Lloyd Park

Information about Lloyd Park.

Lloyd Park was restored in 2012 with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. You can now enjoy new facilities, discover the park's fascinating heritage and benefit from it's tranquil green spaces.

Opening times Click to get info

  • Park Cafe The cafe is open from 9am-5pm daily
  • William Morris Gallery The Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

Location and transport Click to get info

  • Address: Lloyd Park is off Forest Road in Walthamstow, E17
  • Entrances: Forest Road, Winns Terrace x2, Winns Avenue, Brettenham Road, Aveling Park Road, Cazenove Road and Bedford Road x2
  • Tube/train: Walthamstow Central (overground train and Victoria line) 15 minutes walk, half mile
  • Bus: 123, 34, 97, 215, 275, 357 all run nearby
  • Bicycle: There are cycle racks near the Forest Road Gate, tennis courts, Winns Avenue Gate, play area and basketball courts. Their locations are marked on maps that can be found at every gate
  • Car: There is a Pay & Display car park next to the main park entrance on Forest Road. It's accessed from Bedford Road (off Forest Road).There is one disabled bay. There are further disabled bays just inside the Forest Road entrance, near the William Morris Gallery (please contact the Gallery in advance if you'd like to use these 020 8496 4390). Some of the streets surrounding the park have Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs)

Facilities Click to get info

  • Cafe In the Aveling Centre (closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day). Contact ledelicee17@yahoo.co.uk
  • Toilets Available during cafe opening hours, includes accessible toilet and baby change. In the Aveling Centre
  • Play area A range of equipment for all ages and abilities, includes sandpit
  • Natural play area Climbing logs, on Aveling Fields
  • Outdoor gym Free, range of equipment, all with instructions for use
  • Tennis courts Three courts, see our Tennis page for more information or email sports.dev@walthamforest.gov.uk
  • Basketball courts Two practice courts, play for free, no booking required
  • Outdoor table tennis Two tables, play for free, no booking required, bring your own bats & balls
  • Petanque court Free to use, bring your own equipment
  • Skate Park Suitable for all abilities
  • Grass bowling green and synthetic bowling green
  • Formal gardens The William Morris Garden and original terraced gardens
  • Moat and island
  • Fields Open space for games and picnics
  • Nature area
  • Dogs off-lead areas View our Dog Map and Dog Control Orders to get full information on dogs in Lloyd Park
  • Park keepers office Two park keepers on duty every day (during daylight hours). There is also a head gardener, apprentice gardener and a community project co-ordinator dedicated to the park
  • Community room (Aveling Centre) Available for hire, please email ledelicee17@yahoo.co.uk for further information and bookings
  • Winns Gallery (Aveling Centre) To enquire about exhibiting, please visit our Forest Venues website or call 020 8496 8018 or 020 8496 1466
  • Community bowls pavilion Available for hire, please contact Judy or Cathy: greenspace.hire@walthamforest.gov.uk or 020 8496 3000
  • Lloyd Park studios There are six artist studios in the Aveling Centre. Current artists are: Raewyn HarrisonLinda GreenPhilip AtkinsonJonathan O’Dea, Val Gillen, Pen Dalton, Susan Royle and Lorraine Huddle For further information, please email emma.mcgovern@walthamforest.gov.uk our Cultural Programme Officer.
  • William Morris Gallery The Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
  • Lloyd Park Children's Centre

Use the Lloyd Park map to help you find your way round (also available at every entrance). The Lloyd Park Access Guide is further down this page.

Events and activities Click to get info

Love Lloyd Park Day

Saturday 18 March

William Morris Ward Forum – Park Special

10.30-11.30am, in the Aveling Centre Community Room

Join your William Morris and Chapel End ward councillors to give us your feedback on Lloyd Park and help us think about how you’d like the park to develop and improve in future.

Plus find out more about activities on offer in the park.

Free Family Biodiversity Activities

11.30am-1pm, on the island

Enjoy pond dipping, minibeast hunt, nature trail and more…

Find out more: v.peet@tcv.org.uk 07870 678 571

Big Weed Blitz

1-3pm, in the William Morris Garden

Help us banish weeds, so the garden can flourish.

This is the launch of our new Saturday

Volunteer Gardening (every third Saturday of the month)

and part of Waltham Forest Council’s annual Spring Clean event. Join us to improve your health & well-being, feel part of your community and learn about gardening.

