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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.

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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)

  • 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

  • Harrow Road, Wanstead Flats Playing Fields

Free, no booking required.

Run by Wanstead Flats Park Run Volunteer Team

020 7332 1911

September

​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

Sunday 24 September, 9.30am - 1.30pm

Deer Walk: The Rut

Join Forest Keeper, Michael Collins, on a fascinating walk, which includes a visit to the Deer Sanctuary, to experience one of the season’s most spectacular sights. Listen out for roaring bellows of the Forest’s fallow bucks as they scrape, strut and spar for the right to mate. Please note, no dogs are allowed.

£5 per person, booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

Wednesday 27 September, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Wild East at Wanstead Flats

Join Wild East and explore the hidden wildlife of Wanstead Flats. Make your own dragonfly model, search for water birds, make a plane tree pattern, plus lots more wildlife activities. All welcome.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911 

Saturday 30 September, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Wild East at Wanstead Flats

Join Wild East and explore the hidden wildlife of Wanstead Flats. Make your own dragonfly model, search for water birds, make a plane tree pattern, plus lots more wildlife activities. All welcome.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911 

October

​Sunday 1 October to Sunday 29 October, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Art exhibition: paintings by Barbara Sampson

Enjoy an exhibition of enchanting paintings inspired by the Forest, courtesy of Barbara Sampson.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 1 October, 11am - 4pm

Family bike ride

Join Forest Keeper Ian Greer, for a fun family led bike ride.

All riders must be competent cyclists and helmets are essential.

£3.50 per person, booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

Sunday 8 October, 9.30am - 1.30pm

Deer Walk: Sights and signs

Join Forest Keeper, Michael Collins, on a super walk looking out for sights and evidence of the Forest’s deer. The walk will explore some of the deer habitats within Epping Forest and the surrounding area. If you have binoculars, this is the walk to bring them on. Please note, no dogs are allowed.

£5 per person, booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

Thursday 12 October, 10am - 2pm

Baby Bushcraft

Wrap up warm for preschool Bushcraft fun. This event is for 0–5 year olds.

£4.50 per child, booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

Saturday 14 October, 10am onwards

Christmas Grotto: ticket sales open on Eventbrite

Book your tickets for our magical Christmas Grotto on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December.

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

Enjoy the Christmas spirit with a glass of mulled wine, cider or our signature hot chocolate while singing along to Christmas songs in the ‘snow’. Pop inside for some seasonal activities or source a last minute gift from the traditional Christmas stalls and gift shop.

£14.95 per child (includes gift), booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

Sunday 15 October, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Walking festival: Gernon Bushes in autumn splendour

  • Garnon Mead, Coopersale

An opportunity to discover the autumn harvest of fruits, seeds and fungi in this Nature Reserve with guides Tricia Moxey and Reserve Warden Brian McGhie.

This event is organised by the Friends of Epping Forest.

For more information, please visit www.friendsofeppingforest.org.uk.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 15 October, 12.30pm start

Walking festival: tea walk

Join us for a more strenuous walk from St Peter’s Church up to Butler’s Retreat, Chingford. Grab a coffee and take a break before heading back for tea and cake at St Peter’s Church.

This event is organised by St Peter in the Forest church.

For more information, please contact diplock@diplock.demon.co.uk.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Monday 16 October, 10am - 10.30am

Walking festival: Walking for Health

Enjoy a new starters walk, ideal for those either with lesser mobility or wishing to get back into walking.

All participants must complete a health questionnaire before the walk starts or pre-register at: www.walkingforhealth.co.uk.

This event is organised by Walking for Health.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Thursday 19 October, 10am - 11am

Walking festival: Walking for Health

Join our trained walk leaders for a circular walk around Bury Road and surrounding Forest, this walk is designed to move at a brisk pace and is a great way to get fit.

All participants must complete a health questionnaire before the walk starts or pre-register at: www.walkingforhealth.co.uk.

This event is organised by Walking for Health.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 21 October, 11am - 3pm

Walking festival: forest and fields walk

Join Gay Saunders for a circular walk including the forest and fields. Please bring a lunch. There will be light refreshments back at the church.

This event is organised by the Church of Holy Innocents.

