Find activities and events to keep the kids entertained this Easter half term in Essex. From Easter egg hunts to magic shows and outdoor adventures.

Details may be subject to change. Always check with the organiser before travelling.

Events running throughout Easter half term in Essex

Easter Egg Hunt at Beth Chatto Gardens
Sat 24 March to Sun 8 April 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Join the great annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Beth Chatto Gardens! Explore the garden and see signs of spring as you find the hidden eggs. Complete the hunt and collect your Easter treat! A self-guided trail running every day throughout the Easter holidays.
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Adults £6.95; children £1.50 or FREE if you book your tickets in advance online
OR GET Unlimited year-round entrance from £22.50 with an annual Friends of the Garden pass (includes entrance for up to three children)

Bunny Hunt at Lathcoats Farm
Fri 30 March to Sun 15 April 2018 (CLOSED Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd), 9.00am-5.00pm (10.00am-4.00pm Sundays)
Beehive Lane, Great Baddow, Essex CM2 8LX
Pick up your activity card and pencil from the farm shop and should you be successful in finding the bunnies and solving the puzzles you will win a prize.
www.eapples.co.uk
Cost: £3 to participate

Easter Festival at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Fri 30 March to Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Join the Easter egg hunt, with a rabbit character to meet. See the themed Rabbit Maze, with special guest character experiences, and animal encounters with chicks, ducklings, and baby rabbits. There will also be face painting, and Mary from ArtBound will be doing craft activities over the Bank Holiday weekend.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adult (over 16) £14 online, child £13 online, under 2s FREE but note that there are height restrictions on some rides

Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Marsh Farm
Fri 30 March – Fri 13 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Join in the spring madness in the Easter Eggstravaganza! Help the Mad Hatter collect tens of thousands of eggs in over 4 acres of Easter themed garden; that cheeky Easter Bunny keeps stealing them from the chickens so the team need your help to collect them all and win chocolate!
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £10.99 online or £13.50 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Lindt Gold Bunny Trail at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-6.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Have Easter fun and magical family moments while you hop through the gardens on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny, following clues to lead you to a delicious Lindt treat for the hoppy-est Easter ever. Easter-themed arts and crafts sessions run 3-6 April & 9-13 April (drop-in sessions at £2 per child, payable on arrival) and on 30 March, 6 April & 13 April there will be face-painting.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission

Step into Spring at Barleylands Farm Park
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Easter is just around the corner and Barleylands will be ‘Stepping into Spring’ with a host of fun activities lined up. It’s going to be EGG-CELLENT! From meeting the Easter Bunny to taking part in the self-guided giant Easter egg hunt, there’s something for everyone. Plus you can feed the lambs and visit the adorable baby animals.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Normal entry applies, under 2s go free. Save 10% by booking online.

Easter Baby Boom at Lee Valley Park Farms
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
With the usual fun filled activities, informative talks on the new arrivals filled with interesting facts, indoor and outdoor play areas and tractor and trailer rides to the Holyfield dairy farm, gather the family for this fun filled day out filled with cuteness!
www.lvfarms.co.uk/events
Cost: £10.00 per person, Under 2s FREE

A Very Victorian Easter at the Gunpowder Mills
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm, last entry 3.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Kicking off with a bank holiday weekend full of fun! Join the team on Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st as the very cute and cuddly Pygmy Goats and Ducklings join the crew! Alongside these cuddly creatures you’ll be able to learn about how these precious animals were looked after in Victorian times! Then on Easter Sunday & Monday you’ll travel back in time with the “Van Buren Victorian Theatre Of Wonders” – and much more!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, Child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Easter Special at Audley End Railway
Fri 30 March to Mon 15 April 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Enjoy a day out with your Family this Easter and join in the fun at the Audley End Miniature Railway! Start by taking an enchanting trip on one of our Trains deep into the woods. You will then stop and meet our very own Easter Bunny and all of his friends at their woodland house. Included in the ticket price is a Train Ride, Meeting the Easter Bunny and his friends, Easter Trail, Craft Making, and a gift from the Easter Bunny for every child.
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: £11 adults and children aged 2-16, carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Easter Bunny Trail at Belhus Woods
Sat 31 March to Mon 15 April 2018, 10.30am-4.00pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ
The Easter bunny has left Easter eggs all over Belhus Woods! Can you follow the trail to find them all and unlock the secret word to win a special prize
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £3 per trail

Easter Bunny Trail at Cudmore Grove
Sat 31 March to Mon 15 April 2018, 10.30am-4.00pm
Broman’s Lane, East Mersea, Colchester CO5 8UE
The Easter bunny has left Easter eggs all over Cudmore Grove! Can you follow the trail to find them all and unlock the secret word to win a special prize
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £3 per trail

Percy the Peacock’s Feather Trail at Weald Country Park
Sat 31 March to Mon 15 April 2018, 10.30am-4.00pm
Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS
Oh dear! Percy the Peacock has left his feathers all over Weald Country Park. Can you follow the trail to help him find them all and unlock the secret word? There’s a special prize if you do!
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £3 per trail

Easter Egg Painting for Kids at the Museum of Power
Wed 4 to Fri 13 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm (last entry 3.00pm)
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Bring the kids down to the Museum of Power for their fun Easter Holiday egg painting activity. This is a popular activity with children and adults alike. Note that the museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £5:00; Concessions £4:50; Children (5 to 15) £2:00 Children under 5 FREE.

