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.

New Year's Day Guided Birdwatching Walks

Tuesday 1st January 2019, 10am; 12pm; 2pm

Start your 2019 bird list with us at Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve! Led by London Wildlife Trust, there will be free guided birdwatching walks throughout the day on the 1st January 2019. For those interested in trying their hand at birdwatching or for those seasoned birdwatchers, the walks will be a wonderful way to appreciate the sights and sounds of a special wildlife and water haven located just 15 minutes from central London. 

Free event. Spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. Duration: approx. 90 minutes.

Kokedama Making Workshop

Thursday 31 January, 7-8.30pm

Join Borrowed Light Floral Studio at Walthamstow Wetlands on Thursday 31 January 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.

Tickets priced at £25 per person including all materials and a kokedama 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.

Words at Walthamstow Wetlands

Saturday 19th January, 11am-12.30pm

Join writer and poet, Lee Mackenzie, at Walthamstow Wetlands for a writing walk and poetry workshop on Saturday 19th January between 11am - 12.30pm. Immerse yourself in the elements and reconnect to your creativity by exploring Europe’s largest urban wetlands nature reserve on foot and with pen.

Out walking, you will be guided to collect your poetic ideas through a series of word games, prompts and spoken word that reveal the rhythms of the natural world. Then, back at the locally-listed Engine House, you will take part in a workshop dedicated to turning your ideas into fully-fledged poems.

Free event however spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your space. Duration: 90 minutes. Age: 18 years +. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Meeting point: Engine House, 2 Forest Road N17 9NH.

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

Friday 1st February, 3rd May, 28th June 2018 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.

 

Wild Life Drawing: Omnivores

Tuesday 5th February, 6.30-9pm

For Wild Life Drawing: Omnivores at Walthamsow Wetlands, we take a closer look at animal diets – especially those of animals that aren't fussy and feast on everything from plants, to insects, to fresh meat and carrion. We will be meeting and drawing mammals such as Pygmy Hedgehogs, Odie the Opossum, Meerkats and Mice as well as reptiles including a Tegu, Simon the Blue Tongued Skink, a Musk Turtle and some Hissing Cockroaches....

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 info@walthamstowwetlands.com

Ceramic Coaster Making Workshop

Wednesday 20th February, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Join The Wonders of Clay for their first ceramics workshop at Walthamstow Wetlands on Wednesday 20th February between 6.30 - 8.30pm. Taking inspiration from the patterns and textures of the wildlife and plants that call Europe's largest urban wetlands home, you will learn how to make a set of four ceramic coasters using leaf and feather imprints, stamps, carving techniques, slips and stains to help create your tiles. The coasters will then be carefully fired off site and participants can return to the Wetlands to collect their work to take home.

£30 per person to include all materials and four ceramic coasters to take home. Age range: 18 years +. 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. Coasters will be fired off site after the workshop and can be collected from the Wetlands to take home when convenient at a later date.

 

Wabi Kusa Making Workshop

Thursday 28th February, 7 - 8.30pm

Join Borrowed Light Floral Studio at Walthamstow Wetlands on Thursday 28 February between 7 - 8.30pm for a Wabi Kusa Making Workshop. This unique form of Japanese aquascaping grows aquatic plants on a ball of substrate inside a glass container, creating a moist environment where the vegetation can thrive.  The aquatic plants become naturalised to the air over a few weeks and are simple to look after - the leaves and substrate just need to be kept moist and placed where there is plenty of light. Wabi (meaning 'aesthetic' or 'imperfectly beautiful') Kusas (meaning 'from grass or plant') make for unique miniature gardens for the home. 

Tickets priced at £35 per person including all materials, jar and wabi kasu 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.