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Epping Forest Events 2014/15

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 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 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.​

December

Saturday 6 December to January 2015 10am–5pm

Exhibition: Winter wonderland

The View

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

January

Thursday 1 January to Thursday 29 January 10am-5pm

Exhibition: Winter Wonderland

The View

Art and photography group show capturing the wonder of winter in Epping Forest.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911​

 

Sunday 4 January 10am–12noon

Walk: Dick Turpin and Epping Forest

High Beach Forest Centre

Join us on a walk and learn more about the infamous highwayman, Dick Turpin, and his association with Epping Forest.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 11 January 10am–12noon

Fitness Walk

High Beach Forest Centre

Come and get fit in the Forest after Christmas. Wet weather clothes, trainers/suitable footwear, water and a good level of fitness needed. The route will involve a fast walking pace over undulating terrain.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 15 January 10.15am–11.15am

Pre-school: Kitchen tales

The View

Fun cooking rhymes and storytelling in a visit to a real Tudor kitchen. Light refreshments included.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 17 January 10am–2pm

Volunteer: Old Birch Well, Leyton Flats

Boat House, Hollow Ponds

Help us look after the Old Birch Well.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 18 January 10am–2pm

Walk: Deer, our largest wild animal

Lodge Road car park

Take a walk with one of our Forest Keepers and learn about the deer in the Forest and Deer Sanctuary.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 25 January 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

February

Sunday 1 February to Saturday 28 February (during Temple opening hours)

Exhibition: LGBT History Month Trail, John Child, 2nd Earl Tylney and his contribution to Wanstead Park.

The Temple

Follow our trail of snippets about John Child, 2nd Earl Tylney, art collector, macaroni, owner of Wanstead House.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 11 February 10am–12noon

Fitness Walk

High Beach Forest Centre

Come and get fit in the Forest after Christmas. Wet weather clothes, trainers/suitable footwear, water and a good level of fitness needed.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 15 February 2pm–4.30pm

Walk: Winter Forest family walk

High Beach Forest Centre

Come and see what’s stirring in the Forest during winter.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Wednesday 18 February 12noon–3pm

Family Learning Event: Classical elements – water, water everywhere

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Forest life depends on water, but what do you know about its mysteries? Information and activities for all ages.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 19 February 10.15am–11.15am

Pre-school: Bugs and rugs

The View

Bring a rug to sit on and join in with our fun storytelling, rhymes and bug craft activities!

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Friday 20 February 12noon–3pm

Family Learning Event: Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived – Henry VIII’s six wives

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Learn a little more about Henry’s wives and what they got up too! Information and activities for all ages.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 22 February 1pm–3pm

Exhibition Event: LGBT History Month, John Child, 2nd Earl Tylney tea party

The Temple

Drop into The Temple for a cup of tea or coffee and find out about the history of Wanstead Park and its owners.

Free, but donations requested for refreshments.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

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 within the beautiful, organic world of an ever changing Forest.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911​

 

Saturday 28 February 10am start

Volunteer: Hollow Pond

The Boat House Hollow Ponds

Help continue the clearance work to reinstate wood pasture on Leyton Flats.

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

March

Saturday 14 March 10am–2pm

Volunteer: Leyton Flats

Lakeside Diner car park

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

Free/no booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 19 March 10.15–11.15am

Pre-school: Easter bunnies and buns

The View

Fun rabbit rhymes and storytelling, ready for Easter! Light refreshments included. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 22 March 9.30am–1.30pm

Walk: The Oak Trail

Outside Theydon Bois station

Come and join us on walk to explore the Forest and surrounding areas along a marked route, passing the Deer Sanctuary. Bring water, suitable clothes and footwear. The trail is approximately 7 miles, over undulating terrain.

Free/booking required.

Tel 020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 22 March 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

 

Wednesday 25 March 7pm–9pm

Workshop: Felt Easter flowers

The View

This beginner’s workshop will show you how to make felt flowers, suitable for an everlasting display or as jewellery. Bring a towel.

£15 per person (over 16s only). 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.

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, 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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