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: Saturday 1st July – Thursday 6th July 2017

Merlins Bird Watching Club for Young at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 1 July 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Named after the Merlin engines that once powered RAF Hornchurch’s Spitfires. Armed with binoculars, bird guide and notepad (all provided) join Brenda our birdwatching guide to spot, observe and identify the bird life of Hornchurch Country Park.  Suitable for 8 year olds + (unaccompanied).  Also every Thursday in the school holidays and once a month on Saturdays during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Bee Themed Day at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 1 July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come and join us with the Romford Division of the Essex Bee-Keeper’s Association between 10.00am –4.00pm  We will be displaying their craft and giving demonstrations about Working with Honey Bee’s —-  Events will include:- Observation Hive & Virtual Hive, Beeswax candle Rolling, Dress up in Beekeepers Suit or Veil, Local Honey and Gifts to buy.  Contact Centre on: 01708 520364 for further Details
www.essexwt.org.uk

Octonauts at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 1 July 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Jumping Jellyfish! Captain Barnacles and Kwazii are coming to Lee Valley Park Farms. This summer, to see the adventurous duo in their interactive Octonauts™: To Your Stations mini show. Pre-booking is required.
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE

Saturday Archery at Hadleigh Park
Sat 1 July 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Come down and try your hand at Archery! Every Saturday our trained Archery instructors will take you through the basics and give you a real taste of what it was like to be Robin Hood.  There are two sessions starting at 11:00am and 12:00pm Book online, on the phone or register at the Office on arrival.  The Archery Field is in a woodland clearing with rough ground, which can be muddy and wet in places. It’s about a 5/10 minute walk from the visitors centre.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: £5 per head, 12 per session.

Pond Days at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sat 1 July 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Sawyers Hall Farm, Sawyers Hall Ln, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
If your child loves ponies and are keen to increase their knowledge and confidence around them, then this is the place to be on a Saturday! Hopefield Pony Days are taking place on the first Saturday of every month from April-Sept, book now to avoid disappointment. 4 hours of interactive and educational fun, including feeding, grooming, mucking out and general duties of owning a pony. Includes: A FREE Hopefield t-shirt to wear on the day; Certificate; Rosette; and lunch. For ages 5+ (Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration).
www.hopefield.org.uk
Cost: £35 per child. Booking essential

East Hanningfield Annual Village Fete
Sat 1 July 2017, 1.00pm-4.30pm
East Hanningfield Village Hall Abbey Fields, East Hanningfield CM3 8
The village children will sing and dance and you can see a poor villager in the stocks. Or visit the beer tent, have a cream tea and try out a new sport. BBQ is available whilst you watch face painting or home made cakes and WI treats can be bought. We also have an extensive book second hand book sale for great holiday reading.  All to help raise funds for our village hall and field, and All Saints Church. Wheelchair access. Car parking available.
Cost: Free entry

PAW Patrol at Marsh Farm
Sat 1 July & Sun 2 July 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
It’s time for a Pawsome Adventure! Chase and Marshall will be making appearances at intervals on each day, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 online or £14.99 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Stables Weekend at Audley End
Sat 1 July & Sun 2 July 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and glorious falcons in flight as our expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting on horseback. Please note, bird species subject to change.  Please note the house is closed this weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Maldon Motor Show
Sun 2 July 2017
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 will be provided by Saint FM including, Kingsman, Black Webb, Big Sing and Saint FM’s Jukebox Diner. Visit a number of stall selling vintage clothing and memorabilia from 1920’s – 1960’s.
www.maldonmotorshow.co.uk
Cost: Free admission. £5 fee to enter your classic vehicle.

Haven House Summer Fair, Woodford Green
Sun 2 July 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
The White House High Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 9LB
Our Summer Fair is one of the highlights of our events calendar and is returning this year with a fun circus-themed twist. Taking place on the grounds of Haven House Children’s Hospice, it’s going to be even bigger and better than last year! There will be lots of fun activities and entertainment on the day and so it is the perfect day out for the whole family this summer.
www.havenhouse.org.uk
Cost: Suggested £2 entry donation and under 3s are free.

