Heritage Open Day and Tours

Gilwell Oak

Heritage Open Day and Tours

Heritage Activities

Gilwell Park is celebrating 100 years since the first Scouts arrived on site and transformed a neglected country estate into a Scouting wonderland. Join a guided tour or test your survival skills with our shelter building and backwoods cooking family workshops.

What? Heritage Open Day

When? Sunday 22 September 2019, 10am – 4pm,

Where? Gilwell Park, Bury Road, Chingford, E4 7QW

Includes: Free activities and guided tours

Tours: 10:30am and 2pm

Shelter building: 11am and 1pm

Backwoods cooking: 11am and 1pm. Activities are suitable for families with children aged 6 and older, adults must accompany children at all times.

Booking:  Please book in advance 

Parking: Parking is available on Centre. Please use the Branchet car park.

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be available in our Adventure Café.

Gilwell Park tours

There are a number of other ways to learn more about Gilwell Park:

  • Enjoy an introductory tour of Gilwell Park provided by Scout Adventures Volunteers. A free 30 minute tour introducing some of Gilwell's highlights. 
  • An in depth tour of Gilwell Park led by a member of The Scouts Heritage Service. A 1.5 hour walking tour of Gilwell exploring the site's fascinating history and landscape. £45 per group (max. group size 25).
  • Summer holiday family activity days: find out what activities Scouts did 100 years ago and how these compare to Scouting today.

Visit the Heritage Service website to find out more about Gilwell's amazing Scouting story.

Contact us at with a subject line 'Heritage Activities Gilwell 100' for more information and to express your interest.


"It is important that we preserve the spirit and legacy of Gilwell for future generations, and I am looking forward to seeing how plans for this will be decided during what will be a memorable "Gilwell 100" centenary year. Thank you for your generous support as we look back on our rich heritage and ahead to a promising future.’ "

The Duke of Kent