What's on in East London this weekend, 7th and 8th December, 2019

Felicitas Chamber Choir

The concert's programme will feature works by Warlock, Lauridsen, Rutter, Ireland, Tavener, Praetorious and Gibbons plus other festive music.

Abbey Church, 5 Church Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DT, Saturday, December 7, 7.30pm. Details: Felicitas.org.uk

Gary Phelan

A wonderful singer and great performer playing a wide range of great covers with power and passion. Blew everyone away during previous performances with his blistering vocals and uncompromisingly passionate performance. Regular and popular favourite at the 'mill. Not to be missed.

The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HF, Saturday, December 7, 8.30pm. Details: 020 8520 3709 coppermillpub.co.uk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Life is good for the Trott family with their farm thriving more than ever, but there is one slight problem – Giant Blunderbore! It all takes a turn for the worse when the Giant kidnaps Daisy the cow and the rest of Dame Trott’s beloved animals. Will Jack be able to fight Giant Blunderbore and save Daisy? Expect new surprises, jaw dropping effects and lots of old and new laughs for all the family. Starring Harlow Favourites Jimmy Burton Iles as Dame Trott and Ben Parsley as Silly Billy alongside a professional cast and live musicians, there really is no better home for pantomime in Essex this Christmas.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Friday, December 6, to Sunday, January 5, various times. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com


Cinderella's life started out like a fairy-tale, but when things took a turn for the worse she found herself living with her hideous, horrible step sisters. But this Christmas Eve everything will change. Expect laughter, tears and magic in this new adaptation of the classic fairy-tale, brought to life by the warm-hearted mischief makers behind last year's sell out success, A Christmas Carol.

Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford, E18 2RB, Thursday, December 5, to Saturday, December 7, various times. Details: 020 8708 8800 redbridgedramacentre.co.uk

Sparkly the Elf and the Secret Toyshop

Outposted in a secret location in the Queen’s Theatre, there’s a little bit of the North Pole hiding. Sparky Tinselbottom, a dedicated but chatty Elf, is frantically working away in the build-up to Christmas repairing abandoned toys. Join in as one of Sparky’s friends and discover fantastical adventures of unloved playthings from around the world. But don’t distract Sparky for too long, as Father Christmas needs everything to be ready for loading to his sleigh, and the clock is ticking.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Thursday, December 5, to Tuesday, December 24, various times. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

William Morris’s Flowers

Join Senior Curator Rowan Bain as she discusses her new book William Morris’s Flowers, published in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. This beautifully designed book brings together hundreds of Morris’s floral designs and explores the sources that inspired them. The talk and discussion will be followed by a book signing.

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP, Saturday, December 7, 2pm. Details: 020 8496 4390 wmgallery.org.uk

Epping Christmas Market

Community event including a variety of Christmas craft and gift stalls; entertainment including choirs, bands and singers; food and refreshments; Santa’s grotto, reindeer, snow globe, town crier, Olaf from Frozen and much more.

High Street, Epping, CM16 5DN, Friday, December 6, 12pm to 8pm. Details: 01992 579444 gvallis@eppingtowncouncil.gov.uk

DIY Christmas Art Market

DIY Christmas Art Market offers visitors the chance to engage directly with artists and independent publishers, and purchase a broad selection of artwork at affordable prices. Expect ceramics, zines, independent publications, originals, patches, comics, custom T-shirts and tote bags, art prints, risograph and screen prints, jewellery, and artist books. With over 100 artists exhibiting over four floors, this event is the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique Christmas gift.

Rich Mix London Arts Centre, Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA, Saturday, December 7, from 11am. Details: richmix.org.uk