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.

Events running throughout Easter half term in Essex

Easter Eggtravaganza at Marsh Farm
Sat 1 April – Sun 16 April 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Hop along to a fun packed itinerary of Easter activities Saturday 1st to Sunday 16th April at Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park which includes Essex’s biggest Easter Egg Hunt! Join in the spring madness in our Alice in Wonderland themed Easter Eggstravaganza! Come and help the Mad Hatter collect tens of thousands of eggs in over 4 acres of Easter themed garden. Meet the new spring babies.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £10.99 online or £13.50 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Easter Egg Hunt at Beth Chatto Gardens
Sat 1 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Come and 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)

Spring into Easter at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 1 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm (last ticket 3pm)
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY
Spring will be in full force at the Royal Gunpowder Mills this Easter. Join us for an egg-citing time with lots of creative activities for families. Make and launch rockets, get busy screen-printing T-shirts, make bunny ears, have a go at our tennis ball cannon, get crafty with chalkboard eggs, explore the science behind bouncy eggs and make Easter cards for your friends and much more!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Tickets from £8.50

Baby Boom at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 1 April – Mon 17 April 2017, 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: £9.00 per person, Under 2s FREE

Easter Fun at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 1 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 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. Come and see our 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
Adult (over 16) £15, child £14, under 2s FREE if they will not be going on the rides

Medieval Easter Egg Hunt at Mountfitchet Castle
Sat 1 April – Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stansted, Essex CM24 8SP
Come and join the Easter egg trail. Follow the clues to find the eggs. No set time, just turn up and enjoy the fun.
www.mountfitchetcastle.com
Cost: Adults £10.50, Children (3-13yrs) £8.50, OAPs £10.00. Price also includes entry to The House on the Hill Toy Museum and the Dinosaur Encounters.

Easter Fun and Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sat 1 April – Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00am-6.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Hop along to Hyde Hall where you’ll find plenty of magic this Easter, from craft fun and blooms galore to the delicious Lindt Bunny Trail. Easter-themed arts and crafts sessions run every weekday (excl Good Friday and Easter Monday) and are bookable on arrival for an extra £2 per child.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission

Easter Trail at Poplar Nurseries
Sat 1 April – Tues 18 April 2017, during normal opening hours
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
Pop in and complete our Easter Trail to receive a free gift with our compliments.
www.poplarnurseries.co.uk
Cost: FREE

Step into Spring at Barleylands Farm Park
Mon 3 April – Fri 14 April 2017 (weekdays only), 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Celebrate the start of spring at Barleylands this Easter. As well as all the spring babies, Barleylands will also have ‘egg-stra’ activities around the Farm Park. Come and meet the Easter bunny; Take part in our Giant Easter Egg hunt; Meet all our new baby animals from lambs to sheep and more; New for 2017 – explore our huge hen house; Take part in lambing live and bottle feed our lambs. Plus there are lots of indoor activities too, so it’s a great day out whatever the weather. (Note: Easter activities do not run on the 8th, 9th or 15th April.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Normal entry applies, under 2s go free


Events: Saturday 1st April – Sunday 2nd April 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk Story Play at Queens Theatre
Sat 1 April 2017, 10.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Led by a professional storyteller, these brilliant interactive sessions bring popular stories to life, encouraging imagination and creativity through structured play, while exploring the themes and characters in each story.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite
Sat 1 April 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Artist-led sessions every Saturday to encourage families with children aged 4–11 to play and learn together. Drop-in and take part in a range of experimental, fun and creative activities for all the family.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Pond Days at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sat 1 April 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

The Trevor Cline Amazing Magic and Balloons at Queens Theatre
Sat 1 April 2017, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
As seen on TV. Be prepared to be amazed and entertained with wonderful magic and awesome balloons from one of the UK’s finest magicians and balloon artists. Fun and laughter guaranteed for all the family.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 each

Chelmsford Mum2mum Market
Sat 1 April 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hylands Academy, Hatfield Grove, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3DF
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE – Free to everyone in the last half hour before closing

Make a Bird Feeder – Drop In at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 2 April 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Make a wooden bird feeder to take home and hang in your garden. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Open Day at Essex Fire Museum
Sun 2 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
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. Children can also get involved with some some arts ‘n’ crafts.
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: FREE. £3 for craft activities.

