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Epping Forest events 2015

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. Many events are drop-in events, whilst some require booking in advance.

Our events are listed by month below, and find links to other event-based organisations 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 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

One Monday a month, 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.

Walks are being held on the following dates:

  • 31 August
  • 28 September
  • 26 October
  • 23 November
  • 21 December

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Every Saturday all year, 9am-10am

Run: Wanstead Flats Park Run (5km)

Meet point: Harrow Road, Wanstead Flats Playing Fields

Free/no booking required.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/wansteadflats/

Run by: Wanstead Flats Park Run Volunteer Team

Every Thursday and Friday, 10.30am-1pm

Presentation: Discover Epping Forest

Watch a short presentation about the Forest, look around the Centre and explore our Easy Access Trail - then have a picnic or buy lunch nearby!

The Visitor Centre is run by the Friends of Epping Forest on behalf of the City of London.

Available for groups with learning, sensory or mobility difficulties.

Booking required.

Tel 020 8418 0730

Look at our weekly works programme here.​

August

Sunday 12 July to Sunday 27 September, 10am-5pm

Summer Art Show

The View

A collection of artwork submitted by local artists who have been inspired by Epping Forest

Free, no booking required

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 1 August to Sunday 27 September, 12noon-5pm on weekends and public holidays only

Wanstead Park Festival Event: The Temple over time

The Temple

This exhibition sets the Temple in context, explaining its different uses since it was built in the 1760s.

Free, no booking required

Tel 020 7332 1911

Friday 28 August, 10am-12noon

Family Event: Play in the Forest

High Beach, Loughton

A joint event between City of London and Epping Forest District Council.

Discover, explore and enjoy the Forest through wild play, arts and craft activities.

£2 per child, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 29 August, 10am-1pm

Family Event: Junior Angling Day

Theydon Bois Pond

Learn how to set up a fishing rod and float and hopefully catch some fish!

£5 per person, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

September

Saturday 5 September, 9.30am-4.30pm

Walk: Identifying trees in leaf

Epping Forest Field Centre

Please visit the Epping Forest Field Centre website for more information.

Sunday 6 September, 2-4pm

Open Gardens at Copped Hall

Copped Hall

Please visit the Copped Hall Trust website for more information.

Saturday 12 September, 10am-12noon

Walk: Meet the cattle

Come and meet the Forest cattle and find out about the important work they do.

Meeting point to be confirmed upon booking.

Free, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 12 September, 10am-12noon

Walk: Bushcraft and Forest Deer

Genesis Slade car park

Learn bushcraft skills such as fire lighting, den building and the responsible use of knives. We will also visit the Theydon Bois deer sanctuary to view the herd of fallow deer. Ages 5-15.

Free, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 12 September, 10am-1pm

Junior Angling Day

Theydon Bois Pond

Learn how to set up a fishing rod and float and hopefully catch some fish!

£5, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Sunday 13 September, 9am-5pm

Walk: Epping Forest Centenary Walk

A beautiful walk through the full length of the Forest, with the Friends of Epping Forest. There are six points through the day to join the walk.

Please see the Friends of Epping Forest website for more information.

Sunday 13 September, 9am-5pm

Workshop: the natural history of hedgerows

Epping Forest Field Centre

Please visit the Epping Forest Field Centre website for more information.

Sunday 13 September, 2.30pm start

Walk: Tranquility Trail

Church of St. Peter-in-the-Forest, Walthamstow

Walk the Tranquility Trail with the people of High Beach Church.

Wednesday 16 September, 7pm-9pm

Get hooked! How to make a crochet square

The View

Relax and learn how to make a crochet square. The square is the foundation for future crocheting fun!

£15 per person (over 16s only). Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Thursday 17 September, 10.15am-11.15am

Pre-school: Elf and Fairy

The View

Imagine what it would be like to be a fairy or elf in Epping Forest during this fun storytelling session.

£4.95 per child (babes-in-arms free). Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 19 September, 9.45am-4.30pm

Workshop: introduction and guide to common fungi

Epping Forest Field Centre

Please see the Epping Forest Field Centre website for more information.

