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

Discover what’s on near you, including children’s activities, workshops, shows, open days and fun things to do.
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February Events in Essex

Events: 1 February –  7 February 2017

Baby and Toddler Sensory Rhymetime, Halstead Library
Thu 2 Feb 2017, 2.15pm-2.45pm
Bridge Street, Halstead, Essex CO9 1HU
Held on the first Thursday of every month. A Rhymetime but with sensory elements. Sessions hosted by an experienced volunteer.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Harry Potter Book Night at Essex Libraries
Thurs 2 Feb 2017, after school (see website for times at your local library)
Venues across Essex
Come and join us for wizard crafts, a magical fancy dress competition and a Harry Potter Treasure Hunt. Suitable for ages 7-12 but, younger and older siblings are welcome. To book, contact your local library to book a place. All children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
libraries.essex.gov.uk/events
Cost: FREE

Love and Cuddles, Broomfield Library
Sat 4 Feb 2017, 10.00am-11.30am
180 Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 7AH
Drop in and make crafts to give away to someone you love. Bring your teddy bear.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Children’s Craft Session, Kelvedon Library
Sat 4 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Aylett’s Foundation School, Maldon Road, Kelvedon, Essex CO5 9BA
Held on the first Saturday of every month. Free, themed activity / craft for children to complete, with help available and an example to work to. Activity sheets for children to complete on the other Saturdays in the month.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Sensory Wall Open Session, Chelmsford Library
Sat 4 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH
Open for public use, with different elements of the wall available during each session. Video interactive floor will not be in use during these sessions. Call Chelmsford Library on 01245 492758 for more details.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Dagenham Mum2mum Market
Sun 5 Feb 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hatfield Community Hall, Hatfield Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 6JS
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE – Free to everyone in the last half hour before closing

Snowdrop Sunday at Hedingham Castle
Sun 5 Feb 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Under 18s £6, Over 65s £7.50, Family £25, Under 5s FREE

Teddy Bears Concert at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 5 Feb 2016, doors open 2.00pm, starts 2.30pm
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
A perfect introduction to the world of music, with musical stories and short pieces that will get your teddy dancing! A chance to conduct the orchestra and join in the percussion section. Most suitable for kids aged 5-11, their families and friends.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: Adults £6, Child £3, Family (2+2) £15

Events: 8 February –  14 February 2017

Meet Dandy the Lion at Colchester Central Library
Thu 9 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
21 Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JB
Come and meet Dandy the Lion, who will be visiting the children’s library with art and crafts, colouring and badges. An event to raise awareness of St Helena Hospice.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Kids Craft Event at Colchester Central Library
Thu 9 Feb 2017, 1.00pm-2.30pm
21 Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JB
Recycled craft activities for you and your children to try whilst making new friends, hosted by the Zone Warden. Just drop in – no need to book. For more information call Carys on 07507 665866.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Superhero Half Term Fun, Great Baddow Library
Sat 11 Feb to Sat 18 Feb 2017, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7HH
Fun activities for children of all ages during half term – just drop-in when we’re open! Solve our Superhero Prize Trail. Join in with Superhero Craft Activities. Create your own Superhero Identity.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Children’s Crafts, Writtle Library
Sat 11 Feb, 10.00am-12.00pm
45 The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3DT
Every second Saturday of the month. Come and have some fun making a craft! Free drop-in session.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Creative Fun Sessions, Billericay Library
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 10.30am-11.30am
143 High Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9AB
Every second Saturday of the month (term time only). Join in with creative activities and a story.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Beasty Baby at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 11 Feb 2016, 11.00am & 1.30pm
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Deep in the forest, in a wintery land, lives a gorgeously grizzly Beasty Baby. Mayhem and laughter await around every corner as three people embark on a wild adventure to bring up this very mischievous and totally loveable child. Using an inspired mix of puppetry and live music, Theatre-Rites creates a funny and magical shared experience for the whole family, to warm up those cold winter days. Most suitable for ages 3 – 6.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95 per ticket