Jurassic Adventures at West Cliff Theatre, Clacton
Sun 2 April 2017, 2.00pm
Tower Road, Clacton, CO15 1LE
Get transported to a prehistoric place full of fun, thrills and screams, be amazed and awed by the birth of a baby Dinosaur, but beware of the T. REX mother who wants her egg back! An absolutely brilliant show for all the family from age 3+.
www.westcliffclacton.co.uk
Cost: £16, £14 (Children Under 16) Family Deal (2 Adults & 2 Children) £52

Dagenham Mum2mum Market
Sun 2 April 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hatfield Community Hall, Hatfield Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 6JS
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE – Free to everyone in the last half hour before closing

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Reserve
Mon 2 April 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces


Events: Monday 3rd April 2017

Holiday Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 3 April 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. We will be outside so please dress appropriately. 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces

Mystery Monday Morning at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 3 April 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A fun wildlife themed session out on the nature reserve. 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.

Kite Making Fun at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 3 April 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Drop in between 10:30 and 12:30 and have a go at making flying your own kite. 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: Tuesday 4th April 2017

Tree-mendous Tuesday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Tues 4 April 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
A drop-off day for 8-13yr olds. This is our woodland based wildlife drop-off day for 8-13 year olds. Explore the woods plus the usual crafts, activities and of course some food related fun. Bring a packed lunch and snacks.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £20 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces

Easter Workshops at CookyWooky Cooking School, Great Notley
Tue 4 April 2017, 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

Garden Feasts & Mini-beasts! at Beth Chatto Gardens
Tues 4 April 2017, 10.30am – 2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Go on a busy springtime mini beast hunt, check out some compost and sow your own little veggie plot.
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 4 April 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.


Events: Wednesday 5th April 2017

Easter Family Fun Days at Essex Fire Museum
Wed 5 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS
We’ll be cracking open the colouring pen packs to resurrect our craft room, dusting down our family trail booklets and polishing our fire engines (as bunnily enough we have a few of these) for your enjoyment.
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child over 2 years.

Ponds and Planter at Beth Chatto Gardens
Wed 5 April 2017, 10.30am – 2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Enjoy a dippy morning delving into our wildlife pond then make your own recycled windowsill salad box!
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential

Abberton Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Wed 5 April 2017, 10.30am-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Our Wednesday holiday club for unaccompanied 8-12 year olds. Join in the fun on the reserve, there will be different activities each session, such as pond dipping, bug hunting, campfire cooking and more. Bring a packed lunch.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £20.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 5 April 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)

Brainiac Live! at Palace Theatre, Southend
Wed 5 April 2017, 10.00am, 1.30pm & 4.30pm
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
More mischievous than ever before Brainiac Live! will take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful. Expect exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and loads of live daredevil stunts! Watch from the safety of your seat as the Brainiacs delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science and do all of those things on stage that you’re too scared to do at home!
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £16.50, Family £60.00

Mad Hatters at Saffron Walden Museum
Weds 5 April 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Take inspiration from our current exhibition, Completing the Look: 300 Years of Fashion Accessories, to design and create your own super stylish hat. Drop-in sessions.
saffronwaldenmuseum.swmuseumsoc.org.uk
Cost: Usual admission fees apply. Children MUST bring an adult.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Mercury Theatre
Wed 5 April to Fri 7 April 2017, 11.00am & 2.00pm
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised! For ages 3+.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 each


Events: Thursday 6th April 2017

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Mercury Theatre
Wed 5 April to Fri 7 April 2017, 11.00am & 2.00pm
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised! For ages 3+.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 each

Spring Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 6 April 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some winter bugs. 10:30 – 12:30 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.

