Where to Celebrate Windrush Day

Check out what’s happening in the city for the 76th Windrush Day

The 22nd of June is Windrush Day, a celebration of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush and its Caribbean passengers in Britain in 1948. That year the British Nationality Act provided citizenship to people from the Commonwealth and over the next twenty years, hundreds of thousands of migrants, known as the Windrush Generation, came to these shores. Windrush Day is an opportunity to celebrate British-Caribbean culture and honour the contributions that the Windrush Generation made to this country, and there are lots of events you can get involved with.

Windrush Day at the National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is partnering with the Caribbean Social Forum and the National Windrush Museum for its Windrush Day celebrations. You’ll be able to play dominoes, join in craft workshops, explore objects relating to Windrush era travel, attend talks on lost Windrush memories and the way Black women’s experiences have been archived, enjoy spoken word and music performances and more. Best of all, it’s totally FREE to attend.

Sat 22nd June 2024
Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF

Windrush Block Party at Bernie Grant Arts Centre

The Windrush Block Party is back at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and it’s got a packed programme of live music, spoken word, DJ sets, creative displays and food vendors, with performances from DeeRiginal, 2fox, Roman Harris, Hear Me Out, Band Jamm and more. Tickets cost a fiver but there’s also a pay-what-you-can scheme running and free tickets for under-2s and over-65s.

Sat 22nd June 2024
Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX   

Waltham Forest Windrush Festival

Head down to Fellowship Square outside Waltham Forest Town Hall for a full day of free Windrush celebrations. Start with the flag raising ceremony and then stay for steelband, gospel choir and African drumming performances, carnival mask workshops, games displays, film screenings and more.

Sat 22nd June 2024
Fellowship Square, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, London E17 4JF

Windrush Day in Newham

There are a bunch of events happening across the borough to mark Windrush Day this year, including a Caribbean dance workshop at Canning Town Library, a special screening of Bob Marley: One Love with a panel in Stratford, and a Windrush Day fair and music and dance showcase with Carroll Thompson at East Ham Town Hall.

Sat 15th – Sat 22nd June 2024
Various locations

Windrush Homecoming Celebration in Camden

This free event is showcasing Camden’s Windrush heritage with African and Caribbean crafts on show, food and drink to enjoy, sports activities for kids, and performances from Omar Lyefook MBE, Marla Brown, Aitch B, Skatician and emerging local artists.

Sat 22nd June 2024
Talacre Town Green, London NW5 3AF

Windrush Day at Shepherd’s Bush Market

Shepherd’s Bush Market is teaming up with Mama Haven, an organisation that supports low-income paretns getting out of poverty, for its Windrush Day celebrations. They include a fitness class, an arts and crafts workshop, and a creative writing workshop around the journey of Windrush, with the UFO Steel Pan Band and Colin Salmon providing the soundtrack for the day.

Sat 22nd June 2024
Shepherd’s Bush Market, Uxbridge Road, London W12 8DF