Cockney Heritage Festival

The East End’s first borough-wide festival celebrating Cockney language and culture will be taking place from 18 – 27 July 2013, organised by the Cockney Heritage Trust and Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.

This collective effort from community groups across the borough represents the biggest celebration of Cockney heritage the East End has seen in a generation. We invite you to join with us in exploring our heritage, meet up with old friends and have some fun along the way.

The festival aims to celebrate and explore Cockney culture, past and present and delivers a diverse and entertaining programme of talks, film screenings, children’s events, exhibitions, workshops and much more!

2013.05.24 - Cockney Heritage Festival Official Programme Cover - FINAL (JPEG)

Hard copies of the festival programme are available free of charge at the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, Tower Hamlets Idea Stores and Libraries and at all good Pie & Mash shops across the borough.  But if you simply can’t wait  you can download your copy of the Cockney Heritage Festival programme by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can download from the Tower Hamlets Ideastore website

BOOK TICKETS NOW! For the closing night party! 

For a limited period of a week, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club have kindly provided an exclusive link to book tickets for the closing night on Saturday 27th July; after this, tickets will be advertised on the club’s own website at

Exclusive Link:

Tickets are £9:00 including £1 booking fee which will entitle you to an amazing night of entertainment.

The evening will kick off with Bingo at 7:30pm, followed by party performances and games until 2:00am. In the upstairs Workingmen’s Grub Restaurant you’ll be able to nosh on British fodder with an East End twist (see for details).

From 9:00pm, expect the time of your lives from the people who have partied as if it was their lasts days with sing-a-longs sang by the original artists from East London and around. Miss this and you miss living history. Older Sings-a- long-a Dancers include…

John Barns – who did his first performance in 1949 he says he be there if I’m still here. Playing Banjo, mandolin and Piano.

Lenny Belmont – entraining in the Workingmen’s Club and theatres since after the War.

Joan and Barry Grantham – dancing and singing Music Hall and theatre since 15 years old now in their late 70’s.

In contrast, we have young rising Cockney inspired performers giving their all to compete with the real mccoy’s of days gone by. Sing-a-long Piano and dance troupes including Bee’s Knees and Underbling & Vow.

Followed by DJ from 12:00 till 2:00am. And all for just £9! If the Working Men’s normal club nights are anything to go by, this should be a great night and one you’ll not want to miss! So get in there and book your tickets, before they are all snapped up. Limited number of tickets available in advance.

LINK to photo’s of previous Workingmen’s Club events

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