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 2017

Nature Rangers Afterschool Club at Chigwell Meadows
Thur 2 March 2017, 4.00pm – 5.30pm
The Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP
Our muddy, messy, wild and fun after school group! Camp fire, lighting, survival skills, outdoor cooking, bush craft, tool use and more. Fortnightly outdoor after school club for 8+ year olds. Children may be unaccompanied. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Match Box Magic Crafty Kids at Queens Theatre
Sat 4 March 2017, 10.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Get crafty with our new hands on, fun packed Saturday morning sessions. Build, make and decorate in these creative craft workshops for children and their parents.
‘Compton can make it’ – and so can you! Join professional crafter Gemma and create an item to take home based on that week’s theme.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 child, no adult ticket required

Make a Bookmark at Essex Police Museum
Sat 4 March 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Every Saturday throughout March, drop in between 10am and 3.30pm to make your own bookmark! No need to book. All ages welcome.
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2 to take part

CookyWooky Workshop
Sat 4 March 2017, 10.00am-11.30am
Lubards Farm, Hullbridge Rd, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9QW
For children aged 4+. We will be creating spring themed cupcakes during our first workshop.
www.cookywookyworkshop.co.uk
Cost: £11.00

Author on Board: A Place Called Trouble at Firstsite
Sat 4 March 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Come on board the EES for Schools’ bookbus and meet Kes Gray, author of award-winning titles Eat Your Peas and Oi Frog! and the popular Daisy books for young readers. Kes will be giving fun talks aimed at 6 to 9 year olds, on board the bookbus and in Firstsite’s Foyer from 11.00am-12.00pm and 2.00-3.00pm. This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Place Weekend in Colchester on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Essex Children’s University: Junior Literature Lectures at Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, University of Essex
Sat 4 March 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Join Essex Children’s University for fun and interactive Junior Lectures with a literary theme. Taking place on the same day as their Graduation ceremony, the CU Lectures are an opportunity to come and find out more about Essex Children’s University. Essex Children’s University provides 5-14 year olds with exciting learning experiences outside school. Issued with a Passport to Learning, CU Learners collect stamps, working towards a special Graduation Ceremony.
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: FREE event

Sumi Ink Club at Firstsite
Sat 4 March 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
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! Part of Essex Book Festival’s PLACE weekend in Colchester.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite
Sat 4 March 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Artist-led sessions every Saturday to encourage families with children aged 4–11 to play and learn together. Drop-in and take part in a range of experimental, fun and creative activities for all the family.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

James Wand 007 at Queens Theatre
Sat 4 March 2017, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Enter the magical world of James Wand where you will witness funny, silly and dangerous magic tricks and illusions. Starring Dino the mischievous dragon. There is something for everyone in this action-packed show!
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 each

Wildlife Detectives at The Naze Education Centre
Sat 4 March 2016, 12.00pm-3.00pm
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
A visit from Hedgehog Haven. Come along to find out all about hedgehogs! Exhibition 12.00-15.00. Talks 12.15 and 13.45. For all ages.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Exhibition free, booking and £3 donation required for the talks.

Wild about Gardening Weekends at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 4 March and Sun 5 March 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Every Weekend during March – ‘Wild about Gardening’ Weekends – Come along for advice and guidance from our experienced team of Wildlife Gardeners on how to create and maintain a Garden for Wildlife! Drop in between Saturday and Sundays – 11am and 3pm! No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: FREE

Story Creation: Portals, Games and Secrets at Firstsite
Sun 5 March 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Stories are easier to write than you think. To make a great story you just need an imagination and a sense of fun. Through a series of secret story games, author D J Cattrell and illustrator Doug Smith help you create your own adventure novel on the theme of portals. Make your story stand out from the crowd! Part of Essex Book Festival’s PLACE weekend in Colchester. Suitable for 8-14 year olds.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Mr Bloom’s Nursery LIVE at Palace Theatre, Southend
Sun 5 March 2017, 11.00am & 2.00pm
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along and join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour. Mr Bloom and his Veggies are getting the Nursery ready for a very special occasion – a member of the Royal family is paying them visit! Can you lend a hand and help them get the Allotment ready in time? They certainly hope so!
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £16.00, Family tickets £60.00

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 5 March 2017, 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

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 6 March 2017, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
Wild Beach action at Chalkwell Beach, a seashore based wildlife day. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Will be outside so please dress appropriately. Booking essential as places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – near the ramp from Chalkwell Station. For children aged 0-4 years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 7 March 2017, 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

