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.

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May Events in Essex

 

Events: Wednesday 1st May – Sunday 5th May 2019

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 1 May 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Little Acorns Pre–School Gardening Club
Wed 1 May 2019, 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 £4 per child

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 2 May 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Story Time with Mrs Barley at Barleylands Farm Park
Fri 3 – Sun 5 May 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Enjoy wonderful children’s story time with Mrs Barley this May Bank Holiday. Amazing activities such as lamb bottle feeding, bumpy tractor rides, birds of prey displays, reptile talk, meet the animals and story time with Mrs Barley. Book your tickets in advance to save 10%.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Normal entry applies, under 2s go free

Dino Jar at Bedfords Park
Sat 4 May 2019, 10.00am & 11.00am
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Self-led trail, dinosaur prize and a WILD home in a jar. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Early booking advised as this event has previously been fully booked for all sessions.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Jack and the Beanstalk (with BSL) at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 4 May 2019, doors open 1.30pm
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
This classic fairy tale gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as the brilliant Patrick Lynch, from Cbeebies, tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for 5 magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. A fun show for the over 3’s (and their giants) with something for everyone – enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion! Natalie De Bruyn will be joining us to BSL sign for this workshop for children with hearing impairment.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £5.95

Bank Holiday Weekend at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 4 – Mon 6 May 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm (last ticket 3pm)
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY
A new experience at a very special price comes to the Royal Gunpowder Mills this early May Bank Holiday weekend May 4th to May 6th.  Come and sample the life and times from the last 3 centuries, from cannon and musket demonstrations to the street parties of WW2 and science mayhem of today, played out against the backdrop of the Royal Gunpowder Mills with its 300 years of explosive history and scientific discovery.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Sample the event at 20% off standard admission with tickets starting at just £6.80 for a child and family tickets from £22. Purchase your tickets on the door or online.

Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk Opening Weekend at Audley End Railway
Sat 4 – Mon 6 May 2019, 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 2019 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.

The Greatest Show at Marsh Farm
Sat 4 – Mon 6 May 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Enjoy a spectacular performance, arts & crafts, circus workshops and greatest show trail, plus all the usual March Farm fun.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £13.00 online or £15.50 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Free 4 Kidz Community Day at the Museum of Power
Sun 5 May 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
The show will include: karate, kickboxing, pony rides, ice-creams, kids crafts, toys, bouncy castles & rides, instrument zoo, museum hunts, cheerleading, dog agility show, dance, youth orchestra, creepy crawlies, local archaeological exhibits, model exhibits, magician, pantomime, pie throwing, candle rolling, children’s books and children’s party entertainment. 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 £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children 15 and under FREE

Essex Robin Hood Country Show
Sun 5 and Mon 6 May 2019, 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 next show takes place on Sunday 5th and Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2019 and features a vast selection of entertainment, shopping and displays for all the family to enjoy – we even have fun and games for your dog in the All About Dogs section!Set on the large main event fields of the Brentwood Centre (Brentwood, Essex), the Robin Hood Country Show is extremely easy to find (just off the M25) and being close to a host of major towns makes it accessible to a huge audience.
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) and Free when booked befor 1st May, Under 5s go FREE

Siege! – Medieval Siege Society at Hedingham Castle
Sun 5 and Mon 6 May 2019, 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, where you’ll also 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! 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 5 and Mon 6 May 2019, 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  GBBO winner Sophie Faldo, Jonathan Marshall from Game of Thrones, Motorbike Stunts, Sheep Racing, Falconry, Rural Crafters, Celebrity Chefs, Circus, and so much more.
www.wealdcountryshow.co.uk
Cost: Adults £7.50, Concessions £7.00, Children (5-13 years) £3.00, Under 5s FREE – discount when purchased online

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 5 and Mon 6 May 2019, 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

All the Kings Horses at Audley End
Sun 5 and Mon 6 May 2019, 10.30am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Join the merry monarch for a lavish, glamorous day of celebration. Get swept up in the excitement and tension of a day at the races when the King’s Cavalier soldiers race their horses against the magnificent backdrop of the mansion house. Try your luck and place your bets with our recreated Restoration currency for the chance to win a chocolate prize!
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £18.50, Concessions £16.70, Children £11.10, Family £48.10
ENGLISH HERITAGE MEMBERS: Adults: £2.50 / Concessions: £2.20 / Children: £1.50 / Family: £6.50

