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: Monday 31 July – Friday 4th August 2017

Ugly Bug Safari at Audley End
Mon 31 July – Fri 4 Aug 2017, 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: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £14.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Six Weeks of Summer at Barleylands
Mon 31 July – Fri 4 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Keep the kids entertained and get out and about this summer with a new adventure to enjoy every week at Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay. There’s six weeks of fun with a host of different activities to enjoy from bug hunting, bird spotting and treasure hunts to magic mayhem and circus skills workshops.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, Child £11, Under 2s FREE (reduced prices when purchased online)

Beautiful Butterflies at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 1 Aug 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
It’s the big butterfly count! Can you spot the butterflies hidden on the reserve – follow the trail and count as you go. Craft activity in the centre. Drop-in.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £3 per child

Crime and Punishment at Colchester Castle
Tues 1 Aug 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Find out how the Castle was used as a prison throughout the 18th century and explore the darker side of Colchester’s past.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: Normal admission fees apply

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Tues 1 Aug 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. 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

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 1 Aug 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Welcome to our School of Witchcraft & Wizardry Workshop at Braintree Museum
Tues 1 Aug – Fri 4 Aug 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Join Braintree for a magical summer with their Harry Potter themed children’s workshops. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied.
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 2 Aug 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
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

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 2 Aug 2017, 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 – The Power of Plants at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 2 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Celebrate Lee Valley Park’s 50th Anniversary with ‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. Have you got what it takes to become a Lee Valley plant hunter? Come along to an afternoon of activities, crafts and games and grow your knowledge about plant life in the park. Have a go to prove you have the skills to be awarded with the Lee Valley Regional Park plant hunter certificate! Activities will take place both outside and inside, so please dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions on the day. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Merlins Bird Watching Club for Young at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 3 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Named after the Merlin engines that once powered RAF Hornchurch’s Spitfires. Armed with binoculars, bird guide and notepad (all provided) join Brenda our birdwatching guide to spot, observe and identify the bird life of Hornchurch Country Park. Suitable for 8 year olds + (unaccompanied). Also every Thursday in the school holidays and once a month on Saturdays during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 3 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some bugs. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Mini Museums at Hollytrees Museum, Colchester
Thurs 3 Aug 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
Use recycled materials to create your own museum in miniature. Sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Bookings required, please call 01206 282941. Minimum age 5 years old
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person

Pond Dipping at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 3 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and explore the depths of our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Trail Treckers at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 4 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Take a walk around the nature reserve on this week’s nature trail. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Arty Crafters at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 4 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Spend the afternoon making some fun crafts to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

 


Events: Saturday 5th August – Friday 11th August 2017

Outdoor Cinema: Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone at the Museum of Power
Sat 5 Aug 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Come and watch the wizardry and witchcraft of J.K. Rowling’s first book adapted to screen. Gates open at 8pm, come and enjoy food & drink from our stalls or bring a picnic. Film will start approximately 9:30pm. Bring something warm to wear and something comfy to sit on.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Tickets £12.00, 4+ tickets £10 each; available online via spectrumscreenevents.co.uk/tickets or by visiting the Museum to purchase.

Pond Days at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sat 5 Aug 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Sawyers Hall Farm, Sawyers Hall Ln, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
If your child loves ponies and are keen to increase their knowledge and confidence around them, then this is the place to be on a Saturday! Hopefield Pony Days are taking place on the first Saturday of every month from April-Sept, book now to avoid disappointment. 4 hours of interactive and educational fun, including feeding, grooming, mucking out and general duties of owning a pony. Includes: A FREE Hopefield t-shirt to wear on the day; Certificate; Rosette; and lunch. For ages 5+ (Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration).
www.hopefield.org.uk
Cost: £35 per child. Booking essential

Birthing Programme Taster Session at The Nesting Place, Chelmsford
Sat 5 Aug 2017, from 3.00pm
Unit 2, The Old Coal Yard, Little Waltham Road, Chelmsford CM1 7TG
Try out the Antenatal Birthing Programme at The Nest, a positive and safe space to learn and relax within a supportive community. Led by instructor Fran Wherry. To book contact fran.wherry@mamagotthis.co.uk or 07961 550265.
thenestingplace.co.uk

Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol Visit the Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 5 Aug & Sun 6 Aug 2017, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
The third of our character visits sees Chase and Marshall return. Making appearances throughout the day, come and join us for a great day out on the Railway.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13 (on the day £15), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £34 (on the day £39)