 

Events: 8 March –  14 March 2017

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 9 March 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 9 March 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

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

Snow White Story Play at Queens Theatre
Fri 10 March 2016, 10.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Led by a professional storyteller, these brilliant interactive sessions bring popular stories to life, encouraging imagination and creativity through structured play, while exploring the themes and characters in each story.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Scrapbook Safari at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sat 11 March 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join us on our wildlife safari to see what exciting wildlife is to be found in March. We’ll then head inside for a scrapbook session and finish by making something wonderful to take home! Suitable for primary school children accompanied by adult. Booking essential. Remember to bring your own scrapbook! For 5-10 years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child

Kids Birdwatching Club at Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve
Sat 11 March 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ
One for the young wildlife lovers – join us on these special days held once a month to explore the reserve through the seasons, watching and learning about the birds that visit and live here. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.
www.rspb.org.uk
Cost: Wildlife Explorers members: £2.50, non-members: £5

Make a Bookmark at Essex Police Museum
Sat 11 March 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Every Saturday throughout March, drop in between 10am and 3.30pm to make your own bookmark! No need to book. All ages welcome.
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2 to take part

Author on Board: Code Breaking with the Cairo Cat! at The Forum, Southend-on-Sea
Sat 11 March 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Elmer Square, Southend on Sea, SS1 1NE
Come on board the EES for Schools’ bookbus and meet Dan Metcalf, author of The Lottie Lipton Adventures. Amateur sleuth Lottie Lipton is an expert codebreaker. With activities, readings and games, this is a must for 7 to 11 year old fans of adventure and puzzles. Dan will be on board the bookbus and in the Children’s Library from 11.00-12.00 and 2.00-3.00pm. This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend in Southend-on-Sea on 11 and 12 March.
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite
Sat 11 March 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Artist-led sessions every Saturday to encourage families with children aged 4–11 to play and learn together. Drop-in and take part in a range of experimental, fun and creative activities for all the family.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Family Folk Show with Megson at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 11 March 2016, doors open 1.30pm, starts 2.00pm
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Award-winning folk duo Megson blend their infectious mix of heavenly vocals and lush harmonies into a gentle, entertaining concert specially for pre-school children, featuring children’s folk songs old and new from their ‘When I was a Lad’ album. For all ages.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: All tickets £4.95

British Science Week at Hollytrees Museum
Sat 11 March 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
Join us for a day of free activities at Hollytrees Museum to celebrate British Science Week. Out of the Box: Fascinating Photographs – Handle objects and find out more about the photographs in the museum’s collection. Make Your Own Thaumatrope! – By spinning your Thaumatrope you create an optical illusion. Design your own ‘wonder-turner’ (11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm). Meet Colchester’s first photographer – Benjamin Monson, our costumed guide, will share stories and show you some of the earliest images of the town. Storytelling at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Photo-fit at The Forum, Southend-on-Sea
Sat 11 March 2017, 1.00pm-2.00pm & 3.00pm-4.00pm
Elmer Square, Southend on Sea, SS1 1NE
Make criminal photo–fits as part of the Essex Book Festival, using an original 1970s identikit, and then with iPads. Ages 7+.
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: £4 per person

Children’s storytelling at Great Parndon Library
Sat 11 March 2017, 2.00pm
Parnall Road, Staple Tye, Harlow, CM18 7PP
Join author James Nicol as he introduces you to The Apprentice Witch in his fully interactive talk ‘What Makes A Witch’. Fun and gory facts about real witches, a game to test your witchy book knowledge and some dressing up all combine for an hour of entertainment for all budding apprentices!
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: FREE, but places are limited, so please book in person at Great Parndon Library or call 01279 435101

Delectable Tales from Far Away at the Ideas Hub, Chelmsford
Sat 11 March 2017, 2.00pm-3.30pm
1-4 Market Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1XF
You may already know the tale about the Gingerbread Man or Little Red Riding Hood, but have you ever heard of Koera the Madagascan Parrot, or Yochinari the ageless Japanese fisherman, or Bistokere the Italian witch? Join us for an afternoon of fairy tales and stories from other countries.
There will also be the opportunity to taste little treats from all over the world!
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Wild about Gardening Weekends at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 11 March and Sun 12 March 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Every Weekend during March – ‘Wild about Gardening’ Weekends – Come along for advice and guidance from our experienced team of Wildlife Gardeners on how to create and maintain a Garden for Wildlife! Drop in between Saturday and Sundays – 11am and 3pm! No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Mad March Mammals Walk at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sun 12 March 2017, 9.00am-11.30am
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
A look at some of the tracks and signs left by the elusive mammals that call the reserve home, hopefully meeting some of them in the flesh too! A look at some of the tracks and signs left by the elusive mammals that call the reserve home, hopefully meeting some of them in the flesh too! Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions on the day. Suitable for all fitness levels. Meet at the lower car park.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £5 per person. Please book in advance by calling 01375 643342.

