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.

London Wildlife Festival

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th August 2019

This will be vibrant event aimed at a young, diverse, urban and non-specialist audience as well, not just wildlife experts. Visitors can learn about the issues facing the natural world and explore first-hand some of the wildlife great and small living inside London. There will be guided walks; workshops, talks and debates including celebrity conservation experts and passionate citizen scientists speaking about everything from parakeets and wild weeds to living plastic free lives. There will be yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing workshops as well as an opportunity to learn new crafts such as wildlife photography, birding, pottery, floristry, landscape drawing and creative writing. There will be art exhibitions for all ages, live music, literary events and film screenings all inspired by nature. There will also be a range of exhibitors including wildlife NGOs, ecotour operators, bird food providers, outdoor clothing, books, optics and cameras; together with family activities, food and drink. 

Whether you are an avid naturalist or just curious to discover more, London Wildlife Festival will be an opportunity or families to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the big city and get back in touch with nature.

Tickets from £6.

Big Wild Weekend

Saturday 15th June - Sunday 16th June

The Big Wild Weekend is two days of  wildlife and nature events taking place across the UK on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. Join the London Wildlife Trust at Walthamstow Wetlands for a fun filled weekend for both adults and children - there will be pond dipping and mini-beast hunting, digging for worms, guided walks and much more!

Father's Day Afternoon Tea

Sunday 16th June, from 3pm

Looking to treat Dad this Father’s Day? On Sunday 16th June at 3pm, the cafe at Walthamstow Wetlands will be hosting the ultimate Father’s Day Afternoon Tea. Expect a meaty feast with wild boar sausage rolls, brioche burger and beetroot scotch eggs, topped off with a trio of mini desserts and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam. There are also Veggie Afternoon Tea options available.

Father’s Day Afternoon Tea costs £22.50 per person (accompanied by a tea of your choice + refill).

Places are limited so do book asap by emailing


Poetry Workshops at Walthamstow Wetlands

Sunday 23rd June, 7th July, Sunday 4th August 11am– 2:30pm

Where do your ideas come from and how do you begin a piece of writing? How do you maintain fresh and dynamic writing within the body of your work? What does an ending need? Join writer and poet, Lee Mackenzie, in a writing workshop dedicated to finding an answer to this question in the beautiful surroundings of the Walthamstow Wetlands. Take part in an individual or trio of workshops dedicated to narrative within poetry and fiction writing.

Swift Conservation Talk and Walk with Edward Mayer

Monday 24th June, 2-4pm

Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation will be talking about Swifts, the most spectacular and charismatic urban bird, their sad decline and what we can all do about it. 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. Following the talk, visitors can stay for a walk on the site to discover the many swifts that visit Walthamstow Wetlands.

Talk: 2-3pm; Guided Walk: 3-4pm. £5 per person. Location: Angling Academy at Walthamstow Wetlands.

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

28th June, 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.


Natural Balm Making Workshop

Sunday 30th June, 1-3pm

Come and discover the healing power of plants at Walthamstow Wetlands! Enjoy a guided walk around the Reserve, then make your own natural balm over the campfire to take home.

Suggested donation of £1 for materials required.

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.

Wetlands Workshop: Birds of Prey with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 14th July, 1-3pm

Come and learn about the owls, hawks and falcons that hunt and live at Walthamstow Wetlands. Enjoy a guided walk with our local birders and hopeful spot the peregrines out and about!

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.

Terrarium Making Workshop at Walthamstow Wetlands

Thursday 18th July, 7-7.30pm

Join Borrowed Light Floral Studio at Walthamstow Wetlands on Thursday 18th July between 7 - 8.30pm for a Terrarium Making Workshop. You will work with hypoestes, mosses as well as decorative stones and bark, and learn how to create a layered system of soil that will help keep it healthy and long lasting. These mini indoor gardens are easy to look after and become decorative indoor ecosystems.

Tickets priced at £35 per person including all materials and a Terrarium to take home. 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.

About Borrowed Light Floral Studio

Borrowed Light Floral Studio is the partnership of Sarah Purchase and Claudia van Rensburg. They met working together as florists in central London and have now formed their own studio based in Walthamstow. Their work ranges from events, weddings and art installations, to creating miniature gardens. Favouring British grown flora and eco friendly products wherever possible, they create high quality and impactful designs in a sustainable way.

National Parks City Week: Love Birds

Saturday 27th July, 11am-1pm

Celebrate National Parks City Week at Walthamstow Wetlands and enjoy a guided tour around this internationally important nature reserve. Discover the birds that call it home and the ones that stop off on their migratory route.

This event is free, but registration is essential.

National Parks City Week: Love Heritage

Sunday 28th July, 11am-1pm

Celebrate National Parks City Week at Walthamstow Wetlands with a guided tour around the Reserve. Delve into the past and discover what life and the area was like in times gone by.

This event is free, but registration is essential.

Wild Life Drawing: Reptiles

Tuesday 30th July, 7-9pm

Come meet a range of remarkable reptiles at Walthamstow Wetlands this summer! We'll be sketching different species including a Green Iguana named Deano (who is 2m in length and enjoys a head scratch), a Bosc Monitor Lizard named Roxy (likes to fall asleep on drawing boards), Bearded and Water Dragons, as well as Tortoises and Geckos. All these animals are absolutely magnificent, with unbelievable textures and colours to inspire your artworks. And being cold-blooded, they don't expend any unnecessary energy, making them excellent drawing subjects!

Wetlands Workshop: Water with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 11th August, 1-3pm

A closer look at the water all around us - who lives in it and under it! Get hands on and discover how to purify water and why we need to.

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.

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.

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.