Find out more: ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk 020 8496 2822

Gardening Workshops

Organic Lawn Management Course code: LYG8520-7T1

Sunday 19 March 10.30am-4.30pm (one hour lunch)

Low Cost Gardening (Seed Sowing and Dividing) Course code: LYG8498-7T1

Sunday 9 April 12noon-6pm (one hour lunch)

Improve your gardening skills in the historical and award-winning Lloyd Park. Workshops delivered by an experienced tutor from Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service

Standard price £25  Discounted £12.50   

Advanced booking required – limited places book soon!

To book: online via the Course Finder database at www.lbwfadultlearning.co.uk

Or call one of the borough's adult learning centres on 020 8496 2974  020 8496 1061 or 020 8496 1131 quote the course code (see above)

Enquiries Email Cathy:  gardeninginthepark@gmail.com

Walk for Women

Mondays 10-10.45am, meet outside the park café, near the playground. Free.

Enjoy a walk round the park and a chat with friendly people. Walking is great for improving your health and well-being. Wear sensible clothing and flat shoes. Female walk leader.

Find out more: ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk 020 8496 2822

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage

Wednesdays, 10am-12noon. Meet in the Community Bowls Pavilion, next to the synthetic green. Free

Interest and social group for over-50s. Explore and enjoy Lloyd Park with like-minded people. Free tea and cake! Enjoy a variety of activities from nature poetry, to building bird boxes to willow weaving…

Find out more: ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk 020 8496 2822

Women’s Tai Chi Corner

Fridays 10-11am, meet in the Community Bowls Pavilion, next to the synthetic green. £3 per session.

A welcoming women-only class. Gentle movements improve your health and calm your mind. All abilities welcome, indoor session, female teacher.

Find out more: info@daolu.co.uk 07713 152 999 www.daolu.co.uk

Senior Tai Chi Corner

Sundays, 9.30-10.30am. On the Fields in spring/summer, or in the Community Bowls Pavilion in winter. £2 per session.

Tai Chi training for over-50s. Develop balance, reduce your risk of falling, improve your health and well-being, and meet new people.

Find out more: info@daolu.co.uk 07713 152 999 www.daolu.co.uk

Family Activities

Join us for free, fun family activities throughout the year. From Easter egg hunts, to pond dipping, to pumpkin carving. For full information look at our Events in the Park leaflet.

Under-5s Club

Free adventures and activities for under-5s on the first Wednesday of every month, 10am-12.30pm. For full information look at our Events in the Park leaflet.

Adult Walks and Talks

History and gardening walks and activities, plus Dawn Chorus Walk (it’s worth getting up for) and Bat Night. Join us to learn more about the park and who lives here. For full information look at our Events in the Park leaflet.

Gardening Training Courses and Workshops

For anyone who wants basic gardening skills. Either to progress your career, or just because you love gardening. Enjoy the unique heritage landscape and gardens of Lloyd Park.

City & Guilds Level 1 Horticulture, Tuesdays 21 February – 26 April. Call one of the borough's adult learning centres on 020 8496 2974, 020 8496 1061 or 020 8496 1131 and quote

City & Guilds Level 1 Horticulture, Sundays 7 May – 9 July. Call one of the borough's adult learning centres on 020 8496 2974, 020 8496 1061 or 020 8496 1131 and quote LYG8503-7TA to get more information including prices and concessionary rates.

Bowling

Over 50s sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.45am (all year). Beginners welcome, year round play. Synthetic bowling green

Walthamstow Borough Bowls Club sessions

Practice sessions Mondays 10am. Club matches Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons. Year round play, new members welcome. Synthetic bowling green.

Aveling Park Bowls Club

Casual sessions Wednesdays 10am. Spring/summer only. Members play any time, plus competitions and social activities. Everyone welcome for casual sessions or to join. Grass bowling green.

Membership or small session fees apply

Find out more: ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk 020 8496 2822

Better Together

Fridays, 1-3pm, meet in the Community Bowls Pavilion, next to the synthetic green. Free

Social group for people with enduring mental health challenges. Enjoy tea and cake, art and craft and maybe bowling!

For more info call Evan 07873 968 883.

Free fitness classes – ‘Our Parks’

Find out more on the Our Parks website.