Guild of Essex Craftsmen – Craft Weekend and Country Fair at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 5 Aug & Sun 6 Aug 2017, 10.30am – 5.30pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
Truly an event for all the family with some of the flavour of Country Fairs of days gone by. Guild Members will be displaying and selling their handmade crafts, with working craft displays, live music and other attractions, including Historical Re-Enactment displays and activities. Parking is free.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Adult £6, Under 12’s FREE

Stables Weekend at Audley End
Sat 5 Aug & Sun 6 Aug 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and glorious falcons in flight as our expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting on horseback. Please note, bird species subject to change. Please note the house is closed this weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 5 Aug & Sun 6 Aug 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Horse Play at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 5 Aug – Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Learn all about our four legged friends at the farm this summer! Including brushing, grooming and even donkey rides^! Plus, don’t miss The Donkey Show and The Pony Show and the opportunity to WIN a horse riding session.
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE. A special £15 per person summer pass is available between 22 July and 3 September offering unlimited visits to the farm throughout that period.

Hobby Horse Making and Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 6 Aug 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Drop in and have a go at making your very own hobby horse and then ride it round our trail. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £3 per child

Bikemeet at the Museum of Power
Sun 6 Aug 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Classic Motorcycle show with stalls and entertainment. Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies). ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN. ‘Marshall’ the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by STEAM and other oil / diesel engines will be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £6:00; Concessions £5:00; Children (5 to 15) £2:50 Children under 5 FREE.

Peppa Pig at Marsh Farm
Sun 6 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
It’s Superstar Sunday at Marsh Farm! Peppa Pig will be making appearances at intervals on each day, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 online or £14.99 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 6 Aug – Weds 9 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows 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

Go Wild at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 7 Aug 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A bushcraft and campfire morning for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child.

Space Explorers at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 7 Aug 2017, 1.00m – 3.000pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft 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 requested donation per child.

Six Weeks of Summer at Barleylands
Mon 7 Aug – Fri 11 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Keep the kids entertained and get out and about this summer with a new adventure to enjoy every week at Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay. There’s six weeks of fun with a host of different activities to enjoy from bug hunting, bird spotting and treasure hunts to magic mayhem and circus skills workshops.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, Child £11, Under 2s FREE (reduced prices when purchased online)

Discoveries and Inventions at Audley End
Mon 7 Aug & Fri 11 Aug 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Are you a budding Darwin or an up-and-coming Brunel? Get your thinking caps on and your brains buzzing at Audley End! Take a trip through history’s most exciting inventions from the totally practical to the downright wacky – can you design something to add to the record books?
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £14.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 8 Aug 2017, 10.00am-11.30am
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2
The Tuesday Toddle sessions are run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. The Toddles are an opportunity for parents with pre-school children to enjoy a guided walk in the park and garden areas surrounding Hylands House along with other parents with children of a similar age. The routes chosen for the walk take into account those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments/hylands-house-and-estate
Cost: £4 per child

Roman Army Camp with Leisure World at Colchester Castle
Tues 8 Aug 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Ever wondered what it would have been like to be a Roman soldier? Then sign up to Colchester’s Roman Army training camp and be put through your paces. Bookings required, please call 01206 282941.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: Ask venue for prices

Punch & Judy at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Tues 8 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Come and see Punch & Judy and friends put on a hilarious show for you. This traditional English puppet show is a real kids’ favourite and dates back as far as 16th century. Come along and see what Mr Punch gets up to!
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £13, child £12, under 2s FREE

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Tues 8 Aug 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. 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

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 8 Aug 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Inflatable Park at Hylands House
Tues 8 Aug – Fri 10 Aug 2017, 11am to 1.30pm & 2pm to 4.30pm
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2
The Inflatable Park returns to Hylands Back Lawn for three days this summer. There will be a huge selection of inflatables for children to play on including an area especially for under threes. Children’s wristbands include unlimited bounce on the inflatables, disco with party dances for everyone and a chance to meet King Bob the Minion or Dizzy Dragon! There will also be catering available on site to purchase.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments/hylands-house-and-estate
Cost: £5 per wristband per session or £3 per wristband for under three’s area only

School Houses and Their Colours at Braintree Museum
Tues 8 Aug – Fri 11 Aug 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Join Braintree for a magical summer with their Harry Potter themed children’s workshops. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Scrapbook Safari at Hylands Park – Stables Visitor Centre
Weds 9 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
The Scrapbook Safari sessions are run throughout the year during the school holidays. The Safaris are an opportunity for children to enjoy a guided exploration at Hylands, assemble a scrapbook and complete a craft activity. The Safaris are aimed at accompanied primary school aged children. Booking is essential. Please call 01245 605523 to book your place.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments/hylands-house-and-estate
Cost: £5 per child, maximum of three children per adult. Accompanied children only.

