Living Symphonies Epping Forest

Living Symphonies is taking place in Epping Forest over summer 2019, as part of London National Park City Festival and Waltham Forest Borough of Culture.

It is completely free to visit, and is open from 11am to 8pm, from 20-28 July.

It is located within the Chingford Plain region of the forest, at the below map location.

51°38’25.9″N 0°00’54.7″E

By train/tube: Chingford overground station, on the TFL network
(15 minutes’ walk to the location)

By bus: Chingford bus station, served by the 313, 379, 385 buses
(15 minutes’ walk)

By car: Free parking is available at Barn Hoppitt car park, opposite Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge
(10 minutes’ walk)

The site is fully accessible to wheelchair users and visitors with buggies. For an accessible route, we recommend taking the path that runs parallel to Bury Road.


Living Symphonies toured the UK over Summer 2014, appearing for one week at each of the following sites. You can read about selected additional events in the News section.

I. High Lodge, Thetford Forest

Suffolk, IP27 0AF (map)
24 — 30 May 2014

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeu)

Thetford Forest is part of ‘The Brecks’ – a landscape of tranquil forest, open heathland and agricultural land, and home to many unique or distinctive birds, plants and animals.

II. Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods

Northamptonshire, NN17 3BB (map)
21 — 26 June 2014

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Fineshade Woods are an ancient mixed broadleaf and conifer woodland. Part of the wider Rockingham Forest, once a royal hunting ground, the woodland supports diverse flora and fauna such as Purple Emperor butterflies and Red Kites.

III. Birches Valley, Cannock Chase Forest

Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ (map)
26 July — 1 August 2014

Cannock Chase Berry (Vaccinium Intermedium Ruthe)

Cannock Chase is the largest surviving area of lowland heathland in the Midlands and includes extensive areas of forest. ‘The Chase’ is an important oasis in the urban Midlands; its heathland, woodland and valley wetland habitats are protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and are valuable habitats for rare plants and animals.

IV. Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Kent, TN17 2SJ (map)
26 August — 7 Sept 2014

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Bedgebury is the finest collection of conifers anywhere in the world. The Pinetum contains over 12,000 trees and shrubs from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered. It plays an internationally important scientific role in conservation and is also a beautiful and tranquil place to explore.