 

 


Events: Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April 2018 (Bank Holiday Weekend)

Easter Bunny Trail at Danbury Country Park
Fri 30 March 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AW
Follow the Easter trail through the park, paint your own hen’s egg with the design of your choice before heading off to meet the Easter Bunny and some very special fluffy guests from Babs Barnyard. Lucky girls and boys will receive a Cadburys Crème egg each from the bunny and then have the chance to take a photo with him. Event is aimed at families with children between 2 – 8.
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Adults and children under 1 not taking part are free. Booking required.

Easter Trail and Craft at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Fri 30 March 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Come to TTNP and follow our Easter trail – find all the clues to get your Easter treat! Easter crafts also available. You can complete the trail and craft anytime between 11am and 3pm but we do ask that you book. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £5 per child.

Easter Egg Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 30 March & Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
The Easter Bunny has been to Hanningfield Reserve and left some chocolaty treats behind. Can you find them? Make an Easter-themed craft to take away with you and have a go at some pond dipping.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child.

Family Forest Fun at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 30 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join the lovely woodland area to build a den, learn to whittle a stick and toast a marshmallow over the campfire. Booking essential, please contact the centre on 01206 729678 to book a place
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 30 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Easter Eggstravaganza at The Mercury Mall
Fri 30 March & Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Mercury Gardens, Romford, Essex RM1 3EE
There will be Face Paining, Easter Card with Photo of you and the Easter Bunny, Hunt in the Easter Garden to find the Easter chicks to exchange for an Easter Egg. All in the Events Zone, Level 1.
www.themercurymall.co.uk
Cost: Each event cost £2, or all three for £5 per person. All proceeds go to St Francis Hospice and First Step.

The Wind in the Willows at Chelmsford Civic Theatre
Fri 30 March and Sat 31 March 2018, 2.00pm & 6.00pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
This exciting and playful take on the classic tale features a professional cast of energetic performers, catchy new songs and lots of humour that will entertain and delight the whole family!For children aged 6 and above.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £16.00; Conc £14.00, Family £54.00

Egg Hunt at The Naze Education Centre
Fri 30 March to Sun 1 April 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Come and have a go at our Easter Egg Hunt, complete the trail to claim your chocolate reward. We will also have an outdoor craft station if the weather is suitable.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/naze
Cost: £5 per child

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Ongar Railway
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Epping Ongar Railway’s beloved Bertie Bunny will be leading what is probably the longest Easter egg hunt in Essex. Running the length of the railway track, from Ongar through to Coopersale, the distance covered is equivalent to 131,579 eggs placed end to end!
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £15 (on the day £16), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £38 (on the day £41)

Self Led Easter Trail at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A Self-led trail through the Beautiful Belfairs Woodland.  Pop in to the Centre to pick up a map and a question sheet. Find all the eggs, answer the questions and return to the Centre to claim your prize!   This is a drop-in event so turn up anytime between 10:00 & 15:00.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 per trail

Easter Egg Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.30am-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Explore the nature reserve on an eggciting Easter egg hunt, has the Easter bunny left any goodies for you to find? Make some Easter craft to take home. Drop in anytime but please book in advance on 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £7.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Easter Day Out with Thomas™ at the East Anglian Railway Museum
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-4.30pm
Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS
Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, as he visits the East Anglian Railway Museum for a day of family fun. The Fat Controller will also be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a really useful engine whilst Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s Station Sweepers, will be causing mischief.
www.earm.co.uk
Cost: Adults £14.00, Children (2-15) £10.00, Family (2+2) £14.00, Children under 2 Free. Admission will include unlimited rides on Thomas and his friends Daisy, Toby and Henrietta, and the Troublesome Trucks and Rusty and Dusty will be there.

Easter Egg Hunt at Lee Valley Park Farms
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Join your favourite farmyard friends for this annual Easter Egg Hunt! Search the farm for special eggs and enjoy a variety of activities just for kids. Don’t forget to hop around the indoor and outdoor play areas and keep your eye out for the Easter Bunny!
www.lvfarms.co.uk/events
Cost: £10.00 per person, Under 2s FREE

Cadbury Easter Bunny Hunt at Bourne Mill
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT
Have fun following the Cadbury Easter Trail around the mill and garden. On the way, you’ll need to answer the clues the Easter Bunny has dropped in order to claim a yummy Cadbury chocolate bunny as a prize.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bourne-mill
Cost: £2.50 per child. No need to book.

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Calling all valiant adventurers this Easter weekend! Join us on the hunt for legendary dragon eggs. Set off with an intrepid character from the past to crack the clues and claim your chocolate reward.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £11.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Easter Weekend Family Open Day at Essex Fire Museum
Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS
Come along to explore the history of the fire service from small parish Brigades, to WW2 and through to modern day equipment. Activities will include water.
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: £3 for children over 3 years old. Adults are free.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Follow the eggsplorer trail around the reserve, crack the clues and earn your eggy reward.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £5 per child. No need to book.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join us for our popular annual Easter Egg Hunt – follow the self guided trail, answering wildlife questions along the way to win a chocolate prize. Then join us for some Easter Crafts in the community room. Suitable for all ages accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per child. Booking essential.

