Top local listings for July 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.  You can add to our list of July events in Essex by visiting our Add Event page.

 

July Events in Essex

 

Events: Monday 1st July – Sunday 7th July 2019

3 Foot People Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Tue 2 – Thurs 4 July 2019, 9.30am – 4.00pm – SOLD OUT
Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
The UK’s largest outdoor festival designed exclusively for pre-school children is returning this summer for the biggest year yet. The 3foot People Festival has assorted village of tents, stages and areas will be jam-packed full of activities, performances and sessions to explore. The UK’s largest outdoor festival for little ones welcomes over 14,000 festival goers for a day filled with excitement. There is wonder hidden around every corner, ready to inspire and entertain. Once on the festival site, all of these activities are included in the ticket price so you’re free to enjoy the day. You’ll just need to pay for food and drink from the food stalls.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: Children under one year old: £2. One year olds: £6. Children aged two to five years old: £12. Adult carers (aged 16 years or over): £12.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 3 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EJ
Suitable for pre-school aged children, accompanied by an adult, babes in arms free when accompanying an older sibling. Suitable outdoor clothing required.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01268 419103 to book.

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 3 July 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Little Acorns Pre–School Gardening Club at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Wed 3 July 2019, 10.30am-12.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Little Acorns is Hyde Hall’s pre-school gardening and craft club, aiming to engage children with the wonderful natural world around them.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: £4 per child, payable on arrival, plus normal entry fee for non-members

Nature Tots at The Naze Centre
Thurs 4 July 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8LE
Nature themed group for under 5’s includes activities in and around the centre, on the beach (tide dependent) and in the open space at The Naze.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 4 July 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Mini Museum Explorers at the Natural History Museum, Colchester
Thurs 4 July 2019, 10.15am – 11.30am
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Our Early Years sessions have a different theme each month and will unlock some of the stories behind the objects in the museum. Come along with your little ones and learn about archaeology. Expect storytelling, time for play and exploration and opportunities to learn more about the world together.These sessions are particularly suitable for children 2-5 years old, but younger children are also welcome. Booking is required. To reserve your place, call 01206 282941
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: Spaces cost £2.50 per child and £1.50 per additional child in the same booking. Ages 1 and under are free. Discounts are available to families eligible for Pupil Premium.

Nature Tots at Fingringhoe Nature Reserve
Fri 5 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester CO5 7DN
Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 729678 to book.

Nature Tots at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 5 July 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Dragon Weekend at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 6 &  Sun 7 July 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Take on Flame the Dragon if you dare and save your farmyard friends on your heroic quest!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £10pp, under 2’s FREE

Bringing Audley End to Life
Sat 6 & Sun 7 July 2019, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Meet the servants at Audley End this weekend as our costumed characters bring the house back to its Victorian heyday. Immerse yourself in the delicious smells of the kitchen and come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she busily prepares a traditional meal for the family. Bump into the stable-hand as they groom the horses and meet the housekeeper Mrs Warwick alongside other members of staff as they organise the house for the day.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £18.50, Concessions £16.70, Children £11.10, Family £48.10. English Heritage Members FREE

Summer Sundays at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 7th July 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
ith a special theme each week – Come and enjoy a Sunday at the Royal Gunpowder Mills at a great value price! Special Event Season Tickets can be used.Set in 170 acres of extraordinary landscape, this fascinating place chronicles the history of gunpowder and later explosives and propellants as well as Cold War secret research and rocketry.For families we have the fantastic Mad Lab show delighting children of all ages, where Professor Nitrate creates chaos with bangs, crashes and fizzes! Join the Professor’s assistant each Sunday and get hands-on with the activity of the day.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Check website for price details.

Maldon Motor Show
Sun 7 July 2019, from 10.00am
Maldon Promenade, Park Drive, CM9 5JG
As well as a classics car show on the Promenade, there will also be an autojumble, a vintage mobile cinema, car club stands, auto trade stands, a vintage fair, and a craft fair. Live entertainment and children’s entertainment.
www.maldonmotorshow.co.uk
Cost: Free admission. £5 fee to enter your classic vehicle.

