Family Fun Day in Waltham Abbey at Epping Forest District Museum

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George and the dragon at the Family Fun Day

George and the dragon at the Family Fun Day

This Saturday 18 August between 11am and 4pm come along and enjoy our hugely popular Family Fun Day at the Epping Forest District Museum. During the day, at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm you can enjoy a ‘George and the Dragon’ puppet show. The dragon is causing mayhem and must be defeated. After some failed attempts we send for St. George to save the day.

In the museum garden you can make willow crowns with our selection of beautiful herbs and we will bring the seaside to Waltham Abbey for you to enjoy building sandcastles and shrimping in the sun.

There is no need to book and entry is free of charge. Just drop in anytime during the advertised times.

For information on where to find us, including a map showing where to come and where you can park, visit the Family Fun Day event page

And while you are here, why not  take the time to have a look around and find out lots of interesting facts about the history of your local area. We have many wonderful and historical objects on display at the museum including ancient archaeological finds from the area.

Seaside shrimping at the Family Fun Day

Seaside shrimping at the Family Fun Day

Sandcastles in the sun at the Family Fun Day

Sandcastles in the sun at the Family Fun Day

For more information please telephone 01992 716882,


or visit us online at

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

General museum opening times:  Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm

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


Lady Godiva wows Abbey crowds

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Cultural Olympiad 2012Up to 2,000 people turned out to greet Lady Godiva as she made her spectacular way through Waltham Abbey on Saturday (4 August). The crowds of people were awed as the graceful lady, standing 6-metres tall, made her way regally from the Abbey to Epping Forest District Museum in Sun Street. Powered by some incredible mechanics, she waved and bowed to the crowds as she walked sedately across Market Square, gazing down upon spectators from rooftop level.

Part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games, Waltham Abbey was a very appropriate overnight stop for Lady Godiva. She is believed to have been the grandmother of Queen Ealdgyth, wife of King Harold who is reputed to be buried in the grounds of Waltham Abbey church.

The modern Lady Godiva, set out from Coventry where the original is said to have ridden naked through the town in protest at the heavy taxes levied on the people by her husband, Leofric. The modern Lady Godiva, also travelled by horse, although this time powered by a team of cyclists and was fully clothed. Her journey ended on Sunday in Waltham Forest.

Councillor Liz Webster, Mayor of Waltham Abbey and Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council greeted Lady Godiva. Waltham Abbey residents Jack (9) and his brother Oliver (4)  joined civic and religious leaders at the Museum where Jack presented Lady Godiva with his own model horse made earlier in the day.

Lady Godiva making way to Waltham Abbey

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Lady Godiva, a 6-metre high puppet propelled by a team of 100 cyclists is making her way to Waltham Abbey. The fully-clothed version of the English heroine set out from Coventry on Sunday. She will arrive in Waltham Abbey for an over-night stay on Saturday (4 August), leaving for Waltham Forest on Sunday morning as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Civic dignitaries led by Councillor Liz Webster Mayor of Waltham Abbey and Councillor Brian Rolfe Chairman of Epping Forest District Council are expected to be joined by residents and well-wishers as Lady Godiva enters the town via Highbridge Street at about 4.30 on Saturday afternoon.

Transferring from her travelling to walking ‘rig’, Lady Godiva will pause for formalities by the Abbey Church before processing down Church Street, across Market Square and along Sun Street to the the Epping Forest District Museum. 

The puppet is travelling from Coventry via Northampton, Milton Keynes, Luton, Hatfield and Waltham Abbey using a bike called the Cyclopedia. Progress is sedate with cyclists travelling between 20 and 30 miles each day.

Lady Godiva is scheduled to depart from the Museum at about 5.20pm, walking back to Market Square and her ‘overnight accommodation’.




Olympics come to district

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At the start of the Council meeting on 31 July, Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council invited members to enjoy a short video made to commemorate the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay to Waltham Abbey. He then announced the award of Canoe Slalom Olympic tickets to lucky residents at the Lee Valley White Water Centre for London 2012.