Sports and Crafts at Hadleigh Park
Tues 4 July 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Session combines fun active sports sessions designed to build fundamental movement skills and balance and agility integrated with balance bikes and a weekly craft. Ideal for 2 1/2 year olds to 5 year olds.  Two sessions starting at 10am and 1pm.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 4 July 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 6 July 2017, 10.00am-11.00am
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
These artist-led sessions provide a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials. Term time only.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

Dollop: Early Years Creative Play at Firstsite
Thurs 6 July 2017, 11.00am-12.15pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Early Years creative play for children under 2 and their parents/carers to explore a range of sensory materials together. Term time only.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

 


Events: Friday 7th July –  Thursday 20th July 2017

8 Day Weekend Carnival at Saffron Walden
Fri 7 July – Sat 15 July 2017, various times
1 Market Place, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1HR8
Day Weekend is a carnival celebration bursting with music, fun and unique events for the whole family. On Sun 9 July at 6.30pm the Saffron Walden Round Table will be teaming up with independent community cinema ‘Saffron Screen’ for a FREE screening of the original ‘Ghostbusters’. A day dedicated entirely to families will take place on Sat 15 July from 10.00am-4.00pm and will include activities such as human hungry hippos, exotic animals experience, a dog show, climb wall, bouncy castle arena and face painting
www.8dayweekend.co.uk
Cost: A mix of chargeable and free events. See website for details and tickets.

Junior Angling Day at Theydon Bois Pond
Sat 8 July 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Theydon Bois, Epping, Essex CM16 7EU
Come and wet a line and try fishing on one of Epping Forest’s ponds. You might even catch a fish! 8-12 years.
www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/epping-forest-9768889881
Cost: £5 per head, booking required

Saturday Archery at Hadleigh Park
Sat 8 July 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Come down and try your hand at Archery! Every Saturday our trained Archery instructors will take you through the basics and give you a real taste of what it was like to be Robin Hood.  There are two sessions starting at 11:00am and 12:00pm Book online, on the phone or register at the Office on arrival.  The Archery Field is in a woodland clearing with rough ground, which can be muddy and wet in places. It’s about a 5/10 minute walk from the visitors centre.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: £5 per head, 12 per session.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 8 July & Sun 9 July 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Vintage Fair at Cressing Temple Barns
Sun 9 July 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
Join us at the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Vintage Fair 2017! It will be a celebration of all things vintage including stalls, music and entertainment. This will be the perfect day out for the whole family with something to please all generations.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Adults £5, Concessions £4, Under 16 FREE (but must be accompanied by an adult)

Science Discovery Day at Sandford Mill
Sun 9 July 2017, from 10.00am
Sandford Mill Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6NY
Fun for the whole family! Go on a wildlife safari, take a boat trip, build a bridge, have a go at archery, rope making, model traction engine rides and more! Try something new and discover more about Sandford Mill.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per person, family of 4 £10, babes in arms free

Laindon Mum2mum Market
Sat 10 July 2017, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Laindon Community Centre, Aston Road / High Road, Laindon, Essex, SS15 6NX
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 11 July 2017, 10.00am-11.30am
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2
The Tuesday Toddle sessions are run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. The Toddles are an 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 take into account those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments/hylands-house-and-estate
Cost: £4 per child

Sports and Crafts at Hadleigh Park
Tues 11 July 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Session combines fun active sports sessions designed to build fundamental movement skills and balance and agility integrated with balance bikes and a weekly craft. Ideal for 2 1/2 year olds to 5 year olds.  Two sessions starting at 10am and 1pm.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 11 July 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Creepy Creatures at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 13 July 2017
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Get up close to some things that creep and slither; snakes, toads, spiders and other creepy creatures will be on show and talked about by Mollie King and her team from Kent Owl Academy. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per adult, £4 per child

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 13 July 2017, 10.00am-11.00am
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
These artist-led sessions provide a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials. Term time only.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

