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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 in the 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 all year

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.

Tel 020 8532 1010

wanstead.flats@cityoflondon.gov.uk

 

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

Free

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

Run by: Wanstead Flats Park Run Volunteer Team

 

You can look at our weekly works programme here.​

September 2014

Saturday 21 June to Sunday 28 September 10am-5pm

Exhibition: Iron Age Season - Epping Forest's Iron Age Camps

Ground Floor Gallery, The View

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 6 July to Sunday 28 September 10am-5pm

Exhibition: Summer Art Show 2014

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

Exhibition: East India Company

The Temple

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 18 September 7pm–8.30pm

Talk: Man’s best friend

Harrow Road Pavilion

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 20 September 10am–2pm

Volunteer task: The Lake, Lower Forest

Woodyard car park

Help clear the willow and overhanging branches from around the lake.

Free/no booking required

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September 12pm–4pm

Event: Open House Extra

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge & The View

Guided tours at 12pm, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm.

This weekend only, we'll be including the 'under stairs room' on the tour so people can view the construction of the Tudor stairs. Guided tours of The View will take place at 12pm and 4 pm.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September 1pm–4pm

Event: Open House Extra

The Temple

Enjoy extra displays of Wanstead House prints plus a decoupage craft activity using these iconic images.

British Sign Language Interpreter available on Sunday.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 20 September 5pm–9pm                         

Event: Beer & bubbles festival

The View

Sample some of Europe’s finest wines and beers, courtesy of Woodford Wines. Meet the producers and learn more about the wide variety of drinks they have to offer.

Cost £10 per person including a glass of wine of beer/booking required. Over 18s only.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 21 September 10am–12pm                         

Walk: Open House heritage walk

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 21 September 10am–1.30pm

Walk: Theydon waymarked trail

Theydon Bois underground station

A challenging 7.5 mile walk over undulating ground. Sensible footwear required and a reasonable level of fitness would be beneficial.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 25 September 7.30pm–9.30pm

Past time & tipple: Tudor fashions – buskins, biliments & biggins

The View

Help a Tudor court lady to dress and to share some of her beauty secrets (mouse skin eyebrows anyone?). Henry VIII’s courtiers were expected to dress to kill – just one outfit could cost as much as a house. This is your chance to find out just how the look was achieved and why Tudor women got through so many pins

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 26 September 11am-12pm

Elf 'n' Fairy Session

The View

A friendly and charming one hour session suitable for children aged 3-6 and accompanied by an adult. We're going to make some elf or fairy headdresses, 'twig people' and taste some Forest fairy foods. Our activities will inspire children with a little light learning about Epping Forest and the plants and insects that live here, and should be fun too!

Purely optional: children are very welcome to attend dressed in their favourite fairy or fairytale outfits! Or usual comfortable wear as they prefer.

20 children maximum (one adult to accompany each child), £5 per child, bookable in advance.

Please phone or visit The View to secure your place. Please mention any special dietary requirements as we may offer light edible treats on the day.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 27 September 10am–11.30am                         

Walk: Fungi of the Forest

High Beach Forest Centre

A stroll looking at Forest fungi and its associated folklore and myths.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 27 September 10am–1pm                         

Children’s activity: Bushcraft skills & forest deer

Genesis Slade car park

Learn bushcraft skills including den building, trapping, fire-lighting and the correct and responsible use of knives. The session will include a tour of the Deer Sanctuary. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs please. 

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 28 September 10.45am–4pm   

Bike ride: Discovering Epping Forest (cancelled, previously rescheduled to 14 September)

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

 

Sunday 28 September 2pm–4pm  

Walk: Epping Forest & the Great War

Chingford Station

A circular walk looking at the effects of the Great War on Epping Forest.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911​

October 2014

Saturday 4 October 10am

Event: Christmas grotto - in person ticket sales

The View

Purchase your Father Christmas at the Hunting Lodge ticket for 13 or 14 December.

Cost £10.95/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 4 October 10am–4pm

Volunteer task: Hollow Ponds

Lakeside Diner, Whipps Cross Road

Help remove the fencing around the reed mace and repair the floating islands

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 4 October to Sunday 30 November 10am–5pm

Exhibition: Epping Forest & the Great War

The View

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 5 October 10am–12.30pm

Walk: Fitness walk

Mount Pleasant car park

A challenging fast paced walk. This is geared at participants with an above average level of fitness. Suitable footwear required and water is recommended.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 11 October 10am–12.30pm   

Walk: Forest at war

Broadstrood car park

A guided walk to look at the effects of the two world wars on the landscape.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Monday 13 October 10am

Event: Christmas grotto - telephone ticket sales

The View

Purchase your Father Christmas at the Hunting Lodge ticket for 13 or 14 December.

Cost £10.95/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Wednesday 15 October 7pm–9pm

Adult craft taster workshop: Marbled paper book covering

The View

Discover how to create gorgeous patterns on paper using marbling inks.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 16 October 7.30pm–9pm (doors open 7pm)

Past time & tipple: Epping Forest & the Great War

The View

Marking the centenary of World War I, our October event looks at the impact of the conflict on the Forest and on local people.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 18 October 10am–2pm

Volunteer task: Leyton Flats

Meet in the car park off Snaresbrook Road

Help clear scrub, holly trees from around the Old Birch Well and clear out the well.

Free/no 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

 

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.​


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