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.

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 +

Under 5s: Mammals at Walthamstow Wetlands

Monday 11th November; 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about mammals at Walthamstow Wetlands. Learn more about some of the mammals on site with stories, arts & crafts and enjoy looking for some mammals around site with London Wildlife Trust.

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

Sunday Open Afternoon

Sunday 10th November, 1-3pm

Join 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.

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

Wild Weekend: Homes

Sunday 17th November, 10am-12pm; 1-3pm

Come for a day all about homes at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join London Wildlife Trust as we learn more about some of the animal homes on this site. Come and enjoy home-themed craft activities, go on a nature walk around the site and get involved in sensory play.

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

Under 5s: Maps at Walthamstow Wetlands

Monday 18th November, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about maps with London Wildlife Trust. Drop in to enjoy map-themed arts and crafts, sensory play and follow a map on our nature walk.

Drop-in - all are welcome to this free event. Children will need to be accompanied.

Sunday Open Afternoon

Sunday 24th November, 1-3pm

Join 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.

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

Under 5s: Homes at Walthamstow Wetlands

Monday 25th Novemeber, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about homes at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts & crafts. Create animal homes-inspired art, look for different homes around site and enjoy sensory play.

Drop-in - all are welcome to this free event. Children will need to be accompanied.

#ThanksToYou National Lottery Campaign

Tuesday 26th November, 4-5pm

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, Walthamstow Wetlands will be presenting Tales by Firelight on Tuesday 26th November. Led by London Wildlife Trust, activities will include a short after-dark walk through Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve, some fun storytelling around a cosy fire in the woods and delicious marshmallow roasting!

#ThanksToYou National Lottery Campaign

Wednesday 27th November, 4-5pm

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, Walthamstow Wetlands will be presenting Tales by Firelight on Tuesday 26th November. Led by London Wildlife Trust, activities will include a short after-dark walk through Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve, some fun storytelling around a cosy fire in the woods and delicious marshmallow roasting!