Room to Move Workshop in Colchester Town Centre
Sat 11 Feb 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Mercury Theatre, Firstsite Gallery, & Colchester Arts Centre
3 days of African and Chinese Music workshops at 3 different venues across Colchester Town with a sharing performance on the last day at Colchester Arts Centre. Swirling ribbons, harp string melodies, drumming, strumming and singing. Discover West African and Chinese Music in a fun creative way with super musicians Sefo Kanuteh, Ling Peng, Hilary Cornell and Josh Doughty. Participants attending all 3 days can achieve nationally recognised Arts Award Discover. To find out more about Arts awards please visit www.artsaward.org.uk. Most suitable for ages 5 – 17.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £18

Professor Nitrate’s Mission to Mars at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 11 Feb to Sun 19 Feb 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Professor Nitrate has always dreamed of blasting off to Mars! The Professor applied to the UK Space Agency but they heard that the Professor was crazy. So the Professor set up the Royal Gunpowder Mills Space Agency (RGMSA). Will this help the professor to get to Mars?
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Fossils Hunters at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Sat 11 Feb 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Join in with our self-led rocks and fossils trail around the Naze. This is a drop-in event which runs from 11.00 and 15.00 so come anytime! No booking required.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £2 per child, children must be accompanied.

Kids for a Quid at Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 11 Feb & Sun 12 Feb 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Your kids can enjoy the fun of vintage railways for just £1 during the half-term holidays, thanks to a special promotion at Epping Ongar Railway. There are steam locomotives, vintage coaches and a fleet of old fashioned London Routemaster buses. Traditional signal boxes, old fashioned semaphore signals and uniformed staff all make it extra special. This is a great way to enjoy a steam railway at a reduced price.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, children £1

Fossils Galore at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Sun 12 Feb 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
A fun-filled day with Fossils Galore. Bring along fossils you have found to be identified. Look at fossils from the local area and further afield. A range of Prehistoric Activities to take part in. The skull of ‘Stompy’ the woolly rhinoceros will also be here!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Free to drop in, £3 per activity

Snowdrop Sunday at Hedingham Castle
Sun 12 Feb 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Under 18s £6, Over 65s £7.50, Family £25, Under 5s FREE

Valentine’s Day AFTERNOON TEA at the Museum of Power
Sun 12 Feb 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm (last entry 3.00pm)
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Prior booking required 10.00am to 3.30pm 01621 843183 ask for Tearoom or out of hours Christine Jackson 07777 661477. Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides. ‘Astaria’ model village open. Afternoon Tea sittings at 2.00pm and 3.30pm. “Marshall” the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running, other oil / diesel engines will be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £12:95; Children (5 to 15) £6:95 Children under 5 N/A

Marty MacDonalds Toy Machine at Princes Theatre
Sun 12 Feb 2017, 2.00pm
Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE
Join Marty, Sally the Scarecrow, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the Cow and Sheena the Sheep in a fun, musical, interactive adventure.
www.essex-live.co.uk
Cost: Adult £11.80, Conc £10.80, Family (2+2) £40.20

Valentine’s Themed Crafts Drop-In at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 12 Feb 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
This is a drop in crafts day to come and make a valentine gift for someone you love or make heart related crafts just for fun! Join our friendly team at the Belfairs Woodland Centre. Crafts for all ages. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Small charge for crafts

Holiday Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. We will be outside so please dress appropriately. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – between the ramp from Chalkwell Station and the end of the car parking area.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces

Kite Making at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Drop in between 10:30 and 12:30 and have a go at making flying your own kite. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Valentines Bunches and Bouquets at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Mon 13 Feb 2016, 12.00pm-3.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Drop in to make hearts and tied bunches for ready for Valentines’ Day. Event runs from 12.00-15.00, no booking required.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £3 for a heart and £5 for a tied bunch.

