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.

Qi Gong

Saturday 29th February, 11.30am-1pm

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. In this workshop we will be doing exercises from the five element qi gong series appropriate to late winter to fortify us as we ease into the spring.

Lucia has been training Tai Chi and Qi Gong for 18 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.

This class will take place in the Turbine room of the Engine House. Please wear loose or baggy clothes you can move around in and flat-soled shoes, and feel free to join us for lunch in the cafe afterwards.

Wedding Open Evening

Sunday 1st March, 5-8pm

In house caterers 'the Larder' will be hosting the event, showcasing the venue and it's potential to be the dream location for your wedding...

The Urban Birder One Day Course

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.

Secret Life of Flies Talk

Sunday 8th March, 7-8.30pm

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March, Walthamstow Wetlands are hosting an evening with renowned entomologist Dr Erica McAlister, author of ‘The Secret Life of Flies’ and curator of Diptera at The Natural History Museum.

Come and find out about the amazing role that flies have to play in our eco system, from pollination to pest control. The event will include a talk on Diptera, a Q&A session and book signing.

Location: Engine House. £10 per ticket. 

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.

Natural Balm Making and Dye Workshop

Sunday 22nd March, 1-3pm

Discover amazing uses for some of the plants growing on the Reserve.

Learn how to make a natural balm from ribwort plantain leaves and local beeswax - great for scratches, burns, bites and stings!

Also have a go at natural dying....using plants (from the supermarket!).

A £2 donation is suggested and will be collected on the day. This will go directly and completely towards the running of the Walthamstow Wetlands, keeping these events free and accessible to all.

This event is based fully outdoors....whatever the weather!

Dried Flower Arranging Workshop

Thursday 26th March, 6.30-8pm

With Mother's Day on March 22nd, our dried flower arranging workshop with Borrowed Light Floral Studio on March 26th is the perfect gift to spend quality time together and learn a new skill! 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.


Sunday 10th May, 11am-1pm

OUR EARTH BODY is an embodied exploration of our relationship with ourselves and the land. Each monthly workshop will invite you to connect with the nature inside and outside of your own body, via dance, deep listening, word and ritual.

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

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


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.

Dr Bike

Saturday 16th May, 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.

Guide in a Hide at East Warwick Reservoir

Every Tuesday 11am - 1pm; Every Saturday 10am – noon and noon – 2pm

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 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. Why not drop in and join our volunteer guides in either the hide on East Warwick or the Richard Woolly hide, on Reservoir 3, for a spot of bird watching or just to find out more information about Walthamstow Wetlands. Look out for the ‘open’ sign on the hide or ask at reception in the Engine House where our guides will be.

Free event. 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 our fantastic volunteer guides 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

Free event