Dollop: Early Years Creative Play at Firstsite
Thurs 13 July 2017, 11.00am-12.15pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Early Years creative play for children under 2 and their parents/carers to explore a range of sensory materials together. Term time only.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

 


Events: Friday 14th July – Thursday 21st July 2017

Under 5s Concert: Little Red Riding Hood at Marks Tey Village Hall
Fri 14 July 2017, choose from 2 concerts starting at 11am and 1pm (approx 45 minutes each)
Old London Road, Colchester, Essex CO6 1LB
Venture into the story of Little Red Riding Hood in this interactive music-making concert for the under-fives. You and your little ones will explore the wonderful sounds and rhythms woven into the story, inventing and discovering the characters through music. Dance and sing your way through the concert as the instruments bring the tale to life!
romanrivermusic.org.uk
Cost: £1 child, £2 adult

Punch & Judy at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 15 July 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Come and see Punch & Judy and friends put on a hilarious show for you. This traditional English puppet show is a real kids’ favourite and dates back as far as 16th century. Come along and see what Mr Punch gets up to!
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £13, child £12, under 2s FREE

Saturday Archery at Hadleigh Park
Sat 15 July 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Come down and try your hand at Archery! Every Saturday our trained Archery instructors will take you through the basics and give you a real taste of what it was like to be Robin Hood.  There are two sessions starting at 11:00am and 12:00pm Book online, on the phone or register at the Office on arrival.  The Archery Field is in a woodland clearing with rough ground, which can be muddy and wet in places. It’s about a 5/10 minute walk from the visitors centre.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: £5 per head, 12 per session.

Clacton Relay Family Fun Weekend at Clacton-on-Sea
Sat 15 July 2017, 11.30am-11.30pm
Town Centre, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1
Come along and enjoy the 8th Clacton Relay Family Fun Weekend and help Clacton beat cancer for good. There will be lots of entertainment including live bands, singers and dance groups. Lots of side stalls, face painting, bouncy castles, food and drink and much more.
relay.cancerresearchuk.org/site/TR?fr_id=1678&pg=entry
Cost: free entry and free parking

Family Steam Weekend with a London Transport Theme at Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 15 July & Sun 16 July 2017, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
The Railway has a long association with the Underground and London Transport stemming from its time as a part of the Central Line. We celebrate this in 2017 with a new event when we join with the London Transport Museum with two days of heritage train rides, family activities and lots of fun.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13 (on the day £15), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £34 (on the day £39)

Reptiles Rule! at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 15 July & Sun 16 July 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Celebrate World Snake day! The reptiles are ruling the reserve. Follow the trail to discover and learn all about reptiles. Claim your sticky, stretchy prize at the end. Drop – in, no need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 per child

Spirit of the Corn Festival at the Museum of Power
Sat 15 July & Sun 16 July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Live music, talks and workshops, nature and spirituality, country crafts and food stalls. Miniature steam train OPEN Sunday only for rides (extra charge applies). ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN. ‘Marshall’ the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by AIR and other oil / diesel engines will be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £5.00 per day £8.00 for the weekend; Children (5 to 15) £2:00 Children under 5 FREE.

Essex Festival of Food and Drink at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 15 July & Sun 16 July 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
Back with a bang for a seventh consecutive year, the Essex Festival of Food and Drink, sponsored by Adnams of Southwold will once again demonstrate exactly why the most “reem” of counties has a reputation for knowing how to party. Over 150 Artisan food and drink producers, free kids cookery classes, 2 open air food courts seating 600 visitors, live music and a wonderful party atmosphere.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Adult: £8.00, OAP (65yrs+) £7.00, Disabled £7.00, Carer: (one carer per disabled person) £7.00, Children (13-16yrs) £7.00, Children under 13yrs: FREE (no ticket required)

