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

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July Events in Essex

Events: Friday 1 July – Thursday 7 July 2016

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 1 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Barnfest at The Nature Barn
Sat 2 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
The Blue Egg, Braintree Rd, Braintree, Essex, CM7 4PY
Barnfest is 4 x family outdoor summer festivals for babies and toddler under 5’s and their family. Activities include Glastonbabies shows, Sign and Sign, baby sensory, Hartbeeps, and much more. All entertainment is included from 10-4, apart from miniature pony rides at £3.50 a ride, and food and drink which will be on sale all day: sandwich bags for the little ones, BBQ sausage and bacon sandwiches, veggies catered for and lots of cake and cookies. Well behaved older siblings are welcome but will need a paid for ticket too.
thenurturebarn.com/barnfest
Cost: £12 babies and children, adults FREE

Essex Armed Forces Day in Orsett
Sat 2 July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Rectory Road, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3JN
Essex’s largest Armed Forces Day event comes to the Orsett Showground. With Dog, Gymnastic and Mountain Bike demonstrations, Marching Bands, a visit by the Air Ambulance, over 200 troops from throughout Essex and beyond. Local performances on stage, get up close to a Spitfire & Hurricane, local veterans parading and fun for all the family with inflatables, rides and much, much more.
www.armedforcesday.org.uk
Cost: Tickets start from only £5 for over 12’s; Under 12’s, Serving personnel, Veterans and Cadets, as well as their immediate families, are all eligible for FREE entry (See website for details). FREE parking is available.

Crazy Critters at Queens Theatre
Sat 2 July 2016, 10.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Explore ideas and discover the world around us with our new fun arts & crafts activities for children and their parents! For ages 4-7 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £7 (1 adult and 1 child); additional children £3

Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sat 2 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8, Seniors £6, Child £4 or Family £22 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

USA Day at Weald Country Park
Sun 3 July 2016, 11.00am-6.00pm
Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS
Celebrate Independence Day of the United States this July with a star-studded red, white and blue day at the park. Hosted by Winter fest and Essex County Council in the stunning bounds of Weald Country Park. Our stage will host local American themed bands, cheerleaders, dance groups, gladiators, arts and crafts, and of course, line dancing!
www.winterfest-uk.com
Cost: FREE

Crazy Legs Summer Show at Queens Theatre
Sat 2 July 2016, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Crazy Legs aka Ross Henson promises a fun-packed, lively and of course, crazy show – includes bubbles, magic and Mr Lion (don’t worry adults, it’s just a puppet!). Crazy Legs brings children’s entertainment to a new level with beat-boxing and break dancing too! For all the family.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per ticket

Kids Mega Funday at Canvey Island
Sat 2 July 2016, 12.00pm-5.00pm
Canvey Skills Campus, Meppel Ave, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 9RZ
A mega funday for the whole family. Lots of stalls, plus entertainment for the kids.
Cost: Free entry

Summer Screen Singalong Saturday: Beauty and the Beast
Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Sat 2 July 2016, gates open 1pm – film starts 2pm
Watch the film on a big screen. Feel free to bring along a picnic.
www.colchester.gov.uk
Cost: Adults £4.50, under 14’s £2.50.

Summer Screen: Grease
Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Sat 2 July 2016, gates open 6pm – film starts 7pm
Watch the film on a big screen. Feel free to bring along a picnic.
www.colchester.gov.uk
Cost: Adults £4.50, under 14’s £2.50.

Tremendous Trees at Parndon Woods
Sat 2 July 2016 – Sun 3 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Harlow Nature Reserve, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4SF
Learn all about our trees this weekend! Follow the free trail hunt around the reserve or join in with the guided walk at 2.30pm on each day.
www.ecco.org.uk/parndon-wood
Cost: Suggested donations of £2 per person for the guided walk

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 2 July and Sun 3 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join the team at Audley End. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.30 adult, £11 child 5-15 years, £16.50 cons, £47.60 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Family BBQ Day at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 3 July 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join Essex Wildlife Trust Langdon for a family day BBQ and proposed entertainment. Further details via the visitor centre and Langdon Facebook page.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Charge on the day for activities, food, drink, etc.

Industrial Steam Gala at the East Anglian Railway Museum
Sun 3 July 2016, 10.00am-4.30pm
Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS
Celebrate our industrial steam heritage when the complete locomotive fleet will be in operation. Three operational locomotives will be in service (No. 54, No. 11 and Jubilee) running a variety of passenger and freight trains on our demonstration line. Have a ride on the miniature railway and enjoy local real ale in the Viaduct pub.
www.earm.co.uk/events
Cost: Adults: £9.00, Seniors: £8.00, Children: £4.50

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 3 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £26 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Peter Rabbit™ Woodland Trail Family Day at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 3 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join Essex Wildlife Trust Langdon for a family day dedicated to Peter Rabbit™ and his friends. A fun day with games, quizzes, crafts and more.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Charges on the day for activities.

