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

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

Friday    11:30–14:00

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. Lucy co-wrote 'Women from Hackney's History', a book about significant Hackney women, published by The Hackney Society and Hackney History in March 2021.

Outside Bow Road Station  miles

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

Bring Your Baby Advance Booking

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:
- Under the government Coronavirus 'roadmap', Parent and Baby groups can run from 29th March with up to 15 people (not including children under 5) and are exempt from Rule of 6.
- I will be wearing a visor and using hand sanitiser.
- 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.
- I am hoping we can take refreshment outdoors at the Bow Bells pub, and there will be occasions along the walk where we can sit down at a bench, square or green space etc. As this may take longer than normal, everyone's patience is appreciated - and I certainly won't be impatient with you; it's what 'Bring Your Baby' is all about.
- Please bring your own sanitser 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.

Please wear appropriate clothes and footwear for the walk, and bring sunscreen for you and your little one.

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, and for COVID-19 track and trace purposes. 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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