 

Events: Monday 8th July –  Sunday 14th July 2019

Nature Tots at Abbotts Hall Farm
Mon 8 July 2019, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ
Let them get outside and explore! Look for creepy crawlies, build dens, balance on ropes, get messy in our mud kitchen, fly through the trees on our rope swing , relax in the hammock, play woodland games and watch the fire. The only limit is their imagination!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling and under 18 months free. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01621 862960 to book.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Basildon
Sat 7 July 2018, 11.30am-1.30pm
The Basildon Upper Academy, Wickford Avenue , Pitsea, Esex SS13 3HL
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.
mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry is £2 for adults (children are free).

Meet Bing and Flop at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 8 July 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
Bing and Flop will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £12, Seniors £9, Child £6 or Family £33 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Helen Rollason Vintage Fayre at Danbury Country Park
Sun 8 July 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Back for its eighth year, the very popular vintage fair is returning to Cressing Temple Barns for a family friendly day filled with live music, dancing, food, classic cars and vintage stalls. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on short leads and are not permitted in the barns. Find out more from the organisers, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £5 adult £4 concession and under 16s go free.

Nature Tots at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 9 July 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Nature Tots at Abbotts Hall Farm
Weds 10 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ
Let them get outside and explore! Look for creepy crawlies, build dens, balance on ropes, get messy in our mud kitchen, fly through the trees on our rope swing , relax in the hammock, play woodland games and watch the fire. The only limit is their imagination!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling and under 18 months free. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01621 862960 to book.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 10 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EJ
Suitable for pre-school aged children, accompanied by an adult, babes in arms free when accompanying an older sibling. Suitable outdoor clothing required.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01268 419103 to book.

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 10 July 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Nature Tots at The Naze Centre
Thurs 11 July 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8LE
Nature themed group for under 5’s includes activities in and around the centre, on the beach (tide dependent) and in the open space at The Naze.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 11 July 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Nature Tots at Fingringhoe Nature Reserve
Fri 12 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester CO5 7DN
Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 729678 to book.

Family Forest School at Danbury Country Park
Sat 13 July 2019, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Leave the electronics at home and build relationships and skills and make memories with your loved ones! Activities vary but may include den building, woodland crafts, tool skills, climbing, balancing, jumping, exploring as well as fire lighting and cooking.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £8 per child, adults and under 18 months free. Sibling discount available – email ForestSchool@essex.gov.uk for details

Blue House Farm Fete
Sat 13 July 2019, 1.00pm – 9.00pm
Blue House Farm Chase, North Fambridge, Essex, CM3 6GU
There will be local food and beverage stalls, live demonstrations of rural crafts, live music, tractor trailer rides, guided walks and lots of fun and games for all ages. Stalls, demonstrations bbq, fun and games from 1pm to 5pm. Live music, refreshments and beer tent till 9pm.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Free entry.

Essex Festival of Food and Drink at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 13 July & Sun 14 July 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
The County’s biggest Food Festival returns to Cressing Temple Barns on the 13th and 14th July! Over 100 food and drink stands, 3 chef demonstrations stages, 2 food courts, live music, talks and tastings and free kids activities. A fantastic foodie weekend for all the family. Visit www.essexfoodfestival.co.uk to buy your advanced tickets and to find out everything going on
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Online prices: Adults – £8.00 Concessions – £7.00 6 – 16 years £4 Under 6’s free. On the gate prices: Adults – £10.00 Concessions – £9.00 6 -16 years £5.00 Under 6’s free

Bringing Audley End to Life
Sat 13 & Sun 14 July 2019, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Meet the servants at Audley End this weekend as our costumed characters bring the house back to its Victorian heyday. Immerse yourself in the delicious smells of the kitchen and come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she busily prepares a traditional meal for the family. Bump into the stable-hand as they groom the horses and meet the housekeeper Mrs Warwick alongside other members of staff as they organise the house for the day.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £18.50, Concessions £16.70, Children £11.10, Family £48.10. English Heritage Members FREE

The Essex Baby Show at Chelmsford City Racecourse
Sun 14 July 2019, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Chelmsford City Racecourse, Great Leighs, Chelmsford CM3 1QP
The Essex Baby Show will host over 65 local and national brands showcasing their baby, children and parent-related products and services – everything from baby clothing to children’s toys, nursery accessories to maternity wear, childcare services to baby and toddler classes. As well as a shopping experience, the Essex Baby Show Stage hosts informative talks on issues that matter to you, bringing you practical and informative sessions, providing you with friendly advice and practical tips. In the Demonstration area, you can watch and join in with taster classes including music and movement for little ones and first aid for parents. There will be free entertainment for under 5s, giveaways, free goody bags for early birds, and a dedicated quite changing and feeding room. Food and drink available all day.
www.essexbabyshow.co.uk
Cost: £5 per adult or £4 when booked online in advance. Children aged 16 and under go FREE.