Hainault Forest Easter Nature Trail
Sat 31 March 2018, from 11.00am, last entry to trail 2.30pm
Hainault Forest, Common Car Park, Lambourne Road, IG7 6EZ
Join the team for a Spring-Themed Easter trail around the ancient forest of Hainault, and help the Woodland Trust to Save Spring!! Search the Forest and find the signs of Spring hidden among the trees, take part in craft activities and face painting. Complete the trail to get a chocolatey Easter reward! Booking Essential
www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events
Cost: £3 per child aged 3+ years (free to accompanying adults and children under 3 years)

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey
Sat 31 March 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1EL
All ages welcome. Follow the trail around the museum to claim your chocolate prize. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No need to book, just drop in and allow approximately 20 minutes for the trail.
www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk
Cost: Free (donations gratefully received)

Milkshake Live! at Queens Theatre
Sat 31 March 2018, 12.00pm & 3.30pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Suitable for ages 2 – 6 years. An all singing, all dancing show taking audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. Starring Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £15 adult, £13.50 under 16s, £52 family of four

Theatrerotto Productions: The Walrus & The Carpenter (plus workshop) at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 31 March 2017, doors open 1.30pm, starts 2.00pm
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
This musical show, based around Lewis Carroll’s famous poem from “Alice Through The Looking Glass”, is set to accompaniment on the accordion and features a large weepy walrus puppet and his lugubrious chippy companion following a cameo appearance from Tweedledum and Tweedledee. There is also a workshop linked to this event. Combined tickets for the workshop and show are available for £8, this discount should apply automatically when adding 1 of each ticket to your basket.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: All tickets £4.95

Easter Fun Weekend at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March & Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Great Easter fun, including Easter craft, badge making, face painting, and more. Meet the Easter bunny and receive your egg. Please dress to suit the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Donation £6 per child, £1 per adult

Easter Egg Hunt at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March & Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join the team for this popular annual Easter Egg Hunt – follow the self guided trail, answering wildlife questions along the way to win a chocolate prize. Then join in some Easter Crafts in the community room. Suitable for all ages accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per child

Easter Trail at Poplar Nurseries
Sat 31 March – Sun 15 April 2018, during normal opening hours
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
Lots of bunnies are playing hide and seek. Can you find them all? Collect your prize from the main tills. No need to book.
www.poplarnurseries.co.uk
Cost: £1 per child – all profits go to charity.

 

Open Day at Hylands House
Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Hylands House opens its doors FREE OF CHARGE to reveal the secrets of its history. Each month the Friends of Hylands House will have an exhibition displayed in the library. Today’s exhibition will be on ‘The Pryor Family at Hylands’. Last entry into Hylands House at 3pm.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE

Transport Fest at the Museum of Power
Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm (last entry 3.00pm)
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Easter Show with Classic Cars, Miliatary Vehicles, stalls. Zorb Balls, Bocking Brass Band, 280 vehicles of all ages & types, plus much more! 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.

Charity Easter Bunny Hunt at Central Park, Chelmsford
Sun 1 April 2018, 11.00am-1.00pm (prize collection closes at 2.00pm)
Chelmsford, CM1 1JJ
Join the fun in Central Park on Easter Sunday to hunt for wooden bunnies and win a chocolatey prize. It’s a great Easter day out for the family in a lovely central venue. Organised every year by the members of Chelmsford Ladies Circle, in aid of local charities, this year’s Bunny Hunt will raise funds for will raise funds for Home Start Chelmsford.
chelmsfordladiescircle.co.uk
Cost: £3.50 if you buy online in advance or £4.50 if you buy on the day. Tickets include the Bunny Hunt sheet and a chocolatey prize. Parents go free!

Easter Trail and Craft at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sun 1 April 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Head to TTNP and follow thir Easter trail – find all the clues to get your Easter treat! Easter crafts also available. You can complete the trail and craft anytime between 11am and 3pm but we do ask that you book. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £5 per child.

Easter Egg Hunt at Copped Hall
Sun 1 April 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Crown Hill, Epping, Essex CM16 5HS
Children can see the Easter bunny and join in an Easter egg hunt while adults enjoy the spring flowers. There will be tea/coffee and home-made cakes available until 4.00pm and the gift shop will be open until the same time.
www.coppedhalltrust.org.uk
Cost: Entry £5 per person. Egg hunt: 50p per child taking part.

Easter Special at Barnard’s Miniature Railway
Sun 1 April to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Barnards Farm Gardens, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LX
Details TBC.
www.barnardsminiaturerailway.eu
Cost: TBC

Easter Weekend at Layer Marney
Sun 1 April to Mon 2 April 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Nr Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Easter at Layer Marney Tower is a lovely old fashioned event.  Bring the family to bottle feed the lambs, there will be an Easter Egg hunt for toddlers, an Easter Quiz/Trail for older children and also egg and spoon races.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: £9 adults, £5 children, £25 family

Bottle Feeding the Lambs at Layer Marney
Sun 1 April to Thurs 5 April 2018, approx. 12.30am & 4.00pm
Nr Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Bottle feeding the lambs is a hugely popular Layer Marney Tower event for families (adults enjoy feeding the lambs too!)   No need to book, no extra charge just turn up and have fun. The lambs are always adorable, if rather greedy! Feeding is scheduled for 12.30  and 4.00 p.m. (times may vary).  They need to have these two distinct sessions so the lambs are hungry enough to take the bottles of milk.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: £9 adults, £5 children, £25 family

Easter Monday Falconry at Hedingham Castle
Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
Coda Falconry will be presenting two flying displays, at 11.30am and 2pm, with a chance to meet the birds in between. The Castle will be open, with tours available.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Over 65s £7.50, Under 18s £6, Family £25, Under 5s FREE

Easter Fun at Epping Forest
Mon 2 April 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
The View, Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
Join the Easter fun with egg decorating, Easter crafts and a woodland trail. Decorate a hardboiled egg (£2) and have a go at our egg rolling race outside the Hunting Lodge at 2pm. Winners will get a chocolate treat! Pick up an answer sheet and follow a trail through the woods in search of clues! Once you complete your answer sheet, pop it back at the View for another chocolate treat. The Easter bunny will also be here all day, so come and take a picture with Epping Forest’s favourite fluffy-tailed friend.
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
Cost: Free admission, no booking required. Some activities may be charged for.

 

 


Events: Tuesday 3 April 2018

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 3 April 2018, 10.00am-11.30pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great 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 consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.

Nature Tots Taster at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Tues 3 April 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Have a go at some activities and get more information about this new toddler group which will start on 17th April.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £2 per child for taster session (aged between 18 months and 4 years). Adults and babes in arms free.

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Tues 3 April 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.30pm
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

Spring Safari & Seeds – Garden Activity Day for Children at Beth Chatto Gardens
Tues 3 April 2018, 10.30am – 2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Find out about animals and plants waking up and starting to grow on an outdoor explore! Be a busy springtime pond detective, try building a bird nest and sow your own seedy egg box.
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential.

Brilliant Books at Saffron Walden Museum
Tues 3 April 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm
Create a concertina book and write your own story, for Children’s Book Day! For ages 3+.
saffronwaldenmuseum.swmuseumsoc.org.uk
Cost: £1.50 each (tickets in advance or on the day, cash only). Plus listen to animal stories in the Natural History Gallery (FREE).

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 3 April 2018, 12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends. No need to book. Every Tuesday bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Meet outside the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Clay Egg Craft Drop In at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tues 3 April 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Drop in throughout the afternoon to create your own fabulous clay egg, decorated with beads, buttons and jewels. Suitable for all ages, accompanied by an adult. Drop in event, no need to book in advance but space may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child.

Dinosaurs! at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Tues 3 April 2018, 1.30pm-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Head to the park for a dinosaur adventure. Hunt for dinosaurs on our trail, make your own dinosaur hat and much more! Please go dressed for doing outdoor activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities suitable for children over 4 years. Booking and donation in advance essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £6 donation per child, £4 per sibling.

 

 


Events: Wednesday 4th April 2018

Scrapbook Safari at Hylands Park – Stables Visitor Centre
Weds 4 April 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Scrapbook Safari is aimed at primary school aged children and their parents. 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.  Book your place here. Meet at the Stables.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child, maximum of three children per adult. Accompanied children only.

Easter Craft Drop In Day at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Weds 4 April 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
Drop In Craft Day for children of all ages! Join us to try some fun crafts with an Easter theme. No need to book – just come along!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: There is a small charge per craft and children must be accompanied.

Easter Weekend Family Open Day at Essex Fire Museum
Weds 4 April 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS
Come along to explore the history of the fire service from small parish Brigades, to WW2 and through to modern day equipment. Activities will include water.
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: £3 for children over 3 years old. Adults are free.

Easter Workshops at CookyWooky Cooking School, Great Notley
Weds 4 April 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm or 1.00pm-3.00pm
The Church in Great Notley, Bridge End Lane, Great Notley, Braintree CM77 7GN
Fun Cooking Workshops plus Cake Decorating throughout the day. For children from Reception age and over. Pre-school children welcome to join the 5+ class with an adult helper. Book two workshops to stay all day.
www.cookiescookingschool.co.uk

Pirates in the Park at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Weds 4 April 2018, 10.00am-12.30pm (two sessions)
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
All aboard the pirate ship in the woods to set sail on an adventure to find the buried treasure chest. Find the items on a scavenger hunt, make small boats and pirate craft to take home. Suitable for ages 3+. Please dress to suit the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Donation £6 per child

Under 5’s Going to Space at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Weds 4 April 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
An event especially for Under 5’s. Make your very own telescope to take round our starry trail. Then time for more crafts and a story! Booking essential for this event, donation £5 per child. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Booking essential for this event, donation £5 per child.

Hungry Herby Heroes! – Garden Activity Day for Children at Beth Chatto Gardens
Weds 4 April 2018, 10.30am – 2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
All about amazing Herbs and the creatures that eat them including us! Go on a flying insect hunt, make your own sun tea, plant and decorate an insect cafe and a minty pot for you!
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 4 April 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)

Pond Dipping at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 4 April 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Drop in throughout the afternoon to discover the wonderful watery wildlife in the pond. Suitable for all ages, accompanied by an adult. Drop in event, no need to book in advance but space may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child.

Dinosaur Crafts at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Weds 4 April 2018, 1.30pm-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0RN
Have a go at some dinosaur craft activities here at Thameside Nature Park. Crafts to include gliders and wooden kits (subject to availability). Children must be accompanied, this is a self-led event.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Booking essential for this event, donation £3 per child.

