Watts restoration funding goal reached

This year is the 270th anniversary of the death of Isaac Watts, celebrated poet and hymn writer who lived at Abney House. Time has taken its toll on his memorial statue, and one of the hands was lost. Last year Abney Park Trust launched an appeal for its restoration. The target has now been reached, in a large part due to the generosity of Talbot Underwriting, a City of London insurance firm, who had come to know Abney by involvement in the volunteer programme. Restoration works will be carried out this year.

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Bronterre O'Brien Commemoration

Melissa Benn, writer and campaigner, will give this year’s Bronterre O'Brien address, at radical Victorian politician O'Brien's grave in the evocative surroundings of Hackney's Abney Park cemetery. O'Brien fought, as a Chartist, for a free, untaxed press, universal suffrage and parliamentary reform in the 19th century.

Saturday 5th May, 11 am
All are welcome

Meet at the main gates,
Stoke Newington High Street

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Spring Forest School

Join In The Sticks for their Forest School at Abney Park this Easter holiday. Spring is a wonderful time of year to explore Abney Park. The trees are vibrant with blossoms and new leaves. The bees and butterflies are busy, and there is plenty to discover. Explore the wonders of the forest, build dens, go on nature walks, make natural art and craft, play some fun woodland games, plus a lot more.

Monday 9th to Friday 13th April
10 am-3 pm
£40 per day per child, full week £190
Booking essential, through

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Give Isaac Watts a hand

Abney Park Trust has launched a fund to restore the much loved Grade II listed monument to Dr Isaac Watts. The aim is to raise £9,000 to clean up and restore the statue, plinth and surrounding railings, including replacing his missing right hand which was stolen. Dr Watts is a famous nonconformist English Christian minister, theologian and wit. He was prolific hymn writer, poet, and notable man of logic with many quotes attributed to him.

Donations can be made at The Big Give

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Abney Park gets Lottery backing

Abney Park has been awarded a development grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery for the Abney Park Restoration Project. This initial grant, of £315,00 will see the project developed further and a second bid will be made in June next year. If successful at this second round, the project will see nearly £5million in lottery funding dedicated to the restoration of Abney Park.

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February Forest School

With crisp days and the promise of Spring in the air, it’s a lovely time of year to be outdoors with an abundance of natural materials to fuel the imagination. Join In the Sticks for Forest School in the beautiful woodland of Abney Park this February half term. 

Monday 12th Feb to Friday 16th Feb
10 am - 3 pm
£40 per day per child, £190 for a full week
Book by email at 

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Park opening times

Abney Park is open from
8 am year round and
closes at varying times.
The current opening
hours are
8 am – 7.30 pm daily.




The Visitors Centre

Is usually open from
10 am – 4 pm, daily.

Times may vary so
please call before
making a special visit.


Contact Details

Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street,
London N16 0LH

Tel: 0207 275 7557