Bushcraft and Campfire Fun at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A bushcraft and campfire afternoon for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Tree-mendous Tuesday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
A drop-off day for 8-13yr olds. This is our woodland based wildlife drop-off day for 8-13 year olds. Explore the woods plus the usual crafts, activities and of course some food related fun. Bring a packed lunch and snacks.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £20 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces

Toys! at Hollytrees Museum
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
All things Victorian! Meet some people from the past, discover how children had fun and make some Victorian toys of your own.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Peppa Pig Themed Event, South Woodham Ferrers Library
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Trinity Square, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 5JU
Come and join us for a fun morning of Peppa themed stories and crafts. You can even meet and have a photo with Peppa Pig too!
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Under 5’s Dinosaurs at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
An event especially for the under 5’s. Today’s theme is dinosaurs – find out about these huge creatures! There will be a trail outside followed by craft activities and a story.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £5 per child, booking essential, children must be accompanied.

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Amazing Garden Art Day at Beth Chatto Gardens
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Create some cool outdoor art, decorate your own pots, design a recycled planter and sow some seed for spring! Booking Essential.
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult per child free, additional adults £3

Valentines Hearts and Crafts at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Come along to The Naze and get crafty on Valentine’s Day! No need to book, drop-in anytime between 13.30 and 15.30.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £1 per craft.

The First Hippo On The Moon at the Mercury Theatre
Tues 14 Feb 2017, various times
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? Recommended for 3+yrs.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 Adults / £9.50 Children

Events: 15 February –  21 February 2017

Kids for a Quid at Epping Ongar Railway
Wed 15 Feb 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Your kids can enjoy the fun of vintage railways for just £1 during the half-term holidays, thanks to a special promotion at Epping Ongar Railway. There are steam locomotives, vintage coaches and a fleet of old fashioned London Routemaster buses. Traditional signal boxes, old fashioned semaphore signals and uniformed staff all make it extra special. This is a great way to enjoy a steam railway at a reduced price.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, children £1

The First Hippo On The Moon at the Mercury Theatre
Wed 15 Feb 2017, various times
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? Recommended for 3+yrs.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 Adults / £9.50 Children

Alice in Wonderland, Broomfield Library
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-11.30am
180 Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 7AH
Create your own Wonderland, with crafts and lots of wonderful fun.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Giant Jam Sandwich Craft Workshop, Hatfield Peverel Library
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
The Street, Hatfield Peverel, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 2DP
Themed craft workshop with activities for all the family. Jam tasting, bread making and make a giant wasp!
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Dinosaurs at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Follow our dinosaur trail and discover what it was like when these giants roamed the earth! We will also be making our very own dinosaurs.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £6 per child, booking essential, children must be accompanied.

Family K’NEX Workshop, Loughton Library
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1HD
A free 2 hour K’NEX construction workshop for parents and children run by Adult Community Learning. Booking essential on 0345 603 7635 and quote Course code BFL3A2OY16
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Go Live! at Natural History Museum
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Meet the fossil experts from GeoSuffolk and discover more about the amazing fossils found in this area. Bring along your own fossils to find out more about them.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Wacky Wednesday Children’s Parties at Orsett Hall Hotel
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3HS
Come and enjoy some Half Term fun with us here at Orsett Hall. There will be lots of fun and laughter with: AJ Entertainers; Magician; Stage Shows; Balloon Modelling; Mini Disco; Sweets (additional charge will apply); Bar Open; Food available to be purchased.
www.orsetthall.co.uk
Cost: £8.50 each, Adults FREE, Under 1’s FREE.

