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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
Big Garden Birdwatch 2017
28 Jan 2017 - 29 Jan 2017
10:00 - 16:00
Epping Forest
Free, donation suggested.

Celebrate the range of birds that call our gardens home, and learn more about our feathered friends at this Friends of Epping Forest event.

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Discover London Book Swap
11 Feb 2017
12:00 - 16:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required.

Calling all book worms! Come along to our London Book WSwap event at The View. Bring along any unwanted books and swap them for something else we may have. Listen to our magical Forest story teller and try your hand at some fun arts and crafts.

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