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Epping Forest events

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Epping Forest offers a varied, annual programme of events throughout the Forest. We hold guided walks, craft activities, learning and heritage events, art exhibitions, seasonal events and an open-air theatre season at The Temple each summer.

Our events are listed by month below, and along with those from other event-based organisations in Epping Forest!

Check out our Eventbrite page too, where most of our ticketed events are listed.

If you have questions about our events, please contact us

Regular events

Throughout the year the following events will run every week:

Every Thursday all year, 10am - 11am

Walk: Epping Forest Health Walk (60 minutes)

Meet point: Bury Road car park

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911 

 

Every other Monday, 10.30am - 11am

New Starters Health Walk

Connaught Water

A 30 minute health walk aimed at those who are new to walking and wanting to improve or regain fitness.

  • Monday 3 October
  • Monday 17 October
  • Monday 31 October
  • Monday 14 November
  • Monday 28 November

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911 

 

​Every third Thursday, 11am-12.30pm

Walking for Health - steady pace

Wanstead Park

Health Walks are free, volunteer led local walks aimed at people who would like to be a little more active. This is a steady pace walk for regular walkers, meeting at the Warren Road entrance.

  • Thursday 20 October
  • Thursday 18 November
  • Thursday 15 December

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Every Saturday from July onwards, 9am - 10.30am

Walking for Health - brisk pace

St Mary's Church

Health Walks are free, volunteer led local walks aimed at people who would like to be a little more active. This is a brisk pace walk for regular walkers, meeting at St Mary's Church, Wanstead.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Every Tuesday and Thursday from July onwards, 1.30pm - 3pm

Walking for Health - brisk pace

Capel Road/Woodford Road

Health Walks are free, volunteer led local walks aimed at people who would like to be a little more active. This is a brisk pace walk for regular walkers, meeting at the junction of Capel Road and Woodford Road.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Every Saturday all year, 9am - 10am

Run: Wanstead Flats 5km Park Run

Meet point: Harrow Road, Wanstead Flats Playing Fields

Free/no booking required.

www.parkrun.org.uk/wansteadflats/

Run by: Wanstead Flats Park Run Volunteer Team

September

Tuesday 13 September to Friday 23 September, 10am-5pm except Mondays

Exhibition: 'Beyond the City'

The View

An exhibition of Transport for London pre-war advertising posters of outer London's destinations, including Epping Forest. The exhibition includes works by Walter Spradbery, exploring the use of art to
promote green spaces and celebrating the design used for the new Epping Forest Gateway signage.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 24 September, 10am-4pm

Bushcraft workshop: basic carving

Barn Hoppitt car park

Find out how to safely use a knife and other hand tools to make some essential bushcraft items using basic carving and whittling techniques.

The workshop is for people 16 years old and over.

£60 per person, booking required.

Book online

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 25 September, 10am-4pm

Bushcraft workshop: Forest survival camp

Barn Hoppitt car park

Why not try this hunter gatherer experience? Make a primitive weapon, find out how to track your prey, learn about wild food and cook your own campfire lunch!

The workshop is for 8-14 year olds and will involve the hands on preparation of game (rabbits) for lunch. Vegetarian option available.

£45 per person, booking required.

Book online

Tel 020 7332 1911

October

Thursday 13 October, 6pm-8pm

The Wanstead Story

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Cut and create spooky shadow puppets inspired by gothic goings on, grottos and sad tales of family downfall in Wanstead Park.

Free drop-in session, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 20 October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Walking Festival: Ancient stories, historic views

Epping Forest Visitor Centre

Come and explore around High Beach for fascinating history and good views! Discover the Pillow Mounds, Rats Lane, High Beach Church and more with local experts.

For more information, please visit the Friends of Epping Forest website

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 20 October, 10am-11am

Walking Festival: Intermediate health walk

Bury Road car park

Health Walks are held every Thursday throughout the year and are aimed at those with a need to
improve health. Registration required if it is your first visit; turn up 10 minutes earlier.

For information on other health walks, please see our regular events above.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 21 October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Walking Festival: Along the Beech Trail

Epping Forest Visitor Centre

A walk along the Easy Access Path leading on to an Iron Age Camp, Debden Slade, Shelley Hill and remnants of Paul's Nursery.

Free, no booking required.

For more information, please visit the Friends of Epping Forest website

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 22 October, 10am-12noon

Walking Festival: Discover Knighton Wood and Lords Bushes

Buckhurst Hill Station

Join one of our local volunteers and find out more about the history and wildlife in Lords Bushes and Knighton Woods.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

​Saturday 22 October, 10am-4pm

Bushcraft workshop: Venison butchery and cooking course

Barn Hoppitt car park

Come and find out how to handle a deer carcass. Skin, butcher and cook venison in a beautiful woodland setting. All venison will be locally and sustainably sourced.

The workshop is for people 16 years old and over.

