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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.

Let us know what you think of Epping Forest! Take our Visitor Survey.

Epping Forest opening hours

Epping Forest is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; though our centres sometimes close. For more information, please visit:

Wanstead Park also closes at dusk and reopens at dawn, as do some of our car parks.

Epping Forest products

We are now offering a range of new products, including goods and produce made in the Forest itself. All of these products are available to purchase at The View.

You can buy venison joints, sausages, burgers and diced meat from our responsibly-reared and -managed herd at Theydon Bois Deer Sanctuary. We are now selling Longhorn beef from our Epping Forest cattle herd, with the proceeds paying for new cattle to graze the Forest.

We are also offering 'Swedish Candles', upright logs that make perfect, long-lasting campfires, and which are all cut from our responsibly-forested trees.

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
Volunteer task: Leyton Flats
Date:
13 Feb 2016
Time:
10:00 - 14:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
Free, no booking required.

Spend the day helping us clear encroaching silver birch around Leyton Flats.

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Epping Forest - an exhibition by Alison Chaplin
Date:
13 Feb 2016
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
Free, no booking required.

An exhibition of prints and paintings inspired by Epping Forest, and recording the changing seasons and the wonderful light effects.

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