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 2017 to Sep 17th 2017 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 2017 to Jun 25th 2017 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.


Robot Fun at Havering Museum

Jun 1st 2017 Havering Museum

Fun craft activities and competitions in the galleries inspired all things robotic!

Thursday 1st June, 11:00am to 3:00pm Adults £2.50 (Concessions £2:00) Children FREE. One Adult admission admits up to four children.


The Hummingbirds – An evening of Jazz and Swing at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jun 9th 2017 Thames Chase Forest Centre

The Hummingbirds invite you to join them for An Evening of Jazz and Swing

Friday 9th June 7:30 – 10:00pm

Cathy Edkins, Jenny Ewington and Jill Luff

Accompanied by a jazz ensemble The Hummingbirds will entertain you with the songs from great songwriters from the 1930s and 1940s era.

Take the opportunity to get up and dance and why not dress up in 1930/40 style!

Renowned for their intricate close harmony vocal arrangements, the Hummingbirds evoke the style of the Andrews Sisters with their own original twist.

Tickets cost: £12 (adults)
(Bring your own supper)

Please feel free to bring your own drinks.

Thames Chase 10k at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jun 11th 2017 Thames Chase Forest Centre

Thames Chase Community Forest’s annual 10K and family fun run.

Multi-lap and very gently undulating 10K route through picturesque park and woodland. Off road and completely traffic free on network of flat surfaced paths, with a small section of grass/meadow.

Date: 11th June 2017
Time: 10:00am
Location: The Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS

Enter online:

Thames Chase 10k Website:

Family Fun Run at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jun 11th 2017 to Jun 9th 2017 Thames Chase Forest Centre

Family Fun Run

The 10K will be followed by our family fun run at 11.30am

Entry Fees –

  • £3 per person (children under 11 must be accompanied)
  • £10 per family. Please email to register, or drop into the Forest Centre

Facilities – Toilets, Onsite parking, Refreshments

Race Memento – Medal for all participants

Parking at Thames Chase Forest Centre is £2 for all day.

Thank you to our Main Sponsor: Radfield Home Care

Musical Cream Tea at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jun 16th 2017 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:


Sunday Market at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jun 18th 2017 Thames Chase Forest Centre

Our Sunday Markets offer the best in local produce brought to you by local people.

Sunday Markets at the Forest Centre are held on the third Sunday each month and focus on local produce and local crafts. (All crafts are handmade)

We aim to help the local economy by offering the freshest local produce at affordable prices. Held in the Barn, our markets stage a fine selection of local produce, with crafts stalls on view, giving you the opportunity to buy exquisite pieces of art and craft and help local craftsmen. This event is not to be missed.

When Third Sunday of each month
Time 10am-3pm
Where Barn & Education Room
Cost Free

Please Contact us for more information

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

Thames Chase Guided Walk – Parklands and Bonnetts Wood at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jun 23rd 2017 Thames Chase Forest Centre

Meet at the car park off Park Farm Road, where we will be joined by a representative of Friends of Parklands at 10am They will describe some of the history and the unusual trees in Parkands, during the walk we will see the recently renovated bridge

Then we will cross the road into Bonnetts Wood which is a mixture of meadow and newly planted native English trees.  We will also see and hear about an exciting development which will link Bonnets Wood to Berwick Glades.

At Bonnets wood we will have the opportunity to see the restored Water Vole sanctuary which the Conservation Volunteers worked on earlier this year.


When Fri 23rd June 2017
Time 10am
Where Parklands and Bonnetts Wood
Cost £3.00

Donation of £3.00 per person on the day.

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

Ladies Free Taster Rides at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jun 29th 2017 to Jul 20th 2017 Thames Chase Forest Centre

Ladies Free Taster Rides at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Thursday 29th June, 6th & 20th July, 1.30pm start (One hour session)

For those ladies who have not cycled for a while or would like to try cycling for the first time.

Also for those taking part there will an opportunity to follow up with a delicious cream tea/tea and cake in our café for the special price of £3.50

(Cream tea – booking is essential, a week in advance, pay on the day)

Why not treat yourself? You will have earned it!

The Visitor Centre Café is open until 5pm if you wish to have something else on the day.

Contact Mary Wright:

  • Phone: 01708 642970
  • Email:
When Thursday 29th June, 6th & 20th July
Time 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Where Thames Chase
Cost Free (Cream Tea – £3.50, Parking – £2)

Raising Funds for the Community Forest (Charity No. 1115627)