Looking for something fun to do this Easter holidays? Here’s our list of egg-cellent Essex Easter events and activities for children and families.

If you would like to add to our Essex Easter events, please send details to emma@essexbaby.co.uk

Essex Easter events running throughout the holidays

Easter at Hyde Hall
Sat 19 March – Sun 10 April 2016, 10.00am-6.00pm
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Join the Lindt bunny hunt, have your photo taken with the inflatable bunnies and get stuck into lots of other Easter crafts and activities (taking place on various days and times – check website for details). Activities are free of charge unless stated otherwise.
www.rhs.org.uk
Cost: Entry to the gardens £11 adult, £5.50 child (5-16 years), £28.25 family of 4

Busy Bunny Easter Trail at Weald Country Park
Fri 25 March – Sun 10 April 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Visitor Centre, Weald Road, South Weald, Essex, CM14 5QS
Families are invited to join us for this fun, self-guided trail aimed at children between 3 and 12 years, although everyone will enjoy hunting for eggs, solving puzzles and finding clues. Simply buy a trail pack from the Visitor Centre and set out on your adventure. Not all paths are suitable for buggies so visitors are encouraged to bring small people in a body carrier. There is a short and long route to choose from.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £3 per trail pack including map, booklet and well done gift. No need to book.

Easter Festival at Old Macdonald’s Farm
Fri 25 March – Sun 10 April 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
If you are looking for somewhere to entertain your little ones this Easter break then why not visit the farm? They have a host of brilliant rides and amusements, including indoor soft play and outdoor adventure play areas.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Usual entry fee

Easter Egg Hunt throughout holidays at Beth Chatto Gardens
Fri 25 March – Sun 10 April 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Explore the Beth Chatto Gardens and find the hidden eggs: will they be chocolate or birds eggs? Visit and find out! Prizes to be won!
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: £6.95 adults, £1.50 child (FREE entry for kids if you book your tickets online).
Unlimited annual entry from £20 includes entrance for up to three children

Egg-stra Easter Fun at Barleylands
Fri 25 March – Fri 8 April 2016
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
New farmyard babies galore, creatures great and small, daily bottle feeding, live lambing, egg hunt with the Easter Bunny and more.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: £10 adult (£9 over 60), £9 child, £34 family, children under 2 FREE

Rapunzel Rocks at Harlow Playhouse
Sat 26 March – Thu 31 March 2016, various times
Playhouse Square, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1LS
This Easter, join the fun of our all-new Rock and Roll family musical version of Rapunzel Rocks. From the producers of recent Easter smah-hit productions, The Wizard of Oz, and Robin Hood, enjoy all the best traditions of a fairytale story, but with new twists and rockin’ music, this very special production is one for the whole family to enjoy.
www.playhouseharlow.com
Cost: £11.50 to £16.00 + £1.50 per ticket

*New Easter Activities at Wilderness Foundation
Mon 28 March – Fri 8 April 2016 (weekdays)Sat 26 March – Thu 31 March 2016, various times
Whitbreads Business Centre, Whitbreads Farm Lane, Chatham Green, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3LQ
A whole range of exciting children’s activities planned for the Easter school holidays. There are full day and half day activities that will suit a variety of ages, including survival skills and Farm to Fork sessions. Free Parking. Check out the website for more details and to book.
www.wildernessfoundation.org.uk
Cost: All sessions request a voluntary donation

Easter SMASH Camps at Stubbers
Mon 28 March – Fri 8 April 2016 (weekdays)
Stubbers Adventure Centre, Ockendon Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TY
For 20 years Stubbers have been providing muti-activity day and residential activity camps for young people in the south east, Essex and Havering. During Easter SMASH runs a Multi activity programme similar to Summer SMASH. This includes Junior programme (school years 2 to 3) and Adventurer programme (school years 4 to 11). During these holidays they don’t run any of our specialist programmes but allow Seniors aged between 13 to 16 to join the Adventurers.
www.smashcamps.co.uk
Cost: £38 a day or £153 a week

Chill Out Holiday Club at Thriftwood Scout Campsite
Mon 28 March – Fri 1 April 2016 & Mon 4 April – 8 April 2016
Orchard Avenue, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 2DP
Adventurous holiday fun for 8-16yr olds. Climbing, Archery, Tomahawk throwing, Fishing and Bushcraft to name just a few.
www.thriftwood.org.uk
Cost: £7.50 per session

Easter Trail at Colchester Castle Museum
Mon 28 March – Fri 8 April 2016
Colchester Castle, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Join the Easter Egg hunt and explore the wonders of Colchester. Pick up a trail from the front desk at Colchester Castle 50p and follow the eggs around the museum for your chance to win a giant Easter Egg.
www.cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: 50p per trail map, plus normal admission fees

Barracudas Activity Day Camps
Tue 29 March – Fri 1 April 2016 & Mon 4 April – 8 April 2016
Locations in Brentwood, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Havering, Redbridge & Bishops Stortford
Exciting activity day camps for children aged 4.5 – 16 during the school summer holidays. From 8am – 6pm. Children will take part in a wide variety of activities including; Sports, Arts & Crafts, Mad Science and much more! Ofsted registered, Experienced CRB checked staff.
www.barracudas.co.uk
Cost: £129/£144 per week

 


Friday 25 March 2016

Day out with Thomas at Easter
Fri 25 March – Monday 28 March 2016 – Easter Bank Holiday Weekend
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS
Admission will include unlimited rides on at least four character trains. Thomas, Daisy, Toby and Henrietta, the Troublesome Trucks with Toad will all be here. The Fat Controller will be welcoming you and your family plus you can join him for Storytelling time and interactive re-enactments with Thomas and other characters throughout the day. A variety of activities will also be taking place all day. Opens at 10.00am, with trains running from 10:30 to 4.30pm.
www.earm.co.uk
Cost: £14 adults, £10 children (2-15)

Fingringhoe Fledglings
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Fri 25 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
A club for the under 5s! Every month has a different wildlife theme with outdoor exploration, crafts, songs and stories. Snack is included. Perfect for your little explorer! Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child, £3 for siblings

Forest Friday – Where the Wild Thing Are at Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve
Fri 25 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Vardon Drive / Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A morning of crafts, games and forest fun both indoors and outdoors during the holidays at Belfairs Woodland Centre for under 8’s. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Costs: £5.00 per child

Easter Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt (Drop In)
Fri 25 March 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, 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. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £7 per child

*New Easter at Kids Kingdom
Fri 25 March 2016, 10.00am-6.00pm
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 4FA
Join Kids Kingdom at Easter for fun and games, easter egg hunt, regular visits from the Easter bunny and much more. All for your normal admission prices!
www.kidskingdom-southend.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission prices apply.

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 25 March 2016, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Indoor and outdoor fun for under 5s with their parents and carers; play, stories, singing and music, learning through play and exploration.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Easter Bonnets & Bunnies at Chafford Gorges
Fri 25 March 2016, 10.30am-12.00pm & 12.30pm-2.00pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Essex, RM16 6RG
Make an Easter Bonnet and meet the Easter Bunnies. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Easter Egg Hunt at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 25 March 2016, 10.30am-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Drop in and enjoy an Easter egg hunt on the nature reserve and Easter craft. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

The Mad Hatter at Clacton Factory Outlet
Fri 25 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Stephenson Road West, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 4TL
Go along and see the Mad Hatter – you’ll see him perform a variety of skills including balloon modelling, magic and all other sorts of tom foolery! There will be 3x 45 minute performances between 11am and 4pm on the day.
clactonfactoryoutlet.com

The Great Dedham Vale Easter Egg Hunt
Fri 25 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Dedham Vale Vineyard, Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5TS
An afternoon of Easter fun with an Easter Egg Hunt for kids, the chance to explore the Vineyard Trail and great food at the Tasting Barn. Will also be joined by a very special visitor – the Dedham Vale Easter Bunny! Easter Egg Hunt Tickets for ages 10 and under.
www.dedhamvalevineyard.com
Cost: £5 per ticket, free entry to vineyard

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End
Fri 25 March – Mon 28 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Audley End House and Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! You’ll meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by – maybe a king, a butler, a Roman centurion or even a monk. These honourable folk will be happy to help you on your quest as you explore Audley End and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and win your chocolate reward. It’s time to get hands-on with history.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £16 adults, £9.60 5-15 years, £14.30 concession, £41.60 family, English Heritage members FREE

The BIG Egg Trail
Fri 25 March 2016, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
The Big Eggs are back! Follow our Easter trail around the reserve, if you succeed a chocolate treat will be waiting for you….! Children must be accompanied, booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £5 donation per child.