Wildlife Week Event at Chalkwell Beach
Sun 12 March 2017, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
A drop in event for children and adults. Games, crafts and a celebration of our wonderful wildlife. Find out what you can do to help protect local wildlife.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Small donation for crafts

Justin’s Party at Cliffs Pavilion – SOLD OUT
Sun 12 March 2017, 11.00am & 2.00pm
Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7RA
JUSTIN’S PARTY is brand new show which packed full of fantastic songs, dances and hilarious games guaranteed to make it THE party of the year! There will be lots of exciting surprises along the way and you’ll get to meet Justin’s adorable new puppy Engelbert! For kids up to 8 years.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: Adults £19.50, Child £18.00 (includes booking fee)

Dagenham Mum2mum Market
Sun 12 March 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hatfield Community Hall, Hatfield Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 6JS
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE – Free to everyone in the last half hour before closing

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 13 March 2017, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
Wild Beach action at Chalkwell Beach, a seashore based wildlife day. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Will be outside so please dress appropriately. Booking essential as places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – near the ramp from Chalkwell Station. For children aged 0-4 years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 14 March 2017, 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

 

Events: 15 March –  21 March 2017

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Chelmsford Civic Theatre
Wed 15 March (1.30pm & 4.30pm) and Thurs 16 March 2017 (1.30pm)
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised! For children aged three and above.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: Tickets £13.00; registered unemployed and full-time (FE/HE) students £7.00; £1 off for leisure card holders

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 16 March 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 16 March 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

CookyWooky Workshop
Fri 17 March 2017, 11.00am-12.00pm
Lubards Farm, Hullbridge Rd, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9QW
For our Mini Cooks aged 2+. We will be creating and decorating spring themed cookies.
www.cookywookyworkshop.co.uk
Cost: £6.50

Weekend Workshops at Cookies Cooking School, Great Notley
Sat 18 March 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm or 1.00pm-3.00pm
The Church in Great Notley, Bridge End Lane, Great Notley, Braintree CM77 7GN
Four Stages of Cooking plus Cake Decorating (age 7+) throughout the day. Pre-school children welcome to join the 5+ class with an adult helper. Book two workshops to stay all day.
www.cookiescookingschool.co.uk

Make a Bookmark at Essex Police Museum
Sat 18 March 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Every Saturday throughout March, drop in between 10am and 3.30pm to make your own bookmark! No need to book. All ages welcome.
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2 to take part

Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite
Sat 18 March 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Artist-led sessions every Saturday to encourage families with children aged 4–11 to play and learn together. Drop-in and take part in a range of experimental, fun and creative activities for all the family.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Snow White Story Play at Queens Theatre
Sat 18 March 2016, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Be prepared to see Mr. Happy‘s amazingly funny magic show – with the help of Crush the turtle and George the dragon – his famous puppets who tend to steal the show. Mr. Happy‘s creative balloon modelling, cheeky personality and enthusiasm are contagious – YOU’VE BEEN WARNED…
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 child, £5 adult

Family Fun at Harlow Library
Sat 18 March 2017, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Cross Street, Harlow, CM20 1HA
A fabulous smorgasbord of family storytelling sessions and arts and crafts workshops will be on offer for all ages and backgrounds. Try your hand at wycinanki, the traditional Polish folk art of paper-cutting, join in our rhyming storytelling sessions, or take your seat for a performance by the Polish Saturday School…
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Alice in Wonderland at The Towngate Theatre
Sat 18 March 2017, 2.30pm & 6.00pm
St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Immersion Theatre proudly bring their trademark energy to their most spectacularly bonkers show to date, as children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life. Meet the characters after the show – Fancy dress encouraged! You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the Wonderland characters after the show.
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: £15, Concessions £12.50, Family Ticket (2+2) £48 (Booking fees apply: £1 per ticket, capped at £10)

Wild about Gardening Weekends at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 18 March and Sun 19 March 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
Every Weekend during March – ‘Wild about Gardening’ Weekends – Come along for advice and guidance from our experienced team of Wildlife Gardeners on how to create and maintain a Garden for Wildlife! Drop in between Saturday and Sundays – 11am and 3pm! No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: FREE

