Project Weeks

Project weeks and special offers

For schools, teachers and families

Our comprehensive education programme is supplemented by a range of special events often at discounted prices, these include project weeks for schools which cover new topics or cater for specific groups; such as special needs groups, teachers training days and family events.

Please keep an eye on this page for upcoming events.

Don’t miss out, book now to reserve your place, call 03000 030 618 or email


Waltham Abbey Gardens and Cornmill Meadows

Lee Valley Bug Club 


Last Thursday of every month!

Explore the natural world with Forest School inspired activities for preschoolers and their carers.

Each session is led by experienced outdoor educators and are qualified in paediatric first aid and accredited by the Institute of Outdoor Learning.

  • Thursday 27 July, 13:00 - 14:30
  • Thursday 31 August, 13:00 - 14:30
  • Thursday 28 September, 13:00 - 14:30
  • Thursday 26 October, 13:00 - 14:30

Meet at Abbey Farmhouse, Waltham Abbey Gardens, Essex EN9 1XQ.

£4.50 per child or book online and save 10%!



Lee Valley Transport Bursary for schools


Does your school struggle with transport costs? Are you in a deprived area? The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority‘s Community Access Fund is able to provide coach travel for schools in need.

We want to enable as many schools as possible from across the region to visit the Park. Our 10,000 acre classroom provides a wealth of first-hand experiences which bring learning to life.

This is a limited fund and conditions and criteria apply, please apply at the time of booking. Contact the Youth and Schools Service via 03000 030 618 or to find out more.


Wild Wednesdays
Join us on our Wild Wednesdays Family event

Wild Wednesdays - fun for all the family!

When School is out, the fun and learning doesn’t need to stop...
Every Wednesday during the half term and school holidays!

Become an ‘Easter Eggspert’ or chief Wildlife Detective team at our orienteering events with a difference! You’ll never be at a loss of what to do mid-week in the school holidays. 

Victoria (Alicia and Joshua’s mum) said ‘Fantastic, well organised, knowledgeable, helpful , enthusiastic staff. Super games, activities and crafts. Super value. We will definitely book this again’

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Venue Abbey Farmhouse, Waltham Abbey Gardens, Essex, EN9 1XQ

Time 13:00 – 15:00 

Suitable for  4 - 12 year olds (other ages welcome but activities will be outside their age range) with accompanying adults

Price £5 per participating child

SAVE 10% Limited spaces available, book in advance online and save 10%

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Wed 26 July 2017          Hidden History

Have you ever wondered what prehistoric animals used to roam here, whether you would’ve survived the stone age or who the Black Cannons were? A host of exciting activities including fire lighting and ‘Rubbish Archaeology’ awaits.


Wed 2 August 2017      The Power of Plants

Join us for an afternoon of activities, crafts and games and grow your knowledge about plant life in the Park to prove you have the skills to be awarded with the Lee Valley Regional Park plant hunter certificate!


Wed 9 August 2017      'Whodunnit?' family Orienteering Competition

Bring your family and take part in an orienteering competition with a difference. Can you become a wildlife detective team, navigating our orienteering course and uncovering the mystery of who or what raided the bird box?


Wed 16 August 2017    Minibeast Mania

Do you know your Crickets from your Grasshoppers, Bugs from beetles, crab spiders from harvestman and centipedes from millipedes? If not, minibeasts then come and join us and go on your own minibeast safari.

Joshua aged 7 said ‘I loved it. I like finding all the minibeasts, especially the spider’


Wed 23 August 2017    What Lurks Beneath

Try your hand at pond dipping to explore the habitat of the creatures that live in the watery world of the Cornmill Stream.


Wed 30 August 2017    Art of Nature

Come and create some art in the Lee Valley Park this summer holiday. Uncover the story of the art pieces  found in the Abbey Gardens by taking on our ‘Abbey Artwork Challenge’.


Wed 25 October 2017   Art Activity  Afternoon

Discover the magic of seasonal change through a fun filled afternoon of autumn related activities, including arts, crafts, seed planting and games.