 


Saturday 26 March 2016

Day out with Thomas at Easter
Fri 25 March – Monday 28 March 2016 – Easter Bank Holiday Weekend
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS
Admission will include unlimited rides on at least four character trains. Thomas, Daisy, Toby and Henrietta, the Troublesome Trucks with Toad will all be here. The Fat Controller will be welcoming you and your family plus you can join him for Storytelling time and interactive re-enactments with Thomas and other characters throughout the day. A variety of activities will also be taking place all day. Opens at 10.00am, with trains running from 10:30 to 4.30pm.
www.earm.co.uk
Cost: £14 adults, £10 children (2-15)

Egg Trail Drop-In at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sat 26 March 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
Easter fun for the whole family. A Self-led trail through the Beautiful Belfairs Woodland. Follow the clues to find all the creatures that lay eggs and win a prize!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: small charge for trail

Easter Eggstravaganza – Eggsplorer Trail (Drop in)
Sat 26 March 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Follow the eggsplorer trail around the reserve, crack the clues and earn your eggy reward. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Easter Eggstravaganza at Blake House Craft Centre
Sat 26 – Sun 27 March 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End, Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA
Join us for 2 days of Easter fun around the Craft Centre with an Easter egg hunt, bouncy castles, pygmy hedgehogs, biscuit decorating, stalls, Easter crafts and more fun for all the family. In aid of Ronald McDonald House Charity.
www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk
Cost: Free entry

The BIG Egg Trail
Sat 26 March 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
The Big Eggs are back! Follow our Easter trail around the reserve, if you succeed a chocolate treat will be waiting for you….! Children must be accompanied, booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £5 donation per child.

*New Easter at Kids Kingdom
Sat 26 March 2016, 10.00am-6.00pm
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 4FA
Join Kids Kingdom at Easter for fun and games, easter egg hunt, regular visits from the Easter bunny and much more. All for your normal admission prices!
www.kidskingdom-southend.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission prices apply.

Easter at Hadleigh Park
Sat 26 March 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm
Hadleigh Farm, Castle Lane, Benfleet SS7 2AP
Enojy Easter at Hadleigh with an egg hunt, storytelling, egg painting, and card making. There will also be a hot cross bun workshop at 11am & 2pm (£5 per child, book early).
www.hadleighfarm.org.uk
Cost: £3 adult, £2.50 child

Easter Egg Hunt at Havering Museum
Sat 26 March 2016, 11.00am
19-21 High Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 1JU
Easter Egg Hunt With Pirate Pete. Learn about famous Pirates, become a pirate and take part in the Treasure Hunt. All children receive an Easter Egg. Prizes for best dressed pirate!
www.haveringmuseum.org.uk
Cost: £5 per child.

Easter Fun Weekend
Sat 26 March 2016, 11.00am-1.00pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Essex, RM16 6RG
Join some great Easter fun. Coconut shy, Easter craft, badge making, face painting, tractor rides. Meet the Easter bunny and receive your egg. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 child, £1 adult

The Chris & Pui Show at Towngate Theatre
Sat 26 March 2016, 11.00am & 2.00pm
The Towngate Theatre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DL
CBeebies’ Chris & Pui return with a new show fresh from ‘Show me Show me’. With songs, comedy sketches, a dash of magic and heaps of joining in, this is a family show for children aged two to a hundred and two.
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: £12 adults, £10 child, £40 family (2 adults and 2 children)

Free Easter Egg Hunt and Face Painting at Clacton Factory Outlet
Sat 26 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Stephenson Road West, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 4TL
Want to look like an Easter bunny, or maybe your favourite Superhero? Go along for FREE face painting and our Easter Egg Hunt – plus free giveaways on the Easter Egg Hunt too!
clactonfactoryoutlet.com

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End
Fri 25 March – Mon 28 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Audley End House and Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! You’ll meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by – maybe a king, a butler, a Roman centurion or even a monk. These honourable folk will be happy to help you on your quest as you explore Audley End and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and win your chocolate reward. It’s time to get hands-on with history.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £16 adults, £9.60 5-15 years, £14.30 concession, £41.60 family, English Heritage members FREE

Romford Cheeki Monkeys BIG Baby & Children’s Market
Sat 26 March 2016, 12.00pm-3.00pm
Warren Sports Centre, Warren School, Whalebone Lane North, Chadwell Heath, Romford RM6 6SB
Not just any baby market! Probably the BEST Baby Market around. Make an afternoon of it – grab some bargains and let the children have lots of fun! Entertainment wristbands will be available on the day for £5 which includes: Unlimited Bouncy Castle, Face Paint, Glitter Tattoo, Balloon Model
Under 2’s wristband includes: Soft Play Arena, Unlimited Toddler Bouncy Castle with Slide, Balloon Model.
www.cheekimonkeys.co.uk
Cost: Entry £1 adults, children free

The Ultimate Princess & Superhero Easter Party
Sat 26 March 2016, 3.00pm-5.30pm
Harold Hill Community Centre, Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, RM3 9LB
Combining last year’s MARVELlous Mayhem ball and the Easter ball, as well as teaming up with Pick a Princess Appearance, join the Ultimate superhero and princess Easter party! Receive an Easter egg from the Easter Bunny. Meet and greets with all your favourite superheroes and princesses including Captain America, Batman, Elsa, Anna, and Ariel. Entertainment, magic, balloon modelling and games with Jelly Jade. Buffet lunch, disco and performances.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: £20 per child (includes 2 adults), additional adults £5

 


Sunday 27 March 2016

Day out with Thomas at Easter
Fri 25 March – Monday 28 March 2016
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS
Admission will include unlimited rides on at least four character trains. Thomas, Daisy, Toby and Henrietta, the Troublesome Trucks with Toad will all be here. The Fat Controller will be welcoming you and your family plus you can join him for Storytelling time and interactive re-enactments with Thomas and other characters throughout the day. A variety of activities will also be taking place all day. Opens at 10.00am, with trains running from 10:30 to 4.30pm.
www.earm.co.uk
Cost: £14 adults, £10 children (2-15)

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Ongar Railway
Sun 27 March 2016
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Probably Essex’s longest Easter Egg with eggs hidden along the length of the Railway and the support of the Easter Bunny.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: £13 adult, £7 child, £34 family (2 adults, 3 children)

Easter Sunday Crafts Drop-In at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 27 March 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
Easter fun for the whole family. Join the friendly team for Easter related fun at Belfairs Woodland Centre. There will be crafts for all ages.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: Small charge for crafts

Easter Duck Hunt at Chigwell Meadows
Sun 27 March 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
The Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP
Some of the ducklings from Chigwell Meadows have gone walkabout! Help to find them and win a prize! Drop in to complete our trail, win a prize and make some egg-cellent crafts to take home with you.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £4 per child

Easter Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt (Drop In)
Sun 27 March 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, 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. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £7 per child

Easter Eggstravaganza at Blake House Craft Centre
Sat 26 – Sun 27 March 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End, Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA
Join us for 2 days of Easter fun around the Craft Centre with an Easter egg hunt, bouncy castles, pygmy hedgehogs, biscuit decorating, stalls, Easter crafts and more fun for all the family. In aid of Ronald McDonald House Charity.
www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk
Cost: Free entry

Easter Egg Hunt at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 27 March 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join this annual Easter Egg Hunt, family fun for children of all ages. Follow the trail answering wildlife questions along the way to win your chocolate prize. Plus Easter themed crafts in the Visitor Centre. Suitable for children of all ages, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Booking is recommended as the number of prizes is limited.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: Requested donation £6 per person.

*New Free Family Fun at MegPlay
Sun 27 March 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm
The MegaPlay Centre Rayleigh, 7 Brook Rd, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7UT
Join MegaPlay for free sessions of soft play, Easter arts and crafts, egg hunts and more! For children aged 0-11 and their families.
megacentre.yapsody.com
Cost: FREE but tickets must be book for children.

Easter Egg Hunt at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 27 March 2016, 10.30am-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Drop in and enjoy an Easter egg hunt on the nature reserve and Easter craft. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Easter at Hadleigh Rare Breeds
Sun 27 March 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm
Hadleigh Farm, Castle Lane, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 2AP
Enojy Easter at Hadleigh and visit the animals.
www.hadleighfarm.org.uk
Cost: £1.50 adult, £1.25 child

Bunny Hunt at Central Park
Sun 27 March 2016, 11.00am-2.00pm
Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LU
Chelmsford Ladies Circle are pleased to announce the return of their annual Bunny Hunt with a new venue for 2016! Please join us for a fun family day out, and help raise money for local charities. Event is suitable for children of all ages.
www.chelmsfordladiescircle.co.uk
Cost: Tickets are £3.50 booked in advance and a limited number of tickets will be available on the day at £4. Chocolatey prizes for every child!

