Events for children

Events for children

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 building bug hotels and bird watching to junior ranger activities and Forest School, there are many ways to explore, enjoy and discover Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve. 

London Wildlife Trust also delivers a programme of learning, training and school sessions which seek to create future custodians of the site and nurture awareness of water sustainability, wildlife conservation and the natural world.

 

From Forest School for 3-5 year olds and Bushcraft for 6-11 year olds where children can take part in cookery, tool skills and shelter building to free storytelling, wildlife activities and crafts for Under 5s, there are plenty of exciting nature-themed activities for children of all interests and ages. There are also Wild Weekends where children can take tours, make crafts and learn more about nature whilst on alternative Sunday afternoons families can explore our private learning spaces and take part in pond dipping, gardening and minibeast hunts. Additional events also take place during school holidays. See the dates below for more information.

London Wildlife Festival

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th August

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.

Sunday Open Afternoon

Sunday 26th May, 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an open afternoon (1pm-3pm) in the outdoor learning spaces at Walthamstow Wetlands. Take part in pond dipping, dig for worms, look after the garden or learn more about the work we do.

All are welcome to this free event. Children will need to be accompanied.

Holiday Activity: Engineering at Walthamstow Wetlands

Monday 27th May, 10am-12pm; 1-3pm

Come and learn about the history of engineering here at Walthamstow Wetlands and have a go at some engineering challenges. Enjoy hands-on challenges and arts and crafts with the London Wildlife Trust and explore the history of this important site. 

All are welcome to this free event. Children will need to be accompanied.

Holiday Activity: Investigating at Walthamstow Wetlands

Tuesday 28th May, 10am-12pm; 1-3pm

Come and investigate the plants and animals here at Walthamstow Wetlands with the London Wildlife Trust. Get investigating in the outdoor classroom area with pond-dipping, mini-beast hunting and craft activities. 

All are welcome to this free event. Children will need to be accompanied.

National Park City Wildlife Photography Competition Launch Day

Tuesday 28th May, 10am-4pm

To celebrate the launch of the National Park City Wildlife Photography Competition (part of the Mayor of London's National Park City Festival) we invite you to join us for a day of fun photography themed activities at  Walthamstow Wetlands.

Join in with free children's activities, take the photography trail and find out more about how you can enter the competition.

The amazing giant puppet Gnomus will be on site telling wildlife stories and engaging children with the environment. We are also running a series of short photography workshops covering beginners, children, mindfulness and professionals - something for everyone to be inspired by!

Beginner's Nature Photography

Mindfulness Nature Photography

Nature Photography for Children

Nature Photography for DSLR Users

Competition winners get some amazing prizes and will be included in an exhibition this summer as part of the festival. Come along to find out more about taking part. 

Image credit: Paul Harris

Nature Photography for Children

Tuesday 28th May, 1.30-2.30pm

Nature photography is for everyone and in this workshop professional wildlife photographer Rachel Wegh will introduce budding young photographers to basic photography skills using digital cameras or phone cameras. Using slides and examples, Rachel will introduce children to the basics of carefully approaching wildlife and then taking great photos that tell a story. The session will end with Rachel leading the group around Woodberry Wetlands to take some shots on site and put new skills into practice.

This workshop is being run to coincide with the launch of the National Park City Photography Competition on Monday 28th, which celebrates urban wildlife photography taken in London. Why not enter your photos from the day? Enter at: www.wildlondonphoto.org.uk

Free event, however spaces are limited so please register to guarantee your place. No previous experience necessary. Age Range: 8-16 years. All children will need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a working camera of any kind – e.g. digital camera or camera phone. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoe wear. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Rd, N17 9NH.

Photo credit: Paul Harris/2020VISION

Holiday Activity: Exploring at Walthamstow Wetlands

Wednesday 29th May, 10am-12pm; 1-3pm

Come and explore the many faces of Walthamstow Wetlands with the London Wildlife Trust. Enjoy nature-themed arts and crafts and explore the different features of this fascinating site.

All are welcome to this free event. Children will need to be accompanied.

Wild Weekend - Butterflies

Sunday 2nd June, 10am-12pm; 1-3pm

Come for a day all about butterflies at Walthamstow Wetlands. Come and learn some fascinating butterfly facts, enjoy butterfly themed craft activities and go on a butterfly walk around the site with the London Wildlife Trust.

All are welcome to this free event. Children will need to be accompanied.

Under 5s: Insects

Monday 3rd June, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about insects at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Design some insects of your own, join us on a walk to find different insects around the Wetlands and take part in sensory play.

Children will need to be accompanied. 

Sunday Open Afternoon

Sunday 9th June, 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an open afternoon (1pm-3pm) in the outdoor learning space at Walthamstow Wetlands. Take part in pond dipping and mini-beast hunting, dig for worms, look after the garden or learn more about the work we do.

Children will need to be accompanied. 

Under 5s: Meadows at Walthamstow Wetlands

Monday 10th June

Come for an afternoon all about meadows at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Discover some of the plants and animals that live in meadows, join us on a walk to explore the meadows on site and take part in sensory play.

Children will need to be accompanied.