Saturday 19 September, 10am-2pm

Volunteer: Leyton Flats

Meeting point: back car park, rear of log cabins

Help clear the flats of silver birch and willow to open up the grasslands.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Sunday 20 September, 10am-11am

Guided tour: Copped Hall

Please visit the Copped Hall Trust website for more information.

Sunday 20 September, 10am-12noon

History Walk: Open House London in Wanstead

Meet outside Wanstead station, finishing at The Temple

A walk from Wanstead station to The Temple with stories along the way about the colourful history of Wanstead Park and its owners.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Sunday 20 September, 10:30am-5pm

Open House London in Chingford

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and The View

Extra for Open House: Elevenses/tea-time illustrated talks on Epping Forest history at 11am and 3pm. British Sign Language interpretation available from 2pm-5pm.

£2 refreshments. No booking requirement.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Sunday 20 September, 12:30pm-4:30pm

Open House London at The Temple

The Temple

Chat to staff about the history of Wanstead Park and take home an individualised print of Wanstead House!

Suitable for all ages.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Sunday 20 September, 2pm start

The Fitzwilliam String Quarter at Copped Hall

Copped Hall

Please visit the Copped Hall Trust website for more information.

Sunday 27 September, 10am-4pm

Workshop: discovering badgers

Epping Forest Field Centre

Please visit the Epping Forest Field Centre website for more information.

October

Thursday 1 October to Sunday 1 November during Temple opening hours

History event: Black History Month Tudor Trail

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Follow our trail of snippets about black Tudors, who they were and what we know about them. Track down lives of individuals such as Henry VIII's trumpeter, John Blanke, court entertainers, servants and ordinary Tudors present and living in England in the 16th century.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 3 October, 10am-2pm

Volunteer task: Kemps Lawn and Pizzle Pits Pond

Jack's Hill car park

Help clear scrub from around the pond.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 3 October, 10.45am-4pm

Epping Forest Guided Bike Ride

Meeting at The View

Explore the beauty of Epping Forest on bike, led by Forest Keeper Ian Greer!

The ride is open to families and people of all ages but you should have a competent level of riding. Please wear a helmet and bring along water and a puncture repair kit, and please check your bike over before the start of the ride.

Free, booking required.

Saturday 3 October to Friday 30 October, 10am-5pm

Exhibition: 'The Blazing Forest' by Thomas Peck

The View

Local photographer, Thomas Peck, captures Epping Forest's exquisitely beautiful Autumn colour.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 3 October onwards, 10am-5pm

Christmas at The View: in-person ticket sales

The View

Purchase your 'Christmas at The View' tickets for 12 or 13 December.

£12.95, includes gift. Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 3 October, 1pm-4pm

Art event: Big draw, bright pastels: Tudor Food

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Discover and draw displays about the Tudor meaning of life. All ages and abilities.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 3 October, 11.30am-3pm

Family event: High Beach Church - Children's craft activity

High Beach Church

For more information, please visit High Beach Church's website.

Sunday 4 October, 10:30am-12:30 pm + 2.30pm-4.30pm

Silver Sunday: Birds and Beasts Pastel Workshop

The View

A free art workshop celebrating the birds and beasts of Epping Forest. Drop in when you like and have a go drawing stuffed animals, birds and curiosities from our Epping Forest museum collection.

Free/no booking required. Tea and coffee available for a donation. 

Tel 020 7332 1911

Sunday 4 October, 1pm-4pm

Big draw, bright pastels: Tudor Life, Death and Symbolism

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Discover and draw displays about the Tudor meaning of life. All ages and abilities.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Sunday 4 October, 11am start

Sport event: Copped Hall run

Copped Hall

A spirited run around Copped Hall!

Saturday 10 October, 1pm-5pm

Suntrap Open Day

For more information, please visit Suntrap's website.