Show and Tell at Natural History Museum, Colchester
Wed 9 Aug 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Have you ever found something interesting and wondered what it might be? Whatever your treasures bring them along to our Show and Tell Day to discover more!
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Leaf Art at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Weds 9 Aug 2017, 10.30am-2.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Two time slots – 10.30 am -12.30am or 1.30 – 2.30pm Come along and solve the “Tree Trail”, collect some leaves on your way to create a great canvas wall art, from your leaves. Age guide 5 years +.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child, booking essential

Twinkle Mobiles at Hollytrees Museum, Colchester
Weds 9 Aug 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
Be inspired by ‘Twinkle twinkle little star,’ written in Colchester, and create a twinkling mobile to hang in your home. Sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Bookings required, please call 01206 282941. Minimum age 5 years old
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 9 Aug 2017, 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)

Play and Picnic at Belhus Woods
Wed 9 Aug 2017, 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. Bring a picnic or buy hot and cold food from the onsite café, then pick a spot to spread out and relax. If you are coming by car there will be a small pay and display car parking charge, which goes back into maintaining the park. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. To pre-book tickets call 033301 32738.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £3 per child 2 to 12. Under 2’s and adults free.

Wild Wednesdays – ‘Whodunnit?’ Family Orienteering Competition at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 9 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Another ‘Wild Wednesday’ of family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays, as Lee Valley Park marks its 50th Anniversary. All the family can take part in an orienteering competition with a difference. There’s a chance to become a wildlife detective team, navigating the orienteering course and uncovering a mystery. Teams can gain points for every correct clue, naming ‘whodunnit’ and have the opportunity for bonus points to become the reigning Champion and chief detectives. All participants receive a certificate and the winning team will receive certificates and prizes. Activities will take place both outside and inside, so please dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions on the day. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Pixies and Fairies at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 10 Aug 2017, 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, children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 10 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some bugs. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Merlins Bird Watching Club for Young at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 10 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Named after the Merlin engines that once powered RAF Hornchurch’s Spitfires. Armed with binoculars, bird guide and notepad (all provided) join Brenda our birdwatching guide to spot, observe and identify the bird life of Hornchurch Country Park. Suitable for 8 year olds + (unaccompanied). Also every Thursday in the school holidays and once a month on Saturdays during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Fantastical Animals at Natural History Museum, Colchester
Thurs 10 Aug 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Get creative with collage and make your own fantastical animal. Sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Bookings required, please call 01206 282941. Minimum age 5 years old
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person

Pond Dipping at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 10 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and explore the depths of our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Wind in the Willows Family Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 11 Aug 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
The mischievous weasels have stolen Mr Toad’s car; can you help him solve the clues so he can find it?
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: Trail sheets £2 per child

Trail Treckers at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 11 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Take a walk around the nature reserve on this week’s nature trail. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Arty Crafters at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 11 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Spend the afternoon making some fun crafts to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

 


Events: Saturday 12th August – Friday 18th August 2017

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 12 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Bring your teddy bears for a very special day of storytelling, picnics on the hill, face painting and fun, fun, fun!
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £13, child £12, under 2s FREE

Community Fun Day at Belhus Woods
Sat 12 Aug 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ
Join us for our best ever Community Fun Day at Belhus Woods Country Park. With a selection of craft stalls, outdoor games, tasty food vendors and our popular Fun Family Dog Show, everyone is bound to be entertained. If you’re coming by car there’s a reduced parking fee of £2 all day on our events parking field. Dogs on leads are extremely welcome
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE entry

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 12 Aug & Sun 13 Aug 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Vintage Vehicles at Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 12 Aug & Sun 13 Aug 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
A wonderful collection of steam traction engines and classic cars – an excellent mid-Summer day out. Anyone who loves steam traction engines, trains, buses and cars will have a great day with us too.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, children £7, family £34

Wind in the Willows Family Scavenger Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 13 Aug 2017, 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

Habitats of Hannigfield at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 13 Aug 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and explore our beautiful reserve with our Warden and learn about the different habitats on our doorstep; ancient woodland, meadows, water and reed beds are all found here at Hanningfield, and home to many different species. A great way to learn for all ages.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £5 per person. Booking essential.

