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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.

Take our snapshot survey and tell us what you think about Epping Forest.

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.

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

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 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
Art exhibition: our Forest, Nature and the City of London
Date:
21 Nov 2017
Time:
10:00 - 17:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
Free, no booking required.

A collection of water colour and acrylic paintings inspired by the Forest, the City of London and nature by Peter Edmonds and Sylvia Cottrell.

Find out more about Art exhibition: our Forest, Nature and the City of London
Christmas grotto
Date:
16 Dec 2017
Time:
10:00 - 16:00
Location:
Epping Forest
Cost:
£14.95 per child (includes gift), booking required.

Come and meet Father Christmas at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge and experience a magical day, with lots to do.

Find out more about Christmas grotto
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