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What's On


We can only cover a brief selection of organisations here. LRA members get regular emails of local events. To join LRA, go to our membership page.

Other places to look include:

Loughton Town Council list of local organisations

Loughton Town Council’s magazine Think Loughton

Everything Epping Forest



See below for

LRA’s Farmers Markets

Courses for adults & children Children
Events

Films Hospices
Information
Music Sports & pastimes
Walks  


LRA’s Farmers Markets

The market is held on Centric Parade on the first Sunday of every month in the High Road (not always in January), 9am – 2pm.

LRA’s Cllrs & volunteers will be there March – December, with carols in December and our displays and second-hand-bookstall other months. We hope to see you there too!


Courses for adults & children

Adult Education at Debden House
Debden Green – a delightful location in the heart of Epping Forest. A range of part time and weekend residential courses for adults including art, keep fit, psychology and childcare (non-residential places sometimes available).
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Epping Forest Field Centre
Courses for adults & families. Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach.

WEA Courses
LOUGHTON
Contact: Pat Dale, 020 8281 1536. mrspdale@googlemail.com 
Come to the first session free. 
Art history, literature, wildlife, etc
Courses start in September & January.
GANTS HILL/REDBRIDGE 
Contact: 020 8590 3406 or 020 8599 8846. wea_ilford@btinternet.com 
Come to the first session free. 
Literature, history, art exhibitions, London walks etc.
Courses start in September & January.

Children

Support for parents and prospective parents
Regular local activities and Half-Term events.

Astronomy: Astrokyds is the junior section of Loughton Astronomical Society , for younger observers, aged 6-14, meets every second Friday of the month (except April and August) at 6:30pm in St. Mary's Church Hall, next to the Village Hall, Theydon Bois. Youngsters must be accompanied by a responsible adult or guardian (who may also enjoy the evening). Meeting dates, map and other information can be found here


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Loughton Children's Theatre & Youth Theatre
Designed for young people in school years 3-11 to develop a variety of drama, dance & singing skills. The Red Balloon Family
Sunrise Children's Centre
Alderton Hall Lane Loughton 0208 502 5799.


Events

Archaeology
West Essex Archaeological Group (WEAG)
A programme of talks, field schools, walks & amateur digs at Copped Hall



Architecture
Herts & Essex Architectural Society
Meetings in Loughton.



Art
Essex Art Club
Wanstead House, 21 The Green.



Art
Loughton Arts Centre, 187B High Road (the shop next to Lopping Hall the Hall’s High Road front door. Art exhibitions. Local people working in any form of arts and crafts can drop in or ask for information or send photos of their work to their email address. They are also happy to display leaflets or posters.

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Astronomy
Loughton Astronomical Society
meets on weekly. Guests are always welcome (all levels of experience from the absolute beginner to the experienced astronomer). The programme includes astronomy, cosmology, stars, planets, space travel, space probes and the universe around us. If you would like to look through one of their telescopes then just turn up to an “observing” evening (weather permitting). Meeting dates, map and other information can be found here 

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Birds: NE London RSPB Group

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Boating: Fun at Hollow Ponds
Row row row a boat Open weekends March – October, approx 11am-6pm. 07973 128375 to check.

Buckhurst Hill Community Association

BHCA runs a wide variety of art, crafts, leisure and exercise classes, and workshops, for adults and children.  Bedford Hall and rooms in Bedford House are also available for hire. For more information, call 020 8504 6668, email or visit the website.

Buckhurst Hill Community AssociationBedford House  
Buckhurst Hill Residents Society


Copped Hall
Guided Tours, Open Days, Open Gardens days, Study Days & Workshops, Theatre, Concerts, Archaeology
Drama
Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford: an excellent selection of amateur dramatics and one-off events. Parking nearby.
Drama
Loughton Amateur Dramatic Society
Epping Forest District Museum
The museum has now reopened. The newly redeveloped museum features six galleries, the opportunity to see behind the scenes, a lift making the entire building accessible and lovely new community space for all to use. More

Epping Forest
Events Diary
. Collect a copy from The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford, the Temple in Wanstead or at High Beach Visitor Centre or download it.
Epping Forest
High Beach Visitor Centre. The centre has information, maps and walks about the Forest, a bird observation window and gift shop – and volunteers are on hand to help visitors find out more about the wildlife in the Forest, where to go and what is on offer.

Epping Forest
The View tells the story of Epping Forest including:

  • the history of Epping Forest
  • how it came to be a public open space
  • what you can see in the Forest
  • what you can do to help protect it.

Open seven days a week 10am - 5pm all year round including Bank Holidays (closed on Christmas Day & occasional training days). It’s the building with the glass frontage, between the Royal Forest pub and the Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, a five to ten minute uphill walk from the Chingford bus and train stations. Small car park opposite and larger car parks at nearby Bury Road and Connaught Water.

Friends of Epping Forest
Passionate about Epping Forest, the ‘Friends’ was formed over 40 years ago, to represent the varied interests of all who appreciate and enjoy Epping Forest.
Friends of Lea Valley
Short walks in the Lea Valley
"East London/Essex Ladies Circle" Group (Ladies Circle is Nationwide).
•    Local website (in progress)
•    Main Ladies Circle Website
Lee Valley Park
Experience Wild Kingdom at Three Mills Green and let the kids explore the great outdoors
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Libraries
(Traps Hill & Borders Lane): Essex Savers; activities for babies & toddlers; get started on computers; Yarns and Tales Knitting and Reading group; Careers service.
Local History
Loughton & District Historical Society
Lopping Hall, High Road
For information on the regular classes and clubs, such The Loughton Camera Club, Dance and Art classes.
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Loughton Festival
Annually in May.
National Trust
in the East of England
National Trust
Woodford Green & District. For further information contact 02085089541

Over-50s
District Council New Horizon activities and day coach trips. Over 60 activities each week for the over-50s who are full of life.  
Photography
Loughton Camera Club meetings and exhibitions. Club nights are Wednesdays, 8 - 10pm at Lopping Hall, 187-191 High Road.
Postal Museum
Events at Lenthall Road (Langston Road estate, off Chigwell Lane)
Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve

Sutton House
our nearest National Trust property: 2 & 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9. Find out more, and what’s on.