See the videos



The Chairman went on to describe a very memorable day at the Mini Olympics at Davanent Foundation School in Loughton. Children from across the district came together to show true sporting spirit supported by teachers and other school staff.

Councillor Liz Webster, ‘Olympics Champion’, reported on the first two days of London 2012 competition at the White Water Centre. The Canoe Slalom events have progressed very well with relatively minor disruption to local people and services. A temporary Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) has been established to protect local residents and businesses from congestion by spectator parking. Some Penalty Charge Notices have been issued in Waltham Abbey and a similar number in Broxbourne. Councillor Webster confirmed any Epping Forest District resident who produced their vehicle registration document showing they live in the zone would have the penalty charge cancelled.

Among the distinguished guests attending the first two days of competition were Princess Anne and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Leading foreign dignitaries including the Prime Minister of Belgium, members of the French government and the Chairman of LOCOG, Sebastian Coe were expected at the Lee Valley White Water Centre before the end of the day’s competition.

Ready, Steady, Go! at Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon

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A picture of Cheshunt Rugby Club from 1953-54Feeling inspired by the London Olympic Games?  This exhibition celebrates the history of local sports clubs and personalities through a captivating story of awe-inspiring determination and remarkable  achievements.

From local sprinter Harold Abrahams (1924 Olympic 100m gold medallist) to Broxbourne Olympic rowers, Tom Stallard and Acer Nethercott (2008 Olympic Men’s Eight silver medallists), the Borough is full of sporting success.  Find out more about how you can get involved in sport in this one off exhibition that is not be missed.


Part of the local cricket display at Ready, Steady, Go!The exhibition displays sporting memorabilia from local sports clubs, including an impressive collection from Hoddesdon Town Football Club and spectacular film footage of Broxbourne Rowing Club, filmed by former Hoddesdon resident, Mr Thomas Franklin.

With the Olympic Canoe Slalom events taking place at The Lee Valley White Water Centre Olympic venue in nearby Broxbourne, why not combine a visit to the venue with a visit to Lowewood museum and experience our sporting history as well as the modern day atmosphere of our sporting legacy.

Ready, Steady, Go! will be open until 6 October 2012 and there will be a number of sporting activities to accompany the exhibition, as part of the museum’s new family fun programme taking place on Thursday afternoons between 12noon and 3pm.

Admission to the museum is free

Opening times:  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm

For more information please telephone 01992 445596, email or visit

Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8BH

Tel: 01992 445596

Part of the local football display at Ready, Steady, Go!





Get inspired by London 2012 at SX Urban Games

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Poster for SX Urban Games at Waltham Abbey

Following the fantastic success of last year’s W Fest, this year’s event has been rebranded and tied in with the Essex-wide SX Urban Games. Incorporating many elements of the W Fest such as skateboarding, BMXing and scooter competitions, DJing, hair braiding and nail painting, there will also be Healthworks Parkour/free running demos and taster sessions. Come and try this new and exciting activity that involves overcoming obstacles by leaping, vaulting and climbing.

The games take place at the Town Mead Leisure Park in Waltham Abbey from 1pm to 6pm on Friday 24th August. Entry to the event is free, however, there may be a small fee if entering into one of the competitions.

Please call Stanley Bridge Cycles on 01992 654248 to book for BMX/ Skateboarding / Scooter competition. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Epping Art Festival

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As part of the Epping Art Festival on Saturday 14 July, Epping Art Society are running a number of events. Their ‘flagship event’ is an art exhibition in the reception area at the councils Civic Offices. Over 20 local artists will be exhibiting their work in this show which will include local views and churches, landscapes from further afield, cityscapes, paintings of flowers and a few quirky ceramic pictures. All works will be for sale at very affordable prices.

If you are interested in seeing how these paintings are produced then look out for Epping Art Society members who will be painting around Epping during the day. You may find them on the green or near Argus Lighting and the Bookshop.

