Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 10am
Saturdays: 10am – 2pm
Fri & Sat: 7pm – 11pm

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