Top local listings for August events in Essex that are perfect for babies, toddlers, big kids and families!

Discover what’s on near you, including children’s activities, workshops, shows, open days and fun things to do. You can add to our list of August events in Essex by visiting our Add Event page.

August Events in Essex

Events Running Throughout the Summer Holidays 2018

Summer Fun at Barleylands
Sat 21 July – Sun 2 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Barleylands Farm Park is seeking animal lovers to come down and meet our wonderful animals this summer.Each week, throughout the summer, we will be unveiling an amazing selection of animal encounters and craft activities, meaning it’s worth coming weekly just to make sure you don’t miss out on all the wholesome family fun on offer.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, Child £11, Under 2s FREE (reduced prices when purchased online)

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 22 July – Weds 29 Aug 2018, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ONLY – 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Blast Off this summer at the Royal Gunpowder Mills as Professor Nitrate and team bring out even bigger and better experiments during their Summer of Science as we open every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between July 22 and August 29. There’s an action packed summer in store as we bring fun and creativity to the forefront of our open days. With fun interactive science shows and hands-on activities for all the family to enjoy.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Summer Fun at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 21 July – Sun 2 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Puppet shows and story telling. Arts and Crafts Tuesdays. Gardening Wednesdays. Bubble  Fun Thursdays. Face painting Fridays.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £14, child £13, under 2s FREE. Further discounts when you book at least 7 days in advance.

Summer Festival 2018 at Audley End Railway
Sat 21 July – Mon 3 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Your perfect summer family day out providing you with even MORE fun and activities to immerse yourselves in! The Picnic Area will be packed full of activities including, Story Telling, Face Painting, Games Area and Craft Making. You can also take an enchanting Train Ride through the Audley End Estate Woodland and dive into the magical land of our Fairy and Elf Walk!Don’t forget to dress up in your BEST fancy dress outfit too for the daily Fancy Dress Parade!
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: From £11 adults and children aged 2-16; carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Summer Holidays at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 21 July – Mon 3 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
School’s out and summer holidays are in, so why not come join us at Lee Valley Park Farm for a host of fun filled animal activities which will keep the little ones busy! Every two weeks a different group of animals will step into the limelight and we will be giving you the opportunity to meet and greet the animals and learn all about them. Along with outdoor and indoor play areas, regular tractor trailer trips to Holyfield dairy farm and more, you are guaranteed a truly great day for all the family!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE

The Play Beach at Marsh Farm
Sat 21 July – Mon 3 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
A fun family day out at a play beach, maisze maze, farm and adventure playground – all in one place!
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £11.25 each. Under 2s go FREE

Summer Holiday Activities at Hadleigh Park
Mon 30 July – Sun 2 Sept 2018, 11.00am-1.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Each week there will be an opportunity to hire a Kayak, have a taster session for Archery, try one of the pop-up sport or craft activities and grab a place on the wristband mornings which will have limited spaces, these are where you get to have a taster of the activities, all in just a couple of hours.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost:  Various prices

 


Events: Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August 2018

Knights and Princesses at Audley End
Mon 30 – Fri 3 Aug 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Polish your armour and dust off your tiara, it’s time to learn the tools of the trade as you become a knight or princess for the day. You’re cordially invited to Audley End where our courtly experts will teach you skills in heroic chivalry and eloquent etiquette – you’d be a jabbering jester to miss it!
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Children’s Workshops at Braintree Museum
Tues 31 July – Friday 3 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Discover new lands at Braintree Museum and become your own fairytale character. Join the daily crafts. This week the theme is Castle Adventure. Aimed at ages 5-10 years, under 5s welcome.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Under 5s Storytime and Crafts at Braintree Museum
Weds 1 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Every Wednesday during the school holidays.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £3 per child plus entry fee — entry fee £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Nature Tots at Bedfords Park
Weds 1 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play & create! Weekly parents & toddler group based around nature, wildlife and seasons. Including indoor crafts and play; explore outdoors through activities and games. Come dressed for the weather. Under 5’s.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Book 6 sessions in a row and just pay for 5! Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 1 Aug 2018, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Most popular with kids ages 2 to 12, but all are welcome. Led by rangers, young ones can try making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft, finding fish… every day is different and there’s always something new to stimulate the imagination and build an appreciation for the outdoors.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE (except parking charge)