Pond Dipping Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 6 April 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Extraordinary Eggs arty afternoon: egg speckling for cuckoos at Epping Forest
Thurs 6 April 2017, 3.00pm-4.00pm
The View, Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
As you may know, cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. Have a go painting and speckling eggs to imitate the beautiful colours and patterns of some of our native bird species.
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
Free to attend, drop-in event. Papier mache eggs are 35p to 75p each.


Events: Friday 7th April 2017

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Mercury Theatre
Wed 5 April to Fri 7 April 2017, 11.00am & 2.00pm
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised! For ages 3+.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 each

Campfire Morning at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 7 April 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come along and cook some yummy food on the campfire. 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.

Crafty Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 7 April 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Use your scavenging skills to make some arty master pieces. 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 8th April – Sunday 9th April 2017

Moo Music’s Easter Eggstravaganza
Sat 8 April 2017
Christ Church Centre, Warley Hill, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3AA
Moo Music Brentwood is excited to host our annual Easter Eggstravaganza! Full of music, messy play, crafts and games – there is something for everyone! Click the link to book.
moo-music.us7.list-manage.com
Cost: Tickets are £8 and include entrance for 1 child and 2 adults. Additional siblings £4 (siblings under 9 months free).

Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite
Sat 8 April 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Artist-led sessions every Saturday to encourage families with children aged 4–11 to play and learn together. Drop-in and take part in a range of experimental, fun and creative activities for all the family.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Alice in Wonderland at West Cliff Theatre, Clacton
Sun 9 April 2017, 2.30pm
Tower Road, Clacton, CO15 1LE
Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger-than- life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family.
www.westcliffclacton.co.uk
Cost: £11 (Standard), £9 (Children Under 16). Special Family Deal (2 Adults & 2 Children) £36

Twice Upon a Time at Queens Theatre
Sun 9 April – Tue 11 April 2017, 7.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
This original story is set in the land of “Not so far away”. A pantomime with a twist. Written by the ideas from the members of the Habbit Factory’s. All evil fairy-tale creatures banished from the town centre because of their crimes. The Magic ring of life and happiness is stolen and taken up the beanstalk. Will the good guys get the ring back or will the bad guys get their happy ever after? This is one for all the family.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 each


Events: Monday 10th April 2017

Twice Upon a Time at Queens Theatre
Sun 9 April – Tue 11 April 2017, 7.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
This original story is set in the land of “Not so far away”. A pantomime with a twist. Written by the ideas from the members of the Habbit Factory’s. All evil fairy-tale creatures banished from the town centre because of their crimes. The Magic ring of life and happiness is stolen and taken up the beanstalk. Will the good guys get the ring back or will the bad guys get their happy ever after? This is one for all the family.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 each

Holiday Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 10 April 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. We will be outside so please dress appropriately. 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces

Treasure Hunters at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 10 April 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Warm up with an explore around the nature reserve on a fun treasure hunt. 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.

Crafty Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 10 April 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Bushcraft and campfire activities for all the family. 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.

Little Howard and the Magic Pencil of Life and Death at the Mercury Theatre
Mon 10 April 2017, 2.00pm
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Little Howard discovers that he was drawn by a magic pencil, whose eraser could turn around and destroy him! Running time approx. 55 mins. (No interval). Recommended for 5+yrs.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 Adults / £9.50 Children

Aladdin – Headgate Workshops with Polka Dot Arts
Mon 10 April to Thurs 13 April 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm
14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7AT
Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Packed with fun and new skills to learn, this workshop will end with a free performance for an invited audience on the last day. Places are limited and will be allocated as money is received. Please call the box office for details, an application form and to book.
www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: £85 per course


Events: Tuesday 11th April 2017

Twice Upon a Time at Queens Theatre
Sun 9 April – Tue 11 April 2017, 7.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
This original story is set in the land of “Not so far away”. A pantomime with a twist. Written by the ideas from the members of the Habbit Factory’s. All evil fairy-tale creatures banished from the town centre because of their crimes. The Magic ring of life and happiness is stolen and taken up the beanstalk. Will the good guys get the ring back or will the bad guys get their happy ever after? This is one for all the family.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 each