 

Access Click to get info

If you have access needs you might like to use the Lloyd Park Access Map and Lloyd Park Access Guide or the Lloyd Park map (also available at every entrance).

Disabled access guide: Lloyd Park

Friends of Lloyd Park Click to get info

Help support and improve your park, by joining the Friends of Lloyd Park

Volunteering Click to get info

Volunteer in Lloyd Park to meet new people, improve your health and wellbeing, gain skills or be part of your community. Meet other Lloyd Park volunteers and see what they've got from it.

Volunteer Gardening

Every Thursday, 10am-1pm and every third Saturday of the month, 1-3pm in the William Morris Garden (behind the Gallery)

Join our welcoming group and help keep the William Morris Garden looking beautiful. We do a variety of tasks including weeding, pruning, lawn maintenance, propagation and planting. You don’t need any gardening experience. Please wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. 

Further information: ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk 020 8496 2822.

Green Gym – Nature Conservation Volunteering

Fridays, 10.45am-2pm, meet at the Stables Building.

Help look after the nature areas in Lloyd Park and improve your health and fitness at the same time. Volunteers enjoy a variety of activities including tree planting, wildflower meadow maintenance and wetland management. There are plenty of opportunities to gain new skills and improve your employability, or come just to enjoy the outdoors and meet new people. Wear sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing. Tea and snacks provided. For more information contact Gareth: 020 8533 8022 or gg-waltham-forest@tcv.org.uk 

Schools programme Click to get info

Lloyd Park provides a variety of low-cost, curriculum-linked learning sessions and enables schools to deliver on Learning Outside the Classroom and Every Child Matters. The park is easily accessible and the learning facilities, resources and staff will enable you to enjoy stress-free out-of-school learning.

  • Contact Vicky Peet at The Conservation Volunteers for a copy of the Teachers' Guide and to find out more: 07870 678 571or v.peet@tcv.org.uk
  • Read our Lifelong Learning Policy; it includes our commitments to quality, accessibility & safety
  • The William Morris Gallery sits in Lloyd Park and offers its own exciting schools programme. If you'd like to make the most of your trip out of school, we can help you book a session in the park and the Gallery on the same day
  • Use the Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage animation film to support your learning. It's a creative and quirky way to learn more about the park (use it for History, Geography, Citizenship, ICT and Art & Design). You can view the film in the 'Lloyd Park films' section below
  • Find out about how we're being environmentally sustainable in the park

Lloyd Park films Click to get info

January 2014: Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage

2011 Community Tree Planting Day

Senior Tai Chi Corner (every Sunday morning) - view a video of the class out on Aveling Fields and see what you could achieve. Further information and to book: info@daolu.co.uk 07713 152 999.

Memorial benches Click to get info

Find out more about having a memorial bench in Lloyd Park.

About Lloyd Park Click to get info

Lloyd Park was first opened by the Victorians on 28 July 1900. It was named in honour of the Lloyd family, who lived in Water House (now the William Morris Gallery). When they moved, the family gifted their land to the Council, with the condition that it be turned into a public park. The Council also bought additional land, in 1899 and 1912 (now Aveling Fields) and the park became the size it is today.

Prior to it being a park, Aveling Fields was farmland and today’s paths run along original field boundaries. The southern area of the park was private gardens for Water House; a gentleman’s country residence. Other famous inhabitants include William Morris; the gardens helped inspire his love of nature, which he expressed in his designs.

We can trace the history of the land as far back as the medieval period, when it’s thought the moat was built; originally to defend a house that would have been situated within it.

You can find out more about the park’s history, by looking at the twelve interpretation panels we have in the park. They’ve got lots of fascinating old photographs and maps of the park and beautiful William Morris inspired designs.

To commemorate the centenary of Lloyd Park, a time capsule was buried in the lawn outside the William Morris Gallery on 28 July 2000.

Ward(s): William Morris/Chapel End
Area: 12.5 hectares

Your feedback Click to get info

You're welcome to contact us, if you have any feedback about Lloyd Park (good or bad).

Find out how we're doing by looking at our Feedback Summary.

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report. Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​

Contact Click to get info

Find out who to contact for your enquiry by looking at our Contacts list.

Lloyd Park Community
Email: christopher.patterson@walthamforest.gov.uk