10 Great reasons to visit
1 The Forest itself
A stunning ancient woodland and former royal hunting forest stretching 12 miles from London to Epping. Savour the tranquillity and space in this enchanting natural landscape or opt for more active pursuits - opportunities are limitless! Remember that a number of Forest routes are attractive and accessible to all. Why not combine your visit with a country pub lunch?
2 On London’s doorstep
Spend less of your ‘day out’ travelling – the Epping Forest area is a country retreat and recreational haven on London Underground’s Central Line and just minutes from the North Circular, M25 and M11.
For those looking for an affordable way to visit the Capital, and experience the English countryside, using Epping Forest as a base offers the best of both worlds.
3 Adrenaline heaven
Don’t be fooled it’s not all about pretty, green and serene! For extreme sports fans out there the Epping Forest area offers adrenalin-pumping white water rafting at the London 2012 Lee Valley White Water Centre, exhilarating sports car and hovercraft experiences, flying lessons, mountain biking, high rope adventures and much more.
4 Hidden Heritage
Discover Waltham Abbey’s newly refurbished district museum, its connection to King Harold and gunpowder production or nearby Copped Hall, where Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was first performed. Marvel at the world’s oldest wooden church at Greensted then make a visit to Ongar which retains the influence of its Saxon and Norman past and from where you can board a steam train towards Epping.
5 Taste sensations
You'll be spoilt for choice with prized butchers on our high streets (including one which recently celebrated its 125th anniversary!), tempting farm shops and town centres brimming with eating options! For that special occasion we have true gems in fine dining and for walkers or cyclists with weary feet and hungry tums try one of the area’s fantastic country pub offerings – idyllic in the summer sunshine with views over the Forest, the village cricket green or London’s skyline in the distance.
6 Countryside galore
Where else can you be just minutes from a motorway but feel immersed in glorious countryside? What’s more, Epping Forest and Lee Valley Regional Park provide direct green links into the area so if journeying from London, you can leave the car and other transport entirely and venture on foot or by bike. Whatever your interest and ability the district offers it all, from forest tracks to riverside trails and rambles in the open countryside, from the 82-mile Essex Way starting in Epping and 1000 acre River Lee Country Park to short circular routes for the whole family.
7 Superb shopping
Epping, Waltham Abbey and Ongar are vibrant historic towns with active market days. Loughton also hosts a monthly farmers’ market and North Weald Airfield boasts one of the country’s biggest open air market every Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday. The district’s high streets have wonderfully different personalities and their wealth of local independent shops set them apart from neighbouring centres making them perfect for a relaxing stroll.
8 Family fun
From rockets and explosions in Professor Nitrate's Mad Lab at Royal Gunpowder Mills to the thrill of a journey by heritage bus and steam on Epping Ongar Railway, there's so much to experience. The District Museum brings fascinating local history to life. Or get up close with the cuddly sheep, mischievous meerkats and much more at Lee Valley Park Farms.
9 Laidback leisure
Simply take your pick – the Epping Forest area is a veritable playground of leisure pursuits... will it be 18 holes, trying your hand at fly fishing, a jaunt into the forest on horseback, boating on the River Lee or hiring a bike?
10 Captivating events
With a packed annual calendar of spectacular events you’ll keep coming back for more! Savour exquisite music or theatre performance at Copped Hall, be thrilled by historic re-enactments at Secret Island or gaze in wonder at fly-ins over North Weald Airfield. Alternatively, get your TOWIE-fix with a celebrity tour of the area, venture to Waltham Abbey in October for the renowned King Harold Day.
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Epping Forest, London's largest open space, is a registered charity managed by the City of London. Whether you wish to escape the urban sprawl and unwind, or want something a little more active, Epping Forest has something for you. We host all sorts...
The Royal Gunpowder Mills combines science, history and nature in a great day out that's fun for all the family.
PricePrice £8.50 to £110.00 Per Ticket
Welcome to The Blue Boar, an established beautiful Boutique Hotel nestled in the village of Abridge, Essex but only a short drive or tube journey from London.
PricePrice £70.00 to £100.00 Per Room Per Night (Breakfast Included)
Gunpowder Park in Waltham Abbey, a dynamic park regenerated from a former munitions testing ground and split into four very different zones for walkers, cyclists and summer horse riders.
Epping is a marketing town sitting on the northern edge of Epping Forest and on the end of the Central Line. Alight here for food and drink and shopping, or to discover the forest.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery - for the discerning fly fisherman with great fly life, wildlife and much more.
Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel welcomes you with elegant accommodation, helpful amenities and stylish venue spaces. We're just a few moments from Loughton Underground Station, providing access to Central London; Stansted Airport and the M25 are a...
Loughton sits alongside Epping Forest and makes an ideal starting or finishing point for exploration with its cafes and restaurants and Central Line station.
There’s much more to historic North Weald than just the Airfield! Lots to see, lots going on and amazing themed cafes to eat and watch the heritage warbirds come and go.
Abridge sits alongside the River Roding and is named for the bridge that forms an important and historic crossing place of the river. Today it is a charming place to enjoy good food, drink and accommodation.
Roydon is a small picturesque village in the north of Epping Forest district, lying on the Stort River and Navigation.
From London 2012 venues to campsites, heritage sites, cycling, walking, white water rafting, ice skating, horse riding, nature reserves and wide open spaces - you name it and its likely to be waiting for you in the Lee Valley.
Stylish luxury apartment offering comfortable space for 2/4 people in the grounds of a C16th Forge. Situated in the picturesque village of Fyfield, ideally located for exploring Epping Forest and Essex Way. Close to M11 and Stansted Airport. The...
PricePrice £85.00 Per Unit Per Night
Waltham Abbey is a traditional market town steeped in history with Royal connections and an impressive church and abbey grounds at its centre. Its connections to King Harold, who founded the monastery and is reputedly buried in its grounds, are...
Coles Menswear is a traditional, family owned, men's outfitters offering a range of quality clothing and accessories plus men's wedding hire. The service and attention to detail is second to none.
Ongar can trace its history back to Saxon times and its ancient streets today still portray the layout of the Norman town complete with castle motte. Surrounded by countryside and crossed by the Essex Way, Ongar is the ideal place to stop, relax and...
The Fox Inn at Matching Tye - an 18th Century inn with luxury accommodation in a peaceful country location.
PricePrice £55.00 to £75.00 Per Room Per Night (Breakfast Included)
Epping Market is held in the High Street every Monday and Bank Holidays. A market has taken place here since its Market Charter was granted by Henry III in 1253. A wide range of goods can be found from food to clothing and electrical goods. Coffee...
Easter Egg Hunt at Copped Hall - Easter Sunday afternoon 16th April.
PricePrice £0.50 to £5.00 Per Ticket
Afternoon Tea at the Royal Gunpowder Mills
PricePrice £12.00 Per Ticket