Walks and tours

CoolTan Arts Community Legacy Walks – various to 7 September

Arts and mental health charity CoolTan Arts is to deliver a programme of Community Legacy walks around East London, during and after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

These free guided cultural walks, run by and for people with mental distress, will celebrate the legacy of London 2012 throughout the Olympic Boroughs, allowing local people to rediscover their local area, and share stories old and new.

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle, Charles Dickens Walk – 21 July

Along a 3 mile route from Maudsley Hospital to Dickens Square SE1, Cooltan Arts’ latest guided walk will take a journey exploring the local history and landmarks of Southwark and their connection to Dickens life and novels. Learn more about Dickens’s early years in Lant Street, his father’s imprisonment in the local Marshalsea Prison, Little Dorrit, Dickens female characters, and mental health in the 19th century. Dickens himself had experience of mental distress and insomnia and was famous for taking long walks around London, especially at night.

Free tour exploring East London's history, mental health, art and culture, CoolTan Arts – 29 May

A free guided walk run by volunteers.

Tues 29 May, 12:00 – 15:00.

Where? Meet outside Hackney Museum (off Mare Street) at 1 Reading Lane, Hackney, East London, E8 1GQ. Buses stop on Mare Street, nearest train: Hackney Central. Walk finishes at the Olympic park. Nearest tube: Pudding Mill Lane, nearest buses and trains: Stratford.

What do I bring? Wear sensible shoes and waterproof clothing, bring water to drink and sandwiches, as there are not many cafes along the way!

Treasuring Tooting – 12 May

A dawn to dusk walk through Tooting celebrating the many places and things that contribute to happiness. Following on from the Tooting Earth Talk Walk in 2009, the walk will visit favourite 12 different places across Tooting at each of which an aspect of our happiness and wellbeing will be experienced and celebrated.

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle: May Day Walk – 19 May

A free guided cultural walk around Southwark, promoting mental health and physical wellbeing, using art, humour and history and de-stigmatising mental distress. This walk will explore the history of May Day traditions and stories in the area and celebrates the return of spring.

Taking part is free for everyone, but voluntary donations will be much appreciated.

William Blake Walk, CoolTan Arts – 19 November

This walk focuses on William Blake, an English poet, painter, and printmaker (1757 – 1827). Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. The walk will explore themes of Poetry, Art, The City of London, Blake’s influence on artists, Religion, Politics, Revolutionaries, Abolition, Riots and Mental Health, and Non-Conformism.

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