Easter Egg Hunt at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sun 27 March 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Visit the park and follow a trail to hunt for the missing Easter eggs. At the centre make an Easter Bunny to take home. Please book and pay for your place in advance. Turn up anytime between 11am – 2pm to complete the trail and craft. Prize for each child.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £7 donation per child

Mini Farm at Clacton Factory Outlet
Sun 27 March and Mon 28 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Stephenson Road West, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 4TL
Go along and meet the ducklings, chicks, miniature pony, sheep and goat from 11am until 4pm on Easter Sunday and Monday!
clactonfactoryoutlet.com

Easter Open Day at Hopefield Animal Sanctury
Sun 27 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BY
Meet the animals at Hopefield’s Easter Open Day Event.
www.hopefield.org.uk
Cost: £4 adults, £3 child, £12 family (2 adults and 2 children), £3 concessions

Easter Express at Barnards Miniature Railway
Sun 27 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LX
Ride on the extended BMR Easter Express! A great eggs-periance for all the family. Join the 2 mile return journey as you board the only Easter egg hunt that is done by train…! The Easter Bunny has dropped lots of eggs from his basket. Can you help him find them all? On your return journey, the train will stop at Belvedere station where the Children can be let loose on the Easter word spiral hill, looking for letters that spell a mystery Easter word!
www.barnardsminiaturerailway.eu
Cost: £7 per person (pre-booked only)

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End
Fri 25 March – Mon 28 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Audley End House and Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! You’ll meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by – maybe a king, a butler, a Roman centurion or even a monk. These honourable folk will be happy to help you on your quest as you explore Audley End and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and win your chocolate reward. It’s time to get hands-on with history.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £16 adults, £9.60 5-15 years, £14.30 concession, £41.60 family, English Heritage members FREE

Easter at Layer Marney
Sun 27 March 2016, 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: £7 adults, £4.50 children, £20 family

Easter fun at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge
Sun 27 March 2016, 12.00pm-2.00pm
The View, Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
Join in the Easter fun. Egg decorating and Easter crafts. Easter trail – find the clues along the woodland trail and meet the Easter bunny. Join in egg rolling at 2pm. No need to book.
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
Cost: Recommended donation £2 per child to help maintain Epping Forest.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Eastbury Manor House
Sun 27 March 2016, 12.00pm-5.00pm
Eastbury Square, Barking IG11 9SN
Bunny has been bouncing around Eastbury Manor this Easter and left behind a series of clues to where he has hidden his Cadbury chocolate prizes! Once you’ve followed the trail and solved the clues you can claim your Cadbury chocolate prize. Make a bunny mask, fluttering chicks and decorate your own wooden egg cup.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: £3 hunt, £1.50 craft activities

The BIG Egg Trail at Fingringhoe
Sun 27 March 2016, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
The Big Eggs are back! Follow our Easter trail around the reserve, if you succeed a chocolate treat will be waiting for you….! Children must be accompanied, booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 donation per child.

 


Monday 28 March 2016

Day out with Thomas at Easter
Fri 25 March – Monday 28 March 2016 – Easter Bank Holiday Weekend
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS
Admission will include unlimited rides on at least four character trains. Thomas, Daisy, Toby and Henrietta, the Troublesome Trucks with Toad will all be here. The Fat Controller will be welcoming you and your family plus you can join him for Storytelling time and interactive re-enactments with Thomas and other characters throughout the day. A variety of activities will also be taking place all day. Opens at 10.00am, with trains running from 10:30 to 4.30pm.
www.earm.co.uk
Cost: £14 adults, £10 children (2-15)

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Ongar Railway
Mon 28 Mar 2016
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Probably Essex’s longest Easter Egg with eggs hidden along the length of the Railway and the support of the Easter Bunny.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: £13 adult, £7 child, £34 family (2 adults, 3 children)

SMASH Easter Egg Activity Hunt
Mon 28 March 2016, 9.00am-4.30pm
Stubbers Adventure Centre, Ockendon Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TY
For school years 2 to 3. Every Easter Stubbers is visited by the Easter Bunny. So why don’t you send your adventurer to join an exciting journey where they follow the Easter Bunny to find his secret supply of chocolate eggs? This fun packed day starts with the juniors making a bag to collect their chocolate eggs, they then set off on a journey around site scaling walls, crossing lakes and going deep underground finding chocolate eggs on their way. But will they catch the Easter Bunny?
www.smashcamps.co.uk
Cost: £38 per child (or included if you purchase a junior week package), parents go FREE!

Easter Duck Hunt at Chigwell Meadows
Mon 28 March 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
The Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP
Some of the ducklings from Chigwell Meadows have gone walkabout! Help to find them and win a prize! Drop in to complete our trail, win a prize and make some egg-cellent crafts to take home with you.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £4 per child

*New Easter at Kids Kingdom
Mon 28 March 2016, 10.00am-6.00pm
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 4FA
Join Kids Kingdom at Easter for fun and games, easter egg hunt, regular visits from the Easter bunny and much more. All for your normal admission prices!
www.kidskingdom-southend.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission prices apply.

Easter Egg Hunt at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 28 March 2016, 10.30am-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Drop in and enjoy an Easter egg hunt on the nature reserve and Easter craft. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Easter Eggstravaganza – Eggsplorer Trail (Drop in)
Mon 28 March 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Follow the eggsplorer trail around the reserve, crack the clues and earn your eggy reward. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Easter at Hadleigh Park
Mon 28 March 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm
Hadleigh Farm, Castle Lane, Benfleet SS7 2AP
Enojy Easter at Hadleigh with an egg hunt, storytelling, egg painting, and card making. There will also be a hot cross bun workshop at 11am & 2pm (£5 per child, book early).
www.hadleighfarm.org.uk
Cost: £3 adult, £2.50 child, under 3s go FREE

Mini Farm at Clacton Factory Outlet
Sun 27 March and Mon 28 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Stephenson Road West, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 4TL
Go along and meet the ducklings, chicks, miniature pony, sheep and goat from 11am until 4pm on Easter Sunday and Monday!
clactonfactoryoutlet.com

Easter Express at Barnards Miniature Railway
Mon 28 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LX
Ride on the extended BMR Easter Express! A great eggs-periance for all the family. Join the 2 mile return journey as you board the only Easter egg hunt that is done by train…! The Easter Bunny has dropped lots of eggs from his basket. Can you help him find them all? On your return journey, the train will stop at Belvedere station where the Children can be let loose on the Easter word spiral hill, looking for letters that spell a mystery Easter word!
www.barnardsminiaturerailway.eu
Cost: £7 per person (pre-booked only)

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End
Fri 25 March – Mon 28 March 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Audley End House and Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! You’ll meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by – maybe a king, a butler, a Roman centurion or even a monk. These honourable folk will be happy to help you on your quest as you explore Audley End and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and win your chocolate reward. It’s time to get hands-on with history.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £16 adults, £9.60 5-15 years, £14.30 concession, £41.60 family, English Heritage members FREE

The BIG Egg Trail
Mon 28 March 2016, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
The Big Eggs are back! Follow our Easter trail around the reserve, if you succeed a chocolate treat will be waiting for you….! Children must be accompanied, booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 donation per child.

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales at Palace Theatre
Mon 28 March 2016, 2.00pm & 4.00pm
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
The perfect treat for children ages 3+. Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace Theatre present TIDDLER & OTHER TERRIFIC TALES from the books by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. 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!
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £12 per person or family ticket £44.00

 


Tuesday 29 March 2016

P.A.S.S Soccer Club
Tue 29 March – Thur 31 March 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
The Billericay School, School Road, Billericay, Essex, CM12 9LH
FA qualified coaches provides expert training to both boys and girls of all ability (must be aged between 4-15 years). Each course is held in a fun, safe and friendly environment ensuring every child enhances their skills and can improve on their overall game whilst making new friends.
www.pass-soccer.com
Cost: £69

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Ongar Railway
Tue 29 Mar 2016
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Probably Essex’s longest Easter Egg with eggs hidden along the length of the Railway and the support of the Easter Bunny.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: £13 adult, £7 child, £34 family (2 adults, 3 children)

Buggy Boot Camp at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Tue 29 March 2016, 9.15am-10.15am
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A woodland workout with your little ones! This is an event especially designed for parents with pushchairs. Fresh air and exercise for you and your children.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £3 per parent and buggy

*New Circus Workshops
Tue 29 March 2016, 9.30am-10.30am (3-5 years)
Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 4HT
Try plate spinning, scarf juggling, become part of a human pyramid, and much more. There are also sessions on Wed 30th March at 9.30-10.30am for kids aged 3-5 years and 11.00-12.00pm for 6-8 years. Also Thur 31st for children aged 3-5 years.
Contact: 07828 127014 or email SeasideCircus@yahoo.co.uk

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tue 29 March 2016, 9.30am-11.30am & 12.00pm-2.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s including wildlife activities on the nature reserve, games, crafts and music in the centre. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Little Stars Theatre Workshops – Grease the Musical
Tue 29 March – Fri 1 April 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Great Leighs Village Hall, Boreham Road, Great Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1NH
These holiday workshops always end in a show with costumes, props and lighting, costumes are always provided by Little Stars at no extra cost! For ages 6-16 years.
www.littlestarsworkshops.co.uk
Cost: £90

Mini Herb Plant House
Tue 29 March 2016, 10.30am-11.00am, 11.00am-11.30am, 11.30am-12.00pm & 12.00pm-12.30pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Essex, RM16 6RG
Make your very own mini herb plant house to take home. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 donation

Drop-In Spring Crafts at Fingringhoe
Tue 29 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Drop in to make some spring-themed crafts.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £1 per child per craft

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tue 29 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling) Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost £5 per child, £3 per sibling