Family Forest School at Bedfords Park
Sun 14 July 2019
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Play, learn, explore and create the natural way. Join us in the forest to light fires with a flint and steel, build dens, make knots, use tools and learn about wildlife. Fun for all the family through the changing seasons. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be dressed appropriately for being outside.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per session or block book six consecutive fortnightly sessions for £36. Booking essential, call 01708 748646.

Summer Sundays at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 14th July 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
ith a special theme each week – Come and enjoy a Sunday at the Royal Gunpowder Mills at a great value price! Special Event Season Tickets can be used.Set in 170 acres of extraordinary landscape, this fascinating place chronicles the history of gunpowder and later explosives and propellants as well as Cold War secret research and rocketry.For families we have the fantastic Mad Lab show delighting children of all ages, where Professor Nitrate creates chaos with bangs, crashes and fizzes! Join the Professor’s assistant each Sunday and get hands-on with the activity of the day.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Check website for price details.Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4. Advance booking and payment essential.

 

 

Events: Monday 15th July – Sunday 21st July 2019

Nature Tots at Abbotts Hall Farm
Mon 15 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ
Let them get outside and explore! Look for creepy crawlies, build dens, balance on ropes, get messy in our mud kitchen, fly through the trees on our rope swing , relax in the hammock, play woodland games and watch the fire. The only limit is their imagination!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling and under 18 months free. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01621 862960 to book.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Romford
Sun 15 July 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Harold Hill and District Community Association, Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, RM3 9LB
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.
mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry is £2 for adults (children are free).

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 17 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EJ
Suitable for pre-school aged children, accompanied by an adult, babes in arms free when accompanying an older sibling. Suitable outdoor clothing required.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01268 419103 to book.

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 17 July 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Nature Tots at The Naze Centre
Thurs 18 July 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8LE
Nature themed group for under 5’s includes activities in and around the centre, on the beach (tide dependent) and in the open space at The Naze.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 18 July 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Nature Tots at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 19 July 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Nature Tots at Fingringhoe Nature Reserve
Fri 19 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester CO5 7DN
Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 729678 to book.

Space Day at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 20 July 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm
Witham Rd, Cressing, Braintree CM77 8PD
3, 2, 1 – LIFT OFF! Space Day is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and Essex’s official launch of the Summer Reading Challenge – Space Chase. You’ll be able to join the Space Chase on the day and get your summer reading journey off to a flying start! Why not camp under the stars on 19th July and join in a bat walk or simply gaze at the stars. Just Pitch up a tent (£15/tent). Book through Eventbrite on: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/space-day-tickets-63744373136
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Early Bird Prices – Adults £6, Children £5

Age of Dinosaurs Exhibit at Braintree Museum
20 Jul 2019 – 11 Jan 2020, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Museums are magic and this summer we have a roaring exhibition opening on the 20 July. Come and see Age of the Dinosaurs!
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £4 adult, £3 concessions £2 children, under 5’s free

Bringing Audley End to Life
Sat 20 & Sun 21 July 2019, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Meet the servants at Audley End this weekend as our costumed characters bring the house back to its Victorian heyday. Immerse yourself in the delicious smells of the kitchen and come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she busily prepares a traditional meal for the family. Bump into the stable-hand as they groom the horses and meet the housekeeper Mrs Warwick alongside other members of staff as they organise the house for the day.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £18.50, Concessions £16.70, Children £11.10, Family £48.10. English Heritage Members FREE

Summer Sundays at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 21st July 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
ith a special theme each week – Come and enjoy a Sunday at the Royal Gunpowder Mills at a great value price! Special Event Season Tickets can be used.Set in 170 acres of extraordinary landscape, this fascinating place chronicles the history of gunpowder and later explosives and propellants as well as Cold War secret research and rocketry.For families we have the fantastic Mad Lab show delighting children of all ages, where Professor Nitrate creates chaos with bangs, crashes and fizzes! Join the Professor’s assistant each Sunday and get hands-on with the activity of the day.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Check website for price details.

