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.

Wetlands Workshop: Spring Migration with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 21st April, 1-3pm

Discover more about the birds that migrate to Walthamstow Wetlands in spring and why it is such a special place.

Classroom learning and a guided walk around the reserve with our local birders.

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.

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. 

Water Safety Awareness Event

Friday 19th April, 11am-4pm

Walthamstow Wetlands, a partnership project between Thames Water, London Wildlife Trust and the London Borough of Waltham Forest, is collaborating with the London Fire Brigade to put together a unique Water Safety Awareness Event on Friday 19th April between 11am-4pm. The Water Safety Awareness Event will be a great day out for the entire family and a fantastic opportunity to learn more about water safety challenges and procedures. There will be live water rescue, throw line and first aid demonstrations by the London Fire Brigade as well as a number of fun and engaging children’s activities and information stalls.

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

Friday 3rd May, 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.


Walking Meditation with James Cassidy

Saturday 18th May, 11am

Join James for a walking meditation in the natural surroundings of Walthamstow Wetlands.

Walking meditation brings you home to your connection with nature and your own inner equilibrium. Walk mindfully in silence, surrounded by the elements that compose the energetic body; the support of the earth, the water that gives life to all, the warming fire of the sun, the air and oxygen from the trees and plants and the space of the ether above us. Consciously connect with and embrace nature, discovering that each step is indeed a journey home to the self.

If you haven’t tried walking meditation, this is a wonderful opportunity (especially if you find seated meditation difficult) to be able to connect with nature and find a moment of mindfulness.

Tickets are priced at £10 per person. 

The Urban Birder One Day Course

Saturday 18th May, 10am-4pm

Led by experienced urban birder, Gary Elton, the Urban Birder One Day 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. 


Chelsea Fringe - Hydrologic

Saturday 18th May - Sunday 26th May, 9.30am - 5pm

For this year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival Borrowed Light Floral Studio have created a trio of suspended sculptures inspired by the water cycle and the local flora of the Walthamstow Wetlands. Floating within the Turbine Room, reeds harvested from the Walthamstow Wetlands have been blended with Lunaria and Gypsophila to create a wispy cloud of dried floral material. This sculpture represents the condensation part of the water cycle, where water vapour cools and turns back into a liquid. In the Boiler Room, a shower of shimmering seed heads fall like raindrops from a hollow cloud form. Against the building’s exterior, a large willow branch forms the base for a cascade of Cymbidium orchids, representing the flowing torrent of a waterfall. This represents the collection stage of the water cycle but shows the challenge of containing water, which will travel and create its own path. Cymbidium orchids are a nod to the native Bee Orchid, growing onsite.

Free event

Wetlands Workshop: Natural Balm Making with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 19th May, 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.

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.

Kokedama Making Workshop at Walthamstow Wetlands

Thursday 23rd May, 7-8.30pm

Join Borrowed Light Floral Studio at Walthamstow Wetlands on Thursday 23rd May between 7 - 8.30pm for a kokedama making workshop. This Japanese planting style uses moss ‘koke’ to cover a plant’s root ball - ‘dama' meaning 'ball.' You will learn how to bind a mix of akadama soil and coco coir (peat substitute) in sphagnum moss which then holds the water and nutrients close to the root system, creating a 'moss ball' almost like a natural plant pot. Kokedamas make for unique indoor plants and an intricate decoration which can be suspended or stand independently in any room...

Mini Bunting Necklace Workshop with Tatty Devine

Thursday 13th June, 7-9pm

Take part in a jewellery workshop at Walthamstow Wetlands in collaboration with Tatty Devine and create a classic Mini Bunting Necklace in a five flag design unique to you, with over 30 colours to choose from: think prints, neons, glitter and mirror! Once you’ve decided on your design, Team Tatty will be on hand to teach you how to hand link it all together to a chain of your choice.

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

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.