Venue hire

Venue hire


Capacities and availability

There are three event spaces in the Engine House at Walthamstow Wetlands. 

Turbine Room: Theatre style 60: Standing reception 120; Seated dinner 60 (5' rounds).

Accessible: 09:00-00:00 - Thursday to Saturday + alternative Sundays

Boiler Room: Theatre style 80; Standing reception 150; Seated dinner 90 (5’ rounds); 100 (cafe tables); 112 (long trestles)

Accessible: 17:00-00:00 - evenings & weekends only

Triple Engine Room: Theatre style 90; Standing reception 120; Seated dinner 70 (5’ rounds); 60 (cafe tables); 130 (including Terrace area)

Accessible: 17:00-00:00 - evenings & weekends only





Site visits can be booked for weekdays between 10am - 4pm. There is also the possibility of weekend showarounds depending on staff availability. Please book with the Forest Venues team in advance as viewings will not be available if the space is already in use. The Forest Venues team can be reach on or 020 8496 8018.


Set up & early access

The Turbine Room can be hired all day and therefore access from 8am is available. Please note that this space does have its own separate entrance but the toilet facilities are shared with the main visitor centre.

The remaining event spaces; Boiler Room, Triple Engine Room & Mezzanine will all be open to the public during the day and access is available from closing time which is 4pm Oct-Mar and 5pm Apr-Sep. Please note this access is for set up only as the events team will require at least an hour after closing to turn the space around.

There is an option of closing the visitor centre 1 hour early for an additional fee, please speak to your coordinator about this option.



We work with a fantastic team of hospitality experts, The World’s Larder - our catering partner who offer a sumptuous range of menu styles to suit all budgets.

Due to the unique site logistics we do not allow external caterers, but please do speak to your coordinator if you require specialised food menus such as kosher and halal. 


Access & tours

The conservation and industrial value of Walthamstow Wetlands is truly unique in London and the regeneration of the site now allows more people access to its natural and architectural heritage. We welcome you and your guests to enjoy a walk through the 211 hectares of expansive landscape including ten beautiful reservoirs. We can also organise nature tours and trails for smaller groups. Once the evening festivities commence, access to the wetlands will be restricted but guests can still enjoy breathtaking views over the southern reservoirs and the city’s skyline from the mezzanine balcony.


Audio visual & entertainment

You are welcome to provide your AV, DJ or band for your event, but we kindly ask they would complete a site recce prior to the event to ensure they have all the correct equipment & electrical access required as we can only provide the standard 13 amp plug sockets. (Please note there are some sound restrictions to ensure our wildlife and local residents are not disturbed).

We have a 65" interactive display plasma screen that can be hired for presentations & picture slideshows, please ask for prices & availability.

There are no built-in speaker systems in any of the Engine House rooms, so you will need to speak to your AV provider if you require this facility.


Security & parking

Security is required for all evening events to ensure the safety of guests and wildlife throughout the event. 3 x operatives are required for events with over 50 guests and this is charged at £18+VAT per person per hour (min 4 hours). Security is required from the moment the venue shuts for the general public until event finish time.

There is limited parking available and we can offer discounted rates for event bookings however we cannot hold spaces.

Parking for guests at evening functions (after 5pm) is complimentary.


Event furniture

You are welcome to make use of any of the café tables & chairs. We also have 60 white & black conference chairs available for use. If you would like to hire in furniture from an external company then delivery would need to be the morning of the event & collection by 10am the morning after as storage on site is extremely limited.