Forest School Family Fun Sundays at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 21 July 2019, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on a rope walk, make woodland crafts, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games and learn how to light fires. The only limit is your imagination. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Get Hands On with History at Audley End
Sat 20 July –  Sun 1 Sept 2019, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Get set for a jam-packed summer as we bring history to life with fun-filled family events at Audley End.Meet a celebrated monarch in our interactive story-telling sessions or join us for a fairy trail to see if you can spot a magical resident. Have a go at testing your spy skills and strength in a WWII obstacle course and don’t forget to come and explore the Victorian jobs your history teacher’s too timid to tell you! The activities will change each week so why not come back time and time again to try something new?
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £18.50, Concessions £16.70, Children £11.10, Family £48.10. English Heritage Members FREE

 

Events: Monday 22nd July – Wednesday 31st July 2019

Bugs of Thameside Trail at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Mon 22 July 2019, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cory Environmental Trust Visitor Centre Thameside Nature Park Mucking Wharf Road Mucking, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0RN
Take our self-led trail to have a family-friendly adventure around the park. £2 per trail, grab a map at the visitor centre and learn cool facts about the invertebrates that live in the park! Claim a prize when you return with your answers. Event is drop-in, booking not necessary.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 per trail.

Nature Tots at Abbotts Hall Farm
Mon 22 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ
Let them get outside and explore! Look for creepy crawlies, build dens, balance on ropes, get messy in our mud kitchen, fly through the trees on our rope swing , relax in the hammock, play woodland games and watch the fire. The only limit is their imagination!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling and under 18 months free. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01621 862960 to book.

Bug-Hunting Bonanza at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Tues 23 July 2019, 11am -1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Cory Environmental Trust Visitor Centre Thameside Nature Park Mucking Wharf Road Mucking, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0RN
MEETING AT THE CROWN GREEN we’ll have a bug-hunting adventure suitable for little ones in our woodland! Centipedes, millipedes, beetles and other minibeasts are out there to be found. Plus, take a look at what’s living in our new pond. There’s two sessions to choose from but BOOKING is ESSENTIAL so get in touch to get your place!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Suggested donation £6

Nature Tots at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 23 July 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddles at Hylands House
Tues 23 July 2019, 10.00am-11.30pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great opportunity for parents with pre-school children to enjoy a guided walk in the park and garden areas surrounding Hylands House along with other parents with children of a similar age. The routes chosen for the walk consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.

Nature Tots at Abbotts Hall Farm
Weds 24 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ
Let them get outside and explore! Look for creepy crawlies, build dens, balance on ropes, get messy in our mud kitchen, fly through the trees on our rope swing , relax in the hammock, play woodland games and watch the fire. The only limit is their imagination!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling and under 18 months free. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01621 862960 to book.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 24 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EJ
Suitable for pre-school aged children, accompanied by an adult, babes in arms free when accompanying an older sibling. Suitable outdoor clothing required.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01268 419103 to book.

Brilliant Bug Crafts at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Weds 24 July 2019, 11am -1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Cory Environmental Trust Visitor Centre Thameside Nature Park Mucking Wharf Road Mucking, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0RN
A drop-in event at the visitor centre – no need to book! Two sessions to choose from. We’ll be making insect-themed crafts, perfect for little ones who love getting messy and creative at the same time.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Suggested donation £2 for crafts.

Lee Valley Bug Club at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Thurs 25 July 2019, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
A chance for pre-school children to explore the natural world with Forest School inspired outdoor activities. The activities for 2-5 year olds and the adults accompanying them are led by an experienced outdoor educator. Little ones can have a fun and exciting time exploring the gardens for bugs and finding out about what they catch. Appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoors is essential.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4 per child; booking needed

Clay Bugs and Habitats at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Thurs 25 July 2019, 2pm – 4pm
Cory Environmental Trust Visitor Centre Thameside Nature Park Mucking Wharf Road Mucking, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0RN
Meeting at the Crown Green lower carpark, a perfect mini-adventure for little ones who want to get creative! We’ll be having fun in our forest area and making homes for our own mini-critters.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6

