Enjoy Enfield - Issue 4

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Enjoy Enfield


Getting festive



Edmonton – North Enfield – Southgate



Welcome to the Autumn / Winter edition of Enjoy Enfield, our guide to the wonderful and unique things our borough has on offer as we enter the Christmas season. Enfield has a bounty of activities and events to delight all residents. As ever, there are many things to do over the Christmas period and our team at Enjoy Enfield has whittled them down for you. To help with the festivities, we have a very helpful eight-page gift guide. Enfield has so many ideas to help you fill your stockings. Most importantly, we can help you to shop local and support small businesses. With Small Business Saturday on 2 December, it is a perfect opportunity to rediscover our borough. While we have some great ideas on shopping therapy, let’s not neglect our well-being. Enjoy Enfield has looked into all manners of improving your mental and physical health. Be it yoga or mindfulness training, Enfield has many options for those of you who want to get fit, healthy and spiritually balanced for the New Year. We have a fantastic feature on restaurants in Edmonton. The culturally rich and ethnically diverse neighbourhood has a fantastic selection that we have dutifully reviewed for you. Finally, as it’s the season of giving, we are delighted to bring to you a new website www.enjoyenfield.co.uk which will have all our tips, ideas and guides online. Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr Doug Taylor

Contents Welcome


Edmonton Eateries


What’s On


Enfield Gift Guide


Shopping Havens


Volunteering in Enfield


Things To Do With The Family 31 In A State Of Good Health


Enfield Literati


All information included in this publication was correct at the time of printing. The inclusion of an organisation or business doesn’t necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views expressed by them.




Edmonton Eateries We are incredibly lucky to have a wealth of restaurants in Enfield. Edmonton might not be an obvious choice for foodies but the area’s cultural diversity has ushered in some fantastic offerings. What makes Edmonton unique is that there are culinary treats from across the world – from Central Europe, to the Mediterranean and across to Asia and Africa. Luckily for Enjoy Enfield readers, we have reviewed some of the options and selected some of our favourites. If you have some top eating tips in Edmonton, why not tweet us @EnfieldCouncil and use the hashtag #EnjoyEnfield.


Casa Romaneasca Restaurant 6 Sebastopol Road, London, N9 0PF • 020 8807 5421

Casa Romaneasca is a hidden gem in the heart of Edmonton. It’s a hugely popular restaurant amongst the Eastern European communities of North London. The food on offer is traditional Romanian. Romanian food is diverse encompassing many culinary traditions and that is all on offer at Casa Romaneasca – and more. Their food, while traditional, is served with a modern flourish that can rival most central London restaurants. While pork is a key ingredient in Romanian cuisine, there are plenty of fish and lamb dishes that are also very popular. Favourite dishes include pork chops, beef stew with polenta and tripe soup. The restaurant prides itself on offering regular traditional folk music events. Within the rustic Romanian décor, you could almost forget you are in North London and the welcoming staff will ensure that your trip to the only restaurant in Enfield serving traditional Romanian food will be an unforgettable experience.




Coal City 85 Fore Street, London, N18 2TW • 020 8884 6262

Coal City is Enfield’s only Nigerian restaurant, run by a family wanting to put the fun into dining out. First, the food. Coal City, which has been open since 2005 focuses on authentic food from Nigeria cooked with care and flair. Their trademark dishes include grilled Croaker fish with yam, Egusi soup which is made with protein-rich seeds and Isi Ewu a stew of goats-head meat cooked until it’s rich and soft. The staff are very willing to help newcomers navigate their way around the menu. If you are daring with food then this is the place for you. For those with less diverse tastes, all the dishes come with a non-meat variation, so all are catered for. On the weekends, Coal City puts on a buffet which is a fantastic way to sample a wide range of Nigerian food, without having to commit to one course. It’s priced at only £15 per head for adults and discounted for children. In addition, there is a DJ every Friday evening and booking is recommended over the weekends. For those wanting a tipple with their meal, Nigerian lagers, soft drinks and even Nigerian Guinness are all available.



La Dolce Piazza 2 The Concourse, Edmonton Green, N9 0TQ 020 8887 0880

La Dolce Piazza is a family run, independent Italian coffee shop and delicatessen in Edmonton Green Shopping Centre. It is run by the wonderful Caterina and her family and celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. The most charming thing about La Dolce Piazza is that it really feels like home from home. The Italian food is very authentic – their lasagne is just like mama would make for you – and the pasta dishes in particular are hearty and comforting. Along with the lasagne, the chicken escalope is a trademark dish and their cakes, tarts and ice-creams are delicious. The team will also make cakes to order, be it for a birthday, wedding day or a special family gathering. La Dolce Piazza offers a takeaway service which is a great option for grabbing food on the way home from work. If you are within the shopping centre, they will even deliver food to you for free, for orders over £5. However, the best thing about La Dolce Piazza is the very warm welcome you get from team, each and every time. www.ladolcepiazza.co.uk



Shen Mauritian Fusion Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, 28 The Market Square, N9 0TZ • 07904 870912

Shen Mauritian Fusion is a family business that has been running for 11 years. The restaurant specialises in home-cooked Mauritian cuisine, with food cooked traditionally. In fact, it is the only Mauritian eatery in the borough, despite the large Mauritian community in and around Edmonton. There is a loyal following of customers and there are dishes on offer they will always return for. The thali dish is very popular, while the halim soup is superb – a wonderful winter warmer with lamb, lentils and chilli to taste. The octopus is also a favourite amongst customers. Not only are the dishes cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients, it’s all fantastic value. Small dishes such as chilli cakes and dhall puri start at just a pound. As a special treat, you can wash it all down with Alooda, a Mauritian milkshake that is rich, sweet and tropical to taste. It’s a great way to finish your meal.