Trains
Epping Ongar Railway

Passenger Services at Weekends & on Bank Holidays. Vintage buses to/from Epping station, period stations, steam & diesel hauled heritage trains. Website and Youtube channel

All three heritage transport experiences included in one ticket!
Book in advance online to get a reduced adult fare.

Special Events

What’s On?
District Council events list – click on the calendar.
Wildlife Trust work-parties
At Roding Valley Meadows. Book at contact 020 85003094 or roding@essexwt.org.uk 
Women’s Institute (WI)
The Jubilee Hall, St Michael’s Church, Roding Road (from September 2016). Loughton WI meetings are held at 1.15pm on 1st Wednesday of each month (not August) except on 2nd Wednesday in January.   Visitors will receive a warm welcome.  Next year they shall be celebrating the Centenary of the Loughton Women’s Institute.



Films

Film Loughton
All welcome: members 5.50; non-members 6.50. Book 0845 475 0890 (local rate) or pay on the door.


WEA Film Club
First Monday of month. Noon for 12.30pm. Odeon Cinema, 60-64 High Road, South Woodford.– non-members welcome to join (annual membership 1).



Hospices


Haven House Children's Hospice
Supports families and cares for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Fundraising events.


St Clare’s Hospice
A local charity caring free of charge for patients, families and friends. Fundraising events.



Information

Debden Community Centre, 68 The Broadway. Drop in for the regular activities or just for a cup of tea or some advice.


Epping Forest: High Beach Visitor Centre
Information, maps and walks about the Forest, a bird observation window and gift shop – and volunteers are on hand to help visitors find out more about the wildlife in the Forest, where to go and what is on offer.


Epping Forest
Learn more in & about the Forest, including 30 free downloads to help you and your family have fun in the Forest.


Epping Forest
The View tells the story of Epping Forest including:

  • the history of Epping Forest
  • how it came to be a public open space
  • what you can see in the Forest
  • what you can do to help protect it.

Open seven days a week 10am - 5pm all year round including Bank Holidays (closed on Christmas Day & occasional training days). It’s the building with the glass frontage, between the Royal Forest pub and the Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, a five to ten minute uphill walk from the Chingford bus and train stations. Small car park opposite and larger car parks at nearby Bury Road and Connaught Water.


Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge



Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve


Vestry House Museum
Vestry Road Walthamstow. Display illustrating the links between Walthamstow, the Conyer family and Copped Hall.



Music


Chigwell Choir


Davenant Community Choir
Thursday, Davenant School. To join, even if you haven’t sung before, 020 8508 9597 or 020 8508 2026


Forest Philharmonic Orchestra


Loughton Folk Club
Thursday evenings at Loughton Club 8 Station Road.


South West Essex Choir
Meets at Loughton Methodist Church and welcomes new members. 020 8554 2830


Archaeology:
West Essex Archaeological Group (WEAG) programme of talks, field schools, walks & amateur digs at Copped Hall.


Architecture
Herts & Essex Architectural Society (HEARS).





Sports & pastimes


Angling
Roding Valley Angling Club

Bowls
Loughton Bowling Club, Eleven Acre Rise (Traps Hill). 020 8508 3546.


Cycling
High Beach Youth Cycling Club mountain biking for 8 – 16-year-olds.


Football
Fo
r local clubs contact Loughton Town Council 020 8508 4200.


Football
Just Play Women’s Football Sessions. Waltham Abbey Sports Centre, Broomstick Hall Road, Waltham Abbey, 6.45 - 7.45pm every Wednesday evening. Just turn up with trainers. 2. More on 01992 564140.


Pool
Free at Loughton Club on Mondays.

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Karate
Loughton Wado Karate Club




Walks


Archaeology
West Essex Archaeological Group (WEAG) programme of talks, field schools, walks & amateur digs at Copped Hall.


Art & the New Town
Cultural tours of Harlow
& the influence of Sir Frederick Gibberd. An expert-led day tour exploring Sir Frederick and Lady Gibberd's life and art - the 20th Century British watercolour collection at the Gibberd Gallery; hidden gems of Harlow's public sculpture, and their former home - the inspirational, Grade II listed Gibberd Garden. One Wednesday each month, April to September.

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Epping Forest
Waymarked trails



Friends of Epping Forest
discover more of Epping Forest on a varied programme of walks. Led by knowledgeable Forest enthusiasts, these walks provide an opportunity to find out more about the Forest. Some are a gentle stroll, while others are taken at a faster pace. Walks free, donations welcome.


Lee Valley Park Trails
Get active and discover traffic free trails perfect for running, walking and cycling

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Lifewalks programme
Book in advance or turn up on the day. Run by Epping Forest District Council, Lifewalks is a friendly Walking for Health scheme, which offers five led 1 – 3 mile walks on good surface paths every week with a choice of over 25 routes. Each route is carefully graded for the amount of effort needed.


Loughton Festival
Annually in May.


Walk with the West Essex Ramblers
Guided walks (long & short, fast & slow, for all walkers) and suggestions for walks to do on your own.