Autumn at Canary Wharf: Skating, Spooky Swimming, Ice Sculpting & More – 21.10.22

  • London’s longest running ice rink returns
  • Play iconic childhood games at adult funfair experience Fairgame
  • Take a dip in the dark with a special Halloween swimming session
  • Live ice sculpting and sculpture trail kick off the festive season

As London’s days get cooler and nights get darker, Canary Wharf has a huge programme of new entertainment, activities, and arts to enjoy.

There are plenty of icy activities to get involved in, kicking off with the return of London’s longest running ice rink on 22nd October.

The Wharf will be transformed into a magical wonderland in November with Winter Ice, offering visitors and their little ones the chance to carve their own polar bear out of ice, try their hand at ice graffiti or visit a frozen trail of endangered animals specially carved out of ice.

Those brave enough to take an icy cold dip at Halloween can head to Middle Dock for a special nighttime swim.

Thrill-seekers can explore the unknown with three multi-sensory experiences in the pitch dark by award-winning theatre producer, Darkfield. Audience members are transported to strange new worlds and placed at the centre of evolving narratives, their senses heightened while being mentally transported away from reality.

Funfair fans can put their skills to the test and try out the new fairground-inspired games at Fairgame, where they can enjoy nine games over 75 minutes before refueling with pizza, burgers and candy floss cocktails.

Literature enthusiasts are invited to Crossrail Place Roof Garden to watch a series of free poetry performances by some of the capital’s most talented spoken-word artists for Black History Month. There’s one more performance still to come this Saturday, from Nigerian-British author Sarah Aluko.

With the launch of their new free app, workers, visitors and residents only need to check their phone for the latest on upcoming events, discounts, offers and more. The app also allows users to buy tickets, RVSP and check-in to events.

Black History Month – Poets’ Corner: Saturday 22 October, Crossrail Place Roof Garden

In collaboration with creative collective SXWKS, Canary Wharf has been hosting a month-long event of free poetry performances by Black British spoken-word artists. Crossrail Place Roof Garden has been transformed into Poets’ Corner, where artists Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams, Roger Robinson and Joladé Olusanya have performed their work about the Black experience. Some of their most poignant pieces are being published in the Wharf’s Short Story Stations throughout the month.

British-Nigerian author and spoken word artist Sarah Aluko will be the last performing poet on Saturday 22nd October.

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Darkfield: On until Sunday 23 October, Montgomery Square

Get ready to leave reality behind with the return of three immersive experiences by Darkfield. Set in shipping containers, the 360-degree audio experiences use technology, darkness and a variety of effects to heighten senses in these psychologically thrilling shows. The series of innovative experiences, Eulogy, Flight, and Coma, each run for 30 minutes.  

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Scale Matters & State of Play: On until Friday 11 November, Estate-wide

Two new exhibitions have been added to the hundreds of free public artworks already on display. Scale Matters is a 20 piece three-dimensional art exhibition made of monochrome paper by Angela Glajcar, presented around the expansive lobby of One Canada Square. Meanwhile outdoor exhibition State of Play features artwork from a series of talented artists with the aim of reconnecting the public with the characteristics of playfulness, curiosity, and delight.

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Ice Rink Canary Wharf: 22 October – 25 February, Canada Square Park

Returning for 18 magical weeks, the ice rink at Canary Wharf is the perfect activity for family outings, friendly get-togethers and romantic dates. With a roof overhead, come rain or shine the ice rink will be open every day for those wanting to get their skates on and practice their routines.

The alpine-themed Off Piste bar returns this year, offering a variety of seasonal food and drinks from mulled wine to hot chocolate.

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Halloween Open Water Swim: Monday 31 October, Middle Dock

Following on from the launch of open water swimming this summer, Middle Dock will play host to a very special spooky swim for Halloween as the last opportunity to swim this year. With hot chocolate and Halloween treats provided post swim, the session can be booked through the ACTiO app with strictly limited spaces.

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Elizabeth Line – Heathrow extension: From Sunday 6 November, Crossrail Place

The wait is finally over. The second phase of the Elizabeth line, opening on 6th November, means that you can now get to Heathrow from Canary Wharf in just 45 minutes.

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Winter Ice: Thursday 17, Friday 18 & Saturday 19 November, various times, Montgomery Square, Jubilee Park, Cabot Square, Crossrail Place and Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Canary Wharf will be hosting a mix of free icy activities this November.

Visitors can journey through a frozen trail of 15 specially carved animal ice sculptures, each highlighting a different endangered species, as well as watching experts creating giant beautiful ice sculptures with chisels and chainsaws.

There will be lots of opportunity to get involved with ice graffiti walls dotted around and 20 minute masterclass sessions to sculpt your own ice polar bear, which will run each day on a first come first served basis.

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Brand new restaurants include The Cocktail Club, Bombay cuisine favourite Dishoom and salad bar Atis which join the recently opened M restaurant, Feels like June and Hawksmoor.

Fairgame: The place to go for nostalgic entertainment and good food, Fairgame is a brand-new indoor fairground venue at the Wharf. There are nine games to play over 75 minutes, with players able to battle it out to come first place on the leaderboard. Catering to taste, players can grab some dinner at Dos Mas Tacos, Burger & Beyond or Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, with candy floss cocktails available at the bar.

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Pergola Lates: Every Friday, Pergola on the Wharf plays host to a late-night entertainment set in Canary Wharf’s Crossrail Place Roof Garden. The perfect excuse to stay late on a Friday with no tickets, no entry fee and no fuss, Pergola Lates are about great music and flowing drinks until the early hours. With a fresh line up of live acts and DJs every week, Pergola Lates is the place for a proper party on the Wharf.

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Ping Pong: Open daily at Montgomery Square and Union Square, Canary Wharf’s colourful ping pong tables are available to play all day every day. Simply bring your own bats and balls and play anytime. Space is limited and operates on a first come, first served basis.  

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Short Story Stations: Bringing literature to unexpected places, a series of vending machines can be found dotted around the Wharf, complete with touch free sensors. Simply select the length of the story and the dispenser will print one from classic or new writers on eco-friendly paper. The Short Story Stations can be found in Jubilee Place, Canada Place and Crossrail Place Roof Garden.

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Camille Walala Bridge: Created for the first ever London Mural Festival in September 2020, Camille Walala’s ‘Captivated by Colour’ artwork reimagines the Adam Plaza Bridge with enchanting geometric shapes and every aspect of the colour wheel. When exploring by foot, visitors can enjoy a walk along the bridge complete with an optical patter that shrinks and elongates as it moves across the bridge.

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Coming Together: Katrina Adams: Printmaker and visual artist Katrina Adams has designed colourful sculptural benches inspired by 2D abstract prints based on the architecture of Canary Wharf.

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Children’s Art Trail: The Children’s Art Trail features 12 pieces of art chosen to inspire young minds, with maps available showing where to find them. The artworks are a selection of over 100 permanently on display all over the Estate, both outside and indoors.

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Notes to Editors

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 9 million square feet of mixed-use space and over 1,100 Build to Rent apartments. 

CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK and also excels operationally as it has purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and sent zero waste to landfill since 2009. 

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live, work and thrive on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk. 

The Company’s current £2bn construction activity and pipeline includes more than 500k square feet NIA of commercial properties and over 2,300 new homes for sale and rent.
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