Top local listings for May 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 May events in Essex by visiting our Add Event page.

Details may be subject to change. Always check with the organiser before travelling.

May Events in Essex

 

Events: Tuesday 1st May – Monday 7th May 2018

Hatchinglings Club (Under 5s) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 1 May 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 1 May 2018, 10.00am-11.30pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great opportunity for parents with pre-school children to enjoy a guided walk in the park and garden areas surrounding Hylands House along with other parents with children of a similar age. The routes chosen for the walk consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 2 May 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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Little Acorns Pre–School Gardening Club
Wed 2 May 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/gardens/hyde-hall
Cost: Normal garden admission applies (free entry for members), plus £3 per child

Nature Tots Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 3 May 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. Come and join us for our weekly Squirrel Squad. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Bottle Feed Lambs at the Blue House Farm
Sat 5 & Sun 6 May 2018, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Saturday) & 10.00am – 11.00am (Sunday)
Fambridge Road, North Fambridge, Essex CM3 6GU
Bottle feed the lambs at Blue House Farm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Please call 01621 862960 to make a booking. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/whats-on
Cost: £5.00 per person suggested donation

VE Weekend at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 5 – Mon 7 May 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm (last ticket 3pm)
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY
The amazing, popular VE Weekend returns to the Royal Gunpowder Mills this May Bank Holiday, from Saturday to Monday, with fantastic 1940s re-enactments, a fabulous array of music, signing, jiving and entertaining celebrations. VE Weekend is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in live history with a chance to get up close to soldiers and civilians visiting from the past, cumulating in a flyover. Professor Nitrate and Mad Lab team are also on hand with a great variety of family activities. VE Weekend is not to be missed.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Ticket from £8.50. Family tickets available. Advance booking recommended.

Wacky Races at Barleylands Farm Park
Sat 5 – Mon 7 May 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Back by popular demand are the hilarious Wacky Races this May Bank Holiday weekend – so it’s on your marks, get set, go for this season’s Chicken Run, Hilly Billy Goat Race and Lamb National!From farm animals big and small to majestic birds of prey as well as the region’s largest collection of reptiles. There’s something for all the family – plus there will be a host of fantastic indoor activities and play areas so there’s lots to do even if the weather isn’t so good.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Normal entry applies, under 2s go free

Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk Opening Weekend at Audley End Railway
Sat 5 – Mon 7 May 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Dive into the magical land of our Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk as it opens for the first weekend of the 2018 season! Whirl through the path ways to find all of the many tiny Fairies and Elves living in their handmade wooden tree houses. Make your own Fairy or Elf Wand with one of our own Fairies or Elves. You can then use this to tick off your I Spy Booklet as you wander through the walk! Take one of our Trains into the woods to welcome back our Fairy and Elf Family and after all this fun, you can still venture into our Craft Tent to create your own Fairy or Elf Craft to take home with you!
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: From £11 adults and children aged 2-16; carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 6 May 2018, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-school children. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 additional siblings

Open Day at Hylands House
Sun 6 May 2018, 10.00am-11.30pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Hylands House opens its doors FREE OF CHARGE to reveal the secrets of its history. Each month the Friends of Hylands House will have an exhibition displayed in the library. This exhibition will be on ‘The Servants at Hylands’. Last entry into Hylands House at 3pm. Enjoy free guided tours of Hylands House led by the knowledgeable team or walk around at your leisure. Guided tours at 1100 & 1400. In addition, Hylands Farmers’ & Crafts Market and the artist studios and are open for you to browse and purchase unique gifts.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 6 May 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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Kite Flying at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 6 May 2018, 10.00am –3.00pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
A display of kite flying by East Anglia Kite Flyers. The chance to make your own kite under expert supervision. Spaces are bookable at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 13:00 & 14:00. Self-led trail through the beautiful ancient woodland. Local craft fair.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £5 per child.

Free 4 Kidz Community Day at the Museum of Power
Sun 6 May 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Miniature steam train OPEN for rides. One free ride per child with entrance ticket (extra charge applies for further rides). ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN. ‘Marshall’ the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by compressed air and other oil / diesel engines will be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £5; Children under 15 FREE

Companion Dog Show at Waldegraves Holiday Park
Sun 6 May 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
Waldegraves Lane, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SE
Looking for dogs of all shapes and sizes to come along and support the event. The Show will take place at the Top Showground at Waldegraves Holiday Park. In Aid of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association & Essex Air Ambulance. For further details or to register please contact Linda on 01206 383155.
www.waldegraves.co.uk
Cost: £2 per class