Easter Crafts at Belhus Woods
Weds 4 April 2018, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ
Come and enjoy some Easter fun making Easter themed crafts to take home and listen to some Eggstra special stories! Book online, spaces limited. For under 5s.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child; adults free Car parking charges apply

 

 


Events: Thursday 5th April 2018

Superhero Fun and Games at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 5 April 2018, three sessions at10.00am-11.00am, 11.30am-12.30pm, & 1.30pm-2.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Come along and complete your superhero training, lots of fun and games for all. Suitable for ages 3+. Please dress to suit the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Donation £6 per child

Bug Hunting at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 5 April 2018, 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. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Make a Bird’s Nest at Langdon Visitor Centre
Thurs 5 April 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Make a birds nest and then of course – add eggs!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child.

Pond Dipping at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 5 April 2018, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Explore the depths of the ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Easter Chocolate Biscuit Workshop at Poplar Nurseries
Thurs 5 April 2018, 2.00pm
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
Lots of melted chocolate and toppings to decorate your three Easter biscuits, but can you resist from eating as you create your Easter treats? Price includes a drink. (Helps wash all that melted chocolate down!)
www.poplarnurseries.co.uk/kids-activities
Cost: £4 per child. Booking essential.

Fun Thursday: Chicks and Eggs at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 5 April 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
A weekly wildlife afternoon for children aged up to 7. This wildlife themed afternoon is every Thursday in the holidays, but there’s a different creature each week. For Easter it will be Chick and Egg related crafts, games and woodland fun. Children must be accompanied and BOOKING ESSENTIAL. You will be outside so please dress appropriately.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

The Jungle Book at The Towngate Theatre
Thurs 5 April 2018, 2.30pm & 6.00pm
St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Filled with catchy music, audience interaction, and the chance to meet the characters after the show, you are invited to join Mowgli and his friends, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, on a madcap jungle adventure as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys, and the fierce tiger, Shere Khan!
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: Tickets from £13.50

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales at the Mercury Theatre
Thurs 5 April &  Fri 6 April 2018, (Thursday 2.00pm & 4.30pm)
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed! For ages 3+.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 each, £11 under 26’s and over 60’s

 

 


Events: Friday 6th April 2018

Forest Friday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Fri 6 April 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
A fun morning of crafts, activities and games both indoors and out! A fun morning of crafts, games and forest fun both indoors and out during the holidays here at Belfairs. Suitable for 7years and under. Children must be accompanied by parents. Booking Essential as numbers are limited – call 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Spring Time Crafts at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 6 April 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Enjoy a scavenger hunt around the nature reserve and use your finds to make some springtime crafts. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Radishes for Peter Rabbit at Langdon Visitor Centre
Fri 6 April 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Peter Rabbit just loves radishes! Come and make a pot of colourful paper radishes and then sow a pot of radishes to take home so that you can grow your own. Drop in event, no need to book but places may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child.

Orienteering Challenge at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 6 April 2018, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Take on the orienteering challenges; easy and harder route available. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Bug Hunting at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 6 April 2018, 1.00pm-2.00pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Go on a Bug Hunt and find many of the insects that live in the Ingrebourne Valley. All equipment supplied Suitable for ages 5+. Please dress to suit the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Donation £6 per child

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales at the Mercury Theatre
Thurs 5 April & Fri 6 April 2018, (Friday 11.00am & 2.00pm)
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed! For ages 3+.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 each, £11 under 26’s and over 60’s

 

 


Events: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April 2018

Nature Tots on Sunday at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 8 April 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-school children. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 additional siblings

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Queens Theatre
Sun 8 April 2018, 11.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Suitable for Under 5s. If you go down to the woods today, especially if it’s your birthday, you’re sure of a big surprise! Children (and mums and dads) can bring along their favourite teddies and meet the BIGGEST teddy bear in the whole world in this delightful show. Enjoy a mixture of games with plenty of prizes and giveaways, storytelling and sing-along songs in this enchanting fun and laughter-filled show.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 each or £35 for a family of 4

Bottle Feeding the Lambs at Layer Marney
Sun 8 April 2018, approx. 12.30am & 4.00pm
Nr Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Bottle feeding the lambs is a hugely popular Layer Marney Tower event for families (adults enjoy feeding the lambs too!)   No need to book, no extra charge just turn up and have fun. The lambs are always adorable, if rather greedy! Feeding is scheduled for 12.30  and 4.00 p.m. (times may vary).  They need to have these two distinct sessions so the lambs are hungry enough to take the bottles of milk.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: £9 adults, £5 children, £25 family

 

 


Events: Monday 9th April 2018

Holiday Wild Beach at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Mon 9 April 2018, 10.00am-12.30pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
Wrap up warm and come to find out by exploring the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – between the ramp from Chalkwell Station and the end of the car parking area. BOOKING REQUIRED 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child, limited spaces

Spring Explorers at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 9 April 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Enjoy a spring exploration and cook some chocolate bread and marshmallows on the campfire. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Bottle Feeding the Lambs at Layer Marney
Mon 9 April 2018, approx. 12.30am & 4.00pm
Nr Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Bottle feeding the lambs is a hugely popular Layer Marney Tower event for families (adults enjoy feeding the lambs too!)   No need to book, no extra charge just turn up and have fun. The lambs are always adorable, if rather greedy! Feeding is scheduled for 12.30  and 4.00 p.m. (times may vary).  They need to have these two distinct sessions so the lambs are hungry enough to take the bottles of milk.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: £9 adults, £5 children, £25 family

Guess How Much I Love You at Palace Theatre, Southend
Mon 9 – Wed 11 April 2018, (3.30pm on Monday)
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Join Little & Big Nutbrown Hare, from the bestselling ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ and ‘I Love You All Year Round’ collection, as they leap off the page and onto the stage in this magical journey through the seasons. Explore this playful story of love and nature as it unfolds on stage through puppets, live music and interactive play for children 3 years and up.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.50, Family £54.00

 

 


Events: Tuesday 10th April 2018

Garden Gang Garden Activity Morning for Children at Beth Chatto Gardens
Tues 10 April 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Lots of green activities including planting runner bean tubes, making a map stick and mixing wild potions!
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £6. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential

Up, Up and Away: Creative Play Mornings at Queens Theatre
Tues 10 April 2018, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Leave the kids with us for two jam-packed hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. The session includes a ‘make to take home’. Ages 4 – 6 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child. Book ahead and get 3 sessions for the price of 2!

