A visit by Octonauts to Lee Valley Park Farms, a family bushcraft challenge and water fun at Lee Valley White Water Centre’s Summer Splash, are just some of the exciting things in store for Lee Valley visitors in June and early July. 

A Walk in the Park - A Season of Marshland Medicine with Community Herbalist

Take a stroll round Walthamstow Marshes with a local herbalist who knows the area from the medicinal plant perspective. This seasonal herb walk which takes place monthly throughout the spring and summer months enables walkers to enjoy the wild green spaces and observe how the leaves, buds, flowers and berries rotate through the year, offering a variety of food and medicine.

Date:Saturday 10 June

Time:13:00 - 15:00

Price:£10 / £8 concession

Address:Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, E10 7QL

Booking is necessary: Places are limited, so please book in advance by emailing rasheeqa@hedgeherbs.org.uk

Free sessions at Lee Valley VeloPark for National Bike Week

FREE Mountain Bike and Road Circuit sessions are being given away to the public by Lee Valley VeloPark to mark National Bike Week.

On Saturday 10, Monday 12 and Saturday 17 June*, members of the public will be able to come down to the London 2012 Olympic venue  in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and use its one mile road circuit and mountain bike trails for free.

Cyclists can bring their own bikes or hire one at the venue and there’s no need to book in advance – riders can just turn up and collect their wristband from reception.

Date:Free sessions: Saturday 10, Monday 12 and Saturday 17 June*; (bike ride: Sunday 18 June-see below)

Time: Saturday 10 June: 14:00 – 16:00; Monday 12 June: 18:00 – 20:00; Saturday 17 June: 14:00 – 16:00.

Price:FREE

Address: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3AB.

For more information on the free sessions go to: visitleevalley.org.uk/bikeweek or call 03000 030 610.

*Selected times only. Please visit the website for more information.

A Walk in the Park

See breeding and migrant birds, moths, early butterflies and wild flowers, including bee orchids on this walk, which is part of Lee Valley Regional Park’s  50th Anniversary walks programme.  Join David Cotteridge from Friends of Tottenham Marshes, a nature specialist who will lead the stroll around Tottenham Marshes.

Date:Sunday 11 June

Time:14:00 - 16:00

Price:members £2; non-members £4.

Address: Tottenham Marshes, Watermead Way, Tottenham, London, N17 0XD

Booking essential:   The meeting point for this walk is the Waterside Café - but booking is essential for this event; please email: contact@tottenhammarshes.org

Men's World League Semi-Finals

Cheer on the team as England's men start their Hockey World Cup campaign at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. England will be joined by some of the best teams in the world, including current Olympic and European champions Argentina, and world number six side India, who will be battling it out for the top spot.

There will also be a fun zone for the kids to try out their hockey skills and the chance to meet Olympians, plus half time entertainment and food and drink. Join an action packed day out for friends and family.

Date: Thursday 15 June - Sunday 25 June

Time:opens at 17:00 - 22:15 on first day: times vary each day; to check daily schedule go to: englandhockey.co.uk

Price:£5 to £35

Address:Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Eton Manor, Leadmill Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3AD; visit: leevalley.org.uk/hockeytennis; Tel: 0300 003 0614  Twitter: @LeeValleyHTC

For more information and to book tickets go to: englandhockey.co.uk/

There will be no parking available - please travel by public transport.

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Myddelton House Gardens, named as a hidden gem by London Parks & Gardens Trust, are a part of a magical two-day event that showcases gardens across London boroughs.

The weekend offers an opportunity to explore over 230 private, secret and little-known gardens across 27 London boroughs over one very special weekend.  Gardens range from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental, and include private gardens, roof gardens and community allotments.

Date:Saturday 17 June - Sunday 18 June

Time:10:00 - 17:00

Price:FREE

Address:Myddelton House Gardens, Bulls Cross, Enfield, EN2 9HG

For more information go to: visitleevalley.org.uk  or call 03000 030 610.

Walking in the Footsteps of  Mr  Bowles

Join an informative tour highlighting the history of the remarkable plantsman Edward Augustus Bowles (E A Bowles), creator of Myddelton House Gardens. The gardens and Visitor Centre are open from 10:00, so visitors can begin their visit slightly earlier and enjoy a cup of tea in the Visitor Centre as well as a leisurely browse in the Bowles Museum, before the tour.