Aladdin – Headgate Workshops with Polka Dot Arts
Mon 10 April to Thurs 13 April 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm
14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7AT
Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Packed with fun and new skills to learn, this workshop will end with a free performance for an invited audience on the last day. Places are limited and will be allocated as money is received. Please call the box office for details, an application form and to book.
www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: £85 per course

Spring Fingers at Beth Chatto Gardens
Tue 11 April 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
For all you mini gardeners out there! Lots of green activities including potting, wild potions and cloch making!
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £6. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential

Easter Biscuit Decorating at Poplar Nurseries
Tues 11 April 2017, 10-10.45am/ 11.15am-12pm/12.30-1.15pm/1.45-2.30pm.
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
Miriam, Poplar’s first class biscuit maker, has been very busy hand baking scrummy biscuits for you all to decorate. There will be plenty of delicious melted chocolate and toppings to decorate your three biscuits.
www.poplarnurseries.co.uk/kids-activities
Cost: £4 per child. Booking essential.

Tree-mendous Tuesday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Tues 11 April 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
A drop-off day for 8-13yr olds. This is our woodland based wildlife drop-off day for 8-13 year olds. Explore the woods plus the usual crafts, activities and of course some food related fun. Bring a packed lunch and snacks.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £20 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 11 April 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Wild Water at Beth Chatto Gardens
Tue 11 April 2017, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Is all wild water the same? Try the wild water trail and enjoy some spring pond dipping to find your own collection of wild water life.
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £6. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential

Make a Wooden Easter Bunn Basket at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Tue 11 April 2017, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Come along to The Naze to make and decorate a wooden Easter Bunny basket. Drop-in anytime between 1.30 and 3.30, children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/naze
Cost: £4 donation per child


Events: Wednesday 12th April 2017

Aladdin – Headgate Workshops with Polka Dot Arts
Mon 10 April to Thurs 13 April 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm
14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7AT
Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Packed with fun and new skills to learn, this workshop will end with a free performance for an invited audience on the last day. Places are limited and will be allocated as money is received. Please call the box office for details, an application form and to book.
www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: £85 per course

Scrapbook Safari at Hylands Park – Stables Visitor Centre
Weds 12 April 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
Cost: £6 per child, maximum of three children per adult. Accompanied children only.

Egg-cellent Adventures at Queens Theatre
Weds 12 April 2017, 10.00m-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. Each session is themed around a popular children’s story, and includes a ‘make to take home’.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child

Abberton Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Wed 12 April 2017, 10.30am-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Our Wednesday holiday club for unaccompanied 8-12 year olds. Join in the fun on the reserve, there will be different activities each session, such as pond dipping, bug hunting, campfire cooking and more. Bring a packed lunch.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £20.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 12 April 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)


Events: Thursday 13th April 2017

Aladdin – Headgate Workshops with Polka Dot Arts
Mon 10 April to Thurs 13 April 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm
14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7AT
Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: Packed with fun and new skills to learn, this workshop will end with a free performance for an invited audience on the last day. Places are limited and will be allocated as money is received. Please call the box office for details, an application form and to book.
www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: £85 per course

Easter Bonnest and Bunnies at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Thurs 13 April 2017, 10.00am-11.00am or 11.00am-12.00pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
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.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/chafford-gorges
Cost: £6.00 per plate

Easter Workshops at CookyWooky Cooking School, Great Notley
Thurs 13 April 2017, 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

Minibeast Madness – Drop In at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 13 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come to Hanningfield for the mini-beast safari! Look for bugs in the woods, in the grass, in the trees and in our pond. See what wonders you can find.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Easter Family Fun Days at Essex Fire Museum
Thurs 13 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS
We’ll be cracking open the colouring pen packs to resurrect our craft room, dusting down our family trail booklets and polishing our fire engines (as bunnily enough we have a few of these) for your enjoyment.
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child over 2 years.

Spring Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 13 April 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some winter bugs. 10:30 – 12:30 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.

