Walthamstow Wetlands is a Thames Water operational site which serves 3.5 million people with drinking water. To ensure clean and safe drinking water, there will be times when maintenance works will need to be carried out onsite. To keep visitors safe, these works will occasionally affect the access to Walthamstow Wetlands and the various activities allowed onsite and there will be occasions when areas of the site will need to be closed. Whilst operational work is taking place onsite, we kindly ask visitors to take care and avoid entering the affected area.
Below you will find details on upcoming operational works that will be taking place at Walthamstow Wetlands. Please note, these dates are subject to change and we would ask all visitors to check back to this page for the most up to date information.
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE
New opening times
We need to manage the flow of local people using the site for exercise in ways that allow Thames Water operational staff to do their job - supplying 3.5 million Londoners with drinking water.
From Monday 30th March the site will be open for people to exercise from 10.30am to 4.00pm.
Engine House closed until further notice, however reserve remains opens
Following the government’s latest announcements relating to further measures on social distancing, we are closing the Engine House building at Walthamstow Wetlands until further notice. The reserve will remain open, with staff assisting visitors and ensuring the safety of the site, however there will be no facilities available including toilets, café or shop. Please comply with the government’s social distancing advice, which includes avoiding close contact with others where possible.
In these challenging times, we are endeavouring to keep the nature reserve open for all to benefit from some time outdoors. We will be closing at 4pm for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Our carpark will remain open for members of the public to use. Payments must be made by card, using the pay-on-foot machine available in the carpark. If you are a blue badge holder, you can still receive free parking at the Wetlands. Please contact the office on 0208 496 2115 for instructions.
Please note that these arrangements may change without notice. Please check our website before your visit www.walthamstowwetlands.com
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The carpark is closed except for disabled access. All visitors must stick to government Social Distancing guidance and stay 2m apart from others at all times.
Water safety onsite - no paddling, swimming, or sitting near water's edge
The water is deep and extremely cold just below the surface, even on a hot day at Walthamstow Wetlands. These working reservoirs are full of hidden dangers, including strong currents caused by the need to pump water around. So paddling, swimming or diving and the use of boats is not allowed in any of the reservoirs. The banks are steep and slippery and, however tempting it may be to get closer, for your own protection you must keep away from the water at all times. For more information on water safety, please visit the Thames Water website.
Walthamstow Wetlands events and school activities are cancelled/postponed
Following new government guidance on social distancing we have taken the decision to cancel all events at Walthamstow Wetlands for at least two months.
- Mindful Walk on Saturday 21st March – postponed until Saturday 20th June
- Wild Weekend: Water on Sunday 22nd March
- Natural Balm Making on Sunday 22nd March
- Under 5s: Spring on Monday 23rd March
- Dried Flower Arranging Workshop on Thursday 26th March - postponed until Thursday 9th July
- Open Afternoon on Sunday 29th March
- Under 5s: Blossom on Monday 30th March
- Wild Weekend: Spring on Sunday 5th April
- Welcome to the Jungle Exhibition on between 5th – 30th April
- Private View for Jungle Exhibition on Sunday 5th April
- Easter Egg Hunt between 10-12th April
- Wildlife Photography Workshop on Saturday 18th April – postponed until Saturday 20th June
- Spring Migration Workshop on Sunday
- Quekett Club Microscopic Event
- Dr Bike
- Our Earth Body
The London Wildlife Trust schools programme will also be suspended until further notice. If you are the organiser of a school visit or workshop, please get in touch with Fiona McGain at email@example.com to discuss further.
We know this will be deeply disappointing for ticketholders and event organisers – thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time. We have rescheduled some of the events already for later in the year and will do our utmost to reschedule the remaining ones too. Please keep checking the Wetlands’ social media and websites for news of rescheduled events.
If you have bought a ticket to a cancelled event you can choose to donate the cost of your ticket or request a refund via Eventbrite. Alternatively if you are able to attend the alternative date given for Mindful Walking or Wildlife Photography, please do let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reserve your place.
As the situation is changing daily we will continue to update our response across social media and our website.
Volunteering activities cancelled
Following new government guidance on social distancing, London Wildlife Trust have suspended all volunteering activities at Walthamstow Wetlands for the foreseeable future.
We realise this will be disappointing news for many of our dedicated volunteers and it was a difficult decision to make, however it is of the utmost importance that any risk to volunteers is minimised. Please do keep checking the Wetlands’ social media and websites for further updates.
Bird hides closed
Both the Richard Woolley Bird Hide and the East Warwick Bird Hide are closed to visitors during the current nationwide outbreak of covid-19 Coronavirus. We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.
SEASONAL GATE CLOSURES
As a nature reserve, we have to occasionally limit access to certain areas to protect nesting birds or special wildlife habitats. Please stay on the marked paths and trails and look out for signs - they are there to protect both you and the wildlife.
The path between Reservoirs 123 is closed to the public between March and August to minimise disturbance to ground nesting birds. Please respect the wildlife on site - do not go through closed gates.