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Arnold Circus Swap and Share Picnic – 17th July

July 6, 2011

Its almost time once again for the annual extravaganza that is the Arnold Circus Swap and Share Picnic!

Come and join us for a day of music, food and activities for all ages, featuring an exciting line-up of musicians on the bandstand curated by End of the Road Festival & Rough Trade Shops.

A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon on and around Arnold Circus:  enjoy a picnic, pose in our pop-up portrait studio, craft a paper hat or a treasure box, sculpt a miniature clay picnic, join the challenge to cycle around the circus 101 times, play ping pong, swing dance, spin thaumatropes, hear secret seed society stories, eat delicious cherries then make musical cherry ‘spitunes’, swap an object, enter a home baked cake in our competition, transform a table top museum, exchange playmobil toys or customise your own handmade paper ‘Ally’ bag.  The roads around the circus will be closed for the afternoon, so the whole circus can be taken over for swapping, sharing, cycling and swing dancing.

Rochelle School grounds will be open from 1-5pm with a bouncy castle, Halal Lamb BBQ, Arnold Biscuits and a cake competition.

Refreshments will include Rosy Lee Tea, Leila’s cherry cones & coffee, Pani Puri, lucky dip sauces & delicious lemon drizzle cake.

If you need help in getting your bike up and running in preparation for the 101 lap ride around the circus, Tower Hamlets Wheelers will be at Arnold Circus between 2 and 5pm on Saturday 16th July for a free bicycle check and repair service.  (Children must be accompanied by an adult and their bikes must be marked safe to enter the cycle challenge).  At the same time, you can come and personalise an illuminated helium balloon, which you can bring back at 9pm as it gets dark to take part in the balloon parade around the circus and then contribute to a temporary lighting installation at the bandstand on Saturday night.

So do come down to Arnold Circus on Sunday 17th July for a fabulous afternoon –  bring a picnic, a dish to share, a home baked cake, something to swap and a love story to share!

We are also looking for more volunteers to help us on the day – from a couple of hours, to half a day or anything in-between or more!   If you’d be interested in being part of the event please get in touch with Marina –

See you there!

Some of the great events at the Swap and Share Picnic


The Arnold Circus Swap and Share Picnic is supported by Friends of Arnold Circus, LBTH Arts & Events and Worshipful Company of Coopers & Garfield Weston Foundation.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. halima khatun permalink
    October 5, 2011 8:29 am

    Please can some one from arnold circus representative call me asap re. Invitation 26 Oct. My no. O7961074852. Thank you 4 ur attention.

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