If you or your children would like to do a bit of painting then Epping Art Society have two activities just for you. Roger Fitzgibbon will be running a children’s workshop on how to draw portraits. He will be outside Costa Coffee and, outside the now sadly closed Pen to Paper, there will be an opportunity for anyone to ‘Paint the Town’. Peter Cartwright has painted a very large painting of Epping, but has left the foreground empty. He would like visitors to the Art Festival to help fill this foreground in with drawings of themselves, their dog or any other pet, flowers, trees, in fact anything they like. Drawing material will be provided.

Finally, if your children are interested in making animals from clay then find Sally Macpherson in the craft area. She will be showing children how to make hedgehogs, frogs, snails, mice and other small animals from clay. The children can then take their finished pieces home with them.’


Sparks Will Fly and Make a Move

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Come along and welcome the great Champion Marina Mightier to the Waltham Abbey Town Show this Sunday 24 June 2012, from 1pm to 2pm. As this beautiful giant continues her journey around the county she is collecting beads in order to play an incredible Glass Bead game at Hylands Park on 6 July.

Internationally renowned outdoor artists Walk the Plank have been working with Epping Forest Arts to create a procession, and welcome ceremony including the presentation of the Glass bead to Marina. There will be a procession of 50 dancers from the community accompanying Marina and the Epping Pipe Band will lead the spectacle around the arena.

County Councillor Jeremy Lucas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Culture said, “Sparks will Fly is a fantastic countywide celebration and I would encourage everyone in the Epping Forest District to come down to the event and welcome Marina.”

Sparks Will Fly will precede the most amazing en-masse dance spectacle that Waltham Abbey has ever seen. Make a Move involves over 300 dancers of all ages and abilities. These dancers will follow Marina with a fantastic performance to an especially composed score – a spectacle not to be missed!

Follow the Sparks will Fly journey by visiting the website – Like the page on Facebook: or follow Sparks will Fly on Twitter

The big E

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Children aged from 5 to 11 decorated the big E during their Easter holiday playscheme to illustrate what they like about living in the district.

The forest, nature and open spaces was chosen as the theme. The children used a variety of art materials to decorate the E with. They drew pictures of animals and insects which can be seen seen when exploring the forest. Wellie boots were used as a track around the E to highlight the district’s walks.

Currently on display at the civic offices in Epping, the big E was decorated during an Easter holiday playscheme on 4 April 2012 at Whitebridge Junior School in Loughton.

Good for EssexGood for Essex poster
Essex County Council has given 12 District and Borough Councils in Essex a letter which spell out ‘Good for Essex’.

Epping Forest District Council was given the letter E.

Good for Essex is a new website promoting volunteering and community based opportunities in Essex, aimed at getting you involved to help your local community.

Go to to find out more and get involved.

‘Amazing things happen when we work together’

Limes Farm Festival of Healthy Living

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Come visit us at the Limes Farm Festival of Healthy Living!

We’ll be celebrating food, fitness and healthy living. The 6 week programme includes boxfit, a dads and lads football match, the only way is boot camp, nutritious and delicious cookery workshop, all aimed at bringing fun and inspiration to Epping Forest residents.


All the activities take place at the Limes Centre in Chigwell and run from 15 February to 30 March 2012. Many of the sessions are free, others have a small charge, please check the brochures for details. The festival also includes a screening of the animated family comedy film ‘Ratatouille’ and activities run by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

So, why not join us for an interactive, fun session on how to prepare quick and easy nutritional meals, or come along to one of our friendly activity sessions? It’s easy, simply pick the sessions you’re interested in and telephone the number listed to book your place.

Places are strictly on a first come, first served basis, so hurry to avoid disappointment.

More information:
Limes Farm Festival of Healthy Living (pdf 1.2 MB)

Online events calendar
Councillor Ricki Gadsby Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder said: “I hope this festival helps both children and adults adopt healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Our Community Services Team has put together a wonderful variety of events that all the family can enjoy. Help kick start a healthier you for 2012, there really is something for everyone’s taste!”