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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

September

​​Saturday 21 July to Sunday 30 September, 10am–5pm (excluding Mondays)

Exhibition: The Forest that was saved: 140 years of protection under the 1878 Epping Forest Act

What did Epping Forest look like in the 1870s when it was saved from destruction? To mark 140 years of Epping Forest as a protected public space, this exhibition will reprint more than 40 historic photographs of the Forest and adjoining villages commissioned to celebrate the crucial legal judgement of 1874 that saved the Forest.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 21 July to Sunday 30 September 2018: 10am–5pm (excluding Mondays)

Family event: the Forest that was saved - 140 years of summer holiday family fun

Drop in this summer for self-led art and activity tables and trails linked to our exhibition about how the Forest was saved. Victorian hats to try on, historic games and drawing activities to take you back to the Epping Forest of your great, great, great grandparents.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

​Thursday 6 September to Tuesday 2 October, 10am - 5pm (excluding Mondays)

Exhibition: 'On our doorstep'

  • The View

Come and see this exhibition by local artists, Lindsey Julian and Sally Martin, featuring works inspired by Epping Forest and its surrounds.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Friday 14 September, 7pm - 10pm

Family bat and moth night

  • Suntrap Forest Education Centre

Venture out into the Forest after dark and discover the many species of bat and moth that call it home.

Please see the Suntrap website for more details.

Saturday 15 September

Natural history course: identifying woodland trees in leaf

Learn how to tell the trees from the Forest at this Field Studies Centre event.

Please see the Epping Forest Field Studies Centre website for details.

Saturday 22 September and Sunday 23 September, 10am - 5pm

Open House Weekend: The Forest that was saved - 1878 archives and images

  • Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and The View

Drop in to see original documents and museum objects relating to the campaign to save Epping Forest over 140 years ago. We'll be including some handling objects and dressing up costumes for adults and children to get you into the Victorian mood.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 23 September, 10am - 12noon

Children's cycling group

  • Chingford Plain

Join local cycle hire company, Go Further Cycling, and explore the Forest around Chingford by bike with your children.

Visit GoFurtherCycling for more details.

Sunday 23 September, 10am - 12noon

Open House: Epping Forest heritage walk - Hollow Pond and around

  • Meet at Leytonstone Station

Enjoy this guided walk from Leytonstone Station talking about local heritage buildings and Epping Forest's Hollow Pond, with its rowing boats and picturesque islands.

Discover the story of how Epping Forest was saved as a green space for the 'enjoyment and recreation' of the public in the years leading to the 1878 Epping Forest Act, and how people have enjoyed it ever since.

Free. Book online with Eventbrite from 21 August.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 23 September, 10am - 12noon

Open House: Epping Forest heritage walk - over the green edge

  • Meet at Chingford train station

Join this guided walk from Chingford Station and explore the very edge of London through historic Epping Forest, finishing at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge.

We'll step over the Meridian on Pole Hill and can literally leap out of London at Connaught Water. Longhorn cattle, ancient oak pollards and twisted hornbeams all included!

Free. Book online with Eventbrite from 21 August.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 29 September, 3pm - 7pm

The Wilderness

  • St John's Church of England Primary School, Buckhurst Hill

A special event to celebrate the life and work of local artist, Walter Spradbery, who is bes tknown for his iconic poster designs for London Transport which, more recently, inspired our Epping Forest signage.

Free, no booking required.

October

​Saturday 18 October onwards

Christmas Grotto: tickets go on sale via Eventbrite

Come and meet Father Christmas at his Christmas Grotto at The View in Epping Forest this December, and experience a magical day with lots to do and see!

Enjoy the Christmas spirit with a glass of mulled wine, cider or hot chocolate while singning along to Christmas songs, or pop inside for some seasonal activities or to source a last minute gift from our traditional Christmas stalls or our gift shop.

This event will take place on Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December.

£14.95 per child (includes a gift). Booking required.

Book online via Eventbrite from 18 October onwards.

020 7332 1911

Wednesday 3, 10 and 17 October, 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Art workshop series: start painting the Forest

  • The View

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

£108 per person, booking required.

This is a Waltham Forest Adult Education Service Event run in partnership with the City of London Corporation.

Book online through the Waltham Forest Adult Education Service.

Please note, this course is for adults aged 19+ only.

020 7332 1911

Thursday 4 October to Wednesday 31 October, 9am to 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: 'Whoever looks round sees eternity here'

  • The View

Alison Chaplin exhibits her most recent Forest landscapes in this stunning exhibition in at the View.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 7 October, 10am - 12noon

Children's cycling group

  • Chingford Plain

Tour the Forest around Chingford as a family with local cycle company, GoFurtherCycling. Call for more details.

020 8524 6626

Saturday 13 October, 1pm - 5pm

Suntrap Open Day

  • Suntrap Forest Education Centre

Suntrap's annual open day where you can meet the animals, pond dip, peer down microscopes, complete a map trail, have a go on low ropes course, make a clay animal, stroll through the forest on a guided walk, look at our exhibitions or enjoy some light refreshments.

This event is run by Suntrap Forest Education Centre.

For full details, visit Suntrap's website.

Free, no booking required.

Saturday 13 October

Natural history course: identifying woodland fungi in Epping Forest

  • Field Studies Centre, High Beach

Explore the Forest and find out how to tell apart the many fungi you can find in the Forest!