My Garden Kitchen at Beth Chatto Gardens
Thurs 13 April 2017, 10.30am – 2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
All about food and the garden. Make your own pizza planter, brew some ‘sun tea’ and find out about wild menus!
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking Essential

The Sooty Show at West Cliff Theatre, Clacton
Thurs 13 April 2017, 11.00am & 2.30pm
Tower Road, Clacton, CO15 1LE
Expect magic, music and mayhem with buckets full of audience participation. A spectacular treat for Sooty fans old and new – plus a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show!
www.westcliffclacton.co.uk
Cost: £13 (Standard), £11 (Children Under 16)

Easter Bunny Trail at Danbury Country Park
Thurs 13 April 2017, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AW
Follow a wooden egg trail, paint your own hen’s egg, receive a chocolate egg and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny! Older brothers and sisters are welcome to accompany younger children but please can we ask all visitors to keep the magic alive and be a bunny believer for this event! Collect your ticket on arrival and then exchange your ticket for your hen’s egg. Please meet at the Lakes car park and dress for a walk in the park. Ideal for children ages 2 to 8.
www.visitparks.co.uk
Book by calling 0333 013 2738

Jenny’s Ark Petting Zoo at Poplar Nurseries – SELLING FAST
Thurs 13 April 2017, 11.30am-2.30pm.
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
Want to get up close to snakes, rabbits, tortoises and guinea pigs? Then our free event is a must for your calendar. Our friends Mike and Jenny bring along a vast array of animals for the children to meet and handle. We have two bookable sections: “Cuddly” and “Wriggly”. These twenty minute sessions MUST BE PRE-BOOKED. These events always sell out, so please tell us if you can’t come so that we can book others in – even if it’s on the same day – thanks.
www.poplarnurseries.co.uk
Cost: FREE event. Booking essential.

Pond Dipping Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 13 April 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.


Events: Friday 14th April – Monday 17 April 2017 (Bank Holiday Weekend)

Easter Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt – Drop In at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 14 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
The Easter Bunny has been to Hanningfield Reserve and has left some chocolatey treats behind. Can you find them? Make an Easter themed craft to take away with you and have a go at pond dipping.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per child

Easter Hunt at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Fri 14 April 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Can you find all of the eggs hidden on the Naze? If you do there will be a treat for you! Craft activities also available today. Drop-in anytime between 11.00 and 15.00. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/naze
Cost: Donation £5 per child.

Easter Eggstravaganza at The Mercury Mall
Fri 14 April & Sat 15 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Mercury Gardens, Romford, Essex RM1 3EE
Our Easter Eggstravanza is our yearly two day event, Good Friday 14th April and Saturday 15th April, both days will be between 10am – 4pm.  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.
www.facebook.com/events/988156711318646
Cost: Each event cost £2, sign up for our new Loyalty App and get all three for £5 per person. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT ON BOTH DAYS GO TO ST FRANCIS HOSPICE.

Eggcellent Easter Eggstravaganza at Promenade Park, Maldon
Fri 14 April & Sat 15 April 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
Come along and join the Easter Eggstravaganza! There is so much to do including, meet the Easter Bunny, take part in the egg-rolling competition, biscuit decorating, bouncy castles, games and the Easter Egg Hunt. Relax at the story-telling corner with Aunty Easter. Meet the cute little Pygmy hedgehogs and take part in the fancy dress competition.
www.visitmaldondistrict.co.uk
Cost: Entry to the park is free to the park, with a small fee for each activity (proceeds go to RMHC).

First Hippo on the Moon at Palace Theatre, Southend
Fri 14 April to Sun 16 April 2017, various times
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Adapted for the stage by acclaimed award winning Theatre company Les Petits and hot off the heals of their hugely successful Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs tour and immersive hit Adventures in Wonderland, comes a fantastical adventure featuring puppetry, music, mayhem and a giant space race to the moon!
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.00, Relaxed Performance £9.00, Family Ticket £52.00

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Ongar Railway
Fri 14 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 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. Upon arrival, children will receive a sheet with clues, before being asked to find as many numbered eggs as they can, which Bertie has sneakily hidden around the Railway – be sure to keep watch out the windows during your journeys. At the end of your visit, return the sheet to one of our shops and receive a special Easter treat. The Bunny Hop Children’s Disco also returns at times throughout the day at North Weald Station.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13 (on the day £15), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £34 (on the day £39)

