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.

1 Year Anniversary Celebration (Family Activity)

Sunday 21st October, 10am-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust to celebrate our one year anniversary by coming to site dressed up as your favourite animal. Make a mask, take part in a site tour to see what animals you can spot and take part in interactive activities. There will be mask making between 10am - 12pm, tours between 1 - 2pm and interactive activities between 2 - 3pm. 

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Holiday Activity Days: Leaves at Walthamstow Wetlands (Family activity)

Monday 22nd October, 10am-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust at Walthamstow Wetlands for a day all about leaves. Drop in between 10am-3pm to go on leaf trails, make your own leaf prints and discover the animals that rely on leaves for habitats and food.

Free event. Children must be accompanied. 

Holiday Activity Days: Hibernation at Walthamstow Wetlands (Family activity)

Tuesday 23rd October, 10am-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust at Walthamstow Wetlands to learn all about hibernation. Drop in between 10am-3pm to help build hedgehog hibernaculum, make your own bats and moths and learn more about hibernating mammals on site.

Free event, Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Holiday Activity Days: Autumn at Walthamstotw Wetlands (Family activity)

Wednesday 24th Ocotber 10am-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust to celebrate Autumn at Walthamstow Wetlands. Drop in between 10am-3pm to go on nature walks, create your own autumnal paintings and to learn more about seasons.

Free event. Children must be accompanied be an adult. 

Sunday Open Afternoons at Walthamstow Wetlands (Family activity)

Sunday 28th October, 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. 

Autumn at Walthamstow Wetlands (Under 5s)

Monday 29th October, 1-3pm

Come for an afternoon all about Autumn at Walthamstow Wetlands. Join the London Wildlife Trust for a storytelling session (from 1pm), outdoor activities (from 1:30pm) and arts and crafts (drop in anytime 1-3pm). Be a nature detective, make your own leaf picture or take part in sensory play.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Wild Weekend: Hedgehogs at Walthamstow Wetlands (Family activity)

Sunday 4th November, 10am-3pm

Join the London Wildlife Trust to celebrate hedgehogs living at Walthamstow Wetlands. Drop in between 10am-3pm to help build hedgehog hibernaculum, create your own clay hedgehog and learn about how we support and monitor hedgehogs on site.

Free event. Children must be accompanied by an adult.