Go Live! at Natural History Museum, Colchester
Weds 1 Aug 2018, 12.00pm, 1.15pm & 2.30pm.
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Come and meet some amazing animals and discover incredible fun facts about them. Which curious creatures will you meet? Suitable for All Ages. Booking required, please call 01206 282941.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £5 per person, ages 2 and under free

Wild Wednesdays at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 1 Aug 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. Uncover the story of the art pieces found in the Abbey Gardens by taking on our ‘Abbey Artwork Challenge’ and then unleash your inner artist as you create your own wonderful work using materials and inspiration from the natural world. Tickets are only required for participating children aged 4-12.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Crafty Clay Creations (drop in) at Bedfords Park
Weds 1 Aug 2018, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Crafty Clay Creations! Drop in and create some crazy clay creations! Create whatever you want, fairies? dinosaurs? minibeasts? The possibilities are endless. Limited to 2 creations per child. £3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Materials subject to availability. No booking required.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £3 per child.

Costal Capers at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 2 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
The seaside is coming to Abberton! We will go on an adventure to discover the mysteries and madness of marine creatures living under the sea before making a sea creature of our own. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Fairy Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 2 Aug 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Can you find all the hidden fairy doors out on the nature reserve? Open the doors and write down what you see to earn your treat.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £2 per child

Tots Space Adventure at Bedfords Park
Thurs 2 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Come on a space adventure at Bedfords Park, no need to be afraid of the dark! Learn about stars and planets and make your own telescope, to take home. Under 5s. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Book on 01708 748646

Dino Adventure at Bedfords Park
Thurs 2 Aug 2018, 1.30pm-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Go on a dinosaur adventure in the park, follow the dinosaurs to uncover the dinosaur bones. Play dinosaur games and create a fossil to take home. Under 5s. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Book on 01708 748646

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 3 Aug 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Fairies & Gnomes at Bedfords Park
Fri 3 Aug 2018, 11.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Follow a trail to discover the fairies and gnomes hidden amongst the trees and bushes.Ages 3+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £3 per child.

 

 


Events: Saturday 4th August – Friday 10th August 2018

Summer Fair at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 4 Aug 2018, 10.30am-4.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come along to the Ingrebourne Valley Hornchurch Country Fair, fun for all the family, craft stalls, bouncy castles, Music, refreshments, dog show and more. No booking required and its free.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Free

Chase, Marshal, Skye and Rubble from PAW Patrol Visit the Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 4 Aug & Sun 5 Aug 2018, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Your favourite characters from Paw Patrol, Chase, Skye, Marshall and Rubble visit over two fantastic days and will be making appearances throughout the day at the Railway. A great day out for all the family!
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £15 (on the day £16), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £38 (on the day £41)

Bring Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 4 & Sun 5 Aug 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life as costumed characters take you back to Audley End in 1881. Meet the cook Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids preparing a meal for the Braybrooke family, bump into the stable-hand Mr Baker grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick (if she’s not too busy) organising the house for the day.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Stables Weekend: Horses in Harness at Audley End
Sat 4 & Sun 5 Aug 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Join Audley End to find out about the life of a horse on a Victorian estate. From the elegance of carriage driving to working in harness, the resident horses will be on hand to demonstrate the horse work that would have taken place at Audley throughout the 1800s.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Bikemeet Show at the Museum of Power
Sun 5 Aug 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Classic Motorcycle show with stalls and entertainment. Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides (extra charge applies). ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN”Marshall” the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £2.00 Children under 5 FREE.

Forest School Family Sunday at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 5 Aug 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Forest school activities in the woods. Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on rope walks, make woodland crafts, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games and learn how to light fires. The only limit is your imagination! Every other Sunday. This event is for families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Hedgehog Club (4-8 years) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 6 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Does your child love nature and the great outdoors? Then bring them along to Hedgehog Club, a regular holiday club for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult. Come and get batty about bats, play games, search for their food and make your own bat to take home.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Bookings phone 01268 711001

