Borough’s summer of fun

'Soldiers in combat' is just one activity to watch at the upcoming festival

Barking and Dagenham is set for another summer of family fun with Valence Time Tunnel kicking off the prestigious Summer of Festivals on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.

The east London borough will be warming up over the next few months with popular events such as one Borough and Roundhouse festivals taking place in July and August.

But festivities get underway at Valence House when residents get the opportunity to travel through time and experience life from 2000BC to the present day.

Activities and entertainment will keep the whole family entertained including meeting a stone-age shamen and watching Roman soldiers in combat.Residents can also marvel at the skill of the medieval archers, bow before Queen Elizabeth I and her entourage and learn how to protect themselves with a World War II Home Guard.

If that wasn’t enough there is also the chance to argue with a Valence suffragette, and lose! The event takes place between 11am-5pm at Valence House with FREE parking.

Paul Hogan, Barking and Dagenham Council’s Commissioning Director for Culture and Recreation, said: “Valence Time Tunnel is a great way for us to kick off our summer of entertainment and the activities on offer will keep everyone entertained throughout the day.Barking and Dagenham are proud to be hosting another great Summer of Festivals programme and we look forward to welcoming thousands of people from both inside and outside the borough.”

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