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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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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

January

Saturday 10 November to Sunday 27 January, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: The People's Forest: process and participation

An exhibition recording events and themes from artist Gayle Chong Kwan's project, 'The People's Forest', at the Barbican, William Morris Gallery and in the Forest itself.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 8 December to Sunday 27 January, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: Nature and buildings of Epping Forest

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

​Friday 11 January, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Taster session: Magical Forest boxes

Make a box and transform it using collage and decoupage techniques. Use nature's materials found on the Forest floor to cover and inspire. Led by Talula Noor, an experienced textiles lecturer.

Free, no booking required.

This event is for 19+ year olds only and is run in partnership with the Waltham Forest Adult Education Service.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 26 January, 9.30am - 5pm

Course: identifying trees without leaf in Epping Forest

Set out into the Forest with the team from the Epping Forest Field Centre and learn how to identify trees in winter when they aren't in leaf. 

  • Epping Forest Field Centre

This event is run by the Field Studies Council.

February

Tuesday 5 February to Sunday 24 February, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: Birds, birds, birds

An interactive exhibition displaying bird-inspired artwork by local artists together with eggs and taxidermy from our museum collection. This exhibition invites all the family to use the art materials provided to create their own bird-inspired artwork to share with our visitors as part of the display.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

​Wednesday 6 February, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Taster session: Nature's patchwork purses

Join Sidiqua Tabasum, a long-standing fashion and textile lecturer, as she demonstrates how to construct a felt purse using hand-sewing and patchwork techniques. Find out how to use contrasting fabrics to create designs inspired by the patterns, colours and shapes which occur in nature.

Free, no booking required.

This event is for 19+ year olds only and is run in partnership with the Waltham Forest Adult Education Service.

Thursday 14 February, 10.30pm - 4.30pm

Multisensory birds - a listening and line drawing workshop for adults

An arty exploration of the shapes and sounds of birds with an opportunity to see and touch birds - carved and stuffed - from our museum collection. The session includes a range of line drawing activities including using markers and foil to create a low relief image of your chosen birds.

This workshop is aimed at adults with and without sight impairment. People of all artistic experience are welcome.

Booking required. Suggested donation: £5.

Book online with Eventbrite

Wednesday 20 February, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Family half term workshop: Drawing birds across the ages

A family workshop for grandparents, parents, carers and children to enjoy listening to and drawing birds together. We'll inspire you using objects from our museum and handling collections and demonstrate different techniques to help you along. Take home your artwork or add it to our February art exhibition.

£5 per person, booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

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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