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 September  13.00 - 14.30
  • Thursday 25 October       13.00 - 14.30
  • Thursday 29 November   13.00 - 14.30
  • Thursday 25 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

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!

Discover our hidden histories or become a 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%

Activities will take place outside and inside , therefore dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions on the day.

Please note participants' pushchairs and wheelchairs will need to navigate grass areas

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Wednesday 31 October 2018  Autumn Art and Activities

Come and join us for a cup of tea and a fun filled afternoon of activities, games and arts and crafts with an autumnal theme?


Wednesday 20 February 2019  The Land of the Little People and other Winter Fun

Come and play in nature and let your imagination run wild by creating the 'Land of the Little People' and much more, then warm up with a tea, coffee or hot chocolate.


Countryside Live Schools Event

Leyton Marsh
19 and 20 September 2018

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.



Essex Learning Outside the Classroom Conference

Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea
Thursday 11 October 2018


The Lee Valley Park Youth and Schools Service will be showcasing the education services the park has to offer, including an invertebrate identification taster workshop for teachers and more.

Outdoor learning workshops incuding Forest Schools and plant studies made easy. Book now and visit us at this event, along with a host of other providers.



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