Musical Theatre Workshop at Palace Theatre
Tue 29 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
For ages 8-12 years. If your child enjoy performing or would like to gain more experience in Musical Theatre techniques then go along to this Musical Theatre masterclass led by professional performer Ali James.  Work with other participants to hone skills in acting, singing and dancing and make a piece of Musical Theatre.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £6

Brambly Hedge – Spring Time Fun
Tue 29 March 2016, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Join the mice of Brambly Hedge on a spring time adventure. Bring along a picnic lunch 10:30am-2:00pm. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced booking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales at Palace Theatre
Tue 29 March 2016, 11.00am, 2.00pm & 4.00pm
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
The perfect treat for children ages 3+. Scamp Theatre & Watford Palace Theatre present TIDDLER & OTHER TERRIFIC TALES from the books by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Relaxed performance held at 11.00am.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £12 per person or family ticket £44.00

An Easter Adventure at Chalkwell Park
Tue 29 March 2016, 2.00pm-3.00pm
Chalkwell Park Flower Gardens (meet back of white house), London Rd, Westcliff on Sea, Essex
The Easter Bunny has lost all his eggs and needs your help to find them. Join us on this magical adventure as we seek to find the eggs before the wicked elf steals them all away! Plenty of Easter games and activities. Easter Egg hunt included, plus drama, dance, and music. Suitable for ages 2-10 years. Limited places, please pre-book.
Contact: inspiretheatrecollective@gmail.com or 07527 945467
Cost: £4 per child (£3 siblings)

1001 Nights Drama Workshop at Queens Theatre
Tue 29 March 2016, 3.00pm-4.00pm
Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
For ages 7 – 11 years. Held on Tue 29 – Thu 31 Mar 2016. Delve Further into the story of 1001 Nights – Shahrazard’s fantastical and imagined world of kings, viziers, and genies. This one-hour practical drama workshop explores the themes of youth, transition and culture through the creative and visual storytelling used by the actors in the main house performance.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £6

Felty Fruits at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 29 March 2016, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Join volunteers from the Material Girls local textile guild to make realistic looking fruits made from felt – apples and oranges to take home to hang or display. Places are limited to 10. Children must be accompanied. Advance booking and payment essential. Suitable for 7 years +.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 donation per child.

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 29 March 2016, 1.30pm-2.15pm
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/events
Cost: FREE

Tree-mendous Tuesday at Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve
Tue 29 March 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Vardon Drive / Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A woodland based wildlife drop-off day for children age 8-13 years. Bring a packed lunch and snacks. Please dress appropriately as this is an outdoor event. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £12 per child.

Come and Play – Paper Kites at Langdon Nature Reserve
Tue 29 March 2016, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join us next to the playground to make and fly a simple paper kite. Suitable for children of all ages, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Drop in event, no need to book in advance.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: Requested donation £3 per child.

 


Wednesday 30 March 2016

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Ongar Railway
Wed 30 March 2016
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Probably Essex’s longest Easter Egg with eggs hidden along the length of the Railway and the support of the Easter Bunny.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: £13 adult, £7 child, £34 family (2 adults, 3 children)

*New Circus Workshops
Wed 30 March 2016, 9.30am-10.30am (3-5 years) and 11.00-12.00pm (6-8 years)
Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 4HT
Try plate spinning, scarf juggling, become part of a human pyramid, and much more. There are also sessions on Tue 29th March at 9.30-10.30am for kids aged 3-5 years. Also Thur 31st for children aged 3-5 years.
Contact: 07828 127014 or email SeasideCircus@yahoo.co.uk

Easter Egg Hunt at Barking Park
Wed 30 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 8UD
Join the Rangers at Barking Park for a fun filled adventure for the whole family. Search for the clues within the park that lead you to the hidden treasure left behind by the Easter Bunny. Meet at the centre next to the children’s play area.
www.lbbd.gov.uk/event
Cost: £1 per child

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 30 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling) Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost £5 per child, £3 per sibling

Mini-Beast Hunters
Wed 30 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Visit the reserve to try your hand at investigating invertebrates! Children must be accompanied, booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Easter Family Fun Days at Essex Fire Museum
Wed 30 March 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS
Enjoy an egg-cellent tour round the Essex Fire Museum with Roger the Rabbit and Little Bo Peep, followed by arts and craft. Booking essential
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child (under 2’s and grown-ups FREE)

Easter Egg Hunt at Romford Shopping Hall
Wed 30 March 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
43 Market Place, Romford, RM1 3AB
Participate in this annual Easter Egg Hunt. Visit 8 shops and collect your yummies – every child will receive a little fury friend to take home and keep! The Easter Bunny will also put in an appearance every hour on the hour from 10 am – 4 pm. Bags can be collected at Ashley Brook Fabrics.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: £2 per child.

Superheroes and Supervillains at Creative Blast Academy
Wed 30 March 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX
Enter our comic book works and unleash your hidden superpowers to help conquer the villains. Create your own characters and storyline. The only choice you have to make is which side will you be on? For ages 6-12 years.
www.facebook.com/CreativeBlastAcademy
Cost: £20

Abberton Adventurers
Wed 30 March 2016, 10.30am-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
This Wednesday holiday club is 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. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £12 requested donation per child.

Hawks Club – Easter Explorers at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Wed 30 March 2016, 10.30am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Use your navigational skills to locate the missing Easter eggs and get your chocolaty rewards. Hawks Club is for 8 – 12 year olds and children may be unaccompanied. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £15 per child

Green Bunch – Boynett Rangers at Belfairs
Wed 30 March 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
Children aged 11 – 16 years old can go along to Green Bunch. You can take part in practical conservation work to help manage Belfairs Park and Woodland. The Green Bunch is working towards their Boynett Awards. Booking essential, limited places. Group will be outside so please dress appropriately.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: FREE

Picturing the Victorians at Hollytrees Museum
Wed 30 March 2016, at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
See and handle examples of some of the earliest cameras and discover how they worked. See photographs by one of Colchester’s first photographers. Dress up and have your portrait taken by our Victorian Photographer. Booking required please call 01206 282941.
www.cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 30 March 2016, 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)

Easter Scavenger Hunt at Roughtalley’s Wood
Wed 30 March 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
North Weald, Epping, Essex, CM16
Come try your hand at wildlife riddles and quiz questions hidden in the wood and win some Easter treats! Reserve entrance is found at the end of Pike Way. There is roadside parking on Pike Way. Please park respectfully of residents. Aimed at 4-11 year olds. Parents must accompany their children. Booking is essential please call 01992 564224 to book.
www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Family Activities at Saffron Walden Museum
Wed 30 March 2016, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Museum Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JL
Fishy fridge magnets drop in sessions. Get crafty with an underwater craft activity! Children MUST bring an adult. Usual entry fees apply. PLUS, take part in the Easter treasure trail around the museum from 25th March to 10th April.
www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org
Cost: £1.50 adult, children under 18 years FREE

1001 Nights Drama Workshop at Queens Theatre
Wed 30 March 2016, 12.00pm & 3.00pm
Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
For ages 7 – 11 years. Held on Tue 29 – Thu 31 Mar 2016. Delve Further into the story of 1001 Nights – Shahrazard’s fantastical and imagined world of kings, viziers, and genies. This one-hour practical drama workshop explores the themes of youth, transition and culture through the creative and visual storytelling used by the actors in the main house performance.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £6

Easter Activity at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge
Wed 30 March 2016, 1.00pm-4.00pm
The View, Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
Elizabethan dressing up for all the family, kitchen displays and activities linked to our exhibition and Shakespearean language and lore. No booking required
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Campfire Cooking at Fingringhoe
Wed 30 March 2016, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
You’ll be amazed what you can cook on the campfire – much more than just marshmallows! Children must be accompanied. Children must be accompanied, booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

 


Thursday 31 March 2016

*New Party with Sid at View Garden Centre
Thu 31 March 2016, 9.30am
Old Chelmsford Rd,
Wickford, Rayleigh, Essex, SS11 8SJ
Party With Sid will be at the View Garden Centre in the Easter school holidays. Sid will be telling the story “We’re Going on an Easter Hunt” in the style of “We’re going on a Bear Hunt.” There will also balloon models for all the children and an Easter egg in the fun Easter egg hunt/story. Plus a delicious breakfast for everyone!
www.viewgardencentre.co.uk
Cost: £7.50 per person

*New Circus Workshops
Thu 31 March 2016, 9.30am-10.30am (3-5 years)
Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 4HT
Try plate spinning, scarf juggling, become part of a human pyramid, and much more. There are additional sessions on Tue 29th March at 9.30-10.30am for kids aged 3-5 years. Also Wed 30th March at 9.30-10.30am for kids aged 3-5 years and 11.00-12.00pm for 6-8 years.
Contact: 07828 127014 or email SeasideCircus@yahoo.co.uk

Make Glass Beaded Fairy Wind Chimes at Chafford Gorges
Thu 31 March 2016, every half hour starting 10.30am-12.30pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Essex, RM16 6RG
Make your very own fairy wind chime to take home. Booking essential.
www.wildlifetrusts.org/events
Cost: £5 per child

Wild Science at Langdon Nature Reserve
Thu 31 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex, SS16 6EB
Explore the forces of nature with our wild science experiments, using parachute, paper planes and catapults. Suitable for children aged 5 years and over, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child.

