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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.

We are looking for self-motivated, outgoing people with an interest in natural history and a love of Epping Forest to assist us as Volunteer Wardens.

See our volunteer roles for more details and to apply.

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

March

Saturday 4 March to Thursday 30 March, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: Les Williams' town and countryside landscapes

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

  

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

  

Thursday 30 March, 10am - 4pm

What to do with a deer: butchery, cooking and hide workshop

Discover what you can do with a deer. Skin, butcher and cook venison in the woods, and learn how to tan a hide. Venison lunch provided, plus a bag of venison for your freezer.

All venison will be locally and responsibly sourced. Location to be confirmed.

£110 per person, booking required. Over 18s only.

Book online

020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 30 March, 7pm - 8.15pm

Extraordinary Eggs evening talk: the Romanian tradition of decorating eggs

Discover more about Romania’s beautiful and vibrant decorated egg tradition with Roxana Gibescu, Curator, Galateca Gallery in Bucharest.

This event is funded by Arts Council England through the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Object in Focus programme.

Free, booking required. 14 years plus.

020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 30 March, 8.15pm - 9.45pm

Extraordinary Eggs art workshop: DIY wax and dye decorated eggs

An introduction to creating extraordinary Easter eggs inspired by traditional European wax-resist designs and techniques. We’ll supply all materials and two blown eggs for each participant to decorate and take home. Bring extra eggs for your own use if you wish - white eggs are recommended.

£15 per person, booking required. 14 years and over. Children under 16 to be accompanied by adult.

020 7332 1911

April

​Saturday 1 April – Sunday 30 April, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: 30th Essex Art Club exhibition

Free. No booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 2 April, 10am-12noon

Fitness walk

This is a fast paced fitness walk incorporating hills over a circular route on surfaced ride. A good level of fitness and suitable footwear required and water.

£3 per person, booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Thursday 6 April, 2pm - 4pm

Extraordinary Eggs arty afternoon: egg speckling for cuckoos

As you may know, cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. Have a go painting and speckling eggs to imitate the beautiful colours and patterns of some of our native bird species.

Free, drop-in event. Papier mache eggs are 35p to 75p each.

020 7332 1911

 

Monday 17 April, 1pm - 4pm

Easter fun

Come along and join the Easter fun. Egg decorating and Easter crafts. Easter Trail – Finds clues along our woodland trail and meet the Easter bunny. Join in the Easter egg rolling at 2pm.

Free, no booking required. Hard boiled eggs for £2 each.

020 7332 1911

 

Friday 21 April, 10am - 12noon

Baby bushcraft

Come and toast marshmallows around the campfire and build dens in the woods with our Forest Keepers.

Aimed at 3 – 5 year olds, no big kids allowed! Children must be supervised by an adult. This event is based outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

£3.50 per child, booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 30 April, 10am - 12noon

Fitness walk

This is a fast paced fitness walk incorporating hills over a circular route on surfaced ride. A good level of fitness and suitable footwear required and water.

Free, booking required.

020 7332 1911

May

​Friday 12 May – Friday 26 May, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: Bancroft's Sixth Form art show

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

 

Sunday 28 May 10am - 12noon

Fitness walk

This is a fast paced fitness walk incorporating hills over a circular route on surfaced ride. A good level of fitness and suitable footwear required and water.

Free, booking required.

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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