Finsbury Winter Warmers

Child's drawing of man and woman with their arms raised and a group of protesters with colourful banners in the background

A series of free events, from workshops to guided walks: 15 January–8 March

Finsbury winter warmers is a series of free heritage events for the local community, taking place across January, February and March 2024. From fermentation workshops to guided walks, see what’s on and get involved.


Easy steps to wellbeing

Monday 19 February, 11am–1pm
Islington Museum (below-ground entrance), 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB

This workshop will provide you with a range of practical tools to use in your daily life to help you feel calmer, happier and more focused. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a bottle of water and pen and paper.

Drop in, no need to book.


Cook and eat!

Wednesday 21 February, 6.30–8.30pm
The Peel Institute, Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU

Make a delicious veggie curry to feed the family in this fun, practical workshop. No cooking skills required.

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Family fireside day

Saturday 24 February, 12noon–3pm
Three Corners Playground, Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU

Gather round a toasty fire in the heart of Clerkenwell and enjoy fun activities, creative workshops and tasty food. Children of all ages are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Drop in, no need to book.


Massage, stretch and shake

Tuesday 27 February, 1–2pm
The Peel Institute, Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU

Di Cooke from BodyWork will teach you how to give yourself a really effective neck and shoulder massage using essential oils. Incorporating some stretches too, this will be a fun, interactive session that will leave you feeling great.

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Paper flower-making workshop

Wednesday 28 February, 12noon–3pm
The Peel Institute, Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU

Learn to create beautiful paper flowers with Leo Flowers and hear a talk on Islington’s Flower Girls from Islington Heritage.

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Lucinda Sieger and friends

Friday 1 March, 7.30–9.30pm
The Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL

Join singer-songwriter Lucinda Sieger and friends for a fabulous evening of live music to lift your spirits.

Drop in, no need to book.


Dance fitness with Healthy Generations

Tuesday 5 March, 11am–12noon
Islington Museum (below-ground entrance), 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB

Dance fitness is an exercise-to-music class, with easy-to-follow dance moves that everyone can get involved in regardless of age, fitness and coordination. No dance experience required. Bring water, wear loose comfy clothing and go for it!

Drop in, no need to book.


Louis Wain: the man behind the cats

Thursday 7 March, 1–2pm
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HB

Clerkenwell-born artist Louis Wain (1860–1939) was known for his humorous drawings of cats. Amy Moffat from Bethlem Museum of the Mind will talk about his family’s influence on his work, his time receiving treatment at Bethlem Royal Hospital and the myth behind the kaleidoscope cats.

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A day of events in celebration of International Women’s Day

Friday 8 March

Discover how Islington women created first-class ballet and opera, won the vote, and transformed public gardens on a guided walk. Meet at 11.30am. The walk should last one hour, followed by optional coffee and cake at Islington Museum (245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB), 12.30–1pm.

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Ordinary objects, extraordinary lives: join Islington Museum’s curator 1–2pm for an exploration of the women featured in the museum collections.

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