St. Peter in the forest

The Red Balloon Foundation are currently working alongside St. Peter's in the Forest Walthamstow to develop a variety of children's and youthwork projects.

If you are interested in RBF working with your church or organisation to develop similar programmes, please contact


We are delighted to announce that Red Balloon Foundation will be working in partnership with the unique forest church of St. Peter's to launch the St. Peter's Preschool from 13th September 2021.

Open to 2-4 year olds, the preschool will operate from Monday to Friday and make use of the unique setting of Peterhouse on the edge of beautiful Epping Forest to offer an experience that blends the best of a traditional preschool with a 'forest school' style experience for every child who attends.

We are launching from 5th January 2022 and would be delighted to sign your family up for a place starting in January, April or September 2022!

To find out more and sign up, click here to jump to our Preschool Homepage.

Join us at the Peterhouse Centre for inflatables, soft play, ball pond, ride ons and more every weekday from 22nd November for only £5 per child for a two hour session. 

Click here to pre-book your wristband and sign our waiver to guarantee entry. 


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What to Expect...

Please note that parking is limited at the Peterhouse site. We would recommend families make use of the extensive local public transport options (Wood Street Station is a 5 minute walk, Snaresbrook only 15 minutes) or the public car park at Brandon Street. Bicycle racks are available.

On arrival, enter via the main green door and turn left. You will be able to sign in at our coffee bar and park your buggies. There are toilets and baby change facilities available through the doors ahead of you and the entry to the soft play hall is on the right. You can buy drinks and snacks at the coffee bar and take them through into the soft play hall.

Parents/carers are responsible for children at all times when on the Peterhouse site and children must be fully supervised at all times, especially when using any of the inflatables, ride on toys or soft play. Children must remove outdoor shoes and any sharp objects before taking part in any of the activities.

At the end of your two hour session, team will ask you leave the playspace. If the following session is not fully booked, they will let you know that you can stay longer for no additional cost unless other parents/carers arrive and need your space.

Special Activities
Where staffing allows, RBF will also be offering special activities in the playspace and in our training room upstairs. These might include art and crafts, storytime or various workshops which will be advertised on this website. 


Every Monday 9:30-11am (school term time)

Every week there's plenty of time playing and having fun, enjoying arts and crafts, making new friends, listening to Bible storis and singing together... There's even drinks and snacks (for the children) and coffee (for the grown ups!)

Rgister today to come and start your week with us in the beautifully restored St Peter in the Forest Church (E17 3PP).

Pasta Bolognese

4F Project

RBF are working with the team from St. Peter's to run the "4F" project - Fun, Faith, Friendship and Food - on a regular basis.

On arrival, families will be directed to their own table where they will take part in an interactive and fun cookery workshop, creating a tasty meal together and having a chance to hear a fun story from the Bible and do some art & craft activities while they enjoy what they've made all in a fully COVID secure setting.​

Workshop sessions will run at 3:30-5:30pm on Fridays during term time launching on the 17th of September.

To apply for your family for any session, click here

If you have any questions or concerns, just drop us an email - 

Every Friday during term time join us at the Peterhouse Centre for an evening of music, dancing, fancy drinks, mocktails and snacks from 6:30-8:30pm

On the Rocks is a lounge bar staffed by a team of youth and families workers offering young people age 10+ (school year 5 and above) a safe and fun place to hang out with their friends, listen to some classic music and try out different smoothie combinations!

You can turn up on the door or pre-register

to guarantee your place by clicking here

If you are interested in performing live at

one of our "St. Peter's Rocks" band nights or at or more low key 'On the Rocks' evenings, please email 


Every fourth Sunday of the month join us at Peterhouse for an afternoon of brilliant activities for you and your little ones to enjoy together.

We'll next be meeting on Sunday 24th October.

There will be yummy snacks

(for the kids)

and tasty coffee

(for the grown ups)