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 15 July & Sun 16 July 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Picnic and Play at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 15 July & Sun 16 July 2017, 11.00am – 4.00pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
Gather your family and your picnic and join us for some laid back summer fun at beautiful Cressing Temple. Enjoy a memorable day of activities including storytelling, themed trails, puppet shows a range of other outdoor games.  Bring a picnic or book in to have lunch at the onsite Barns Tearoom, then pick a spot to spread out and relax. With entertainment by The Fools Puppet Company and Kenneth Bruce, from the Solstice Storytelling Circle. There will also be a self-guide trail and a selection of outdoor games. To pre-book tickets call 03330 132738.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £3 per child 2 to 12. Under 2’s and adults free.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Romford
Sun 16 July 2017, 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). Visit website to find a voucher for 2 for the price of 1 entry.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Canvey Island
Sun 16 July 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0JA
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). Visit website to find a voucher for 2 for the price of 1 entry.

Sports and Crafts at Hadleigh Park
Tues 18 July 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Session combines fun active sports sessions designed to build fundamental movement skills and balance and agility integrated with balance bikes and a weekly craft. Ideal for 2 1/2 year olds to 5 year olds.  Two sessions starting at 10am and 1pm.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 18 July 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 20 July 2017, 10.00am-11.00am
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
These artist-led sessions provide a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials. Term time only.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

Dollop: Early Years Creative Play at Firstsite
Thurs 20 July 2017, 11.00am-12.15pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Early Years creative play for children under 2 and their parents/carers to explore a range of sensory materials together. Term time only.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

 


Events: Friday 21st July – Thursday 27th July 2017

Friday Fives: Teddy Bear Picnic at Chelmsford Museum
Fri 21 July 2017, 12.00pm-1.30pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
We will share stories and go on a Teddy Bear Trail, following picture clues to find the bear! The picnic will be held in Oaklands Park, or indoors if it’s raining. For 18 months – 5 years.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Meet Paw Patrol at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 22 July 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Don’t miss the chance to meet Chase and Marshall from Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol. Plus see over 200 animals at the farm, fantastic family rides, lots of outdoor activities, indoor shows & play zones.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £13, child £12, under 2s FREE

“Give Mini Rugby a Try!” at Harlow Rugby Club
Sat 22 July 2017, from 10.45am
Ram Gorse, Elizabeth Way,Harlow CM20 2JQ
At Harlow Rugby Club we are keen to get as many kids enjoying mini rugby as possible. That’s why we are running, a free open day for kids under 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 (from 1st September 2017) so kids can come along and “Give Mini Rugby a Try!” on Saturday 22nd July 2017 from 10:45am. Mini Rugby is for girls and boys aged 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (current school year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and all are welcome to come along. If you have children who may be keen to try rugby, please bring them along to give it go and see if they like it.
www.harlowrugbyclub.com
Cost: FREE

Saturday Archery at Hadleigh Park
Sat 22 July 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Come down and try your hand at Archery! Every Saturday our trained Archery instructors will take you through the basics and give you a real taste of what it was like to be Robin Hood.  There are two sessions starting at 11:00am and 12:00pm Book online, on the phone or register at the Office on arrival.  The Archery Field is in a woodland clearing with rough ground, which can be muddy and wet in places. It’s about a 5/10 minute walk from the visitors centre.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: £5 per head, 12 per session.

Marine Trail at Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve
Sat 22 July 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Follow our marine themed trail around the park and see how many marine creatures you can discover. No need to book, self-led trail, pick up a map from the visitor centre
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £1 per trail and free parking

Evening Stargazing at Great Notley
Sat 22 July 2017, 12.00pm-3.00pm
Great Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7FS
The North Essex Astronomical Society will have several telescopes set up with special filters for observing sunspots and solar prominences with complete safety. Society members will be on hand to answer questions.  Everyone is welcome, there’s no need to book
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: FREE

Stow Maries at War at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Sat 22 July – Sun 23 July 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
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”. YouTube Channel, The Great War Channel, will also be on site, filming and interviewing.
www.stowmaries.org.uk
Cost: Early bird adult (before 14 July) £15.00, standard adult £20.00, children under 16 FREE

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 22 July & Sun 23 July 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Hawking Around at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 22 July – Fri 4 Aug 2017, 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, enjoy fantastic falconry displays and make sure you enter our competition as you could WIN a falconry experience!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE. A special £15 per person summer pass is available between 22 July and 3 September offering unlimited visits to the farm throughout that period.

