Epping Ramble for Children in Need 2018 

Pudsey Bear is coming to Epping

The Rotary Club of Epping is holding a country Ramble around the beautiful countryside surrounding the historic Copped Hall estate, just outside Epping in Essex.

The Ramble is planned as a community event for everyone living, working, or with access to the area around the historic market town of Epping, and is especially aimed at children and their families. It is also intended as a means for participants to raise personal sponsorship for the Children in Need charity.

The Children in Need charity raises funds to support those young people who may be not living in the best of circumstances at the moment, or may have a disability, or otherwise disadvantaged, and could benefit from the help that the charity may offer. Further information may be obtained from the Children in Need web site, https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk 

Each year the BBC broadcasts a television programme highlighting some of the events that have been organised around the country to raise funds for the charity. In 2018 the Telethon is due to be broadcast on or around 17th November.

You can join the Ramble with a donation of £5, which will all go to Children in Need. This covers a family of up to five people (children & adults). Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Participants of the Ramble are eligible for inclusion in the free prize draw for a chance to win a Family ticket to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour (value £130), donated by Lathams Home.

Entry forms may be downloaded here, or collected from the following locations:

  • Lathams Home, 64 - 66, High Street, Epping, CM16 4AE
  • Stevenette & Company, 232 - 234, High Street, Epping CM16 4AU
  • Nicholsons Estates, 132, High Street, Epping CM16 4AG

Entry forms should be completed in duplicate, and returned to either of the following locations, together with the donation of £5. This may be in cash or cheque payable to the "Rotary Club of Epping". Both portions of the form will receive an official stamp, one portion retained by the entrant, and one portion retained by the shop. The participant should bring the stamped section of the entry form on the day of the Ramble as proof of the donation, in order to participate in the Ramble and be eligible for inclusion in the free draw.

Participants in the Ramble should arrive at the starting point by 9.30am latest, present their authorised entrance form to the organiser, ready to start the Ramble at 10.00am. Free parking is available at the start point for the duration of the Ramble. The Ramble is over a distance of around 5 miles (10 Kilometres), and is expected to take around two to three hours. The Ramble will finish at the same place that it starts. All vehicles must be removed from the parking area on completion of the Ramble, and by 3.00pm latest. At this time the gate will be closed and locked and made secure, after which vehicles will not be able to be removed.

The Ramble will take place over country tracks & paths, farm land, and unmade up ground which will be uneven, and may be wet in places, and subject to the prevailing weather conditions. All participants of the Ramble should be prepared for these conditions, and wear suitable footwear and appropriate clothing.

Ramblers may be able to see wild Rabbits, Hares or herds of Deer, so everyone is asked to stay alert, be careful, and stay within sight and reasonable distance of the leaders. It is hoped that Ramblers will be waved on their way by Pudsey Bear, and who may also be seen at some point during the Ramble.


Participants in the Ramble may also arrange personal sponsorship to support their participation in the Ramble. Sponsorship forms are obtainable here. All sponsorship monies will go to the "Children in Need" Charity. Sponsorship Forms may be returned with the Entry Forms, or brought to the Ramble.

Sponsorship money should be paid into the MyDonatebt.com site, which may be accessed here.

Whilst the Epping Ramble is being organised in support of the Children in Need Appeal, neither the BBC, Rotary Club, or the organisers can accept responsibility for those taking part. All participants do so at their own risk. Participants below the age of 18, must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.