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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.

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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If you have any questions about our events, you can email us or...

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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

​Sunday 3 June to Sunday 1 July, 10am–5pm (excluding Mondays)

Exhibition: 'On the Forest edge' by Carol Foulger and Katherine Poluck

The flora and fauna that inhabit Epping Forest captured in watercolour, printmaking, pen and ink.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911 

Saturday 16 June to Sunday 15 July, 10am–5pm (excluding Mondays)

Exhibition: 130 years – the Royal Epping Forest Golf Club and Chingford Golf Course

As well as being open for public play, Chingford Golf Course is home to the Royal Epping Forest Golf Club, Chingford Golf Club and Chingford Ladies Golf Club. This exhibition brings together archive material from 130 years of golf on this historic course.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

July

​Sunday 8 July to Sunday 2 September, 10am–5pm (excluding Mondays)

Exhibition: 2018 Summer Art Show

Our annual summer art show featuring a host of work from talented local artists inspired by Epping Forest.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Friday 13 July, 1.30pm–3.30pm

Taster session: Make a vintage inspired headband using millinery ribbon and veiling

Melanie Lewiston, a talented milliner, will help you make a vintage inspired headband from millinery ribbon and veiling using traditional techniques. Create your own unique headband inspired by patterns and shapes found in Epping Forest and the natural world.

Free, no booking required. Adults aged 19 and over only.

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

Wednesday 18 July, doors open at 6pm, performance starts at 7pm

Open air theatre: The Pirates of Penzance

Illyria are back to blow your socks off with another fantastic season of open air theatre!

Frederick, apprenticed to the Pirates since a child, learns that he was born in a leap year on 29th February, and that he is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year. With only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, how will he resist being forced to endure a life of crime until he is 84 - and will his sweetheart, Mabel, wait for him that long?

Cancellation in the event of a hurricane only, when the performance will be rescheduled.

Please bring rugs and picnics, and dress for the weather. Hot drinks and refreshments will be available.

Book online with Eventbrite

020 7332 1911

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 

August

​Sunday 12 August, doors open at 1pm, performance starts at 2pm

Open air theatre: the Adventures of Doctor Dolittle

Illyria are back for another fun-filled season of open air theatre, and this time they're talking to the animals.

When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So, he buys a leaky old ship and, together with his trusty pet-crew of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the Duck and permanently hungry Gub-Gub the pig, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, spread compassion and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom.

Cancellation in the event of a hurricane only, when the performance will be rescheduled.

Please bring rugs and picnics, and dress for the weather. Hot drinks and refreshments will be available.

Book online with Eventbrite

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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