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    The converted Victorian stables courtyard at The View, topped with a wooden balcony overlooking the Forest and Hunting Lodge.

    Pop along to The View, open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am to 5pm!

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    The green field of the Temple enclosure at Wanstead Park. The Temple is in the distance, a portico of white stone columns.

    Visit The Temple! Open weekends and bank holidays from 10am to 3pm.

Epping Forest events

Epping Forest offers a varied, annual programme of events throughout the Forest. We hold:

  • Guided walks
  • Craft activities
  • Learning and heritage events
  • Art exhibitions
  • Seasonal events
  • Open-air theatre season at The Temple each summer
  • Special events including Open House London, Museums at Night, a Christmas Fayre and our annual dog day: Paws at the View

Our events are listed by month below, and along with those from other event-based organisations in Epping Forest!

Check out our Eventbrite page too where most of our ticketed events are listed.

If you have questions about our events, please contact us

Regular events

Throughout the year the following events will run every week:

Every Thursday all year, 10am - 11am

Walk: Epping Forest Health Walk (60 minutes)

Meet point: Bury Road car park

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Every Monday, 10.30am - 11am

New Starters Health Walk

Bury Road car park

A 30 minute health walk aimed at those who are new to walking and wanting to improve or regain fitness.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Every Saturday from July onwards, 9am - 10.30am

Walking for Health - brisk pace

Health Walks are free, volunteer led local walks aimed at people who would like to be a little more active. This is a brisk pace walk for regular walkers, meeting at St Mary's Church, Wanstead.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Every Tuesday and Thursday from July onwards, 1.30pm - 3pm

Walking for Health - brisk pace

Health Walks are free, volunteer led local walks aimed at people who would like to be a little more active. This is a brisk pace walk for regular walkers, meeting at the junction of Capel Road and Woodford Road.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Every Saturday all year, 9am - 10am

Run: Wanstead Flats 5km Park Run

Meet point: Harrow Road, Wanstead Flats Playing Fields

Free, no booking required.

Run by Wanstead Flats Park Run Volunteer Team

020 7332 1911

June

Saturday 25 March to Sunday 25 June, 10am to 5pm excluding Mondays

Extraordinary eggs exhibition: Romanian eggs and more

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.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 3 ​June to Friday 30 June, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: Solitude - artworks by Matt King

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

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 25 June, 11am - 4pm

Paws in the Forest

Fun activities for Dogs and their owners, including have-a-go agility, displays, tombola, stalls and Dog show, including various categories.

Free, no booking required. £1 entry fee per dog to compete in our dog show.

Please ensure all dogs are kept on a lead.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 25 June, 2pm - 7pm

Live music at the Temple Garden

Enjoy live music from local musicians at the Temple Garden. Bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing Sunday in beautiful Wanstead Park.

£2 per person, free to Temple visitors.

07827 327365

July

​Friday 7 July, 6pm - 9.30pm

Open Air Theatre: Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'

In their 26th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy.

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...

To cap it all, this year Illyria’s Shakespeare production is re-located to the town of Ephesus, Mexico, and is performed by our very own 5-piece Mariachi band, resplendent in ponchos and sombreros. Ay caramba!

16+: £14.95
4-15: £8.95
0-3: £2.95

Bring a picnic, chairs and dress for the weather! Hot and cold refreshments will be available, including alcohol. Please note: no dogs are allowed in the enclosure for this event, except assistance dogs.

Booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

 

Saturday 8 July to Sunday 8 October, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: Forest Charter 800 for all

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.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 8 July to Thursday 14 September, 10am to 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: Annual Summer Art Show

The annual Summer show celebrates its 5th year with a collection of work from local artists reflecting the many delights of Epping Forest.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 8 July, 10am - 1pm

Junior Angling Day

Come and wet a line and try fishing on one of Epping Forest’s pond. You might even catch a fish!

Over 5 and under 12. Equipment and bait provided. Staff will be teaching and lending a hand showing you what to do. Please dress for the occasion i.e. sun hats and sun screen. Bring some refreshments.

