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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.

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Our events are listed by month below, and find links to other event-based organisations in Epping Forest too!

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 27 June
  • Monday 11 July
  • Monday 25 July
  • Monday 8 August

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911 

 

​Every third Thursday, 11am-12.30pm

Walking for Health - steady pace

Wanstead Park

Health Walks are free, volunteer led local walks aimed at people who would like to be a little more active. This is a steady pace walk for regular walkers, meeting at the Warren Road entrance.

  • Thursday 23 June
  • Thursday 21 July
  • Thursday 18 August

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Every Saturday from July onwards, 9am - 10.30am

Walking for Health - brisk pace

St Mary's Church

Health Walks are free, volunteer led local walks aimed at people who would like to be a little more active. This is a brisk pace walk for regular walkers, meeting at St Mary's Church, Wanstead.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Every Tuesday and Thursday from July onwards, 1.30pm - 3pm

Walking for Health - brisk pace

Capel Road/Woodford Road

Health Walks are free, volunteer led local walks aimed at people who would like to be a little more active. This is a brisk pace walk for regular walkers, meeting at the junction of Capel Road and Woodford Road.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Every Saturday all year, 9am - 10am

Run: Wanstead Flats 5km Park Run

Meet point: Harrow Road, Wanstead Flats Playing Fields

Free/no booking required.

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

June

Friday 3 June to Thursday 30 June, 10am-5pm

Exhibition: 'a Forest Path', by Val Lawson

The View

Woodland landscapes have been the inspiration for my water colours. In these paintings I have captured the sense of light & colour experienced in the forest.

Free, no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

July

​Sunday 3 July, 11am-4pm

Paws at the View

The View

Fun activities for dogs and their owners, including have-a-go agility, displays, tombola, stalls and dog show, including various categories.

Free, no booking required. £1 entry per category of our dog show.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 9 July, 11am-1pm

Walk: Identifying Herbs

The View

Take a gentle stroll and re-discover the history, folklore and traditional uses of wild herbs growing in Epping Forest with medical herbalists Kim and Victoria.

£25 per person. Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 14 July, 6pm-9pm

Open Air Theatre: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

The Temple enclosure

There is no better way to enjoy the summer than packing a picnic and coming along to one of the Forest's Open Air Theatre productions. You will be enthralled by the antics of the Illyria team! 

Five couples - three human, one fairy and one mythical - find their relationships sorely tested when a troupe of amateur theatricals bumble into the forest to rehearse a play. Add to this bawdy mix a heady brew of confusion, magic and mischief and you have the most perfectly frothy comedy for a moonlit summer evening!

Booking required. Tickets: 0-3 years, £2.95; 4-16 years, £8.95; 16+, £14.95.

Tel 020 7332 1911 or book online

 

Sunday 24 July, 2pm-5pm

Open Air Theatre: Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Ruddigore'

The Temple enclosure

The second of our three Open Air Theatre events this summer. Come along and enjoy an afternoon with Illyria!

Robin Oakapple, a shy young farmer, loves Rose Maybud, a prim student of etiquette. He summons the courage to ask for her hand in marriage; but at the wedding it is revealed that Robin is really Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, heir to the ancestral pile of Ruddigore and subject to its attendant curse: to do an evil deed every day or die an agonising death...

Booking required. Tickets: 0-3 years, £2.95; 4-16 years, £8.95; 16+, £16.95.

Tel 020 7332 1911 or book online

 

Wednesday 27 July, 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm

Pond dipping at Highams Park Lake

Highams Park Lake

Come and have a go at pond dipping and find out what’s lurking beneath the water!

Each session is 1 hour long.

£2 per person, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

August

Wednesday 3 August, 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm

Bushcraft: whittling workshop

Barn Hoppitt

Continue to develop your skills with the first of three bushcraft workshops in the holidays. Learn how to safely use a knife and whittle some camp kit essentials.

6-12 year olds.

£2 per participant, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Wednesday 10 August, 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm

Bushcraft: shelter workshop

Barn Hoppitt

Learn about man-made and natural shelters and have a go and construction your own.

6-12 year olds.

£2 per participant, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Wednesday 10 August, 1pm-4pm

Workshop: apothecaries and potions

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Look, touch, see, smell. An introduction to Tudor medicine with activities for all the family. Find out why plants, pee and leeches were important for your health, and make a scented herbal bag to bring you delight!

Free, no booking required - some activities may have small additional costs

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 11 August, 11am-12.30pm

Workshop: plants and potions for children

The View

Discover Tudor herbal medicines in this sensory morning filled with things to smell and touch. Each participant will learn about simple herbal remedies and concoct a pot of magical healing potion.

6-13 years plus adult only. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

£15 per child, adults go free. Max 3 children per adult. Booking required

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 11 August, 2pm-4pm

Workshop: herbal remedies

The View

Join Herbalists Kim and Victoria in an interactive workshop looking at traditional herbal remedies and recipes. Try some tasters and make and take away your own healing herbal balm.

Adults and young adults (14+) only.

£25 per person, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Tuesday 16 August, 2pm-5pm

Open Air Theatre: Roald Dahl's 'Danny the Champion of the World'

The Temple enclosure

Our third and final Open Air Theatre of the year, courtesy of Illyria.

Danny and his devoted father live in a caravan and operate the village's local petrol station and garage. When Danny turns nine, he is devastated to find out about his father's secret passion for pheasant-poaching on the estate of local landowner Victor Hazell. One night, Danny awakes to find his father not returned. Fearing the worst, Danny sets off to rescue him and soon finds himself behind the most incredible plot ever attempted against Victor Hazell...

Booking required. Tickets: 0-3 years, £2.95; 4-16 years, £8.95; 16+, £14.95.

Tel 020 7332 1911 or book online

 

Wednesday 24 August, 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm

Bushcraft: primitive weapons workshop

Barn Hoppitt

Discover how our ancestors hunted using a throwing arrow and have a go at making your own!

6-12 year olds.

£2 per participant, 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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