£95 per person, booking required - includes lunch and half a muntjac to take home for your freezer.

Book online

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 22 October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Walking Festival: Discovering the High Beach Easy Access Trail

Epping Forest Visitor Centre

This walk is especially suitable for those with younger children or anyone with walking difficulties. Find funny faces in the trees, meet the Forest trees and try a scavenger hunt.

Organised by the Friends of Epping Forest and the Epping Forest Centenary Trust.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 22 October, 10.30am-3.30pm

Walking Festival: High Beach to the Gunpowder Park and back

High Beach Church of the Holy Innocents

A circular walk from High Beach Church to Lea Valley Gunpowder Park and back again. Refreshments
will be available on return to the Church. Suitable for school age children with adult supervision.

For more information, please contact Jane Begley.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 22 October, 11am-1pm

Walking Festival: Autumn colours on the Chestnut Trail

Warren Road Entrance, Wanstead Park

Explore the natural aspect and some historical features of Wanstead Park. Tea and homemade cake will be provided at The Temple following the walk.

Free, no booking required.

For more information, please see the Friends of Wanstead Parklands website.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 23 October, 10am-12noon

Walking Festival: Epping Forest's on your doorstep

Hemnall Road and High Road, Epping

Join Verderer Peter Adams to explore this varied, beautiful and unusual part of the Forest.

Free, no booking required.

For more information, please see the Friends of Epping Forest website.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 23 October, 10am-12noon

Walking Festival: Highams Park Lake - Now and Then

Charter Road Boathouse

Join a local enthusiast from the Highams Park Planning Group and discover something about the area's past and how we are working together for its future.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Tuesday 25 October, 2pm-4pm

Black History Month: Discover and draw Tudors

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Discover the stories of ordinary Tudors described in historic sources as African or black, and help us decorate the Hunting Lodge with your drawings!

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 27 October, 6pm-9pm

Museums at Night: Tudor pyjama and welly party

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Enjoy three spooky Tudor family activities at our 1543 hunt standing and have a Tudor evening snack.

Dress code optional: pyjamas and wellies. Bring additional clothing for a walk in the woods, weather permitting. Eight years plus. One adult per three children maximum. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

£15 per person, booking required.

Book online

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 28 October, 12noon-4pm

Pumpkin Carving

The View

Join us for an afternoon of pumpkin carving. Pick up your pumpkin from us, grab some tools and wacky designs and create a spook-tacular pumpkin!

Hot and cold refreshments available. Prizes for carvers who come in costume.

Event takes place outside, so please dress accordingly

£5 (including pumpkin), £2 for non-carvers. Booking required.

Book online

Tel 020 7332 1911

November

​Saturday 5 November, 10am-4pm

Bushcraft workshop: Fire-lighting

Spend the day learning the importance of fires in wilderness and survival situations. Instruction will be given on lighting fires and the art of leaving no trace.

This workshop is for people 14 years old and over.

£60 per person, booking required.

Book online

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 5 November to Sunday 4 December, 10am-5pm except Mondays

Exhibition: Linda Bondy

The View

Artwork by local artist, Linda Bondy, featuring oils, watercolours and drawings of Epping Forest.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 19 November, 10am-4pm

Bushcraft workshop: Bushcraft bimble

Barn Hoppitt car park

Epping Forest is our classroom as we slowly meander our way through it learning some bushcraft essentials including plant and tree identification as well as water purification, fire-lighting and tracking.

This workshop is for people 14 years old and over.

£60 per person, booking required.

Book online

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 20 November, 10am-4pm

Bushcraft workshop: Tracking and fieldcraft

Barn Hoppitt car park

Find out about the ancient art and science of wildlife tracking. Get closer to the animals you wish to observe using fieldcraft.

This workshop is for people 14 years old and over.

£60 per person, booking required.

Book online

Tel 020 7332 1911

Other events and activities

Many other organisations hold events and guided walks throughout Epping Forest (licensed by the City of London).

Epping Forest offers many opportunities to enjoy various sporting activities, including walking and running, cycling, horse riding, angling, football, golf and athletics. Almost 100km (60 miles) of surfaced and un-surfaced trails provide access to woodland, ponds and open country with a variety of flora and fauna.

We run user forums for those who enjoy a particular activity within the Forest including anglers, cyclists, dog walkers, horse-riders, runners and walkers. Find out more about our surveys, consultations and how to have your say on Epping Forest.

Field Studies Centre

The Epping Forest Field Studies Centre in High Beach offers a wide range of courses for adults, children and families across the whole year. Courses offered for adults include all aspects of the local environment, learning about the countryside, its wildlife and the environment. Many are suitable for those wanting to find out more about the local area and some for those with a professional interest. Courses include, Spring and Autumn Walks, Discovering Bats, Discovering Wild Flowers, Painting and Drawing in Epping Forest and Natural History of Veteran Trees.​

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