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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.

Epping Forest is proud to be represented in The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy. Learn more.

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: Bancroft's Sixth Form art show
Date:
23 May 2017
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
Free, no booking required.

​Pop along to the View and see the combined works of Bancroft School's Sixth Form class of 2017.

Find out more about Exhibition: Bancroft's Sixth Form art show
Extraordinary eggs exhibition: Romanian eggs and more
Date:
23 May 2017
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
Free, no booking required.

Our Extraordinary Eggs season celebrates spring in the Forest with a case of exquisitely decorated Romanian eggs from the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Object in Focus loan programme along with beautiful native British birds’ eggs from Epping Forest’s historic egg collection.

Find out more about Extraordinary eggs exhibition: Romanian eggs and more
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