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.

Guide in a Hide at East Warwick Reservoir

Every Tuesday 10am - noon; Every Saturday 10am - noon

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, including the East Warwick reservoir, 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. As part of London Wildlife Trust's ongoing work at Walthamstow Wetlands, the team, with the support of volunteers, has renovated East Warwick's bird hide which is once again open to the public to use and enjoy. There will now be a member of the site's dedicated birding community inside the hide every Tuesday and Saturday between 10am - 12pm to help guide and inform visitors, answer questions and help with a spot of birdwatching. 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. 

Ceramic Coaster Making Workshop

Wednesday 20th February, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Join The Wonders of Clay for their first ceramics workshop at Walthamstow Wetlands on Wednesday 20th February between 6.30 - 8.30pm. Taking inspiration from the patterns and textures of the wildlife and plants that call Europe's largest urban wetlands home, you will learn how to make a set of four ceramic coasters using leaf and feather imprints, stamps, carving techniques, slips and stains to help create your tiles. The coasters will then be carefully fired off site and participants can return to the Wetlands to collect their work to take home.

£30 per person to include all materials and four ceramic coasters to take home. Age range: 18 years +. Workshop will take place in the Engine House at Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road N17 9NH. Please arrive via the main entrance on Forest Road. Coasters will be fired off site after the workshop and can be collected from the Wetlands to take home when convenient at a later date.

 

Wabi Kusa Making Workshop

Thursday 28th February, 7 - 8.30pm

Join Borrowed Light Floral Studio at Walthamstow Wetlands on Thursday 28 February between 7 - 8.30pm for a Wabi Kusa Making Workshop. This unique form of Japanese aquascaping grows aquatic plants on a ball of substrate inside a glass container, creating a moist environment where the vegetation can thrive.  The aquatic plants become naturalised to the air over a few weeks and are simple to look after - the leaves and substrate just need to be kept moist and placed where there is plenty of light. Wabi (meaning 'aesthetic' or 'imperfectly beautiful') Kusas (meaning 'from grass or plant') make for unique miniature gardens for the home. 

Tickets priced at £35 per person including all materials, jar and wabi kasu to take home. Workshop will take place in the Engine House at Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH. Please arrive via the main entrance on Forest Road.

Broken Spring - Poetry Workshop

Saturday 6th April, 11am-1pm

Join writer and poet, Lee Mackenzie, at Walthamstow Wetlands for a writing walk and poetry workshop on Saturday 6th April between 11am - 1pm. Using the Wetlands as a place of inspiration, the workshop will explore how nature and green spaces should be used to remind humans of the cyclical and seasonal nature of time.

Wetlands Wedding Showcase

Saturday 16th March, 3-6pm

Join us for a special Wetlands Wedding Showcase at Walthamstow Wetlands on Saturday 16th March between 3-6pm. Hosted by Walthamstow Wetlands, The Larder and Forest Venues, the event will give you a taste of what your Big Day would look like at Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve. 

Free event. Please register to guarantee your space. Free ticket includes entry, glass of Prosecco on arrival, canapes, local exhibitors showcase, wedding breakfast taster and venue tour.

Wetlands Workshop: Looking to the Past with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 10th March, 1-3pm

Take a look into the past at Walthamstow Wetlands through the ages and enjoy a guided walk discovering the features that have been left behind.

Free event, however spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. Open to 18 years +. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoe wear. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Rd, N17 9NH.

Wild Life Drawing: Chicks in association with the British Hen Welfare Trust

Tuesday 9th April, 7-9pm

Join us at Walthamstow Wetlands for an Easter Special where we'll be meeting and drawing the newly hatched chicks from Vauxhall City Farm this Spring. We'll be drawing Leg Bar chicks, bright yellow Buff Orpington’s and some little Dutch Bantums. These baby birds will not only be impossibly cute to draw, but will also provide us with an opportunity to talk about the egg production industry and hen welfare in the UK. We will be getting advice from dedicated volunteers and campaigners for the British Hen Welfare Trust on egg labelling and will hear about the wonderful work the charity does by saving ex-commercial hens from slaughter and re-homing them so they can go on and enjoy a free range retirement.

Wetlands Workshop: Spring Migration with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 14th April, 1-3pm

Discover more about the birds that migrate to Walthamstow Wetlands in spring and why it is such a special place.

Classroom learning and a guided walk around the reserve with our local birders.

Free event, however spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. Open to 18 years +. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoe wear. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Rd, N17 9NH.

Wetlands Workshop: Natural Balm Making with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 19th May, 1-3pm

Come and discover the healing power of plants at Walthamstow Wetlands! Enjoy a guided walk around the Reserve, then make your own natural balm over the campfire to take home.

Suggested donation of £1 for materials required.

Free event, however spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. Open to 18 years +. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoe wear. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Rd, N17 9NH.

Wetlands Workshop: Birds of Prey with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 14th July, 1-3pm

Come and learn about the owls, hawks and falcons that hunt and live at Walthamstow Wetlands. Enjoy a guided walk with our local birders and hopeful spot the peregrines out and about!

Free event, however spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. Open to 18 years +. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoe wear. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Rd, N17 9NH.

Wetlands Workshop: Water with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 11th August, 1-3pm

A closer look at the water all around us - who lives in it and under it! Get hands on and discover how to purify water and why we need to.

Free event, however spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. Open to 18 years +. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoe wear. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Rd, N17 9NH.

Wetlands Workshop: Wildlife Gardening with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 8th September, 1-3pm

Come and learn how to make your greenspace wildlife friendly - from garden to window box! Make a bug hotel to take home and discover about wildlife gardening on a large scale - managing the Wetlands!

Free event, however spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. Open to 18 years +. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoe wear. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Rd, N17 9NH.

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

Friday 3rd May, 28th June, 4th October 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.

 

Kokedama Making Workshop at Walthamstow Wetlands

Thursday 23rd May, 7-8.30pm

Join Borrowed Light Floral Studio at Walthamstow Wetlands on Thursday 23rd May between 7 - 8.30pm for a kokedama making workshop. This Japanese planting style uses moss ‘koke’ to cover a plant’s root ball - ‘dama' meaning 'ball.' You will learn how to bind a mix of akadama soil and coco coir (peat substitute) in sphagnum moss which then holds the water and nutrients close to the root system, creating a 'moss ball' almost like a natural plant pot. Kokedamas make for unique indoor plants and an intricate decoration which can be suspended or stand independently in any room...

Terrarium Making Workshop

Thursday 4th April, 7-8.30pm

Join Borrowed Light Floral Studio at Walthamstow Wetlands on Thursday 23rd May between 7 - 8.30pm for a Terrarium Making Workshop. You will work with hypoestes, mosses as well as decorative stones and bark, and learn how to create a layered system of soil that will help keep it healthy and long lasting. These mini indoor gardens are easy to look after and become decorative indoor ecosystems.

Tickets priced at £35 per person including all materials and a Terrarium to take home. Workshop will take place in the Engine House at Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH. Please arrive via the main entrance on Forest Road.

 

Free guided walk with London Wildlife Trust

Every Thursday at 11am

Come and join a free guided walk at Walthamstow Wetlands led by London Wildlife Trust Rangers 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. No booking required however numbers are limited to 20 people so attendance is on a first-come first-served basis. 

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 info@walthamstowwetlands.com