Layer Marney Village Fete and Companye of Merrie Folke at Layer Marney Tower
Sun 5 and Mon 6 May 2019, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex, C05 9US
All the fun of an unashamedly traditional village fete. Held in the grounds of the Tower, the Layer Marney Village Fete is for everyone,young and old, who is searching for a village fete “just like they used to be”. With traditional stalls, games and a Layer Marney special, a fun dog show, where the villagers show their competitive spirit.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: Adult £9, Child £5.00, Family £25

 

 


Events: Monday 6th May – Sunday 12th May 2019

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 8 May 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 9 May 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Basildon Mum2mum Market
Sat 11 May 2019, 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

Chelmsford Mum2mum Market
Sat 11 May 2019, 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

Harlow Mum2mum Market
Sat 11 May 2019, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sheering Village Hall, The Street, Sheering, Bishops Stortford, CM22 7LX
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 11 May & Sun 12 May 2019, (Sat 9.00am-5.00pm & Sun 10.00am-4.00pm)
Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham, CM77 8PD
Temple at War is a two day event that has rapidly gained an outstanding reputation for the highest quality re-enactment and military vehicles that take part in the show which is now known throughout Europe as one of the best Military events to attend.Completely family friendly, Temple at War will be returning for its fifth year on 11-12 May 2019 to the historic and fantastically atmospheric venue that is Cressing Temple Barns.
www.templeatwar.co.uk
Cost: Adult £15.00 (online £12.75), Child (5-16 years) £9.00 (online £7.50), Family £40.00 (online £36.50)

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 12 May 2019, 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

Forest School Fun Sunday at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 12 May 2019, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on a rope walk, make woodland crafts, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games and learn how to light fires. The only limit is your imagination. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

 

 


Events: Monday 13th May – Sunday 19th May 2019

Tuesday Toddles at Hylands House
Tues 14 May 2019, 10.00am-11.30pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great opportunity for parents with pre-school children to enjoy a guided walk in the park and garden areas surrounding Hylands House along with other parents with children of a similar age. The routes chosen for the walk consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 15 May 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 16 May 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Superhero Day & PJ Masks at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 18 May 2019, 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, and much much more. Also, meet with Owlette & Catboy from PJ Masks who will be saving the day at Old MacDonald’s.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adult (over 16) £16 online, child £15 online, under 2s FREE but note that there are height restrictions on some rides

Essex Young Farmers Country Show at Boyton Hall
Sun 19 May 2019, 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 £15, Concession (60 and over) £10, Children (15 and under) FREE

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 19 May 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of activities for under 5s. Booking essential – call 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Wings and Wheels at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Sun 19 May 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
This highly popular event returns to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome for its 3rd year.A fun day for the family that marries our favourite aircraft with vehicles.Everything from classic and vintage four-wheelers, motorbikes and coaches to vintage aircraft.A total celebration of vehicles from both land and air. Not to mention our 3 exhibitions, Mess and Shop. The Stow Maries trademark BBQ will also be in full swing.We will also be welcoming some fantastic air displays, weather permitting.
www.stowmaries.org.uk
Cost: Adults £17.50, under 15s Free

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 19 May 2019, 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

Romford, Harold Hill Mum2mum Market
Sun 19 May 2019, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
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

 

 


Events: Monday 20th May – Sunday 26th May 2019

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 22 May 2019, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 23 May 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

What’s Coming Out of the Box? (for 1 to 4-year-olds) at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 25 May 2019, 10.15am (1-4 years), 11.45am (1 – 2.5 years) & 1.30pm (2.5-4 years)
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
“What was it like in mummy’s tummy?”Have you ever heard this question? Or tried to answer? We did and the result is ‘Inside’.Join us on an immersive journey from conception to birth and share a very special experience with your little one. ‘Inside’ is an intimate, interactive show, specifically devised for 1 – 4year olds, alongside their families.Set in a campsite and inspired by life inside the womb, it features multi-sensory activities, shadow theatre, live sound-making and object theatre. ‘Inside’ has been devised in consultation with young children, their families and nursery staff.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £5.95

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival
Sat 25 – Sun 26 May 2019, 11.00am-5.00pm
Essex Outdoors Mersea, Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, CO5 8SX
The Mersea Island Food, Drink and Leisure Festival wouldn’t be the same without a wealth of entertainment to keep you occupied in between visiting the many exhibitors. This year there will be entertainment for all the family with music, song and dance. There will be something for everyone as musicians and dancers from Mersea and the local area perform for your enjoyment.
www.mersea-fdl-festival.com
Cost: Free entry and free parking

Superheroes at Marsh Farm
Sat 25 – Fri 31 May 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Calling all superboys and supergirls!
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £11.75 online or £14.25 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

May Half-Term – Get Set Go  at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sat 25 May – Sun 2 June 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
There will be half term family fun with ‘Get Set Grow’ at RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Follow the garden trail to help the Garden Detectives solve their problem and learn all about your favourite fruit and vegetables along the way. Craft and sow and grow activities will take place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May.
www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall
Cost: Normal garden admission applies (free entry for members), plus £3 for craft activities

Agent Nitrate – Spytastic School Holidays at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 25 May – Sun 2 June 2019, 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.

