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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
  • An open-air theatre season at The Temple every summer
  • Heritage days for Open House London and other event seasons

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

Tuesday 12 November to Sunday 5 January, 10am to 5pm excluding Mondays

Sound installation: Echoes

  • Epping Forest Visitor Centre at Chingford

Enjoy the fruits of labour of our artist in residence, Ellie Wilson, at this free audio installation. 

Ellie's work melds the genres of contemporary classical, folk and electronica with a series of tales humanity's impact on the Forest over the years - from Iron Age hill forts to Second World War bomb craters.

Just pop in to the visitor centre and pick up a pair of headphones to enjoy a different perspective of the ancient woodland around you.

Free, no booking required.

020 7332 1911

Saturday 30 November, 10am - 12noon and 1pm - 3pm

Family event: nature walk

  • Wanstead Park

Find out more on the Epping Forest Field Studies Centre website.

December

Wednesday 4 December, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm

​A Midwinter Night's Dream: twilight family night

Families are invited to enjoy a preview twilight visit to our Midwinter installation. We’ve two enchanting gifts for each child to make and take home and a story and a Fairy Fruit drink and snack to enjoy in a flickering fire fly glade in the Hunting Lodge itself.

We've sadly had to cancel this event due to unforeseen circumstances. We're very sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience.

020 7332 1911

Thursday 5 December to Sunday 5 January, 10am to 4pm excluding Mondays

A Midwinter Night's Dream: Christmas installation

Experience the midwinter enchantment of the magical Forest world of Shakespeare’s Titania and Oberon with a wander through the winter greenery and wild animals of their woodland world. Fairy wings available.

Free, no booking required

020 7332 1911

Thursday 12 December, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

A Midwinter Night's Dream: Tudor secrets

An evening event in the enchanted darkness of the Hunting Lodge. Your ticket includes a taste of Tudor Hippocras and a sweetmeat, a talk about Tudor Christmas customs and a hushed wander in the magical world of the Hunting Lodge. Watch out for the unexpected!

We've sadly had to cancel this event due to unforeseen circumstances. We're very sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience.

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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