Pond Dipping at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 23 July 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Drop in and have a go at pond-dipping. Children must be accompanied. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Bing Bunny at Marsh Farm
Sun 23 July 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
It’s Superstar Sunday at Marsh Farm! Bing Bunny and Flop will be making appearances at intervals on each day, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 online or £14.99 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Dinosaur Adventure at Thameside Nature Park
Sun 23 June 2017 1.30pm-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Come to the park for a dinosaur adventure. Enjoy an afternoon of hunting for dinosaurs and making dinosaur crafts. Please come dressed for doing outdoor activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities suitable for children over 4 years. Booking and donation in advance essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £6 donation per child, £4 per sibling.

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 23 July – Weds 26 July 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows for all the family to enjoy
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Go Wild at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 24 July 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A bushcraft and campfire morning for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child.

Space Explorers at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 24 July 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child.

Space! at Thameside Nature Park
Mon 24 July 2017, 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Come along to TTNP to learn all about space, stars and planets. Make your own rockets! Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £5 donation per child

Six Weeks of Summer at Barleylands
Mon 24 July – Fri 28 July 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Keep the kids entertained and get out and about this summer with a new adventure to enjoy every week at Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay.  There’s six weeks of fun with a host of different activities to enjoy from bug hunting, bird spotting and treasure hunts to magic mayhem and circus skills workshops.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, Child £11, Under 2s FREE (reduced prices when purchased online)

Victorian Delights at Audley End
Mon 24 July & Fri 28 July 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Join the adventure as you travel back to the wonderful world of Victorian Britain.  There’ll be drama aplenty as you meet Queen Victoria and all 42 of her gracious grandchildren. Discover innovative inventions and tremendous toys; and make sure to watch out for the sneaky assassins trying to claim the price on Queen Victoria’s head!
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £14.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 25 July 2017, 10.00am-11.30am
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2
The Tuesday Toddle sessions are run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. The Toddles are an 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 take into account those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult.
https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments/hylands-house-and-estate
Cost: £4 per child

Wild about Wetlands at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Tues 25 July 2017, 10.00am-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: a drawing competition to win a family ticket to Lee Valley Park Farms; nature and wildlife arts and crafts; a chance to make a minibeast hotel and meet the bees, bat and birds; plus a guess the nest/skull flip up quiz and Coda falconry displays.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: FREE

Magical Children’s Workshops at Braintree Museum
Tues 25 July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Join Braintree for a magical summer of children’s workshops. Come and meet your favourite Harry Potter characters, have a butter bear in their own leaky caldron and see live owls! Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Archaeology Day at Colchester Castle
Tues 25 July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Join us for a day full of archaeology at Colchester Castle. There will be games and activities, object handling and the chance to meet some real archaeologists!
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: Normal admission fees apply

Under 5’s Minibeasts at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Tues 25 July 2017, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
An event especially for the under 5’s. Search for mini-beasts and here at Thameside Nature Park. There will also be a craft activity and story. Booking essential for this event, children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £5 per child, under 18 months free.

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Tues 25 July 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Messy Crafters at Chelmsford Museum
Tues 25 July 2017, hour-long sessions from 10.30am-3.30pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Come along to our Back in Time themed craft session for pre-schoolers. Children can make some brilliant crafts to take home and treasure. For children aged 18 months to 5 years.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child, over 16s and babes in arms free

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 25 July 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Scrapbook Safari at Hylands Park – Stables Visitor Centre
Weds 26 July 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
The Scrapbook Safari sessions are run throughout the year during the school holidays. The Safaris are an opportunity for children to enjoy a guided exploration at Hylands, assemble a scrapbook and complete a craft activity. The Safaris are aimed at accompanied primary school aged children. Booking is essential. Please call 01245 605523 to book your place.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments/hylands-house-and-estate
Cost: £5 per child, maximum of three children per adult. Accompanied children only.

