From sheep racing and sheep shearing at Lee Valley Park Farms to canoeing or learning to cook wild food on a campfire, there is plenty to do in the Lee Valley this May.

Lee Valley introduces Super Fresh Milk

Come down for a special day at the farm as part of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s 50th Anniversary celebrations to launch Lee Valley's brand new Super Fresh Milk, a deliciously creamy whole milk from the Dairy Farm’s very own herd of cows.

There’s a chance to try free samples of the new milk and make a milkshakes using a bike blender. With the help of some fruit and milk, visitors can jump on one of the special bikes and power their way to a perfect Super Fresh milkshake! Children can also find out directly from the Farm Manager all about how cows are milked and where the milk comes from.

Plus there are all the regular activities to enjoy on the farm, including rides on Tex the Tractor and tobogganing, as well as greeting the 300 or so resident animals at the farm, including chinchillas, ponies, reindeer, goats, Meerkats  and Bearded Dragons.

No need to book, just simply turn up and enjoy the activities. Sampling is FREE but fees apply for the farm.

Date: Monday 1 May

Time: 10:00 - 17:00; check for times of tasting during the day.

Price: Standard entry for all: £9including Adult (18+), Child (2 - 17), Concession (senior citizen or registered disabled); Under 2s go FREE ;  or save 10% and book online.

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 01992 892 781

Farm  open daily until 29 October 2017.

Lee Valley Aquathlon

Pop down to Lee Valley White Water Centre for the start of the fifth series of Lee Valley Aquathlon.  Whether you're a novice or experienced triathlete, challenge yourself in the Aquathlon events which take place within Lee Valley Regional Park, starting at Lee Valley White Water Centre. Choose between two race distances; either a 250m or 500m open water swim in the  lake, followed by a 3km or 5.5km run along a scenic route around River Lee Country Park.

Date: Tuesday, 2 May

Time: from 19:00

Price: from £15

Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross,  Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB. www.gowhitewater.co.uk or call 03000 030 610.

Gardeners’ Coffee Morning - Plant Collections

There is a chance to join gardeners for a seasonal tour of Myddelton House Gardens, followed by a hot drink and a slice of cake. The gardens are home to a large variety of rare and striking bulbs. Visitors can also see the first of the National Collection of Dykes Medal Iris coming into bloom.

Date: Wednesday, 3 May

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Price: £10

Myddelton  House Gardens; Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 9HG.                             www.visitleevalley.org.uk/myddelton or call 03000 030 610.

Open Air Cinema

Hollywood is coming to the Lee Valley White Water Centre! Armed with popcorn and a blanket, film lovers can watch a movie under a starlit sky. And ALL proceeds go to The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre. The screening will begin at 20:30, but why not head down early with a blanket and grab a great spot. The film will be the popular Mama Mia and places must be booked in advance.

Open Air Cinema

Venue: Lee Valley White Water Centre

Address: Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB

Date: Saturday, 6 May

Time: From 19:00

Price: £10

Booking in advance necessary: go to:

www.gowhitewater.co.uk

Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB; tel: 03000 030 610

 

A Walk in the Park - North Monthly Walk

Spring Wild Food and Medicinal Plants: As part of the 'A Walk in the Park' programme celebrating five decades of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, this walk will look at spring wild and medicinal plants. 

Find out what nature's own supermarket and pharmacy has to offer at this time of year whilst enjoying the scenic surrounds of Dobbs Weir. This area is definitely one of those special places you’ll want to visit again and again. Relaxing walks, wildlife watching, history, excellent fishing, picnics, a café and nearby country pub – Dobbs Weir really does have something for everyone.

Venue: Dobbs Weir

Address: Dobbs Weir Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0AS

Date: Sunday, 7 May

Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Price: FREE

No need to book, simply turn up and enjoy.

For more information about walks go to visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson or call 03000 030 610.

Great British Tennis Weekend

Visitors can enjoy the Great British Tennis Weekend and play tennis for FREE at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. This is an opportunity to exercise and enjoy a game at a weekend of action packed tennis. The FREE sessions include Mini tennis; Cardio tennis workouts; Wheelchair tennis; Learning disability tennis and free play on the outdoor courts.