Dinosuars! at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tues 10 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Do you have a dinosaur expert in the family? Test their knowledge with this self-led trail (aimed at 5-8 year olds) then join the team inside for a dino craft to take home. Suitable for all ages, accompanied by an adult. Drop in event, no need to book in advance but space may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3.00 per child

Nature Tots Taster at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Tues 10 April 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Have a go at some activities and get more information about this new toddler group which will start on 17th April. Donation £2 per child for taster session (aged between 18 months and 4 years). Adults and babes in arms free.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £2 per child for taster session (aged between 18 months and 4 years). Adults and babes in arms free.

Brambly Hedge High Hills Story at Abberton Reservoir
Tue 10 April 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A morning of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge High Hills story. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 10 April 2018, 12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends. No need to book. Every Tuesday bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Meet outside the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Bottle Feeding the Lambs at Layer Marney
Tues 10 April 2018, approx. 12.30am & 4.00pm
Nr Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Bottle feeding the lambs is a hugely popular Layer Marney Tower event for families (adults enjoy feeding the lambs too!)   No need to book, no extra charge just turn up and have fun. The lambs are always adorable, if rather greedy! Feeding is scheduled for 12.30  and 4.00 p.m. (times may vary).  They need to have these two distinct sessions so the lambs are hungry enough to take the bottles of milk.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: £9 adults, £5 children, £25 family

Guess How Much I Love You at Palace Theatre, Southend
Mon 9 – Wed 11 April 2018, (10.30am & 1.30pm on Tuesday)
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Join Little & Big Nutbrown Hare, from the bestselling ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ and ‘I Love You All Year Round’ collection, as they leap off the page and onto the stage in this magical journey through the seasons. Explore this playful story of love and nature as it unfolds on stage through puppets, live music and interactive play for children 3 years and up.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.50, Family £54.00

George’s Marvellous Medicine at Palace Theatre, Southend
Tues 10 – Sat 14 April 2018, (7.00pm on Tuesday)
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Join Nineteen12 for another Roald Dahl classic this Easter. This interactive show is full of wondrous rhymes and magical times sure to get your little ones joining in helping George make his Marvellous Medicine. Suitable for families of all ages.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.00, Family £52.00

 

 


Events: Wednesday 11th April 2018

Egg-cellent Adventure: Creative Play Mornings at Queens Theatre
Weds 11 April 2018, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Leave the kids with us for two jam-packed hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. The session includes a ‘make to take home’. Ages 4 – 6 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child. Book ahead and get 3 sessions for the price of 2!

Scrapbook Safari at Hylands Park – Stables Visitor Centre
Weds 11 April 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Scrapbook Safari is aimed at primary school aged children and their parents. 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.  Book your place here. Meet at the Stables.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child, maximum of three children per adult. Accompanied children only.

Dinosaurs! at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Weds 11 April 2018, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Head to the park for a dinosaur adventure. Hunt for dinosaurs on our trail, make your own dinosaur hat and much more! Please go dressed for doing outdoor activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities suitable for children over 4 years. Booking and donation in advance essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £6 donation per child, £4 per sibling.

Easter Craft Drop In Day at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Weds 11 April 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
Drop In Craft Day for children of all ages! Join us to try some fun crafts with an Easter theme. No need to book – just come along!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: There is a small charge per craft and children must be accompanied.

Tiny Troopers and Vege Plots – Garden Activity Day for Children at Beth Chatto Gardens
Weds 11 April 2018, 10.30am – 2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Check out the hard working minibeast troops in compost, go on a busy springtime bug hunt and plant your own starter vegetable plot.
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 11 April 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)

Spring Bonnets at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Weds 11 April 2018, three sessions at 11.30am, 1.00pm & 2.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Make a spring bonnet. Suitable for ages 3+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Donation £6 per child

Bottle Feeding the Lambs at Layer Marney
Weds 11 April 2018, approx. 12.30am & 4.00pm
Nr Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Bottle feeding the lambs is a hugely popular Layer Marney Tower event for families (adults enjoy feeding the lambs too!)   No need to book, no extra charge just turn up and have fun. The lambs are always adorable, if rather greedy! Feeding is scheduled for 12.30  and 4.00 p.m. (times may vary).  They need to have these two distinct sessions so the lambs are hungry enough to take the bottles of milk.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: £9 adults, £5 children, £25 family

Minibeast Hunt at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Weds 11 April 2018, 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Come and discover some of the minibeasts that live at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park and make a craft to take home with you. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Booking essential, £4 donation per child.