May Day Bank Holiday Funat the East Anglian Railway Museum
Sun 6 and Mon 7 May 2018, from 10.00am
Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS
Join the fun over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. As well as steam train rides in beautiful 19th Century coaches, you can take a peek ‘behind the scenes’ into the Restoration Shed or you can have a go at driving a diesel locomotive under supervision for just £10! NEW for 2018, enjoy the inflatable assault course with bouncy castle and slides, meet the alpacas and other furry friends at the petting zoo for a small additional charge. Have a go on our famous Pump Trolley, featured on BBC East Children in Need broadcast last year.
www.earm.co.uk
Cost: Adult £10, child (4-15) £5.00, Under 4s FREE

Essex Robin Hood Country Show
Sun 6 and Mon 7 May 2018, 9.30am-5.00pm
Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9NN
The annual 2-day Robin Hood Country Show is the region’s largest family event, held on the event fields of the Brentwood Centre.  The Robin Hood Country Show is about your family having a great day out! Get them involved with a whole array of Have A Go activities from Archery to K9 Aqua Water Jumping, as well as arena events, children’s entertainment, animals, and shopping.
www.robinhoodcountryshow.co.uk
Cost: Adults £14.00 (online £12.00), OAPs £13.50 (online £11.50), Children (under 16) £8.00 (online £6.50), Under 5s go FREE

Medieval Siege at Hedingham Castle
Sun 6 and Mon 7 May 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Medieval Siege Society returns to Hedingham with the most engrossing and authentic living history camp around, with live demonstrations of archery, siege engines, gunnery and serious fighting! You’ll be able to try your hand at archery and watch fascinating displays by Coda Falconry and their thrilling birds of prey. Maypole dancing and donkey rides! Jesters and Grave-Diggers! Food outlets and bar! The Keep will be open to explore, and packed with living historians, with guided tours available.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: £14 adults, Under 18s £10, Over 65s £12.50, Family £42, Under 5s FREE – 10% discount when purchased online

Weald Country & Craft Show & Festival of Dogs
Sun 6 and Mon 7 May 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Weald Country Park, Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS
The Weald Park Country Show is set to be bigger and better this year with so many new and added attractions including Jonathan Marshall from Game of Thrones, Motorbike Stunts, Heavy Horses, Falconry, Rural Crafters, Celebrity Chef’s and Food Festival, Children’s Festival and so much more
www.wealdcountryshow.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.50, Children (5-13 years) £3.00, Under 5s FREE – discount when purchased online

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 6 and Mon 7 May 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £10, Seniors £7.50, Child £5 or Family £27.50 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Horses Through History at Audley End
Sun 6 and Mon 7 May 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Take a horse ride through history and enjoy a series of spectacular horse displays and activities, laid on to impress King Charles II for his royal visit to Audley End. Among the many activities there will also be a chance for the kids to saddle up in the Victorian Hobby Horse racing and take a step back in time at the Meet the Toymakers children’s activity. From the elegance of the side-saddle ladies to the military prowess of the Redcoats, the best of horsemanship will be on show this bank holiday weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £20.60, Concessions £18.50, Children £12.40, Family £53.60
ENGLISH HERITAGE MEMBERS: Adults: £2.50 / Concessions: £2.20 / Children: £1.50 / Family: £6.50

Bank Holiday Events at Layer Marney Tower
Sun 6 and Mon 7 May 2018, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex, C05 9US
Have a pleasant afternoon feeding the lambs then climb aboard the tractor for a ride round and learn something about Layer Marney Tower from the driver.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: Adult £9, Child £5.00, Family £25

Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 7 May 2018, 10.00am-12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. We will be outside so please dress appropriately. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – between the ramp from Chalkwell Station and the end of the car parking area.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces – ring the Centre on 01702477467 to make your booking.

 

 


Events: Tuesday 8th May – Friday 11th May 2018

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 9 May 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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Nature Tots Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 10 May 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. Come and join us for our weekly Squirrel Squad. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Hatchinglings Club (Under 5s) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 11 May 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

 

 


Events: Saturday 12th May – Friday 18th May 2018

Chelmsford Mum2mum Market
Sat 12 May 2018, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hylands Academy, Hatfield Grove, Chelmsford 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

Temple at War at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 12 May & Sun 13 May 2018, (Sat 9.00am-5.00pm & Sun 10.00am-4.00pm)
Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham, CM77 8PD
In its fourth year, Temple at War is back for 2017 returning to the extraordinary Cressing Temple Barns. This outstanding Military Show will be hosting authentic Living History Groups, spectacular military vehicles, atmospheric 1940s entertainment and the opportunity to browse a wide range of collectors, traders and vendor stalls from all over the UK. As a great day out for all the family, you can step back in time and experience the past 100 years of military history.
www.templeatwar.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12.50, Child (5-16 years) £7.50, Family £36.00

See PAW Patrol at Marsh Farm
Sat 12 & Sun 13 May 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Chase and Marshall will be making appearances at intervals throughout the weekend.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 online or £14.99 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 14 May 2018, 10.00am-12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. We will be outside so please dress appropriately. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – between the ramp from Chalkwell Station and the end of the car parking area.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces – ring the Centre on 01702477467 to make your booking.