For more information, contact jane.begley@irwinmitchell.com.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 22 October, 11am - 1pm

Walking festival: vestige landscape walk

Participate in a stroll around Wanstead Park, Bush Wood and Wanstead Flats, looking at the vestiges of seventeenth and eighteenth century landscaping and the site of a Roman road. The walk will end at a bus stop on Blake Hall Road, but the more energetic may continue through the Park to The Temple.

This event is organised by the Wren Conservation Group.

For more information, please visit www.wrengroup.org.uk.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 22 October, 1.30pm start

Walking festival: tea walk

Join us for an afternoon walk from St Peter’s Church to Higham’s Park Lake then back to the church for tea and cake. This walk is approximately 4.5 miles.

This event is organised by St Peter in the Forest church.

For more information, please contact: diplock@diplock.demon.co.uk.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Monday 23 October, 10am - 10.30am

Walking festival: Walking for Health

Enjoy a new starters walk, ideal for those either with lesser mobility or wishing to get back into walking.

All participants must complete a health questionnaire before the walk starts or pre-register at: www.walkingforhealth.co.uk.

This event is organised by Walking for Health.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Tuesday 24 October, 10am - 12noon

Walking festival: a Forest family stroll

Enjoy an easy mile or so stroll around the High Beach area, stopping to explore the Forest and complete some challenges. Paths may be muddy and some may not be suitable for pushchairs.

This event is organsied by the Field Studies Council.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Thursday 26 October, 10am - 11am

Walking festival: Walking for Health

Join our trained walk leaders for a circular walk around Bury Road and surrounding Forest, this walk is designed to move at a brisk pace and is a great way to get fit.

All participants must complete a health questionnaire before the walk starts or pre-register at: www.walkingforhealth.co.uk.

This event is organised by Walking for Health.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Friday 27 October, 10.30am - 12noon

Walking festival: Discovering the High Beach easy access trail

Make muddy faces, find animal tracks, chat to trees and hunt for wild things – especially suitable
for families with young children.

This event is organised by the Friends of Epping Forest and the Epping Forest Centenary Trust. 

For more information, please visit www.friendsofeppingforest.org.uk and www.efct.info

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Friday 27 October, 11am - 4pm

Pumpkin carving

Come and create a spooktacular pumpkin. Refreshments available. Prizes for carvers who come in costume.

£5 per person, includes pumpkin, t-light and use of carving tools. £2 per non-carver. Booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

Sunday 29 October, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Walking festival: Fungi in the south of the Forest

A two-hour walk examining the local fungi in the Bush Wood area led by local naturalist Tricia Moxey.

This event is organised by the Wren Conservation Group.

For more information, visit www.wrengroup.org.uk.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 29 October, 2pm start

Walking festival: tranquillity walk

A gentle walk with stops for readings and poems, finishing with tea and cakes at St Peter’s Church.

This event is organised by St Peter in the Forest church.

For more information, please contact: diplock@diplock.demon.co.uk.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

November

​Saturday 4 November to Sunday 3 December, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Art exhibition: Our Forest, Nature and the City of London

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

Free, no booking required.

Sunday 12 November, 1pm - 4pm (talk at 2.30pm)

Black Tudors: The Untold Story

Historian Dr. Miranda Kaufmann tells the intriguing tales of three Africans: a diver employed by Henry VIII to recover guns from the wreck of the Mary Rose, a Moroccan woman baptised in Elizabethan London, and a porter who whipped a fellow servant at their master’s Gloucestershire manor house.

Tudor activities and dressing up across the afternoon for all ages.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 18 November, 10am - 4pm

Venison workshop

  • Location to be confirmed

Skin, butcher and cook venison in a beautiful woodland setting, and discover what to do with the bones and antlers as well.

Venison lunch provided and a bag of venison for your freezer. Over 18’s only.

£110 per person, booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

Sunday 19 November, 9.30am - 1.30pm

Deer Walk: as Winter closes in

This guided walk looks at how deer have adapted to exist alongside humans in the 21st century, the effects they have on their surroundings, and the challenges that they face. This walk will include a visit to the Deer Sanctuary at Theydon Bois. Please note, no dogs are allowed.

£5 per person, booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

December

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, 10am - 4pm

Christmas Grotto

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

Enjoy the Christmas spirit with a glass of mulled wine, cider or our signature hot chocolate while singing along to Christmas songs in the ‘snow’. Pop inside for some seasonal activities or source a last minute gift from the traditional Christmas stalls and gift shop.

£14.95 per child (includes gift), 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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