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 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.