Fairkytes Arts Centre
Fairkytes Arts Centre is a community arts centre in the heart of Hornchurch offering a wide range of activities for adults and children, rooms for hire, a large number of clubs and societies, and occasional events and demonstrations.
Fairkytes hosts a number of occasional events and activities throughout the year including children's holiday workshops, music events, theatre, and open days.
Clubs and societies
Fairkytes is a meeting place for dozens of local clubs, groups and societies. If you’re interested in music, learning a language, keeping fit or saving the environment, there’s a club for you at Fairkytes.
Rooms for hire
If you’re looking for a room to hold your class or a meeting place for your club, Fairkytes has a number of simple, adaptable spaces in a range of sizes, all at reasonable cost.
Whether you need a clear area for dance, tables and chairs for a meeting or a cabaret style layout for a quiz night, we can be of help.
Contact Fairkytes Art Centre on 01708 433433 to book.
Are you an artist or craftsperson looking for a place to work? We have a number of smaller spaces ideal for private studios, workshops or offices. Exclusive access during opening hours and the privacy you need to create your masterpiece, all for a simple, reasonable flat monthly rent.
In the mood for a party? Our main hall is available on Saturday and Sunday evenings for your party, function or quiz night. Disco lighting and sound desk are available to hire.
Our new Craft Gallery is an exciting and recent addition to our Centre. Come and see the wide range of different crafts on display, all hand-made by centre users, local craftspeople, or special guest artists. Every item is for sale, so why not pick up a rare and unusual gift for that person who is difficult to buy for!
For enquiries about Fry’s Gallery or exhibition information, please phone Havering’s Arts Development team on 01708 432791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of Fairkytes
Fairkytes was a private house originally built in the mid 18th century with several later additions to the property made up to the end of the 19th century. It is Grade II listed.
Previous occupants include Job Alibone, Joseph Fry (son of the famous prison reformer Elizabeth Fry) and Thomas Wedlake, who owned the Iron Foundry which stood opposite. In the 1950s it was bought by Hornchurch Urban District Council who used it as a library.
Fairkytes became Havering's Arts Centre in 1973 when the library moved to the purpose built building in North Street. Over time the centre has grown considerably, incorporating the Annexe building at the rear in 1992 and the Billet building next door in 2001.