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.

A Drawing Journey – Picturing a View with Rachel Lillie

Sunday 16th September, 12.30 - 4.30pm

Join artist and illustrator Rachel Lillie for an explorative afternoon of walking, experimental drawing, and ‘view finding’ around the inspiring grounds of the wetlands. 

This dynamic workshop will lead you through a series of thought provoking tasks designed to encourage a sense of curiosity and acute observation of your surroundings, using the varied natural landscape of Walthamstow Wetlands as our subject.....




Vase Arrangement Workshop

Thursday 6th September, 7 - 8.30pm

Join us and learn how to arrange beautiful British blooms in the impressive setting of the Engine House. Perfect for all levels, the class will include step-by-step demonstrations, practical guidance and plenty of time to get creative. Led by local florists, Borrowed Light Floral Studio, firstly you will learn to condition your stems and then create an arrangement using a glass vase which will be yours to keep. The flowers are grown and freshly cut that morning from Baldock Flower Farm in Hertfordshire. The farm is part of the Flowers From The Farm Collective, who won a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.

All of the flowers and materials you will need are provided as well as tea and cake. We will provide you with a bouquet bag to help you to transport your flowers and vase home after the class.

Tickets priced at £45 per person.

Meet the Artist in Residence - Fearghus Ó Conchúir

Friday 17th August, 10 - 11am

Fearghus Ó Conchúir, an independent choreographer and dance artist, is currently the artist in residence at Walthamstow Wetlands. Engaging with the theme of  refuge and examining the Wetlands as a site of sanctuary for humans and non-humans and for regular and transient inhabitants, Fearghus is currently creating dances inspired by what he sees and experiences - dances ‘choreographed’ by the wildlife and by the reservoir infrastructure.  As part of the artist in residency programme, Fearghus will be hosting a talk on Friday 17th August between 10 - 11am in the Turbine Room where he will be sharing some of the work he’s been doing, his inspirations and what he thinks is so important about choreography, dance and the Wetlands.

Free event. Spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. 

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

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 priced at £60 per person. 

Swift Conservation Talk

Wednesday 3rd October, 6.30 - 8pm

On Wednesday 3rd October, Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation will be holding a talk at Walthamstow Wetlands on swifts, the most spectacular and charismatic urban bird, their sad decline and what can be done to help the species. Edward has devoted the past 14 years to working for swifts, having noticed that his local population in NW London were vanishing. He set up a website providing a mass of information and guidance, and then recruited helpers and established groups to assist swifts both here in the UK and in Europe too. The results have been surprising, and he will tell us about them in his richly illustrated talk in the Engine House, which includes a 24-metre-tall Swift Tower and 54 specially installed swift nest boxes. . 

Free entry. Register to guarantee your space. 

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

Wild Life Drawing: British Birds of Prey

Tuesday 21st August, 6.30 - 9pm

Join us after hours at London's largest wetland nature reserve, Walthamstow Wetlands, for a whole evening of British Birds of Prey this summer. Our event will begin with a private wildlife walk around the wetlands to view the indigenous and migrating waterfowl that make use of the reservoirs. To follow, we’ll spend two hours learning to draw British Birds of Prey with breeds including the Peregrine Falcon, Barn and Tawny Owls. We will be introduced to these fine feathers with a detailed talk from an expert local falconer and learn about their anatomy, unique characteristics and how they’ve evolved to become powerful aerial hunters. You'll learn where to spot these birds in the wild and we will also discuss the current conservation issues affecting these species. All the birds are truly charismatic with their own individual personalities and we guarantee you'll go away with not only some great drawings, but a new found respect and admiration for these beautiful birds of prey. 

£30 per person