Mermaid and Pirate Festival 2019 at Audley End Railway
Sat 25 – Sun 2 June 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
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: £12 adults and children aged 2-16; carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Magical Mayhem May Half Term at Barleylands Farm Park
Sat 25 May – Sun 2 June 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
This May half term the king of chaos himself Skittleman will be taking over the Farm Park!With daily shows, close up magic and lots of mischief. Expect the unexpected this May half term!
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £10.80, Conc & Child £9.90, Family tickets from £37.80, Under 2s go free

All About Dogs at Hylands House
Sun 26 May 2019, 9.30am-5.00pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Bring your dog for two days full of exciting arena displays, expert advice, shopping and lots of fun have-a-go activities including the popular Fun Dog Shows where you and your dogs can win rosettes, K9 Aqua Sports, talent competitions and more… There is something for dogs of all ages and breeds to enjoy – and if you don’t have a dog you’re welcome to come along too!
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: Adults: Online £12.00 | On the gate £14.00, Concessions: Online £11.50 | On the gate: £13.50, Children (Under 16’s): Online £6.50 | On the gate: £8.00, Under 5’s go Free!

Forest School Fun Sunday at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 26 May 2019, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on a rope walk, make woodland crafts, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games and learn how to light fires. The only limit is your imagination. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 26 and Mon 27 May 2019, 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

 

 


Events: Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2019

Superheroes at Marsh Farm
Sat 25 – Fri 31 May 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Calling all superboys and supergirls!
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £11.75 online or £14.25 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

May Half-Term – Get Set Go  at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sat 25 May – Sun 2 June 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
There will be half term family fun with ‘Get Set Grow’ at RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Follow the garden trail to help the Garden Detectives solve their problem and learn all about your favourite fruit and vegetables along the way. Craft and sow and grow activities will take place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May.
www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall
Cost: Normal garden admission applies (free entry for members), plus £3 for craft activities

Agent Nitrate – Spytastic School Holidays at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 25 May – Sun 2 June 2019, 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.

Mermaid and Pirate Festival 2019 at Audley End Railway
Sat 25 – Sun 2 June 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
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: £12 adults and children aged 2-16; carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Magical Mayhem May Half Term at Barleylands Farm Park
Sat 25 May – Sun 2 June 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
This May half term the king of chaos himself Skittleman will be taking over the Farm Park!With daily shows, close up magic and lots of mischief. Expect the unexpected this May half term!
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £10.80, Conc & Child £9.90, Family tickets from £37.80, Under 2s go free

Siege! – Medieval Siege Society at Hedingham Castle
Sun 26 and Mon 27 May 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The ever exciting and popular Knights of Royal England return to Hedingham, recreate a classic Tourney in front of the Keep.An awesome spectacle of chivalry, hand to hand combat, mounted challenges and dark deeds!Surrounding it all will be a bustling arena with craft stalls, a range of food and a host of entertainment!The Norfolk Longbowmen will be demonstrating the art of Archery – have a go! Our Official Jester, Jonathan de Hadleigh, will cause his usual mayhem! Musicians, Donkey Rides, a Maypole and Coconut Shies provide constant entertainment throughout the day! Something for all the family on a great day out!
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: £14 adults, Under 18s £10, Over 65s £12.50, Family £42, Under 5s FREE – 10% discount when purchased online

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 26 and Mon 27 May 2019, 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

Tuesday Toddles at Hylands House
Tues 28 May 2019, 10.00am-11.30pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great opportunity for parents with pre-school children to enjoy a guided walk in the park and garden areas surrounding Hylands House along with other parents with children of a similar age. The routes chosen for the walk consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.

Minibeast Madness at Bedfords Park
Weds 29 May 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Join us on a minibeast hunt round the park searching different habitats for our insect friends. Advanced booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for child aged 3 and over.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Steam Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Weds 29 May 2019, 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

Summer Half Term Rock Painting For Kids at the Museum of Power
Wed 29 May – Sun 2 June 2019, 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 £6, Concessions £5, Children (5-15) £2.50, Under 5s FREE.

Mini Rafts at Bedfords Park
Thurs 30 May 2019, 1.30pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Race your family and friends using a paper straw. Recommended 5+. Younger children with adult support. Advanced booking essential. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child