Idea Store - What's On

What's On

Scroll down the page to discover an exciting range of events every month as well regular, weekly activities, for all ages, on offer at your local Idea Store. 

October

  Black History Month 1 - 31 October
This October marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK. Idea Stores have a fantastic programme of events to mark this occasion. We've got talks, exhibitions, films, craft classes and loads more. See the programme of events and activities.
 
Writeidea Festival Preview
Saturday 21 October, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Author Event: Leslie Cavendish in Conversation with Claudia Elliott (Classic Rock magazine, Sound of the 60s (BBC Radio 2)
The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era

The Beatles' hair changed the world. As their increasingly wild, untamed manes grew, to the horror of parents everywhere, they set off a cultural revolution as the most tangible symbol of the Sixties' psychedelic dream of peace, love and playful rebellion. At the centre of the epochal change was Leslie Cavendish, hairdresser to the Beatles and designer of the four iconic men's hairstyles, a brand image as immediately recognisable as the Nike swoosh or the Coca-Cola bottle. But just how did a fifteen-year old Jewish school dropout from an undistinguished North London suburb, with no particular artistic talent or showbusiness connections, end up literally at the cutting edge of Sixties' fashion in just four years? His story - honest, always entertaining and inspiring - parallels the meteoric rise of the Beatles themselves, and is no less astounding. FREE tickets available here
Idea Store Whitechapel
 

Monday 23rd October, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Family Fun at the Archives
This half-term, why not explore one of the East End’s best kept secrets with your children – Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives! A range of creative activities will be laid on for children, inspiring them with historic materials from the library. The collections include old photographs, maps and documents illustrating the landscapes and people of the East End in centuries past. This session is designed for 6-11 year olds, but younger and older children are welcome. To book your family’s place at this free event, please email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 0207 364 1290.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

Writeidea Festival Preview
Wednesday 25 October, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Bollywood's hidden history, the Mumbai mafia ... and a crime fighting elephant!
Bollywood is the world's most prolific movie industry. In terms of sheer ticket sales it is now bigger than Hollywood. In this session Vaseem Khan, author of 'The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star', the third book in his bestselling India-based crime series, will present a talk on the hidden history of Indian cinema, revealing how the incredible changes that the country has witnessed over the past century have often been reflected on screen, and vice versa. He will also explore the longstanding connection between the Mumbai underworld and Bollywood.
Vaseem is the author of the bestselling Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series, a series of crime novels set in India, and featuring Inspector Ashwin Chopra, and his sidekick, a baby elephant. The first book in the series: 'The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra' was a Times bestseller and a Waterstones’ paperback of the year. 
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
Tuesday 31 October, 6.30 - 8.30pm
How to get Public Funding for your Business
Public funding can help your business undertake specific projects. Grants and tax incentives are particularly valuable to smaller businesses, as they are sources of finance that don’t need to be repaid and don’t dilute business equity.
In this talk David Farbey, a Senior Technical Consultant for tax and grant specialists from Myriad Associates looks at some government funded sources of grant finance for business projects and at various HMRC initiatives that can reduce a company’s Corporation Tax bill.
For Booking details and our other Business events visit the Idea Store Business pages.
Idea Store Whitechapel

Throughout the Year

Story Time
Rhymes, stories and fun for babies and children up to 5 years old, plus time to choose your favourite books! Story Time takes place at all Idea Stores and libraries 
Monday to Saturday10:30am - 11:15am
 
Reading Aloud
Relax after school with refreshments and a story The Daily Serial for children up to 11 years takes place at all Idea Stores and libraries.
Monday to Friday, 3:30pm
 

Mondays

Job Support Session with Krypton Training
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist careers advice and employment support service provider. Helps you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique. For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843
Mondays, 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Prime Time 
Have an enjoyable and relaxing time, meet new and familiar friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with staff about new books, CDs, DVDs. For the over 50s.
Mondays, 10:15am - 11:45am
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Knit and Natter
Bring your knitting, lunch and hang out with other knitters.New members always welcome. Unravel and unwind!!
Mondays 1:00 - 2:00pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf 
 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Mondays, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Idea Store Bow
 

Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation.
Mondays, 2pm - 2.45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Boys' Book Club
For boys up to 11 years. A club especially for boys to get together and share their reading experiences, explore a range of reading materials and media and talk about anything that interests them. Snacks and drinks provided.  Have lots of fun making friends and enjoy a variety of activities. Look out for quizzes and prizes – and maybe a penalty shoot out.
In all Idea Stores and libraries 
Mondays, 4:00 pm

 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Mondays, 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
PopLaw Legal Advice
PopLaw is FREE legal advice clinic run by qualified solicitors who will offer initial legal advice on all areas of the law except family and immigration. This is a drop-in service, no appointments necessary.
Mondays, 6:15pm - 8:15pm (starts 6 February 2017)
Idea Store Whitechapel

Tuesdays

 

 

 

Job Club at Cubitt Town Library
Help with CV writing, job searching, course information and volunteering, with an Employment Adviser from the East End Community Foundation. 
Tuesdays, term-time only, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Tuesdays, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Idea Store Watney Market 

Age UK and Cancer Awareness Information
Information for Tower Hamlets residents aged 50+ about Age UK services and cancer awareness with Age UK East London and Linkage.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 10.30am - 12 noon
Idea Store Bow

Prime Time
Have an enjoyable and relaxing time, meet new and familiar friends, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with staff about new books, CDs, DVDs. For the over 50s.
Tuesdays 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bethnal Green Library

Toy Library
Borrow good quality educational toys to enjoy at home with all the family. Run in partnership with Toyhouse.
Tuesdays (Term Time Only) 11.00am - 11.45am
Idea Store Bow
 
