What’s On for Adults

Wellness and Wellies

Every Wednesday

2pm – 4pm, Free

Join our volunteer gardening club. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re an experienced gardener or a complete beginner. It’s a chance to sow and grow, learn new skills, try out ideas and make new friends. Perfect for those who have no garden, but would like one.

No need to book, just drop in. For further information please contact Victoria Robertson, Community Engagement Officer. Tel: 01992 564561 vrobertson@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Museum Movers

Friday 6 September 2019 – Friday 13 December 2019

Friday 10 January 2020 – Friday 3 April 2020

10.30am – 12noon

£2.50 includes tea and coffee

55+ years

Museum Movers are fun, informal dance sessions, designed to promote health, well-being and freedom of movement. You are welcome to do a seated version or can challenge yourself by performing the moves standing. All abilities are welcome. No need to book, just drop in. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

Victorian Garland Making Working

Wednesday 27 November

1pm – 3pm


16+ years

Come along and make a garland using fresh herbs and dehydrated fruit to add a festive scented Victorian touch to your home this Christmas. Together we will begin the session by gathering a selection of fresh herbs from our medicinal garden here at the museum.

Book at https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)

Prehistoric Art talk by Dr Paul Bahn

Thursday 5 December

Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DE

8pm, doors open 7.15pm for book sales and signing     

£10 per person

Booking essential

Join us for this very special opportunity to hear Dr Paul Bahn, leading world expert on the art of the Ice Age, introduce us to the incredible images created by our ancestors, tens of thousands of years ago. Talk is sponsored by Andante Travels.

Book at https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)

What’s On – Out and About

The Barking Dog Theatre Company presents…Alice in Wonderland

Friday 1 November

North Weald Village Hall, High Road, North Weald CM16 6BU


£8 per ticket, most suitable for 5 – 9 years but all ages welcome

The Barking Dog Theatre Company presents an exciting adaptation of one of the most famous books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

You can expect catchy sing-along songs, fabulous puppets and lots of 
surprises. From when Alice falls down the rabbit hole to the hilarious and curious ending, everyone, even the adults, will be spellbound. A great show suitable for families and particularly for children aged five to nine years. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Booking line opens Monday 30 September https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226

What’s On – Special Events for Children and Families

Ice Age Exhibition: Opening Event

Tuesday 29 October

11am – 3pm

Admission free, craft activity £2.00 per child

All ages welcome

Join us for the opening of our Ice Age Exhibition, with a special display by Essex Rock and Mineral Society and the chance to make an Ice Age Animal Mask. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No booking required, just drop in.

Spooky Steps Dance Workshop

Wednesday 30 October

10.30am – 12noon

£10, 5+ years

Booking essential

Come and celebrate Halloween by learning a dance based on the famous ‘Thriller’ video and play some spooky themed games. Please feel free to come dressed up on a Halloween theme. Spooky fruity juices will be provided.

Book at https://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/ or call 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm)

Stone Age Flint Knapping

Saturday 2 November

11am – 4pm

Admission free, craft activity £2.00 per child

All ages welcome

Join us for an amazing demonstration of how tools were made during the Stone Age and make your own piece of Ice Age art. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No booking required, just drop in.

Takeover Day

Wednesday 20 November

11am – 3pm

Students from King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy will be running the museum for the day. Join us to get involved with their activities, take a unique tour, and see how they have transformed the museum.

Cavalcade of Light

Friday 29 November

5pm – 7pm

All ages welcome

Explore the museum after hours as we celebrate the Cavalcade of Light. Before the lights are switched on join us for an evening of music, activities, and festive refreshments. No need to book. Children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Father Christmas

Saturday 7 December

10.30am – 4pm

£6 per child, all ages welcome

Come along for our annual festive Christmas event.  Have a go at our Christmas craft, visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a gift. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No need to book, just drop in.  You will be allocated a time to visit the grotto. You may be required to wait; art and craft activities are available to do while you wait.

Toddler Father Christmas

Tuesday 10 December

10am – 12noon

£6 per child, most suitable for toddlers aged 2 – 4 years

Our regular toddler session has a very special guest today. Father Christmas will be here in his grotto. As well as our regular rhyme, craft and story, you can also visit the grotto and receive a special gift. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. To book your place please call the museum on 01992 716882 or email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Morning Explorers

Saturday 12 October and Saturday 9 November

9am – 10am

Morning Explorers is a relaxed free early opening for families and children with autism spectrum conditions and sensory processing differences who would benefit from a quieter environment to explore the museum. Where possible gallery lights will be dimmed and interactives/sounds will be turned off.

Visitors will be invtied to use our Sensory Trail Backpacks (limited number available), take part in activities related to our exhibitions and enjoy a chill out space with sensory toys.

This is a drop in even, no need to book. Morning Explorers is suitable for families with children aged 2 – 15 years. Sibling are more than welcome too.

Sensory Trial Backpacks – these contain calming toys ear defenders and a sensory trail with activities to do in our galleries and garden. Available from Saturday 28 September.

A refundable deposit of £10 or a form of ID (i.e. driver’s licence or passport) will be required to use a backpack.

What’s On – Regular Events for Children and Families

Toddler Tuesdays

10am – 11am

2 – 4 years, £2 per child

Join in our fun, friendly session and help your child develop essential school-ready skills through rhymes, stories and craft.  Booking essential, call the museum on 01992 716882 or email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk Toddlers must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Up to two toddlers per adult.

22 October                  Old Mother Hubbard

19 November              Goosey Goosey Gander

14 January                  This is the Way …

11 February                Pancake Tuesday

17 March                     I had a Little Hobby Horse

Family Fun – Drop in Arts and Crafts

12noon – 3pm,

All ages welcome (most suitable for 5 – 11 year olds), £2 per child

Epping Forest District Museum, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey. Fun with Clay workshop.

Fun family art and craft activities for you to make together and take home. No need to book, just drop in and allow approximately 20 minutes for the activity. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

October Half Term

29 Oct             Milk Bottle Mammoths

February Half Term

18 Feb             Space Craft


7 Apr               Easter Bunny Mask

14 Apr             Easter Flower Bower

We regret we cannot accommodate large groups or holiday clubs at these sessions.  Please contact us to arrange something.

What’s On – Exhibitions

Scouts, Skills and a Century of Change: The Untold Story of Gilwell Park

Saturday 10 August – Saturday 12 October

For 100 years Scouts around the world have travelled to Epping Forest to learn new skills, make friends and revel in its beautiful landscape.  Discover how Gilwell Park has become renown across the globe as the spiritual home of Scouting.

Ice Age

Saturday 26 October – Saturday 21 December

Discover some of the incredible creatures that roamed this area during the last great Ice Age. Find out why it happened, how long it lasted and how it shaped the Lee Valley we know today in this fascinating, family-friendly exhibition.

You Wear It Well

Saturday 25 January – Saturday 2 May

We have over 1500 pieces of costume and accessories, spanning 500 years in our collection. Items range from a Tudor stocking to a 2012 Paralympic Gamesmaker kit, and from uniforms to ballgowns via buttons and badges.

This exhibition gives you the chance to peek into the process of curating and caring for costumes, and to see some of the highlights and horrors discovered.