£5 per person, booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 9 July, 11am - 2pm and 3pm - 6pm.

Open Air Theatre: Kenneth Grahame's 'The Wind in the Willows'

A delightful and innovative promenade production, based on Kenneth Grahame’s book, takes an unsuspecting audience on an exciting journey. Meet Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad in their homes and follow them as they pursue the weasely weasels and sly stoats! This production is full of music and dance, starting with a picnic and ending with a dance involving the entire audience.

Adults: £14.95
Children: £8.95
Infants: £2.95

Booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 9 July, 2pm - 7pm

Live music at the Temple Garden

Enjoy live music from local musicians at the Temple Garden. Bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing Sunday in beautiful Wanstead Park.

£2 per person, free to Temple visitors.

07827 327365

 

Sunday 16 July, 10am - 5pm

Tarzy Wood-Fest

Come along to this community led festival in Tarzy Wood and enjoy local community group stalls, live music, food and drink, bushcraft, bug hunting, storytelling and much more!

Why not try something new? Children can enjoy the wonderful opportunity to climb with the Forest’s arborists and sit amongst the tree branches in our Children’s Tree Climbing.  For adults, you can watch the tree canopy shrink as you rise to 100 foot above Wanstead and take in panoramic views of the city in the Tree Canopy Experience! 

Free, no booking required. Children's Tree Climbing and the Tree Canopy Experience are both charged activities and require prebooking. Pre-book on Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 23 July, 10.45am - 4pm

Guided Family Bike Ride

  • Bury Road Car Park

Join Forest Keeper Ian Greer, for a fun family led bike ride through Epping Forest. All riders must be competent in riding and helmets are essential.

Please bring puncture repair kits and bike pumps just in case!

£3.50 per person, booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911

 

Saturday 29 July, 10am - 1.30pm

Pond Dipping at Highams Park Lake

Come and have a go at pond dipping and find out what’s lurking beneath the water! Sessions are 1 hour long each and start at 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm.

This event is for under 12s only. A minimum of one adult per two children is required. Please dress for the outdoors, and please note there are no toilets available on site.

£2 per child, booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 30 July, 9.30am - 12noon

The People's Forest: Explore the Sounds of the Forest

Experience and explore the Forest through sound with artist Gayle Chong Kwan and a sound recordist. Enjoy an opportunity to listen deeply and use sound recording equipment to weave personal memories and experiences of Epping Forest, plus a chance to contribute creatively to an artwork at the Barbican later in the year.

£5 per person, booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911

August

Saturday 5 August, 10am - 1pm

Junior Angling Day

Come and wet a line and try fishing on one of Epping Forest’s pond. You might even catch a fish!

Over 5 and under 12. Equipment and bait provided. Staff will be teaching and lending a hand showing you what to do. Please dress for the occasion i.e. sun hats and sun screen. Bring some refreshments.

£5 per person, booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 6 August, 2pm - 7pm

Live music at the Temple Garden

Enjoy live music from local musicians at the Temple Garden. Bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing Sunday in beautiful Wanstead Park.

£2 per person, free to Temple visitors.

07827 327365

 

Thursday 10 August, 10am - 1pm

Bushcraft Workshop: Tracking and Hunting

Discover how our ancestors tracked and hunted. Have a go at making your own throwing arrow.

Event is for 8-12 year olds. A minimum of one adult per two children is required. Lunch is provided. Please dress for the weather and bring bottled water.

£10 per person, booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 10 August, 2pm - 5.30pm

Open Air Theatre: Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Emperor's New Clothes'

Based on the timeless Hans Christian Andersen story, Illyria first performed this show in 2000 when it was Critic's choice at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and attracted multiple 5-star reviews on a sellout UK tour.

The Emperor is a lovely man, but he’s not the best judge of character. What keeps him sane is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his newest outfit. When two swindlers offer him the ability to identify competence by making him clothes which only the wise can see, what price will he have to pay? Will he end up losing his crown jewels? When someone spins a yarn must everyone be taken in?

