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.

Childcare in school holidays at Walthamstow Wetlands

New questionnaire to learn more about your childcare needs

We are hoping to offer paid childcare during school holidays at Walthamstow Wetlands and are looking for information from parents on what they want.

Sticks at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 7th January, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about sticks at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. What will you make with a stick? Man stick people, paint with sticks and let your imagination take you on adventures.

Free event for under 5s. Children will need to be accompanied. 

Sunday Open Afternoon (family activity)

Sunday 13th January, 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an open afternoon (1pm-3pm) of 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. 

Weather at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 14th January, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about the weather at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for a storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Go on a nature walk, make your own rainbows or take part in sensory play.

Free event for under 5s. Children will need to be accompanied. 

Wild Weekend: Site Heritage

Sunday 20th January, 10am-12pm; 1-3pm

Drop in for the day and become an engineer with the London Wildlife Trust. Inspired by the Victorian Engineers that built the reservoirs, see if you can build a bridge, make a tower, or complete a working water network. 

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

Water at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 21st January, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about the water at Walthamstow Wetlands Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Sail a boat in puddles, make your own water painting or take part in water play.

Free event for under 5s. Children will need to be accompanied. 

Sunday Open Afternoon (family activity)

Sunday 27th January, 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an open afternoon (1pm-3pm) of 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. 

 

Birds at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 28th January, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about birds at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Go bird watching, make your own bird or take part in sensory play.

Free event for under 5s. Children will need to be accompanied. 

Wild Weekend: Wetlands

Sunday 3rd February, 10am-12pm; 1-3pm

Continue the celebration of World Wetlands Day by visiting Walthamstow Wetlands! Create your own Wetlands scene, paint amazing fish and have a go at pond dipping with the London Wildlife Trust. All are welcome to this free event. 

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

Nests at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 4th February, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about nests at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Go bird watching, make your own nest and try weaving.

Free event for under 5s. Children will need to be accompanied. 

 

Sunday Open Afternoon (family activity)

Sunday 10th February, 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an open afternoon (1pm-3pm) of 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. 

Mud at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 11th February, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about mud at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Take part in messy play, make pictures with mud and find out about the animals that live in the soil.

Free event for under 5s. Children will need to be accompanied. 

 

Wild Weekend: Nests

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

Join in with National Nest Box Week see if you can spot any of the nests on site with the London Wildlife Trust. Be creative and make your own nest, decorate eggs or make a bird. Join us for imaginative storytelling, arts and crafts and wildlife activities. All are welcome to this free event. 

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