Countdown to the 2015 Wanstead Park Festival

Wanstead Park Festival - Final Draft 7-5-15 700pxThe year 2015 marks two important anniversaries for Wanstead Park.

  • Three hundred years ago, in 1715, Sir Richard Child began the construction of  the second, Palladian, Wanstead House to designs by the young Scottish architect Colen Campbell.
  • A century later, in 1815, Wanstead Park was the scene of lavish celebrations following the Battle of Waterloo. The victorious allied commander, the Duke of Wellington, was uncle of the then owner, William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley.

The current year may also prove to be a significant milestone in the park's history. Years of patient work will culminate when plans for Wanstead Park's regeneration are submitted to the City of London for approval.

So it is with both the past and the future in mind that the partners in the Wanstead Park Project have organised a special programme of events to celebrate this unique open space, historic landscape and natural oasis.

Running from 31st May to 30 August, and ranging from bat walks to operetta, there should be something to suit all tastes!

List of events

Sunday May 31st Acoustic Tent music and picnic afternoon in the Temple Garden. 2pm- 5pm (free with donations: details: boyattic@yahoo.co.uk )

Saturday 6th June Free guided Walk: The Natural Aspects of Wanstead Park. 10.30am-12.30pm, meet near the Tea Kiosk (For details check Epping Forest Outdoor Group: www.efog.org.uk )

6 -28th June Temple Exhibition: Essex in the Forest: Flora & Fauna (Essex Art Club paintings) during Temple opening hours

Sunday 14th June FWP Park Guided History Walk. 11am -1pm (free event, run by Friends of Wanstead Parklands www.wansteadpark.org.uk , led by local historian Richard Arnopp)

Thursday 18th June Evening Wanstead Park Wildflower Walk. 7.30pm, meet outside Aldersbrook Riding Stables free event run by Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group led by botanist Tricia Moxey

Sunday 21st June Acoustic Tent music and picnic afternoon in the Temple Garden. 2pm- 5pm (free with donations: details: boyattic@yahoo.co.uk )

Friday 26th June Wanstead Park evening Bat Walk & Moth Trap. See www.wrengroup.org.uk for start time and place (free event, run by Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group)

Saturday 27th June Midsummer Bioblitz· on Wanstead Flats: pond dip, grasses walk and skylark walk. See www.wrengroup.org.uk for start time and place (free event, run by Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group)

Sunday 28th June Wren Group Midsummer Bioblitz in Wanstead Park: dawn chorus walk, displays, children's crafts & minibeasts, pond dips, tree walk, and park walks looking for butterflies and dragonflies. See www.wrenqroup.orq.uk for start time and place (free event, run by Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group)

Saturday 11th July 'Poetry in the Park': Poetry afternoon at the Temple. 2pm-4pm, local poets in the Temple: read your own work details: Tracey Adebowale -Jones: traceyaj@live.co.uk

Thursday 16th Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew'. Gates open 6pm, Starts 7pm in the Temple Enclosure. See www.cityoflondon.qov.uk/eppingforest for ticket details

Saturday 18th July Music in Wanstead Park. 2pm-9pm: live music: Coal Porters (bluegrass), Wanstead Rock Choir, and dance band Shaftesbury Avenue. Family activities: Spider Mountain, bubble football, ferret racing, live snakes, travelling theatre, rural crafts and stalls run by Aldersbrook Families Association: see www.aldersbrook.info for ticket details

Saturday 25th July History Tour of St Mary's Church, Wanstead, & Wanstead Golf Course. Starts 10.30am outside St Mary's Church (free event, run by Friends of Wanstead Parklands, led by Richard Arnopp, with donation to the church)

4th - 26th July Wanstead Park Community Exhibition (an exhibition by local community groups) Wanstead Park Temple, during Temple opening hours

Thursday 30th July Wanstead Park Bat Walk. Starts 8.30pm. Meet outside the Tea Hut (free event, run by Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group))

1st August- 27th September Wanstead Park Temple Exhibition: The Temple over Time: exploring its different uses since it was built in the 1760s during Temple opening hours Sunday

2nd August Gilbert & Sullivan's ‘Iolanthe'. Gates open 2pm, Starts 3pm, in the Temple Enclosure. See www.cityoflondon.qov.uk/eppingforest  for ticket details

Wednesday 12th August 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'. Gates open 2pm, Starts 3pm, in the Temple Enclosure. See www.cityoflondon.qov.uk/eppingforest for ticket details

Sunday 16th August Wanstead Park Guided History Walk. 11am- 1 pm: for start details check www.wansteadpark.org.uk. Free event, run by Friends of Wanstead Parklands, led by local historian Richard Amopp

Sunday 16th August Wanstead Golf Club annual open golf competition. Overton Drive, Wanstead E11 2LW (prestigious ranking event: for details check www.wansteadgolf.org.uk

Sunday 30th August Acoustic Tent music and picnic afternoon in the Temple Garden. 2pm- 5pm (free with donations: details: boyattic@yahoo.co.uk )