Royal Caribbean Cuisine 42–44 Sterling Way, London, N18 2XZ • 020 8245 7777

A very warm welcome awaits customers at The Royal Caribbean Cuisine, whether you are staying to eat in or to takeaway. Husband and wife team Mikey and Jay have been serving all the classics such as authentic jerk chicken, snapper fish, curried goat and succulent oxtail stew for the last ten years. The couple is passionate about food and as a result, they encourage a laid-back, relaxing atmosphere in the restaurant for customers to really enjoy their meals at leisure. Along with their big dishes, the dumplings are incredibly popular amongst their loyal following. They were overheard by Enjoy Enfield being described as “legendary”. Don’t ask for the recipe – it’s a secret. The restaurant is great for groups and often runs evening events. Check out their website or Facebook page for details. With home-made punches to help get the party started, this is a great place for food and for socialising. www.royalcaribbeancuisine.co.uk













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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK From the team that brought you Aladdin join us for this years giant of all Pantomime, Jack & the Beanstalk!

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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH 2017 | 11 - 4PM FORTY HALL CHRISTMAS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH 2017 | 11 - 4PM MARKET Join us for the perfect festive treat! Join usamazing for the perfect festive treat! Browse unique, high Christmas quality and local stalls. Forty Hall’s annual BrowseChoose amazing unique, high quality and local stalls. ideal gifts for friends and family. ideal gifts for friends and family. Market Choose is back again!

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Start Christmas shopping 020your 8807 6680 early in the festively decorated Hall and Outer Courtyard where local artists and traders will be displaying their high quality and often handmade goods. The market offers shoppers the opportunity to pick up a variety of creative gifts for friends and family!

Complete with magic beans, Millfield audiences can expect a fabulous telling of the infamous TALL story, full of laughter, music and dance in the north London’s biggest family pantomime.

Look out for the Enfield Citadel Band and Songsters and Soup Ukulele bands who will be performing Christmas classics whilst you browse the many stalls.

Thursday 23 November – Sunday 31 December, Various times


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What’s Included? Bubbly Reception, 4 Course Meal, Soft Drinks, Entertainment, Charity Auction and Party. This is a black tie event. You can email rcharityball@gmail. com to purchase your ticket! Friday 1 December, 7pm Tickets: £60 per person, £550 per table (10 people) Regency Banqueting Suite, 113 Bruce Grove, London, N17 6UR

To book your seats visit www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk or call 020 8807 6680.

Tickets: £20, Concs £17, Family ticket (2 adults & 2 young persons) £70 Millfield Theatre, Silver St, N18 1PJ

Sunday 3 December, 12pm

Tickets: Free Forty Hall Estate, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA

RAPUNZEL Rapunzel, as you’ve never seen her before! Chickenshed is delighted to present Rapunzel in a new and exciting version of the well-loved fairy tale. Dark, romantic and life-affirming, this will be a dramatic re-telling of a story you thought you knew! Magical, musical and mysterious, Chickenshed’s Rapunzel will dazzle and delight children and adults alike. Ages 5+ www.chickenshed.org.uk Wednesday 22 November – Saturday 6 January, Various times Tickets: £10 – £22.50 Chickenshed, Southgate, N14 4PE

PARADE OF LIGHTS Join us for this year’s Parade of Lights. The event will start at 12 and you can expect many activities including a food court, charity stalls and entertainment in the Market Place. Whitewebbs Motor Museum will display in the Market Place followed by a Live Band. The parade of lights will start and end at the Civic Centre. Lastly there will be Carol Singers with North London Brass Band, Tree Lighting by the Mayor followed by Fireworks in the Market Place.

MUM2MUM MARKET The ultimate Baby and Children’s Nearly New Sale! Buy nearly new baby and children’s clothes, used toys and baby equipment at bargain prices, direct from the previous owner at our live events all over the UK.

GIFT OF MUSIC CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CONCERT – PRESENTED BY THE NIGHTINGALE Come and see our choirs from the schools of Enfield perform festive songs and have a sing along at the end too. There will be a raffle and refreshments will be available for a small donation too. All proceeds will go to The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre.


For more info or to buy tickets visit www.nightingalesupport.org.uk or call 020 8366 9674.

Saturday 25 November, 10am – 12pm

Friday 1 December, 7pm – 9pm

Tickets: £2, Kids go Free St Stephen’s Church, Park Avenue, Enfield, EN1 2BA

Tickets: Adults £10, Children £6 Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Road, Enfield, EN2 6TG

MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRY TRAVELS – SOUTHGATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Sit back, relax and enjoy a live www.SymphonyOrchestra.co.uk orchestral concert featuring an Saturday 25 November, 7.30pm overture and 2 symphonies. Tickets: Adults £14, Concs £12, Rossini: Overture ‘The Italian Girl in Children £5 includes refreshments Algiers’, Rawsthorne: Symphony No. Southgate (The Bourne) 2 ‘Pastoral‘, Berlioz: ‘Harold in Italy’, Methodist Church, The Bourne, Viola: Nicholas Kohn, Conductor: N14 6RS Adrian Brown.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – A FOLK OPERA GreenMatthews bring you a brandnew retelling of the best-loved Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. This heart-warming tale is presented entirely in narrative song, using brand new lyrics set to traditional English folk and carol melodies. To book you tickets visit www.dugdalecentre.co.uk or call 020 8807 6680. Tuesday 5 December, 7.45pm Tickets: £15, Concessions £13.50 Dugdale, 39 London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS

Book tickets online www.enfieldfestivals.co.uk

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION ‘Tis the Night before Christmas and Forty Hall is ready for the big day. Inspired by writings and verse from the 17th to the 20th centuries, experience the sights, sounds and scents of Christmas past in the splendour of Forty Hall. 7 – 31 December, Thursday to Sunday only (Closed 24th & 25th), 11am – 4pm Tickets: £3 Adults, £1 Children under 18, Under 2s Free Forty Hall Estate, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA

ENFIELD MARKET CHRISTMAS GROTTO Meet Santa and his Elves in Enfield Market’s Christmas Grotto. Bring along your letter to Santa and send it to the North Pole with our special reindeer postal service. Take a seat in Santa’s sleigh to discuss your wish list and receive a present... the perfect photo opportunity! Free Festive Santa letters can be picked up from Enfield Market on Saturdays throughout December. This Community event is brought to Enfield Market by the Old Enfield Charitable Trust. Santa’s Grotto visit only £1 and every child receives a present. Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 & Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 December, 11am – 2pm Tickets: £1 (payable on the door)

PONDERS END CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL The Ponders End Community Development Trust is holding its annual Christmas festival.

Enfield Market Place, Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6NL

SUPERHEROES AND THE LOST FAIRYTALE Platinum Performing Arts returns to the Millfield Theatre with another Annual Urban Pantomime! ‘Superheroes and the Lost Fairytale’ will take you on an exciting journey with amazing dance routines that will have you dancing along in your seats… Oh yes you will!

To book visit www.millfieldtheatre. co.uk or call 020 8807 6680.

Friday 5 January – Sunday 21 January, Various times

Tickets: £22.50

Tickets: £14.75 (Children/ Concessions), £17.75 (Adults), Family Tickets £60 (based on 2 Adults, 2 Children)

Tickets: Free Entry STARLIGHT EXPRESS – TNT Back for the second season, following a complete sell-out in 2016. Starlight Express is a nine year old boy’s dream. In his dream, his toy trains come to life for a spectacular race across America.

STARFISH CHRISTMAS PARTY Enjoy a 10-piece band playing funk and soul all night while you dance the night away. Advanced booking recommended to avoid disappointment, advance tickets available from the shop. www.starfishlovescoffee.com

Sunday 4 February, 7pm Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ RUDDIGORE BY GILBERT & SULLIVAN – SOUTHGATE OPERA Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Ruddigore is a story of secret identities, evil baronets, ghosts, betrayal, insanity, professional bridesmaids and jilted lovers. Wellknown songs include: ‘When the Night Wind Howls’, ‘If Somebody there Chanced to Be’ and ‘When the Buds are Blossoming’. Tickets available from 01707 645005 or www.tickets. wyllyottstheatre.co.uk

Saturday 9 December, 10am – 5pm The QUBE, High St, Ponders End

Making classical music accessible to the masses they deliver a wonderfully entertaining show not to be missed!

For more information about Platinum Performing Arts and to book tickets visit www.platinumperformingarts.co.uk

Early Booking Offer: Book before the 1st December to receive a 10%* Discount (*Discount is not applicable to Preview or Family Bookings)

The event, which kicks off at 12pm, will be festive fun for all the family. There will be a Merry-GoRound, Mr and Mrs Christmas, children’s activities, Tombola, food music, gift stalls and much more. Come along and join the fun!

THE OPERA BOYS The boys are back with a brand new show full of opera, classical, west end and crossover as well as their unique, unrivalled on-stage banter. Combining four big voices with four big personalities The Opera Boys deliver a fabulous show full of music and laughter!

Join Rusty (The Steam Train), Pearl (The Observation Car), Electra (The Electric Train), Dinah (The Dining Car), Greaseball (The Diesel Locomotive) and a host of other characters in this magical musical performed entirely on Roller Skates! Presented by TNT Productions. Visit www.dugdalecentre.co.uk or call 020 8807 6680.

Saturday 9 December, 8pm – 1am

16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23 December, 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 per person at the door

Tickets: £19, £17.50 Restricted View

92 Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, N13 4PP

Dugdale, 39 London Road, Enfield Town, EN2 6DS

HEAVEN TOUCHING EARTH – A CONCERT OF SACRED CLASSICS Adoramus Choir and Orchestra, Conductor David Hooke present ‘Heaven Touching Earth’ a programme of sacred classics including: ‘The Heavens are Telling’ Haydn, ‘Panis Angelicus’ Frank, ‘Radetsky March’ Johann Strauss 11, ‘Vltava’ Smetana and other well-known items by Schubert, Mozart and J.S. Bach. Adoramus is a Christian choir based at Cockfosters giving concerts in London and the South East, frequently to sell out audiences.

Wednesday 7 – Saturday 10 February, 7.30pm, plus 2.30pm matinee on 10th Tickets: £17 – £19 (under 18s £10) Some Concessions available Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2HN ENFIELD CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT Concert will include the winner of the Enfield Young Musicians’ concerto audition, sponsored by Enfield Music Service.


For more information and to buy tickets visit www. enfieldchamberorch.org.uk or call 020 8360 4980.

Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm

Saturday 10 March, 7.30pm

Tickets: Adult £18, Children (under 16) £10

Tickets: £12, Concs £10, Children under 16 free

Latymer School, Hazelbury Road, Edmonton, N9 9TN

Enfield Baptist Church, Cecil Road, Enfield, EN2 6TG

If you have an event in Enfield and would like to be listing on Enfield Festivals please email enfieldfestivals@gmail.com





ALADDIN – INTIMATE THEATRE Join the London Patomimers on a magic carpet ride and celebrate Christmas with their production of Aladdin. As usual, the pantomime will be performed by highly talented young people from local Scout Groups. Their performances are always a Christmas treat and proceeds will go straight into local Scouting. Book now: www.londonpantomimers.org.uk or call 07932 607901. 7 – 16 December, various times Tickets: £14 Adults, £10 Children/ Concs Intimate Theatre, 1 Stonard Road, Palmers Green, N13 4DJ

CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND AT SPRINGTIME This Christmas come and visit Santa and his real reindeer at one of Europe’s largest Christmas grottos. Take an enchanted train journey and experience many other attractions such as the giant snow globe and indoor skating rink. Afterwards you can shop for all manner of Christmas decorations, seasonal tableware and of course Christmas trees. For more information, please visit www.christmas-wonderland.co.uk or call 020 8367 9326.

CLAUD W DENNIS Much-loved coffee bar Claud W Dennis is inviting its customers and locals to enjoy some Christmas carols and songs on 16 December from 1pm. A seven-piece big brass band will help herald in the Christmas season. This independent coffee bar has a huge following in Southgate and their event will undoubtedly attract many people to sing a few tunes while cradling a cup of their finest brew. www.claudwdennis.com Saturday 16 December, 1pm onwards 3 Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 5BP

10 November – 24 December Springtime Nurseries, Cattlegate Road, Crews Hill, Enfield, EN2 9EE

SANTA’S GROTTOS Santa will be very, very busy in Enfield this year, visiting the whole borough in churches, stores and schools. Don’t forget, he will also be at Pearsons’ Christmas Grotto, which will be open from 10 November. Santa will even set up his Christmas Workshop, so you can get a glimpse of what it’s really like to prepare for the biggest day of the year. www.pearsons-enfield.co.uk Friday 10 November Pearsons, 11- 14 The Town, Enfield, EN2 6LJ

PALACE SHOPPING Palace Shopping will again be hosting an afternoon of Christmas entertainment and will be switching on its much loved Christmas lights on Saturday 18 November. The fun packed afternoon starts at 1pm with a host of entertainment from Granny Turismo (the world’s first shopping trolley display team), Fairly Famous Family, Santa’s Little Helpers and much more. Finally, don’t miss the reindeer! www.palaceshopping.co.uk/ whats-on Saturday 18 November, 1pm Palace Shopping, Enfield Town, EN2 6SN

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New Enjoy Enfield website Check out our new Enjoy Enfield website www.enjoyenfield.co.uk to find out more information about places to go and things to do in the borough. Sections on the site include arts and culture, leisure and outdoors, shopping and enterprise and history and heritage.

The best bits from the previous issues of Enjoy Enfield will be included as well as lots of other new content too. We have also launched #EnjoyEnfield on Twitter so you can let people know about good shops and restaurants you have visited, cool places to go out and things to do with family and friends.

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Enfield gift guide

Some Enfield inspired ideas to help you with your festive gift shopping‌




Gifts for drinkers While Enjoy Enfield would not condone drinking to excess, it is partial to a small sherry over the Christmas period. There are three local, and very cool, options for the tipple-lover in your life. Enefeld (www.enefeld.com) is one of the Borough’s craft beer breweries and has a good range sold via Southbury Wines (and other retailers). For the gin lover, your first choice should be Old Bakery Gin in Bowes (www.oldbakerygin.com) where bottles can be purchased and also gin-making sessions can be bought. Finally, the Forty Hall Vineyard 2015 Vintage London Sparkling Brut is now available. Buy it now as it’s guaranteed to sell out. It’s available from the Forty Hall Farm Shop or their website (www.fortyhallvineyard.com). NICE GREEN CAFE


Gifts for foodies Enfield has a wide range of gifts for the food lover in your life. Holtwhites Bakery (www.holtwhitesbakery.co.uk • 020 8363 6503) will once again be selling their very popular Christmas hampers and a wide range of tasty treats. Also, visit the Forty Hall Farm Shop (www.fortyhallfarm.org.uk • 07713 488501) for other festive eatables. For panettone and other Italian goods, visit Cicero Delicatessen, (748 Hertford Road, Enfield, EN3 6PR) while those with a sweet tooth should take a trip to the Hotel Chocolat concession at Pearsons (11–14 The Town, Enfield, EN2 6LJ). And if you are looking for something a bit different, then why not buy a voucher for an afternoon tea for two at the Nice Green Café at Forty Hall? You could also try to find out if the gift recipients’ local restaurant offers meal vouchers.



Gifts for music lovers Enfield has three major music shops selling instruments, sheet music and other music related gifts – North London Music Centre (www.northlondonmusiccentre.co.uk • 020 8342 0807), UK Pianos (www.ukpianos.co.uk • 020 8367 2080) and The Art Town (www.thearttown.co.uk • 020 8363 6584) are the places to visit. At Enjoy Enfield we have been very pleased to see that sales of vinyl music are booming right now. If you are buying for a lover of 12”s then head to the Record Detective Agency (492 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, London N13 5PA • 020 8882 6278) which is a treasure trove of music from the last few decades.

Gifts for culture lovers Enfield has a very popular theatre scene and Millfield Theatre (www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk • 020 8807 6680), the Dugdale Centre (www.dugdalecentre.co.uk • 020 8807 6680) and Chickenshed (www.chickenshed. org.uk • 020 8292 9222) all offer gift vouchers. For those with a little talent or a passion for participating, why not think about the London School Of Arts (www.londonschoolofarts.com • 020 8363 7755) which offers a wide range of classes spanning visual art, dance and music lessons for all ages and abilities.





