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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. 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, 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 Wednesday, May to September, 6pm-8pm

Family Rounders

A fun social league for all ages on Wanstead Flats Playing Field near Aldersbrook Road, E12 5HH.

Free, booking required. Funded by the Mayor of London FreeSport programme.

Tel 020 8532 1010

wanstead.flats@cityoflondon.gov.uk

 

Every Monday, 4.30pm-6pm

Family Archery

A fun social learning event for all ages on Wanstead Flats Playing Field near Harrow Road, E11 3QA. Free Archery Coaching for all the Family Complete Beginners especially welcome.

Free, booking required.

Funded by the Mayor of London FreeSport programme in association with Coca Cola Zero Park Lives.

Tel 020 8532 1010

 

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:

  • 16 April
  • 11 May
  • 8 June
  • 6 July
  • 3 August
  • 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

 

You can look at our weekly works programme here.​

March

Saturday 28 February to Sunday 29 March 10am–5pm
Exhibition: 'Changing seasons' by Jan Chlebek and Carole Nunes

The View

Jan and Carole follow different yet complementary disciplines to capture colour, texture and depth with the beautiful, organic world of an ever-changing Forest.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 28 March 10am–2pm

Volunteer: Butler’s Retreat pond

Butler’s Retreat

Help clear scrub from around the pond to open it up.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 29 March 9am–1pm

Walk: Animal tracks and signs

Lodge Road car park

Join one of our Forest Keepers on a walk to learn about deer living in Britain today. Please wear suitable clothing and stout footwear for the walk. No dogs allowed. Ages 10+.

Free/booking required

Tel 020 7332 1911​

April

​Wednesday 1 April – Friday 15 May 10am–5pm

Summer art show call for submissions

Are you artistically inspired by Epping Forest? Why not collect a submission form from The View and enter a piece of artwork to the summer show!

Successful applicants will be informed by early June. Summer show runs from early July – late September 2015. Deadline for submissions is 18 May.

£5 per entry. Max 1 entry per person.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 3 April to Thursday 30 April 10am–5pm

Exhibition: 'In my element' by Karen Pert

The View

A collection of works inspired by the elements, solitude and the light created within ancient
woodlands at dawn and dusk.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Wednesday 8 April 1pm–4pm

Feasts and fairs – High days and holidays through the ages

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge/The View

Find out how people celebrated their holidays in Epping Forest and join in our holiday making
activities!

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 10 April 10am–12noon

Family Event: Play in the Forest

High Beach, Loughton

Discover, explore and enjoy the Forest through wild play, arts and craft activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

£2 per child. No booking required

Tel 01992 564363

 

Saturday 11 April 6.30pm–9.30pm

Walk: Iron Age at dusk

Jacks Hill Car Park

A walk in the Forest exploring the Iron Age camps as the light fades. Wet weather clothes and boots needed.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 16 April 10.15–11.15am

Pre-school: Elf and fairy

The View

Join our storytelling event and imagine what it would be like to be a fairy or elf in Epping Forest.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 19 April 2pm–4pm

History Event: Tudor stuff

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

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

£1.00 for activity. No booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 25 April 10am–12noon

Family Event: 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 Deer Sanctuary to see the fallow deer. Ages 5-15.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 25 April 10am–2pm

Volunteer: Leyton Flats

Lakeside Diner car park

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

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 26 April 1pm–4pm

Springtime in the Park

The Temple

Celebrate spring at our art workshop. Get creative amongst the bluebells, capture springtime and add your work to the pop-up exhibition. Bring along your art materials and suitable clothing to work outside.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

May

​Saturday 2 May to Sunday 31 May 10am–5pm

Exhibition: Essex in the Forest – flora and fauna

The View

A collection of paintings from the Essex Art Club, one of the oldest art clubs in the country.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 9 May 10am–2pm

Volunteer: The Lake, Lower Forest

Woodyard car park

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

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 14 May 10.15–11.15am

Pre-school: Let’s dance

The View

Interactive storytelling, rhymes and fun dancing activities. Ages 2-5.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 15 May 5pm–8pm

History Event: Museums at night drop-in drink

The View

Twilight opportunity to tour The View and find out more about the Epping Forest museum collection.

