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Children's Play in the Park

Play in the Park is all about playing games and having fun outdoors.
No need to book, just drop in at any time. The Play in the Park team will bring a range of sports equipment and arts & crafts resources for children and their parents/carers to enjoy together*.
The team will be there to help organise activities and games.

All totally free of charge.
*Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Morning sessions 10am - 12noon

Afternoon sessions 1.30pm-3.30pm

For all dates and locations click here 


Cycling for Health

Cycling For Health: Wednesday Morning Rides

From January 2023, Cycling for Health sessions are being run by Jarvis Goodyear at Epping Forest MTB and you can now find all the information you need to know before you attend and book directly with Epping Forest MTB by clicking on the link https://www.eppingforestmtb.co.uk/cycling-for-health/

If you have any further questions about the sessions please contact Jarvis directly by email C4H@eppingforestmtb.co.uk


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Free Self Defence Classes - Roydon, Loughton and Ongar

Ages 11+ - Under 16’s must be supervised by an adult.

Roydon Village Hall, Harlow Road, Roydon, CM19 5HH;

Saturday 2 March 2024 11:00 - 13:00  SPACES AVAILABLE 

The Murray Hall, 106 Borders Lane, Loughton IG10 3SB;

Saturday 9 March 2024 10:00 - 12:00  FULLY BOOKED

Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar CM5 9JG

Friday 8 March 19:00 - 21:00  FULLY BOOKED

Epping Forest District Council are providing free self defence classes in your area. This initiative is part of Operation Minerva, a project led by Epping Forest District Council to reduce violence against women and girls.

The classes will be led by a qualified Self Defence Trainer, to provide you with information about the law, how to improve your personal safety, and techniques that you can use if you are at risk of serious harm. The class will be educational, informative, and will also include elements of practical exercise.

These classes are available to all members of the community, aged 11 and above. We promote diversity and inclusivity in our workshops, and you do not require any prior experience to join. Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments to support you in attending our classes or have any questions about the content of the session. 

Please book to secure your free space.  

For booking support or further information call: 01992 564226


Digital Drop in

Get Help and Support with your Digital Skills

Visit our drop-in centre in Epping for help, support and advice from friendly and experienced staff to help you improve your digital skills.

Get support with: Zoom, Banking, Social Media, Health Appointments 

Drop-in service is free of charge, no appointment or booking needed

Held at Epping Community Hub Every Thursday 9.30am to 12.30pm at Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices, 323 High Street, Epping CM16 4BZ

Contact us to find out more Chris Seaman Email communityhub@vaef.org.uk or Call 07529 222655 

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From the 1st of April 2023 Lifewalks is being transferred to a voluntary run walking scheme under the supervision of the Lee Valley Park Authority.

You can find all the information you need to know before you attend a session here: 

Get active in the Lee Valley | Visit Lee Valley

If you have any questions or need clarification on anything then please email activation@leevalleypark.org.uk

From £0.00

Museum Movers 50plus

Museum Movers

Every Friday 10:30-12:00 (dance for an hour and then time for a tea or coffee and a chat)

Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL

Join us for a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy our fun, informal movement sessions inspired by the museum’s collection.

If you have any questions before the class please get in contact with us at museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or on 01992 716882


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Register with the West Essex Inclusion Project

Thank you for registering to join the West Essex Inclusion Project.

We are funded by Essex Short Breaks to deliver activities in West Essex and support children and young people aged 0 to 14 with autism and/or a learning disability, with a phsyical and/or sensory impairment. We deliver a number of activities including afternoon, weekend and school holiday activities all year round. These activities are inclusive and will support your child to improving their physical and mental well-being whilst also helping them to engage with their peers and encourage them to become more independent through our service.

Before you attend our sessions you must register with us and complete our medical questionnaire. We will then contact you to discuss your child's needs and any specialist healthcare requirements they may have. We will then work with you to support your child and begin attending sessions.
Please note the date is not relevant as it is not an event it is purely to enable you to add your details so we can contact you. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them when we contact you following your registration with the West Essex Inclusion Project. All you need to do now is complete your registration. It is important to us you answer all questions with as much detail as possible to help us begin planning to support your child.

Thank you


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Stay Safe and Well this Spring

1. Tuesday 12 March 2024 - Zinc Arts, Ongar, CM5 0AD 

2. Thursday 11 April 2024 – Sheering Village HallThe Street, Sheering, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 7LX

Arrive 10:30 to start 11:00 - finishes 15:30

Age 18+   

Informative talks from health and wellbeing advisors on how to stay safe and well. A Seated exercise session suitable for all will take place as well as a free information bag, lunch, and an interactive performance about scamming. Health checks are available. Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

For booking support or further information call: 01992 564226 



Wellbeing Wednesdays - Community Cafe

Every Wednesday 12:00 - 13:45pm at The Space, Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL

This Community Café in Waltham Abbey is a space where you can enjoy some light refreshments, have an opportunity to chat, meet new friends in a relaxed, warm and welcoming environment. This café is dementia friendly. 

For Adults and those living with dementia.

For booking support or further information call: 01992 564226


Mens Shed

Wellbeing Wednesdays - Men's Shed

Every Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 - All ages 

Epping Forest District Museum, 39 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL   

Men’s Shed is not unlike a traditional Shed in its nature – a place full of tools and projects – but on a much larger scale and with a key difference: you’re never alone at a Men’s Shed.

For booking support or further information call: 01992 564226



West Essex Inclusion Project - Inclusion Activity Club


12:00pm - 2:00pm

Great Dunmow Leisure Centre Parsonage Downs CM6 2AT.

The session would include the Bouncy castle, some structured play , born2move dancing, multi- sports and trampolining.  2 separate groups will be operating at the same time group 1 for children age 5-7 with SEND and Group 2 age 8-14 with SEND. Reasonable adjustments can be made to support any additional needs

This session is open to children living in Harlow, Epping and Uttlesford.

All parents/carers must complete the medical questionnaire before their child attends the session. If you have any questions or need to speak with someone regarding your child’s complex needs or specialist healthcare please email Fabrizio Ferrari – fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

This session is for children and young people aged 5-14 with SEND.

For booking support or further information call: 01992 564226

Please be aware that this activity is not delivered by Epping Forest District Council, therefore your Emergency Contact details (Participant Name, Participants additional needs, Guardians Name, Guardians Telephone Number, child's Date of birth, Unique Passport number and Emergancy contact details) will be passed to the activity provider and will only be used for the purposes of registration on to the session and contact in case of an emergency.


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West Essex Inclusion Project - Play Adventure


3:30pm - 5:00pm

Hazelwood Children's Centre, EN9 3EL

Our free play adventure session will support your child’s early development through a number fun games, free play, sensory play and much more. Your child will develop new skills and meet lots of new people and friends at this session.

This session is for children and young people aged 0-7 with SEND.

For booking support or further information call: 01992 564226