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Epping Forest, London's largest open space, is a registered charity managed by the City of London at little cost to the public.

Whether you wish to escape the urban sprawl and simply unwind, or want something a little more active, Epping Forest has something for everyone.

There are numerous events throughout the year and plenty of activities to get involved in, from walking and running, and cycling to horse riding, angling, football and even golf.

There are also four Visitor Centres to see, with exhibitions, special events and friendly staff to help you find your way around the Forest.

We're planning to renovate the Caddie House café at Chingford Golf Course and we want your feedback, so have your say in  our survey

Epping Forest opening hours

Epping Forest is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; though our centres sometimes close. Wanstead Park also closes at dusk and reopens at dawn, as do some of our car parks.

Planning your visit

For more information on opening times and for help planning your journey, please see our visitor information pages.

Forest maintenance programme

For information on any works currently being carried out in the forest, please see our News page.

Did you know?

  • The Forest covers around 2,400 hectares – that’s over 3,300 football pitches – and stretches from Manor Park to just north of Epping.
  • Two thirds of the Forest has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Registered charity no. 232990​​​

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What's happening
Exhibition: 'a Forest Path' by Val Lawson
Date:
03 Jun 2016
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
Free, no booking required.

Woodland landscapes have been the inspiration for Val's watercolours. In these paintings she has captured the sense of light and colour experienced in Epping Forest.

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Exhibition: 'a Forest Path' by Val Lawson
Date:
04 Jun 2016
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
Free, no booking required.

Woodland landscapes have been the inspiration for Val's watercolours. In these paintings she has captured the sense of light and colour experienced in Epping Forest.

Find out more
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