Easter Egg Hunt at Blake Craft Centre
Fri 14 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Blake End, Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA
Egg Hunt, Bouncy Castle & lots of activities for the kids every day. All of our exclusive shops will be open all weekend, full of Easter gifts and inspiration as well as Timbers Restaurant. So for all round family fun this coming Easter Holiday, make sure you visit Blake House Craft Centre. Tel: 01376 551023.
www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk

Easter Day Out with Thomas™ at the East Anglian Railway Museum
Fri 14 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00am-4.30pm
Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS
Visit a Day Out With Thomas this Easter. The Fat Controller will be welcoming you and your family plus you can join him for Storytelling and interactive re-enactments with Thomas and other characters throughout the day. The Imagination Station offers a range of children‘s activities including a colouring competition, engine outline rubbing, play tables with Play doh, temporary Thomas tattoos, reading books and there is even a chill out room to relax in and watch a Thomas DVD.
www.earm.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13.00, Children (2-15) £9.00, 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 Weekend at Lee Valley Park Farms
Fri 14 April – Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF
Hop to it and join us in the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lee Valley Park Farms!
Join the usual critters and creatures along with the new farm family members from the recent baby boom, you can also listen to exciting and informative talks about the new arrivals!
See if you can spot the Easter Bunny whilst searching for the missing eggs and enjoy various other Easter inspired activities. In addition, kids can play in the indoor and outdoor play areas, jump on the tractor and ride to the dairy farm. This is a fun filled eggciting day for all the family to enjoy!
www.visitleevalley.org.uk
Cost: Normal admission charges apply

Easter Egg Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 14 April – Mon 17 April 2017, 10.30m-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Explore the nature reserve on an egg-citing 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. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £7.00 donation per child. Booking essential.

Cadbury Easter Bunny Hunt at Paycocke’s House and Gardens
Fri 14 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
25 West Street, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1NS
To make sure you have loads of fun along the way, take a map and follow the clues to point you in the right direction, a delicious treat will be waiting for you at the end.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/paycockes-house-and-garden
Cost: £2.50 per hunt

Cadbury Easter Bunny Hunt at Grange Barn
Fri 14 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1RE
To make sure you have loads of fun along the way, take a map and follow the clues to point you in the right direction, a delicious treat will be waiting for you at the end. What will you discover along the way?
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/grange-barn
Cost: £2.50 per child

Cadbury Easter Bunny Hunt at Bourne Mill
Fri 14 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 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

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Fri 14 April to Mon 17 April 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: £17.50 adult, £11.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End
Fri 14 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Be a challenge champion this Easter weekend! You’ll be greeted by a character from the past – perhaps a king, a butler or a Roman centurion – who’ll be able to help you crack the clues as you explore Audley End House and Gardens. There’s a chocolate reward for successful adventurers, so be sure to join in the fun.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £11.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Easter Special at Audley End Railway
Fri 14 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 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.

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs Crafty Kids at Queens Theatre
Sat 15 April 2017, 10.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Get crafty with our new hands on, fun packed Saturday morning sessions. Build, make and decorate in these creative craft workshops for children and their parents. ‘Compton can make it’ – and so can you! Join professional crafter Gemma and create an item
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Easter Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt – Drop In at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 14 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Follow the eggsplorer trail round the reserve, crack the clues and earn your eggy reward.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per child

Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite
Sat 15 April 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Artist-led sessions every Saturday to encourage families with children aged 4–11 to play and learn together. Drop-in and take part in a range of experimental, fun and creative activities for all the family.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Nicky Trix at Queens Theatre
Sat 15 April 2017, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Join Nicky Trix and Nambu the elephant for a stage show spectacular. With magic, illusions, ventriloquism and lots of exciting family fun. This is a performance with a real sense of theatre not to be missed. Even Grandma will be in stitches!
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 each