Ninja Turtles at Marsh Farm
Sun 13 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
It’s Superstar Sunday at Marsh Farm! Leo, Raph, Mikey & Donnie will be making appearances at intervals on each day, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 online or £14.99 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 13 Aug – Weds 16 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows 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

Go Wild at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 14 Aug 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A bushcraft and campfire morning for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child.

Space Explorers at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 14 Aug 2017, 1.00m – 3.000pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft 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 requested donation per child.

Six Weeks of Summer at Barleylands
Mon 14 Aug – Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Keep the kids entertained and get out and about this summer with a new adventure to enjoy every week at Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay. There’s six weeks of fun with a host of different activities to enjoy from bug hunting, bird spotting and treasure hunts to magic mayhem and circus skills workshops.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, Child £11, Under 2s FREE (reduced prices when purchased online)

Victorian’s Worst Jobs at Audley End
Mon 14 Aug & Fri 18 Aug 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Join our careers fair with a difference! From chimney sweeps to pure collectors, match stick makers to porcelain glazers – travel back in time and discover the vile Victorian jobs your history teacher’s too timid to tell you. There’s dirt, filth, disease and possible death! Would you be brave enough to be recruited?
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £14.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Pirates of Hanningfield at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 15 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Pirates as they set sail in search of missing treasure. This event is for 4-8 year olds, who must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, booking essential.

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Tues 15 Aug 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. 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

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 15 Aug 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Witchcraft and Wizardry Lessons at Braintree Museum
Tues 15 Aug – Fri 18 Aug 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Join Braintree for a magical summer with their Harry Potter themed children’s workshops. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 16 Aug 2017, 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! Animal Encounters at Natural History Museum, Colchester
Wed 16 Aug 2017, 12.00pm-3.30pm
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Meet some extraordinary animals and discover more about the Animal Kingdom. Which Mammals, Birds and Reptiles will you see? Shows at 12pm, 1.15pm and 2.30pm. Booking required.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person, ages 2 and under free.

Wild Wednesdays – Minibeast Mania at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 16 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Celebrate Lee Valley Park’s 50th Anniversary with ‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays. Discover the world of minibeasts with their microhabitats and small stature. See what’s living in the hidden world of minibeasts, and come and explore the natural habitat of land minibeasts. The afternoon will include the chance to go on a minibeast safari and collecting them using the equipment provided for a close up view.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 17 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some bugs. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Merlins Bird Watching Club for Young at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 17 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Named after the Merlin engines that once powered RAF Hornchurch’s Spitfires. Armed with binoculars, bird guide and notepad (all provided) join Brenda our birdwatching guide to spot, observe and identify the bird life of Hornchurch Country Park. Suitable for 8 year olds + (unaccompanied). Also every Thursday in the school holidays and once a month on Saturdays during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Pond Dipping at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 17 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and explore the depths of our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Tick Tock Clocks at Hollytrees Museum, Colchester
Thurs 17 Aug 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
Create a fully functioning clock inspired by the decorations of clocks from Colchester’s past. Sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Bookings required, please call 01206 282941. Minimum age 5 years old
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £5 per person (includes clock mechanism)

Go Batty! at Lee Valley Park Farms
Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Join Essex Bat Group and learn everything there is to know about bats in the Lee Valley!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE. A special £15 per person summer pass is available between 22 July and 3 September offering unlimited visits to the farm throughout that period.

Trail Treckers at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 18 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Take a walk around the nature reserve on this week’s nature trail. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Arty Crafters at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 18 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Spend the afternoon making some fun crafts to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.


Events: Saturday 19th August – Friday 10th August 2017

Family Living History Weekend at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 19 Aug & Sun 20 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 4.30pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
Join us at Cressing Temple for this weekend long medieval themed family event, where you can meet Medieval re-enactors and learn about life in the past. Plus there will be games to play and music to enjoy. Free parking.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Free (small donation for crafts)

The Gruffalo Visits the Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 19 Aug & Sun 20 Aug 2017, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Rounding off our character visits for 2017, the Gruffalo will be making appearances throughout the day.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13 (on the day £15), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £34 (on the day £39)

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 19 Aug & Sun 20 Aug 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Critter Crazy at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 19 Aug – Fri 3 Sept 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
From millipedes and stick insects to snakes and chinchillas, meet our favourite friendly critters before the school holidays are over! Learn even more at The Reptile Show or The Rabbit & Guinea Pig Show and you’ll even have the opportunity to WIN an animal handling session with one of our Meerkats!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE. A special £15 per person summer pass is available between 22 July and 3 September offering unlimited visits to the farm throughout that period.

