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 7th July, 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: Dragonflies at Walthamstow Wetlands

Monday 8th July, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about dragonflies at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts & crafts. Come and enjoy dragonfly themed craft activities, go on a dragonfly walk around the site and get involved in sensory play.

Children will need to be accompanied. 

Wild Weekend: Meadows

Sunday 14th July, 10am-12pm; 1-3pm

Come for a day all about meadows at Walthamstow Wetlands. Learn more about these important habitats with the London Wildlife Trust. 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 meadow-themed arts and crafts. All are welcome to this free event.

Children will need to be accompanied.

Under 5s: Bees at Walthamstow Wetlands

Monday 15th July, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about bees at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts & crafts. Come and enjoy bee themed craft activities and go on a bee walk around the site and get involved in sensory play.

Children will need to be accompanied. 

Sunday Open Afternoon

Sunday 21st July, 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. 

Holiday Activity: Flowers

Monday 22nd July: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm

Come to Walthamstow Wetlands to learn about all the different flowers on site with the London Wildlife Trust. Enjoy flower crafts, practise your wild flower identification, learn about pollination and go on a wild flower wander.

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

Holiday Activity: Flowers

Monday 23rd July: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm

Come to Walthamstow Wetlands to learn about all the different flowers on site with the London Wildlife Trust. Enjoy flower crafts, practise your wild flower identification, learn about pollination and go on a wild flower wander.

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

Wild Weekend

Sunday 28th July, 10am-12pm; 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, go on a nature trail and learn more about the work we do.

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

Holiday Activity: Peregrine Falcon

Monday 29th July; 10am-12pm and 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a day celebrating the birds at Walthamstow Wetlands. Learn all about peregrine falcons, enjoy bird crafts, make a bird to race and have a go at bird watching.

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

Holiday Activity: Kingfishers

Tuesday 30th July; 10am-12pm and 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a day celebrating the birds at Walthamstow Wetlands. Learn all about kingfishers, enjoy bird crafts, decorate colourful feathers and have a go at bird watching.

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

Ways of Seeing Family Workshop

Thursday 1st August, 10.30am-12pm

Join artist Jaques Nimki for a special family workshop inspired by an artwork by artist James Balmforth at Walthamstow Wetlands this summer.

Take part in a fun-filled morning of drawing, collaging, making and more inspired by an artwork from the Ways of Seeing exhibition. The artwork by James Balmforth is a video work that explores the tradition of ‘memento mori’, artworks that remind us of death, in order to make us feel more alive.

Led by Jaques Nimki families and children aged 7-11 years are invited to take part in a series of engaging activities to explore the ideas and themes depicted in James Balmforth's work.

It is FREE to take part but booking is highly recommended.

Ways of Seeing is a partnership between Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and the Government Art Collection. Ways of Seeing turns the borough into a gallery with 33 internationally renowned artists displayed in 28 unexpected locations.

For more information visit wfculture19.co.uk/waysofseeing

Wild Weekend

Sunday 4th August; 10am-12pm and 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, go on a nature trail and learn more about the work we do.

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

Under 5s Forest school – Family stay and play

7th, 8th & 9th August, 9.30-11.30am

An exciting opportunity for both you and your child to discover your wild sides at Walthamstow Wetlands with three mornings of adventure, craft and play in the woods run by the London Wildlife Trust.

£30 for child and 1 adult companion

Under 5s Forest school – Family stay and play

21st, 22nd & 23rd August, 9.30-11.30 am

An exciting opportunity for both you and your child to discover your wild sides at Walthamstow Wetlands with three mornings of adventure, craft and play in the woods run by the London Wildlife Trust.

£30 for child and 1 adult companion