Sunday 11 October, 9.30am-4.30pm

EFFC: Woodland Fungi

Epping Forest Field Centre

For more information, please visit Epping Forest Field Centre's website.

Sunday 11 October, 10am-1pm

Friends of Epping Forest - Wanstead Flats, Park and a view of the Roding

Harrow Road Pavilion car park

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

Monday 12 October onwards, 10am-5pm

Christmas at The View: telephone ticket sales

The View

Purchase your 'Christmas at The View' tickets for 12 or 13 December.

£12.95, includes gift. Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Wednesday 14 October, 7pm-9pm

Workshop: Glass painting

The View

Try your hand at painting a glass tile or a sun-catcher. Take your finished piece of work home!

£15 per person (over 16s only). Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Thursday 15 October, 10.15am-11.15am

Family event: Pre-school: Pumpkins and apples

The View

Interactive storytelling and rhymes. Get creative with our fun pumpkin and apple craft activities.

Ages 2-5.

£4.95 per child (babes-in-arms free). Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 17 October, 10am-2pm

Volunteer task: Kemps Lawn and Pizzle Pits Pond

Jack's Hill car park

Help clear scrub from around the pond.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 17 October to Sunday 18 October, 11am-3pm

The Big Draw at the Temple

The Temple

Come along and enjoy a day of drawing in and around The Temple. All ages and abilities welcome.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 17 October, 10am-4pm

EFFC: Photography in Epping Forest in Autumn

Epping Forest Field Centre

For more information, please visit Epping Forest Field Centre's website.

Sunday 18 October, 10am-1pm

Copped Hall: Three-hour guided tour

Copped Hall

For more information, please visit the Copped Hall Trust website.

Sunday 25 October, 12noon-3pm

Family Learning Event: Awesome Ants!

The View

See ants in action in our ants' nest. Ant quiz and other ant activities. Make an ant to take home!

£1 per person (under 3s free). No booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Tuesday 27 October, 10am-12noon

EFFC: Forest Families: Pond dipping - all shapes and sizes

Epping Forest Field Centre

For more information, please visit Epping Forest Field Centre's website.

Wednesday 28 October, 12noon-3pm

Family Learning Event: Classical Elements - Fire: Friendly or Frightening?

The View

Find out how fire is important to the wildlife of Epping Forest. Information and activities for all ages.

£1 per person (under 3s free). No booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Wednesday 28 October, 6pm-8pm

EFFC - Family astronight: Comets and meteors

Epping Forest Field Centre

For more information, please visit Epping Forest Field Centre's website.

Thursday 29 October, 10am-3pm

Family event: Pumpkin carving

The View

Join us for an afternoon of pumpkin carving. From Jack-o-Lanterns to spooky faces. Learn how to create a design which will impress any trick-or-treaters! Prizes for the best-carved designs.

£5 pumpkin at T-light, and a free hot or cold drink. £3.95 if you bring your own pumpkin. £1 for non-carvers.

Booking required (2 hour time slots).

Tel 020 7332 1911

Thursday 29 October, 10am-12noon

EFFC - Forest Families: Freaky Forest

Epping Forest Field Centre

For more information, please visit Epping Forest Field Centre's website.

Friday 30 October, 6pm-8pm

Walk: Forest at Night

Jack's Hill car park

Come and get a feel for the Forest and find out what our ancestors feared in the dark during this night-time walk.

Free. Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Friday 30 October, 9.45am-4pm

EFFC - Getting children outdoors: environmental activities for Under 11s

Epping Forest Field Centre

For more information, please visit Epping Forest Field Centre's website.

Saturday 31 October, 10am-2pm

Volunteer task: Wanstead Park

The Temple

Help clear the bramble from around the bluebells!

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 31 October, 1pm-4pm

Black History Month: Henry VIII Art Day

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

From Henry VIII black trumpeter, John Blanke, to the 1513 'twa black ladeis' at the Scottish Court, we know that there were black people around royalty when Henry was on the throne - but few Tudor portraits portray them.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 31 October from 4pm

High Beach Church: Traditional All Hallows Eve

High Beach Church

For more information, please visit High Beach Church's website.