Nature Dectective Training at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 6 Aug 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Train your senses and become a Nature DetectiveWant to brush up on your detective skills? Train your senses, discover clues and see who has been hiding at Abberton Reservoir. Drop-in, no need to book. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Ugly Bug Safari at Audley End
Mon 6 Aug – Fri 10 Aug 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Small game hunters wanted. Grab a magnifying glass and join our big hunt for some mini beasts. We’ll peer into the parterre, unearth insects near the lake and encounter gruesome bugs in the woodland. Discover the secret life of our creepy friends and create your own to take home.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 7 Aug 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Pond Dipping at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 7 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Go pond dipping with our education officer and discover what creatures are living in our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01206 738172
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Bed Bugs Clubs at Bedfords Park
Tues 7 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Step into the wild with Bedfords Bug Club, aimed at 4 – 8 year olds. Lots of fun activities outside in the park, themed each week. 4 – 8 year old
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Fantastic Fans at Hollytrees Museum
Tues 7 Aug 2018, 10.30am, 11.30am & 12.30pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
Create your own fantastic fan inspired by the museum’s collection, and learn about the secret language of fans from the 1800s. Booking required, please call 01206 282941Suitable for ages 5+
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £5 per person

Play and Picnic at Belhus Woods
Tues 7 Aug 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ
Gather your family and your picnic and join us for some laid back summer fun in the park.  Enjoy a memorable day of activities including storytelling, themed trails, puppet shows a range of other outdoor games.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £4 per child 2 to 12. Under 2’s and adults free.

Inflatables in the Park at Hylands House – EVENT CANCELLED
Tues 7 – Thurs 9 Aug 2018, two sessions on each day. 11am-1.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm.
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2
These will be wristband only sessions and will include unlimited bounce on the inflatables, disco with party dances for everyone and you may even be lucky enough to meet Bob the Minion or Dizzy Dragon! We will also have our special catering van on site to supply you with very reasonably priced, quality food and drink. This is a very busy event and we will be selling wristbands from 10.30am for the morning session and 1.30pm for the afternoon session on each day. Please make sure you bring socks for your children.
hylandsestate.co.uk
Cost: £6 per session for unlimited bounce. £10 for both sessions. £3.50 for toddlers using the under 3 section only (activity castle and ride on toys).

Children’s Workshops at Braintree Museum
Tues 7 Aug – Friday 10 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Discover new lands at Braintree Museum and become your own fairytale character. Join the daily crafts. This week the theme is Welcome to the Jungle. Aimed at ages 5-10 years, under 5s welcome.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Fantastic Fossils at Natural History Museum, Colchester
Wed 8 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pn4.00pm
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Meet the fossil experts from GeoSuffolk and discover more about the amazing fossils found in this area. Bring along your own fossils to find out more about them.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE, craft activity £5

Family Fun Days at the Essex Fire Museum
Wed 8 Aug 2018, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex RM17 5QS
Come to our Fire Museum in Grays this summer for one of our action packed family fun days. We will have lots of fun activities including crafts, water squirting and our museum trail.
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: £3 for anyone over the age of 3.

Under 5s Storytime and Crafts at Braintree Museum
Weds 8 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Every Wednesday during the school holidays.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £3 per child plus entry fee — entry fee £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Nature Tots at Bedfords Park
Weds 8 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play & create! Weekly parents & toddler group based around nature, wildlife and seasons. Including indoor crafts and play; explore outdoors through activities and games. Come dressed for the weather. Under 5’s.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Book 6 sessions in a row and just pay for 5! Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 8 Aug 2018, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Most popular with kids ages 2 to 12, but all are welcome. Led by rangers, young ones can try making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft, finding fish… every day is different and there’s always something new to stimulate the imagination and build an appreciation for the outdoors.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE (except parking charge)

Wild Wednesdays at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 8 Aug 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. Birds are brilliant so we are going to celebrate our feathered friends by making bird feeders, learning about healthy foods you can feed your local ducks and taking part in games and art and craft activities. Tickets are only required for participating children aged 4-12.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Pirates of Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 9 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Pirates as they set sail in search of the missing treasure. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Bookings phone 01268 711001

Den Building at Bedfords Park
Thurs 9 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Activity session building dens and shelters in the woods. Use tarpaulin, rope, wood, leaves and branches amongst the trees to create a fantastic shelter. Test out your shelter against a storm! Ages 5+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 9 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Come along and listen to Sea Story, a beautiful Brambly Hedge story by Jill Barklem. Afterwards we will go for a walk to meet the mice of Brambly Hedge and then make and float a boat on the pond. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Nature’s Art at Bedfords Park
Thurs 9 Aug 2018, 1.30pm-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Explore the woods and meadows. Create your very own work of art from what you might find: leaves, sticks, stones or feathers! Make your own natural photoframe, stone art and have a go at natural painting! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Family Pond Dipping at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 10 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Drop in and have a go at pond dipping. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child.

