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.

7 x Bushcraft Sessions (6-11 years)

Alternate Sundays 16th September - 9th December, 9.30am-12.00pm

If you are aged between 6 and 11 years and like having outdoor adventures, come and join us for Bushcraft sessions during the Autumn Term.

The sessions with run alternate Sundays between 9:30am-12:00pm for a morning of bushcraft, fire cooking and shelter building with London Wildlife Trust. 

Dates will be 16th September, 30th September, 14th October, 28th October, 11th November, 25th November and 9th December, 

£40 per child. Drinks and snacks will be included. Children need to be accompanied to the site but adults are not required to remain with their children for the activities. There will be a maximum of 10 children with 2 members of staff, including a Forest School Leader.

6 x Forest School Sessions (3-5 years)

Every Monday 5th November - 10th December, 9.30 - 11.30am

Forest School is continuing at Walthamstow Wetlands with the London Wildlife Trust.

From November 5th until December 10th, join us every Monday from 9:30am - 11:30 for our next 6 weeks of sessions. Chidlren are welcome to continue at Forest School if they have already attended as we will not be repeating sessions and new children are also very welcome to join.

If you are aged between 3 and 5, you can come every week for a morning of bushcraft, fire cooking, shelter building and outdoor crafts. Drinks and snacks will be included.

£40 in total per child. Children need to be accompanied to the site but adults are not required to remain with their children for the activities. There will be a maximum of 12 children with 3 members of staff, including a Forest School Leader with QTS.

Storytelling with Santa Claus at Walthamstow Wetlands

Multiple dates in December: 10am, 12pm, 2pm sessions available

Come and meet Santa Claus at Walthamstow Wetlands! Activities will include storytelling with Santa Claus in the Turbine Room at the Engine House and a festive-themed nature trail through the site where children can explore nature, discover minibeasts, birdwatch and track mammals both large and small. Each ticket will include a gift from Santa and there will also be a photo opportunity.

Dates: Saturday 1st December, Saturday 8th December, Saturday 15th December, Friday 21st December, Saturday 22nd December, Sunday 23rd December, Monday 24th December.

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

Duration: Allow 1 hour 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)

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

Sunday Open Afternoons at Walthamstow Wetlands (Family activity)

Sunday 11th November, 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an open afternoon 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.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Footprints at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 12th November, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about tracks and trails at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts Be a footprint detective, make your own mud tracks or take part in messy play.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Wild Weekend: Bats (Family activity)

Sunday 18th November, 10am-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust to celebrate the bats living at Walthamstow Wetlands. Drop in between 10am-3pm to take part in arts & crafts and interactive activities all about these fascinating mammals.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Sticks at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 19th November 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Sunday Open Afternoons at Walthamstow Wetlands (Family activity)

Sunday 25th November, 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an open afternoon 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.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Mud at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 26th November 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Wild Weekend: Trees (Family activity)

Sunday 2nd December, 10am-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust to explore the trees at Walthamstow Wetlands. Drop in between 10am-3pm to take part in arts & crafts, or join us in the afternoon (1-3) to help us plant some trees.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Birds at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 3rd December, 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Sunday Open Afternoons at Walthamstow Wetlands (Family activity)

Sunday 9th December, 1-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an open afternoon 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.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Snow at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 10th December, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about snow at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Make snowy pictures, paint with ice and go on a nature walk.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Wild Weekend: Minibeasts

Sunday 16th December, 10am-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust to learn all about the invertebrates at Walthamstow Wetlands. Drop in between 10am-3pm to take part in arts & crafts and go on a minibeast hunt.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Image Credit: Magnus Andersson

Winter at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 17th December, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about Winter at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for storytelling, outdoor activities and arts and crafts. Create some winter art, be a nature detective and get involved in sensory play.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

New Year's Day at Walthamstow Wetlands (family activity)

Tuesday 1st January 2019, 10am - 3pm

Celebrate New Year's Day at Walthamstow Wetlands with London Wildlife Trust.  There will be fun tours of the site and birdwatching. You can also enjoy some stick art and make pine cone animals.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.