Guess How Much I Love You at Palace Theatre, Southend
Mon 9 – Wed 11 April 2018, (10.30am & 1.30pm on Wednesday)
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Join Little & Big Nutbrown Hare, from the bestselling ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ and ‘I Love You All Year Round’ collection, as they leap off the page and onto the stage in this magical journey through the seasons. Explore this playful story of love and nature as it unfolds on stage through puppets, live music and interactive play for children 3 years and up.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.50, Family £54.00

Fish Kites at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 11 April 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Make a fabulous fish kite from tissue paper. Suitable for all ages, accompanied by an adult (younger children may require more help). Drop in event, no need to book in advance but space may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3.00 per child

George’s Marvellous Medicine at Palace Theatre, Southend
Tues 10 – Sat 14 April 2018, (2.30pm & 7.00pm on Wednesday)
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Join Nineteen12 for another Roald Dahl classic this Easter. This interactive show is full of wondrous rhymes and magical times sure to get your little ones joining in helping George make his Marvellous Medicine. Suitable for families of all ages.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.00, Family £52.00

Easter Crafts at Belhus Woods
Weds 11 April 2018, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ
Come and enjoy some Easter fun making Easter themed crafts to take home and listen to some Eggstra special stories! Book online, spaces limited. For under 5s.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child; adults free Car parking charges apply

The Amazing Bubble Man at the Mercury Theatre
Weds 11 April 2018, 2.30pm
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square bubbles, to rocket bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.00 each, £11 under 26’s and over 60’s

 

 


Events: Thursday 12th April 2018

Feathered Friends Activity Morning for Children at Beth Chatto Gardens
Thurs 12 April 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
A morning all about our brilliant birds. Try a trail to learn their names, play the bird song game and make a beautiful bird masterpiece!
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £6. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential

Treasure Trails: Creative Play Mornings at Queens Theatre
Thurs 12 April 2018, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Leave the kids with us for two jam-packed hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. The session includes a ‘make to take home’. Ages 4 – 6 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child. Book ahead and get 3 sessions for the price of 2!

Easter Workshops at CookyWooky Cooking School, Great Notley
Thurs 12 April 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm or 1.00pm-3.00pm
The Church in Great Notley, Bridge End Lane, Great Notley, Braintree CM77 7GN
Fun Cooking Workshops plus Cake Decorating throughout the day. For children from Reception age and over. Pre-school children welcome to join the 5+ class with an adult helper. Book two workshops to stay all day.
www.cookiescookingschool.co.uk

Under 5’s Dinosaurs at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Thurs 12 April 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
An event especially for the under 5’s. Follow our dinosaur trail – will you find them all? There will also be a craft activity and story. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Booking essential for this event, donation £5 per child, under 18 months free.

Bug Hunting at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 12 April 2018, 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. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Spectacular Science Experiments at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 12 April 2018, two sessions at 10.30am & 1.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Have fun with science and conduct your very own experiments, including Bottle Rockets, Balloon Rocket Racing, Goo and more! Please dress to the weather. Suitable for ages 5+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Donation £6 per child

Make a House for Mrs Tiggy-Winkle at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tues 12 April 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Enjoy making a house for Mrs Tiggy-winkle using a mixture of craft and natural materials. Drop in event, no need to book but places may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3.00 per child

Spring Day at Saffron Walden Museum
Thurs 12 April 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm
Celebrate the arrival of spring by creating your own yarn sheep and taking a sheep selfie with our special backdrop!
saffronwaldenmuseum.swmuseumsoc.org.uk
Cost: £1.50 each (tickets in advance or on the day, cash only). Plus listen to animal stories in the Natural History Gallery (FREE).

Under the Sea Messy Play at The Naze Education Centre
Tues 12 April 2018, 11.00am-2.00pm
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
We will be setting up our education room with a range of “Under the sea” themed play stations. Activities are aimed at under 5’s. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/naze
Cost: £5 suggested donation

Bottle Feeding the Lambs at Layer Marney
Thurs 12 April 2018, approx. 12.30am & 4.00pm
Nr Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Bottle feeding the lambs is a hugely popular Layer Marney Tower event for families (adults enjoy feeding the lambs too!)   No need to book, no extra charge just turn up and have fun. The lambs are always adorable, if rather greedy! Feeding is scheduled for 12.30  and 4.00 p.m. (times may vary).  They need to have these two distinct sessions so the lambs are hungry enough to take the bottles of milk.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: £9 adults, £5 children, £25 family

Pond Dipping at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 12 April 2018, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Explore the depths of the ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday at the Mercury Theatre
Thurs 12 April to Sat 14 April 2018, (1.00pm & 4.00pm Thursday)
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure. For age 3+.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 each

Pirate Crafts at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Thurs 12 April 2018, 1.30pm-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Oohh arrrhh me hearties! Why not come to Thameside Nature Park and have a go at some pirate crafts?! Crafts to include mini treasure boxes, pirate ships and masks (subject to availability). Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Booking is essential for this event, donation £5 per child.