Date:Saturday 17 June

Time:  13:00 - 15:00

Price:£5 per person

Address:  Myddelton House Gardens, Bulls Cross, Enfield, EN2 9HG

Visitors can pay on the day or book in advance at:  visitleevalley.org.uk  or call 03000 030 610.

‘On Yer Bike’ guided bike ride

For a leisurely bike ride and some stunning scenery, why not join the ‘On Yer Bike’ guided bike ride as part of Lee Valley VeloPark’s celebration of National Bike Week,on Sunday 18 June.

The leisurely circular cycle ride starts and Old Mill and Meadows Car Park in Broxbourne and takes in the breath-taking scenery of Lee Valley, the River Lea and Hertfordshire with a picnic or pub lunch along the way. Booking is required as numbers are limited.

Date:Guided bike ride: Sunday 18 June

Time: 10:00

Price:FREE

Address: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3AB.

For more information go to: visitleevalley.org.uk/bikeweek or call 03000 030 610.

Father's Day Family Bushcraft Challenge

A Father’s Day event and great family activity where those taking part can learn a series of techniques that will enable them to survive in the wild - or just help to make future camping trips more enjoyable.

Experience a bushcraft immersion for beginners at Lee Valley’s new Almost Wild Campsite, Broxbourne. This overnight residential course is catered for families of up to four people, so it is a chance to treat Dad to something different on Father's Day. The minimum age is 8, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshops and cooking times.

The course includes: an introduction to the tools and equipment required for bushcraft, including the safe handling of axes, knives, and saws; fire lighting using friction and other methods; building a shelter; water purification; wild food foraging and preparing wild foods; and wilderness cooking.

For this course it is important to bring suitable clothing for staying overnight on a campsite

Date:Saturday 17 June - Sunday 18 June

Time:09:00 - 16:30

Price:£100 per adult, £50 per child.

Address:Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite, Broxbourne, New Nazeing  Road, Nazeing, Essex, EN10 6TD

For more information and to book, go to: visitleevalley.org.ukor call03000 030 610.

Father’s Day Hot Dogs at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Celebrate Father’s Day with an exhilarating Hot Dog ride down the rapids in an inflatable two person kayak. Dads can tackle the white waters of the Legacy Loop as a duo while paddling their way down the course. And after a heart pumping ride, they can relax and refuel at The Terrace Bar and Café with a pulled pork burger and a beer for a discounted price of £7.50.

For a white knuckle Father’s Day, there are also other fun activities available on the water, including Hydrospeeding, which is similar to bodyboarding but on fast flowing water and white water rafting down the venue’s Olympic course.

Price:                    £90 per boat.

Date/Time:         Sunday 18 June,12:30

Address:              Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB

Booking necessary:  Visit:gowhitewater.co.uk

Father's Day at Lee Valley Park Farms

Fathers go free on Father’s Day to Lee Valley Park Farms. So give Dads a treat this Father's Day and enjoy a packed day of family fun at the farm in Waltham Abbey.

Visitors can meet and learn about the 300 animals at the farm including chinchillas, ponies, reindeer, goats, Meerkats and Bearded Dragons, as well as enjoy a host of outdoor activities. And in between taking rides on Tex the Tractor to the dairy farm, sampling the Super Fresh Milk, and testing the toboggan run they can take a break in the Bumblebee Café for a bite to eat.

Date:Sunday 18 June

Time:10:00 - 17:00

Price:standard entry for all: £9including Adult (18+), Child (2 - 17), Concession (senior citizen or registered disabled); Under 2s go FREE; Dads go FREE on Father’s Day.

No need to book, but if you do you can save 10% online.

Address:Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF

To book or to find out more:  lvfarms.co.uk  or call 01992 892 781.

Fifth Annual Community Haystacks Event

Join the Community Haystacks Team during this summer weekend to celebrate the fifth annual Community Haystacks event in one of London's last remaining ancient pieces of semi-natural marshland, Walthamstow Marshes.

Now in its fifth year, the Community Hay Harvest takes place over two days with a series of scything workshops, talks, and communal picnics, culminating in a scything competition. Plenty of hay for play means children can participate too, making haystacks and mazes of their own.

Scything workshops: Saturday 24 June, 10:30-12:30, 13:30-15:30 & 16:00-18:00.

Learn how to scythe with scything expert Clive Leeke. Refreshments and equipment will be provided.

Prices are: £18 per session, (£9 for concessions).

To book a place email:  kathrin@myvillages.org; or call 07941 696515 for more information.

Commons Discussion

Join an informal public talk, with invited guests about the history of the land and related cultures.