Free entry. Wine or ale £3.00. Hot drinks £1. No booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 17 May 10.30am–2.30pm

Walk: The Oak Trail

Outside Theydon Bois station

Come and explore the Forest and surrounding areas walking along a marked route, passing
the Deer Sanctuary. Boots/suitable footwear recommended and bring a drink. Route covers approximately 7 miles over undulating terrain.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 17 May 2pm–4pm

History Event: Tudor Stuff

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

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

£1.00 for activity. No booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 21 May 7pm–8.30pm

Walk: A ramble around the rhododendrons

High Beach Forest Centre

A walk through Paul’s Nursery looking at the rhododendrons and ornamental trees.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 23 May 10am–4pm

Volunteer: Hollow Ponds fishing platform

Lakeside Diner car park

The fishing platform is in need of repair, why not come along and help?

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Wednesday 27 May 1pm–4pm

Family Learning Event: Classical elements - a breath of fresh air

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Air is all around us but what exactly is it? Information and activities for all ages.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 29 May 1pm–4pm

Family Learning Event: Animal arrivals in Epping Forest

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Find out about animals that have come to live in the Forest. Make your own animal to take home.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

June

​Friday 5 June to Thursday 2 July 10am–5pm

Exhibition: 'Into the woods' by Ricki Klages

The View

Ricki Klages’ paintings reference shrines and spiritual way stations influenced by Italy.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 6 June 10am–2pm

Volunteer: Goldings Hill Pond

Goldings Hill Pond car park

This pond is being strangled by the quantity of oxygenating plants in the water. Help us remove some of them, which we can use in other ponds to benefit water quality.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 6 June to Sunday 28 June weekends 12noon–5pm

Exhibition: Essex in the Forest – Flora and Fauna

The Temple

A collection of paintings from the Essex Art Club.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 7 June 10am–1pm

Walk: Meet the ‘Tree Gang’

Outside Buckhurst Hill Station

Learn about the tree conservation work that we do, have a go at tree climbing and see the Hi-Lift in action.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 14 June 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.

£1.00 for activity/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 18 June 10.15am–11.15am

Pre-school: Elf and fairy

The View

Join our storytelling event and imagine what it would be like to be a fairy or elf in Epping Forest.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 20 June 10am–12noon

Walk: Wildlife and photography walk

Bury Road car park

A circular walk through the Forest and into several meadows with panoramic views and good butterfly populations. A long, possibly hilly walk – wear stout footwear!

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 21 June 1pm–4pm

Family Event: Bushcraft

Rushey Plain car park

Come explore the Forest and learn a trick or two about bushcraft. Wet weather clothes and boots needed. Ages 8-16.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Wednesday 14 June 7pm–9pm

Workshop: Floral design

The View

Try your hand at making a colourful flower arrangement to take home. Flowers provided but bring your own scissors.

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

This workshop is now sold out. If you'd like to be contacted in the event of a cancellation, please contact our Lifelong Learning Officer

Tel 020 7332 1911

July

Saturday 4 July to Sunday 26 July, 12pm to 5pm on weekends

Wanstead Park Festival: Wanstead Park Community Exhibition

The Temple

An exhibition by local Wanstead Park community groups​.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July

Football Tournament - Celebrating 125 years of Football at Wanstead Flats

Wanstead Flats

To celebrate 125 years of football at Wanstead Flats Playing Fields - the wonderful footballing venue where John Terry, Jermain Defoe, Ledley King and Sol Campbell began their careers - we are delighted to host a 6-a-side football tournament. See our Football page for more information.

Entries close 30 May 2015

Booking required, £35 per team (max 8 players per squad)

Tel 020 8532 5307

 

Saturday 4 July, 10am-1pm

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 9911

 

Saturday 4 July, 10am-3pm

Exhibition: The 1882 Epping Forest Map 

Loughton Library

For one day only, courtesy of the Essex Records Office, come and see the first map drawn up of modern Epping Forest. At 133 years old, 12 feet wide and 30 feet long, the Arbitration Map was the map used to set the boundaries of the Forest as it came into the hands of the City of London, to be conserved from then on.

