What's on across East London this weekend?

Immerse yourself in a rainbow at Royal Docks festival

Immerse yourself in a rainbow at Royal Docks festival - Credit: Royal Docks Originals

With spooky season firmly upon us, there's plenty of choice in terms of things to do across east London this weekend.

Let's take a look at what's on as we approach the winter months.

Halloween at the Tower of London

Where: The Tower of London 

When: From Saturday - October 23 - until the end of the month

How much: Adults £29.90, children £14.90 age 5-15, concessions £24 

The spirits in the Tower of London have been inadvertently released this Halloween and are roaming the legendary royal castle fortress. 

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The Ghost Raiders team is on the case, but needs help to defeat the spooks and save The Tower.

This day of code-breaking clues and problem-solving is suitable for those aged 8-14.

Don't get spooked... get into the spirit of Hallowe'en and save the Tower of London

Don't get spooked... get into the spirit of Hallowe'en and save the Tower of London - Credit: Royal Palaces

Royal Docks Rainbows

Where: Opposite Perky Blenders, 1 Dock Road

When: Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday between 10am-6pm; Friday and Saturday between 11am-9pm (until October 31)

How much: Free

Royal Docks Rainbows is a multisensory experience with wizards Bompas and Parr creating the world’s first rainbow you can interact with.  

Part of the Royal Docks Originals Festival, a huge rainbow will shine over Royal Victoria Dock twice a day when the sun’s out.

Another feature of the festival is that adventurers can take a trip around the docks to see the Millennium Mills and SS Robin up close. 

Those trips are running on October 23 and 30 from 10am-4pm (with the last ride between 4-4.30pm).

To attend, go to Royal Docks Adventure at 1012 Dockside Road.

Black History Month - Barking

Where: The Broadway

When: 5pm - Saturday October 23 

How much: £15 (£20 on the door)

Guest speakers, performers and poets will be on stage in Barking as part of a celebratory showcase organised by the Excel Women’s Centre.

Black History Month - London Docklands

Where: Museum of London Docklands

When: October 23-31

How much: Free

This digital trail explores the stories of black Londoners in history; through their words, learn how they have shaped the capital we see today.

Exhibition at the Galleria Balmain 

Where: 188 Shoreditch High Street

When: From 10am-8pm everyday except Sunday (11am-4pm) - until November 7

How much: Free

This pop-up art display will see artists exhibiting across a range of forms such as sculptures, photography, jewellery, pen and ink and painting.

Gallery owner Colin Taylor said: “Artists like everyone have suffered from the pandemic. I wanted to give them the chance to show their work in public following lockdowns, disruption and isolation.”

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