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 26 July,             13.00 - 14.30
  • Thursday 30 August,        13.00 -14.30
  • Thursday 27 September  13.00 - 14.30
  • Thursday 25 October       13.00 - 14.30
  • Thursday 29 November   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%


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Wed 25 July  2018    Wonderful Water Wildlife

Try your hand at stream dipping to explore the habitat of the creatures that live in the watery world of the Cornmill Stream.  Play games, take part in quizzes and craft activities to discover to have fun in discovering our wonderful water wildlife.


Wed 1 August 2018    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 8 August 2018    Birds are Brilliant

Birds are brilliant so we are going to celebrate our feathered friends by making bird feeders, learning about healthy foods you can feed your local ducks and taking part in games and art and craft activities.


Wed 15 August 2018  Terrific Trees

Natures giants the trees are terrific and what better way to to celebrate this by making friends with a tree, giving them faces of their own using clay and natural objects, take part in scavenger hunts and art and craft activities.


Wed 22 August 2018  Marvellous Mammals

join us for an activity afternoon where you will learn more about the mammals that live in Lee Valley Regional Park with quizzes, arts and crafts and games. Activities will take place outside and inside,

Wed 29 August 2018  Minibeast Mania

The world of minibeasts might be small with their microhabitats and small stature, but that doesn’t make them any less mighty.  Do you know your Crickets from your Grasshoppers, Bugs from beetles, crab spiders from havestman and centipedes from millipedes?


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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