Scything competition: Sunday 25 June, 13:30-15:00

Haystack building: Sunday 25 June, 12:00-16:00

Date:Saturday 24 June - Sunday 25 June

Time:10:30

Price:£18 per scything workshop, other activities are FREE.

Address:Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, E10 7QL

Booking:  The only activity you'll have to book on to is the Scythe Workshop.

Open Air  Cinema  - Top Gun

Lee Valley White Water Centre is bringing Hollywood course side for the second time in 2017 with its Open Air Cinema, screening Top Gun. This is a chance for film fans to grab some popcorn and pull up a blanket - and watch a movie under a starlit sky.  All proceeds will go to The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre.

The screening will begin at 20:30 - but why not head down early with a blanket, grab a great spot and enjoy a live band from 19:00! Snacks and refreshments are available throughout the evening at The Terrace Bar & Café.

Date:Saturday 24 June

Time:From 19:00

Price:£10

Address: Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB.

To find out more, go to: www.gowhitewater.co.uk or call 03000 030 610.

Four Fest

Test your speed and skill and take part in the Four Fest 400m event at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. It is open to the following age groups: male U15 and upwards, and female U17 and upwards. Advance entries close Sunday 25 June 2017.

For this event, both pre-entries and entries on the day will be accepted. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Date:Wednesday 28 June

Time:19:00

Price:free to spectate, £5.00 to compete

Address:Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton, London, N9 0AR

To book go to:  www.visitleevalley.org.uk/athletics; Tel: 020 8344 7230.

Lee Valley Bug Club

A chance for pre-school children to explore the natural world with Forest School inspired outdoor activities. The activities for 2-5 year olds and the adults accompanying them are led by an experienced outdoor educator. Little ones can have a fun and exciting time exploring the gardens for bugs and finding out about what they catch. Appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoors is essential.

Date:Thursday 29 June

Time:13:00 - 14:30

Price:£4.00 per child; booking needed

Address:Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.

For more information and to book, go to: visitleevalley.org.uk  or call  03000 030 610.

July

Octonauts  coming to Lee Valley Park Farms

Octonauts, Captain Barnacles and Kwazii are leaving the Octopod for an adventure at Lee Valley Park Farms. Join them for a day of exploring and excitement as they lead new recruits in becoming fully fledged Octonaut Cadets.

Captain Barnacles and Kwazii will be appearing during four interactive mini shows throughout the day with  audience participation, music and dancing.

Appearance times: 11:00, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:30. Booking online is needed for a slot for this event.

In addition, plenty of fun awaits, including the critter show, pig racing, making friends with cuddly sheep, giant rabbits, rare breed pigs, long-necked llamas and a loveable Meerkat family. Plus there are also indoor and outdoor play areas to explore and a ride on Tex the Tractor to the dairy farm.

Date:Saturday 1 July

Time:10:00 - 17:00

Price:standard entry for all: £9including Adult (18+), Child (2 - 17), Concession (senior citizen or registered disabled); Under 2s go FREE.Booking is essential

Address:Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF

To book or to find out more: www.lvfarms.co.uk  or call 01992 892 781.

Beer Festival              

A fun packed day with real ales and ciders, live music and delicious food, plus a chance to watch a game of beach soccer with national teams England  v Germany going head to head.  Lee Valley White Water Centre’s Beer Festival is one to mark on the calendar! Enjoy live music from 15:00 till late with bands Rockaway and Bad Girls Groove.

Date:Saturday 1 July

Time:From 12:00 till late

Price:Free entry (I.D. will be required for all alcohol purchases).

No need to book for this event, just simply turn up and enjoy your day!

Address: Lee Valley White Water Centre,Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB.

To find out more information, go to: www.gowhitewater.co.uk  or call 03000 030 610.

Summer Splash

Splash into summer at Lee Valley White Water Centre with a day of action packed activities and entertainment for all the family! There is something for everyone to enjoy, including: face painting; Bouncy Castles; TWO inflatable obstacle courses and canoeing sessions on the venue’s lake.  There will also be live music at The Terrace Bar & Café, plus a chance to sample some paid for activities on the water such as Scuba® Diving, Hydrospeeding, Hot Dogs and White Water Rafting.

Date:Sunday 2 July

Time:11:00 - 17:00

Price:FREE entry with some paid for activities

Address:Lee Valley White Water Centre,Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB.

To find out more information, go to: www.gowhitewater.co.uk or call 03000 030 610.

