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Epping Forest, London's largest open space, is a registered charity managed by the City of London at little cost to the public.

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Whether you wish to escape the urban sprawl and unwind, or want something a little more active, Epping Forest has something for you.

We host all sorts of events throughout the year and there are plenty of activities to get involved in: whether it's walking and running, cycling, horse riding, angling, football or golf.

There are also four visitor centres to see, with exhibitions, special events and friendly staff to help you find your way around the Forest.

Epping Forest opening hours

Epping Forest is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; though our visitor centres do close. Wanstead Park also closes at dusk and reopens at dawn, as do some of our car parks.

Planning your visit

For more information on opening times and help planning a journey to our visitor centres, please see our visitor information pages.

If you're looking to head directly to the Forest, see our where to go in Epping Forest guide.

How to make comments, complaints and suggestions

If you have a complaint, a suggestion or a comment to make about the service we offer in Epping Forest, we'd like to hear from you.

Please visit our Contact us page for more information.

Did you know?

  • The Forest covers around 2,400 hectares – that's over 3,300 football pitches – and stretches from Manor Park to just north of Epping.
  • Two thirds of the Forest has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Registered charity no. 232990​​​

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What's happening
Pond dipping at Highams Park Lake
Date:
29 Jul 2017
Time:
10:00 - 13:30
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
£2 per child, booking required.

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

Find out more about Pond dipping at Highams Park Lake
Exhibition: Forest Charter 800 for all
Date:
29 Jul 2017
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
Free, no booking required.

The Forest Charter was signed by the 9 year old Henry III in 1217. Its provisions protected the rights of ‘free men’ to enter and earn a living on Forest land for centuries afterwards. Discover why your dog should be very grateful that ‘expeditation’ of dogs is no longer required. Ponder your pig's ‘pannage’ opportunities and learn how to avoid charges for ‘chiminage’. This exhibition features newly commissioned illustrations, activity sheets and a window into what people wanted to do in forests, 800 years ago.

Find out more about Exhibition: Forest Charter 800 for all
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