Top local listings for March events in Essex that are perfect for babies, toddlers, big kids and families! Discover what’s on near you, including children’s activities, workshops, shows, open days and fun things to do.

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March Events in Essex

 

Events: 1 March –  7 March 2018

Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thu 1 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. BOOKING REQUIRED 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 2 March 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Sessions include wildlife activities on the nature reserves, games, crafts and music in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential.

Family Forest Fun at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 2 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join the lovely woodland area to build a den, learn to whittle a stick and toast a marshmallow over the campfire. Booking essential, please contact the centre on 01206 729678 to book a place
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 2 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Living Things Wild Show at Queens Theatre
Sat 3 March 2018, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
A great fun and informative show! Come and see how animals behave in the wild, watch lizards catch their prey, see sugar gliders glide and so much more.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 child, £5 adult

Mother’s Day Craft Fair at Essex Police Museum
Sat 3 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Come and join us for our Mothers’ Day craft fair and pick out a beautifully handmade gift! Free entry and plenty of free parking!
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: Free entry

Make Place for Fun: Leigh Hodgkinson at Firstsite
Sat 3 March 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Join Leigh Hodgkinson for giant drawings and fun crafts, with some stories in between. Leigh writes and illustrates picture books for children and is art director and co-creator of an inventive new animated show called “Olobob Top” for CBeebies. Leigh likes swimming, buttons and cheese, but she’s not so keen on slugs, tidying or parking. Stories:
Are You Sitting Comfortably? (11:00am – 12:00pm) and Troll Swap Fun (2:00pm – 3:00pm). For ages 3 – 7 years.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Traditional Stories From Africa at Firstsite
Sat 3 March 2018, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Listen to traditional African Stories by Efua Sey Korbi through a magical journey of music and dance, stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. A fun and interactive storytelling session for all ages. Efua Sey Korbi runs the Efua Sey Cultural Academy in Harlow and has a great passion for traditional African Folklore from Djembe drumming to traditional arts and crafts.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Sumi Ink Club at Firstsite
Sat 3 March 2018, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, and all styles! Everyone is invited to come along and create a community mural that will evolve and grow throughout the day. Bring yourselves, bring your friends, bring your grandparents and come draw with us. No artistic experience necessary – anyone can doodle!
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Pop-Up Storytelling Armchair at Colchester Central Library
Sat 3 March 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
21 Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JB
Free and open to all – come along and hear your favourite story.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Basildon Baby and Children’s Market
Sun 4 March 2018, 11.00am-1.00pm
The Basildon Academies, Wickford Avenue, Basildon, Essex SS13 3HL
Join the first event in Basildon, there will be lots of bargains on offer! If you need to declutter your unwanted baby and children’s items and are interested in booking a stall, tables are only £12 and you keep 100% of what you sell. There will be character appearances, Sounds Right Phonics demos, fresh cakes & refreshments and an art table. Plenty of free parking and don’t forget lots of cash as there’s no atm.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: Just £1 entry for adults & free for children.

Free Kids’ Club at The Liberty Shopping Hall
Sun 4 March 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
The Liberty, Romford, Essex RM1 3RL
On the first Sunday of every month, come rain or shine pop down to The Liberty Kids Club for some fantastic activities that offer fun, learning and creativity. For children from 6 months to 10 years.
www.theliberty.co.uk
Cost: Free

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave at Cliffs Pavilion Theatre, Southend
Sun 4 March 2018, 2.00pm
Station Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
Moving Shadow DJ`s 2 Bad Mice + DJ Trax will be playing `grown up` old school dance music to the family ravers. This swashbuckling event will feature themed crafts, giant balloons, glitter cannons, bubble machine, club lighting (no strobes) and the BFLF famous parachute dance. Fancy dress optional but encouraged.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: Adults £11.00, Children £8.00, Pre-walking Infants – free

Mum2mum Market – Romford
Sun 4 March 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.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 4 March 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Forest School activities in the woods – den building, ropes, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting and campfire. Enjoy some quality family time, all ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child

