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

  • Lloyd Park The park is open from 7.30am Monday to Saturday and 9am Sunday. Closing times and park attendant hours vary through the year
    Attendant Hours 2018 (Word doc)
    Closing Times 2018 (Word doc)
  • Park Cafe The cafe is open from 9am to 5pm daily
  • William Morris Gallery The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 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 and 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 and 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 GreenJonathan O’Dea, Pen Dalton, Susan Royle, Lorraine Huddle, Andrea Humphries and Matt Sefton. For further information, please email diana.grosvenor@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

Aveling Centre Community Room Activities

Find out what's on in the community room (next to the park café and play area) - we've got lots on for babies, children and adults.
Gardening Workshops
Improve your gardening skills in the historical and award-winning Lloyd Park.

Wildlife Friendly Design for Small Urban Gardens
Sunday 14 October, 12.30 to 3.30pm, course code: LRG9972-7W1

Lloyd Park's Seasonal Wonders: Autumn tree identification
Saturday 27 October, 1-4pm, course code: LRG0225-6W1

Standard fee per workshop £15.00. Discounted fee per workshop £7.50
10% discount if booked online before midnight Sunday 16 September.
To book: online via 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. Enquiries: catherine.mcloughlin@walthamforest.gov.uk

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.


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.

Chapel End Neighbourhood Policing Team - cuppa with a  copper

Come and say hello to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

  • Catch up on crime prevention advice
  • Tell us your concerns

Venue: La Delice Café

6 October 2018 - 11am to 12 noon

17 November 2018 - 11am to 12 noon

22 December 201818 - 11am to 12 noon

Chapel End SNT: 020 8721 2647

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Email: Chapelend.snt@met.police.uk

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 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: 07731 450 839 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 and 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 and 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

January 2014: Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage

2011 Community Tree Planting Day

Women's Tai Chi (every Friday morning) - view a video of one of our participants.

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.

Find out more about the history of Lloyd Park by reading A Celebration of Lloyd Park - a booklet created by the Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage Over 50s Group.

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.

Parks and Open Space Co-ordinator
Email: ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk