Finding the Hackney Beach

11 June 2016

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Venue: Starts Hackney Wick Overground Station, Wallis Road E9 5LH

Organiser: Hackney Tours

Hackney Tours has been giving alternative walks and talks in Hackney Wick and East London since 2012 and recently launched Half Day Holidays, taking Londoners on the train to Margate for 'Micro Breaks'. But what is it we look for when we travel and why?

AS PART OF ‘ANTIUNIVERSITY 2016’: Why do we need to take a plane to find travel magic? What is it anyway? Is it not just a state of mind? Can we find ‘the beach’ at home? Put on your flip flops and armbands as together we aim to find a holiday buzz without leaving the city. Bring sun tan oil, questions and opinions and - with a nod to De Botton’s Art of Travel we’ll construct our own temporary holiday zone in Hackney Wick, the Olympic Park and on the River Lea. We’ll have fun, but ask some serious questions. Like why can’t we have a little holiday or festival everyday? This outdoor walk will be interactive with a group discussion and an experiential element, so bring a prop, a question and an opinion! Like any good holiday, we’ll finish up in a pub to discuss our findings with our fellow ‘holidaymaker philosophers’. Hackney Tours has been giving alternative walks and talks in Hackney Wick and East London since 2012 and recently launched Half Day Holidays, taking Londoners on the train to Margate for ‘Micro Breaks’. But what is it we look for when we travel and why? Is it a state of mind rather than a place? Is it an external or internal act? Sone say there’s magic everywhere; how can we access that? It would be more sustainable, cheaper - and available to us every day.