For more information please visit the Essex Record Office and Loughton Library websites.

 

Sunday 5 July, 1pm-4pm

Moo-ing and grazing in Epping Forest

The View

Come and learn all about our cows and their important place in the Forest. Make an animal mask to wear!

£1 per person, no booking required

Tel 020 7332 1911 

 

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

 

Sunday 12 July, 11am-4pm

Paws at The View!

The View

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

Free entry, £1 entry to the dog show. No booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 12 July, 12noon-4pm

City of London Festival

The View

Join a fun family afternoon of live music and activities at The View - in conjunction with Paws at The View!

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 12 July, 2pm-4pm

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/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 16 July, 10.15am-11.15am

Pre-School: Teddy bears' picnic

The View

Fun storytelling and songs, as well as a teddy bears' picnic, so don't forget to bring a snack and a teddy too!

£4.95 per child (babes in arms free). Ages 2-5.

£1 per activity. Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911 

 

Thursday 16 July 2015, Gates Open 6pm/Performance 7pm

Wanstead Park Festival Event: Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew'

The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park

Enjoy a show of the Bard's prowess in an evening of open-air theatre in the heart of Wanstead Park!

For more information, including ticket prices, please see our Open Air Theatre page.

Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 18 July 10am-12noon

Wildlife and Photography Walk

Bury Road Car Park

A circular walk through the Forest to a set of old gravel workings, with some colourful plant species and dragonflies.

Free/booking required

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 18 July, 10am-2pm

Volunteer Task: Warren Pond

Barn Hoppitt Car Park

Help clear the willow and overhanging branches from around the pond to open up views of the pond.

Free/no booking required

Tel 020 7332 1911

August

Saturday 1 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

 

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

 

Wanstead Park Festival Event: Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Iolanthe'

Sunday 2 August, gates open 2pm and performance starts at 3pm

The Temple Enclosure

Enjoy an afternoon matinee of Gilbert and Sullivan's finest, in the heart of Wanstead Park!

For more information, including ticket prices, please see our Open Air Theatre page.

Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 7 August, 10am-2pm

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

 

Wanstead Park Festival Event: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Wednesday 12 August, gates open 2pm and performance starts at 3pm

The Temple Enclosure

An afternoon with Illyria Open Air Theatre telling the traditional tale of a lazy wizard's apprentice and his runaway ensorcelled broom. A play promising more water than you've ever seen on stage before!

For more information, including ticket prices, please see our Open Air Theatre page.

Booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 14 August, 10am-12noon 

Family Event: Play in the Forest

Ditches Ride, Jack's Hill, Theydon Bois

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

 

Walk: Wildlife and Photography

Saturday 15 August, 10am-12noon

Broadstrood Car Park

A circular walk through the Forest to see the heather in flower and photograph the wildlife that inhabits it.

Free, booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 20 August, 1pm-4pm

History Event: 1589 And All That

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Light-hearted Tudor activities for all ages. Based on the year the Hunting Lodge was renovated by order of Elizabeth I. Meet the Queen and have some Tudor summer fun.

No booking required. £3 for entry and activities.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 21 August, 10am-12noon

Family Event: Play in the Forest

Warren Pond, Chingford

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

 

Friday 21 August, 1pm-4pm

History Event: 1589 And All That - British Sign Language Day

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Light-hearted Tudor activities for all ages. Lots of sensory fun experiences. BSL signing for the hearing-impaired.

Based on the year the Hunting Lodge was renovated by order of Elizabeth I. Meet the Queen and have some Tudor summer fun.

No booking required. £3 for entry and activities. Free to people with a registered disability and an accompanying carer.

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 1 August to Sunday 27 September, weekends and bank holidays only from 12noon-5pm

Exhibition: 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

 

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.

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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