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

North Marsh Habitats Project 

In 2023 Russell Miller and John Little collaborated in designing and delivering a large habitat improvement project on Hackney Marshes. John created two pollinator gardens using low nutrient, recycled substrates near the North Marsh Pavilion. Russell created a new wildlife pond and bee garden near Friends’ Bridge.

Other new habitats include:

  • big loggeries for hedgehogs and grass snakes
  • log filled wet scrapes for amphibians and deadwood flies
  • drilled bee nesting posts
  • a hoggin bee nest path

There were other local experts involved including Elsie Josland (Landscape Architect), Nina Hundt (Gardener Designer) and Ian Phillips (mammal and reptile expert). 

This project links to the Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston’s Old River Lea Restoration Project on the east side of the marshes via four new ‘stepping stone’ tree copses planted by volunteers in late 2022. These copses, together with large log piles, form the southern edge of a new 1 ha nature reserve. This extends the existing Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. Hedgehog sightings have already increased thanks to extra insect food and hiding places (logpiles) around the copses. GLA’s Grow Back Greener fund and LBH Parks funded the project.

See The North Marsh Habitats Project YouTube video

Management plan

See management plan (PDF 15mb)

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Page updated on: 6 December 2023

Hackney Marshes


Homerton Road
E9 5PF


Opening times

  • 24 hour access


Closing times:

  • 1 January to 21 January  – 5pm
  • 22 January to 4 February – 5.30pm
  • 5 February to 25 February – 6pm
  • 26 February to 10 March  – 6.30pm
  • 11 March to 24 March – 7pm
  • 25 March to 7 April – 8pm
  • 8 April to 21 April – 8.30pm
  • 22 April to 5 May – 9pm
  • 6 May to 11 August – 9.30pm
  • 12 August to 18 August – 9pm
  • 19 August to 8 September – 8.30pm
  • 9 September to 15 September – 8pm
  • 16 September to 6 October – 7.30pm
  • 7 October to 13 October – 7pm
  • 14 October to 27 October – 6.30pm
  • 28 October to 31 December – 5pm