Summer Screen: Finding Nemo
Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Sun 3 July 2016, gates open 1pm – film starts 2pm
Watch the film on a big screen. Feel free to bring along a picnic.
www.colchester.gov.uk
Cost: Adults £4.50, under 14’s £2.50.

Summer Screen: Star Wars – The Force Awakens
Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Sun 3 July 2016, gates open 5pm – film starts 6pm
Watch the film on a big screen. Feel free to bring along a picnic.
www.colchester.gov.uk
Cost: Adults £4.50, under 14’s £2.50.

The Gruffalo at Audley End Miniature Railway
Sat 2 July 2016 and Sun 3 July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
The Gruffalo will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day! Admission tickets include a trip around our track on one of our Trains to spot the many teddy bears in their teddy houses, take a magical journey through the Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk and also visit the Craft Area to create your very own masterpiece – Plus the chance to meet The Gruffalo!
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: Adults and children over 2 years £10.00 (online booking available), Under 2’s FREE

Summer Woodland Play at Danbury Country Park
Mon 4 July 2016, 10.00am – 12.00pm and 12.45pm – 2.45pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AW
Aimed at the under-5s, this series of five woodland play sessions includes activities around nature, sensory, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and construction. Pre-schoolers can discover building dens, using tools, cooking on a fire, making things from mud and more. Places are limited – call 0345 603 7624
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £40 for five sessions, including car parking, snacks and waterproofs if required. Sign-up is for the full five sessions only.

Buggy Boot Camp at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Tue 5 July 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
Cost: £3 per parent and buggy

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tue 5 July 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
Cost £5 per child, £3 per sibling

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 5 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 5 July 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
Cost: FREE

Puddleducks at Belhus Woods
Wed 6 July 2016, 10.00am – 11.15am
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ
Messy play, outdoor fun and wildlife activities for under 5’s each Wednesday morning during term time. Go on an adventure with the Rangers and try something new in the park each week, from den building to leaf hunts and mud cakes to worm hunts there’s something for everybody.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £1 per child.

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 6 July 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
Cost £5 per child, £3 per sibling

Little Acorns Pre–School Gardening Club
Wed 6 July 2016, 10.30am – 12.00pm
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
This pre-school gardening and craft club encourages children to engage with the natural world around them. All activities are ‘planty’, ‘arty’ or ‘crafty’ and it’s held on the first Wednesday of every month (but not during the school holidays).
www.rhs.org.uk

Puddleducks at Weald Country Park
Thurs 7 July 2016, 10.00am – 11.15am
Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS
Messy play, outdoor fun and wildlife activities each Thursday morning during term time. Get out in the park with the Rangers and get involved in activities from bug hunts to mud pies to bark rubbing! There’s something for everyone. These sessions are aimed at pre-school children and their families. Dress to get messy! No need to book, just meet at the Visitor Centre.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £1 per child

Horrible Histories at Cliffs Pavilion
Thurs 7 July 2016 – Sat 9 July 2016, various times
Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7RA
We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage. Using actors and 3D special effects, these two world premieres are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £16.50 – £19.50 per ticket

 

Events: Friday 8 July – Thursday 14 July 2016

Fingringhoe Fledglings
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Fri 8 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 8 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Alfie’s Vision Darts Event at Stanway Rovers Football Club
Fri 8 July 2016, 7.00pm (tournament starts 7.30pm)
The Hawthorns, New Farm Rd, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0PG
Darts tournament and raffle/auction to raise funds for toddler Alfie, who was born with Norrie’s disease meaning he is blind and faces a challenging childhood. Food and bar available.
For ticket details contact Stu Chittock on 07595993479 or Tom Leggett on 07877502027
Cost: £10 admission or £12 admission and entry into darts tournament.

The Tendring Show
Lawford House Park, Lawford, nr Manningtree, CO11 2ND
Sat 9 July 2016, 8.00am-6.00pm
Essex County’s Premier Agricultural Event. Showcasing farming and the countryside, bringing together the very best of what the Tendring Hundred and surrounding area has to offer. As well as this the Show combines top class entertainment; animals, from Fancy Rats, Rabbits and Poultry, to Goats, Sheep, Cattle and Horses, together with over 250 tradestands and exhibits, all set in a beautiful parkland setting.
www.tendringshow.co.uk
Cost: Adult £17, Senior £15, Child £5, Family £40 (tickets all cheaper when bought in advance).