Gifts for cyclists Halfords on the A10 Retail Park is where to go for all your cycling needs. Also check out Bike Boutique (57 Station Road, Winchmore Hill, N21 3NB • 020 8364 2580), and Mac’s Cycles (77 Ordnance Road, Enfield, EN3 6AG • 020 8292 5799). If you are looking for a new bike and have a bit of cash to splash you could get a bespoke bike made by one of the team at Edmonton’s Building BloQs. A custom bicycle is a special and enduring gift, a true reflection of its owner. Visit www.quirkcycles.com or www.buildingbloqs.com

Gifts for sport lovers


Sports aficionados have a wealth of options in Enfield. For golf fans why not get some Whitewebbs Golf Course vouchers that can be used for green fees and can be spent in the shop. Visit www.whitewebbsgolf.co.uk or call 020 8363 4454. For football fans, help them on their way to becoming the next Levy or Abramovich by buying shares in Enfield Town Football Club, the UK’s only fan-owned football team. Visit www.enfieldtownfootballclub.co.uk and find Supporters Society page. If you are buying for a fan of Kane, Alli, Eriksen and the crew, head to the Spurs Shop (46 Church Street, Enfield, EN2 6AZ) for a smorgasbord of all things Spurs related. If you are buying for a Charlotte Dujardin of the future, then consider vouchers for Gillian’s Riding School (www.gilliansridingschool.co.uk • 020 8366 5445). Finally, fitness fans that are looking for a fun way to burn off calories would undoubtedly love vouchers for Go Jumpin trampolining park. Visit www.gojumpin.com/enfield or call 01926 356 290. GILLIAN’S RIDING SCHOOL




Gifts for the super cool Got a cool kid to buy for but not sure what to get? Consider ukulele lessons with local tutor Malcolm Littler (www.uketutor.co.uk • 07479 294115); find gadgets galore and gifts for big kids at Menkind in Palace Shopping Centre in Enfield Town (www.menkind.co.uk • 020 3730 6309). Forty Hall offers a wide range of courses and workshops that would make perfect gifts for those looking to try something new. Recent events have covered bookbinding, miniature gardens, woodcraft and embroidery. For more information please visit the Learning section on www.fortyhallestate.co.uk or call 020 8807 6680. Retro toys are very big at the moment. Pay a visit to Past, Present Toys (862 Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, N21 2RS • 020 8364 1370) for all manner of old-school playthings such as Dinky cars, Airfix aircraft and Scalectrix. PEARSONS


Gifts for kids Pearsons, as ever, will be the place to go for children’s toys with a wide selection to please all ages. While in Enfield Town you should also take a trip to Smiggle (www.smiggle.co.uk) in Palace Shopping for quirky gifts, Waterstones in Enfield Town or Busy Minds (www.busy-minds.co.uk) on Lancaster Road for a great gift with educational value. For budding artists why not buy vouchers for Going Pottery (156 Lancaster Road, Enfield, EN2 0JS • 020 8351 7098). If you are in Southgate then pop into Rodwin’s – which has been in business for over 50 years – an Aladdin’s cave of gifts (92 Crown Lane, London, N14 5EN • 020 8886 7273).



Gifts for history lovers

Gifts for gardeners

Enfield is a borough steeped in history and there is no better way to discover this than through the books of the late, great David Pam and more recently by Monica Smith. Look out for the History of Enfield series available at Waterstones in Enfield Town, the Forty Hall shop and other retailers in Enfield. If you are looking for something with more of a social element then why not consider gift memberships to one of the borough’s preservation trusts – The Enfield Society (www.enfieldsociety.org.uk • 020 8363 9495) and Southgate District Civic Trust (www.southgatedistrictcivictrust.org.uk • 078755 372950). Enfield even has a group for lovers of history on wheels – the Enfield & District Veteran Vehicle Society (www.whitewebbsmuseum.co.uk • 020 8367 1898) which offers membership as gifts. For something fun with a bit of history then check out the shop on www.enfield50.com

Crews Hill is the jewel in Enfield’s horticultural crown with some of the best garden centres in London. If you cannot find what you are looking for here then it probably doesn’t exist! There are several garden centres in the area, each with different specialist areas and a great range. If you are shopping with reluctant children then do a pitstop at Christmas Wonderland (at Springtime Nursery). Other ideas for gardeners include a membership to ever popular Capel Manor Gardens (www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk • 030 3003 1234). For planters and ornaments try one of the many florists or interiors shops in the borough.






For the person who has everything We all have that person that we dread having to buy for, that person who has everything or leads a minimalist life. We have the answer – an experience! Enfield is home to experience maestros, Red Letter Days (www.redletterdays.co.uk • 0345 640 8000). A vast array of packages are available including theatre trips, pamper weekends, adrenaline challenges, hot air ballooning and driving sessions. There is also a section for kids so you can take the whole family on an adventure. RACHEY MAKEY THINGS

For lovers of pretty things There are lots of places to buy pretty things across the borough but here are a few of our favourites at Enjoy Enfield that are truly unique. RacheyMakey (Facebook Rachey Makey Things) is a bit of a whiz with quilts and fabrics and a lot of sparkle. Zinfinity sells pieces that “echo the environment, body adornment that will amaze, all with a ‘green’ attitude” (www.zinfinity.co.uk). False Friends make and design high-end, off beat accessories that poke fun at the picture-perfect insta-lifestyles of social media (www.falsefriends.co.uk • www.buildingbloqs.com). Meanwhile shops to visit include Wild Daisy, 12 Queen Annes Place, Bush Hill Park, EN1 2PT; Minsky, 45 Station Road, Winchmore Hill, N21 3NB and The Only Place For Pictures, 358 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 5TJ. If you are looking for festive flower arrangements there are many great florists around the borough.

