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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
Exhibition: Solitude - artworks by Matt King
29 Jun 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Epping Forest
Free, no booking required.

Matt King presents an exciting expressionistic View of Epping Forest. The Forest has always provided the artist with solace and great inspiration.

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Open Air Theatre: Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'
07 Jul 2017
18:00 - 21:30
Epping Forest
£2.95-£14.95, booking required

In the bard’s shortest, funniest comedy, two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unknowingly end up in the same city. Gradually, more and more people are sucked into a vortex of mistaken identity...

Find out more about Open Air Theatre: Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'
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