November

​Sunday 1 November, 1pm-4pm

Art Event: Black History Month - Elizabeth I art day

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Five Africans visited London in the 1550s, parish registers show a scattering of black Londoners setting up home in the Elizabethan period. By 1601, royal proclamations suggest that there was a sizable black community. Come along and enjoy this Elizabethan art day!

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 7 November, 9.45am-5pm

Workshop: EFFC - woodland ecology and management basics

For more information, please visit the Epping Forest Field Centre website.

Saturday 7 November, 10am-12noon

Suntrap: make nature a home

For more information, please visit Suntrap's website.

Sunday 7 November, 10.30am-12.30pm

Walk: Friends of Epping Forest - The Stubbles to the Field

The Stubbles car park

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

Saturday 14 November, 10am-2pm

Volunteer: Leyton Flats

Lakeside car park

Help clear silver birch from the grasslands. Bring a packed lunch!

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Thursday 19 November, 10.15am-11.15am

Family Event: Pre-school - Kings and Queens

The View

Royal rhymes and storytelling for little princes and princesses. Light refreshment included! Ages 2-5.

£4.95 per child (babes-in-arms free), booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Thursday 19 November to Friday 20 November, 9.30am-4pm

Workshop: EFFC - traditional hedge-laying

For more information, please visit the Epping Forest Field Centre website.

Wednesday 25 November, 7pm-9pm

Workshop: Felt Christmas tree baubles

The View

A fun, seasonal workshop to enable you to make your own set of unique felted Christmas tree baubles. Bring a towel.

£15 per person (over 16s only), booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 28 November, 10am-4pm

Volunteer: Warren Yard pond

Warren Yard car park

Help finish off replacing the revetment on the side of the pond and build a duck house!

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 28 November, 11.30am-3pm

Family Event: High Beach Church - children's craft activity

High Beach Church

For more information, please visit High Beach Church's website

Saturday 28 November, 4pm-7pm

Suntrap - lantern-making, bonfire and burgers

For more information, please visit Suntrap's website.

Sunday 29 November, 2pm-4pm

History Event: Tudor Stuff

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Costumed guides bring the Hunting Lodge to life! Have a chat or try out a simple Tudor art or craft activity.

£1 for activity, otherwise free. No booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

December

​Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December, doors open 2pm, performance starts 3pm

Music: Copped Hall Carol Concert (ticketed event)

For more information, please visit Copped Hall Trust's website.

Thursday 10 December, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Workshop: Making Christmas greenery

The View

Enjoy a festive evening making a Christmas greenery display or wreath for your home. Ticket price includes lots of fresh holly, ivy, pine cones and an oasis base for you to create your own green delight.

£15 per person, includes a drink and materials. Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 12 December, 10am-2pm

Volunteer: Leyton Flats

Lakeside Diner car park

Help clear silver birch from around the grasslands. Bring a packed lunch!

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 12 December and Sunday 13 December, 10am-3pm

Christmas Grotto at The View

The View

Our magical Christmas weekend. Not to be missed!

£12.95 per child (includes a gift). Booking required.

Ticket sales open in-person at The View from Saturday 10 October, and by telephone from Monday 19 October.

Tel 020 7332 1911

Saturday 12 December and Sunday 13 December, doors open 2pm, performance starts 3pm

Music: Copped Hall Carol Concert (ticketed event)

For more information, please visit Copped Hall Trust's website.

Sunday 13 December, 10.30am-12.30pm

Walk: Friends of Epping Forest - a walk around the Beach

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

Wednesday 16 December, 7pm start

Music: High Beach Church - informal Carol singing

For more information, please visit High Beach Church's website.

Thursday 17 December, 10.15am-11.15am

Family Event: Pre-school - Christmas is coming!

The View

Festive rhymes and storytelling for 2-5 year olds. Light refreshments included.

£4.95 per child (babes-in-arms free), booking required.

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 the Epping Forest Consultations 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.​


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