All Points East, designer sales, flea markets and more this weekend

All Points East takes place over two weekends in late-May and early-June. Picture: Derek Bremner.

All Points East festival will take over Victoria Park this long weekend. - Credit: Archant

The much-anticipated August bank holiday weekend is fast approaching with many eager festival goers preparing to be drowned in sound at All Points East festival in Victoria Park.

To help you decide how to spend the four-day holiday, here are nine great things to do in Hackney this weekend (August 28-30).

9. A sporty day out

Take the kids out outdoor swimming, or try kayaking or canoeing as an adult, for the last days of summer.

West Centre Reservoir offers non-member junior swim sessions for a fiver and non-member adult sessions for a tenner. You need to join the members club to get the paddles out.

Debbie Croydon (L) and Audrey Livingston (R) at Hackney's West Reservoir Centre

Take a swim or try kayaking at Hackney's West Centre Reservoir. - Credit: WaterAid/ Nikki McClarron

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8. Time for a dance

Giant Steps, the people behind Brilliant Corners Dalston, have recently opened a new venue in Hackney Bridge.

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On Saturday, they are running a night featuring Bruno Heinen, a bassist and drummer performing an original suit inspired by Hungarian folk melodies.

Doors open at 1pm and tickets are available on Resident Advisor for £6.

7. Enjoy the sun in a secret Dalston hideaway

Get out in the sun this weekend at Dalston’s Curve Garden, an oasis of plants providing a needed green space in the area.

There’s a café to visit too, offering coffees, teas, and alcohol. And wood-fired pizzas on Saturdays and Sundays 2-8pm.

The garden is open 2-10pm, from Wednesday to Saturday, 2-8pm every Sunday and Monday and, 7-11pm on Tuesdays.

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.

Escape in nature at Dalston's Curve Garden. - Credit: Sandra Keating

6. Eat out at Hackney Downs' new food and wine destination

Hackney Coterie has just opened by Hackney Downs station and it's welcoming local food and wine lovers. 

The team offers wines, cocktails, and dishes such as fish crackling, a thousand layered Szechuan potatoes, chargrilled salmon belly and BBQ salmon head.

There’s indoor and outdoor seating, and minimal waste is a priority.

Small plates start at £6 and large plates at £15.

5.  Bag a designer bargain at a Stoke Newington charity pop-up

Mental health charity Mind will be hosting a designer pop-up shop on Sunday and Monday (August 29-30), offering customers high-end fashion for a fraction of the cost.

New, vintage and pre-loved designer goods - including handbags, clothing, hats, shoes, scarfs and more – will be sold at 50 per cent off retail price in aid of the mental health charity shop based in Stoke Newington.

All the money raised from the sale will help fund the charity’s vital services, ensuring Mind can continue supporting people who experience problems with mental health.

The sale will take place at Mind Shop at 11 Stoke Newington Church Street, from 11am-5pm, on Sunday and Monday.

Everyone is welcome and entry is free.

4. Learn all about Malaysian culture and the beauty of batik

Keshia Wong's batik artwork depicts a mythological creature called a Phoenix. 

Keshia Wong's batik artwork depicts a mythological creature called a Phoenix. - Credit: Keshia Wong

Head down to the Hackney dry cleaners that doubles as an art gallery this weekend for a batik-themed pop-up celebrating Malaysia Independence Day.

The Steam Room and restaurant Gilvic, on Kingsland Road, will host the Beauty of Batik pop-up, planned as a collaborative celebration of the southeast Asian country's Independence Day.

Batik is a traditional cloth dyeing craft with origins in Indonesia. As part of the pop-up, Batik stories have been crowdsourced from all around the world and woven into a collection of tributes at the exhibition, as well as printed in a booklet. 

The batik showcase will run from August 28 to September 11.    

3. Salvage one-of-a-kind treasures at Hackney Flea Market

Visitors can explore Hackney Flea Market this Saturday, where independent traders will be offering rescued and reclaimed items as well as unique works of art.

The market and art fair, which started as a pop-up event in 2013, attracts some of the most eclectic vintage traders from around the country and includes a DIY art and ceramics market.

The market can be found in the heart of Stoke Newington at Abney Hall on Church Street.

It will be open on Saturday (August 28) from 11am to 6pm on Sunday (August 29) and will return on September 11-12.

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2. Eat ethically at Hackney’s Vegan Night Market

Hackney’s Vegan Night Market is returning on Friday (August 27) offering a range of cuisines, desserts, plant-based cheeses, treats and music.  

The Bohemia Place market’s themed bars will be open for take-away and the event is free, and pet and family friendly.

Covid-19 health and safety measures will be in place.

The market, which will be based opposite Hackney Central station, will take place on Friday from 6-10pm.

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1.Get lost in the music at All Points East

Gilles Peterson playing Standon Calling 2013 [Picture: PG Brunelli]

Gilles Peterson playing Standon Calling 2013 [Picture: PG Brunelli] - Credit: Archant

All Points East is finally returning to Victoria Park this Bank Holiday weekend (August 27-30) after it was postponed from its usual slot in May.

With nearly 100 acts performing over the weekend, there will be plenty to hear and see, including headliners London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Jamie XX, Kano, Bicep, Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club.

Radio 6 will also be taking over a stage with some of the stations best-loved DJs, like Tom Ravencroft, Gilles Peterson and Mary Ann Hobbs, delivering hand-picked line-ups over the weekend.

There are still resale tickets available for Field Day festival this Sunday which boasts a massive line up of music hosted in Victoria Park.

Acts include Bicep, Floating Points, and Mall Grab.

Tickets are going from £79.95.

To get tickets and for more information, go to

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