Christmas at Gnome House

Gnome House is closing for Christmas and the New Year Holidays from 18th of December to 5th of January – looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year! Hermanos Pop-Up Café will be open over the Christmas holidays.

A big thanks to WMBL for the lovely Christmas tree!

Winter Warmer and Christmas Market POSTPONED
Unfortunately, the Gnome House Winter Warmer has had to be postponed due to COVID restrictions. However, we are planning an exciting Spring event to take place next year. Get in touch with any questions at  – more details coming soon.

Illuminated Screenings and Christmas Art
Illuminated screenings are taking place every weeknight after dark with art, photography and film projected onto the windows of the Gnome House café – we are also looking really festive with lots of art up to look at so do pass by and have a look at what we have been doing. Please check the website and social media for details.

There will also be an exhibition on display at Gnome House in March 2021.  Anyone who responded to the Inky Cuttlefish art challenges during lockdown is invited to email for their work to be included in the Illuminated exhibition.  There is still time to take part, just reply to Anna with the art challenge number you are responding to and deliver your work in a bag to Inky Cuttlefish, Ground Floor, Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow E17 6DS. 

Christmas Present Ideas – Stories & Supper Recipe Book
The wonderful Stories & Supper team is made up of refugees, migrants and locals, who use storytelling and food to change the narrative about migration. Now they have put together a delightful book full of delicious recipes from around the globe. All proceed from the sales of the book got to supporting their work. Find out more and buy a copy here:

Black History Month Event by The Rat Pack

Gnome House’s youth steering group the Rat Pack were very excited to be a part of the Black History event held on the 25th of October. The event was a celebration of Afro Colombian culture. The Rack Pack received event management training from a brilliant youth group based in Walthamstow called Project Zero. The youth champions of project Zero worked together with the Rat Pack to help manage the event. With the guidance of Project Zero the Rat Pack learnt new skills like crowd management, how to engage with the general public and delivering workshops. The Rat Pack also created a self-contained jewellery making craft pack inspired by Afro Colombian jewellery worn at carnival. The packs were given out during the event and were a great success.

Hermanos Pop-Up Café    Mon – Fri 8am-4pm   Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Pop in to visit Hermanos, our fantastic Colombian pop up café, with delicious coffee and snacks. There’s plenty of room for social distancing with seats both inside and outside on the terrace. The café will still be open over the Christmas holidays.

Virtual Community Centre
The Gnome House Virtual Community Centre includes live and pre-recorded content from local creatives and groups, with art, music, film, health & wellbeing and more. Email us at for more information about taking part or to submit content.

We share activities on our ‘What’s On’ calendar for our community to access – follow Gnome House CIC on social media for details.

Space Hire at Gnome House 
Gnome House has re-opened to the public for COVID-19 secure space hire.  All centre users must do a health and safety walkabout and sign our checklist BEFORE commencing their activity.  Please email for our COVID-19 policy and procedure and health and safety checklist.

We refer to government and NHS guidelines on a daily basis and update our risk assessment accordingly.  We have installed sanitation points throughout the centre, NHS Track and Trace is in operation, as well as clearly signposted guidelines throughout Gnome House with regard to PPE and social distancing.

William Morris Big Local
Gnome House is currently being supported with a grant towards core costs from William Morris Big Local which is a resident-led project that brings people from the local community together to make the William Morris ward of Walthamstow an even better place to live.

Our vision is to create a welcoming and affordable community space with a wide range of accessible activities focussing on creativity and the arts.
The Gnome House Team

The Gnome House office is open from 10am-2pm Monday to Thursday.

Melissa:  Virtual community centre and Illuminated

Jane:  Space bookings

Lauren:  Ratpack & space bookings

Tom:  Facilities support

Board of Directors

Anna Alcock and Mark Burton are founding directors of Gnome House and work on a voluntary basis.

Chissola: Digital content
Isabella:  Social media