Go-Ride at Hadleigh Park
Sat 9 July 2016, 9.30am-10.45am
Chapel Lane car park, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 2PP
Go-Ride – is British Cycling’s development programme for young riders to learn the basics of cycling in a traffic free environment.  The sessions are run by British Cycling trained Go-Ride coaches. They will commence with basic bike handling skills in a fun and safe way and progress through other skills e.g., braking, cornering, gears, as well as knowing how to check over a bike.  Each session will be 75 minutes long. Ages 6-16 year olds. Booking essential.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Youth Rangers at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 9 July 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 8 – 11 year olds. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £5 per child

South Woodham Ferrers Firestation Open Day
Sat 9 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Ferrers Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5XH
Visit South Woodham FerrersFire Station on Saturday 9 July to meet your local firefighters, get a close look at our fire engines and get some top tips to make you safe from fire at home.
www.facebook.com/events

Orsett Firestation Open Day
Sat 9 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Stanford Road, Orsett Thurrock, Essex, RM16 3DU
Visit Orsett Firestation on Saturday 9 July to meet your local firefighters, get a close look at our fire engines and get some top tips to make you safe from fire at home.
www.facebook.com/events

Great & Little Tey Church Summer Fete at Walcotts Hall
Sat 9 July 2016, 2.00pm-4.30pm
Walcotts Hall, Coggeshall Road, Great Tey, CO6 1AH
Join this traditional Summer Fete and enjoy afternoon tea and cakes, relax in the lovely garden, swimming for children, stalls, games, plants, books, raffles, ice-creams, sideshows and a Musical Quartet.
Contact Jane on 01206 211481.

Tractor and Country Show at Blake House Craft Centre
Sat 9 July and Sun 10 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm
Blake End, Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA
You can have a look round and also have the chance to climb on our massive tractors and see static engines on display. This is a rare opportunity to get behind the wheel of a tractor or combine harvester and see the impressive variety of agricultural machinery we use here on our working farm. There will be plenty of activities to do over the weekend.
www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, child £1, family (2+2) £5.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 9 July and Sun 10 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join the team at Audley End. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.30 adult, £11 child 5-15 years, £16.50 cons, £47.60 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Flying Legends Air Show
Sat 9 July 2016 – Sun 10 July 2016, 8.00am-6.00pm (air show 2.00pm-5.30pm)
IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
The flying display promises an unmissable fusion of power, sound, excitement and nostalgia as piston-engined aircraft from across the globe perform their breath-taking flights over IWM Duxford’s historic airfield.
www.iwm.org.uk
Cost: Adult £34.50, Child (5-15) £18.15, Under 5s FREE

North Weald Scruffs Dog Show at North Weald Village Hall
Sun 10 July 2016, registration from 10.00am, show starts at 11.00am
High Road, North Weald, Essex, CM16 6BU
This a fun and friendly day out for all ages (dogs and humans) to come along and celebrate the wonderfulness that is you four legged friend. All money raised will go to great causes including the local primary school.
www.visitessex.com

Colchester Family Fun Day
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Sun 10 July 2016, 10.30am-4.00pm
Family funday, with bouncy castles, petting zoo, puppet show, gifts and treats, games, performers, fund raising stalls and much more. All in the aid of Cancer Research UK.
Cost: FREE entry and lots of free activities
www.visitcolchester.com

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 10 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £26 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Essex County Car and Motorcycle Show at Cressing Temple Barn
Sun 10 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
The 10 year anniversary of the ever-growing and widely popular Essex County Car and Motorcycle Show presents a selection of vintage, classic and modern vehicles. With dancing from A2 Jive and performances from the Rhythm and Blues Brothers! Also including a variety of commercial and agricultural displays.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Adults £7, Children and Conc £6

Summer Fayre at Haven House Children’s Hospice
Sun 10 July 2016, 11.00am-5.00pm
The White House, Mallinson Park, High Road, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9LB
Over 1,000 local people attend the annual Haven House Summer Fayre, with many returning year after year, claiming it is an event not to be missed. For youngsters with energy to burn, there are trampolines, a pirate ship themed playground and bouncy castles. Adults will be entertained by a variety of music and performances as well as delicious food, a Pimms station and stalls selling clothing and toys, including goods from our three local charity shops. One star attraction is a Blues Brothers tribute band, Jailhouse Blues Brothers. The duo will arrive in a customised ‘Bluesmobile’ before performing a storming set of soul classics.
www.havenhouse.org.uk
Cost: Entry Fee – suggested £2 donation (under 3s free).

Sundays at the Mills! at Royal Gunpowder Mills
Sun 10 July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm (last entry 3.00pm)
Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY
Open Sundays from April through the end of August. Indoor and outdoor activities include Mad Lab, Exhibitions and Armoury, guided tours, Wildlife Tower and activities for children of all ages with plentiful outdoor play space. Join the land-train through the alder woodland and learn about the mysterious historic buildings, including the Press House. Look out for deer!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Kings and Queens Family Event at St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre
Sun 10 July 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
St John’s Walk, Market Street, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0AJ
Royal themed games such as fun jousting, arts and crafts including making crowns and shields, plus music, dancing and lots of fun.
www.stjohnsarc.org.uk
Cost: Tickets £4 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Mum2Mum Nearly New Sale Southend
The Freight House, Bradley Way, Rochford, SS4 1BU
Sun 10 July 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales. At our Southend sale we will have around 20 stalls of high quality, nearly new items (up to 90% off the RRP!) and a small selection of businesses offering goods and services of interest to parents.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adult entry £2 (2 for 1 vouchers on website), children FREE

Tower Tour at Layer Marney Tower
Sun 10 July 2016, 2.00pm-3.00pm
Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex, C05 9US
A fun relaxed way to learn a bit about the history of the Tower with a staff member, no extra charge, no need to book.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: Adult £7, Child £4.50, Family £20

Broomfield Village Games and Fun Day
Sun 10 July 2016, 11.00am-2.30pm
Broomfield Village Hall, 158 Main Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7AH
A super fun day for everyone at Broomfield Village Hall. There will be cream teas, games and competitions, stalls, demonstrations, army cadets, dog show and more.
www.facebook.com/events

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 11 July 2016, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
Wild Beach action at Chalkwell Beach, a seashore based wildlife day. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Will be outside so please dress appropriately. BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – near the ramp from Chalkwell Station. For children aged 0-4 years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Buggy Boot Camp at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Tue 12 July 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
Cost: £3 per parent and buggy

Barnyard BeBbop at Bab’s Barnyard
Tue 12 July 2016, 10.30am
Greenstead Green, Halstead, Essex, CO9 1QY
Every 2nd and 4th Tues of the month. Singing, music, instruments, animal feeding and unlimited farm access all included.
www.greensteadfarmshop.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child, £2 per adult, siblings under 6 months go free

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 12 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 12 July 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
Cost: FREE

Puddleducks at Belhus Woods
Wed 13 July 2016, 10.00am – 11.15am
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 4XJ
Messy play, outdoor fun and wildlife activities for under 5’s each Wednesday morning during term time. Go on an adventure with the Rangers and try something new in the park each week, from den building to leaf hunts and mud cakes to worm hunts there’s something for everybody.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £1 per child.

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 13 July 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
Cost £5 per child, £3 per sibling

Blues and 2s at Essex Police Museum
Thurs 14 July 2016, 10.00am – 10.45am & 11.30am – 12.15pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Monthly Toddler Club for children aged 2 to 4 years. This 45 minute toddler session includes rhyme, stories, a trail and a craft activity on the theme of The Detectives. Costs £2.50 per child, booking is essential and payment must be made in advance. Spaces are limited. To book please email museum@essex.pnn.police.uk or call 01245 457150
www.essex.police.uk/museum
Cost: £2.50 per child (Cash, card and cheque accepted)

Annie at Queens Theatre
Thurs 14 July 2016 –  Sat 16 July 2016, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Everybody’s favourite orphan, Annie, comes to the Queen’s this summer with HMM’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £17.50 per ticket; £15 conc

Puddleducks at Weald Country Park
Thurs, 14 July 2016, 10.00am – 11.15am
Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS
Messy play, outdoor fun and wildlife activities each Thursday morning during term time. Get out in the park with the Rangers and get involved in activities from bug hunts to mud pies to bark rubbing! There’s something for everyone. These sessions are aimed at pre-school children and their families. Dress to get messy! No need to book, just meet at the Visitor Centre.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £1 per child

 

Events: Friday 15 July – Thursday 21 July 2016

Fingringhoe Fledglings
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Fri 15 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 15 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Bat Walk at Hadleigh Park
Sat 16 July 2016, 9.00pm-10.30pm
Chapel Lane car park, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 2PP
Join this family-friendly (5yrs +) bat walk hosted by the Essex Bat Group. You’ll take a tour around the park listening out for these elusive creatures with special bat detectors. Make sure you wear warm clothes, sturdy boots and bring a torch; bat detectors will be supplied but you’re welcome to bring your own. Dogs also welcome but must be kept on a lead.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: FREE but parking charges apply

Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sat 16 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8, Seniors £6, Child £4 or Family £22 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Colchester Carnival
Sat 16 July 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Colchester Town Centre, Essex
Colchester Carnival will return to Colchester town centre on Saturday 16th July 2016.
This year’s theme is “Fairy tales, myths and legends”.
www.colchestercarnival.com