Countryside Live Schools Event

Leyton Marsh
27 and 28 September 2017

Countryside Live
Managed and hosted by the award winning Lee Valley Regional Park, this unique country fair offers school children from London boroughs, a fantastic day out and a unique opportunity to experience and learn about all aspects of the countryside right in the heart of east London. In addition Lee Valley Regional Park provides a diverse range of environmental and heritage education programmes across the park which have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Run in partnership with the national charity Countryside Learning, the event will complement the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto’ and brings the classroom into the countryside, providing children and teachers with a memorable and first class outdoor learning experience that links with the National Curriculum through a range of subjects.

The Youth and Schools Service are offering a guided activity at the event which allows students to experience first-hand the wildlife and habitats that exist in and around the Leyton Marsh site. The sessions are 35 minutes in duration and are led by experienced staff and volunteers on land surrounding the event site. The activities will be adapted depending on the age or ability of the group.

The children will be supervised to use sweep nets, trays, identification keys and magnifying pots to allow them to capture and study invertebrates living in the park. The activity provides links with science topics in the National Curriculum.

To book please visit

The sessions incorporate elements from the wide range of environmental and heritage education programmes on offer throughout the Lee Valley Regional Park. View the full Youth and Schools programme.


Countryside Live Weekend - fun for all the family!

Leyton Marsh
30 September and 1 October 2017

The countryside comes to town!

This family friendly event, bringing the countryside into London, has something for all ages and all interests.

The weekend is packed full of arena displays, falconry, sheep dogs and ferret racing and the infamous dancing sheep show. There’s also a range of traditional countryside activities to come and try including willow weaving, corndolly making and wood turning or if you just want to watch, you can marvel at the blacksmith demonstrating his trade.

There’s animals galore too! From the more traditional farm animals of sheep, goats, ponies and calves, we’ve also got some smaller animals for you to have a hold of including rabbits, guinea pigs and tortoises. We’ve got some shy and unusual visitors including bats and otters and some critters from foreign places too!

The whole family can get busy with a range of activities including flower pot animal making, apple pressing, flower making, planting tree seeds and identifying minibeasts.
Make sure you pop into see many of the local wildlife groups and organisations who can tell you all about their work in and around the Lee Valley.

If you need to take a break, then why not grab something to eat from our onsite caterers or a cake from the WI tent and pull up a straw bale for a well deserved rest.

We’ve moved back to the original site this year - Leyton Marsh. We look forward to seeing you when the countryside comes to town!

Time:10:00 – 17:00

Cost: To be advised


Farm Discovery Week

Farm Discovery Week

FREE schools taster sessions in ‘Farm Discovery Week’

18 - 22 September 2017

Experience the unique learning journey from early years to key stage 4 available at Lee Valley Park Farms. As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations Lee Valley Park Farms and the Youth and Schools Service are working in partnership to deliver a taster week for schools called ‘Farm Discovery Week’. 

Session and entry fees will be waived to give schools the opportunity to participate in our guided or self-guided education programmes. Bring geography to life at our working, home to over 150 dairy cows and discover a wide range of animals, including rare breeds at our visitor farm.

The following programmes are available:
Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 - Farm self-guided tour
Key Stage 2 – Field to Fridge Farm guided tour
Key Stage 3 and 4 – Focus on Dairy Farming guided tour

Guided sessions run 10:00 -12:00 or 12.30 - 14:30 and can be combined with a self-guided visit for Key stage 2.  

Terms and conditions
Places limited, first come first served. Offer open to schools who have not visited Lee Valley Park Farms in the last 3 years.

If your school doesn’t currently use the farm to bring education to life get in touch to secure your place on 03000 030 618 or

Farm fest 23 - 24 September

To compliment the schools offer the farm will be staging a ‘Farm Fest’ event over the following weekend which involves extra fun family activities, live music and additional catering, visit


Essex Learning Outside the Classroom Conference

Essex Learning Outside the Classroom Conference

The WIlderness Foundation, Chatham Green
Thursday 21 September 2017

The Lee Valley Park Youth and Schools Service is proud to be an active member of the ELOtC providers group. We will be providing a freshwater invertebrate identification workshop and it would be great to see you there..

The conference is open to all, not just Essex, so anyone who might be able to attend from Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas is welcome. Others that may benefit are: Training teachers; teaching assistants; educators; governors and heads. please also consider attending as part of CPD enhancement for staff and volunteers.

The day includes a keynote speaker and outdoor learning workshops

Time: 09:00 - 15.30
Cost: £80 per person

Book now to secure your place

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