Bromley by Bow Centre Health Trainers 
The trainers: offer BMI checks, discuss healthy lifestyle options and advise and sign up to health sessions and classes.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Idea Store Bow
 
Job Support Session with Krypton Training
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist careers advice and employment support service provider. Helps you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique. For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843
2nd and 4th Tuesday of month, 10:00am - 5:00pm Idea Store Chrisp Street 
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00am - 5:00pm Idea Store Bow
Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation.
Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Idea Store Canary Wharf
Tuesdays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm, Idea Store Chrisp Street
Tuesdays, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Idea Store Bow
 
Girls' Book Club
This group is a fun way for girls  to get together and enjoy stories and a wide variety of activities, such as quizzes and creative projects. Make new friends and gain new experiences by taking part.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Tuesdays at 4:00pm
 
PopLaw Legal Advice
PopLaw is FREE legal advice clinic run by qualified solicitors who will offer initial legal advice on all areas of the law except family and immigration. This is a drop-in service, no appointments necessary.
Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street 
 
Bengali Book Group 
Discuss books with fellow readers and share in the rich cultural diversity of the Bengali language and community.
First Tuesday of every month, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 

Wednesday

Citizens Advice Bureau Service - Advice in Chinese
Information and Advice on all general enquiries in Tower Hamlets aimed at Chinese speakers. Booking an appointment is necessary. To book an appointment call 020 7247 1050 
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
塔橋區公民諮詢局諮詢服務
逢星期三早上10時至下午1時在Chrisp Street Idea Store提供諮詢服務。
如要預約時間,請於星期一至星期五上午10時至下午4時致電 0207 247 1050,我們每次最多只能接見5位客戶
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Legal Advice 
Free 30 minute one to one legal advice sessions with barrister Alison Fordham.By appointment only. Book a slot at the Help Desk
Wednesdays, 4pm - 6pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
Job Support Session with Krypton Training
Delivered in partnership with Krypton Training Ltd, a specialist careers advice and employment support service provider. Helps you with the skills you need to get back to work, including creation of CVs and covering letters and support with application forms and interview technique. For more information or to book an appointment contact 020 7375 3843
1st and 3rd Wednesday of month, 10:00am - 5:00pm, 
Idea Store Watney Market
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
Every Wednesday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Job Club 
Our Job Club which offers free, friendly advice on finding suitable training courses, developing your employability skills, Writing CVs and application form and searching for a jobs and interview techniques.
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:30pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 
Aaj Kal: Current affairs in Bengali
Discuss local and international news,views or even a book and learn basic computer skills over tea and coffee.
Wednesdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Wednesdays, 12:00pm - 1:00pm Cubitt Town Library
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00pm Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Book Break
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading and conversation if you want to. Get Into Reading groups are an enjoyable way to meet new people.
Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Idea Store Watney Market
 
Code Club
Would you like to learn to make your own computer games? At Code Club you can learn to make cool games, animations and websites too!
Fun for ages 7 - 11 years
Wednesdays at 4pm
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Wednesdays, 4:00pm
 
Turning Pages Book Group
A chance to talk all things books!
Third Wednesday of every month 6 - 7.30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf
 
Book Group 
Discuss books with fellow readers at our informal, free monthly meetings. First Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow
 

Thursday

Citizens Advice Bureau Service 
Information and Advice on all general enquiries in Tower Hamlets. Booking an appointment is necessary. To book an appointment call 020 7247 1050 
Thursdays, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Prime Time
Come along to our weekly gatherings for anyone over 50! We aim to bring you culture, news, books, activities, talks and outings. Prime Time sessions are a great way to unwind and relax with a cup of tea.
Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Idea Store Chrisp Street  
Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Idea Store Watney Market
Thursdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Cubitt Town Library
Thursdays, 10:00am– 12:00pm, Idea Store Bow
 
Book Break 
Sit back and relax whilst listening to stories and poems, or join in with the reading or conversation.
Thursdays, 2:30pm - 4:30pm Bethnal Green Library
 
Teenage Book Club
For over 12s only.Let’s share reading with others in a relaxing and friendly environment. Work with Idea Store staff to create a place that is special for you, where you can spend time with your friends and make new ones.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Thursdays, 4:00pm
 
Book Club 
A chance to talk all things books!
3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm
Cubitt Town Library
 
Book Group
Discuss your favourite books with fellow readers at our free monthly.
2nd Thursday of every month, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel
 

Friday

Royal Society for the Blind Job Club 
The Royal London Society for the Blind Employment Services Team can help you to achieve your career goals, and will support you on your journey towards a job.This is a drop-in service, no appointments necessary. 
Fridays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street
 
Account3 Legal Advice Session
Free, drop-in general legal advice session with Account3. Money and debt, housing, council tax, employment rights, special needs education, consumer issues. 
Fridays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Idea Store Bow

Make the Most of Your Tablet, Your Computer and the Internet
Learn and practice basic computer skills at your own pace.
Fridays, 2.15pm - 3.45pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Homework Club
Homework to do? We will help you find the answers with Britannica Online and other online and printed resources.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Fridays from 4:00pm

Saturday

Dads' Club
Dads’ Club is for dads to share books with their children.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Saturdays, 11:15am

Councillor Ohid Ahmed – Surgery
Do you have any questions or concerns about local government? Come along to speak with Ohid Ahmed to discuss the issues. No appointment required.
1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 10:30am – 11:30am
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Family Reading Group
An opportunity for families to read together and share stories. Meet new families and make new friends.
In all Idea Stores and libraries
Saturdays, 2:15pm
 

Sunday

Art Club
Explore your creative side, find out about famous artists and look at how illustrations complement a story. Age: 5 - 11yrs.
Sundays, 2:15pm
Idea Store Bow, Idea Store Canary Wharf, Idea Store Chrisp Street and Idea Store Whitechapel