Hatchlings Club (Under 5s) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 15 May 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 15 May 2018, 10.00am-11.30pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great opportunity for parents with pre-school children to enjoy a guided walk in the park and garden areas surrounding Hylands House along with other parents with children of a similar age. The routes chosen for the walk consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 16 May 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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Nature Tots Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 17 May 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. Come and join us for our weekly Squirrel Squad. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

 

 


Events: Saturday 19th May – Friday 25th May 2018

Superhero Day & PJ Masks at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 19 May 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Look to the sky! Dress to impress as your favourite superhero. Special guest appearances, superhero talks, face painting, fun games, and much much more. Also, embark on an epic adventure with Owlette & Catboy from PJ Masks who will be saving the day at Old MacDonald’s.
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

Basildon Mum2mum Market
Sat 19 May 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

Essex Young Farmers Country Show at Boyton Hall
Sun 20 May 2018, from 9.30am
Roxwell, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4LN
There’s something for all the family at this traditional agricultural show, including an equine area, game fair, livestock tent, fairground and food hall. Shop till you drop at a wide variety of trade stands, pop into the tea rooms for a slice of homemade cake, make friends with the hounds from the local hunt and enjoy a display at one of the four rings – there’s everything from lawn mower racing to tug of war.
www.essexyoungfarmersshow.co.uk
Cost: Adults £14, Concession (60 and over) £10, Children (15 and under) FREE

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 20 May 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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Wings and Wheels at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Sun 20 May 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
Join us for a fantastic fun day for the family, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome marries planes with cars! Everything from classic cars, motorbikes and coaches to vintage aircraft. A celebration of vehicles for both land and air. With a great range of traders, exhibitors, activities and refreshments. Not to mention our museums, stalls and gift shop. We will also be welcoming some fantastic air displays, weather permitting. Book to avoid disappointment.
www.stowmaries.org.uk
Cost: Adults £15, up to 3 children under 10 free with each full paying adult.

Olde Tyme Rally at the Museum of Power
Sun 20 May 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Classic Cars, Stalls, Live Music. Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies). ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN. ‘Marshall’ the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by STEAM 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.

Meet the Gruffalo at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 20 May 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
The Gruffalo will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £12, Seniors £9, Child £6 or Family £33 (2 Adults & 2 Children), Dogs £2.

Annual Dog Show at Belfairs Park
Sun 20 May 2018, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Belfairs Park, Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex SS9 4LR
Join us for a fun family afternoon and help support Essex Wildlife Trust. There will be 8 classes, rosettes for the top 6 dogs in each class and a Best in Show winner.Registration from 12pm. Dog show will start at 1pm.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £1 per class

Romford, Harold Hill Mum2mum Market
Sun 20 May 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

Bring Your Own Baby Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre
Mon 21 May 2018, 11.15am
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Bring Your Own Baby Comedy is the UK’s premier baby friendly comedy club! The shows feature the funniest comedy stars from the circuit and TV. The events are all about you, the parents! But don’t worry – they also take great care of our younger guests. They provide soft flooring, toys, buggy parking and baby changing, so that your baby is happy and you can relax, have a drink and be entertained! If you need to whip out a bum (the babies please!) a boob or a bottle please feel free… and the comics won’t mind being heckled by our younger guests! The shows feature a brand new line up of comedians every month. They feature two acts, plus a compere, with a 15 minute interval, and the whole show will last approx 75 minutes.* Please note: the brilliant comics will be performing their usual adult material, which is why there is a 12 month age limit for little laughers.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £11 / £10 concessions. Babies do not need tickets.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 23 May 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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Nature Tots Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 24 May 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. Come and join us for our weekly Squirrel Squad. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Hatchinglings Club (Under 5s) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 25 May 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

 

 


Events: Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June 2018

Spring into Spring Self-led Trail at Bedfords Park
Sat 26 May 2018, 10.30am-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Take part in a self-led trail around Bedfords Park. Themed on wildlife and nature! No need to book – just turn up! No Booking Required. Children must be accompanied by an adult
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £2 per child

