The Highams Park Festival is back for a second year and this time around, the series of arts and culture events will be following a Home theme.

The festival kicks off this Friday with the launch event at 6pm featuring the Harmony E4 choir serenading commuters from the station garden, followed by Art Trail sneak previews, a launch party at The Function Room until 10.30pm and even a visit from the Mayor of Waltham Forest.

The Art Trail will begin in Hale End Library and will tour around the Village Florist and Indulge Café and Deli, among others. In the library, there will be life-size recycled human figure sculptures by local sculptor Michelle Reader, including a postman made from junk mail and a ten year old girl made from the contents of her family's recycling bin, as well as a giant bumblebee.

There will also be a series of filmed performances called Totemic Smoke, which saw artist Lili Spain travel to sites of historical interest in Egypt on Sigmund Freud's behalf, forming a three-minute 'grand tour'. The work reveals an imagined dream sequence and brings Freud into the frame by using footage of the father of psychoanalysis smoking a cigar.

During the festival, there will also be the opportunity to find out more about yarn bombing. Discover pom pom bunting and tree and street furniture wrapped in knitting at various locations throughout the area by following a trail. Maps can be picked up from Grace and Albert Cookshop, Hale End Road or Pantry & Co, in Winchester Road.

For those looking for a more grown up event, there will be a Gin And Sympathy evening, with colouring in and poetry reading held upstairs at the County Arms pub, in Hale End Road, that has been dubbed an excuse to escape the drudgery of house wifery or house husbandry.

Have a rummage at the Flea and Tea Market too. There will be a mix of vintage, antique, jumble and curio stalls for you to have a look round, along with afternoon tea and homemade cakes. Your little ones will also be kept occupied with activities while you browse at your leisure.

A short walk for all ages will also be provided, where there will be the chance to look at and identify some of the tree species that grow in Larks Wood and will be held on behalf of Friends of Ainslie and Larks Woods Conservation Group.

Last year, the festival saw resounding success due to high levels of community interaction with different local groups and committees all working together to help improve the area. It is funded by Larkswood and Hale End & Highams Park Community Ward Forums and also gets support from local shops, businesses and volunteers.

To find out more about the festival and keep up to date with the latest events, visit: #HPFest

Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 11. Details: