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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.

Activities

Epping Forest is an ideal destination for all sorts of outdoor fun, including:

Events

We host a wide variety of events all year round in the Forest every year, with something for all ages and interests; including:

  • Family fun days
  • Craft activities
  • Art exhibitions
  • Learning days
  • Guided walks and cycle rides
  • Dog days for your furry friends!
  • An open-air theatre season at The Temple every summer
  • Heritage days for Open House London and Museums at Night
  • A fun, festive Christmas fair and Father Christmas' grotto

Our events are listed by month below, along with some from our partner organisations.

Check our Eventbrite page to book on to any of our ticketed events.

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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

June

Saturday 13 April to Sunday 29 August, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Art exhibition: 'Ways of Seeing'

  • Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Chingford

Sir Jacob Epstein's Epping Forest (1933) and Clare Woods' Grim's Ditch (2007) are on display exclusively at The View this Summer.

Come and see how these artists found inspiration in the natural world around them. ‘Ways of Seeing’ is a partnership between Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and the Government Art Collection to create a Waltham Forest-wide gallery space using schools, leisure centres, shopping centres and even a riding school to display the work of 33 internationally-famous artists in 28 venues across Chingford, Leyton, Leytonstone and Walthamstow.

Free. No booking required.

July

​Tuesday 16 July, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Taster session: Woodland Creatures Craft Activity

  • Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Chingford

Join Helen Westerby, experienced clothes designer and lecturer, to make nostalgic woodland creature pompoms. Make an owl or a fox…they make great little bag charms, keyrings or hanging garlands for children rooms.

This event is for adults (19+) only and is run by the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service in partnership with the City of London Corporation.

Free, no booking required.

Saturdays 6, 13 and 20 July, 10.30am-1.30pm

Art workshop series: start painting the Forest 

  • Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Chingford

A three-week watercolour and ink painting course inspired by the Forest landscape, led by Lisa Ivory, a practising artist and experienced art lecturer. This friendly course will help you learn to look and describe what you see with sensitivity and energy; and to develop tone, colour and texture to maximise your painting potential.

£108 for three sessions, booking required.

Please enrol by visiting the Waltham Forest Adult Learning Centre or by calling 020 8496 2974 or 020 8496 1061.

August

​Friday 9 August, gates open at 6pm for a 7pm start

Open Air Theatre: 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare

  • The Temple

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero – until Prospero learns that in spite of everything Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Which is greater: his thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?

In their 28th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy. The play, believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, is lyrical, thought-provoking and raucously funny. More than 400 years after it was written it still has the capacity to surprise!

  • Adults: £14.95
  • Under 16s: £8.95
  • Under 2s: free
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children): £40

Book online with Eventbrite

Wednesday 21 August, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Family art workshop: ‘Ways of Seeing’

  • Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Chingford

See, sense and create: adults and children are invited to make their own mark inspired by the two paintings in our summer exhibition: Sir Jacob Epstein's Epping Forest (1933) and Clare Woods' Grim's Ditch (2007). All art materials provided for families to make art together.

This is a City of London Corporation event run in partnership with Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and the Government Art Collection.

Free, no booking required. 

Wednesday 28 August, gates open 3pm for a 4pm start

Open Air Theatre: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

  • The Temple

Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it: “Open Sesame!”. Inside the cave he finds untold amounts of gold and jewels, and takes some of it home to show his wife. But what will he do when she chides him for stealing? Can he keep the secret from his jealous brother? And when the Robber King comes looking for the missing treasure supported by an army of 40 angry thieves – will he and his family survive?

Illyria was the first company to tour children’s theatre on this scale in the open-air touring sector. Following their enormous successes with the Adventures of Doctor Dolittle, The Emperor's New Clothes, Danny the Champion of the World, The Sorceror's Apprentice, George's Marvellous Medicine, Babe the Sheep-Pig and The Twits, they are also regarded as the best.

  • Adults: £14.95
  • Under 16s: £8.95
  • Under 2s: free
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children): £40

Book online with Eventbrite

Wednesday 28 August, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Family art workshop: ‘Ways of Seeing’

  • Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Chingford

See, sense and create: adults and children are invited to make their own mark inspired by the two paintings in our summer exhibition: Sir Jacob Epstein's Epping Forest (1933) and Clare Woods' Grim's Ditch (2007). All art materials provided for families to make art together.

This is a City of London Corporation event run in partnership with Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and the Government Art Collection.

Free. No booking required.

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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