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Shopaholics beware. Enfield is full of different places to shop to suit all sorts of budgets, tastes and styles. Let us take you through the borough to whet your appetite.

Shopping havens in all corners of Enfield Enfield Town

A10 Retail Park

When you think of shopping in Enfield, thoughts will immediately turn to Palace Shopping Centre with big brands representing the whole retail spectrum. The iconic Pearsons department store has spent more than a century in Church Street. For those liking a bit of luxury, the store has designer brands in its bag department while the makeup department can rival any London store, with the iconic MAC recently joining the floor. Elsewhere Body Shop, Marks & Spencer and H&M rub shoulders with relative newcomers such as Smiggle and Paperchase.

Enfield Retail Park has some big names with big footprints. Next alone has a 60,000 square foot store. Other wellknown names include Halfords, Sports Direct, Toys R Us and Aldi. If you can, pop down to the now infamous Krispy Kreme just a little further down the A10. Enfield’s Krispy Kreme was the first stand-alone store in the UK after a concession opened in Harrods to much hysteria.


Southgate / Palmers Green / Winchmore Hill Independent shops are thriving in Enfield. Palmers Green has become the go-to place for unique cafes with the Starfish Café selling artwork alongside espressos. Winchmore Hill has Pretty English which stocks original gifts and homewares, many by local artisans. Southgate high street is a joy for hair and beauty with Karizma and Venus Nail Spa to name but a few of the offerings.

Hertford Road / Fore Street Sometimes you just can’t find what you need in larger shopping areas but you’re almost guaranteed to find it along Fore Street and Hertford Road. Both streets have a wide range of independent stores and larger chains for day-to-day groceries, gifts, clothing, party items, hardware, DIY, items for your home and much more.

Edmonton Green Edmonton Green Shopping Centre is the place to go for big shopping at friendly prices. Well-known retailers such as Argos and Asda are a welcome sight. But the big draw is the market area. Fancy some fresh fish, meat or veg? Yes, it’s all there, along with make-up, accessories and fabric stalls. www.edmontongreencentre.co.uk




Christmas cheer for those in need – volunteering in Enfield While Christmas is an exciting and fun-filled festival, for many it can be a difficult time punctuated by loneliness and financial stress. Enfield is home to many charities and by offering some of your time over the Christmas period, you could be helping someone vulnerable, alone or in hardship. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture – just a few hours could make a world of difference. People get involved in volunteering for all kinds of reasons – to give something back to the community, to help gain new skills, to fill some time or meet new people. Whatever your reason for volunteering a good place to gather information is www.do-it.org. In Enfield alone, it is estimated there are over 100,000 residents who help others on a regular basis. Enfield Council is looking for volunteers in its library sector and for its youth services unit. Go to www.enfield.gov.uk/heroes for more information on these opportunities. Could you be an Enfield Hero? Meanwhile, Enjoy Enfield has contacted some local charities to find out what help they need over the festive season:

Age UK Age UK Enfield is looking for volunteers at the Parker Centre to help in the kitchen and with clients visiting the day centre. Most clients will have a form of dementia and therefore, some knowledge or experience working with people with this condition would be desirable. Help is especially needed 15, 18 and 20 December, 10am – 3pm. For more information go to www.ageuk.org.uk/enfield or email CustomerServices@ageukenfield.org.uk

Fareshare Fareshare is a UK wide charity fighting hunger and food waste. The charity redistributes good food, that would otherwise go to waste, to frontline organisations supporting vulnerable people such as children’s breakfast clubs, community centres,




Homeless Resource Centre Homeless Resource Centre needs volunteers to assist with different tasks and activities they organise from time-to-time. Contact Hilda on 020 8884 1838 or email homelessresourcecentre@hotmail.com

Charity Shops

homeless hostels and refuges. The charity needs volunteers to help collect food donations. Three-hour shifts are available on 30 November, 1 and 2 December. Register your interest as a team or an individual at fooddrive@fareshare.org.uk. Check out the website on www.fareshare.org.uk

Forty Hall Historic Forty Hall has several opportunities from November through the winter. You could help dress the house with natural greenery or other floristry arrangements, assist with staffing at Candlelit Tours, the Christmas Exhibition, and the Christmas Late Night Exhibition. You may even get to wear a costume to reflect Forty Hall’s vibrant past. Contact helen.hamlyn@enfield.gov.uk. More on Forty Hall can be found at www.fortyhallesate.co.uk

Kith and Kids focuses on providing activities, opportunities, information and support for people with learning disabilities or autism. Trading as KLASP, the charity’s shops need volunteers to sort through brica-brac, serve customers and generally assist the team. Morning or afternoon shifts are available and the charity will pay for travel fare. More information on the charity can be found at www.kithandkids.org.uk. If you’d like to volunteer email Peter Godfrey petergodfrey@blueyonder.co.uk Similarly, North London Hospice in Winchmore Hill needs volunteers in its shop. The charity provides specialist palliative care in North London for those with advanced progressive diseases. Find out more at www.northlondonhospice.org. Contact Manjit Aujla-Starr on 020 8343 8841 Ext 2102 or maujlastarr@northlondonhospice.co.uk

Operation Fish

Royal Free Charity Shop has plenty of roles for people to suit all needs, whether it’s pricing, sorting donations, helping on social media or assisting with displays. Continuous recruitment is needed throughout the year. If you have some time to spare, take a look at www.royalfreecharity.org and email laura.muir@royalfreecharity.org

Operation Fish is always looking for new volunteers to visit the elderly and housebound in Enfield. It involves visiting an elderly person for companionship, doing some shopping, collecting prescriptions or any other small errands. Most of their volunteers spend an hour or two a week or a fortnight with the client. Please contact Chris Howell on 020 8886 9577.

