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.

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.


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

The People’s Forest: Grimston’s Oak’s Glorious Picnic at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

Aug 13th Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

A communal picnic under the landmark tree Grimston’s Oak with music and creative activities about the spaces that people and trees need to thrive.

Family Band Concert at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Aug 13th Thames Chase Forest Centre

Family Band Concert

Featuring musicians from Eastbury Concert Band and Barking Concert Band

Enjoy a lazy summer afternoon listening to the popular sounds of band music within the surroundings of the Thames Chase Forest Centre.

The band will be playing in the barn while our audience enjoy sitting within the grassy quadrangle outside.  Please bring your own garden chairs.

£5 (£15 per family of 4 – 2 adults & 2 children) Cost including a Pimms or Fruit Juice cocktail

During the interval tea/coffee and cakes will be available at a cost of £3.50. Ice Creams will also be sold.

Raffle on the day

Booking in advance is preferred but tickets can be bought on the day!

To Book:

  • At Forest Centre
  • Email:
  • Phone: 01708 296470
When Sunday 13th August
Time 3-5pm
Where Barn & Quadrangle
Cost £5 (£15 per family of 4 – 2 adults & 2 children)

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

Open House Weekend at Ilford Hospital Chapel

Aug 16th to Sep 17th Ilford Hospital Chapel

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Art and Sculpture Exhibition – Local Inspiration at Thames Chase Forest Centre

Aug 23rd to Aug 28th Thames Chase Forest Centre

Local Inspiration

An exhibition of Art and Sculpture

Admire local artist’s work in Thames Chase Trust’s Art and Sculpture Exhibition and sale this summer.

The Exhibition is at the heart of the 40 square miles of the Community Forest in a group of historic farm buildings, surrounded by a landscape of woods, meadows and ponds.

On Sat 26th, Sun 27th and Mon 28th August see the artist’s and other craftsmen demonstrate their work in our 17th Century Barn.

All pieces of artwork and sculpture will be for sale.

When 23rd-28th August
Time 10am-4pm
Where Ford Education Room
Cost Free (£2 parking)

Artwork is for sale.


Open Days at Ilford Hospital Chapel

Aug 25th to Sep 17th Ilford Hospital Chapel

Ilford Hospital Chapel Beneath your feet as you walk down the Chapel aisle is a vault containing about 70 lead-lined coffins. The names of those interred are on display in the chapel; they worshipped in the Chapel in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Some have wall plaques in their memory, including a ‘respectable’ resident of Ilford. The vault is only accessible with engineering equipment. The pictures were taken about 1956-7. Do come and take a look at the Chapel on our regular Open Day, Saturday 9th September 10am to 2.30pm, or on the Open House weekend, Saturday 16th September 10am to 4pm and Sunday 17th September 1pm to 4.30pm.p2273 - watermarked