Comedy Club 4 Kids at the Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 26 May 2018, 1.30pm (show starts 2.00pm)
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
It’s back! It’s a comedy club, right, but for kids. Also any adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the international circuit’s best stand-ups and sketch acts. Non-patronising. Pure awesome. Most Suitable for 6+ years.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95

Mermaid and Pirate Festival 2018 at Audley End Railway
Sat 26 – Mon 28 May 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Brand new event for 2018! The Mermaid and Pirate Festival will leave you wanting to become a real life Mermaid or Pirate. Included in the ticket price: Train Ride, Fairy and Elf Walk, Fairy or Elf Wand Making, meet the Mermaids and Pirates, Craft Making, Face Painting, Story Telling, Games Area.
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: From £11 adults and children aged 2-16; carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival
Sat 26 – Sun 27 May 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Essex Outdoors Mersea, Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, CO5 8SX
Savour the Flavour of Island Life! The Festival is a celebration of local food and drink; a showcase for talented artists and local performers. Sample local produce, unique gifts for yourself, your home or gardentalented entertainers. Kids can enjoy free craft activities and workshops. Change your look (for the day!) with airbrush tattoos, hair braids or facepainting. For the more adventurous there are the ‘hamster balls’ or zorbs. There’s fun for kids of all ages.
www.mersea-fdl-festival.com
Cost: Free entry and free parking

First Aid for Children at Abberton Reservoir
Sun 27 May 2018, 10.00am – 11.30pm or 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Teach your child basic first aid skills.Instructor Lauren will teach your child basic first aid skills in the 90 minute session on Sunday 27th May in our Education Room at Abberton Visitor Centre. Each child will receive a certificate to say they have completed the course.We are running two sessions on the day, 10am and 12pm. Age 4+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: Donation £8 per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 27 May 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

Dinosaur Self-led Trail at Bedfords Park
Mon 28 May 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Follow the dinosaur trail around the park – how many dinosaur clues can you find? Learn facts about dinosaurs and win a small prize! Drop in any time between 10.30am – 3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £2 per child

Hatchinglings Club (Under 5s) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 29 May 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 29 May 2018, 10.00am-11.30am
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great opportunity for parents with pre-school children to enjoy a guided walk in the park and garden areas surrounding Hylands House along with other parents with children of a similar age. The routes chosen for the walk consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.

Wild Art at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tues 29 May 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Create some wild art using natural materials – paint a wooden badge and weave a willow window. Suitable for all ages, accompanied by an adult (younger children may require more help). Drop in event, no need to book in advance but space may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £3.00 per child (max 2 crafts)

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 30 May 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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Bee Themed Drop In Crafts at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Wed 30 May 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Drop In Craft Day for children of all ages!Join us to try some fun crafts with a Bee theme to support The Great British Bee Count. No need to book – just come along! There is a small charge per craft and children must be accomapnied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: FREE

Wild Discoveries at Bedfords Park
Weds 30 May 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.30pm-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Learn about all things WILD, explore the parks wildlife looking at birds, bugs and bigger things. Play wildlife themed games and make a wildlife craft! Children must be accompanied by an adult Ages 3+ Advance Booking Essential .
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child

Wild Story Time at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 30 May 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Share some amazing animal tales in the Sensory Garden story area and make a simple craft to take home. Suitable for all ages, accompanied by an adult. Drop in event, no need to book in advance but space may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £3.00 per child

Fun Thursday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 31 May 2018, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
A weekly wildlife afternoon for children aged up to 7. Wildlife themed afternoons every Thursday in the holidays but a different creature each week. For this week it will be wiggly wormies and related crafts, games and woodland fun. Worms are amazing and great to have in your garden which is why they are this year’s Wild About Gardens featured creature. Find out what you can do to encourage and help the worms near you!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 donation per child

Agent Nitrate – Spy Kids Half Term at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm (last ticket 3pm)
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY
Agent Nitrate is looking for secret agents to join them in a week full of spytastic fun! Great crafts , science and experiments to take part in.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Check website for price details.

May Half Term at Barleylands Farm Park
Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Get outdoors and enjoy all the fun of the farm this May half term holiday – from farm animals big and small to majestic birds of prey as well as the region’s largest collection of reptiles. There’s something for all the family – plus we have a host of fantastic indoor activities and play areas so there’s lots to do even if the weather isn’t so good.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Normal entry applies, under 2s go free

Summer Half Term Rock Painting For Kids at the Museum of Power
Wed 30 May – Sun 3 June 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Bring your youngsters along to the Museum of Power during the Summer Half Term Holiday and have fun painting and finding rocks around the museum grounds. This is a popular activity with children and adults alike. Click the picture for more info. Note that the museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adults £5, Concessions £4.50, Children (5-15) £2, Under 5s FREE.