If you don’t feel like you can formally get involved in volunteering, why not just check up on a neighbour who may be by themselves? See they are safe, well and warm. Ask if they have everything they need so they don’t go without as evenings turn darker and the weather gets colder. Extend a hand of friendship this festive season in Enfield.

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Ice Skating and roller skating

You all know Enfield is one of the greenest of London boroughs. We are extremely lucky to have some wonderful open spaces, so why not take the family for a healthy, exploratory walk along the River Lee, or visit our unique, award-winning wetlands conservation area at Firs Farm? If you fancy more of a ramble, historical Whitewebbs is fantastic. Our parks, big and small, are a great way to explore nature at its finest. Visit www.enfield.gov.uk and search for ‘Parks’.

Christmas Wonderland at Springtime Nurseries has become increasingly popular, not least because Santa Claus likes to make a very special visit every year! To really get into the wintry spirit, there is an ice skating rink to whiz around on (open from 10 November to 24 December). If you prefer to roll rather than glide, head down to Roller Station at Aylward Academy. Skate to the latest songs, or join in a game of hockey, dodge ball or basketball on skates. www.rollerstation.co.uk and www.christmas-wonderland.co.uk



Forty Hall

Terrific Toys exhibition

Forty Hall is a gem in Enfield’s crown and it is always a great place to visit to get into the festive spirit. The hall is always beautifully decorated and the grounds make for a very cheery walk. There are always a number of events to mark the season. To find out what’s on, check out www.fortyhallestate.co.uk

Some of the world’s best-selling toys were once manufactured in Enfield and the Terrific Toys exhibition at the Dugdale Centre exhibition explores the borough’s rich history of toy manufacture. In an age of new technology and gadgetry, this exhibition will make you nostalgic for some old-fashioned fun. Visit www. dugdalecentre.co.uk/ page/museum

Singalong at The Wonder The Wonder offers live music events in a traditional pub setting – they’re extremely wellattended and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve more so. In the past, lucky locals have been able to sing carols accompanied by a brass band, while folk groups, acoustic sets and Honky Tonk have helped with the party atmosphere. Keep an eye out on The Wonder’s Facebook page for what’s on, at www. facebook.com/TheWonderEnfield. Always arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Christmas theatre

Christmas sales Well, let’s be honest, the season isn’t complete without the sales. Why not try and shop local to find some unique items at great prices rather than head to crowded and bland shopping centres. The borough is dotted with some amazing independent stores where you can find all manner of items. We’ve featured many local shops in this issue of Enjoy Enfield. Spend your pound on your doorstep!

Visit one of Enfield’s fantastic restaurants

We are extremely lucky to have world class entertainment in Enfield’s theatres. And Christmas means panto. Millfield is showcasing ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Oh yes it is! Meanwhile folk opera ‘A Christmas Carol’ comes to the Dugdale and puppet show Christmas Tales will be at Chickenshed. Book tickets at www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk www.chickenshed.org.uk www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

Where to begin? Enfield is beautifully, culturally diverse and this has filtered to our ever-growing restaurant scent. From Mediterranean restaurants to Mauritian, Jamaican to the jolly old British pub, there is something for everyone in all corners of the borough. Our feature on Edmonton has some tasty tips for diners and also visit www.enjoyenfield.co.uk for other places to eat.


Cheer on Enfield Town FC

The Jump In trampoline park hasn’t even been open for a year but is very popular for jumpers of all ages. It’s great for kids who have a lot of energy over the holiday season, and brilliant for adults who may want to get a bit more active following a few too many mince pies! More information at www.gojumpin.com/enfield

See in the New Year by cheering on the UK’s first supporter-owned club, Enfield Town FC. They will be playing on 30 December and 1 January and tickets are great value. For information on fixtures and great deals such as kids’ packages, take a look at the team’s website. www.enfieldtownfootballclub.co.uk

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In a state of good health As the festive period approaches, it’s easy to delve into the excesses that come with it – by all means, reach for another battered prawn and glass of sherry, but spare a thought for your overall wellness. There are plenty of ways to look after your physical, mental and social well-being right here in Enfield. Yoga Physically, we could all do with moving more. Yoga is perfect to increase flexibility, and to clear the mind. There are plenty of places to practice this ancient tradition. The North London Yoga Studio is based near Grange Park Station and offers classes for all abilities and ages. Sivananda yoga, based on spiritual philosophy, Hatha which involves more dynamic, flowing postures all the way to pregnancy yoga. There really is a class for everyone. www.northlondonyogastudio.co.uk. Also check out award winning www.yoga4mums.com



Tai Chi

Alternative therapies

Tai Chi is good for the body and the mind. It is based on an ancient Chinese tradition, evolving over the centuries to become a form of meditative movement. Energchi Tai Chi offers classes in Bush Hill Park, Crews Hill and most recently in Winchmore Hill. Meanwhile Enfield Tai Chi classes are held in Windmill Hill and at Edmonton Leisure Centre. There are also drop-in sessions in Freezywater in collaboration with Age UK’s falls prevention service.