Blues and 2s at Essex Police Museum
Mon 5 March 2018, 10.00am-11.45am & 11.30am-12.15pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Join us for stories, games, crafts and activities all following a police, detective or mystery theme. Suitable for children aged 2-4. During this session we will read Mr Creep The Crook and complete an obstacle course based on the story! Booking is essential—please contact Hannah Wilson on Hannah.wilson@essex.pnn.police.uk to book your space(s).
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Kiddi Caru Harlow Discovery Week
Mon 5 March – Fri 10 March 2018
Kiln Lane, Church Langley, Harlow, Essex, CM17 9LW.
Discover your child’s potential at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Harlow!
This is the perfect opportunity for your little one to explore a range of learning and educational activities. Ask the nursery about our amazing offers available!
Contact: marketing@kiddicaru.com
www.kiddicaru.com/events

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tue 6 March 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Sessions include wildlife activities on the nature reserves, games, crafts and music in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential.

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 6 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 6 March 2018, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends. No need to book. Every Tuesday bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Meet outside the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 7 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling) Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Bedfords Nature Tots
Wed 7 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play & create! Weekly parents & toddler group based around nature, wildlife and seasons. Including indoor crafts and play; explore outdoors through activities and games. Come dressed for the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: Under 5’s. £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Advance Booking Essential. Book 6 sessions in a row and pay for just 5 – £30 Offer Until 21st March 2018

Little Acorns Pre–School Gardening Club
Weds 7 March 2018, 10.30am – 12.00pm
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, 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
Cost: £3 per child, payable on arrival. Adults charged normal entry price, members go free

 


Events: 8 March –  14 March 2018

Parent and Child Art at Firstsite
Thurs 8 March 2018, 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 use their imagination and curiosity to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £5 per child, £2.50 for additional children

Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 8 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. BOOKING REQUIRED 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 9 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Family Forest Fun at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 9 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join the lovely woodland area to build a den, learn to whittle a stick and toast a marshmallow over the campfire. Booking essential, please contact the centre on 01206 729678 to book a place
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

Mother’s Day Workshop at Poplar Nurseries
Sat 10 March 2018, 10.00am-11.00am
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
Calling all Dads! Create two lovely herb planters and a card ready for Mother’s Day. Price includes terracotta pots, plants and all the necessary messy bits to make a lovely card. Also includes a drink – being creative is thirsty work!
www.poplarnurseries.co.uk
Cost: £9.99 per child

Mother’s Day Crafts at Essex Police Museum
Sat 10 March 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Make your own mother’s day card, paper bouquet and fingerprint art!
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2.00 per participant, free entry to museum

Mother’s Day Craft Drop-In at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 10 March 2018, 10.00am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
A drop-in craft event to celebrate Mother’s Day. Make something special for your Mum to keep in time for Mother’s Day. Suitable for ages 3+
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Donation £3 per child

I Believe in Unicorns at The Towngate Theatre
Sat 10 March 2018, 1.00pm & 4.00pm
St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: Adults £10, Child £8 (Booking fees apply: £1 per ticket, capped at £10)

Mum2mum Market – Southend
Sat 10 March 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
St Thomas More School, Kenilworth Gardens,​ Westcliff-on-sea, Essex SS0 0BW
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

Mums Go Free! – Mother’s Day at Marsh Farm
Sat 10 March and Sun 11 March 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Join in the springtime fun and treat Mum to a fun family day out at the Farm. See the new lambs and other spring babies alongside fun Springborn activities; make a treat for mum in our Chicken Coup Crafts, take an exciting tractor ride through the Country Park, build a den, bounce on inflatables and explore our enormous indoor and outdoor play frames.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: Mums go FREE with a full paying admission (online only). £10.99 online or £13.50 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Mother’s Day Craft Drop-In at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 11 March 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
Drop In Craft Day for children of all ages! Kids can make something lovely for mum or even come and do it together. No need to book – just go along!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: There is a small charge per craft and children must be accompanied.

