Islington Guides are running a Festival of Walks in the Borough of Islington between Saturday 19 and Sunday 27 June to celebrate the end of lockdown. You can download the PDF brochure to learn more.
The Festival’s highlight will be two weekend walks:
- The Monastic Quarter walk will explore what attracted religious institutions to the area outside the City of London, the influence of Henry VIII and how Clerkenwell got its name. And there are connections with Knights travelling to foreign lands and lawlessness and peasants’ revolts.
- Village Islington will explore some of the features of the village along Upper Street, which connect with Islington’s rural and agricultural past. We will see some of the area’s rich history of entertainment and religion. We will hear about maypoles, dairy maids, drovers and cream teas. Islington was a place to escape to: a contrast to the urban Islington we know today.
There will be many other walks during the Festival of Walks on the Spa Field Riots, Black Islington, Sadlers Wells, Radical Islington, Comedy in Islington and an exploration of the Hackney/Islington Border. Individual walks will be added shortly to our Walks pages.
Walks will either be 1.5 hours or 45 mins including some at lunchtime, with reduced pricing of £5 or £6. Walks will follow current Government guidance on social distancing and mitigation against COVID