Hawking Around at Lee Valley Park Farms
Thurs 25 July – Fri 9 Aug 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Prepare to take flight as a feathery theme takes over the farm. Hawk around the farmyard trail and enjoy fantastic falconry displays!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9pp, under 2’s FREE

Bubble ‘n Bop at Marsh Farm
Thurs 25 July to Mon 2 Sept 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Throughout the summer holidays (25th July to 2nd September 2019), Marsh Farm, is hosting its very own amazing Children’s festival, bursting with bubbles, exploding with excitement and filled with foam.Get ready to do the ‘big fish, little fish, cardboard box’ at the Radio Essex’s Bubble’n Bop party where the playlist, bubbles and glow sticks are sure to create a party time to remember. Don’t forget your swimwear and towel for the ‘Inland Beach’ and ‘Foam Pool’.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £9.99 online or £11.99 on the door per person (over 2yrs old), under 2s go FREE

Summer Holidays at the Farms at Lee Valley Park Farms
Thurs 25 July – Sun 1 Sept 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF
School’s out and summer holidays are in, so why not come join us at Lee Valley Park Farm for a host of fun filled animal activities which will keep the little ones busy!Every two weeks a different group of animals will step into the limelight and we will be giving you the opportunity to meet and greet the animals and learn all about them.Along with outdoor and indoor play areas, regular tractor trailer trips to Holyfield dairy farm and more, you are guaranteed a truly great day for all the family!
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £10 per perso, under 2s FREE

Summer of Fun & Barleylands Explorers Club at Barleylands
Thurs 25 July to Mon 2 Sept 2019, 9.30am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Enjoy a whole summer of fun on the farm and take part in all your favourite family activities! Such as lamb bottle feeding, wacky races, birds of prey displays, reptile demonstrations and much much more.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Save 10% online – Adult £10.80, Conc & Child £9.90, Family tickets from £37.80, Under 2s go free.

Family Bug Hunt Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 26 July 2019, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Drop in and have a go at grass netting and see what interesting bugs you can find.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child.

Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 26 July 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach , Hornchurch, RM12 6DF (Sat Nav RM12 6TS)
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling. Booking essential. Phone 01708520364

Nature Tots at Fingringhoe Nature Reserve
Fri 26 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester CO5 7DN
Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 729678 to book.

Come and See Skye and Marshall at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 27 July 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
See Paw Patrol’s Skye and Marshall at Old MacDonald’s Farm.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £16, senior citizens £14, child £15, under 2s FREE

Bee Crafts at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 27 July 2019, 11am -1pm
Drop-in event, no booking necessary! We’ll be making fun, simple bee-based crafts ideal for little ones who love our stripy black-and-white friends. Meet us at the Visitor Centre for this creative session.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Suggested donation £1 per craft.

Brilliant Honeybee Adventure at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 27 July 2019, 2pm-4pm
Did you know that all the bees you see out collecting honey are girls? Did you know the queen bee is the boss of all the bees and controls the others using her smell? Join us at the Visitor Centre for a session of bee crafts, games and facts.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6

Kite Festival at The Naze Centre
Sat 27 – Sun 28 July 2019, 10am-4pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8LE
The kite festival weekend will run from 10:00 am to 4pm on both days. Families, children, and adults are welcome. There is disabled access, toilets, baby changing, a shop, and a cafe/refreshments. There will be a chance to build your own kites and fly them at the Naze in our kite workshop for £5 per person. Tide times for the days are as follows:Saturday – (High tide – 07:40 am) – (Low Tide – 13:42 pm)Sunday – (High tide – 08:55 am) – (Low Tide – 14:58 pm).
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Kite workshop – £5 per person

Stow Maries at War at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Sat 27 July – Sun 28 July 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
This national-level living-history event focussing on the British Armed Forces of the Great War returns in all its glory for its third year. From Soldiers to Nurses and Airmen, their uniforms, weaponry, equipment and training, as well as the everyday tasks of the Great War soldier. There will be authentic demonstrations showing various skills which a soldier would have had to acquire to enable him to do his job “in the field”.Stow Maries historic site also offers an impressive collection of Great War aircraft as well as Museums, Mess and shop. A great educational day for all the family.We will also be welcoming some fantastic air displays, weather permittingTickets will be on sale until Thursday 25th July at 5pm
www.stowmaries.org.uk
Cost: Adults £17.50, children under 16 FREE