Mother’s Day at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sun 11 March 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Mums goes FREE this Mother’s Day! Join the fun and celebrate all of our amazing animal mothers and find out more about our farmyard parents and their babies.
www.lvfarms.co.uk/events
Cost: £10.00 per person (mums go FREE), Under 2s FREE

Mother’s Go Free at Barleylands Farm Park
Sun 11 March 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Looking for somewhere to take your mum this Mother’s Day? At Barleylands, mums go free with a paying child!So why not spring into spring at Barleylands, it’s a great place to visit with all the family.Spoil mum with trip to the Farm Park, a tasty treat in our Tiptree Pantry and Tearooms or browse the shops and boutiques in The Village – open 10am until 4pm.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Under 2s and mums go free, normal entry applies to everyone else

Mother’s Day at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sun 11 March 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
The Farm is the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day. Expect to see some of our mothers looking after their newborns. Plus you can make a special present for mum with Mary Martin from ArtBound. Mums get a free cuppa when they present the Mother’s Day coupon (see website).
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies

Free Kids Club at The Mercury Mall
Sun 11 March 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Mercury Gardens, Romford, Essex RM1 3EE
FREE Kids Club every 2nd Sunday of every month. Join the team from 11am till 4pm outside BB’s seating area on Level 2 for a fun day of arts and crafts for your little ones, with a visit from Marvin the Monkey!
www.themercurymall.co.uk
Cost: Free

Mother’s Day Tea at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 11 March 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Treat Mum to a cream tea and sit enjoying it looking at the beautiful view over the reservoir. Why not go for a walk through the nature reserve too, just as everything is starting to wake up for Spring!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £4.50 per cream tea including a hot drink.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at the Museum of Power
Sun 11 March 2018, 2.00pm &  3.30pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Afternoon Tea sittings at 2.00pm and 3.30pm. Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides. ‘Astaria’ model village open. “Marshall” the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running, other oil / diesel engines will be running. Prior booking required. Lines open 10.00am to 3.30pm. Call 01621 843183 and ask for Tea Room. Out of hours call Clare on 07535 458504.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: FREE entry for Mothers; Adult £13.95; Children (5 to 15) £7.95 Children under 5 N/A

Mother’s Day Sparkling High Tea at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Sun 11 March 2018, 2.00pm-4.30pm
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
Join the ladies of ‘Just Us’ for a Sparkling High Tea this Mother’s Day. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes plus a celebratory Kir Royale cocktail, whilst listening to the lovely harmonies of this live group. Starting at 2pm, until 4.30pm, with music from 3.30-4.15pm. Enjoy a stroll around the museums during your visit too.
www.stowmaries.org.uk
Cost: £22.50 per adult, children under 16s £12

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 13 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 13 March 2018, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends. No need to book. Every Tuesday bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Meet outside the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Dear Zoo at Palace Theatre, Southend
Tue 13 & Weds 14 March 2018, 10.30am (Weds) and 1.30pm (Tues & Weds)
Station Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
Dear Zoo the timeless children’s classic book makes its stage premiere.Rod Campbell’s best-selling lift the flap book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982 and has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.Perfect for children aged 2 years and upwards.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £15.00 each, Family offer £56.00.

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 14 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling) Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Bedfords Nature Tots
Wed 14 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play & create! Weekly parents & toddler group based around nature, wildlife and seasons. Including indoor crafts and play; explore outdoors through activities and games. Come dressed for the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: Under 5’s. £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Advance Booking Essential. Book 6 sessions in a row and pay for just 5 – £30 Offer Until 21st March 2018

 

 


Events: 15 March –  21 March 2018

Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thu 15 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. BOOKING REQUIRED 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 16 March 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Sessions include wildlife activities on the nature reserves, games, crafts and music in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential.