Great British Tennis Weekend

Date: Saturday, 13 May to Sunday, 14 May

Time: 12:00 - 16:00

Price: FREE

Venue: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Address: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford E20 3AD

Phone: 0300 003 0614.

www.visitleevalley.org.uk/hockeytennis Tel: 0300 003 0614  Twitter: @LeeValleyHTC

A Walk in the Park - Herbal Walk

This seasonal herb walk takes place monthly, giving walkers a chance to stroll around Walthamstow Marshes with a local herbalist who knows the area from the medicinal plant perspective. These walks, throughout the spring and summer months, will enable people 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.

Visitors will be guided through plant recognition, folklore & history, traditional & current medicinal uses and responsible ways of harvesting and preparing plant medicines.

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

Venue: Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes

Address: Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, E10 7QL

Date: Saturday, 13 May

Time: 12:00-14:00

Price: £10 / £8 concession

 

A Walk in the Park - Bow Creek and East India Dock Basin

This walk, celebrating Lee Valley's Golden Anniversary, involves a visit to the former ironworks, shipyard and coal wharf, which is now a real wildlife haven in the urban environment. Bow Creek is a fascinating place to visit any time of year, and one that’s won the prestigious Green Flag Park Award for four years running.

Venue: East India Dock Basin, Orchard Place, London, E14 9QS

Date: Sunday 14 May

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Price: FREE

No need to book, simply turn up and enjoy.

For more information about walks go to visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson or call 03000 030 610.

Mr Bowles Tulip Tea Party

A party held in Myddelton House Gardens to celebrate the renowned gardener E A Bowles' birthday, often coinciding with the flowering of the tulips, has been a tradition dating back well over a hundred years. Edward Augustus Bowles was one of Britain’s well known self-taught gardeners, artists and expert botanists. Join a day of live music, children’s entertainment, a Mad Hatter’s crafty hat-making table, pond dipping, games, woodcarving, tombola, bric-a-brac and more to mark this special day!

Entry to the gardens is free and there is no need to book for this event, simply turn up and enjoy the array of beautiful plants. However there are car parking charges.

Myddelton House Gardens; address: Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 9HG.

Date: Sunday, 14 May

Time: 12:00 - 16:00

Price: FREE (Car parking charge)

www.visitleevalley.org.uk  Tel: 03000 030 610; Twitter: @leevalleypark;  Facebook: /MyddeltonHouseGardens

Spring Wild Food and Campfire Cookery Course

Learn tips and tricks of becoming an amateur camper by joining the new Almost Wild Campsite for a two day course with an overnight stay .The course includes: an introduction to the tools and equipment required for bushcraft, including the safe handling of axes, knives, and saws; fire lighting; an introduction to the wild food species around camp; wild baking and making soups and stews from these wild species.

Date: Saturday 20 May to Sunday 21 May

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Price: £180

This is a course for adults.

Booking is required for this course- www.visitleevalley.org.uk

Venue: Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite, Broxbourne

Address: New Nazeing Road, Nazeing, Essex, EN10 6SU.

Southern Athletics League

Come and watch some of Britain's best athletes in the South East region battle it out across multiple athletic disciplines looking to score points for their teams in this year's league! The Sweatshop Southern Athletics League is the area track and field league for clubs in the SEAA region who wish to compete in joint (male & female) teams.

No need to book, simply turn up and watch the action unfold!

Venue: Lee Valley Athletics Centre

Address:  Meridian Way, Edmonton, London, N9 0AR

Date: Saturday, 20 May

Time: from 12:00

Price: free to spectate

For more information, please go to: www.visitleevalley.org.uk/athletics;  tel: 020 8344 7230.

Explore the River Lee Country Park by Bike

Take a leisurely meandering circular cycle ride around the country park with its magnificent views of lakes, rivers and marshes. A café or picnic stop will be included on the route.

Date: Sunday, 21 May

Time: 10:30

Price: FREE

Booking is required for this event.

