Winter Sessions
Frequently Asked Questions

All performances scheduled to take place after 19 December 2020 have been cancelled in line with updated government guidance. 

When and Where are the Winter Sessions happening?

The Winter Sessions are taking place between the 11-21 December 2020.

We are are speaking to residents on the identified road to inform them of the shows before the performance in order to manage audience numbers. These performances are going to take place on residential streets across the borough for the people that live there to watch from their gardens, windows or balconies. 

Who is performing at the Winter Sessions?

We are working with choirs, brass bands and musicians from across the borough, we'll be sharing more information on instagram and twitter

What measures are in place to ensure the shows are safe to attend and compliant with latest government guidelines?

All performances scheduled to take place after 19 December 2020 have been cancelled in line with updated government guidance. 

Under current Tier 3 guidelines, outdoor performing arts activity could take place in line with government guidance.

These are short 20 minute performances for people to watch from their homes.

We are not sharing the dates and locations of each of the shows widely to limit audience from outside of the area attending. 

There will be a stewarding plan in place to manage the number of people watching the performance to ensure that everyone can safely distance. If there are too many people watching the performance on the street, we will stop the music and advise everyone to return to their homes.  

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • Wash Hands Keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover Face Wear a face covering in an enclosed space
  • Make Space Stay at least 2 meters apart of 1 meter with a face covering or other precautions 

If you are experience any of the following symptoms: 

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Do not leave your house and visit for advice 

What happens if it rains? 

We hope to go ahead in rain or shine - so please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately for the weather

Are there additional toilets at the performances?

The audience will live in the surrounding houses, so we are not providing additional toilet facilities during the shows. 

Will there be food and drink for sale?

There will not be any food or drink vendors

Will there be any road closures or parking suspensions?

There will be no additional road closures or parking suspensions.

What advice is there for people with sensory needs?

There will be no amplified music, and minimal additional lighting will be used. If you have specific questions, please email

I am a local resident, what is the phone number to reach the event organisers on to make a complaint?

Please call Waltham Forest Council on 020 8496 3000, they will log your complaint and the organisers will be in touch as per the Councils complaints procedure. If you do not wish to log an official complaint but would like to speak  to a member of the events team, they can be contacted via email or call 07741843515

Will there be filming and photography at the event?

Yes. By entering this event you give your consent for your images to be used without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by LBWF including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television and websites. If you have any concerns, please raise them with event staff. 

Can I smoke at the event?

The same regulations apply as the rest of the country. You can smoke in the open air, but please be considerate of other people.

Can I take photos at the event?

Yes, as long as it is for personal use