Drop-In Orienteering at Fingringhoe
Thu 31 March 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Learn how to navigate using the compass then test yourself on one of the orienteering routes. Great fun to do together as a family.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per family

Treasure Hunt by Bike at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thu 31 March 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Take along your bike or scooter to follow a trail around the park cracking clues as you go to complete the treasure hunt. Return to the centre to have your bike security marked by the Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Team. Visit anytime between 10am–2pm. Advance booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £4 per child

Spring Bugs at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thu 31 March 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Spring time bug hunting for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Ponds and Pots at Beth Chatto Gardens
Thu 31 March 2016, 10.30am-2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
A fun-filled activity day for children at the new Beth Chatto Education Trust wildlife garden. Enjoy a dippy morning delving in our wildlife pond, followed by an afternoon of green-fingered activities. Booking essential!
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Explorer Challenge at Fingringhoe
Thu 31 March 2016, 10.30am-3.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Head down to Fingringhoe for an adventure….explore the reserve using the orienteering trail; find yourself in the woods and have a go at building a den! Visit anytime between 10.30 and 15.00, no need to book. Orienteering is self-led, the den building will be supervised by a member of EWT staff. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

*New Meadow Croft Garden Centre Easter Egg Hunt
Thu 31 March 2016, 11.00am-12.00pm
Woodham Rd, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7QU
There’s lots of great arts and craftes activties and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Includes scrummy lunch box!
www.facebook.com/Meadow-Croft
Cost: £9.99 per child

Minibeast Madness (Drop in) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thu 31 March 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Visit Hanningfield for a minibeast safari! Look for bugs in the woods, in the grass, in the trees and in our pond. See what wonders you can find! No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £3 per child

Meet the Easter Bunny at Danbury Country Park
Thu 31 March 2016, 11.00am onwards
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Suitable for children under 5 years, this is a self-led woodland trail leading to the bunny bower where you can meet the Easter Bunny. Every child can paint a hen’s egg and will also receive a small chocolate egg from the bunny.
ww.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £4 per child

Go Live! – Animal Encounters at Natural History Museum
Thu 31 March 2016, at 12.00pm, 1.15pm and 2.30pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DN
Meet some extraordinary animals and discover more about the Animal Kingdom. Which Mammals, Birds and Reptiles will you see?
www.cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person, ages 2 and under free.

1001 Nights Drama Workshop at Queens Theatre
Thu 31 March 2016, 12.00pm & 3.00pm
Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
For ages 7 – 11 years. Held on Tue 29 – Thu 31 Mar 2016. Delve Further into the story of 1001 Nights – Shahrazard’s fantastical and imagined world of kings, viziers, and genies. This one-hour practical drama workshop explores the themes of youth, transition and culture through the creative and visual storytelling used by the actors in the main house performance.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £6

Ellis Leisure Inflatable Fun at Raphael Park
Thu 31 March 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Raphael Park, Romford, Essex, RM2 5PL
Every Thursday and Friday of the Easter holidays Ellis Leisure will be there providing a range of inflatable fun with mega assault courses, bouncy castles, slides, bungee runs and more.
There will also be an area dedicated for smaller, less confident and disabled children, so everyone can enjoy the day. The children within this section still have full use of the other inflatables.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: £5.50 wristband for all ages

Spring Bugs at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thu 31 March 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A fun pond dipping session for all the family with a pond nature trail. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Den Building Drop In at Fingringhoe
Thu 31 March 2016, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Test your family’s skills as you build a cosy den in the woods. Fun for ages 2 – 92! Children must be accompanied. No booking required
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Fun Thursday at Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve
Thu 31 March 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A fun day for children aged up to 7. Must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately as this is an outdoor event. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child.

Kids Obstacle Club at Wild Forest Gym
Thu 31 March 2016, 4.30pm-5.30pm & 5.45pm-6.45pm
Parsonage Farm, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA
This after school activity every Monday and Thursday is where kids between 7 and 16 years get to have lots of fun and learn to climb ropes…jump over walls…cross the monkey bars…and swing on the hang tough rings. And we not talking about baby obstacles we are talking about race sized obstacles at WildForestGym hosted at the award winning Nuclear Races, Brentwood, Essex.
wildforestgym.com
Cost: 1 session per week £6, 2 sessions per week £10.

 


Friday 1 April 2016

P.A.S.S Soccer Club
Fri 1 April 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
Maldon Town FC Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 0RT
A FA qualified coaches provides expert training to both boys and girls of all ability (must be aged between 4-15 years). Each course is held in a fun, safe and friendly environment ensuring every child enhances their skills and can improve on their overall game whilst making new friends.
www.pass-soccer.com
Cost: £29

Wind in the Willows Family Scavenger Hunt (Drop in)
Fri 1 April 2016, 9.00am-16.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for under 5’s including wildlife activities Mr Toad is off on his spring vacation but he has managed to lose the things he needs in the woods. Can you help him find them? No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: Trail sheets £2 per child

Youth Volunteers at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 1 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join this group of young volunteers, aged 13 – 18 and take part in practical conservation work to help manage the reserve. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: FREE

Under 5’s Dinosaurs at Fingringhoe
Fri 1 Apr 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
A morning of dino themed activities especially for children aged 5 and under. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Forest Friday at Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve
Fri 1 Apr 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Vardon Drive / Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A morning of crafts, games and forest fun both indoors and outdoors during the holidays at Belfairs Woodland Centre
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Costs: £5.00 per child

April Fool’s Trail at Langdon Nature Reserve
Fri 1 Apr 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Discover the clever tricks that wildlife around the world use to survive with this self-guided trail. Can you complete the animal challenges along the way? Make your own clever clay creature to take home. Suitable for children of all ages, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Drop in event, no need to book in advance.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: Requested donation £3 per child.

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 1 Apr 2016, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Indoor and outdoor fun for under 5s with their parents and carers; play, stories, singing and music, learning through play and exploration.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Nature Explorers at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 1 April 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A morning of exploring the nature reserve on trails and playing games for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

*New Meadow Croft Garden Centre Easter Egg Hunt
Fri 1 April 2016, 11.00am-12.00pm
Woodham Rd, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7QU
There’s lots of great arts and craftes activties and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Includes scrummy lunch box!
www.facebook.com/Meadow-Croft
Cost: £9.99 per child

Archery at Colchester Castle Museum
Fri 1 April 2016, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm
Colchester Castle, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Meet the English Longbowman, learn the secrets of his weaponry and test out your archery skills.
www.cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £2 per person, plus normal admission fee

Ellis Leisure Inflatable Fun at Raphael Park
Fri 1 April 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Raphael Park, Romford, Essex, RM2 5PL
Every Thursday and Friday of the Easter holidays Ellis Leisure will be there providing a range of inflatable fun with mega assault courses, bouncy castles, slides, bungee runs and more.
There will also be an area dedicated for smaller, less confident and disabled children, so everyone can enjoy the day. The children within this section still have full use of the other inflatables.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: £5.50 wristband for all ages

Nature Explorers at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 1 April 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A family campfire session on the nature reserve. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Bedfords Nature Rangers
Fri 1 April 2016, 7.00pm-9.00pm
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Havering-atte-Bower, Essex, RM4 1QH
Leave the grown ups at home and come and explore the outdoors and nature at Bedfords Park. Different activities each session, suitable for children aged 8 to 12, who can be left unaccompanied. Booking and payment in advance essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child

 


Saturday 2 April 2016

The Enormous Turnip at Queens Theatre
Sat 2 April 2016, 10.00am
Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Fun interactive workshops with top storytellers from Essex. Packed full of fun and games and based on popular children’s tales.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child (adult tickets not required)

Youth Rangers at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 2 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Fortnightly group for children that enjoy the outdoors, wildlife and getting their hands dirty. This event is for 7 – 11 year olds. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Simply Eggs at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 2 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Learn fascinating facts about eggs in the animal kingdom through games, trails and crafts. Guide age 4 to 10 years. Booking and advance payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child

Trundlehonk! at Queens Theatre
Sat 2 April 2016, 11.00am
Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Fun for all the family! Meet the loveable Trundlehonk!, a keen member of the local brass band. Trundlehonk! Is packed full of rousing live music, physical comedy, and slapstick. A wonderful medley of mayhem that you won’t want to miss!
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5

 


Sunday 3 April 2016

Running Day at Barnards Miniature Railway
Sun 3 April 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LX
Railway only with access to garden areas that the railway runs through. No admission charge.
www.barnardsminiaturerailway.eu

Spring into Action at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 3 April 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Make a bird feeder to take home and hang in your garden and search for signs of spring on a walk around the reserve. No need to book, just drop in.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £3.50 per child

Spring Wildlife Gardening
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Sun 3 April 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Aimed at age 5+. Go along to make some things to attract wildlife to your garden. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

 


Monday 4 April 2016

Hedgehog Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 4 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Follow the eggy trail to earn your chocolaty reward and try your hand at a spot of egg decorating. This event is for 4 – 8 year olds, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child

Easter Holiday Workshop at Stagecoach, Saffron Walden
Mon 4 April – Fri 8 April 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Chesterfords Community Centre, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1NS
For children aged 5-16 years. During this five-day course students will work with our specialist, DBS checked teachers to create a performance of singing, dance and drama for family and friends, which will be presented on the Friday afternoon at 3pm. Students help to devise the script alongside popular songs from musicals, movies and the charts, and every student has a speaking role within the performance.
www.dramaclasses.biz
Cost: £150 for the week, plus sibling discounts

Mystery Monday Morning at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 4 April 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Enjoy some fun on the nature reserve. Activities each such as pond dipping, bug hunting or bush crafts. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Mega Art Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 4 April 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
An afternoon of fun on the reserve for all the family. Create some mega art on the nature reserve. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Drop In Day at Fingringhoe
Mon 4 April 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Go and explore using the Family Nature Trail. Also gem stone panning, crafts and more! There will be different activities each time, and there’s no need to book so go along and be surprised by what you can see and do on the reserve!
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £10 donation per family.