River Lee Country Park - Pindar Car Park

Address: Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, EN8 9AJ

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

Scything the Lee Valley

An opportunity to join local scything instructor, Ida Fabrizio for a scything session on the WaterWorks Nature Reserve. The session includes a tutorial for improvers and those who want to practise their scything skills, as well as Health and Safety tips.

Scything the Lee Valley

Venue: WaterWorks Centre

Address: Lammas Road (off Lea Bridge Road), Leyton, E10 7QB

Date: Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Price: £25; £15 concession

Scythes and equipment are provided, but can also bring your own scythe.

Meeting point is the WaterWorks Centre at 09:45.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for outdoors. Refreshments available at the Centre but please bring a bottle of water and a snack with you to keep you going.

Booking is required for this session; please email kathrin@myvillages.org or call 07941 696515.

A Walk in the Park - Ranger Ramble Walthamstow  Marshes

During this installment of 'A Walk in the Park', the Lee Valley Ranger Team leads a ramble around Walthamstow Marshes. This informative yet leisurely walk and talk looks at the marshland during the summer months.

There are plenty of paths to choose from when exploring by foot around Walthamstow Marsh Nature Reserve, which is part of the Green Flag award-winning site in the Lea Bridge area. The reserve is one of the few remaining pieces of London’s once widespread river valley grasslands, and a space to treasure for many reasons!

Date: Friday, 26 May

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Price: FREE

No need to book, simply turn up and enjoy the marshes.

Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes

Address: Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, E10 7QL

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

Sheep Week

There is a chance to watch sheep racing and shearing, when the popular Sheep Week returns to Lee Valley Park Farms for another May half term, packed with fun-filled activities for all the family. As well as seeing the farm’s wooly friends getting their hair cut, there are lots of activities for children, including watching falconry displays, shearing demonstrations, bottle feeding lambs and much more.  Visitors can also take rides  on Tex the Tractor and sample adventure activities, as well as say hello to many of the 300 or so  resident animals at the farm, including, chinchillas, ponies, reindeer, goats, Meerkats  and Bearded Dragons.

Date: Sunday 28 May to Sunday 4 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.

Address:  Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF

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

Lee Valley Park Farms: open daily until 29 October 2017.

Walk in the Park - River Lee Country Park Explorer

This week's 'A Walk in the Park' explores the historical and scenic landscapes of the River Lee Country Park.

River Lee Country Park stretches between Waltham Abbey in Essex and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. This 1,000 acre park has a huge variety of wildlife and history within Waltham Abbey Gardens and Broxbourne Old Mill and Meadows.

River Lee Country Park - Fishers Green; address: Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF.

Date: Sunday, 28 May

Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Price: FREE

No need to book, simply turn up. Meeting point is at Fishers Green car park (EN9 2ED).

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

Go Canoeing Week

Lee Valley White Water Centre have gone paddling mad for National Go Canoeing Week! The Centre will be celebrating all things paddling by hosting Go Canoeing sessions and the chance to test skills on the centre’s Stand Up Boards. All participants must be aged 8+ and weigh under 18 stone.

Date: Wednesday 31 May to Friday 2 June

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Price: £5

National Go Canoeing Week

Venue: Lee Valley White Water Centre

Address: Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB.

www.gowhitewater.co.ukor call 03000 030610.

Wild Wednesdays - Minibeast Mania

Celebrate Lee Valley Park's 50th Anniversary with 'Wild Wednesday' family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays!

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 and centipedes from millipedes?  If not, or you just want to see what's living in the hidden world of minibeasts, then come and explore the natural habitat of land minibeasts. The afternoon will include the chance to go on your own minibeast safari, collecting them using the equipment provided for a close up view of some marvellous minibeasts.

Booking

Pre-booking is recommended for Wild Wednesdays activities as there are limited spaces for each event. By booking online there is a 10% discount.

Date: Wednesday, 31 May

Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Price: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day.

Waltham Abbey Gardens; address: Abbey View; Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ

https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk;  tel: 03000 030 610.

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.

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. Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QL; tel03000 030 624; www.visitleevalley.org.uk/iceskating

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 https://www.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. www.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 routesto 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 www.visitleevalley.org.ukand download a range of recommended cycle and walking routes. Find out more: www.visitleevalley.co.uk or call 03000 030 610.

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.

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

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