Toad Hall House at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 20 Aug 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Discover the secret of Mr Toad and his froggy friends. Build your own Toad House and make a clay toad to take home. This event is for 4-8 year olds, who must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, booking essential.

PAW Patrol at Marsh Farm
Sun 20 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
It’s Superstar Sunday at Marsh Farm! Marshall and Chase will be making appearances at intervals on each day, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 online or £14.99 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre Summer Fair
Sun 20 Aug 2017, 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: No booking required and it’s free.

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 20 Aug – Weds 23 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows 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

Go Wild at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 21 Aug 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A bushcraft and campfire morning for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child.

Space Explorers at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 21 Aug 2017, 1.00m – 3.000pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft 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 requested donation per child.

Six Weeks of Summer at Barleylands
Mon 21 Aug – Fri 25 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Keep the kids entertained and get out and about this summer with a new adventure to enjoy every week at Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay. There’s six weeks of fun with a host of different activities to enjoy from bug hunting, bird spotting and treasure hunts to magic mayhem and circus skills workshops.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, Child £11, Under 2s FREE (reduced prices when purchased online)

Train the Troops at Audley End
Mon 21 Aug & Fri 25 Aug 2017, 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’s wartime past with this hands-on experience of soldiers on the front line.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £14.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Wartime at Colchester Castle
Tues 22 Aug 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Come and find out more about life in Colchester during the war. Have a go at making your own wartime lanyard and meet some wartime visitors to the castle.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: Normal admission fees apply

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Tues 22 Aug 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. 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

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 22 Aug 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

The Theory of Magic at Braintree Museum
Tues 22 Aug – Fri 25 Aug 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Join Braintree for a magical summer with their themed children’s workshops. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Go Live! Feathers and Fangs at Natural History Museum, Colchester
Wed 23 Aug 2017, 12.00pm-3.30pm
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? Shows at 12pm, 1.15pm and 2.30pm. Booking required.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person, ages 2 and under free.

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 23 Aug 2017, 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)

Play and Picnic at Cudmore Grove
Wed 23 Aug 2017, 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. Bring a picnic or buy hot and cold food from the onsite café, then pick a spot on the beach or in the meadow to spread out and relax. If you are coming by car there will be a small pay and display car parking charge, which goes back into maintaining the park. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. To pre-book tickets call 033301 32738.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £3 per child 2 to 12. Under 2’s and adults free.

Wild Wednesdays – What Lurks Beneath? at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 23 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Celebrate Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s 50th Anniversary with our ‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays! Try your hand at pond dipping to explore the habitat of the creatures that live in the watery world of the Cornmill Stream. Play the food chain game to discover who eats what; then take part in quizzes and craft activities to discover what lurks beneath.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 24 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some bugs. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Merlins Bird Watching Club for Young at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 24 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Named after the Merlin engines that once powered RAF Hornchurch’s Spitfires. Armed with binoculars, bird guide and notepad (all provided) join Brenda our birdwatching guide to spot, observe and identify the bird life of Hornchurch Country Park. Suitable for 8 year olds + (unaccompanied). Also every Thursday in the school holidays and once a month on Saturdays during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Family Pond Dipping at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 24 Aug 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Drop in and have a go at pond-dipping. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £3 per child, no need to book.

It’s a Wrap! at Hollytrees Museum, Colchester
Thurs 24 Aug 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
Make a printing block inspired by the collections at Hollytrees, then use it to create a bespoke sheet of wrapping paper. Sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Bookings required, please call 01206 282941. Minimum age 5 years old
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person

Pond Dipping at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 24 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and explore the depths of our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Trail Treckers at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 25 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Take a walk around the nature reserve on this week’s nature trail. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Arty Crafters at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 25 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Spend the afternoon making some fun crafts to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Wild Evening Out at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 25 Aug 2017, 8.00pm-10.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Enjoy an evening on the reserve learning about nocturnal Wildlife, including bat detecting, small mammal trapping and pond dipping. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, children need to be accompanied by an adult. This event is suitable for 6+ years. Please bring a torch.