Wix Fayre
Sat 16 July 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Colchester Town Centre, Essex
You will be spoilt for choice at the Wix Fayre. Attractions include traditional games such as a coconut shy, crockery smashing and a human fruit machine, tombola, falconry, steam tractor rides, grand prize draw, food and drink stall, plus much more.
www.wixfayre.co.uk

Disney Double Bill at Chelmford’s Civic Theatre
Sat 16 July 2016 to Sun 17 July 2016, various times
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
New Hall Dance School presents their annual dance show. Featuring dance routines based on our students’ favourite story books, the show covers a variety of dance styles from Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street Dance, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. An enjoyable show for all age groups.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £16 per ticket; conc £14

Marks Hall Garden and Country Show
Sat 16 July – Sun 17 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG
Marks Hall will be hosting the Garden & Country Show in July as a fundraising event with Essex Air Ambulance and Colchester Rotary Club.  With trade stands, classic cars, heavy horses, a falconry display and many more exhibits it promises to be a fun day out for all the family.  Come along and support your local charities.
www.markshallgardenshow.co.uk
Cost:  Adults £9.00, under 15′s free.  Members £6. Advance Purchase by groups of 20+ £5.

Beautiful Butterflies at Parndon Woods
Sat 16 July 2016 – Sun 17 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Harlow Nature Reserve, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4SF
Grab a free spotter sheet to see how many butterflies you can spot! There’s also Butterfly themed arts and crafts available in the visitor centre throughout the weekend.
www.ecco.org.uk/parndon-wood
Cost: FREE

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 16 July and Sun 17 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join the team at Audley End. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.30 adult, £11 child 5-15 years, £16.50 cons, £47.60 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

​​2016 Essex Festival of Food and Drink at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 16 July 2016 and Sun 17 July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
The Festival takes place in the beautiful historic grounds of Cressing Temple Barns halfway between Witham and Braintree and is the biggest and best-loved festival in the region. With over 150 food and drink producers, all gathered to sell their produce including, award winning beer and spirits from Main Sponsors Adnams, fabulous local produce and delicious street food. The festival also has 3 cookery demonstration stages hosting celebrity and local chefs.
www.tastesofanglia.org.uk
Cost: Adult £8.00; OAP, disabled, and children aged 13-16 years £7.00, under 13’s FREE

Sundays at the Mills! at Royal Gunpowder Mills
Sun 17 July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm (last entry 3.00pm)
Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY
Open Sundays from April through the end of August. Indoor and outdoor activities include Mad Lab, Exhibitions and Armoury, guided tours, Wildlife Tower and activities for children of all ages with plentiful outdoor play space. Join the land-train through the alder woodland and learn about the mysterious historic buildings, including the Press House. Look out for deer!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Fireman Sam Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 17 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
The Hero Next Door will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day. Fire vehicles will also be attending.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £26 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Cinema Fundraising Funday in Halstead
Sun 17 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Courtaulds Sports Ground, Colchester Road, Halstead, Essex, CO9 2EN
There will be a variety of things going on throughout the day, including inflatables, stalls, and arena events. Parking will be available in priory hall car park behind the sports field. This will be signposted on the day.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: Entry fee 50p per adult, children FREE

Colchester United Open Day 2016
Sun 17 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Weston Homes Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5UP
This events sees the doors to the stadium thrown open for the general public to meet up with the players and participate in plenty of fun and games.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: FREE

Interactive Concert for Children at Hedingham Castle
Sun 17 July 2016, from 4.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
In their second appearance at Hedingham Castle, Trio Aria from Italy will perform an interactive concert for children in the Tapestry Room of the keep. Families can have access to the grounds and castle from 4 in the afternoon, with the concert starting at 6pm. Children who play an instrument can also bring it along with a piece of music.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £10, Under 18s £6, Over 65s £8, Under 5’s FREE

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 18 July 2016, 10.00am-12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
Wild Beach action at Chalkwell Beach, a seashore based wildlife day. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Will be outside so please dress appropriately. BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – near the ramp from Chalkwell Station. For children aged 0-4 years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Buggy Boot Camp at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Tue 19 July 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
Cost: £3 per parent and buggy

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tue 19 July 2016, 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 19 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 19 July 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
Cost: FREE

Inflatable Day at Mildmay Junior and Infants School
Wed 21 July 2016, 4.00pm-6.30pm
Robin Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8AU
Join Mildmay Junior and Infants School for their inflatable day; bouncing, BBQ, bar and tuck shop. Bring the family and join in the fun.
www.mildmay-jun.essex.sch.uk
Cost: wristbands £5 for unlimited

 