Wimbledon Family Fun Day

There’s a chance to emulate Wimbledon at a great free day for all the family to enjoy on the same week as the great tennis event. Open to beginners and seasoned players alike, keen players can enjoy testing their game on some of the best surfaces in London. Participants can get involved in taster sessions and learn tips and tricks on the court, as well as enjoy family fun activities, delicious food and drink, and much more.

All equipment will be provided or bring your own if you wish.

No need to book as this day is FREE!

Date:Sunday 9 July

Time:13:00 - 16:00

Price:FREE

Address:Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Eton Manor, Leadmill Lane, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3AD.

For more information, go to: visitleevalley.org.uk  or call 03000 030 610.

Filled with Fun

To help keep the kids entertained throughout the year, register for the FREE 'Lee Valley Filled with Fun' activity pack.

Packed with lots of ideas to keep kids entertained for free, this handy activity planner will give families hours of fun exploring Lee Valley, including meeting the animals at Lee Valley Park Farms, enjoying a picnic in one of the many open spaces, making a splash at Lee Valley Boat Centre, or exploring some of the scenic routes with natural play pieces. 

To register for your pack please visit:  visitleevalley.org.uk/filledwithfun

Other activities

Experience cycling at Lee Valley VeloPark

Book a cycling experience at Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Choose from cycling the track in the iconic velodrome, race on the road circuit, tackle the mountain bike trails or jump and bump on the berms of the BMX track. This is a perfect time to get fit and start training for a summer sportive in the VeloStudio, a suite of state-of-the-art static bikes. Ride the course of the Tour de France with the Sufferfest videos or train with a virtual instructor to music and pulsating lights.  Look out for the Ride in Movie night on the first Wednesday of the month. Follow Twitter @LeeValleyVP for a chance to vote for your movie choice. For little ones, give them the best start on two wheels with VeloBalance and Pedal Up! sessions that take place in the centre of the track.

Address: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3AB.

For further information, go to: visitleevalley.org.uk/velopark  or call 03000 030 610.

Ice skating at Lee Valley Ice Centre

Try ice skating, whatever the weather, at Lee Valley Ice Centre, the venue that hosts major competitions and ice hockey matches. There is a range of learn to skate courses, public skating sessions and lessons that suit all ages and abilities from toddlers to adults, plus events to watch out for.

Note:Lee Valley Ice Centre will be closed from 12 July to 4 September 2017 for essential repairs.

Address:Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QL

For further information, go to: visitleevalley.org.uk/iceskatingor call 03000 030 624.

Horse Riding at Lee Valley Riding Centre

Try one of a range of courses, from learning to ride and group courses to private lessons. If you’re new to horse riding, why not try the ‘Have a go’ sessions at the Lee Valley Riding Centre. Here children and adults alike can learn the basics of horse riding from mounting the horse to mastering the trot. Lee Valley Riding Centre has an indoor arena and two floodlit outdoor riding areas making it an ideal place for kids to start their horse riding journey.

Address:Lee Valley Riding Centre, 71 Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QL

For more information, please visit: visitleevalley.org.ukor call020 8556 2629.

Sculpture Trail

A six mile long sculpture trail, launched by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, is one of the latest highlights of a visit to leafy River Lee Country Park, filled with lakes and green spaces. The 15 handcrafted artworks along the six-mile trail include a Giant Chair, Bird Transition - a stone carving depicting local birds in the River Lee, The Shrine and a Viking Ship.

For more information, please visit: visitleevalley.org.uk/sculptures

In the country

For other ideas or a chance to get away from it all, there are plenty of walks or cycle routes in the Lee Valley, with over 30 walking routes and more than 20 cycle routes to find the perfect day out for the family. Bring the family and enjoy discovering the many and varied walks in the award winning open spaces.

Go to: visitleevalley.org.uk/walkingand download a range of recommended cycle and walking routes.

Stay the weekend

When visiting the Lee Valley and its attractions, including Lee Valley White Water Centre and the open spaces including River Lee Country Park, people can make a weekend of it by staying at one of three camping and caravan parks, including Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir, which offers a range of accommodation including Wigwams®, which are stylish timber cabins.

And if you need a little more luxury, try Glamping. To celebrate National Glamping Week, 12 -18 June there’s the chance to experience glamping at any one of Lee Valley’s three campsites with two nights for the price of one! 

For more information, go to: visitleevalley.org.uk/camping

To check on all holiday activities and for more information, go to:www.visitleevalley.org.uk