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.

Ladies Free Taster Rides at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jun 29th to Jul 20th 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)

Open Day at Ilford Hospital Chapel

Jul 1st to Jul 9th Ilford Hospital Chapel



Exhibition: Annual Summer Show at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Jul 8th to Sep 14th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

The Annual Summer Show celebrates its 5th year with a collection of work from local artists reflecting the many delights of Epping Forest.

Exhibition: Forest Charter 800 for all at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Jul 8th to Oct 8th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

The Forest Charter was signed by the 9 year old Henry III in 1217. Newly commissioned illustrations, activity sheets and a window into what people wanted to do in forests 800 years ago.


Musical Cream Tea at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jul 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:

Special Cream Teas are:

  • 15th September – Harvest
  • 13th October – Apple Cream Tea
  • 15th December – Christmas
When Third Friday of each month
Time 2:30-4:30pm
Where Education Room
Cost £9 per person (Booking essential)

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

Jazz in the Barn at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jul 14th Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jazz in the barn

Fri 14th July and Fri 18th August, 8-11pm

Dave Browning’s Jazz Band

Our annual visits from Dave and his musicians – not to be missed!

Tickets £12.00 per concert

(Booking essential)

Bring your own ‘drinks and nibbles’

When Fri 14th July + Fri 18th Aug
Time 8-11pm
Where Thames Chase Barn
Cost £12.00 per person
  • Tickets from the Visitor Centre
  • Email:
  • Phone: 01708642970

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


Sunday Market at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jul 16th 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)

Children’s Summer Holiday Programme at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jul 25th to Aug 24th Thames Chase Forest Centre

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 25th July to 24th August between 10:30am and 12:30pm

A variety of activities will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to drop in on, on Thursdays there will be special activities.

A different theme is followed each week as follows:

Week 1  (25th -27th July) Drama week including mask making, plant identification, planting plants to attract insects and acting activities based on Mid Summer Nights Dream

Week 2 (1st-3rd August) In the Air including kite making, throwing competition, planting miniature gardens, walking exercises and making a map.

Week 3 (8th-10th August) Underground including making creatures that live underground, finding bugs that live under leaves/stones etc., seeing what happens to plants underground, bug hunt and looking for animal tracks

Week 4 (15th-17thAugust) Water including painting, exploring the ponds and pond life at Broadfields, making a model of a pond, planting radishes and making rain dance music

Week 5 (22nd- 24th August) In the tree tops including painting or making a collage of trees, writing poems about trees, planting cress, pounding leaves or making faces with natural materials and  natural sculptures.

All the activities are produced by our volunteers and we ask for a donation of around £3 for each child each day to help with resources and expenses

Children must be accompanied by an adult for all activities

Guided Walk – Davy Down and Mardyke Woods at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Jul 28th Thames Chase Forest Centre

Guided Walk

Join us for our guided walk around Davy Down and Mardyke Woods

The walk is around 4 miles and should take 2 – 2.5 hours, including a look around the Stifford water pumping station.

During the walk we will see some interesting metal sculptures and hear about some of the extensive work carried out by the Thames Chase Conservation Volunteers.

Meet at Davy Down car park off Pilgrims Lane for 10:00am start.

Come and join us for some fresh air and light exercise and enjoy what the Community Forest has to offer at this time of year.

Discovering the Thames Chase Community Forest

When Fri 28th July 2017
Time 10am
Where Davy Down & Mardyke Woods
Cost £3.00

Donation of £3.00 per person on the day.

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

The People’s Forest: Explore the Sounds of the Forest Walk at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Jul 30th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Experience and explore the Forest through sound with artist Gayle Chong Kwan and a sound recordist.