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    The converted Victorian stables courtyard at The View, topped with a wooden balcony overlooking the Forest and Hunting Lodge.
    Pop along to The View, open every day from 10am to 5pm!
    The green field of the Temple enclosure at Wanstead Park. The Temple is in the distance, a portico of white stone columns.

    Visit The Temple! Open weekends and bank holidays from 10am to 3pm. 

Epping Forest events 2014

Epping Forest offer a varied, annual programme of events throughout the Forest. There are guided walks and bike rides, craft activities, learning events, heritage events, art exhibitions, seasonal events, talks and lectures and an open-air theatre season at The Temple, Wanstead Park each summer.

Most of our events are free of charge, however some may be subject to a small charge to cover running costs. It is hoped that our events will provide Forest fun for the local community and will encourage people to either find out about Epping Forest for the first time, or for those who already know the Forest, to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Many events are drop-in events, whilst some require booking in advance. 

Our events are listed by month below. You can also download our events diary (3.86 MB), which includes events from other organisations based in Epping Forest too.

If you would like more information on our learning events, please see our learning page

If you want to find out more about the Forest, help out and learn new skills, then check out our page on volunteering.

Regular events

Throughout the year the following events will run every week:


Every Wednesday, May to September

Time: 6pm-8pm

Family Rounders

A fun social league for all ages on Wanstead Flats Playing Field near Aldersbrook Road, E12 5HH.

Free, booking required. Funded by the Mayor of London FreeSport programme.

Tel 020 8532 1010


Every Thursday all year

Time: 10am-11am

Walk: Epping Forest Health Walk

Meet point: Bury Road car park

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


Every Saturday all year

Time: 9am (for up to 45 minutes)

Run: Wanstead Flats parkrun-5km

Meet point: Harrow Road, Wanstead Flats Playing Fields


Run by: Wanstead Flats Park Run Volunteer Team


You can look at our weekly works programme here.​

October 2014

Saturday 6 September to 30 November, 12noon to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Exhibition: East India Company

The Temple

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


Saturday 4 October to Sunday 30 November

Exhibition: Epping Forest & The Great War

The View

100 years on from World War I, this autumn exhibition looks at the impact of the conflict on Epping Forest and tells stories of local people caught up in its events.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


From Monday 13 October 10am

Event: Christmas grotto - telephone and in-person ticket sales open

The View

You can buy tickets for 'Father Christmas at the Hunting Lodge' (which is happening on 13 and 14 December) from 13 October onwards.

Tickets can be purchased in-person at The View, or by telephone at the number below.

Cost £10.95/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


Thurday 23 October 7pm–8.30pm

Talk: Man’s best friend

The View

Animal Behaviourist, Charlotte Keane, looks at man’s best friend and what we ask of him. No dogs please.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


Saturday 25 October 10am-12.30pm

Walk: Forest at War

A guided walk to look at the effects of the two World Wars on the landscape of Epping Forest.

Meet at Broadstrood Car Park.

Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


Wednesday 29 October 12pm–3pm

Family learning event: First World War Epping Forest

The View

The First World War broke out 100 years ago. Join us to commemorate this, with a series of enjoyable, interesting activities showing what life was like in and around Epping Forest at that time.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


Friday 31 October 12pm–3pm

Activity: Pumpkin carving

The View

Dress in a fancy dress costume for a fun afternoon of pumpkin carving and enter our carving competition. Children must be supervised by an adult. Pumpkins on sale.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911​

November 2014

Saturday 1 November 10am–4pm

Volunteer task: The Perch Pond

Meet by the entrance off Northumberland Avenue

Help clear scrub and overgrowth from around the lake margins.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


Sunday 2 November 9am–11.30am

Walk: The Forest during the fallow deer rut

Lodge Road car park

A walk looking for signs of the fallow rut. The rut is weather dependant but hopefully some signs will be found. No dogs please.

Free/booking required (for 12 years +).

Tel 020 7332 1911


Sunday 2 November 1.30pm–4.30pm

Walk: Autumn Colours

High Beach car park

An autumnal walk to catch the magical autumn colours. Dogs must be on a lead.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


Thursday 13 November 7pm–8.30pm

Talk: Man’s best friend

Harrow Road Pavilion

An insight into why so many of us seek to share our lives with dogs. No dogs please.

Free/no booking required. 

Tel 020 7332 1911


Saturday 22 November 10am–2pm

Volunteer task: Wanstead Park

The Temple

Help clear the bramble from the bluebell area, in preparation for next spring’s blooms.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911


Wednesday 26 November 7pm–9pm

Adult craft taster workshop: Quilled Christmas cards

The View

Make your own unique Christmas cards using the beautiful technique of paper quilling. Adults of all ages and abilities can easily learn this traditional craft to produce attractive, handmade artwork.

Cost £10 per person/booking required. Adults only.

Tel 020 7332 1911​

December 2014

Saturday 6 December to January 2015 10am–5pm

Exhibition: Winter wonderland

The View

Free/no booking required.


Thursday 11 December 7pm–8.30pm

Talk: Man’s best friend

The View

Animal Behaviourist, Charlotte Keane, talks about dog behaviour. No dogs please.

Free/no booking required.


Thursday 11 December 7.30pm–9.30pm

Past time & tipple: Making Christmas greenery

The View

Enjoy a festive evening making Christmas greenery displays to take home to decorate your table, mantelpiece or give as a gift. Ticket price includes lots of fresh holly, ivy and other natural stuff, including an oasis for you to create your own green delight.

Cost £10 per person includes a drink/booking required. Over 18’s only.


Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 December 10am–3pm

Event: Christmas grotto

The View

Book onto our magical Christmas weekend to meet Father Christmas.

Cost £10.95 per child (includes a Christmas gift)/ booking required. Booking opens in person Saturday 4 October/telephone booking from Monday 13 October.


Saturday 13 December 10am–4pm

Volunteer task: Ornamental Water

By the Park entrance off Warren Road

Help clear scrub and overgrowth from around the lake margins.

Free/no booking required. ​

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, 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 the Epping Forest Forums and learn about opportunities to get involved and have your say.


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.​