Archaeology Detectives! at the Natural History Museum, Colchester
Wed 26 July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Join us at the Natural History Museum to celebrate the Festival of Archaeology. Drop in: 10am – 12pm and 2pm-4pm
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Stick Raft Building and Racing at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Weds 26 July 2017, 10.30am-11.30am
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
Make your own raft out of natural material found on the reserve,then race them across part of the lake. Great family fun.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/chafford-gorges
Cost: £6.00 per child

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 26 July 2017, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Most popular with kids ages 2 to 12, but all are welcome. Led by rangers, young ones can try making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft, finding fish… every day is different and there’s always something new to stimulate the imagination and build an appreciation for the outdoors.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE (except parking charge)

Wild Wednesdays – Hidden History at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Wed 26 July 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
Celebrate Lee Valley Park’s 50th Anniversary with ‘Wild Wednesday’ family events taking place every Wednesday during the school holidays.  Children can tackle questions such as what prehistoric animals used to roam there and whether people would have survived the stone age.  Plus there is an exciting afternoon full of activities that uncover the hidden history of Waltham Abbey and how we know about the past. Kids can also try ‘rubbish archeology’ and an introduction to fire lighting.  Activities will take place both outside and inside, so please dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions on the day. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.50 advanced booking, £5 on day (10% discount for booking online). Pre-booking recommended

Essentials for Witchcraft & Wizardry School Workshop at Braintree Museum
Weds 26 – Fri 28 July 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Manor Street, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Looking for exciting activities to do this holiday? Join Braintree for a magical summer of children’s workshops. Make your own equipment as you prepare for Witchcraft & Wizardry School. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied.
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: £2 per child, under 5s FREE. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wildlife Superheroes at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 27 July 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and test your super hero skills against the wildlife of Hanningfield Nature Reserve. Use your spidery senses, solve the clues and save the day. This event is for 4 – 8 year olds, children must be accompanied by an adult. £6 per child. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Merlins Bird Watching Club for Young at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 27 July 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Named after the Merlin engines that once powered RAF Hornchurch’s Spitfires. Armed with binoculars, bird guide and notepad (all provided) join Brenda our birdwatching guide to spot, observe and identify the bird life of Hornchurch Country Park.  Suitable for 8 year olds + (unaccompanied).  Also every Thursday in the school holidays and once a month on Saturdays during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 27 July 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some bugs. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Mosaic Magic at Hollytrees Museum, Colchester
Thurs 27 July 2017, 10.30am-3.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology by learning about the craft of Roman mosaic and creating your own mosaic coaster.  Sessions at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 3pm.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person

Creative Crafters at Chelmsford Museum
Thurs 27 July 2017, hour-long sessions from 10.30am-4.30pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Come along to our Back in Time themed craft session for school aged children. Children can get creative, using the museum’s collections and displays for inspiration. For children aged 4 to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child, over 16s and babes in arms free

Nature Detectives at Thameside Nature Park
Thurs 27 July 2017, 11.00am – 3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Collect your tracks and signs spotting sheet from the centre, take yourselves around the park and see if you can be a nature detective! No need to book, self-led drop-in activity.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £1 per child

Lee Valley Bug Club at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Thurs 27 July 2017, 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: £4.00 per child; booking needed

Pond Dipping at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 27 July 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and explore the depths of our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

 


Events: Friday 28th July – Mon 31st July 2017

Trail Treckers at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 28 July 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Take a walk around the nature reserve on this week’s nature trail. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Arty Crafters at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 28 July 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Spend the afternoon making some fun crafts to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Wild Evening Out at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 28 July 2017, 8.00pm-10.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Enjoy an evening on the reserve learning about nocturnal Wildlife, including bat detecting, small mammal trapping and pond dipping. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, children need to be accompanied by an adult. This event is suitable for 6+ years. Please bring a torch.