Legendary Joust at Audley End
Sat 27 & Sun 28 July 2019, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Jousting goes back to its roots in this no-holds-barred tournament of strength, skill and horsemanship. Charging at each other at full speed with only chain mail for protection, each knight will attempt to knock their opponent from their horse. It’s every man for himself in this thrillingly authentic 13th-century tournament, inspired by the brutal early days of jousting.The encampment will be alive with the sights, sounds and smells of medieval life. Listen to merry music, join in with the jester’s jokes and learn about cookery and crafts from centuries ago. You can even meet the knights as they prepare for battle.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £21, Concessions £18.90, Children £12.60, Family £54.60. English Heritage Members – adult £2.50, child £1.50, conc £2.20, family £6.50

Family Forest School at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 28 July 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Nothing to do on Sunday? Bored by the end of the weekend? Then come and enjoy the stunning woodlands at Belfairs. Forest school activities in the woods. Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on rope walks, make woodland crafts, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games. The only limit is your imagination! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child

Family Pond Dipping at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 28 July 2019, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Drop in and have a go at pond dipping. What fantastic creatures can you find? Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child.

Family Forest School at Bedfords Park
Sun 28 July 2019
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Play, learn, explore and create the natural way. Join us in the forest to light fires with a flint and steel, build dens, make knots, use tools and learn about wildlife. Fun for all the family through the changing seasons. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be dressed appropriately for being outside.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per session or block book six consecutive fortnightly sessions for £36. Booking essential, call 01708 748646.

Professor Nitrate’s Test Zone at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 28th July – Weds 28th Aug 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Professor Nitrate is back for a summer full of explosive fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills come rain or shine! Open Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday between July 28 and August 28, the Professor ready’s our “Test Zone” for all the family to enjoy.The Mad Lab – home to the ever eccentric Professor Nitrate and their assistants has a variety of great hands on experiments and activities for you all to try out – some you can even take home with you! Plus not to be missed science shows throughout the day which will have the whole family getting experimental!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Check website for price details.

Pond Dipping at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 29 July 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A pond dipping session for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre – 01206 738172.

Bug Hunt at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Mon 29 July 2019, 10.30am –  11.30am
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach , Hornchurch, RM12 6DF (Sat Nav RM12 6TS)
Fun for all, come along to the visitors centre and make your very own Bug Home for the little ones that live in and around your garden.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £4 per child.Booking essential. Phone 01708520364

Minibeast Madness at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 29 July 2019, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
We will go adventuring through the long grass with our sweep nets to discover which bugs are living within. You will also get the chance to make a bug of your own to take home with you.Booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable clothing.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: Requested donation £6 per child, call the centre on 01206 738172 to book.

Pirates of Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 30 July 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield pirates as they set sail in search of the missing treasure. This event is for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Wild About Wetlands at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Tue 30 July 2019, 10.00am-3.30pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
It’s that time of year again and it’s time to go wild about the wetlands and take part in loads of fun and free activities!For 2019 we have some amazing activities including: Pond dipping, Wetland Detective Trail – complete this and you’ll win a prize! Nature and wildlife arts and crafts; Meet the bees, bats and birds; Guess the nest/skull flip up quizand much much more! Meet the animals from Lee Valley Park Farms including rabbits and guinea pigs, see the buzzing bees from Waltham Abbey Beekeepers, hold a bird of prey and listen to interesting talks about bats!
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: No need to book, simply turn up and enjoy the free activities!

Wild about Wetlands at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Tues 31 July 2019, 10.30am-3.30pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Lots of fun and free activities are to be had, including pond dipping and a minibeasts trail as the wild about the wetlands event returns at Waltham Abbey Gardens.  Some of the amazing activities include: nature and wildlife arts and crafts; pond dipping; meet the bees, bat and birds; plus a guess the nest/skull flip up quiz; and much more.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: FREE, no need to book

Nature Tots at Abbotts Hall Farm
Weds 31 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ
Let them get outside and explore! Look for creepy crawlies, build dens, balance on ropes, get messy in our mud kitchen, fly through the trees on our rope swing , relax in the hammock, play woodland games and watch the fire. The only limit is their imagination!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling and under 18 months free. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01621 862960 to book.

Nature Tots at Fingringhoe Nature Reserve
Fri 12 July 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Church Rd Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 729678 to book.

