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.
Tai Chi at Walthamstow Wetlands
Saturday 18th January, 11am-12.30pm
Refresh yourself with the ancient art of Tai Chi as taught in the Wudang Mountains of China! Tai Chi is a slow-moving martial art practised primarily for health. It uses qi (internal energy) to power movements rather than muscular strength, as such it can be practised by people of all ages. In this session we will look at solo movements that relieve tension and build focus, as well as gentle partnerwork exercises that take a light-hearted look at Tai Chi's martial side.
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 an ambassador for the Wudang style in the UK.
£15 per person
Big Garden Birdwatch
Take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey on 25-27 January and do something great for nature. Just choose an hour any time over the three days in your garden, local park or local nature reserve like Walthamstow Wetlands and enjoy time with nature counting birds. With over half a million people now regularly taking part, coupled with 40 years worth of data, Big Garden Birdwatch allows the RSPB to monitor trends and helps us understand how birds are doing.
The Urban Birder One Day Course
Saturday 25th January, 7th March 10am-4pm
Over 600 bird species have been found within the UK since records began and over 90% have been discovered in our urban areas.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.
Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green
7th February, 18th April, 26th June 2020 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.
£60 per person
Lichens for Beginners
Saturday 15th February, 1-3pm
Explore the fascinating world of lichens. This workshop led by London Wildlife Trust will focus on what lichens are, their story in London and how to identify some of the most common urban lichens in the field.
What to bring:
• Sensible clothing for the weather
• Appropriate footwear
• A hand lens (or good quality magnifying glass)
Free event. Spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. Duration: approx. 2 hours.
Bird Ringing Demonstration
Sunday 16th February, from 8.30am for bird permit holders and from 9.30am for general public
Join London Wildlife Trust at Walthamstow Wetlands for a bird ringing demonstration to kick start the ringing program in 2020. The session will be a fantastic opportunity to get close to the birds both large and small of the Wetlands including blue tits, great tits. Visitors and volunteers will also be shown how to identify different birds, how to ring them and most importantly told how bird ringing helps us build a knowledge base about the birds and how that data can be used to benefit conservation activities on site.
Free event - taking place at the start of the 1,2,3 path over the bridge from the Engine House. Taking place until 1pm.
Dried Flower Arranging Workshop
Thursday 27th February, 7-8.30pm
Join us at Walthamstow Wetlands for a brand new dried flower arranging workshop with Borrowed Light Floral Studio! There is currently a huge trend for using dried flowers - with good reason too. Much of the material that is used in floristry can be dried and reused. As we learn about more ways to lead a more sustainable way of life, preserving and recycling are key methods towards this. This workshop will guide you through the process of creating your very own dried flower arrangement that will last a long time, and will also give you handy tips and advice on how to dry your own flowers at home.
Tickets priced at £35 per person including all materials and a dried flower bouquet to take home. There will also be some complimentary nibbles and a glass of fizz. The 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. This course is suitable for all with no previous floristry experience necessary.
Wild Life Drawing: Eagles
Wednesday 11th March, 7-9pm
For our first drawing class at Walthamstow Wetlands in 2020, we focus on majestic eagles – some of the most powerful and iconic birds of the avian world. We will meet Maverick, a gigantic male Golden Eagle, a beautiful female Chilean Blue Eagle and (slightly cheating here!) a European Eagle Owl. Along with their dedicated and expert handlers, we will discuss the characteristics of these birds; their hunting techniques, habitats, conservation and how eagles have become cultural icons.
£30 per ticket
Mindful Walk: Spring Equinox
Saturday 21st March, 10am-12pm
The spring equinox is a time of year when the day and night are in equal balance, the transition from winter into springtime and a celebration of new life! Nature demonstrates this perfectly, as we see bright flowers bursting forth and birds nesting! It’s a glorious time to spend in nature as we emerge from the dormant sleep of winter into spring to witness the growth and renewal.
This spring morning walk will take place in the beautiful Walthamstow Wetlands, filled with reservoirs, open green spaces, hedgerows and wildlife. Experiencing Mindful walking and practices within the beautiful environment can create calming, restorative feelings and a sense of well-being.
Saturday 18th April, 10am-4pm
FREE bike check-ups with Dr Bike! Bring your bike to our FREE Dr Bike stand at Walthamstow Wetlands on Saturday 18th April from 10am to 4pm for a check-up. Our team of expert mechanics will check over tyres, gears, brakes and more there, and if there’s a bigger problem, we will tell you what’s wrong so that you can get your bike fixed at the nearest bike shop. Brought to you by Enjoy Waltham Forest.
Quekett Club Microscopic Event
Sunday 19th April, 10am-4pm
Join us at Walthamstow Wetlands for our first ever microscopy event with the Quekett Club, the leading organisation for all who are interested in the wonders of the microscope, on Sunday 19th of April between 10 am - 4 pm. The event will be open for all on a drop-in basis throughout the day. Members of the Quekett Club will collect wildlife, plant and water samples from around the site first thing in the morning and then examine them throughout the day in the Engine House where the public will be able to get involved, ask questions and obtain a new and unique perspective of life at the Wetlands through the microscope.
Free event. Please register if you are hoping to attend so we can manage visitor numbers accordingly.
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.
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 email@example.com