Events: Friday 22 July – Thursday 28 July 2016

Fingringhoe Fledglings
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Fri 22 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 22 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Family Bat Walk at Weald Country Park
Fri, 22 July 2016, 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS
Join the Rangers for a night time walk in search of bats. Hear them hunting using echolocation with fantastic bat detectors and see them swooping over the lake to feed. Enjoy seeing the park at dusk and spotting all the other wildlife that comes out when most other people have gone home! These walks are ideal for families, although very small people will need to be carried in a body carrier as not all paths are good for buggies. Wear warm clothes and bring along a torch. Booking is essential, limited spaces. Meet promptly at the Visitor Centre.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £6 per person

Tillingham Fire Station Open Day
Sat 23 July 2016, from 10.00am
Tillingham Flower Show, Tillinghm Playing Fields, Southminster, Essex, CM0 7TS
Visit the Tillingham Flower Show on Saturday 23 July to meet your local firefighters, get a close look at our fire engines and get some top tips to make you safe from fire at home.
www.facebook.com/events

Brentwood Firestation Open Day
Sat 23 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4UZ
Visit Brentwood Firestation on Saturday 23 July to meet your local firefighters, get a close look at our fire engines and get some top tips to make you safe from fire at home.
www.facebook.com/events

Epping Firestation Open Day
Sat 23 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Epping Fire Station, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4AF
Visit Epping Firestation on Saturday 23 July to meet your local firefighters, get a close look at our fire engines and get some top tips to make you safe from fire at home.
www.facebook.com/events

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 23 July and Sun 24 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join the team at Audley End. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.30 adult, £11 child 5-15 years, £16.50 cons, £47.60 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

The Lancaster Experience at Duxford
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 23 July to 28 August 2016, 11.00am-3.30pm
IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
Visit IWM Duxford over the summer and peer inside the legendary Second World War aircraft, the Lancaster bomber, to see what it was really like for the young men who fought and flew as part of a bomber crew. Hear from a historic interpreter, dressed as a member of Bomber Command, to find out everything from the role of each of the crew members to what they wore and the equipment and weapons they used. Visitors will also find out about the famous Dambusters Raids and the development of the bouncing bomb.
www.iwm.org.uk
Cost: Adult £16.35, Child (5-15) £8.15, Family (1+2) £28.60, Family (2+3) £42.95, Conc £13.05, Under 5s FREE

Summer Holidays at Lee Valley Park Farms
23 July 2016 to 1 Sept 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
School’s out which means there’s over a month of famyard fun to be had. Get ready for a new theme to take-over the farm each week! These summer activities will be sure to keep your little ones busy all summer long!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.50 adults, £8.50 conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE

Manningtree Firestation Open Day
Sun 24 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
The Quay, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 1AU
Visit Manningtree Firestation on Sunday 24 July to meet your local firefighters, get a close look at our fire engines and get some top tips to make you safe from fire at home.
www.facebook.com/events

Sundays at the Mills! at Royal Gunpowder Mills
Sun 24 July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm (last entry 3.00pm)
Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY
Open Sundays from April through the end of August. Indoor and outdoor activities include Mad Lab, Exhibitions and Armoury, guided tours, Wildlife Tower and activities for children of all ages with plentiful outdoor play space. Join the land-train through the alder woodland and learn about the mysterious historic buildings, including the Press House. Look out for deer!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 24 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £26 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon at Hadleigh Park
Sun 24 July 2016, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Chapel Lane car park, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 2PP
Explore the replica Iron Age roundhouse and learn how people lived 2000 years ago. Find out how our ancestors made and controlled fire.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: FREE

Chingford Family Fun Day and Fayre
Sun 24 July 2016, 12.00pm-6.00pm
Chingford Rugby Club, Lea Valley Playing Fields, Waltham Way, London, E4 8AQ
Attractions on the day will include: a variety of stalls for children and adults, kiddie funfair rides and go-karts, bouncy castles, mascot appearance, children’s entertainer, donkey rides, face painting, bungees, game stall, ice cream van, licensed bar, BBQ and much more. Ample free parking
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: Entry is £2.00 per adult, Children £1.00, Under 2’s free

Family Farm Day at Layer Marney Tower
Sun 24 July 2016, 12.00pm-5.00pm
Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex, C05 9US
A day of family fun. In the barn look out for the rabbits and have a go at making a scarecrow. The goats are in a pen nearby. They enjoy visitors and are very sociable. You will also be able to see horses and sheep. There will be tractor rides and, if you walk a bit further, you will find the deer herd. Also some vintage farm machinery.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: Adult £7, Child £4.50, Family £20

The Snail & The Whale at Palace Theatre
Sun 24 July 2016, 11.00am and 2.00pm
430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs, in a show for everyone aged 4 and up. A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. But when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s amazing journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father…
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £12.00 inclusive of booking fee. Family Ticket £44.00 (call to book fee-free)

Summer Children’s Trail at Marks Hall Gardens
Mon 25 July – Wed 31 Aug 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG
Hidden in the trees and bushes at Marks Hall, you may notice the wooden animal sculptures.  Marks Hall Arboretum is planted with trees and plants from different geographic zones.  In each of these zones you can find wooden animals that might be found in these parts of the world.  Collect your trail leaflets from the Visitor Centre and see how many you can find. Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum will be open every day except Mondays from 10.30am until 5pm. The Barn will be open, with a selection of children’s meals and light lunches.
www.markshall.org.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies. Trail leaflet 50p.