Paper Balloon presents The Boy and The Mermaid at the Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 15 April 2017, 10.30am & 1.30pm (2nd show is a relaxed performance with BSL interpretation)
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Paper Balloon present this magical and exciting new show for family audiences. Traditional sea shanties combine with new music in a tale told through lyrical storytelling, quirky puppetry and innovative physical theatre. Most suitable for ages 6 and over.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95

Easter Egg Hunt at Herts and Essex Community Farm
Sat 15 April 2017, 12.00pm-2.00pm
Fold Croft, Harlow, CM20 1SB
Herts and Essex Community Farm will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt. Fancy dress prizes, craft, tea, coffee, cake and light refreshments will be available. The farm has full wheelchair and pram access and all local residents are invited.
www.harlow.gov.uk/harlow-70
Cost: TBC

Easter Egg Hunt at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 15 April 2017, 1.00pm-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Join us at the park for our Easter Egg Hunt! Where has the easter bunny hidden the eggs? Only you can find out!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £6 per child

Self Led Egg Trail at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sat 15 April & Sun 16 April 2017, 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 Langdon Visitor Centre
Sat 15 April & Sun 16 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt – follow the trail and answer the wildlife questions to win a chocolate prize. Plus Easter crafts in the Visitor Centre. £7.00 per child, suitable for all ages, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential – choice of three time slots, 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2-4pm.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per child

Easter Fun Weekend at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 15 April & Sun 16 April 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Come along and join in the Easter Egg Trail around the park, create an Easter themed craft and receive your very own Chocolate Easter Egg from the Easter Bunny. There are four session slots on both days 10.30 -11.30, 11.30 – 12.30, 12.30 – 1.30pm, and 1.30 – 2.30pm.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child.

Easter Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt – Drop In at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 16 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
The Easter Bunny has been to Hanningfield Reserve and has left some chocolatey treats behind. Can you find them? Make an Easter themed craft to take away with you and have a go at pond dipping.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per child

Transport Fest at the Museum of Power
Sun 16 April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm (last entry 3.00pm)
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Easter Show with Classic Cars, Miliatary Vehicles, stalls. 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 16 April 2017, 11.00am-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 The Ark Centre, a therapy centre in Springfield for children with Autism and social and communication difficulties.
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!

Fun Day and Easter Egg Hunt at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sun 16 April 2017, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Sawyers Hall Farm, Sawyers Hall Ln, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
Come and join in the family fun at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary this Easter! We have an ‘egg-citing’ Easter egg hunt, stalls, inflatables, LIVE music, animal handling and the fantastic Crazy Legs providing the children with fantastic entertainment! Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1pm
www.hopefield.org.uk
Cost: Adults £5, Children £4, Under 3’s – FREE. Easter Egg Hunt £2 per child.

Jousting with the Knights of Middle England at Hedingham Castle
Sun 16 April and Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The astounding Knights of Middle England! Bold and bright costumes accompanied by stunts such as saddle falls, drags and rearing horses make this a show to remember! Get close to the Birds of Prey with the fabulous Coda Falconry and watch a thrilling flying display! Comedy Grave Diggers! Easter Trail! Musicians, Donkey Rides, a Maypole, Living History, Tours of the Castle and Coconut Shies provide constant entertainment throughout the day! Something for all the family in a great day out!
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Families £42, Adults £14, Under 18s £10, Under 5s £0, Over 65s £12.50

Easter Weekend at Layer Marney
Sun 16 April to Mon 17 April 2017, 12.00pm-4.00pm
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

Hedgehog Club – Easter Eggsplorer at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and be an eggsplorer! Search for the Easter Bunny, explore the woods and make some Easter crafts. This is for 4 to 8 year olds who must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Easter Fun at Epping Forest
Mon 17 April 2017, 1.00pm-4.00pm
The View, Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
Come along and join the Easter fun. Egg decorating and Easter crafts. Easter Trail – Finds clues along our woodland trail and meet the Easter bunny. Join in the Easter egg rolling at 2pm.
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
Cost: Free, no booking required. Hard boiled eggs for £2 each.