Dinosaur Discovery at Bedfords Park
Fri 10 Aug 2018, 11.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Follow a trail in the park at your own pace, what do you know about some of our favourite dinosaurs that once existed? Back at the centre for your own dinosaur dig, uncover the fossils hidden beneath the ground! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Bug Hunt at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Fri 10 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Join the education officer for an adventure into the long grass to discover the bugs that live within. You can even make your own mini beast to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Outdoor Cinema: Secret Lif of Pets at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Fri 10 Aug 2018, 3.00pm-6.15pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Watch this wonderful animated movie at Abberton Reservoir’s outdoor screening this summer. Our large LED screen means we can show movies during the day. Ticket price includes Pre film entertainment, sweet treat, Nature Reserve entrance and screening of the film.Hot food and snacks available on the evening from the visitor centre.
spectrumscreenevents.co.uk
Cost: £8.00 (over 3’s plus)

 

 


Events: Saturday 11th August – Friday 17th August 2018

Starlight Day & Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 11 Aug 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Every year the farm raises money for our favourite charity the Starlight Children’s Foundation for seriously ill children. They will have lots of different ways for you to help the farm support this vital cause whilst you enjoy a fun day out at the farm. You can meet the farm animals and the farm also have lots of indoor and outdoor activities for the kids to enjoy!
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £14, child £13, under 2s FREE. Further discounts when you book at least 7 days in advance.

Bring Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 11 & Sun 12 Aug 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life as costumed characters take you back to Audley End in 1881. Meet the cook Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids preparing a meal for the Braybrooke family, bump into the stable-hand Mr Baker grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick (if she’s not too busy) organising the house for the day.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Lift Off Tech Fest at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Sun 12 Aug 2018
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
The wonderful Lift Off event lands again for 2018 during the children’s summer holidays. This tech fest is an eclectic mix of fun activities, technology and science for young and old. With plenty of hands on interactive activities, from dual drone flying to building and launching model planes and rockets, to virtual reality simulators, ‘Hackspace’ activities, microelectronics, robotics and lots more. Be entertained with demonstrations of drone racing, model RC flying and rocket launches, meet other enthusiasts and browse the trade stands. A family day for big kids and little kids!!!
www.stowmaries.org.uk
Cost: £12 per adult, £5 per child over 2 year old.

Wind in the Willows Family Scavenger Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Mr Toad is off on his summer vacation but he has managed to lose the things he needs in the woods. Can you help him find them?
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: Trail sheets £2 per child

Hedgehog Club (4-8 years) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 13 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Does your child love nature and the great outdoors? Then bring them along to Hedgehog Club, a regular holiday club for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult. Come and get batty about bats, play games, search for their food and make your own bat to take home.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Bookings phone 01268 711001

Wild Art at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 13 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Come make some beautiful art with natural materialsFancy yourself as an outdoor artist? We will explore the reserve and create natural masterpieces along the way. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Essex Fire Station Open Days 2018

Fairy Finders at Audley End
Mon 13 Aug – Fri 17 Aug 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Tip toe around the gardens to find the smallest, most magical residents! Join our Victorian adventurers as they guide you around the site and tell you fascinating stories inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s and the Cottingley Fairies. How many doorways will you find?
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Bed Bugs Clubs at Bedfords Park
Tues 14 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Step into the wild with Bedfords Bug Club, aimed at 4 – 8 year olds. Lots of fun activities outside in the park, themed each week. 4 – 8 year old
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Tues 14 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Come look for the wild teddies living around the reservoir and discover what they get up to when no one is around. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Family Fun Days at the Essex Fire Museum
Wed 15 Aug 2018, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex RM17 5QS
Come to our Fire Museum in Grays this summer for one of our action packed family fun days. We will have lots of fun activities including crafts, water squirting and our museum trail.
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: £3 for anyone over the age of 3.