University of Essex Mini Book Festival
Sat 18 March and Sun 19 March 2017, various times
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
University of Essex is a brilliant place to celebrate children’s literature. This weekend of family activities includes storytelling with Grandma Sally and Auntie Angie, book making with artist Alison Stockmarr, story writing with the University’s Writing Society, drawing, bringing your stories to life with the Theatre Arts Society, and exclusive access to the University Library. Events and activities take place throughout the weekend, so visit the Eventbrite page to find out more.
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: FREE, but booking required for each activity

Science Sunday at the Museum of Power
Sun 19 March 2017, 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; Concessions £5:00; Children (5 to 15) £2:50 Children under 5 FREE.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 19 March 2017, 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

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 20 March 2017, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
Wild Beach action at Chalkwell Beach, a seashore based wildlife day. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Will be outside so please dress appropriately. Booking essential as places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – near the ramp from Chalkwell Station. For children aged 0-4 years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Open Day at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Tue 21 March 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Celebrate the start of spring with the chance to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Hyde Hall for free!
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: FREE

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 21 March 2017, 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

 

Events: 22 March –  31 March 2017

Bedfords Park Caterpillar Club
Wed 22 March 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Caterpillar Club will be back in the New Year, join us for fun indoor and outdoor activities – what will we be doing? Exploring, Discovering, Playing and Creating!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 23 March 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 23 March 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

Peter Pan at The Towngate Theatre
Thurs 23 March to Sat 25 March 2017, 7.30pm (Sat matinee 3.00pm)
St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Immersion Theatre proudly bring their trademark energy to their most spectacularly bonkers show to date, as children and adults alike are invited to join in the hilarity of seeing this classic story brought vividly to life. Meet the characters after the show – Fancy dress encouraged! You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the Wonderland characters after the show.
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: £15, Concessions £13.50, Restricted view £10, (Booking fees apply: £1 per ticket, capped at £10)

Mother’s Day Workshop at Poplar Nurseries
Sat 25 March 2017, 10.00am-11.00am
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR
Plant up a beautiful basket to give mum, mummy, gran or granny for Mothering Sunday.
Price includes a drink.
www.poplarnurseries.co.uk
Cost: £9.99 per child

Make a Bookmark at Essex Police Museum
Sat 25 March 2017, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Every Saturday throughout March, drop in between 10am and 3.30pm to make your own bookmark! No need to book. All ages welcome.
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2 to take part

Time to Get Techy! Virtual Reality, Code Club and Ozobots, Chelmsford
Sat 25 March 2017
10.30am-12.30pm – Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University
2.00pm-4.00pm – Chelmsford Library, Market Rd, Chelmsford CM1 1QH
Get techy with Essex Libraries: experience virtual reality with an HTC Vive immersive VR headset; programme tiny robots in an Ozobot workshop; develop your computer coding skills with Code Club, and find out about Chelmsford Library’s new Makerspace – a creative laboratory for all to enjoy.
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Author on Board: My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord at Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University
Sat 25 March 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm
Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
Come on board the EES for Schools’ bookbus, parked outside Anglia Ruskin University for the day. Meet award-winning writer David Solomons, author of My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord, the action-packed sequel to the best-selling My Brother Is a Superhero, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the British Book Industry Awards Children’s Book of the Year. David Solomons has been writing children’s books and screenplays for many years. His first feature film was an adaptation of Five Children and It, starring Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard. Indoor Storytelling sessions: 11am-12pm & 2-3pm.
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Lyngo Theatre presents “Egg and Spoon” at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 25 March 2017, 10.50am, 12.35pm & 2.20pm
The very young won’t sit still to watch a show and we don’t expect them to. Egg and Spoon, adapted and performed by Patrick Lynch (CBeebies)is an interactive romp through the seasons where you come in and out of our magic circle and get to open all the gifts of nature. We’ll run through the rain and the falling leaves and sleep under the snow till the sun wakes us up for the butterfly party. Egg and Spoon is a perfect gentle introduction to the magic of theatre.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95

