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William Morris museum

  1. Family Day: Art Alive

  • 26 March 2016
  • 13:00 - 16:00
  • Free, drop-in event for families of all ages

On the last Saturday of every month we pack the Gallery full of fun activities for families to make and do together. Each event includes a make and take so you can remember your day.

This month, celebrate the arrival of spring (and the bank holiday weekend) with an explosion of crafts inspired by nature.

  1. Creative Kids: Boats and Trains

  • 14 April 2016
  • 10:00 - 11:30  and 13:00 - 14:30
  • Free
  • In partnership with Lloyd Park Children’s Centre. Free, booking essential; to book an activity or event contact us on 020 8496 4390 or email Booking will be opened one month in advance.

Look at different types of transport in paintings by Frank Brangwyn and make your own moving machine! Play, make and get hands on with Creative Kids, a regular session for children under five to enjoy with their parents and carers.



Vestry House Museum

Easter Egg Trail

Saturday to Sunday, 26 – 27 March

Pick up our popular Easter trail to complete around the Museum and collect a free chocolate egg as your reward! Available throughout the Easter weekend 10am – 5pm. Free

Guided Walk of Walthamstow Village

Saturday 26 March

11am - 12pm

Join us for a short walk around historic Walthamstow Village, looking at St Mary’s Church, the Alms Houses, Ancient House and Vestry House Museum. Meet in the Museum courtyard. (Please note access to St Mary’s Church is not included). Free, but donations welcome



Family Bike Club

2nd Sunday of each month
Meet outside Ancient house on Church Lane at 1pm
Relaxed and free cycle rides for adults and children.
For more information contact Paul on 020 8520 0648 or email him on



Suntrap Forest Education Centre

Spring Activities 2016
1. Suntrap Spring Surprise - Tuesday 5th April10am - 1pm 
This is a drop-in session - no need to book.
Forest trail (£1 per person)
Craft activities (£1 per activity)

2. Pond Dipping and guided forest walk - Tuesday 31st May

10-1pm (drop in) with grounds open until 3pm for picnics.
£2 per person




Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and The View

Opening times

10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday.      

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is closed on Tuesday 5 April (until 1 pm)


Exhibition: Shakespeare and the Forest  at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Date: 29 March 2016 - 22 May 2016Venue: Epping Forest: Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Time: 10:00 - 17:00  Cost:  Free, no booking required.

Book by phone:020 7332 1911

Event description: Seek, spy and discover our sylvan trail of Shakespearean quotations and narrative about forests, woodlands and what you can find in them.


Victorian Craft Activities

Wednesday 29 July and 5 August


Join in on a range of family learning activities for you to do with your children

Vestry House Museum


 E17 9NH

Bring along a pack lunch to enjoy in the garden.

There is no need to book, just drop in.

VE Celebration: May Bank Holiday 2 - 4 May

Come and join us and travel back in time to near the end of World War II, this year we will be depicting the Battle of Varsity:

The date is 24th March 1945. Five and half years have passed since war was declared on Germany. British, American and Canadian forces have been working together to plan  what will be the largest airborne operation in history to be conducted on a single day and in one location. Known as Operation Varsity, British and American troops will fight side by side for the first and only time. This co-ordinated effort will form part of the larger Operation Plunder. The objective is to gain entry to Northern Germany across the Rhine River. We are now in the final stages of the Rhineland Offensive, 14,000 paratroopers will be dropped behind enemy lines to deepen the allied bridgehead and to knock out German artillery who are targeting the Rhine.

This battle scenario with pyrotechnic explosions and blank weapon firing will take place on both Sunday and Monday afternoon.

Along with this battle re-creation, there will be the chance to see two fantastic aerial displays with a Mustang on Sunday and a Spitfire on Monday.

On the ground over 350 Allied and German re-enactors will be available with their military equipment and displays for you to find out more about this defining era in history. Also don't miss out on our Victory in Europe Street Party celebration where you can hear and see songs and dance from the forties.

Children's activities will include our ever popular Science Shows with Professor Nitrate, Nerf gun tower, crazy carts and airsoft range, also do not forget to visit the armoury to see a unique collection of weapons covering examples from both World Wars.

Check out Lloyd Park Then and Now Exhibition 21st-26th April

Adult Learning General Information Session

Date1 April 2015

Time 3pm-5.30pm

Location  Queens Road Learning Centre, 97 Queens Road, Walthamstow,E17 8QR

Admission  Free


Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service 020 8496 2974

Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service runs information sessions which provide you with an opportunity to come in and talk to staff and find out more about all our courses and receive advice about qualifications, progressions routes and preparation for employment.

Information sessions are also an opportunity for you to be assessed and interviewed for higher level courses.

If you already hold Level 2 or a higher qualification in English and/or Maths, please bring your certificate/s along with you.

History event - Tudor stuff

Date19 April 2015


Location  Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH,

Admission  £1.00 for activity


Yvette Woodhouse

Costumed guides bring the Hunting Lodge to life!

Have a chat or try out a simple Tudor art or craft activity.

Art Smart: Rivers at Hale End Library

Date 17 April 2015

Time 2pm-3.30pm

LocationHale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park, E4 9QD

Admission Free

Get inspired by nature!


Art Smart Workshops present an exciting mixed media workshop for ages 7-11, exploring illustration techniques and creating fabulous art around the teme or rivers.

To book your free ticket, go to​, call 020 8496 3000 or visit any Waltham Forest Library

Bricks and Tricks: Spring Fever!

Date 10 April 2015


Location Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park, E4 9QD

Admission Free

Create a springtime scene with working model farm, as we are joined by master architect of the miniature Rob Spinks and his billions of bricks! Suitable for ages 5+

To book your free ticket, go to​, call 020 8496 3000 or visit any Waltham Forest Library

History feasts and fairs – High days and holidays through the ages

Date 8 April 2015

Time 1pm-4pm

Location  Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge/The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH,

Admission £1 per person (under 3s free)


Yvette Woodhouse

Find out how people celebrated their holidays in Epping Forest and join in our holiday making activities!

Check out the Family Learning Events in Epping Forest these holidays

Suntrap Family Orienteering

An orienteering day to exercise both the mind and body. Learn to read maps and navigate before taking your family for an adventure either in Suntrap's grounds or, for the more adventurous, in Epping Forest.

When: Saturday 14th March, 2015  11am-1pm (drop-in no need to book)

Where: Suntrap Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AJ

How much: £2 per person

CLICK HERE to check out the Suntrap website