Decorate Your Own Flower Pot at the Natural History Museum, Colchester
Weds 31 July 2019, during opening hours
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Decorate a biodegradable flower pot and plant your very own seeds to take home. Even the littlest fingers can go green at the Natural History Museum.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 suggested donation for materials

 

Events Running Throughout the Summer Holidays 2018

Get Hands On with History at Audley End
Sat 20 July –  Sun 1 Sept 2019, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Get set for a jam-packed summer as we bring history to life with fun-filled family events at Audley End.Meet a celebrated monarch in our interactive story-telling sessions or join us for a fairy trail to see if you can spot a magical resident. Have a go at testing your spy skills and strength in a WWII obstacle course and don’t forget to come and explore the Victorian jobs your history teacher’s too timid to tell you! The activities will change each week so why not come back time and time again to try something new?
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £18.50, Concessions £16.70, Children £11.10, Family £48.10. English Heritage Members FREE

Age of Dinosaurs Exhibit at Braintree Museum
20 Jul 2019 – 11 Jan 2020, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Museums are magic and this summer we have a roaring exhibition opening on the 20 July. Come and see Age of the Dinosaurs!
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £4 adult, £3 concessions £2 children, under 5’s free

Summer Holidays at the Farms at Lee Valley Park Farms
Thurs 25 July – Sun 1 Sept 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF
School’s out and summer holidays are in, so why not come join us at Lee Valley Park Farm for a host of fun filled animal activities which will keep the little ones busy!Every two weeks a different group of animals will step into the limelight and we will be giving you the opportunity to meet and greet the animals and learn all about them.Along with outdoor and indoor play areas, regular tractor trailer trips to Holyfield dairy farm and more, you are guaranteed a truly great day for all the family!
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £10 per perso, under 2s FREE

Bubble ‘n Bop at Marsh Farm
Thurs 25 July to Mon 2 Sept 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Throughout the summer holidays (25th July to 2nd September 2019), Marsh Farm, is hosting its very own amazing Children’s festival, bursting with bubbles, exploding with excitement and filled with foam.Get ready to do the ‘big fish, little fish, cardboard box’ at the Radio Essex’s Bubble’n Bop party where the playlist, bubbles and glow sticks are sure to create a party time to remember. Don’t forget your swimwear and towel for the ‘Inland Beach’ and ‘Foam Pool’.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £9.99 online or £11.99 on the door per person (over 2yrs old), under 2s go FREE

Summer of Fun & Barleylands Explorers Club at Barleylands
Thurs 25 July to Mon 2 Sept 2019, 9.30am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Enjoy a whole summer of fun on the farm and take part in all your favourite family activities! Such as lamb bottle feeding, wacky races, birds of prey displays, reptile demonstrations and much much more.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Save 10% online – Adult £10.80, Conc & Child £9.90, Family tickets from £37.80, Under 2s go free.

Professor Nitrate’s Test Zone at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 28th July – Weds 28th Aug 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Professor Nitrate is back for a summer full of explosive fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills come rain or shine! Open Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday between July 28 and August 28, the Professor ready’s our “Test Zone” for all the family to enjoy.The Mad Lab – home to the ever eccentric Professor Nitrate and their assistants has a variety of great hands on experiments and activities for you all to try out – some you can even take home with you! Plus not to be missed science shows throughout the day which will have the whole family getting experimental!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Check website for price details.

Summer Festival 2018 at Audley End Railway
Sat 21 July – Mon 3 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Your perfect summer family day out providing you with even MORE fun and activities to immerse yourselves in! The Picnic Area will be packed full of activities including, Story Telling, Face Painting, Games Area and Craft Making. You can also take an enchanting Train Ride through the Audley End Estate Woodland and dive into the magical land of our Fairy and Elf Walk!Don’t forget to dress up in your BEST fancy dress outfit too for the daily Fancy Dress Parade!
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: From £11 adults and children aged 2-16; carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Summer Holiday Activities at Hadleigh Park
Mon 30 July – Sun 2 Sept 2018, 11.00am-1.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Each week there will be an opportunity to hire a Kayak, have a taster session for Archery, try one of the pop-up sport or craft activities and grab a place on the wristband mornings which will have limited spaces, these are where you get to have a taster of the activities, all in just a couple of hours.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost:  Various prices