Family Forest Fun at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 16 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join the lovely woodland area to build a den, learn to whittle a stick and toast a marshmallow over the campfire. Booking essential, please contact the centre on 01206 729678 to book a place
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 16 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Friday Fives at Chelmsford Museum
Fri 16 March 2018, 10.15am, 11.30am & 1.30pm
Sandford Mill Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6NY
If you have a toddler aged between 18 months and five years, Friday Fives offers an interactive, hour-long session once a month, with a nursery rhyme theme. Share a story, explore some museum objects and displays, and make a craft object to link with the rhyme. Call 01245 605700 to book your space
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums
Cost: £3 per child

The Frog Prince at Queens Theatre
Sat 17 March 2018, 10.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Celebrated Essex storyteller Mike Dodsworth brings this popular story to life – creatively animating the world and characters with lots of imagination and fun. Ages 5 – 7 years
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 child, no adult ticket required

Weekend Workshops at Cookies Cooking School, Great Notley
Sat 17 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
The Church in Great Notley, Bridge End Lane, Great Notley, Braintree CM77 7GN
Each session will be themed to a specific country and children will prepare dishes from that country using fresh ingredients. The children will come home with delicious dishes that they have cooked themselves under our expert tuition. There are 3 different levels of cooking dependent on age & ability, preschool children must be accompanied by an adult helper. For children aged 2 to 16 years.
www.cookiescookingschool.co.uk
Cost: £20 per child per session

Rayleigh Baby and Children’s Market
Sat 17 March 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm
The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9BZ
Join the first event in Rayleigh, there will be lots of bargains on offer! If you need to declutter your unwanted baby and children’s items and are interested in booking a stall, tables are only £12 and you keep 100% of what you sell. There will be Babysense Taster sessions, hot & cold refreshments and an art table. Plenty of free parking at Cheapside West Entrance and don’t forget lots of cash as there’s no atm.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: Just £1 entry for adults & free for children.

British Science Week at Hollytrees Museum
Sat 17 March 2018, 10.30am-4.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
Join in a day of free activities at Hollytrees Museum to celebrate British Science Week.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Comedy Magic Show with Marko Sparko at Queens Theatre
Sat 17 March 2018, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Comedy magic show with puppets and balloons with one of Essex’s most popular children’s entertainers. Featuring Chico the Mind Reading Monkey and the Talking Picture!
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 child, £5 adult

Marconi Digital Storytelling at Sandford Mill, Chelmsford
Sat 17 March 2018, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Sandford Mill Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6NY
Experience Marconi digital storytelling using our vintage Marconi TV camera equipment green screen and ipads. Discover the Marconi story, write your own script and then film it using the museum collections, images and settings to bring it alive. Please bring a memory stick along to download your film onto.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums
Cost: £6.50,  or family ticket of 4 people £25.00

Forest Fun Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 18 March 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Have ‘fun in the forest’ with a self-guided trail and forest-themed craft.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child. No need to book.

Science Sunday at the Museum of Power
Sun 18 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm (last entry 3.00pm)
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Science and Magic wild and wonderful demonstrations by the Steampunk Scientist. Miniature steam train open 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 £6.00; Children (5 to 15) £3.00; Children under 5 FREE.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 18 March 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Forest School activities in the woods – den building, ropes, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting and campfire. Enjoy some quality family time, all ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child

Mum2mum Market – Chingford
Sun 18 March 2018, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
South Chingford Congregational Church, 161 Chingford Mount Road, London E4 8LT​
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

Kiddi Caru Colchester Discovery Week
Mon 19 March – Sat 24 March 2018
Maria Court, Hythe Quay, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JB
Discover your child’s potential at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Colchester!
This is the perfect opportunity for your little one to explore a range of learning and educational activities. Ask the nursery about our amazing offers available!
Contact: marketing@kiddicaru.com
www.kiddicaru.com/events