Kids Obstacle Club at Wild Forest Gym
Mon 4 April 2016, 4.30pm-5.30pm & 5.45pm-6.45pm
Parsonage Farm, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA
This after school activity every Monday and Thursday is where kids between 7 and 16 years get to have lots of fun and learn to climb ropes…jump over walls…cross the monkey bars…and swing on the hang tough rings. And we not talking about baby obstacles we are talking about race sized obstacles at WildForestGym hosted at the award winning Nuclear Races, Brentwood, Essex.
wildforestgym.com
Cost: 1 session per week £6, 2 sessions per week £10.

 


Tuesday 5 April 2016

*New Party with Sid at View Garden Centre
Tue 5 April 2016, 9.30am
Old Chelmsford Rd,
Wickford, Rayleigh, Essex, SS11 8SJ
Party With Sid will be at the View Garden Centre in the Easter school holidays. Sid will be telling the story “We’re Going on an Easter Hunt” in the style of “We’re going on a Bear Hunt.” There will also balloon models for all the children and an Easter egg in the fun Easter egg hunt/story. Plus a delicious breakfast for everyone!
www.viewgardencentre.co.uk
Cost: £7.50 per person

Kids Winter Fun Day at Remus Horse Sanctuary
Tue 5 April 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Little Farm, Buttsbury Road, Buttsbury, Nr Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NZ
For children aged 7 – 11 years. They will meet all the animals, enjoy a walk and some fun arts and crafts activities. They will need to come with a warm coat and outdoor clothes, willies and a packed lunch. Boys and girls welcome. Places are limited so don’t delay in booking your child’s place!
www.remussanctuary.org/events
Cost: £40

P.A.S.S Soccer Club
Tue 5 April 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
Woodville Primary School, South Woodham, Essex, CM3 5SE
A FA qualified coaches provides expert training to both boys and girls of all ability (must be aged between 4-15 years). Each course is held in a fun, safe and friendly environment ensuring every child enhances their skills and can improve on their overall game whilst making new friends.
www.pass-soccer.com
Cost: £29

‘OZ’… The Search for Toto at Nevendon Manor
Tue 5 April 2016, various times
Nevendon Manor, Borwick Lane, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0QA
Dorothy has woken from her dream in Oz but where is Toto? Join in and follow the yellow brick road on an adventure that will bring the world of Oz to life. Will you find Toto? We cannot say for certain. But one thing we know… along the way you’re sure to meet all your favourite characters from the original. You are taken on an outdoor trail around our grounds for approximately 1 hour, many changes from last year. Tickets selling fast.
nevendonmanor.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 per person

Buggy Boot Camp at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Tue 5 April 2016, 9.15am-10.15am
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A woodland workout with your little ones! This is an event especially designed for parents with pushchairs. Fresh air and exercise for you and your children.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £3 per parent and buggy

Annie Workshop at Headgate Theatre
Tue 5 – Fri 8 Apr 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm
Chapel Street North, Colchester, CO2 7AT
Polka Dot Musical Theatre Workshop for 8 to 16 yr Olds. This intensive 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: £80

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tue 5 April 2016, 9.30am-11.30am & 12.00pm-2.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for under 5’s including wildlife activities on the nature reserve, games, crafts and music in the centre. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free.

Create and Play: Treasure Trails at Queens Theatre
Tue 5 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
For 4-7 year olds. Two fun hours jam packed with storytelling, drama games, and craft activities exploring different children’s stories and making your very own creatures. Book two create and play sessions and get a third session free! Book any Create & Play morning and receive 10% off food and drink at Over the Green – the Queen’s Theatre Café Bar.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10

Drop In Clay Creatures at Fingringhoe
Tue 5 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join us in the secret woods as we hunt for mini-beasts to give us inspiration to make our own clay creatures! What natural materials can we use to create some ‘creature features’? Children must be accompanied. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Tree-mendous Tuesday at Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve
Tue 5 Apr 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Vardon Drive / Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A woodland based wildlife drop-off day for children age 8-13 years. Bring a packed lunch and snacks. Please dress appropriately as this is an outdoor event. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £12 per child.

Pond Dipping at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tue 5 Apr 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Discover the wonderful wildlife of the pond. Suitable for children of all ages, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Drop in event, no need to book in advance. Sessions may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: Requested donation £3 per child.

Little Stars Theatre Workshops – Mamma Mia
Tue 5 Apr – 6 April 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
South Woodham Ferrers Village Hall, 25 Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 5PL
These holiday workshops always end in a show with costumes, props and lighting, costumes are always provided by Little Stars at no extra cost! For ages 4-11 years.
www.littlestarsworkshops.co.uk
Cost: £45

*New Indoor Inflatable Easter Fun – Clacton
Tue 5 Apr – Thu 7 April 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
TEC (Bishops Park School), Jaywick Lane, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO16 8BE
There will be Bouncy Castles, Slides, Fun Run, Disco Dome and visits from special characters! Time slots must be booked in advance. See Facebook page for details.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: Wristbands £4.00, non-walking babies FREE, adults £1.00

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 5 Apr 2016, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Indoor and outdoor fun for under 5s with their parents and carers; play, stories, singing and music, learning through play and exploration.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings, babes in arms free.

Campfire and Den Building at Chafford Gorges
Tue 5 April 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Essex, RM16 6RG
Make an Easter Bonnet and meet the Easter Bunnies. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 donation

Magnificent Minibeasts at Beth Chatto Gardens
Tue 5 April 2016, 10.30am-2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
A fun-filled activity day for children at the new Beth Chatto Education Trust wildlife garden. Come and join us for a minibeast safari and make your own wildlife window box to take home! Booking essential!
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Brambly Hedge – Adventures with Wilfred and Primrose
Tue 5 April 2016, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Join Wilfred and Primrose on one of their adventures on the nature reserve. Bring along a picnic lunch. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 5 April 2016, 1.30pm-2.15pm
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/events
Cost: FREE

 


Wednesday 6 April 2016

*New Party with Sid at View Garden Centre
Wed 6 April 2016, 9.30am
Old Chelmsford Rd,
Wickford, Rayleigh, Essex, SS11 8SJ
Party With Sid will be at the View Garden Centre in the Easter school holidays. Sid will be telling the story “We’re Going on an Easter Hunt” in the style of “We’re going on a Bear Hunt.” There will also balloon models for all the children and an Easter egg in the fun Easter egg hunt/story. Plus a delicious breakfast for everyone!
www.viewgardencentre.co.uk
Cost: £7.50 per person

*New Day of Disney at Thameside Theatre
Wed 6 April 2016, 10.00am
Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX
Are you ready to step through the looking glass to meet your favourite Disney characters? Go on a magical adventure and learn to sing your favourite Disney songs and learn a dance routine that even Alice would be proud of! For children under 11 years.
www.thurrock.gov.uk/events
Cost: £20.00

P.A.S.S Soccer Club
Wed 6 April – Fri 8 April 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
Chelmer Valley High School Court Road, Broomfield, Essex, CM1 7ER
A FA qualified coaches provides expert training to both boys and girls of all ability (must be aged between 4-15 years). Each course is held in a fun, safe and friendly environment ensuring every child enhances their skills and can improve on their overall game whilst making new friends.
www.pass-soccer.com
Cost: £69

‘OZ’… The Search for Toto at Nevendon Manor
Wed 6 April 2016, various times
Nevendon Manor, Borwick Lane, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0QA
Dorothy has woken from her dream in Oz but where is Toto? Join in and follow the yellow brick road on an adventure that will bring the world of Oz to life. Will you find Toto? We cannot say for certain. But one thing we know… along the way you’re sure to meet all your favourite characters from the original. You are taken on an outdoor trail around our grounds for approximately 1 hour, many changes from last year. Tickets selling fast.
nevendonmanor.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 per person

Creating Currency – Clay Coins at Colchester Castle Museum
Wed 6 April 2016
Colchester Castle, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Coins in the ancient world were more than a form of payment. They communicated status power and influence. Handle some real ancient coins and make your own out of clay.
www.cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £2, plus normal admission fee

