There are a host of exciting events happening across the Discover Me sites throughout the year. Talks, workshops, activities, shows and more, these events range in price from a few pounds to absolutely free, so there’s something to suit every pocket.

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

Mar 29th to May 22nd Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Seek, spy and discover our sylvan trail of Shakespearean quotations and narrative about forests, woodlands and what you can find in them. No booking required.

Model now on display at Ilford Hospital Chapel

Apr 26th to May 14th Ilford Hospital Chapel

Spanish Serenade at Thames Chase Forest Centre

May 1st Thames Chase Forest Centre

Music from international classical and jazz guitarist Dominic Ashworth with guest pianist and soloist.

French-Canadian Dominic Ashworth studied guitar in Toronto and Spain before moving to England fulltime.  He joined Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen in 1998.  He works with many jazz musicians including Julian Marc Stringle, he has his own acoustic trio and teaches at Trinity College of Music.

He will be joined by Jill Luff on Jazz vocals and other guests.

Museums at Night daytime discovery at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

May 11th to May 14th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Discover, discuss, touch and draw treasures and curiosities from our museum and handling collections.

Museums at Night Twilight at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

May 12th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

For further information or to book, please contact 020 7332 1911 or

Stormy Seas and Starry Skies at Rainham Hall

May 13th to May 14th Rainham Hall

Immerse yourself in the life and times of Captain John Harle and discover the world of stormy seas and starry skies!

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 of May, 6pm-9pm (last entry at 8pm).

As part of Culture24 Museums at Night Festival, Rainham Hall will be opening its doors after hours for an evening of seafaring fun. How did the Captain navigate his ships through dangerous waters? What stars would have led his ships to their destinations? Where would he have learnt about pirates? What did he take with him on a long voyage? There will be performances from the Front of House Theatre Company and a chance to see the stars above Rainham Hall with the Havering Astronomical Society.

Explore the world of Captain Harle, the stormy seas and starry skies. Tickets are £7 (£4 for under 16’s) and on sale now through our

Open Day at Ilford Hospital Chapel

May 14th Ilford Hospital Chapel

The next Open Day at the Chapel is on May 14th from 10am to 2.30pm

The Etiquette of Taking Tea at The Old Chapel Upminster

May 21st The Old Chapel Upminster

Come and join Discover History as they entertain on the regency period and the etiquette of how to take tea. This fascinating talk will look at how tea was becoming a fashionable and addictive drink  as well as the development of tea into Britain’s favourite drink. It will look at how it was kept under lock and key within the higher members of Regency society and the intricacies of making a good brew – did you know we ruin it today by adding milk! It will also show how later on both high tea and afternoon tea became a fashionable way of life as well as the differences between the two. Never before had a lady been seen taking tea outside on the lawns!  There are benefits of drinking tea for your health…… so long as you haven’t bought tea of the smuggled kind which may have a few nasty hidden extras included…..

Saturday 21 May, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Booking required, please call 01708 222660 or email

Free entry


Build an insect Mansion at Rainham Hall

May 21st Rainham Hall

Join us in the gardens to help build a mini mansion (just like Rainham Hall) which will provide a great habitat for insects and encourage biodiversity. The session will be led by our Community Gardener who will give you tips on how to attract friendly insects to your own gardens. It’ll be fun for all the family.

Saturday 21 May, 11am-3pm

Tickets are £3 per person and available online:


After hours: music at Rainham Hall

May 26th Rainham Hall

Experience the sounds of the early eighteenth century and explore Rainham Hall by candlelight. You will be serenaded as you wander around the Hall by the melodic sounds of a harpsichord and cello. Our talented musicians will be performing  pieces by Marais, Vivaldi, Purcell and J.S. Bach.

Tickets: £12 (booking online is essential)