Birds and Bugs at Beth Chatto Gardens
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Come and join us for a feathery, creepy crawly day! Hunt for creatures, try a trail and make a fabulous masterpiece to take home. Booking Essential.
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult per child free, additional adults £3

Abberton Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.30am-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Our Wednesday holiday club for unaccompanied 8-12 year olds. Join in the fun on the reserve, there will be different activities each session, such as pond dipping, bug hunting, campfire cooking and more. Bring a packed lunch.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £20.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Most popular with kids ages 2 to 12, but all are welcome. Led by rangers, young ones can try making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft, finding fish… every day is different and there’s always something new to stimulate the imagination and build an appreciation for the outdoors.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE (except parking charge)

Drop In Bird Feeder Making at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Come along to The Naze and make a bird feeder to take home – help our feathered friends through the last of the winter! No booking required, drop-in anytime between 13.30 and 15.30. For 5-15 years. *May not be suitable for those with allergies to seeds or nuts, please call if you need more information.*
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 donation requested per feeder made.

Harry Potter Book Afternoon, Billericay Library
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 2.00pm-3.30pm
143 High Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9AB
At Billericay Library, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an afternoon of games, activities, readings and quizzes. It all begins when the Sorting Hat decides who will be in which House, and houses will be competing for house points throughout the afternoon. The staff will be dressing up, and hope our guests will come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter character and help recreate the magical world of Harry Potter.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Winter Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some winter bugs. 10:30 – 12:30 All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Home for Nature at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Drop-in to the centre to make a mini bird box and a home for bees! Event runs from 11.00-15.00, no need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Requested donation £5 per child

Castle Archery at Colchester Castle
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Hit the bull’s-eye this half-term at Colchester Castle. Discover why English bowmen were so effective and test your sharpshooting skills. Sessions at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £2.00 per person (+ admission). Booking required. Please call 01206 282941.

Pond Dipping Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and explore the depths of our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Family K’NEX Workshop, Clacton Library
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Station Road (opposite the Town Hall), Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SF
The workshop will allow you to work with your child to create models of a whole variety of designs. This is a ticketed event suitable for ages 5-14 years. Please come into Clacton Library with your library card to get your ticket.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Family K’NEX Workshop, Buckhurst Hill Library
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
165 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5AZ
A free 2 hour K’NEX construction workshop for parents and children run by Adult Community Learning. Booking essential, please contact the Course Booking Line on 0345 603 7635 and quote course code BFL4B23Y16.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Lost in Space! Maldon Library
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 10.00am-11.30pm
Carmelite House, White Horse Lane, Maldon, Essex CM9 5FW
Join in our space themed fun! Free children’s crafts: Make your own slingshot rocket; Quiz trail; Share a story
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Treasure Hunters at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Warm up with an explore around the nature reserve on a fun treasure hunt. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Shark Trail and Crafts at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Drop-in between 11.00 and 15.00 and have a go at our outdoor shark trail. Then come back to make some scary shark crafts! No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £2 per child for the trail and £1 per craft.

Space Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Spring Crafts for Children, Galleywood Library
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Watchouse Road, Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8PU
Craft event aimed at children, aged 3 and up. Join us to make a range of crafts using recycled items on the theme of spring. Drop in at any time, no need to book.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Max the Brave: Family Picture Book Concert
Sat 18 Feb 2017, 2.00pm & 4.00pm
Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH, UK
Ed Vere’s vivid children’s book comes alive in this delightful piece of music theatre, with live music performed by Britten Sinfonia. Max is a kitten, a brave and fearless kitten in search of a mouse. But in order to be a mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is. Join author and illustrator Ed Vere and Britten Sinfonia as they take you on an exciting and unexpected musical journey: the ‘purr-fect’ way to introduce the young and their families to classical music. Suitable for ages 3-7
www.brittensinfonia.com
Cost: Adult £12, Under 18s £6

Kids for a Quid at Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 18 Feb & Sun 19 Feb 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Your kids can enjoy the fun of vintage railways for just £1 during the half-term holidays, thanks to a special promotion at Epping Ongar Railway. There are steam locomotives, vintage coaches and a fleet of old fashioned London Routemaster buses. Traditional signal boxes, old fashioned semaphore signals and uniformed staff all make it extra special. This is a great way to enjoy a steam railway at a reduced price.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, children £1

Fossil Hunters at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Sun 19 Feb 2016, 11.00am-12.30pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Come along to the Naze and be a fossil hunter! What interesting things can we find on the beach and just how old are they?
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Children must be accompanied, donation £5 per child. Booking essential.

