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.

Mini Bunting Necklace Workshop with Tatty Devine

Thursday 28 June, 7 - 9pm

Take part in a jewellery workshop at Walthamstow Wetlands in collaboration with Tatty Devine and create a classic Mini BuntingNecklace in a five flag design unique to you, with over 30 colours to choose from: think prints, neons, glitter and mirror! Once you’ve decided on your design, Team Tatty will be on hand to teach you how to hand link it all together to a chain of your choice.

Tatty Devine is the go to brand for original, fun, acrylic statement jewellery. Founded in the heart of East London in 1999 by Harriet Vine MBE and Rosie Wolfenden MBE, all jewellery is still designed and handmade in house by a passionate and skilled team. Alongside their Classic, Seasonal, Contemporary and Personalised collections, Tatty Devine love collaborating with artists, designers and their favourite cultural spaces creating special collections throughout the year. All of Tatty Devine’s collections are sold online and in their two London stores. New designs, as well as iconic pieces from their archive, are highly coveted and collected by a loyal fan base from all over the world.

Tickets cost £30 per person. The event takes place in the Engine House at Walthamstow Wetlands. 

Floral Headdress Workshop at Walthamstow Wetlands

Sunday 1st July, 2 - 3.30 pm

Spring is in full bloom and festival season is on the horizon - join us for a flowery afternoon learning how to make your very own fresh flower headdress at Europe's largest urban wetland, Walthamstow Wetlands.

Florists Sarah and Claudia of Borrowed Light Floral Studio will be on hand to teach you various techniques to create a beautiful headdress using local British flowers. Whether you are a budding florist or would like to begin your floristry journey with us, the event will make for a fun, engaging and interactive afternoon – with plenty of opportunity for 1-2-1 guidance.

£30pp. All flowers and materials included as well as tea and cake. 

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

22nd June, 24th August, 19th October, 10am-4pm

Throughout 2018, we will be running an exciting calendar of photography workshops at Walthamstow Wetlands with Iain Green who has worked as a professional wildlife photographer, naturalist and author since 1997.

The day will begin with an introductory session in the site’s Victorian and locally-listed Engine House where you can learn about the unique nature of both the wildlife and industrial heritage of Walthamstow Wetlands. You will then head onto the nature reserve to explore and discover many iconic birds, invertebrates and amphibians.

Iain will offer practical guidance and tuition throughout the day with plenty of opportunity for 1-2-1s for both beginners and intermediate photographers.

Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite (£60 + booking fee) or directly at the Front Desk (£60).

Swift Awareness Week

Saturday 16 - Saturday 23 June

The United Kingdom's first Swift Awareness Week (UKSAW) will take place between 16 - 23 June 2018. As part of the special week, there will be a number of events, workshops and talks organised by swift groups throughout the country. The aim of the events is to raise awareness of the Common Swift and its plight as well as to educate and encourage people to help the species.   

Walthamstow Wetlands will be hosting a series of events in celebration of Swift Awareness Week. For more information, please click below. 

The Urban Birder One Day Course

Saturday 30th June, Saturday 28th July 10am-4pm

The Urban Birder Course will be an introduction to appreciating the abundant birdlife in our urban areas. It will cover the definition of an urban bird, recognition techniques and tips on attracting birds into your garden.

Led by experienced urban birder Gary Elton, the venue for the courses will be the newly opened, and soon to be internationally renowned, Walthamstow Wetlands in East London. Easily accessible by public transport, this superb location is one of the largest urban wetlands in Europe and is home to a large number of species, some of which are scarce elsewhere in London. Birds like Cetti’s Warbler, Common Kingfisher and Great Crested Grebe are all likely on your visit plus many more.

Walthamstow BioBlitz

Saturday 7th July, 9.30am - 5pm

The Walthamstow BioBlitz will be a one-day event where the public can help identify as many different wildlife species as possible. The main BioBlitz hub will be in the Turbine Room at Walthamstow Wetlands where staff and volunteers can provide expert advice before participants set off to survey. Lee Valley Regional Park will also host a second hub at Coppermill Fields car park. All the day’s records will help us better understand the wildlife that lives in Walthamstow. There will also be walks and activities taking place throughout the day so come along and get inspired! 


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