Alternative, non-medicinal therapies are for some a path towards better wellness. Why not start the new year with a clean body and balanced mind?

www.energchi-taichi.co.uk www.enfieldtaichi.co.uk

Keats Health in Enfield Town is a clinic offering a holistic approach to health. The multi-disciplinary team offers a broad base of services including acupuncture, reflexology, reiki, Indian head massage and aromatherapy. For healing and emotional support, homeopathy is a choice for some. Eastbury Homeopathy, Jo Permaul Homeopathy are but a few practitioners worth looking into. Total Body Therapy in Winchmore Hill specialises in many Eastern and Western Therapies including different styles of massage, acupuncture and facial rejuvenation treatments. Oh, and remember, to look after the rest of your family. Jean Doidge at Enfield Holistic Massage offers relaxing massage workshops for mums and babies. www.eastburyhomeopathyenfield.co.uk www.enfieldholisticmassage.co.uk www.greenroom-wellness.co.uk www.jopermaulhomeopathy.co.uk

Gyms So you want to break out in a sweat and shake off the winter blues? There are several gyms brought to you by Enfield Council and its leisure partner Fusion with a huge variety of classes, covering a range of sports and activities. And don’t forget swimming – a fantastic way to get fit without putting stress on joints. www.activeenfield.co.uk

www.keatshealth.co.uk www.mosinghhealing.com www.totalbodytherapy.co.uk

Fancy something a little more high-tech? 20 Energy Street uses electronic muscle stimulation during training. Up to 90% of muscles are activated at the same time during your work out, meaning a fully optimised experience in just 20 minutes. Sounds too good to be true? – they are offering a free trial so you can find out for yourself. www.20energystreet.co.uk The thought of exercising inside four walls just doesn’t do it for some. So why not exercise outside – for free! There are 17 parks in Enfield with outdoor gyms, all of which are listed on Enfield Council’s website. www.enfield.gov.uk Also, check out activities in parks, including cardio and conditioning at Hillyfields, Fitmuma in Broomfield Park, Nordic Walking at Forty Hall and the 5km Park Run – for free – at Grovelands Park.

Disclaimer: please consult your GP or physician before undertaking any new forms of exercise. If in doubt, seek advice.




Enfield Literati This is the year of Literary Heroes and Visit England has been encouraging communities to promote their local authors. Enfield has rich associations with writers, poets and essayists so here’s where to discover our literary heritage. By Joe Studman

All Saints Church in Edmonton has been celebrating Charles Lamb in June at “The Lamb Festival” with a week long series of events. Famous for his “Essays of Elia” and “Tales of Shakespeare” (written with his sister Mary) Lamb is buried in All Saints Churchyard. Although Londoners Charles & Mary Lamb had holidayed at Clarendon Cottage, in Gentleman’s Row in 1825 and were so taken with the parish they took a lease on The Poplars in Chase Side two years later. Unfortunately

Lamb soon tired of his rural idyll not helped by his sister’s lapses into derangement. They relocated to the adjacent cottage to live as guests of the Westwood family (still known as Westwood Cottage) but fell out with them and spent the last eighteen months of his life living in Church Street, Edmonton in what is now known as Lamb’s Cottage. All these buildings are still standing. Although 20 years younger John Keats would have known Charles Lamb through their publisher but this




consumption and recognised the symptoms in his own body. He decamped to Rome hoping warmer climes would heal his condition but he died in a flat on the Spanish Steps in 1821. He was 25 years old.


tragic poet died before Lamb came to Enfield, so they would not have been neighbours. Keats was born in Moorgate but was educated at a school where Enfield Town Station now stands. The building was replaced in 1872 but the facade was rescued and survives in The V&A museum. It was during his stay at Cowden Clarke’s school that Keats father died falling from a horse after visiting the eight year old. At the age of 14, Keats lost his mother to consumption and had to end his education. His grandparents had retired to Church Street, Edmonton and secured their grandson an apprenticeship with a local apothecary Thomas Hammond. A blue plaque, appropriately above a pharmacy, in Church Street acknowledges the Keats connection. Although the impetuous Keats fell out with Hammond and finished his apprenticeship at Guy’s Hospital he remained in touch with Charles Cowden Clarke, the School teacher’s son, who is credited with inspiring Keats to write poetry. Now considered one our finest Romantic poets, Keats suffered from mixed reviews and poor sales in his lifetime. He watched his younger brother die from

Apart from inspiring Keats, Charles Cowden Clarke was an author and Shakespeare scholar. Born at his father’s school before the trains rumbled in he married Mary Novello (another author and scholar) and amusingly honeymooned at the old Greyhound Inn which stood where Barclays Bank now stands in Enfield Town. Enfield Grammar School boasts Walter Pater, who lived on Chase Green, Norman Lewis, whose mischievous memories of Forty Hill are recorded in Jackdaw Cake and more recently Jim Crace among its former pupils. Charles Lamb encouraged Thomas Hood to move to Vicars Moor Lane and often walked over to Winchmore Hill to visit him. Unfortunately, the house was bombed in 1941 but a blue plaque recognises Hood’s stay there and his poem “Our Village” is considered to be inspired by Winchmore Hill Green. Contemporary and familiar with all the above was James Leigh Hunt. Born in Southgate he is most famous for serving a prison sentence for libelling the then Prince Regent (later George 1V). This made him a hero in the eyes of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley but Hunt never became a literary giant. He edited The Examiner and had minor success as a poet and author. In later life he suffered the indignity of being lampooned by the Dickens character Harold Skimpole in Bleak House. A blue plaque erected by Southgate District Civic Trust marks his birthplace in High Street, Southgate. Are there are any budding writers in Enfield, just waiting to be discovered, that future generations will honour with a plaque?

For more information on local history please visit www.enfield.gov.uk/localstudies

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