All events start from the Soanes Centre, by the gate from Southern Grove E3 4PX. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  For family events, click here.

May

Spring Butterfly Walk

Sunday 7 May  2.00 - 4.00pm   Free no need to book

This is the peak of the Spring butterfly season, with up to 11 species to be seen in the Park on a sunny day.  If the weather is poor, we will look at pictures and go out to explore their nectar plants and caterpillar food plants instead.


Heritage Volunteers (every 2nd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 14 May  14.00 - 16.00  Free, just turn up 

Join members of the Friends and the East London History Society, in recording memorial inscriptions. This is part of an ongoing project to record the history of the cemetery. More information

Bow Beasties Wildlife Club (every 3rd Saturday of the month)

Saturday 20 May  10.30am - 12.30pm  Free

Experience the magic of woodlands and wildlife! Seasonal, outdoor, nature activities and games for children and families.  More information

Free Monthly Guided Walk  (every 3rd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 21 May  2pm - 4pm  Free, just turn up

Join us a free tour of Park to learn about the fascinating fauna and flora of this beautiful urban nature reserve. Just drop in, no need to book. Donations are welcomed. 

Evening Wildflower Walks 2

Tuesday 23 May  6.30 - 8.30pm  £12/£10

A botanical walk in the park, looking in depth at selected wildflowers now in season, exploring the plant itself, its ecology and its human connections – to literature, folklore, medicine, food and drink and crafts. We will also look at other flowers more briefly. This session we will look at Red Campion, Germander Speedwell, Goosegrass, Comfrey, Columbine, Ox Eye Daisy, Crosswort and Dog’s Mercury. Second of a series of 3.  Information and booking

After Work Foragers
Thursday 25 May  6.30 - 8.30pm  £20

Leave the cares of the office behind and come into the cool and shade of the woodland in search of something for the dinner table. You'll learn sustainable harvesting techniques and basic plant identification. Nibble leaves, flowers and roots - then take some home to turn into your own wild creations. 

More information and booking

Campfire Tree Safari
Saturday 27 May 10.00am - 1.00pm  £18/£15

Rangers Dan and Sarah invite you to join them for proper coffee round the campfire and an urban tree safari. You’ll gain skills in identifying common broadleaved trees while learning about how we take care of them on this idyllic woodland ramble. This event is perfect for beginners, those wanting to brush up on their tree ID skills, or just enjoy this hidden oasis at its dappled and shady best.  Suitable for ages 14+, under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.  More information and booking


Edible Trees - Foraging in the Woods

Sunday 28 May  1.30 - 4.30pm  £18/£15

Take foraging up a notch with a tree-centric hunt for wild food.  As you walk through this hidden woodland, you'll learn sustainable harvesting techniques and basic plant identification. Nibble leaves, flowers and roots - then take some home to turn into your own wild salad. 

More information and booking

Forest School
Tue 30th May, Thu 1st and Fri 2nd June   £30 per session
Forest School is made up of a very wide range of experiences and adventures, which can include bush craft skills, whittling, fire lighting and cooking on fires, through to bug hunts and bird watching.

June

Really Get to Know Your Wild Plants 3: Pea Family

Saturday 3 June  10.00 - 15.30  £30/£25

A series of days held on the first Saturday of the month throughout the summer, looking at wild plants, including trees and shrubs.  We will identify plants, get to know their ecology, examine their structure and how they fit into their plant family, their pollination and other wildlife values, and their connections to human culture.  Each event stands alone, but also builds on previous ones.  Suitable for beginners, and more experienced participants will be given extra challenges.  Each time, as well as looking at a wide range of plants, we will give special attention to one major family.   Information and booking.        Others in the series.

Bat Walk
Saturday 3 June  8.30 - 10.30pm   £15 / children free   BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Join us for cocoa by our camp fire and then a guided walk through the woodland with bat detectors to listen out for our furry friends. The bat detectors help you identify the species that are swooping around and to listen to them ‘chattering’ as they hunt for food.  Suitable for all ages - under 16s are free. This is an after dark event - each two children must be accompanied by at least one adult.


Natural Beeswax Cosmetics and Candles Workshop

Sunday 4 June 13:00 - 17:00 £30/£25

Learn how to make a range of home made natural and skin nourishing hand-cremes, lip balms, soaps and furniture polish using plant and vegetable oils with beeswax. Participants will also learn how to make simple candles. More information and booking.

Poison in the Wood - Deadly Plants
Sunday 4 June  4.30pm - 6.30pm  £12/£10

Guided walk to learn about the beautiful but deadly flora living in this idyllic urban woodland oasis hidden away in Mile End.  Your guide Ken Greenway is a keen forager, so knowing some plants to avoid can help sharpen your wild food hunting skills, or just join us for his fascinating stories.  Discover poisonous plants like, Foxglove, Yew and buttercups. Ken will talk about what makes them poisonous, their level of toxicity and the harm they can cause. You'll also hear stories relating to their use as an ingredient to cause harm and accidental stories of self poisoning along with stories from history about their known use.

Heritage Volunteers (every 2nd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 11 June  14.00 - 16.00  Free, just turn up 

Join members of the Friends and the East London History Society, in recording memorial inscriptions. This is part of an ongoing project to record the history of the cemetery. More information


Early Summer Bee ID Walk

Saturday 17 June 13:00 - 15:00 £12/£10

Join local bee recorder Mark Patterson and learn about the summer seasonal bees which make the cemetery park their home, how to identify bees in the field for beginners and how to submit your sightings to contribute to scientific understanding of bees in London. More information and booking. 

Free Monthly Guided Walk (every 3rd Sunday of the month)

Sunday 18 June 2 - 4pm  Free, just turn up

Join us a free tour to learn about the fascinating fauna and flora of this beautiful urban nature reserve.  This month, Sarah talks about how we manage the park for wildlife and people.

Just drop in, no need to book. Donations are welcomed.

Evening Wildflower Walks 3 (last in series)

Tuesday 27 June 6.30 - 8.30pm  £12/£10

A botanical walk in the park, looking in depth at selected wildflowers now in season, exploring the plant itself, its ecology and its human connections – to literature, folklore, medicine, food and drink and crafts. We will also look at other flowers more briefly. This session we will look at  Rosebay Willowherb, Salad Burnet, Foxglove, St John’s Wort, Field Scabious, Black Knapweed, Meadow Cranesbill, and Bird’s Foot Trefoil.   Information and booking

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