Children’s Workshops at Braintree Museum
Tues 14 Aug – Friday 17 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Discover new lands at Braintree Museum and become your own fairytale character. Join the daily crafts. This week the theme is Adventures in Wonderland. Aimed at ages 5-10 years, under 5s welcome.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Under 5s Storytime and Crafts at Braintree Museum
Weds 15 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Every Wednesday during the school holidays.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £3 per child plus entry fee — entry fee £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Nature Tots at Bedfords Park
Weds 15 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play & create! Weekly parents & toddler group based around nature, wildlife and seasons. Including indoor crafts and play; explore outdoors through activities and games. Come dressed for the weather. Under 5’s.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Book 6 sessions in a row and just pay for 5! Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 15 Aug 2018, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Most popular with kids ages 2 to 12, but all are welcome. Led by rangers, young ones can try making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft, finding fish… every day is different and there’s always something new to stimulate the imagination and build an appreciation for the outdoors.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE (except parking charge)

Community Fun Day at Belhus Woods
Weds 15 Aug 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ
Join the 3rd Annual Community Fun Day! Join in with free archery, fitness and fishing sessions and bring your pooch along to take part in the dog show. Come along and try (and buy!) some great local produce and entertain the kids with some exciting activities! Booking not required – just turn up!
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE entry. Normal car parking charges apply.

Wild Wednesdays at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 15 Aug 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. Natures giants the trees are terrific and what better way to to celebrate this by making friends with a tree, giving them faces of their own using clay and natural objects, take part in scavenger hunts and art and craft activities. Tickets are only required for participating children aged 4-12.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Minibeast Hunting at Bedfords Park
Weds 15 Aug 2018, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Hunt for the minibeasts living at Bedfords Park, look under logs, in the trees, amongst the grass and see what you will find. Make your own minibeast clay model to take home.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Book 6 sessions in a row and just pay for 5! Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Picnic and Play at Cressing Temple Barns
Weds 15 & Thurs 16 Aug 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
Gather your family and your picnic and join us for some laid back summer fun at beautiful Cressing Temple. Enjoy a memorable day of activities including storytelling, themed trails, puppet shows a range of other outdoor games.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £4 per child 2 to 12. Under 2’s and adults free.

Bach to Baby Classical Family Concerts in Chelmsford
Fri 16 Aug 2019, doors open 10.30am
Christ Church Chelmsford URC, 164 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0AW
Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers. Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow. Soar into the Bach to Baby Summer season as 10 fingers buzz busily over 88 black and white keys! Hang on tight as the Master of the Keys past and present take you on a joyride through musicscapes near and far. Watch out for a nursery rhyme or two!
www.bachtobaby.com/chelmsford
Cost: Adult tickets £11 per ticket, discounts for multiple tickets

Pixies and Fairies at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 16 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and search the woods for signs of pixies and fairies and make your own fairy house to take home for your garden. This event is for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Bookings phone 01268 711001

Dino Adventure at Bedfords Park
Thurs 16 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Go on a dinosaur adventure in the park, follow the dinosaurs to uncover the dinosaur bones. Play dinosaur games and create a fossil to take home. Ages 5+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Costal Capers at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 16 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
The seaside is coming to Abberton! We will go on an adventure to discover the mysteries and madness of marine creatures living under the sea before making a sea creature of our own. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Woodland Survival at Bedfords Park
Thurs 16 Aug 2018, 1.30pm-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Think you could survive in the woodland at Bedfords Park? Put up a shelter, make a fire and forage for marshmallows. Ages 5+. Ages 5+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 17 Aug 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Pond Dipping at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 17 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Go pond dipping with our education officer and discover what creatures are living in our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01206 738172
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Treemendous Trees (self led trail) at Bedfords Park
Fri 17 Aug 2018, 11.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Take our tree trail, what do you know about trees that live in Bedfords Park? No booking necessary.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £2 per trail sheet.

Chapterhouse presents Alice in Wonderland at Audley End
Fri 17 Aug 2018, gates open at 6.30pm, performance starts at 7.30pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters. From the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts, Alice’s journey couldn’t be filled with more adventure. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family in some of the UK and Ireland’s most stunning open-air theatre venues.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £16 adult, £10 child 5-15 years, £10 cons, £43 family ticket

 

 


Events: Saturday 18th August – Friday 24th August 2018

Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival
Sat 18 Sept & Sun 19 Aug 2018, from 10.30am
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Held in collaboration with Maldon District Council. The festival is a celebration of the art of cooking with fire & smoke sited in  Promenade Park. Two Stages of Live Music; Smoke and Fire Pit Master Challenge; Essex Heats – UK Chilli Cook-Off; Chilli Eating and Hot Wing Eating Contest; Real Ale & Cider Festival; Camping in the Park; More Demo’s, Traders and Stall than ever; and a Kids Zone.
www.smokeandfirefestival.com
Cost: £2.00 per adult

