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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!
    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 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.

Changes to our events diary

We apologise, but owing to staff changes, we are cancelling the following events:

  • Sunday 29 November - Tudor stuff
  • Thursday 17 December - Pre-school: Christmas is coming

For alternatives, please see the rest of our calendar below, and if you have any further enquiries, 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

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:

  • 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.

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


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.

Please note: this event is now fully-booked.

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.

CANCELLED: 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


​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!

Tickets for our Grotto have now sold out, but there's plenty more to do! Come along and feed the reindeer, enjoy a cup of mulled wine and follow our Christmas trail through the Forest!

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.

CANCELLED: 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.​