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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

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
  • Bushcraft workshops
  • 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

November

​​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

​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.

December

Sunday 3 December, 9.30am - 1.30pm

Deer walk

Join Forest Keeper, Michael Collins, on a super walk looking for sights and evidence of the Forest's deer. Learn about how the deer are managed, including a visit to the Deer Sanctuary.

£5 per person, booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 9 December to Sunday 28 January, 10am - 5pm (excluding Mondays)

Art exhibition: winter printer and painter

A collection of work from local artists reflecting the mood of the season.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 9 December, 11am - 2pm

Children's Christmas craft activities

Come along to a day of fun family activities at this Friends of Epping Forest event.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 10 December, 10.30am - 12.30pm

A Christmas trail through the Forest

Follow a fairytale trail through the Forest at this Friends of Epping Forest event.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

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.

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

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

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

Frost Fair

Enjoy an authentic, festive atmosphere in Epping Forest this Christmas - the perfect antidote to online shopping and busy high streets.

Our Forest setting becomes a traditional festive scene with mulled wine, hot chocolate and tasty seasonal hot food on our pop-up aprés ski terrace. Our snowy cobbled courtyard will be lined with stalls offering handmade crafts, fine locally-sourced food and a variety of gifts for your family and friends.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto in our medieval hunting lodge but even if you missed out on tickets this year, we have a range of craft activities on offer for children and all the family. Each £4 ticket provides 5 seasonal craft activities for young ones, each making a take-home treat.

The naughty elves are back too, so watch out for their antics and make sure you dress warmly for our woodland trail. Can you find the woodland creatures and discover who has taken their winter hoards?

There will also be songs and storytelling and a visit to the chilly Frost Queen on her woodland sleigh.

And as well as enjoying a great day out with festive cheer, you'll also be helping us to carry on looking after Epping Forest and its wildlife.

Free entry, no booking required. Optional £4 per child for craft activities. Christmas grotto tickets sold separately.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 17 December, 11am - 1pm

Christmas crafts at The Temple

Enjoy an afternoon of arts and crafts for all the family at this Friends of Wanstead Parklands event.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

January

​Monday 1 January, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Walk: Loughton's Forest

  • Staples Pond

Explore the Forest around Loughton on this informative winter walk with the Friends of Epping Forest. 

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Wednesday 24 January, 1.30pm - 3pm

Taster session: printing inspired by nature

The View

Join Alison Pearce, experienced community arts lecturer, in creating wonderful woodland prints. Explore colour, light and shade and make lasting memories of the Forest to cherish.

This event is run in partnership with the Waltham Forest Adult Education service.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January, 11am - 2pm

Big Garden Birdwatch

Find out all about the Forest's feathered friends at this community bird watch with the RSPB and the Friends of Epping Forest.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 28 January, 11am - 1pm

Wanstead Park Nature Club Birdwatch

The Temple

Explore the avian life of Wanstead Park at this Friends of Wanstead Parklands event.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

February

​Thursday 1 February to Wednesday 28 February, 10am - 5pm (excluding Mondays)

Art exhibition: Epping Gothic

An exhibition of Forest-themed paintings and prints by Emily Ault.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Thursday 8 February, 1.30pm - 3pm

Taster session: winter identification of trees and plants

Maria Casarrubios has been a practising horticulturalist for 30 years. Take a relaxing all-weather walk with her through the Forest, take in the winter scenery and learn the names of trees and plants as you wander - then return to the View for a group chat about what you've found.

This event is run in partnership with the Waltham Forest Adult Education service.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Monday 12 February to Wednesday 14 February, 11am - 4pm

Laser tag in the Forest

Futuristic fun for all the family!

£10 for 40 minutes or £6 for 20 minutes. Age 6+. Booking required.

To book, call 0800 689 4715 or email info@jsilverevents.co.uk.

 

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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