Events for adults

Events for adults

A calendar of weekly activities as well as seasonal events will take place throughout the year to engage with the local community and with those further afield, both in the UK and internationally.

From birdwatching courses to photography workshops, there will be something for everyone.

Private View: Welcome to the Jungle

Monday 31st August, 1-4pm

Artist, illustrator and founder of Wild Life Drawing, Jennie Webber, will be exhibiting a series of drawings and paintings created in, and inspired by, her artist residency in the Amazon rainforest in 2019. Jennie spent her days drawing, being eaten by mosquitoes and helping to care for a variety of big cats, primates, exotic birds at Ambue Ari, one of three animal sanctuaries run by non-profit organisation CIWY in Bolivia. The exhibition will showcase Jennie’s experience in the jungle – from quick sketches drawn from life with the monkeys up in the treetops, to large-scale colourful paintings celebrating the diversity and unique personalities of the animals.

Taking place in the Mezzanine, the private view will be a perfect opportunity to see the exhibition on its opening day and meet the artist, who will be available to talk about her experiences and answer any questions.

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

18th April, 26th June 2020 10am-4pm

Wildlife Photography with Iain Green is a series of workshops exploring Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve, discovering the creatures great and small that call it home and studying the art of wildlife photography.

£60 per person


Mindful Walk with Sound: Summer Time

Saturday 15th August, 10.30am-12.30pm

This summer morning walk will take place in the beautiful Walthamstow Wetlands, filled with reservoirs, open green spaces, hedgerows and wildlife. Experiencing Mindful walking and practices within the beautiful environment can create calming, restorative feelings and a sense of well-being. Being Mindful in nature invites us to reawaken to our senses and connect and learn from each season. Elizabeth Keates will facilitate this as she guides you to be present and deepen your connection and appreciation of the natural world.

Guide in a Hide at East Warwick Reservoir


Walthamstow Wetlands is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It also forms part of the Lee Valley Special Protection Area and is on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. The ten reservoirs offer a haven for overwintering wildfowl, such as pochard and gadwall, and are regionally important for breeding birds such as grey heron, tufted duck and little egret. Why not drop in and join our volunteer guides in either the hide on East Warwick or the Richard Woolly hide, on Reservoir 3, for a spot of bird watching or just to find out more information about Walthamstow Wetlands. Look out for the ‘open’ sign on the hide or ask at reception in the Engine House where our guides will be.

Free event. There is no need to book or register - visitors can just drop in and speak with one of our fantastic experts all about the wonderful birds they can see from the bird hide. 

Free guided walk with London Wildlife Trust


Come and join a free guided walk at Walthamstow Wetlands led by our fantastic volunteer guides every Thursday at 11am. Learn about the history of the Wetlands and the wonderful wildlife on site. Walks last around 90 minutes.

Meeting place is the Engine House. Please register via the link below to guarantee your place. 

Public guided tours are for individuals and small groups of up to four people only. If you are visiting as part of a larger group please email

Free event

Wild Life Drawing - British Birds of Prey

Wednesday 14th October 2020, 7 - 9pm

Join us after hours at Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe's largest wetland nature reserve, where Wild Life Drawing will be back with British Birds this Autumn.

We will be sketching Kestrels, Barn Owls and Titch the Little Owl. All species are indigenous to the UK, and as well as drawing we will be learning about where to spot these birds in their native habitats and any conservation issues affecting them.