Bushcraft: Fire workshop at Barn Hoppitt
Wed 6 April 2016, at 10.00am, 11.15am and 12.30pm
Barn Hoppitt, Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
Learn how to light a fire using natural materials. For children aged 6-12 years. Booking essential (020 7332 1911), places are limited. All participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Three 1 hour sessions at 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm.
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
Cost: £2 per participant

Create and Play: Treasure Trails at Queens Theatre
Wed 6 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Two fun hours jam packed with storytelling, drama games, and craft activities exploring different children’s stories and making your very own creatures. Book two create and play sessions and get a third session free! Book any Create & Play morning and receive 10% off food and drink at Over the Green – the Queen’s Theatre Café Bar.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10

Dinosaurs! at Fingringhoe
Wed 6 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
A morning of dino themed fun for future palaeontologists. Aimed at age 4 – 7. Booking essential. www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 6 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling) Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost £5 per child, £3 per sibling

Green Bunch – Boynett Rangers at Belfairs
Wed 6 April 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
Children aged 11 – 16 years old can go along to Green Bunch. You can take part in practical conservation work to help manage Belfairs Park and Woodland. The Green Bunch is working towards their Boynett Awards. Booking essential, limited places. Group will be outside so please dress appropriately.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: FREE

Day of Disney at Creative Blast Academy
Wed 6 April 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX
Are you ready to step through the looking glass to meet your favourite Disney characters? Come on a magical adventure with us and learn to sing your favourite Disney songs and learn a dance routine even Alice would be proud of! For ages 6-12 years.
www.facebook.com/CreativeBlastAcademy
Cost: £20

*New Indoor Inflatable Easter Fun – Clacton
Tue 5 Apr – Thu 7 April 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
TEC (Bishops Park School), Jaywick Lane, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO16 8BE
There will be Bouncy Castles, Slides, Fun Run, Disco Dome and visits from special characters! Time slots must be booked in advance. See Facebook page for details.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: Wristbands £4.00, non-walking babies FREE, adults £1.00

Super Superheroes at Chafford Gorges
Wed 6 April 2016, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.30pm-1.30pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Essex, RM16 6RG
Go along for fun in the Gorge. Kryptonite race, Spiderman obstacle course and ben bag attack. Fancy dress would be great. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 donation

Abberton Adventurers
Wed 6 April 2016, 10.30am-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
This Wednesday holiday club is 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. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £12 requested donation per child.

Hawks Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Wed 6 April 2016, 10.30am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Hawks Club is for 8 – 12 year olds and children may be unaccompanied. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £15 per child

Eggstravagnza – Easter Egg painting workshop at Natural History Museum
Wed 6 April 2016, at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 2pm, and 3pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DN
Create a striking painted egg to decorate your house over Easter. Booking essential, please call 01206 282941
www.cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 6 April 2016, 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)

Family Activities at Saffron Walden Museum
Wed 6 April 2016, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Museum Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JL
Marine Masks drop in sessions. Get crafty with an underwater craft activity! Children MUST bring an adult. Usual entry fees apply. PLUS, take part in the Easter treasure trail around the museum from 25th March to 10th April.
www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org
Cost: £1.50 adult, children under 18 years FREE

Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 6 April 2016, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join these forest school style activities in the wood – den building, bug hunting, woodland crafts and camp fire. Suitable for children aged 5 years and over, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Bushcraft at Fingringhoe
Wed 6 April 2016, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join this fun afternoon of bushcraft to build dens and toast marshmallows on the campfire. Fun for ages 2 – 92! Children must be accompanied, booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

 


Thursday 7 April 2016

‘OZ’… The Search for Toto at Nevendon Manor
Thu 7 April 2016, various times
Nevendon Manor, Borwick Lane, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0QA
Dorothy has woken from her dream in Oz but where is Toto? Join in and follow the yellow brick road on an adventure that will bring the world of Oz to life. Will you find Toto? We cannot say for certain. But one thing we know… along the way you’re sure to meet all your favourite characters from the original. You are taken on an outdoor trail around our grounds for approximately 1 hour, many changes from last year. Tickets selling fast.
nevendonmanor.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 per person

*New Party with Sid at View Garden Centre
Thu 7 April 2016, 9.30am
Old Chelmsford Rd,
Wickford, Rayleigh, Essex, SS11 8SJ
Party With Sid will be at the View Garden Centre in the Easter school holidays. Sid will be telling the story “We’re Going on an Easter Hunt” in the style of “We’re going on a Bear Hunt.” There will also balloon models for all the children and an Easter egg in the fun Easter egg hunt/story. Plus a delicious breakfast for everyone!
www.viewgardencentre.co.uk
Cost: £7.50 per person

Create and Play: Treasure Trails at Queens Theatre
Thu 7 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
For 4-6 year olds. Two fun hours jam packed with storytelling, drama games, and craft activities exploring different children’s stories and making your very own creatures. Book two create and play sessions and get a third session free! Book any Create & Play morning and receive 10% off food and drink at Over the Green – the Queen’s Theatre Café Bar.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10

Easter Family Fun Days at Essex Fire Museum
Thu 7 April 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS
Enjoy an egg-cellent tour round the Essex Fire Museum with Roger the Rabbit and Little Bo Peep, followed by arts and craft. Booking essential
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child (under 2’s and grown-ups FREE)

Children’s Art Workshop at Castle House
Thu 7 April 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6AZ
For ages 6-13 years. Celebrate the coming of spring by painting a unique piece of ceramic ware. Then, create a folk art canvas by collaging fabric and decorative papers together. Drawing upon the current homeware trend of wild animals, a theme of ‘hares’ and ‘birds’ will be the visual inspiration. Bring your own lunch. Led by Valerie Osment, artist and educator.
www.munningsmuseum.org.uk
Cost: £20 (booking essential as places are limited to 12)

Secret Spies at Langdon Visitor Centre
Thu 7 April 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Test your super spy skills with our all new self-led trail. Break the code and complete the challenges to receive a certificate and prize. Suitable for children aged 5 years and over, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Drop in event, no need to book in advance.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: Requested donation £3 per child.

*New Indoor Inflatable Easter Fun – Clacton
Tue 5 Apr – Thu 7 April 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
TEC (Bishops Park School), Jaywick Lane, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO16 8BE
There will be Bouncy Castles, Slides, Fun Run, Disco Dome and visits from special characters! Time slots must be booked in advance. See Facebook page for details.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: Wristbands £4.00, non-walking babies FREE, adults £1.00

Spring Bugs at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thu 7 April 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Spring time bug hunting for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Spring Safari and Sowing at Beth Chatto Gardens
Thu 7 April 2016, 10.30am-2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
A fun-filled activity day for children at the new Beth Chatto Education Trust wildlife garden. Explore outdoors and find out what’s waking up, try building a bird nest and sow your own seedy egg box! Booking essential!
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Little Stars Theatre Workshops – Peter Pan
Thu 7 Apr – 8 April 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Great Leighs Village Hall, Boreham Road, Great Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1NH
These holiday workshops always end in a show with costumes, props and lighting, costumes are always provided by Little Stars at no extra cost! For ages 3-7 years.
www.littlestarsworkshops.co.uk
Cost: £30

Caveman Day at Fingringhoe
Thu 7 April 2016, 10.30am-3.00pm
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join us here at Fingringhoe for a day of ‘caveman’ activities including fire lighting and cave-style painting! The activities will be a mixture self-led and staff led at certain periods throughout the day. Drop in any time. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 donation per child.

Minibeast Madness (Drop in) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thu 7 April 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Visit Hanningfield for a minibeast safari! Look for bugs in the woods, in the grass, in the trees and in our pond. See what wonders you can find! No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £3 per child

Ellis Leisure Inflatable Fun at Raphael Park
Thu 7 April 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Raphael Park, Romford, Essex, RM2 5PL
Every Thursday and Friday of the Easter holidays Ellis Leisure will be there providing a range of inflatable fun with mega assault courses, bouncy castles, slides, bungee runs and more.
There will also be an area dedicated for smaller, less confident and disabled children, so everyone can enjoy the day. The children within this section still have full use of the other inflatables.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: £5.50 wristband for all ages

Go Live! Reptiles and Minibeasts at Natural History Museum
Thu 7 April 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Museum Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JL
Get up and close and personal with a variety of amazing and unusual animals. Meet snakes and lizards as well as tortoises and giant spiders.
www.cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person, under 2’s Free

Indoor Wildlife Safari with the Park Ranger
Thu 7 April 2016, 1.00m-2.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
A family event for adults and children (guide age 4+). Join Mick The Park Ranger for an indoor Wildlife Safari – see up close, a wide range of preserved animals that live at Hornchurch Country Park. Learn fascinating facts about how they are adapted to life in the wild.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £4 per person

*New Sheerluck Dectective Trail at Hadleigh Park
Thu 7 April 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Are you a supersleuth? Join Sheerluck Holmes and Doctor Wotsit, working on the clues to solve the case and earn yourself a prize. The game is afoot! Meet at Chapel Lane car park, any time 1.00pm and 3.00pm. No need to book. For ages 6+.
hadleigh-park.co.uk/event
Cost: £5.00 per child, including prize