Bubblemania Week at Barleylands
Mon 25 July 2016 – Fri 29 July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Extra bubbly fun in the Farm Park with giant bubbles, bubble crafts and more!
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £11.50, child (2 – 15 years) £10.50, under 2’s FREE, family ticket £40.00.

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 25 July 2016, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
Wild Beach action at Chalkwell Beach, a seashore based wildlife day. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Will be outside so please dress appropriately. BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – near the ramp from Chalkwell Station. For children aged 0-4 years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Hedgehog Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 25 July 2016, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join this wacky wildlife sports day! Complete a series of challenges as you learn about the true talents of our native wildlife. For children aged 4 to 8 years who must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Battle of Britain Object Handling Session
Mondays and Fridays from 25 July to 29 August 2016, 12.00pm-3.00pm
IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
Discover the story of the Battle of Britain as you handle fascinating objects from IWM’s collections, including pilot’s clothing and gas masks.
www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford
Cost: Adult £16.35, Child (5-15) £8.15, Family (1+2) £28.60, Family (2+3) £42.95, Conc £13.05, Under 5s FREE

Laindon Fun Day & Stalls
Tue 26 July 2016, 1.00pm-5.00pm
King Edwards Community Centre, Basildon, Essex, SS15 6GY
Lots on for the whole family: Bouncy Castle, Face Painter, Hot Food, Candy Floss & Popcorn, stalls that won’t break the bank and more.

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tue 26 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Owlets for Pre-School Children at the Wilderness Foundation
Education Centre, Whitbreads Farm Lane Chatham Green, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3LQ
Tue 26 July 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
A mix of indoor and outdoor activities; make a craft item and explore the site. Each session has a different theme related to nature and what’s happening on the farm. A snack will be provided. Please come dressed for being outdoors. Wellies are highly recommended. Booking in advance is essential. Suitable for children aged 18 months and over. Book by phone or email – 0300 123 3073 / info@wildernessfoundation.org.uk
www.wildernessfoundation.org.uk
Cost: Suggested voluntary donation is £5 per child, £3 for siblings.

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 26 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Family Fun at Epping Forest District Museum
Tue 26 July 2016, 12.00pm-3.00pm
39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL
Tuesdays during school holidays. Fun family crafts – no need to book, just drop in. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk
Cost: £1.50 per child

Sit in an Ejection Seat
Tue 26 July 2016, 12.00pm-3.00pm
IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
Enjoy the rare chance to feel the adrenaline experienced by a pilot. Get your pulse racing as you sit inside the ejection seat from a Phantom FGR2 aircraft.
www.iwm.org.uk
Cost: Adult £16.35, Child (5-15) £8.15, Family (1+2) £28.60, Family (2+3) £42.95, Conc £13.05, Under 5s FREE

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 26 July 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
Cost: FREE

Blues and 2s at Essex Police Museum
Wed 27 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Make your own police officer puppet toy. All ages.
www.essex.police.uk/museum
Cost: £2.00 per child (Cash, card and cheque accepted)

Pond Dipping at Highams Park Lake
By the Scout Hut, The Charter Road, Woodford Green IG8 9RE
Wed 27 July 2016, 10am, 11.15am or 12.30pm (1 hour sessions)
Come and have a go at pond dipping and find out what’s lurking beneath the water! Please note that there are no toilets on site. A minimum of one adult per two children is required throughout the event. Under 12s only. Contact: 020 7332 1911.
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest
Cost: Free – Booking required

Amazing Animals at Highwoods Country Park
Wed 27 July 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JR
Help the ranger find signs of animal life in the park on our discovery trail and check the live small mammal traps; will we have caught any mice or voles? Afterwards get creative and create your own animal to take home. Suitable ages 5+
www.colchester.gov.uk/countrypark
Cost: £4.30 per person

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Wed 27 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £26 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 27 July 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)