Bring Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 18 & Sun 19 Aug 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life as costumed characters take you back to Audley End in 1881. Meet the cook Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids preparing a meal for the Braybrooke family, bump into the stable-hand Mr Baker grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick (if she’s not too busy) organising the house for the day.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Classic VW Show & Vintage Fair at the Museum of Power – CANCELLED due to Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival
Sun 19 Aug 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Classic VW Beetles & Campervans. Stalls, Music. Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides (extra charge applies). ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN”Marshall” the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £2.00 Children under 5 FREE.

Forest School Family Sunday at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 19 Aug 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Forest school activities in the woods. Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on rope walks, make woodland crafts, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games and learn how to light fires. The only limit is your imagination! Every other Sunday. This event is for families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Hedgehog Club (4-8 years) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 20 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Does your child love nature and the great outdoors? Then bring them along to Hedgehog Club, a regular holiday club for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult. Come and get batty about bats, play games, search for their food and make your own bat to take home.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Bookings phone 01268 711001

Nature Dectective Training at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 20 Aug 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Train your senses and become a Nature DetectiveWant to brush up on your detective skills? Train your senses, discover clues and see who has been hiding at Abberton Reservoir. Drop-in, no need to book. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Train the Troops at Audley End
Mon 20 Aug – Fri 24 Aug 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time. Become a Home Front hero and be put through your paces at Audley End. Fall into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you. Discover Audley End’s secret wartime past with this hands on experience of soldiers on the front line.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Pond Dipping at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 21 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Go pond dipping with our education officer and discover what creatures are living in our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01206 738172
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Play and Picnic at Cudmore Grove
Tues 21 Aug 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Broman’s Lane, East Mersea, Colchester CO5 8UE
Gather your family and your picnic and join us for some laid back summer fun in the park. Enjoy a memorable day of activities including storytelling, themed trails, puppet shows a range of other outdoor games.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £3 per child 2 to 12. Under 2’s and adults free.

Children’s Workshops at Braintree Museum
Tues 21 Aug – Friday 24 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Discover new lands at Braintree Museum and become your own fairytale character. Join the daily crafts. This week the theme is In the Enchanted Forest. Aimed at ages 5-10 years, under 5s welcome.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Bed Bugs Clubs at Bedfords Park
Weds 22 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Step into the wild with Bedfords Bug Club, aimed at 4 – 8 year olds. Lots of fun activities outside in the park, themed each week. 4 – 8 year old
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Under 5s Storytime and Crafts at Braintree Museum
Weds 22 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Every Wednesday during the school holidays.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £3 per child plus entry fee — entry fee £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Nature Tots at Bedfords Park
Weds 22 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play & create! Weekly parents & toddler group based around nature, wildlife and seasons. Including indoor crafts and play; explore outdoors through activities and games. Come dressed for the weather. Under 5’s.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Book 6 sessions in a row and just pay for 5! Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 22 Aug 2018, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Most popular with kids ages 2 to 12, but all are welcome. Led by rangers, young ones can try making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft, finding fish… every day is different and there’s always something new to stimulate the imagination and build an appreciation for the outdoors.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE (except parking charge)

Go Live! at Natural History Museum, Colchester
Weds 22 Aug 2018, 12.00pm, 1.15pm & 2.30pm.
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Come and meet some amazing animals and discover incredible fun facts about them. Which curious creatures will you meet? Suitable for All Ages. Booking required, please call 01206 282941.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £5 per person, ages 2 and under free

Wild Wednesdays at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 22 Aug 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. Learn more about the mammals that live in Lee Valley Regional Park with quizzes, arts and crafts and games. Tickets are only required for participating children aged 4-12.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Wildlife Superheroes (4-8 years) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 23 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and test your superhero skills against the wildlife of Hanningfield Nature Reserve. Use your spidery senses, solve the clues and save the day. This event is for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Bookings phone 01268 711001