Snowdrop Sunday at Hedingham Castle
Sun 19 Feb 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Under 18s £6, Over 65s £7.50, Family £25, Under 5s FREE

Snowdrop Open Day at Easton Lodge
Sun 19 Feb 2016, 11.30am-4.00pm
Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BB
Come and see the carpet of thousands of white flowers under the trees. Homemade refreshments, nature and craft activities for younger visitors (most of these are free of charge although there may be a small charge for some activities). Picnics welcome. Well behaved dogs on leads. For detail on specific open day attractions see the website.
www.eastonlodge.co.uk
Cost: Adult £4, Children under 16 FREE

Events: 22 February –  28 February 2017

Little Movers at Rayleigh Library
Wed 22 Feb 2017, 10.30am-11.30am
132/4 High Street, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7BX
Fun for under 5’s with musical instrument and movement for the under 5’s. Refreshments provided.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Story Time Yoga at Colchester Central Library
Thu 23 Feb 2017, 10.00am-10.30am
21 Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JB
Come stretch, giggle, and move in this family yoga session! Aimed at 3-5 year olds, this free activity is great for parents or carers to connect with their children. Songs, games, and yoga movements with a story are explored, finishing with quiet relaxation. Adults are expected to supervise and participate in the session with their child. Siblings are welcome. The first 8 families to arrive will be given access to the session.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Crafts in Castle Park
Thu 23 Feb 2017, 1.00pm-2.30pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Come rain or shine to Castle Park to enjoy some recycled craft activities. Give recycled items a new lease of life with a bit of creative thinking, a toilet roll could become a rocket or a picture of your favourite park visitors could come alive with fallen leaves. Wear old clothes in case you get messy! In good weather we will be beside the kids play area…look for the blue gazebo. When it is wet or chilly come down to the rangers station at the bottom of the play area. No need to book, suitable for all ages.
www.colchester.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Animal Shield Workshop at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 25 Feb 2016, 10.30am, 12.00pm, & 1.30pm (BSL Sign Language Interpretation)
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Can you identify the track marks of a Barn Owl? Or Hare? Or even a Badger? Come and explore real native British wild animals tracks and ‘super powers’. Learn how to harness them and make your own spectacular decorated shield that can be used to defend forces of darkness. Find out how a young wizard named Raven saved the forest when he called upon wild forest animals to help create the first Magical Animal Shield. You have an Animal Spirit specially assigned to you. Which one do you have? Come and find out!
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95 per child. Book early as limited capacity for each show. Only 1 adult per child permitted. Maximum 3 children per 1 adult.

Block Builders Construction Club, Chelmsford Library
Sat 25 Feb 2017, 11.00am-12.30pm
County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH
A monthly club for people of all ages who enjoy exercising their creativity through the medium of building blocks. Free refreshments available to participants.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Clacton-on-Sea Mum2mum Market
Sat 25 Feb 2017, 11.00am – 1.00pm
The Atrium, TEC (School), Jaywick Lane, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex CO16 8BE
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

Braintree Mum2mum Market
Sun 26 Feb 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Braintree Leisure Centre, Panfield Lane, Braintree, Essex, CM7 1FF
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

Snowdrop Open Day at Easton Lodge
Sun 26 Feb 2016, 11.30am-4.00pm
Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BB
Come and see the carpet of thousands of white flowers under the trees. Homemade refreshments, nature and craft activities for younger visitors (most of these are free of charge although there may be a small charge for some activities). Picnics welcome. Well behaved dogs on leads. For detail on specific open day attractions see the website.
www.eastonlodge.co.uk
Cost: Adult £4, Children under 16 FREE