Pond Dipping Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Thu 7 April 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A fun pond dipping session for all the family with a pond nature trail. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Little Stars Theatre Workshops – Descendants
Thu 7 Apr – 8 April 2016, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Kelvedon Institute, 78 High Street, Kelvedon, Essex, CO5 9AA
These holiday workshops always end in a show with costumes, props and lighting, costumes are always provided by Little Stars at no extra cost! For ages 4-11 years.
www.littlestarsworkshops.co.uk
Cost: £30

Fun Thursday at Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve
Thu 7 April 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Vardon Drive / Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A woodland based wildlife fun day for children up to 7 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately as this is an outdoor event. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £12 per child

Kids Obstacle Club at Wild Forest Gym
Thu 7 April 2016, 4.30pm-5.30pm & 5.45pm-6.45pm
Parsonage Farm, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA
This after school activity every Monday and Thursday is where kids between 7 and 16 years get to have lots of fun and learn to climb ropes…jump over walls…cross the monkey bars…and swing on the hang tough rings. And we not talking about baby obstacles we are talking about race sized obstacles at WildForestGym hosted at the award winning Nuclear Races, Brentwood, Essex.
wildforestgym.com
Cost: 1 session per week £6, 2 sessions per week £10.

 


Friday 8 April 2016

‘OZ’… The Search for Toto at Nevendon Manor
Fri 8 Apr 2016, various times
Nevendon Manor, Borwick Lane, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0QA
Dorothy has woken from her dream in Oz but where is Toto? Join in and follow the yellow brick road on an adventure that will bring the world of Oz to life. Will you find Toto? We cannot say for certain. But one thing we know… along the way you’re sure to meet all your favourite characters from the original. You are taken on an outdoor trail around our grounds for approximately 1 hour, many changes from last year. Tickets selling fast.
nevendonmanor.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 per person

Wind in the Willows Family Scavenger Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 8 April 2016, 9.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Mr Toad is off on his spring vacation but he has managed to lose the things he needs in the woods. Can you help him find them? Drop in any time, no need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: Trail sheets £2 per child

Forest Friday – Where the Wild Thing Are at Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve
Fri 8 Apr 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Vardon Drive / Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A morning of crafts, games and forest fun both indoors and outdoors during the holidays at Belfairs Woodland Centre for under 8’s. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Costs: £5.00 per child

Fingringhoe Fledglings
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Fri 8 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
A club for the under 5s! Every month has a different wildlife theme with outdoor exploration, crafts, songs and stories. Snack is included. Perfect for your little explorer! Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child, £3 for siblings

Youth Volunteers at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 8 April 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join this group of young volunteers, aged 13 – 18 and take part in practical conservation work to help manage the reserve. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: FREE

Bushcraft: Tracking workshop at Barn Hoppitt
Fri 8 April 2016, at 10.00am, 11.15am and 12.30pm
Barn Hoppitt, Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
Learn to use all your senses to track animals for that all important shot….with a camera. For children aged 6-12 years. Booking essential (020 7332 1911), places are limited. All participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Three 1 hour sessions at 10am, 11.15am and 12.30pm.
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
Cost: £2 per participant

The Manuden Scarecrow Trail
Fri 8 April 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Manuden Village Community Centre, David Collins Drive, Manuden, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 1EH
The Manuden Scarecrow Trail is taking place on 8th – 10th April 2016. Villagers will be creating and displaying scarecrows based on book characters. Follow the trail to find them all and vote for your favourite! Trail maps will be on sale from Manuden Village Community Centre from 10am – 4pm daily. Two lucky trail maps will win cash prizes of £50 and £25!
www.facebook.com/tmstrail
Cost: Trail maps cost £2.50

Wild 100 at Langdon Visitor Centre
Fri 8 April 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Are you up for a challenge? Can you help us find 100 different living things in one day? Look for birds, bugs and other beasties. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Drop in event, no need to book in advance.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: Requested donation £3 per child.

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 8 April 2016, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Indoor and outdoor fun for under 5s with their parents and carers; play, stories, singing and music, learning through play and exploration.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings, babes in arms free.

Nature Trailers at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 8 April 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A morning of fun on the reserve for all the family. Follow the nature trail and discover some exciting bugs and beasties. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Ellis Leisure Inflatable Fun at Raphael Park
Fri 8 April 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Raphael Park, Romford, Essex, RM2 5PL
Every Thursday and Friday of the Easter holidays Ellis Leisure will be there providing a range of inflatable fun with mega assault courses, bouncy castles, slides, bungee runs and more.
There will also be an area dedicated for smaller, less confident and disabled children, so everyone can enjoy the day. The children within this section still have full use of the other inflatables.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: £5.50 wristband for all ages

Campfire Treasures and Treats at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 8 April 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A family campfire session on the nature reserve. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced boking essential, call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 requested donation per child + 1 adult, additional adults £3 per person.

Fingringhoe Fledglings
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Fri 8 April 2016, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Discover what is swimming in the depths of our ponds. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

 


Saturday 9 April 2016

‘OZ’… The Search for Toto at Nevendon Manor
Sat 9 Apr 2016, various times
Nevendon Manor, Borwick Lane, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0QA
Dorothy has woken from her dream in Oz but where is Toto? Join in and follow the yellow brick road on an adventure that will bring the world of Oz to life. Will you find Toto? We cannot say for certain. But one thing we know… along the way you’re sure to meet all your favourite characters from the original. You are taken on an outdoor trail around our grounds for approximately 1 hour, many changes from last year. Tickets selling fast.
nevendonmanor.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 per person

Ivy-Mai Fundraiser
Sat 9 April 2016 10.00am-12.00pm
Cheeky Monkeys, The Monico, Eastern Esplanade, Canvey Island, Essex
Fantastic fundraiser party with soft play, bouncy castle, face painting, tombola, raffle, food and lots more. Go along enjoy yourselves and help raise funds for 7 month old IVY-MAI GEARY who has life threatening congenital neutropenia elane and is awaiting chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
Contact: Dominique Kent on 07454770044 or Valleri Ruthven on 075983980599

The Manuden Scarecrow Trail
Sat 9 April 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Manuden Village Community Centre, David Collins Drive, Manuden, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 1EH
The Manuden Scarecrow Trail is taking place on 8th – 10th April 2016. Villagers will be creating and displaying scarecrows based on book characters. Follow the trail to find them all and vote for your favourite! Trail maps will be on sale from Manuden Village Community Centre from 10am – 4pm daily. Two lucky trail maps will win cash prizes of £50 and £25!
www.facebook.com/tmstrail
Cost: Trail maps cost £2.50

Spring into Action at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 9 April 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Make a bird feeder to take home and hang in your garden and search for signs of spring on a walk around the reserve. No need to book, just drop in.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £3.50 per child

 


Sunday 10 April 2016

The Manuden Scarecrow Trail
Sun 10 April 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Manuden Village Community Centre, David Collins Drive, Manuden, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 1EH
The Manuden Scarecrow Trail is taking place on 8th – 10th April 2016. Villagers will be creating and displaying scarecrows based on book characters. Follow the trail to find them all and vote for your favourite! Trail maps will be on sale from Manuden Village Community Centre from 10am – 4pm daily. Two lucky trail maps will win cash prizes of £50 and £25!
www.facebook.com/tmstrail
Cost: Trail maps cost £2.50

*New Adventure and Farm Open Day at Lambourne End Centre
Sun 10 April 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Lambourne End Centre, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex, RM4 1NB
Meet the Easter babies on the farm, enjoy pony and cart rides and have a go at lots of adventurous activities – tunnel through the underground caves, cross the low ropes course over water, kayak on the pool and lots more! Refreshments will be available all day and our farm shop is open too. Something for all the family!
www.lambourne-end.org.uk
Cost: £3 entrance per car, then £1 per activity or unlimited goes with a wristband (£12 over 8’s or £6 under 8’s).

Bonkers About Birds at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 10 April 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Build a bird box to take home and go on a family friendly bird walk. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child

Wildlife Detectives at Fingringhoe
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Sun 10 April 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Learn to be a wildlife detective! Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £5 per child

Forest School Club at Fingringhoe
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Sun 10 April 2016, 1.30pm-4.00pm
Do you enjoy being outside in the woods? At a Forest School session they provide the equipment, expertise and tools to enable children of all ages to develop understanding of the woodland habitat and skills to craft items from natural materials. Booking essential. Under 18 months free. Under 8’s must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/events
Cost: £6 per child

Rapunzel at West Cliff Theatre
Sun 10 April 2016, 2.30pm
Tower Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 1LE
From the Emmy Award-winning team behind the mega-hit television series, Friends, comes Rapunzel, an exciting musical perfect for all the family!
www.westcliffclacton.co.uk
Cost: £11 adult, £9 children under 16, £36 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)

 

If you would like to add to our Essex Easter events, please send details to emma@essexbaby.co.uk