16+: £14.95
4-16: £8.95
0-3: £2.95

Bring a picnic, chairs and dress for the weather! Hot and cold refreshments will be available, including alcohol. Please note: no dogs are allowed in the enclosure for this event, except assistance dogs.

Booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

 

Sunday 13 August, 11.30am - 3pm

The People's Forest: Grimston's Oak Glorious Picnic

Meet at the View before walking out to beautiful Grimston's Oak for a communal picnic with music and creative activities about the spaces that people and trees need to thrive under the landmark tree. Join a celebration of Epping Forest’s ancient trees and the memory of lost woodlands, including Hainault Forest’s Fairlop Oak and its annual Fairlop Fair.

Free entry, but some activities charged. 

You are invited to bring your own picnic and rugs. Please note, chairs are not allowed.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 20 August, 11am - 1pm

Walk: The History of Wanstead Park

Join local historian Richard Arnopp for a led walk in and around Wanstead Park and then back to The Temple for tea and cake!

Clothing needs to be suitable for outdoor activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 20 August, 10.45am - 4pm

Guided Family Bike Ride

  • Bury Road Car Park

Join Forest Keeper Ian Greer, for a fun family led bike ride through Epping Forest. All riders must be competent in riding and helmets are essential.

Please bring puncture repair kits and bike pumps just in case!

£3.50 per person, booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 20 August, 2pm - 5.30pm

Open Air Theatre: Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'

It's back! Illyria's production of Jane Austen's glorious social comedy attracted sell-out audiences for 4 consecutive years. It toured throughout the UK and Europe, attracted nationwide critical acclaim and at its run at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe the queue for returns stretched around the block.

In a social whirlwind of balls, dinners and very eligible officers, Lizzie Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy stand alone as the only sane people - and they hate each other! Or do they? Can she see beyond his pride, and can he overcome her prejudice, in order to achieve their mutual happiness?

If your idea of Jane Austen is costume-drama, empire-lines and tea-parties, then this sparkling adaptation, based entirely on the original novel, is something to make you change your mind. Bring a picnic and have a ball as the irrepressible Illyria sharpen their claws to bring you Jane Austen at her vibrant, pacy, forthright, bitchy best!

16+: £14.95
4-16: £8.95
0-3: £2.95

Bring a picnic, chairs and dress for the weather! Hot and cold refreshments will be available, including alcohol. Please note: no dogs are allowed in the enclosure for this event, except assistance dogs.

Booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

 

Thursday 24 August, 10am - 1pm

Bushcraft Workshop: Water and Shelter

Discover how to find and clean water, and the importance of creating shelter using man-made and natural materials.

Event is for 8-12 year olds. A minimum of one adult per two children is required. Lunch is provided. Please dress for the weather and bring bottled water.

£10 per person, booking required. Book online with Eventbrite.

020 7332 1911 

Other events and activities

Many other organisations hold events and guided walks throughout Epping Forest (licensed by the City of London).

Epping Forest offers many opportunities to enjoy various sporting activities, including walking and running, cycling, horse riding, angling, football, golf and athletics. Almost 100km (60 miles) of surfaced and un-surfaced trails provide access to woodland, ponds and open country with a variety of flora and fauna.

We run user forums for those who enjoy a particular activity within the Forest including anglers, cyclists, dog walkers, horse-riders, runners and walkers. Find out more about our surveys, consultations and how to have your say on Epping Forest.

Field Studies Centre

The Epping Forest Field Studies Centre in High Beach offers a wide range of courses for adults, children and families across the whole year. Courses offered for adults include all aspects of the local environment, learning about the countryside, its wildlife and the environment. Many are suitable for those wanting to find out more about the local area and some for those with a professional interest. Courses include, Spring and Autumn Walks, Discovering Bats, Discovering Wild Flowers, Painting and Drawing in Epping Forest and Natural History of Veteran Trees.​


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