Kiddi Caru Chelmsford Discovery Week
Mon 19 March – Sat 24 March 2018
10 Victoria Court, New Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1GP
Discover your child’s potential at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Chelmsford!
This is the perfect opportunity for your little one to explore a range of learning and educational activities. Ask the nursery about our amazing offers available!
Contact: marketing@kiddicaru.com
www.kiddicaru.com/events

Kiddi Caru Writtle Discovery Week
Mon 19 March – Sat 24 March 2018
Fox Burrows Lane, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3SS
Discover your child’s potential at Kiddi Caru Day Nursery in Writtle!
This is the perfect opportunity for your little one to explore a range of learning and educational activities. Ask the nursery about our amazing offers available!
Contact: marketing@kiddicaru.com
www.kiddicaru.com/events

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tue 20 March 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Sessions include wildlife activities on the nature reserves, games, crafts and music in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential.

Free Open Day at RHS Hyde Hall
Tues 20 March 2018, 10.00am – 6.00pm
Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Come and enjoy the stunning surroundings of RHS Garden Hyde Hall completely free of charge. While here why not indulge in a delicious cream tea in our thatched Barn Restaurant.
www.rhs.org.uk

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 20 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 20 March 2018, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends. No need to book. Every Tuesday bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Meet outside the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 21 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling) Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Bedfords Nature Tots
Wed 21 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play & create! Weekly parents & toddler group based around nature, wildlife and seasons. Including indoor crafts and play; explore outdoors through activities and games. Come dressed for the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: Under 5’s. £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Advance Booking Essential. Book 6 sessions in a row and pay for just 5 – £30 Offer Until 21st March 2018

 


Events: 22 March –  31 March 2018

Parent and Child Art at Firstsite
Thur 22 March 2018, 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 use their imagination and curiosity to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £5 per child, £2.50 for additional children

Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thur 22 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. BOOKING REQUIRED 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Sheep Sheering at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Thurs 22 March 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
It’s that time of year again when our woolly friends need to lose their winter coats. This is a great opportunity to see the sheep shearing process up close and learn about life on the farm.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies

Family Forest Fun at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 23 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join the lovely woodland area to build a den, learn to whittle a stick and toast a marshmallow over the campfire. Booking essential, please contact the centre on 01206 729678 to book a place
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 23 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Pop-Up Storytelling Armchair at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
Sat 24 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lord Ashcroft Building, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ
Free and open to all – come along and hear your favourite story.
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Paw Patrol at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 24 March 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Chase & Skye will be making apperances throughout the day at the farm.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies

Mum2mum Market – Basildoon
Sat 24 March 2018, 11.30am-1.30pm
The Basildon Upper Academy, Wickford Avenue, ​Pitsea, Essex 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.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

Mum2mum Market – Chelmsford
Sat 24 March 2018, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hylands Academy, Hatfield Grove, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3DF
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

Teddy Bear Parade at Audley End Railway
Sat 24 March & Sun 25 March 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Have you a Teddy Bear that would love to live in the woods? Bring your teddy along on the opening weekend and Audley End Railway’s very own Robin the Bear will give your bear a brand new home! Travel through the woods to the Teddy Bear Grand Stand where you will meet Robin and give him your bear, he will then keep your bear safe and place him around the track for you to come and visit throughout the year! Each child that brings a bear will enter for free. Teddy Bears must be at least 60cm in height.
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £7.00, Children with Teddy Bear FREE, Children without Teddy Bear £6.00, 24 Months and under FREE. Booking recommended.

