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Special events

Hackney Arts: Creativity Yoga

Saturday 5 May, 10.30am. Tickets £20.75 

Sunday 12 August, 10.30am. Tickets £20.75

Yoga workshop

Have you always yearned for a sense of creativity in your life, but feel there’s no time or don’t know where to start? Take this class with community yoga & meditation teacher Lara Piras, who will be leading a yoga workshop specifically designed to unleash your inner creativity. 

Find out more about it here and book tickets


Urban Lush - Chelsea Fringe at the Geffrye

Saturday 19 May, 10am - 6pm.

Colourful spring flowers in the period gardens

Join us on the lush lawns of the Geffrye for a day celebrating the joys of the urban garden, as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.  With something for everyone the day will include:

  • Workshops - flower headdress-making with Wild Abundance, vegetable-carving run by award-winning vegetable artists from Lambeth Country Fair and herbal tea masterclasses with Hackney Herbal
  • Plant and herb stalls - including Gray and Greenery, Rootcraft and The Orchard Project
  • Living tree sculptures by local artist Meital Tzabari
  • Face painting, lawn games and deckchairs to lounge in
  • Botanical cocktails, craft cider and street food
  • Meet Heather, our head gardener, to hear more about the Geffrye gardens
  • And for those inclined - Tour de Plants - a free guided cycle around the greenest local hotspots at 11am.


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Tour de Plants 

11am - 12noon. Free

Tour de Plants, part of a day-long event at the Geffrye celebrating the Chelsea Fringe

Summon your petal power for a circular ride around east London’s greenest spots, starting and ending on the Geffrye's front lawn. 

A free, guided hour-long cycle, just turn up and ride! Decorating yourself and your bike with floral adornments - encouraged!

Don’t worry if you don’t have your own wheels, bike sharing company Ofo will be providing bikes on the day. The Hackney Bike Workshop will also be on hand for any local cyclist who wants to get some tlc for their bike.


Part of our day-long Chelsea Fringe event.

Herbal Tea Blending Masterclass

11am - 1pm. Early bird tickets £20 / Standard ticket £25, to include all materials and light refreshments

Hackney Herbal at the Geffrye

Join us for a workshop where Hackney Herbal will be sharing their top tips for making herbal tea blends. The workshop will guide you through the properties of a range of culinary, medicinal and wild herbs and how to combine them into unique blends. You'll get to blend and taste your own creations during the class as well as making a pack of herbal tea that you can take home! They will also share their tips for tea making materials and equipment.

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Part of our day-long Chelsea Fringe event.

Chelsea Fringe 2018

London Cheese Festival Summer 2018

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 10.30am - 9pm and Bank Holiday Monday 28 May 10.30am - 5.30pm. Tickets from £5

London Cheese Project

Be part of the British Cheese Revolution! After a hugely successful two day festival at the Geffrye in November, the London Cheese Project is back for the May Summer Bank Holiday with an expanded line up of traders, talks and tastings. Buy cheese direct from producers and sample delicious dishes created by London’s leading street food traders. Other highlights include bars selling craft beer, wine, and cheese-themed cocktails, plus live music and two large marquees in case of bad weather. 

CULTURE CLUB – a series of expert tutored tastings from cheese writer and World Cheese Awards judge Patrick McGuigan. And a live demo area with free talks, tastings and demos on the hour, every hour. Learn more about cheese from the people that make and sell it, including live mozzarella-making, an epic Parmesan v. Cheddar ‘crack off’ and a battle of the blues. Welcome to cheese nirvana!

Book tickets here.

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Open House Families

Saturday 9 June, 10am - 4pm

Easter holiday activities

Celebrating Open House Families with activities for all ages. Our younger visitors will enjoy our Geffrye Explorers and Garden Cart activities, as well as a special Design Masters workshop run by professional designers from Endpoint. Click here for family workshop activities.
We will also be running restored almshouse tours which have been produced by young people and are especially designed for families. 

Please note that owing to the nature of the building the restored almshouse has no step-free access.

The Luna Cinema at the Geffrye 

Labyrinth (1986, 98 minutes, cert U)

Wednesday 26 September. Doors open 6pm for 7.30pm start. 

Tickets £16.50 Adults including booking fee / £12 Children ages 3-15 including booking fee

Musical dark fantasy adventure film directed by Jim Henson

Get tickets here.

The Shape of Water (2017, 123 minutes, cert 15)

Thursday 27 September. Doors open 6pm for 7.30pm start

Tickets £16.50 including booking fee 

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

American fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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You can view all of our other events in our online calendar

Swing Your Heart Out!

Thursday 20 April. Dance class: 6.30 - 8pm Tickets: £5. Social dance: 8 - 10.30pm Tickets: £10. Combined ticket option: £13

Put on your dancing shoes and come along to a Swing extravaganza at the Geffrye! Take part in a class then show off your moves to live music by the renowned London Dance Orchestra.

Tickets via www.designmynight.com