Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes is internationally known as the spiritual home of Sunday league football, with 82 football, rugby and cricket pitches on North and South Marsh and Mabley Green.


Hackney Marshes Centre

The award-winning Hackney Marshes Centre provides 31 spacious changing rooms, a café and a public terrace. It’s a great venue for conferences, weddings, educational events and community events. For more information please contact us or visit Better – Hackney Marshes Centre.

Hackney Marshes Pavilion

The Hackney Marshes Pavilion provides 16 spacious changing rooms and four officials’ rooms, alongside a social space overlooking the cricket show pitch. It’s a great venue for educational, team and community events. For more information please contact us or visit Better – Hackney Marshes Centre.


The park holds a Green Flag award. The awards are given to the best green spaces in the country and are awarded each year to make sure the quality of the green space remains high.


Grass football – peak time prices

  • 11 a side block booking – adult: £98.45 and junior: £46.60
  • 9 a side – adult: £82.15 and junior: £41.15
  • 7 side – adult: £71.10 and junior: £35.50

Peak times are evenings and weekends. For a full list of sports pitch prices across the borough call 020 8986 7955, email hackney.marshes@gll.org or visit Better – Hackney Marshes.

Sports pitch bookings and enquiries

Sports pitch bookings are managed by Better. To book pitches call 020 8986 7955, email hackney.marshes@gll.org or visit Better – Hackney Marshes.


Rewilding Hackney Marshes

Work is currently underway on two projects to improve biodiversity in Hackney Marshes. The River Lea project, led by The Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston is improving the habitat and flow of the River Lea, removing invasive species, increasing native species planting and undertaking water quality monitoring. The project is progressing well with volunteering sessions focusing on tree and shrub planting, coppicing and removal of invasive species. The project continues until the spring of 2024.

As part of the GLA’s Grow Back Greener grant funded project, we are also working with local partners to build loggeries (large decaying wood piles). This provides safe refuge for amphibians, reptiles and small mammals, as well as invertebrates and fungi. Many of these loggeries have cavities built beneath them, allowing small animals to hide or hibernate safely. They’re fenced to exclude dogs and to prevent the removal of wood for firewood or temporary seating. There has been an increase in sightings of Hedgehogs recently across the Marshes (which are in decline locally and nationally). This suggests the loggeries are already being used and bringing back species to Hackney Marshes.


Management plan

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Page updated on: 24 November 2023

Hackney Marshes


Homerton Road
E9 5PF


Opening times

  • 24 hour access