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.

Storytelling and Festive Trail with Santa Claus

7th - 24th December; 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Santa Claus will be visiting Walthamstow Wetlands again this Christmas! Come and meet him in the festive Grotto where he will be reading stories and handing out gifts. Storytelling will be followed by a winter-themed trail through the site where children can explore nature, discover minbeasts great and small and learn about the birds that call Walthamstow Wetlands home. Santa will also be making an appearance on the trail so make sure you keep your eyes open for him!

Dates: 7th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December

Timings: There are three sessions to choose from per day - 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Duration: Allow 45 minutes for storytelling with Santa Claus, gift and photo opportunity; activity sheets can then be collected from the front desk to enjoy at own pace with parent(s) (allow approximately 30 minutes/1 hour)

Cost: £10 per child to include one gift per child. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite or purchased directly from the Engine House shop.

Age: 2 years +

Wreath-making workshop with Borrowed Light Floral Studio

Thursday 12th December, 6.30-8.30pm

Get creative and make your very own festive wreath to enjoy over the Christmas period! Sarah and Claudia from Borrowed Light Floral Studio will host this step-by-step workshop where you will learn to create a fresh pine wreath on a base of moss. There will also be plenty of seasonal embellishments to add your own style and allow you to create something truly unique.

Tickets priced at £40 per person including all materials and a festive wreath to take home. There will also be some complimentary nibbles and a glass of something festive. The workshop which 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.

Wetlands Workshop: Winter Tree ID with London Wildlife Trust

Sunday 15th December, 1-3pm

Learn how to identify trees in winter before enjoying a guided walk around Walthamstow Wetlands putting into practice all your new skills!

Free event. 

New Year's Day Guided Birdwatching Walks

Wednesday 1st January, 11am; 12pm

Start your 2020 bird list with us at Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve! Led by London Wildlife Trust, there will be two free guided birdwatching walks on the 1st January 2020. 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. 

Tai Chi at Walthamstow Wetlands

Saturday 18th January, 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.

£15 per person

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Iain Green

7th February, 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


Dried Flower Arranging Workshop

Thursday 27th February, 7-8.30pm

Join us at Walthamstow Wetlands for a brand new dried flower arranging workshop with Borrowed Light Floral Studio! 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.

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.

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.

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

Free event