Mammoths, Mosaics and Metal Detecting at Chelmsford Museum
Sat 29 July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
A fun day of archaeological activities.   You will handle real Roman artefacts, make a mosaic or clay oil lamp to take home, and come face to face with a real mammoth tusk.  We will also have dowsing and metal detecting, and displays of Roman finds from Heritage Writtle.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child, over 16s and babes in arms free

Saturday Archery at Hadleigh Park
Sat 29 July 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Come down and try your hand at Archery! Every Saturday our trained Archery instructors will take you through the basics and give you a real taste of what it was like to be Robin Hood.  There are two sessions starting at 11:00am and 12:00pm Book online, on the phone or register at the Office on arrival.  The Archery Field is in a woodland clearing with rough ground, which can be muddy and wet in places. It’s about a 5/10 minute walk from the visitors centre.
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: £5 per head, 12 per session.

Alice in the Park at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 29 July 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come along and help the White Rabbit solve the clues to find Alice’s tea party, then Create great wonderland craft. Three time slots: 11.00am – 12.00pm, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, or 2.00pm – 3.00pm.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, booking essential

Family Medieval Weekend at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 29 July & Sun 30 July 2017, 10.00am – 4.30pm
Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD
Join us at Cressing Temple for a weekend long medieval themed family event. Meet Medieval re-enactors, learn about life in the past and ask questions about medieval food, lifestyle and entertainment as you interact with a variety of interesting characters.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Free (small donation for crafts)

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 29 July & Sun 30 July 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £10.90 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Hanningfield Summer Fair at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 30 July 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join us for our legendary Summer Fair; loads of great stalls, old-fashioned games, drumming in the woods, archery, birds of prey, bugs, hand-made cake and fun for all the family.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 per adult, £1 per child

The Gruffalo at Marsh Farm
Sun 30 July 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
It’s Superstar Sunday at Marsh Farm! The Gruffalo will be making appearances at intervals on each day, so don’t forget to bring your camera.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 online or £14.99 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Wind in the Willows Open Air Theatre at Weald Country Park
Sun 30 July 2017, 4.00pm
Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS
Pack your picnics and join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with the sly weasel to save Toad Hall. Eye-catching costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters promise to capture the imagination of the youngest of audience members whilst the sheer nostalgic charm of this beloved story is guaranteed to take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank and onto memory lane. Bring a picnic!
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £12 for adults; £8 for children and £32 for a family ticket (2+2). Under 3s are free.

Professor Nitrate’s Summer Of Science at the Gunpowder Mills
Sun 30 July – Weds 2 Aug 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Join us for summer holiday fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills every Sunday through to Wednesday 23 July – 23 August where Professor Nitrate has an action packed Summer of Science in store! With fun interactive science shows for all the family to enjoy
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Go Wild at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 31 July 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A bushcraft and campfire morning for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child.

Space Explorers at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 31 July 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child.

Dinosaur Crafts at Thameside Nature Park
Mon 31 June 2017 1.30pm-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Have a go at some dinosaur craft activities here at Thameside Nature Park. Crafts to include gliders and wooden kits (subject to availability). Booking essential for this event, donationChildren must be accompanied by an adult. Self-led event.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £3 per child

Six Weeks of Summer at Barleylands
Mon 31 July  – Fri 4 Aug 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Keep the kids entertained and get out and about this summer with a new adventure to enjoy every week at Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay.  There’s six weeks of fun with a host of different activities to enjoy from bug hunting, bird spotting and treasure hunts to magic mayhem and circus skills workshops.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, Child £11, Under 2s FREE (reduced prices when purchased online)

Ugly Bug Safari at Audley End
Mon 31 July & Fri 4 Aug 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Small game hunters wanted. Grab a magnifying glass and join our big hunt for some mini beasts. We’ll peer into the parterre, unearth insects near the lake and encounter gruesome bugs in the woodland. Discover the secret life of our creepy friends and create your own to take home.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £14.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE