The St Mary’s Tower gardens are a lovely oasis in our city, and perfect for a picnic.

Sunday June 16th is a celebration, not just of unity but heritage, to be part of a community that goes back almost a thousand years – Hornsey Village is the oldest recorded village in London – 1202.

The Tower is over 500 years old, and one of the oldest buildings in N London and is open from 2-5pm. Walk up the 101 steps and get an amazing view of Ally Pally, Wood Green and Crouch End.

And there is no better symbol of the centre of a community than the old church tower.

The action starts at 12:30 (but feel free to get there earlier). Bring a picnic. Bring the family. The neighbours and friends. Pets. Ends 5pm.

We have a FREE bouncy castle for kids. Plus games. Children’s theatre.

FREE art workshops, free-for-all art table for parents to entertain their kids.  Fun history sheets, tomb and tree trail, Teddy Bear Zip Wire…

Live music – bands tbc.

Other events to be announced.

Food – we hope to have some free snacks but do bring your own picnic. Or food to put on our community sharing table. We also have a cake stall.

Wine is available (not free alas) and Coffee is available from Island Cafe next door. They also do other drinks and food. If you want beer – pop over to the Great Northern Railway Tavern (GNRT).

Toilets – island Cafe + GNRT.

Parking – Free on street on Sunday.

Nearest stations – Hornsey (3 mins walk) or Turnpike Lane (10 mins walk)

Live locally? Want to help? Have an activity you’d like to run?

Call Chris Arnold on 07778 056686.


The Intimate SpaceLondon’s smallest and coolest venue – is the name of the space within the Tower, it measures 5m x 5m x 5m and seats 25 people. It’s available to rent for meetings, performances, film nights, workshops, private events, rehearsals, etc  Evening hire is very cheap. Also available for filming and special events. (Alas not available on Thursday or Friday nights.)

Contact Chris Arnold on 07778 056686.