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.

2017 Open Days at Ilford Hospital Chapel

Feb 6th to Sep 17th Ilford Hospital Chapel

The next regular Chapel Open Day will be on September 9th, from 10am to 2.30pm, with guided tours, refreshments, memorabilia, and stalls.

The following week is Open House weekend, when we shall be open on Saturday 16th September from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 4.30pm.

Extraordinary Eggs exhibition: Romanian eggs and more at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Mar 25th to Jun 25th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Our Extraordinary Eggs season celebrates spring in the Forest with a case of exquisitely decorated Romanian eggs from the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Object in Focus loan programme along with beautiful native British birds eggs from Epping Forest’s historic egg collection.Free. No booking required.


Exhibition: 30th Essex Art Club exhibition of artwork at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Apr 1st to Apr 30th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

30th Essex Art Club exhibition of artwork. Free. No booking required.

Sebastopol to Dagenham

Sebastopol to Dagenham Exhibition at The Old Chapel Upminster

Apr 2nd The Old Chapel Upminster

Sunday 2nd April

The first open day of 2017 at the Old Chapel will welcome our friends at Valence House Museum who will be showcasing this exhibition. Free Entry: 2pm-5pm.

Childrens Painting Pottery Cafe at The Old Chapel Upminster

Apr 4th The Old Chapel Upminster

Come to the Old Chapel and see how creative your little ones can be!

Children’s Easter Holiday Programme at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Apr 4th to Apr 13th Thames Chase Forest Centre

Drop in for as long as you like and take part in our planned activities or explore the natural play trail, our tree trails or woodland trails!

Enjoy being outdoors this Easter Holiday and explore part of the Community Forest that you may not have found.

When 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th & 13th April
Time 10:30am-12:30pm (10:30am onwards on Thurs)
Where Thames Chase
Cost £3 donation requested


Extraordinary Eggs arty afternoon: egg speckling for cuckoos at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Apr 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

As you may know, cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. Have a go at painting and speckling eggs to imitate the beautiful colours and patterns of some of our native bird species. Free drop in event. Papier mâché eggs 35p to 75p each.

Pirate Pete Easter Egg Hunt at Havering Museum

Apr 12th Havering Museum

Wednesday 12 April, 11.30am 

£5.00 per child, accompanying adult free

Join our Pirate Pete Easter Egg Hunt, look for clues to discover where the treasure is hidden and receive an Easter Egg. Prizes available for best dressed young pirate and craft activities.

Extravaganza at Havering Museum

Apr 13th Havering Museum

Adults £2.50 (Concessions £2:00) Children FREE. One Adult admission admits up to four children. Come and have a great time doing Easter crafts, playing games and getting involved in our competitions. Drop in anytime during the day.

Musical Cream Tea at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Apr 14th Thames Chase Forest Centre

Enjoy the traditional Cream Tea at the Forest Centre with the sounds of live classical music to enhance the enjoyment of scones with cream and jam, cakes and a pot of tea.

So which would you prefer- tea, cakes or scones?  Is there a better way to spend an afternoon?

Why not treat someone to our Cream Tea.  Gift vouchers are available from the Forest Centre.

To Book:

  • At reception at the Forest Centre
  • Phone: 01708 642970
  • Email:
When Third Friday of each month
Time 2:30-4:30pm
Where Education Room
Cost £9 per person (Booking essential)

More information:

Raising funds for Thames Chase Trust (Charity No.1115627)

Easter fun at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Apr 17th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Come along and join the Easter fun. Egg decorating and Easter crafts. Easter Trail – Finds clues along our woodland trail and meet the Easter bunny. Join in the Easter egg rolling at 2pm. Free. Hard boiled eggs for £2 each. No booking required.

The Andrew Linham Duo at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Apr 23rd Thames Chase Forest Centre

Music for an Afternoon

The Andrew Linham Duo with Rich Perks

We are pleased to invite you to hear one of our local, well known musicians serenading us with music from the golden age of swing and introducing some original jazz compositions.

Andrew is much sought after as a performer, composer and theatre music director this is an afternoon not to be missed.

Booking is essential

When Sunday 23rd April
Time 2:30-4:30pm
Where Thames Chase
Cost Adults = £10 Under 16 = £5

To Book:

  • At reception at the Forest Centre
  • Phone: 01708 642970
  • Email:

Raising Funds for Thames Chase (Charity No.1115627)