This is a Field Studies Council event.

Find more details on the FSC website.

Sunday 21 October, 10am - 12noon

Children's cycling group

  • Chingford Plain

Tour the Forest around Chingford as a family with local cycle company, GoFurtherCycling. Call for more details.

020 8524 6626

Tuesday 23 October, time TBC

Magnificent mammals family event

  • Field Studies Centre, High Beach

Bring your little ones along and learn all about the many mammals that live in Epping Forest.

This is a Field Studies Council event for families with children aged 18 months to 4 years old.

Find more details on the FSC website.

Tuesday 23 October, time TBC

Mammal tracks

  • Field Studies Centre, High Beach

Come along as a family and learn which animals leave which tracks in Epping Forest.

This is a Field Studies Council event for families with children aged 5 years old and over.

Find more details on the FSC website.

Tuesday 23 October to Sunday 28 October, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Family half term: children's games - what we used to do

  • Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and The View

Drop in whatever the weather and settle into some historic games set up in cosy corners around Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and The View.

Games of chance, games of skill from Shove Ha'penny (as enjoyed by Henry VIII) to Victorian board games that the Queen herself might have enjoyed! No batteries required!

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Wednesday 24 October, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Taster session: Autumn identification of trees and plants

  • The View

Cathy McLoughlin is an experienced environmental educator and Lloyd Park's community gardener.

Join her on a relaxing walk to enjoy Epping Forest's beautiful autumnal colours and learn the names of trees and plants as you wander.

This event is for adults 19+ only and is a Waltham Forest Adult Education Service event run in partnership with the City of London Corporation.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Thursday 25 October and Friday 26 October, times TBC

Natural history course: traditional hedgelaying

  • Field Studies Centre, High Beach

Learn all about the techniques involved in traditional hedgelaying and all the benefits of hedges for wildlife around the Forest.

This is a Field Studies Council event.

Find more details on the FSC website.

Friday 26 October, 10.30am - 12noon

Activity walk: Discovering the High Beach Easy Access Trail

  • Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach

Explore our easy access trail at High Beach and find out what makes the area so special.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 27 October, times TBC

Natural history course: woodland ecology and management

Learn all about what makes the Forest function and how its managed to help it along.

This is a Field Studies Council event.

Find more details on the FSC website.

November

Thursday 1 November to Friday 30 November, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: returning from the War - beyond the eleventh hour

  • Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Find out about Forest Keepers who returned to the Forest after the Great War and what we know about their war experiences and return to a working life in the Forest in this exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 3 November to Sunday 2 December, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

Exhibition: 'The Colour of Nature' by Sue Mayne

  • The View

Painting exhibition inspired by the Forest nature and the changing seasons by Sue Mayne.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Sunday 4 November, 10am - 12noon

Children's cycling group

Tour the Forest around Chingford as a family with local cycle company, GoFurtherCycling. Call for more details.

020 8524 6626

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

Exhibition: The People's Forest: process and participation

  • The View

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 17 November, times TBC

Trees without leaf

Learn how to identify trees when they aren't in leaf on this family walk with the Field Studies Council.

Ages 5+.

This is a Field Studies Council event.

Find more details on the FSC website.

Sunday 18 November, 10am - 12noon

Children's cycling group

Tour the Forest around Chingford as a family with local cycle company, GoFurtherCycling. Call for more details.

020 8524 6626

Saturday 24 November, 4pm - 7pm

Lantern-making, bonfires and burgers

  • Suntrap Forest Education Centre

Pop along to this family evening at Suntrap, learn how to make lanterns and enjoy a burger by the fire.

This event is run by Suntrap Forest Education Centre.

For full details, visit Suntrap's website.

December

​Wednesday 5 December, 10.30am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 4pm

Deck the Halls: a festive floristry workshop

A floristry workshop with a Tudor festive feel - we're offering a rare opportunity to work together with a florist to decorate the 1543 Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge with holly, ivy and Christmas cheer.

Participants will be able to make a small table decoration to take home too.

Mince pies and hot drinks included!

Free, booking required.

Book online with Eventbrite

This event is run by the Waltham Forest Adult Education Service in partnership with the City of London Corporation.

Friday 7 December to Friday 22 December, 10am - 5pm excluding Mondays

The Hunting Lodge: boughs of holly Christmas display

  • Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Immerse yourself in our atmospheric Tudor Hunting Lodge festively decorated with holly and ivy and flickering candle lights in the traditional manner.

Enjoy a Tudor-inspired glass of 'hippocras'-style mulled wine and a mince pie as dusk falls from 3pm to 4.30pm each day.

Free, no booking required. Suggested donation of £1 for mince pies and mulled wine.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 8 December and Sunday 9 December, 10am - 5pm

Christmas Grotto

  • Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Father Christmas will be stopping off in Epping Forest to visit his Christmas Grotto next to Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge. Be sure to book your tickets to see him!

The Forest's famous Christmas Grotto returns to the Hunting Lodge and The View to coincide with Father Christmas' visit. Even if you're too big or too naughty to visit Santa, there is a lot to see and do at this magical seasonal event: enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and listen to festive tales at this family-friendly celebration of Christmas.

Book online with Eventbrite from Saturday 13 October.

£14.95 per child (includes a gift), 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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