Crafts in Castle Park
Wed 27 July 2016, 1.00pm-2.30pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Come rain or shine, bring a grown up and a picnic to Colchester Castle park and enjoy free recycled craft activities. A range of activities will be available to try while you enjoy your picnic and make new friends. Wear old clothes in case you get messy! No need to book, suitable for all ages. Meet at the Castle Park Rangers Station (bottom of play area)
www.visitessex.com
Cost: FREE

Summer Fun Day at Essex Fire Museum
Thur 28 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex RM17 5QS
Like water pistols? Then visit the Fire Museum where you can squirt water using one of the fire engines. You can also follow a trail round the museum, test your knowledge with our app and enjoy some arts ‘n’ crafts. There may also be general open days for people to visit and take a look round the museum during the summer.
www.essex-fire.gov.uk

Holiday Workshops at Cookies Cooking School, Black Notley
Thur 28 July 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm
Bridge End Ln, Great Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7GN
Holiday Cooking plus Cake Decorating throughout the day. For reception age children and over. Adults welcome to join cake decorating classes. Workshops are age appropriate, but children can move down classes if they prefer recipes.
www.cookiescookingschool.co.uk

Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Thurs 28 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8, Seniors £6, Child £4 or Family £22 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Sit in an Ejection Seat
Thurs 28 July 2016, 12.00pm-3.00pm
IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
Enjoy the rare chance to feel the adrenaline experienced by a pilot. Get your pulse racing as you sit inside the ejection seat from a Phantom FGR2 aircraft.
www.iwm.org.uk
Cost: Adult £16.35, Child (5-15) £8.15, Family (1+2) £28.60, Family (2+3) £42.95, Conc £13.05, Under 5s FREE

Pups to the Rescue Party at Mace Playce
Thurs 28 July 2016, various times
Unit 3, Cuton Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6PB
Join in the Fun! Tickets now on sale for our fun & exciting Paw party including: Arts & Crafts; Lunch Box & a Juice; Face painting; Goody Bag and Soft Play. Very limited tickets.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: £12.50 per child. Adults free.

 

Events: Friday 29 July – Sunday 31 July 2016

Fingringhoe Fledglings
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Fri 29 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Little Badgers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 29 July 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
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Old Harlow Firestation Open Day
Sat 30 July 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
82 High Street, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0DR
Visit Old Harlow Fire Station on Saturday 30 July to meet your local firefighters, get a close look at our fire engines and get some top tips to make you safe from fire at home.
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Grays Fun Day
Sat 30 July 2016, 12.00pm-6.00pm
White Hart, Kings Walk, Grays, Essex, RM17 6HR
Fun for all ages plus retail stalls with local traders, bouncy castle, ice cream, food, etc.
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Hawkwell Firestation Open Day
Sat 30 July 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkwell Fire Station, Main Road, Hawkwell, Essex, SS5 4EG
Visit Hawkwell Fire Station on Saturday 30 July to meet your local firefighters, get a close look at our fire engines and get some top tips to make you safe from fire at home.
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Buzzing Bees at Parndon Woods
Sat 30 July 2016 – Sun 31 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Harlow Nature Reserve, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4SF
Join the team and the Harlow Beekeepers Association for a weekend full of bees! They’ve got live demonstrations from our on-site hives, local honey to sample and buy, bee arts and crafts and lots more!
www.ecco.org.uk/parndon-wood
Cost: FREE

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 30 July and Sun 31 July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join the team at Audley End. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.30 adult, £11 child 5-15 years, £16.50 cons, £47.60 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Sundays at the Mills! at Royal Gunpowder Mills
Sun 31 July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm (last entry 3.00pm)
Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY
Open Sundays from April through the end of August. Indoor and outdoor activities include Mad Lab, Exhibitions and Armoury, guided tours, Wildlife Tower and activities for children of all ages with plentiful outdoor play space. Join the land-train through the alder woodland and learn about the mysterious historic buildings, including the Press House. Look out for deer!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com

The Canterbury Tales at Hedingham Castle
Sun 31 July 2016, 6.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The wonderful and hilarious Pantaloons are back with their unique reinterpretation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Performed in the open air in front of the Castle, in a truly magical setting.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £14, Under 18s £10, Over 65s £12.50, Under 5’s FREE

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 31 July 2016, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £26 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Coalhouse Open Day in Tilbury
Sun 31 July 2016, 11.00am-5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm)
Coalhouse Fort Project, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 8PB
An open day at the historical Fort. Constructed between 1861 and 1874, the Fort was built to defend the Thames from a potential invasion by France.
www.coalhousefort.co.uk
Cost: £4 adults, £3 60+, 50p child age 5-15 years, under 5’s FREE

Harwich Sea Festival
Sun 31 July 2016, from 11.00am
A fun day of events both on and off the water for all the family to enjoy.
www.tendringdc.gov.uk
Cost: FREE (donations welcome)

 

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