Easter Egg Hunt at Beth Chatto Gardens
Sat 24 March to Sun 8 April 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Join the great annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Beth Chatto Gardens! Explore the garden and see signs of spring as you find the hidden eggs. Complete the hunt and collect your Easter treat! A self-guided trail running every day throughout the Easter holidays.
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Adults £6.95; children £1.50 or FREE if you book your tickets in advance online
OR GET Unlimited year-round entrance from £22.50 with an annual Friends of the Garden pass (includes entrance for up to three children)

Easter Egg Hunt at Promenade Park, Maldon
Sun 25 March 2018, 10.00-3.00pm
Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
Join Maldon Promenade Park for this years Easter egg activity. Scattered around the toddlers park and maze are clues to an Easter riddle. Find all the clues to reveal the answer and receive an Easter treat. The Easter Egg Hunt runs from 10:00am until 3:00pm and you can start at anytime. The hunt takes on average of 15–30 minutes to complete. Each child that enters will receive an Easter Egg and a piece of fruit (donated by Tesco Extra).
www.maldoncarnival.uk/event
Cost: Entry price for the egg hunt on day is just £3.00 per child, or £2.75 (£5.00 for two children) when booked online in advance.

Easter Egg Roll at Promenade Park, Maldon
Sun 25 March 2018, 11.00am & 1.00pm
Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
New to 2018, the Easter egg roll is a fun activity from America. How fast can you roll an Easter Egg with a spoon?Children line up to race their eggs across the grass. The person whos egg crosses the finish line first, wins. This activity is suitable for children under 8s and it great fun. There will be two races, 11:00am and 1:00pm.
www.maldoncarnival.uk/event
Cost: Entry into the egg roll is £1.50.

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? at The Towngate Theatre
Sun 25 March 2018, 2.30pm
St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Fascinating show in which children get the chance to show off their dinosaur knowledge, with Ben Garrod from BBC’s ‘Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur’
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: Family (2 Adult + 2 Child) £50, Adults £15.50, Concessions £12.50 (Booking fees apply: £1 per ticket, capped at £10)

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 27 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 27 March 2018, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends. No need to book. Every Tuesday bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Meet outside the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Sleeping Beauty at Queens Theatre
Tues 27 March 2018, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
The classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score with stunning choreography, and beautiful costumes. All bringing this great tale to life – it’s sure to enchant audiences of all ages!
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £19.50, £23, or £26.50. Under 16s £9 off full price

Caterpillar Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 29 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling) Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thu 29 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. BOOKING REQUIRED 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Easter Bunny Trail at Danbury Country Park
Fri 30 March 2018, 10.00am-3.30pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AW
Follow the Easter trail through the park, paint your own hen’s egg with the design of your choice before heading off to meet the Easter Bunny and some very special fluffy guests from Babs Barnyard. Lucky girls and boys will receive a Cadburys Crème egg each from the bunny and then have the chance to take a photo with him. Event is aimed at families with children between 2 – 8.
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Adults and children under 1 not taking part are free. Booking required.

Easter Egg Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 30 March & Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
The Easter Bunny has been to Hanningfield Reserve and left some chocolaty treats behind. Can you find them? Make an Easter-themed craft to take away with you and have a go at some pond dipping.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child.

Family Forest Fun at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 30 March 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join the lovely woodland area to build a den, learn to whittle a stick and toast a marshmallow over the campfire. Booking essential, please contact the centre on 01206 729678 to book a place
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 30 March 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4.

Easter Trail and Craft at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Fri 30 March 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Come to TTNP and follow our Easter trail – find all the clues to get your Easter treat! Easter crafts also available. You can complete the trail and craft anytime between 11am and 3pm but we do ask that you book. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £5 per child.

Easter Eggstravaganza at The Mercury Mall
Fri 30 March & Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Mercury Gardens, Romford, Essex RM1 3EE
There will be Face Paining, Easter Card with Photo of you and the Easter Bunny, Hunt in the Easter Garden to find the Easter chicks to exchange for an Easter Egg. All in the Events Zone, Level 1.
www.themercurymall.co.uk
Cost: Each event cost £2, or all three for £5 per person. All proceeds go to St Francis Hospice and First Step.

