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.

Walthamstow Wetlands Wonderful Off-Peak Bird Walk

Every Wednesday in September at 11am

To celebrate the 50th year of the Victoria line when London Underground trains ran from Walthamstow Central and Highbury & Islington,

 we’ve partnered with Transport for London as part of the Wonderful World of Off-Peak and will be offering a free weekly bird walk for a limited time only! 

Located just 15 minutes from central London, visit Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe’s largest urban wetlands, for a 90-minute bird walk led by London Wildlife Trust every Wednesday at 11am throughout September. With 10 reservoirs and 211 hectares of space to explore, you can learn about the wildlife that calls Walthamstow Wetlands home, including over 200 species of birds that have been recorded onsite, as well as discover more about the unique industrial heritage dating back to 1066!

Offer available only to TfL customers travelling during off-peak hours. Walthamstow Wetlands Guided Bird Walk will commence promptly at 11am every Wednesday throughout September. Dates include:12th September, 19th September, 26th September. Meeting point: Visitor Centre at the Engine House, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH. Spaces are limited so please register to reserve your space. Please quote ‘WETLANDS TFL’ on arrival. Walthamstow Wetlands reserves the right to cancel any events including walks and tours due to unforeseen circumstances. Should this be the case, we will endeavour to give as much notice as possible.

Meet the Artist in Residence - Fearghus Ó Conchúir

Friday 21st September, 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 21st September 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. 

Walthamstow Wetlands Open House

Saturday 22nd September, 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Join us for a tour of the newly refurbished Engine House at Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve located just 15 minutes from central London. 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 Kinnear Landscape Architects and Witherford Watson Mann Architects, the tour will include archive materials and information on the design work and build. 

Duration: Approx. 90 minutes. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH. Free of charge however spaces are limited so please register to reserve your place. 

Guided Bird Walk and Book Signing with Author David Darrell-Lambert

Sunday 30th September, from 10.30am

From pigeons to parakeets, it s impossible not to notice birds in London. But how many more would you see if you knew where to look? Can you really see a striking black-and-white wader like the Avocet, or a graceful bird of prey like a Marsh Harrier or a shy reedbed-dwelling Bittern . . . within Greater London? Did you know Peregrine Falcons nest at Battersea Power Station, or that 100 species have been logged at Hampstead Heath in one year? Now, this wonderful guide book details the best places all round the capital for watching birds, from woodlands to wetlands, parks to post-industrial backwaters. Illustrated throughout with stunning colour photographs, it tells you where to go, at what times of year, and what to look out for. Published in association with the London Wildlife Trust, Birdwatching London: All the Best Places to See Birds in the Capital reveals the amazing variety of birdlife in the capital, and offers wonderful ideas for a day out among nature.

Join author David Darrell-Lambert for a 90-minute guided bird walk through Walthamstow Wetlands at 10.30am and/or a book signing of Birdwatching London: All the Best Places to See Birds in the Capital at 11.45am in the Engine House. The guided bird walk is free of charge, however spaces are limited so please register to reserve your place. Spaces for book signing are not limited so please feel free to turn up on the day. Meeting place for bird walk at 10.30am: Engine House.

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. 

Wild Life Drawing: Nocturnal Animals

Tuesday 16th October 2018, 6.30 - 9pm

Join us after hours at Walthamstow Wetlands for an Autumnal evening celebrating Nocturnal Animals. Our event will begin with an out-of-hours walk around the wetlands to experience the nature reserve at night, with the possibility of spotting bats, foxes and nocturnal birds. To follow, we’ll spend two hours learning to draw a wide variety of Nocturnal Animals, all that have evolved super senses to hunt, communicate and get around at night...

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

Friday 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. 

Wetlands Workshops: Mammals

Sunday 21st October, 1-3pm

Come and celebrate National Mammals Week by exploring the Wetlands and learning about British mammals and the tracks, trails and signs they leave behind.

Find out how London Wildlife Trust are working to protect mammals, enhance their habitats and what you can do to help.

This event is for adults and is based outside - please dress for the weather.

This event is free, but spaces are limited so please reserve your place.

The Urban Birder One Day Course

Saturday 3rd November, 10am - 4pm

Nearly 400 species have been found within the London area and some sites can boast in excess of 120 species annually. Birds are everywhere, even in the heart of the concrete jungle. The knack is learning how to notice and eventually recognise the birds that share our urban lives.

Join experienced urban birder Gary Elton on the Urban Birder Course at Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve. The 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.

Easily accessible by public transport, this superb location 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!

Wetlands Workshop: Trees

Sunday 2nd December, 10:00am – 12:30pm

Explore the Wetlands with London Wildlife Trust and learn how to identify trees in winter and their importance in the ecosystem. Come and discover about the body language of trees and help us plant young trees across the reserve.

This event is for adults and is based outside - please dress for the weather.

This event is free, but spaces are limited so please register your reserve your place. 


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