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 23 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Come along and listen to Sea Story, a beautiful Brambly Hedge story by Jill Barklem. Afterwards we will go for a walk to meet the mice of Brambly Hedge and help Poppy get ready for her summer wedding. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Woodland Survival at Bedfords Park
Thurs 23 Aug 2018, 1.30pm-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Think you could survive in the woodland at Bedfords Park? Put up a shelter, make a fire and forage for marshmallows. Ages 5+. Ages 5+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 24 Aug 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Bug Hunt at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Fri 24 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Join the education officer for an adventure into the long grass to discover the bugs that live within. You can even make your own mini beast to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Bears Adventure at Bedfords Park
Fri 24 Aug 2018, 11.00am-12.00pm, 1.00pm-2.00pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Follow an adventure at your own pace through the forest, discover characters from your favourite fairytales and back to the centre to create a fairytale craft to take home. Ages 3+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

 

 


Events: Saturday 25th August – Friday 31st August 2018

Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sat 25 Aug 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8, Seniors £6, Child £4 or Family £22 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Spectrum Screen: Sing
Sat 25 Aug 2018, 4.00pm
43 Bocking End, Braintree, Essex CM7 9AE
Come with the family to the outdoor event where they will screen SING the animated hilarious movie about the dapper Koala Buster Moon whom presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing…
spectrumscreenevents.co.uk/event

Bring Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 25 & Sun 26 Aug 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life as costumed characters take you back to Audley End in 1881. Meet the cook Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids preparing a meal for the Braybrooke family, bump into the stable-hand Mr Baker grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick (if she’s not too busy) organising the house for the day.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Family Pond Dipping Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Drop in and have a go at pond dipping. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Fambridge River Festival
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Fambridge Yacht Station, Ferry Road, North Fambridge, CM3 6LR
Families, local residents and sailors are all welcome to come to the Yacht Station at Fambridge Yacht Haven for an action-packed day on and off the water. Classic & historic boats, live marine demonstrations, village fayre, arts & crafts, live music, food & drink and much more.
01621 740370
fambridge@yachthavens.com
www.yachthavens.com/fambridge/events/fambridge-river-festival

Essex Dog Day
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
The Crix, London Road, Hatfield Peverel, Essex CM3 2EU
Essex Dog Day is the county’s largest dog show event. There will be a wide range of activities, entertainment and huge children’s zone means that it is a fun day out for all the family. There will be classes for every kind of dog from your pedigree poodles to your magnificent mongrels.
www.essexdogday.org
Cost: Adults £8, Concessions £5 (Children 5-16, persons over 70 and Disabled), Family Ticket £20 (2 Adults + 2 Children under 16)

Colne Valley Bus & Commercial Vehicle Rally at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
Heritage and Modern buses will be on display. Trains of all ages also feature.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £10, Seniors £7.50, Child £5 or Family £27.50 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Coalhouse Fort Open Day
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Coalhouse Fort Project, East Tilbury, Essex RM18 8PB
Constructed between 1861 and 1874, the Fort cost an estimated £130,000 and was built to defend the Thames from a potential invasion by France.  Forts were also built on the opposite side of the Thames in Kent, at Cliffe and Shorenmead.
www.coalhousefort.co.uk

The Gruffalo visits the Railway from PAW Patrol Visit the Epping Ongar Railway
Sun 26 Aug & Mon 27 Aug 2018, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo! A great day out for all the family – especially the younger ones. Every child’s favourite storybook character, The Gruffalo, has found his way to the Epping Ongar Railway.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £15 (on the day £16), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £38 (on the day £41)

Jousting in England at Hedingham Castle
Sun 26 & Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Knights of Destrier return! Jousting in custom-made suits of solid steel armour they clash in one of the most exciting and authentic Tournaments in England! With skill at arms demonstrations, a commentary on how the Knights prepare and arm themselves and the Jousting contest in the afternoon, this is a thrilling day out for all the family! Other highlights include two displays from Coda Falconry, have a go archery with the Norfolk Longbowmen, the Jester, the roving Gravediggers, Musicians, Maypole dancing and Donkey Rides! The Castle will be open and full of living historians, and there are food stalls galore and a fully stocked bar! It’s a fabulous day out!
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £14, Over 65s £12.50, Under 18s £ 10, Family £42, Under 5s £0. 10% off when booked on-line in advance!