Fun Thursday: Bouncing Bunnies at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 12 April 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
A weekly wildlife afternoon for children aged up to 7. This wildlife themed afternoon is every Thursday in the holidays, but there’s a different creature each week. For Easter it will be bouncing bunnies related crafts, games and woodland fun. Children must be accompanied and BOOKING ESSENTIAL. You will be outside so please dress appropriately.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

George’s Marvellous Medicine at Palace Theatre, Southend
Tues 10 – Sat 14 April 2018, (2.30pm & 7.00pm on Thursday)
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Join Nineteen12 for another Roald Dahl classic this Easter. This interactive show is full of wondrous rhymes and magical times sure to get your little ones joining in helping George make his Marvellous Medicine. Suitable for families of all ages.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.00, Family £52.00

 

 


Events: Friday 13th April 2018

Forest Friday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Fri 13 April 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
A fun morning of crafts, activities and games both indoors and out! A fun morning of crafts, games and forest fun both indoors and out during the holidays here at Belfairs. Suitable for 7years and under. Children must be accompanied by parents. Booking Essential as numbers are limited – call 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Thameside Crafts at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Fri 13 April 2018, 10.00am-2.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Come for a drop-in day in our education area. Stay for as long or as little as you would like! Activities that will be going on include den building, bird watching, mini-beast hunting and natural crafts.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £5 per child, children must be accompanied.

Natural Art at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 13 April 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Make some natural masterpieces on the reserve. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Secret Spies Trail at Langdon Visitor Centre
Fri 13 April 2018, 11.00pm-3.30pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Follow the trail and find the clues. Where will the trail take you? What will you have to do when you get there? Drop in event, no need to book but places may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3.00 per child

Natural Art at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 13 April 2018, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Explore the nature reserve using all your senses. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Bat Box Building at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 13 April 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Come along to make a bat box to put up in your garden or donate to the country park. All materials and tools provided. Boxes limited so book early to avoid disappointment.Suitable for ages 5+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Donation £6 per box.

Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday at the Mercury Theatre
Thurs 12 April to Sat 14 April 2018, (11.00am & 2.00pm Friday)
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure. For age 3+.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 each

George’s Marvellous Medicine at Palace Theatre, Southend
Tues 10 – Sat 14 April 2018, (11.00am, 2.30pm & 7.00pm on Friday)
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Join Nineteen12 for another Roald Dahl classic this Easter. This interactive show is full of wondrous rhymes and magical times sure to get your little ones joining in helping George make his Marvellous Medicine. Suitable for families of all ages.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.00, Family £52.00

 


Events: Saturday 14th April & Sunday 15 April 2018

Bird and Butterflies: Crafty Kids! at Queens Theatre
Sat 14 April 2018, 10.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Get crafty! Build, make and decorate in this hands-on fun packed creative craft workshop for children and their parents led by professional crafter Gemma Compton. ‘Compton can make it’ – and so can you! Join us and create an item to take home inspired by this week’s theme. Ages 5 – 7 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child.

Wizard Stonering at Queens Theatre
Sat 14 April 2018, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Meet the amazing Wizard Stonering with his colourful and exciting show with lots of comedy, participation and surprising magic.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per person.

Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday at the Mercury Theatre
Thurs 12 April to Sat 14 April 2018, (11.00am & 2.00pm Saturday)
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure. For age 3+.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 each

George’s Marvellous Medicine at Palace Theatre, Southend – NOW SOLD OUT!!
Tues 10 – Sat 14 April 2018, (11.00am, 2.30pm & 7.00pm on Saturday)
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Join Nineteen12 for another Roald Dahl classic this Easter. This interactive show is full of wondrous rhymes and magical times sure to get your little ones joining in helping George make his Marvellous Medicine. Suitable for families of all ages.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.00, Family £52.00

Garlic Theatre presents Little Red Riding Hood (Relaxed Performance) at the Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 14 April 2018, 1.30pm (starts at 2.00pm)
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Garlic Theatre presents a funny, slapstick, glove puppet show with beautifully crafted puppets, clowning and gentle humour. For ages 4+.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95

International Living History Festival at Cressing Temple
Sat 14 & Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Witham Rd, Cressing, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Visit the International Living History Festival featuring historical market, Living History displays, lectures, seminars, and immersive have-a-go hands-on history activities.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Day Ticket £8:00, Tw0-Day Ticket £15:00 (Children under 16 FREE – need to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

Bottle Feeding the Lambs at Layer Marney
Sun 15 April 2018, approx. 12.30am & 4.00pm
Nr Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Bottle feeding the lambs is a hugely popular Layer Marney Tower event for families (adults enjoy feeding the lambs too!)   No need to book, no extra charge just turn up and have fun. The lambs are always adorable, if rather greedy! Feeding is scheduled for 12.30  and 4.00 p.m. (times may vary).  They need to have these two distinct sessions so the lambs are hungry enough to take the bottles of milk.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: £9 adults, £5 children, £25 family

A Spoonful of Sherman at Queens Theatre
Sun 15 April 2018, 12.30pm & 7.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
A smash hit show for all the family, with music from multi-award winning Disney songwriters The Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh).
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £18 – £22

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 15 April 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Forest School activities in the woods – den building, ropes, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting and campfire. Enjoy some quality family time, all ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child

Sunday Movement and Sound Workshop for Families at Firstsite
Sun 15 April 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
The Colchester Movement and Sound Collective are offering monthly Sunday workshops suitable for families with children of all ages. Adults with a willingness to connect with their inner child welcome too! Come and explore movement and sound within a creative, inclusive and playful environment. What to expect: Light and creative yoga for all ages; Movement games; Guided explorations into creative movement and sound; Laughter yoga; Playing with props; Story Telling; Free Dancing – move how you wish to a creative music playlist and live percussion; Sound Journeys and Relaxation.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: Adults £5, children £3, under 5s free. Drop in – pay on the door.

 

 

 

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