News & Events at Abney Park


Abney Park Chapel is set to be brought back into use thanks to a collaboration between Hackney Council and Historic England.

The chapel is undergoing works to stabilise its roof, as well as other repairs to the grade-II listed building to ensure its safety and preservation. The council and Historic England are joint-funding repairs to the Victorian chapel, one of a series of planned projects for the Cemetery.

The work is being spearheaded by the Abney Park Development Board – made up of the council, Abney Park Trust, ward councillors, Abney Park User Group, London Wildlife Trust and Historic England – which was formed when the council resumed management of the cemetery last year.

Rebecca Barrett, Heritage at Risk Principal in London for Historic England, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the repair of the mortuary chapel, an imposing gothic revival building which sits at the heart of Abney Park Cemetery.

“We are very pleased to be working so closely with Hackney Council to bring the Chapel back into good repair. With these stabilising works we are one step closer to removing it from the Heritage at Risk Register.”

The Chapel, which sits in the centre of the nonconformist cemetery, was designed by architect William Hosking, the first professor in architecture and civil engineering at King’s College London.

The Abney Park Trust is delighted that the chapel, such an important part of Abney’s heritage, will be made safe and looks forward to it being brought back into use by the local community. 

Pandemonium Performance is presenting a promenade performance of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. We are looking for volunteers for the evenings of 13-31 July to help steward the audience and make sure none wander off or get lost! If you’re interested in helping please email for details of when we need help and what we’d need you to do.

We rely on our volunteers to help us put on events like this, so if you like seeing drama, music, educational and other events at Abney please do think about donating a little of your time. Thank you!


Last Sat of the month, 2pm

Join the Music Hall Guild of Great Britain & America for a guided walk around Abney Park.
Meet at the main gates at Stoke Newington High St.

every Tues & Thurs; Saturday 30 April
10am-2pm, with breaks
Meet 9.30am at the Stoke Newington High Street gates for a cup of tea before we start

Join us for our regular community volunteering days to conserve and improve the landscape at Abney Park.
All welcome, but please email before coming for the first time.

1 May, 4.45am, £5
Meet at Stoke Newington High St gates for 4.45am prompt start. Don’t be late – the gates will be locked.

Come and enjoy exclusive early morning access to Abney Park on our dawn chorus walk, listening to the beautiful song of the nature reserve’s early birds!  Led by bird expert Andrew Peel, of the RSPB and Marylebone Birdwatching Society.
Places are limited and booking is essential:
Dress appropriately for the weather.
This event is unsuitable for children under 10 or those who have difficulty walking on uneven terrain.

First Sunday of the month, 2-3.30pm
Free, please donate if you can.

Come for a relaxing and entertaining stroll around one of London’s most intriguing and beautiful sites. Learn about Abney Park’s rich history, about some of the characters laid to rest here and about its fascinating flora and fauna.
Meet at the main gates at Stoke Newington High St 

Sat 30 April, 7 & 21 May, 9am-4pm
£60 per person payable in advance

Suitable for beginners and those with some wood carving experience (over 18s only), these one-day courses cover selecting wood, spoon design, splitting, axe technique, knife grips and knife finishing. All wood and tools provided.
To book please email 

Sat 28 May, time TBA

Come and have fun at our Open Day, with entertainment, tasty refreshments, and loads of activities for all. More details to come soon! Save the date!
0207 275 7557

2 thoughts on “News & Events at Abney Park

  1. Hi , I wandered if you could answer my question, why doesn’t the Abney park cemetery outside the main gate on the high street have its name in large letters that people can see ? Nearly every Cemertry I’ve passed by in other areas they all have the name outside in large words / poster ? If I never knew stokenewington well I would drive straight by because the sign outside is So small for such a beautiful grand entrance. I recently came to one of their organised tours of the cemetery & was meeting a friend that ended up in church st gate , she had no idea the main entrance was the high st ? Unless you walk up very close to the gates you can’t read the small poster ? Thankyou

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