The Wind in the Willows at Chelmsford Civic Theatre
Fri 30 March and Sat 31 March 2018, 2.00pm & 6.00pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
This exciting and playful take on the classic tale features a professional cast of energetic performers, catchy new songs and lots of humour that will entertain and delight the whole family!For children aged 6 and above.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £16.00; Conc £14.00, Family £54.00

Easter Fun Weekend at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March and Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Great Easter fun, including Easter craft, badge making, face painting, and more. Meet the Easter bunny and receive your egg. Please dress to suit the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: Donation £6 per child, £1 per adult

Easter Festival at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Fri 30 March to Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Join the Easter egg hunt, with a rabbit character to meet. See the themed Rabbit Maze, with special guest character experiences, and animal encounters with chicks, ducklings, and baby rabbits. There will also be face painting, and Mary from ArtBound will be doing craft activities over the Bank Holiday weekend.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adult (over 16) £14 online, child £13 online, under 2s FREE but note that there are height restrictions on some rides

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Ongar Railway
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Epping Ongar Railway’s beloved Bertie Bunny will be leading what is probably the longest Easter egg hunt in Essex. Running the length of the railway track, from Ongar through to Coopersale, the distance covered is equivalent to 131,579 eggs placed end to end!
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £15 (on the day £16), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £38 (on the day £41)

Self Led Easter Trail at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
A Self-led trail through the Beautiful Belfairs Woodland.  Pop in to the Centre to pick up a map and a question sheet. Find all the eggs, answer the questions and return to the Centre to claim your prize!   This is a drop-in event so turn up anytime between 10:00 & 15:00.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 per trail

Easter Egg Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.30am-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Explore the nature reserve on an eggciting Easter egg hunt, has the Easter bunny left any goodies for you to find? Make some Easter craft to take home. Drop in anytime but please book in advance on 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £7.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Easter Egg Hunt at Lee Valley Park Farms
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Join your favourite farmyard friends for this annual Easter Egg Hunt! Search the farm for special eggs and enjoy a variety of activities just for kids. Don’t forget to hop around the indoor and outdoor play areas and keep your eye out for the Easter Bunny!
www.lvfarms.co.uk/events
Cost: £10.00 per person, Under 2s FREE

Cadbury Easter Bunny Hunt at Bourne Mill
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Bourne Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8RT
Have fun following the Cadbury Easter Trail around the mill and garden. On the way, you’ll need to answer the clues the Easter Bunny has dropped in order to claim a yummy Cadbury chocolate bunny as a prize.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bourne-mill
Cost: £2.50 per child. No need to book.

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Calling all valiant adventurers this Easter weekend! Join us on the hunt for legendary dragon eggs. Set off with an intrepid character from the past to crack the clues and claim your chocolate reward.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £11.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Marsh Farm
Fri 30 March – Fri 13 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Join in the spring madness in the Easter Eggstravaganza! Help the Mad Hatter collect tens of thousands of eggs in over 4 acres of Easter themed garden; that cheeky Easter Bunny keeps stealing them from the chickens so the team need your help to collect them all and win chocolate!
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £10.99 online or £13.50 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Lindt Gold Bunny Trail at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-6.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Have Easter fun and magical family moments while you hop through the gardens on the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny, following clues to lead you to a delicious Lindt treat for the hoppy-est Easter ever. Easter-themed arts and crafts sessions run 3-6 April & 9-13 April (drop-in sessions at £2 per child, payable on arrival) and on 30 March, 6 April & 13 April there will be face-painting.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission

Step into Spring at Barleylands Farm Park
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Easter is just around the corner and Barleylands will be ‘Stepping into Spring’ with a host of fun activities lined up. It’s going to be EGG-CELLENT! From meeting the Easter Bunny to taking part in the self-guided giant Easter egg hunt, there’s something for everyone. Plus you can feed the lambs and visit the adorable baby animals.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Normal entry applies, under 2s go free. Save 10% by booking online.

