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.

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.

Qi Gong at Walthamstow Wetlands

Sunday 8th September, 11am-12pm

Join Lucia for a Qi Gong session at Walthamstow Wetlands on Sunday 21st July between 11am-12pm. Qi Gong combines breath, intention and movement to allow internal energy (qi) to circulate freely inside the body. Free-flowing qi is crucial to good health in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and brings with it a sense of physical lightness and mental calm. This healing art is great for those looking for a little self-care in the middle of a busy city.

Lucia has been training Tai Chi and Qi Gong for 17 years including two years full-time study in China's Wudang Mountains. She has learnt the Chinese language to communicate with her teacher, who is a Taoist monk called Yuan Li Min. Lucia set up the first Wudang Tai Chi and Qi Gong school in London 8 years ago and is the ambassador for the Wudang style in the UK.

£10 per person

Walthamstow Wetlands Open House

Sunday 22nd September, 10am; 12pm; 2pm

Celebrate the Open House Weekend with Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve, and join us for a guided tour of the Engine House. Originally built in 1894, the Engine House is a locally-listed building which now includes Victorian relics, a viewing platform and visitor centre, as well as a 54 metre tower specially built to house nesting swifts and bats. Led by architects Witherford Watson Mann Architects, the tour will include archive materials and information on the design work and build.

Duration: Approx. 60 minutes. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH. Free of charge however spaces are limited so please register to reserve your place.

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

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.


Recording Hidden Sounds Workshop

Saturday 5th October, 9:30am – 3.30pm

A rare opportunity to learn about the variety of recording techniques to capture sounds, which are not usually audible to the ear. Developing recording skills using different kinds of microphones. A day long practical workshop where participants will be listening and recording electromagnetic waves, underwater sounds, field recordings, infra-sound and ultra-sound. The workshop involves sessions on theory, field craft, practical work in the field and listening sessions. Participants need to bring their own recorders. Led by world-renowned sound recordist Jez Riley French.

£15 per person 

Bats and Sound Talk

Saturday 12th October, 2:00-3.30pm

This talk by the Bat Conservation Trust ( will look at the wonderful hidden world of bat sound that is often going on around us beyond our hearing range . It will look at how bats make sound, the different sounds produced by different species, how they adapt their echolocation calls to their surroundings, and how bats communicate with each other and what they are saying. We will look at the different types of technology we use to detect, hear and record bat sound, and there will be interactive activities enabling audience members to try these out for themselves. There will be information on how people can get involved with detecting and monitoring bats in their local area.

Free event

Wild Life Drawing: British Birds of Prey

Wednesday 16th October, 7-9pm

Join us after hours at London's largest wetland nature reserve, Walthamstow Wetlands, for a whole evening of British Birds of Prey. 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.

Flying Solo: FRACTALS 2

Sunday 24th November, 2pm

In Flying Solo three international dance artists with roots in the UK, Ghana and the Caribbean explore their artistry in relation to home, their roots and the core of who they are.

They come together to probe that core, in environments far from home. The People’s Forest will be the ultimate test, bringing them into the forest, traditionally a place of mystery and fear. 

FRACTALS is the first of Flying Solo performances as part of The People’s Forest. Made and performed by dancer, lyricists & saxophonist Tyrone Isaac-Stuart. It explores never ending patterns, it seeks how repetition can be a journey to the new.  

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

Guide in a Hide at East Warwick Reservoir

Every Tuesday 11am - 1pm; 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.