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.

Urban Birder One Day Course

Saturday 9th November, 10am-4pm

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. Led by experienced urban birder Gary Elton, the venue for the course will be Walthamstow Wetlands. Easily accessible by public transport, this superb location is one of the largest urban wetlands in Europe and is home to a large number of species, some of which are scarce elsewhere in London. Birds like Cetti’s Warbler, Common Kingfisher and Great Crested Grebe are all likely on your visit plus many more.

£60 per person

Loop.pH Workshop 3 - Mapping

Sunday 10th November, 11am-3pm

Join artists Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl in researching and preparing a new commission for and with the Walthamstow Wetlands community. The installation celebrates this ecological haven and is developed in collaboration with Thames Water, London Borough of Waltham Forest and London Wildlife Trust. The resulting artwork can be experienced digitally online and on the Mezzanine as a suspended installation.

There will be four workshops in total. This third workshop will use mixed reality tools to create a shared virtual map of the area.

Free event. Meeting place: Engine House

Interfaith Week: Guided Tour of Walthamstow Wetlands

Saturday 16th November, 1-3pm

Come along and enjoy a guided tour around Walthamstow Wetlands and learn about the wildlife that lives here and how the area has changed through time.

Open to everyone and all ages, this walk will last approximately 1.5hrs and will be on flat but sometimes bumpy terrain.

Please wear strong stout footwear and dress for the weather.

Free events however places are limited so please sign up.

Mitzvah Day: Practical Conservation at Walthamstow Wetlands

Sunday 17th November, 10am-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust team and celebrate Inter Faith Week and Mitzvah Day, an annual day of faith-based social action, with practical conservation tasks at Walthamstow Wetlands. Roll up your sleeves, its time to get your hands dirty! You could be chopping down invasive trees, scything meadows or building bat boxes. Whatever we get up to you will be you will be contributing towards the protection of this vital greenspace for the wildlife that live there and the people that enjoy it.

ALL WELCOME

Sessions run from 10am - 12noon and 1pm - 3pm....or stay for the whole day. Sign up essential and places are limited. Tools, training and equipment provided along with refreshments. Over 18s only. For more info email: aoconnor@wildlondon.org.uk

#ThanksToYou National Lottery Campaign

Saturday 23rd November - Sunday 1st December

This year is the 25th Birthday of The National Lottery, and we’re excited to be a part of the celebrations by joining in the #ThanksToYou campaign, which celebrates the contribution of National Lottery players in supporting good causes over the past 25 years.

To celebrate the National Lottery's #ThanksToYou Campaign, Walthamstow Wetlands will be presenting two offers for any visitor who purchases any National Lottery ticket  between Saturday 23rd November and Sunday 1st December.

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 event

Loop.pH Workshop 4 - Making

Saturday 23rd November, 11am-3pm

Join artists Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl in researching and preparing a new commission for and with the Walthamstow Wetlands community. The installation celebrates this ecological haven and is developed in collaboration with Thames Water, London Borough of Waltham Forest and London Wildlife Trust. The resulting artwork can be experienced digitally online and on the Mezzanine as a suspended installation.

For this fourth and final workshop, join the artists of Loop.pH as they assemble the alchemised components of the suspended murmuration.

Free event. Meeting place: Engine House

Tai Chi at Walthamstow Wetlands

Saturday 30th November, 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.

Tickets £15 per person

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

Friday 7th February 2020, Saturday 18th April 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

 

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 event

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

Free event