 


Events: Saturday 26th August – Thursday 31st August 2017

Solar Observing at Great Notley Park
Sat 26 Aug 2016, 12.00pm-3.00pm
Great Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7FS
The North Essex Astronomical Society will have several telescopes set up with special filters for observing sunspots and solar prominences with complete safety. Society members will be on hand to answer questions.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE

Hanningfield Bat Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 26 & Sun 27 Aug 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
A fun walk around the reserve looking for batty clues and getting a prize at the end. Just drop in at the centre, no booking required.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £2 per child

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 26 Aug & Sun 27 Aug 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Wind in the Willows Family Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 27 Aug 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Mr Toad and his friends have lost some of their things in the woods. Can you work out what each of them has lost?
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: Trail sheets £2 per child.

Big Bang Weekend at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 27 Aug – Mon 28 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Big Bank Weekend is back and more explosive then ever! More details on this fantastic weekend are coming soon
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

WWII Weekend at Audley End
Sun 27 Aug & Mon 28 Aug 2017, 10.30am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Get ready to take cover as this explosive 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, dig for victory and be blown away at the spectacle of the explosive wartime assault. From the sadness and injury of the battlefield to the make-do-and-mend lifestyle of the home front, we’ll tell the stories behind the battles that shaped the world as we know it.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £20.00 adult, £12.40 child 5-15 years, £17.90 cons, £52.40 family ticket, English Heritage Members pay a significantly reduced rate

Hanningfield Bat Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 28 Aug 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
A fun walk around the reserve looking for batty clues and getting a prize at the end. Just drop in at the centre, no booking required.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £2 per child

For the Love of the Land at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Mon 28 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
What better place to have an agricultural event than on 90 acres of one of the UKs most well preserved Great War Aerodrome sites. Expect entertainment, animals, from Guinea Pigs, Rabbits and Poultry, to Goats, Sheep, Cattle and Horses and traders selling local produce. Plus, a BBQ and fun for all family. A day out not to be missed this bank holiday weekend.
www.stowmaries.org.uk
Cost: see website for details

Go Wild at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 28 Aug 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A bushcraft and campfire morning for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child.

Space Explorers at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 28 Aug 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft 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 requested donation per child.

Wind in the Willows at Hylands House
Mon 28 Aug 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm (doors open 1.00pm
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2
oin Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad on the back lawn at Hylands for this year’s family theatre. Pack your picnic and join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with the sly weasel to save Toad Hall! A perfect summer treat for all the family.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments/hylands-house-and-estate
Cost: Adults: £10, children: £8, concession: £8, under threes: free

Six Weeks of Summer at Barleylands
Mon 28 Aug – Fri 1 Sept 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Keep the kids entertained and get out and about this summer with a new adventure to enjoy every week at Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay. There’s six weeks of fun with a host of different activities to enjoy from bug hunting, bird spotting and treasure hunts to magic mayhem and circus skills workshops.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, Child £11, Under 2s FREE (reduced prices when purchased online)

Let’s Go Batty! at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 29 Aug 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Enjoy the Hanningfield Bat Trail with a bat craft activity in the centre. Drop in.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £3 per child

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Tues 29 Aug 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. 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

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 29 Aug 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Magical Storytelling at Braintree Museum
Tues 29 Aug – Fri 1 Sept 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Join Braintree for a magical summer with their themed children’s workshops. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 30 Aug 2017, 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 – Art of Nature at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 30 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Celebrate Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s 50th Anniversary with our ‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays! Come and create some art in Lee Valley Park this summer holiday. 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.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 31 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some bugs. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Merlins Bird Watching Club for Young at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 31 Aug 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Named after the Merlin engines that once powered RAF Hornchurch’s Spitfires. Armed with binoculars, bird guide and notepad (all provided) join Brenda our birdwatching guide to spot, observe and identify the bird life of Hornchurch Country Park. Suitable for 8 year olds + (unaccompanied). Also every Thursday in the school holidays and once a month on Saturdays during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Wind in the Willows Family Scavenger Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 31 Aug 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
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

Lee Valley Bug Club at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Thurs 31 Aug 2017, 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: £4.00 per child; booking needed

Pond Dipping at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 31 Aug 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and explore the depths of our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.