Story Creation: Portals, Games and Secrets at Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University
Sat 25 March 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
Stories are easier to write than you may think! To make a great story you don’t need to be good at spellin or literagacy you just need an imagination and a sense of fun. Through a games workshop author D J Cattrell and illustrator Doug Smith teach you how easy it really is to write stories, revealing small and useful secrets that you can use now and for the rest of your life. They will show how illustrations can lift a story and give you a template that will help you to make your stories stand out from the crowd.
essexbookfestival.org.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Repair Café and Raspberry Pi Coding at the Ideas Hub, Chelmsford
Sat 25 March 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
1-4 Market Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1XF
Grown ups can bring their broken electric toys to see if they can be repaired and children can role model “repairing” on small robots (and other) kits. Big and small are invited to take part to a Raspberry Pi Coding Workshop to see how electronics and computer programming can create a real working product. Repair café 11:00am-2:00pm & Raspberry Pi Coding 2:00-4:00pm.
www.ideashubchelmsford.org
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite
Sat 25 March 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Artist-led sessions every Saturday to encourage families with children aged 4–11 to play and learn together. Drop-in and take part in a range of experimental, fun and creative activities for all the family.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: FREE, just drop in

Mother’s Day Flower Arranging and Gifts at The Naze Education Centre
Sat 25 March 2017, 12.00pm-3.00pm
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Come along to The Naze Centre to make a special Mothers Day gift. ‘Pot-et-Fleurs’ (a plant and flowers in a basket) and flowers arranged in a decorated small bucket or jar will be available. Suitable for adults and children. No need to book, drop in between 12.00 and 15.00 but please leave time to make your masterpiece!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 for ‘Pot-et-Fleurs’, £3 for small bucket/jar.

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom at Palace Theatre, Southend
Sat 25 March and Sun 26 March 2017, 10.00am, 1.00pm & 4.00pm
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: Adults £18.50 or £16.50, Family £66.00, Under 16s £2 off

Springborn – Mother’s Day at Marsh Farm
Sat 25 March and Sun 26 March 2017, 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 our 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

Pond Dipping at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sun 26 March 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope. SS17 0RN
In the week of World Water Day, join us to explore the wonderfully watery habitat at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park. See what lurks in the depths of our pond and make a dragonfly to take home with you. Suitable for ages 4 and above. £6 per child. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child.

Time with Mum – Mother’s Day at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sun 26 March 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Spoil mum with a visit to Hyde Hall for a spring stroll in the garden and something scrumptious to eat in the Barn Restaurant. You could even buy a little gift for her in the shop!
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission

Mother’s Day at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sun 26 March 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Mums goes FREE this Mother’s Day! Join us as we celebrate all of our amazing animal mothers and find out more about our farmyard parents and their babies.
www.lvfarms.co.uk/events
Cost: £9.00 per person (mums go FREE), Under 2s FREE

Mother’s Day at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sun 26 March 2017, 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

Mother’s Day: Imperial Birds at Thorndon Countryside Centre
Sun 26 March 2017, 11.00am-12.00pm
Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3LW
Why not treat your mum to something unusually special this Mother’s Day? The Imperial Bird team will be here to give you a flying demo and then you will have a rare chance to handle their beautiful birds under expert supervision. After your experience you will all then be treated to a well-deserved cream tea. Spaces are extremely limited and booking is ESSENTIAL.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Tickets – £15 per person. To book call us on (01277) 232944

Craft Creation Club: Mother’s Day at Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
Sun 26 March 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Romford, Essex, RM4 1QH
Join us this Mother’s Day to create something lovely for yours; drop by to the centre for a day filled with creating crafts. Activities will be suitable for 4+ years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at the Museum of Power
Sun 26 March 2017, 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 (extra charge applies). ‘Astaria’ model village open. “Marshall” the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running, other oil / diesel engines will be running
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: FREE entry for Mothers; Adult £12:95; Children (5 to 15) £6:95 Children under 5 N/A

Mother’s Day Afternooon Tea and Sing-a-long at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Sun 26 March 2017, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
Join us for Mother’s Day at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome and enjoy a fun filled family afternoon in our Mess Hall. A full afternoon tea will be served and special dietary requirements can be met if pre-arranged – call Fiona Clegg on 07767 807156 to discuss. Be entertained by the fabulous Terry Saunders who will have you all singing and laughing in your seats.
www.stowmaries.org.uk
Cost: £15 per person, under 10s go FREE

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 27 March 2017, 10.00am – 12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
Wild Beach action at Chalkwell Beach, a seashore based wildlife day. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Will be outside so please dress appropriately. Booking essential as places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – near the ramp from Chalkwell Station. For children aged 0-4 years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child

Buggy Walk at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tue 28 March 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch, Squadrons Approach, Essex, RM12 6DF
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends. No need to book. Every Tuesday bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Meet outside the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: FREE