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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 Tuesday - Sunday, 10am to 5pm!
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    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

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.

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

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.

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 8 February
  • Monday 22 February
  • Monday 7 March
  • Monday 21 March
  • Monday 4 April

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

February

Saturday 13 February, 10am-2pm

Volunteer task: Leyton Flats

Lakeside Diner Car Park

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

Bring a packed lunch!

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

​Tuesday 16 February to Thursday 18 February, 10am-3pm

February Forest Fun

The View, High Beach Visitor Centre, The Temple and the Forest around Chingford

Join us in the woods for a host of fun activities to brighten up February half term. Play laser tag deep in te Forest using the trees as your shield! Plus special activities taking place in the View, including traditional skipping, storytelling and Tudor toddler time.

We're also running drop-in arts and crafts at High Beach Visitor Centre and The Temple!

No booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 20 February, 10am-2pm

Forest survival camp

Learn bushcraft survival skills including fire-making, knife skills and campfire cooking. Help prepare and cook your own lunch in the wild!

For ages 7-12.

£22 including lunch, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 27 February, 10am-2pm

Volunteer task: Old Birch Well

Help us clear holly and scrub from around Old Birch Well.

Bring a packed lunch!

Tel 020 7332 1911 

March

Saturday 12 March, 10am-2pm

Volunteer task: Leyton Flats

Lakeside Diner Car Park

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

Bring a packed lunch!

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 26 March, 10am-2pm

Volunteer task: Old Birch Well

Help us clear holly and scrub from around Old Birch Well.

Bring a packed lunch!

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Tuesday 29 March to Sunday 22 May, during opening hours

Exhibition: Shakespeare and the Forest

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Seek, spy and discover our sylvan trail of Shakespearean quotations and narrative about forests, woodlands and what you can find in them.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Wednesday 30 March, 1pm-4pm

Easter Holiday Event: Shakespeare and the Forest

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Elizabethan dressing up for all the family, kitchen displays and activities linked to our exhibition and Shakespearean language and lore.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

May

​Wednesday 11 May to Saturday 14 May, 1pm-4pm

Museums at Night: Daytime Discovery

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge and The View

Discover, discuss, touch and draw, treasures and curiosities from our museum and handling collections including William Vincent’s Magic Lantern projector and slides and our Warren Pond giant carp. A chance to find out more about what we hold in store relating to the history of Epping Forest.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 12 May, 7.15pm-9.15pm

Museums at Night sunset walk: A magic lantern show revisited

The View and Forest walk

A private view at The View followed by a guided heritage walk. We’ll raise a glass of prosecco at sunset to William Vincent, Walthamstow photographer, magic lanternist, Forest enthusiast and ornithologist of a hundred years ago.

Doors open at The View 7pm: walk finishes there approximately 9.15pm.

Please come suitably dressed for an evening Forest walk.

£15.00 per ticket, including glass of Prosecco. 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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