WWII Weekend at Audley End
Sun 26 & Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.30am-5.30pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Get combat-ready as this action-packed bank holiday weekend propels you into wartime Britain. From the Trooper of the D-Day landings to the kitchen maid dishing out meagre wartime rations, prepare yourself as you’re drawn into the theatre of war at Station 43. Fall into step as we teach you how to be a soldier, put on your dancing shoes for 1940s music, fashion and food, and dig for victory. From the sadness and injury of the battlefield to the make-do-and-mend lifestyle of the homefront, we’ll tell the stories behind the battles that shaped the world as we know it.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £20.60 adult, £12.40 child 5-15 years, £18.50 conc, £53.60 family ticket, English Heritage Members: adult £2.50, child £1.50, conc £2.10, family £6.50

Hedgehog Club (4-8 years) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Does your child love nature and the great outdoors? Then bring them along to Hedgehog Club, a regular holiday club for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult. Come and get batty about bats, play games, search for their food and make your own bat to take home.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Bookings phone 01268 711001

Wild Art at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Come make some beautiful art with natural materialsFancy yourself as an outdoor artist? We will explore the reserve and create natural masterpieces along the way. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Operating Day with Steam at Colne Valley Railway
Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £10, Seniors £7.50, Child £5 or Family £27.50 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 28 Aug 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Tues 28 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Come look for the wild teddies living around the reservoir and discover what they get up to when no one is around. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Bed Bugs Clubs at Bedfords Park
Tues 28 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Step into the wild with Bedfords Bug Club, aimed at 4 – 8 year olds. Lots of fun activities outside in the park, themed each week. 4 – 8 year old
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Spy School at Audley End
Tues 28 – Fri 31 Aug 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Calling all super sleuths, secret agents and intrepid investigators! Sharpen your detective skills withs hands-on training in cracking codes and solving clues this half term.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Children’s Workshops at Braintree Museum
Tues 28 Aug – Friday 31 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Discover new lands at Braintree Museum and become your own fairytale character. Join the daily crafts. This week the theme is A Land Far Far Away. Aimed at ages 5-10 years, under 5s welcome.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Under 5s Storytime and Crafts at Braintree Museum
Weds 29 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Every Wednesday during the school holidays.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £3 per child plus entry fee — entry fee £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Nature Tots at Bedfords Park
Weds 29 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play & create! Weekly parents & toddler group based around nature, wildlife and seasons. Including indoor crafts and play; explore outdoors through activities and games. Come dressed for the weather. Under 5’s.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Book 6 sessions in a row and just pay for 5! Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Wild Wednesdays at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 29 Aug 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. The afternoon will include the chance to go on your own minibeast safari, collecting them using the equipment provided for a close up view of our marvelous minibeasts. Tickets are only required for participating children aged 4-12.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Kite Making at Bedfords Park
Weds 29 Aug 2018, 1.30am-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Make yourself a colourful kite then head out in the park to test it out! 3+ years. . Children must be accompanied by an adult. Materials subject to availability. No booking necessary.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per kite

Costal Capers at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 30 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
The seaside is coming to Abberton! We will go on an adventure to discover the mysteries and madness of marine creatures living under the sea before making a sea creature of our own. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Pirates in the Park at Bedfords Park
Thurs 30 Aug 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Join us for a jolly adventure! Set sail on an adventure at Bedfords Park, follow the treasure map to our secret cove, uncover a hidden boat, and play pirate games. Come in your most swashbuckling fancy dress (optional!) or you might find yourself walking the plank! Ages 5+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Lee Valley Bug Club at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Thurs 30 Aug 2018, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
A chance for pre-school children to explore the natural world with Forest School inspired outdoor activities. The activities for 2-5 year olds and the adults accompanying them are led by an experienced outdoor educator. Little ones can have a fun and exciting time exploring the gardens for bugs and finding out about what they catch. Appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoors is essential.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4 per child; booking needed

Den Building at Bedfords Park
Thurs 30 Aug 2018, 1.30am-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Activity session building dens and shelters in the woods. Use tarpaulin, rope, wood, leaves and branches amongst the trees to create a fantastic shelter. Test out your shelter against a storm! Ages 5+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 31 Aug 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Pond Dipping at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 31 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Go pond dipping with our education officer and discover what creatures are living in our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL on 01206 738172
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Forest Fairytale at Bedfords Park
Fri 31 Aug 2018, 11.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Follow an adventure at your own pace through the forest, discover characters from your favourite fairytales and back to the centre to create a fairytale craft to take home. Ages 3+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646