Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wanstead Parklands

Fed up with the Big O? Can’t get to work? Transport chaos? Then why not take some time to explore some of the gems on our doorstep. (My apologies for this post being a little late, it was in my spam box).

The Grotto

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands have arranged a programme of events over July and August. These are branded as part of the 22nd CBA Festival of British Archaeology, but have been extended to the second half of August to provide activities for Wanstead residents and visitors over the course of the Olympic period. Click!

As you will see, as well as staging a small exhibition at the Temple, the Friends will be holding a programme of free guided walks.

The exhibition opened on 15 July, and focuses on how archaeology is shedding light on the development of Wanstead Park - one of London's most remarkable, though least known, historic landscapes. The exhibition includes a number of historic images, as well as photographs and some stunning LiDAR images created by members of the Friends. The material in the exhibition may be downloaded as a PDF file (roughly 4mb) - Click!

In addition to the exhibition, the Friends will be holding a programme of free guided walks.

On Sundays, we will be holding the Big Wanstead Park Walk. Starting at 11:00am at St Mary's Church, Overton Drive, this will take 2-3 hours, and will include the most significant surviving features of the historic park. It will end at the Temple. Dates are 22 and 29 July, and 5, 12 and 19 August.

On Tuesdays, we will be holding the shorter Wanstead Park Introductory Walk. Starting at 11:00 at the car park at the Warren Road entrance, it will include some key features of the public park, and end at the Temple. It will take 60-90 minutes. Dates will be 24 and 31 July and 7 and 14 August.

Walks will proceed regardless of the weather, as long as at least one person turns up! There is no need to book in advance.

The Friends are grateful for the kind cooperation of Epping Forest management in the arrangement and promotion of these events.

1 comment:

  1. RoseMary Warrington5:17 pm, July 25, 2012

    These sound really good, there are also the Sunset Tower Tours from St John's Church Church Lane Leytonstone. 75 feet high - splendid views. Run by volunteers to pay for work recently done on the tower.
    For more details or to book contact