Bring Your Baby - 'BRING YOUR BABY' GUIDED LONDON WALK: 'Suffragettes' East London'

WINNER of 'Best Parent Activity' at the '2020 Bablands Awards'!

Wednesday    11:30–14:30

This activity is usually led by Lucy Madison, who is a trained walking guide and historian, and worked as Primary school teacher in London before having her son. She is mum to 3 year old Evan, and dreamt up the idea for 'Bring Your Baby' somewhere between breastfeeding and napping with her son. Lucy is also the founder of 'Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz', which started out as an alternative for walks in the winter, and exploded. ('Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz' will be back as soon we can be back in pubs.) Aside from 'Bring Your Baby', Lucy runs the blog 'Horrid Hackney' and works with the Hackney History group, supports Primary schools with their local history curriculum, and gives public talks. She is currently writing content for a book about significant Hackney women.

Outside Bow Road Station  miles

Bow Road
London , Greater London
E3 4DH
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0 months - 2 years

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NB: This event MUST be booked in advance. No drop-ins.

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'Bring Your Baby' Guided London Walks are sensitively devised to suit parents and carers of even the tiniest babies to enjoy London’s history. We can stop whenever you like to feed and change - without the stress of feeling you are holding up the group. Because every participant brings their baby, patience and baby’s needs are at the forefront of each walk.

What you'll see on this walk:
- Bow Road Police Station, where Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested and held for smashing windows in February 1913.
- Bromley-by-Bow Public Hall, where Sylvia spoke - and hid waiting for rescue after evading police.
- The site where Sylvia broke windows with bricks in 1913.
- The former 'Bryant & May' factory, famous for the matchgirls' strike of 1888.
- Sites of the first and second East London branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), where Sylvia painted in gold letters, ‘Votes for Women’.
- Roman Road Market, where Sylvia’s newspaper, ‘The Women’s Dreadnought’, was sold.
- Site of the public baths and meeting rooms where suffragette meetings were broken up by the police, using such violence that many of the women were hospitalised. Also the venue for the launch of Sylvia’s 'People’s Army' in November 1913.
- Site of the home of 'Mrs Hughes', one of six suffragettes selected for the ELFS visit to Downing Street to speak to Prime Minister Asquith in 1914.
- The home of Jessie Payne, where Sylvia recuperated after a hunger and thirst strike in 1913.
- Site of Sylvia's 'The Mothers Arms' creche, milk depot and infant welfare centre for local mothers.
- The East London park where the suffragette marches of 1913 and 1914 took place, and were broken up by the police.
- The ELFS headquarters where in 1914 Sylvia also opened a 'Women's Hall', with a cost-price restaurant and milk depot.
- The shop which printed Sylvia's newspaper, ‘The Women’s Dreadnought’.
- Sylvia's nursery and toy factory where women could earn a living wage making good-quality toys.

Covid-19 adaptations:
- The latest government advice is that events organised by businesses following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host larger groups in public outdoor spaces provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance.
- I am resuming guided walks in August 2020, but with a limited number of people. In order to take extra-precautionary steps, I will be limiting tickets to 10 adults (your children are included in my calculations), even though gatherings in an outdoor space *organised by businesses* may be allowed of up to 30 people. Please let me know if you intend to bring more than one child so I can account for them in my risk assessment.
- Please note that as part of the 'visitor economy', guided walks are exempt from 'Rule of 6' - I will be carrying a risk assessment and the government guidelines with me should we get challenged by the authorities who may not be up to speed with this ruling.
- I will be speaking at a conversational volume, and will be following the guidelines provided by the 'Institute of Tour Guiding' (link at whereby, if requested, guides will consider wearing a mask or visor. If I think I won't be heard I will use a voice amplifier.
- Customers are *not* required to wear face masks, as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.
- We will be following routes and standing in places where we can at least stand 1 metre+ apart, but wherever possible 2 metres apart. I will be reminding people of this during the walk, as I know it is sometimes hard to concentrate when you are caring for a baby at the same time.
- We will be stopping at The Bow Bells pub for refreshment (they also do chips!) and to sit down and feed and change babies. If weather is not too cold, we can sit on the benches outside. If not, the pub has plenty of space for us to go inside and socially distance, and they have set up excellent COVID-19 protection. Unfortunately they do not have a baby change, so please being a mat with you. Please note the pub asks you to scan a QR code on arrival for track and trace. There is also a park further into the walk where we can stop.
- I will maintain rigorous hygiene practices, and will use a personal hand sanitiser during the course of the tour. Please note, I will not be able to share hand sanitiser with members of the group and ask that you bring your own and use it should you touch any surfaces in the course of the tour.
- If on the day of the walk we are forecast to have very bad weather, I may have to postpone the walk if cannot guarantee there will be anywhere we can shelter while also adequately socially distancing. If it's a bit of light rain we will cope!
- If I feel unwell, I will cancel the tour. And if you or anyone in your household is unwell in the days or hours before the tour, it is imperative that you should not join us.

Every walk follows the usual health and safety guidelines, such as crossing at traffic lights where possible and having hazards pointed out to you at the start and along the route.

There may be times we have to stand in direct sunlight (although I will always choose shade where possible). Please bring all the necessary sun protection for yourself and your child.

It is recommended you bring appropriate drinks and snacks.

Please note: I will contact you with booking confirmation after you book. I will supply my mobile number in case of emergencies or in case you are running late. I will also ask you to provide me with a mobile number so you can be contacted before, during or after the walk, but this is *not for marketing purposes*. Your number will only be used for COVID-19 track and trace purposes (much like pubs and restaurants use when you first enter), and in case of lateness, walk postponement, cancellation or separation. Please note that if you are more than a few minutes late I may ask you to catch up with us.

I really appreciate the custom of anyone who books this walk - I know times are tough, and hope that we can get back to far more relaxed ways of doing things soon! I hope you enjoy this walk.

***If you like the look of any of my walks, but would prefer to book me privately, please make enquiries at [email protected] This may particularly be the case if you have people interested who do not have babies.***


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