Easter Baby Boom at Lee Valley Park Farms
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
With the usual fun filled activities, informative talks on the new arrivals filled with interesting facts, indoor and outdoor play areas and tractor and trailer rides to the Holyfield dairy farm, gather the family for this fun filled day out filled with cuteness!
www.lvfarms.co.uk/events
Cost: £10.00 per person, Under 2s FREE

A Very Victorian Easter at the Gunpowder Mills
Fri 30 March – Sun 15 April 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm, last entry 3.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Kicking off with a bank holiday weekend full of fun! Join the team on Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st as the very cute and cuddly Pygmy Goats and Ducklings join the crew! Alongside these cuddly creatures you’ll be able to learn about how these precious animals were looked after in Victorian times! Then on Easter Sunday & Monday you’ll travel back in time with the “Van Buren Victorian Theatre Of Wonders” – and much more!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, Child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Easter Special at Audley End Railway
Fri 30 March to Mon 15 April 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Enjoy a day out with your Family this Easter and join in the fun at the Audley End Miniature Railway! Start by taking an enchanting trip on one of our Trains deep into the woods. You will then stop and meet our very own Easter Bunny and all of his friends at their woodland house. Included in the ticket price is a Train Ride, Meeting the Easter Bunny and his friends, Easter Trail, Craft Making, and a gift from the Easter Bunny for every child.
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: £11 adults and children aged 2-16, carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Easter Weekend Family Open Day at Essex Fire Museum
Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5QS
Come along to explore the history of the fire service from small parish Brigades, to WW2 and through to modern day equipment. Activities will include water.
www.essex-fire.gov.uk
Cost: £3 for children over 3 years old. Adults are free.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Follow the eggsplorer trail around the reserve, crack the clues and earn your eggy reward.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £5 per child. No need to book.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join us for our popular annual Easter Egg Hunt – follow the self guided trail, answering wildlife questions along the way to win a chocolate prize. Then join us for some Easter Crafts in the community room. Suitable for all ages accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per child. Booking essential.

Hainault Forest Easter Nature Trail
Sat 31 March 2018, from 11.00am, last entry to trail 2.30pm
Hainault Forest, Common Car Park, Lambourne Road, IG7 6EZ
Join the team for a Spring-Themed Easter trail around the ancient forest of Hainault, and help the Woodland Trust to Save Spring!! Search the Forest and find the signs of Spring hidden among the trees, take part in craft activities and face painting. Complete the trail to get a chocolatey Easter reward! Booking Essential
www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events
Cost: £3 per child aged 3+ years (free to accompanying adults and children under 3 years)

Easter Egg Hunt at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey
Sat 31 March 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1EL
All ages welcome. Follow the trail around the museum to claim your chocolate prize. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No need to book, just drop in and allow approximately 20 minutes for the trail.
www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk
Cost: Free (donations gratefully received)

Milkshake Live! at Queens Theatre
Sat 31 March 2018, 12.00pm & 3.30pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Suitable for ages 2 – 6 years. An all singing, all dancing show taking audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. Starring Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £15 adult, £13.50 under 16s, £52 family of four

Theatrerotto Productions: The Walrus & The Carpenter (plus workshop) at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 31 March 2017, doors open 1.30pm, starts 2.00pm
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
This musical show, based around Lewis Carroll’s famous poem from “Alice Through The Looking Glass”, is set to accompaniment on the accordion and features a large weepy walrus puppet and his lugubrious chippy companion following a cameo appearance from Tweedledum and Tweedledee. There is also a workshop linked to this event. Combined tickets for the workshop and show are available for £8, this discount should apply automatically when adding 1 of each ticket to your basket.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: All tickets £4.95

Easter Egg Hunt at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sat 31 March & Sun 1 April 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join the team for this popular annual Easter Egg Hunt – follow the self guided trail, answering wildlife questions along the way to win a chocolate prize. Then join in some Easter Crafts in the community room. Suitable for all ages accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per child

Easter Trail at Poplar Nurseries
Sat 31 March – Sun 15 April 2018, during normal opening hours
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
Lots of bunnies are playing hide and seek. Can you find them all? Collect your prize from the main tills. No need to book.
www.poplarnurseries.co.uk
Cost: £1 per child – all profits go to charity.