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.

 

May Events in Essex

 

Events: Friday 28th April – Friday 5th May 2017

May Craft Fair at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Fri 28 April – Mon 1 May 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
A 4 day craft fair run by Essex Craft and Design Shows, over the May spring bank holiday. There will be something for everyone. As well as over 40 exhibitors there will be demonstrations, music and food available. It is a great event to have a wander around and be inspired from the craft makers.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission

VE Weekend at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 29 April to Mon 1 May 2017, 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. VE Weekend is not to be missed. Plus, fantastic activities for children! Make bunting, flags, and experience and learn about life on the Homefront – why do you think you need to make luggage labels?  Step into the 1940s photo booth for a snap – and much more!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Ticket from £8.50. Advance booking recommended.

Bubbletastic at Marsh Farm
Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Join Professor Bubble-pop this Bank Holiday weekend for some bubbletastic fun and games.
Once here visitors can also climb and slide in the soft play Barn, explore our enormous outdoor adventure play frame, meet the farm animals and catch a hilariously fun show in one of our theatres. Be sure to drag Mum and Dad on our awesome carousel and teacup rides too!
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £10.99 online or £13.50 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Animal Antics at Barleylands Farm Park
Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Have you heard about our famous and colourful ‘woolly jumpers’ who compete in our ‘Lamb National’? Our crazy, brightly dyed sheep flock to the race course from this weekend, right through until September in dry weather. Join in the fun and cheer on your favourite! You might also catch our Hilly Billy Goat Races where the cheeky goats take on the steeplechase. You can also see ‘Rocky’, ‘Hot Wings’, ‘Nugget’ and ‘Drumsticks’ in the ‘Chicken Run’. You’d be mad to miss it!
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Normal entry applies, under 2s go free

Essex Robin Hood Country Show
Sun 30 April 2017 and Mon 1 May 2017, 9.30am-5.00pm
Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9NN
The Robin Hood Country Show is a massive event held at the regions favourite venue. Featuring 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.
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)

Medieval Siege at Hedingham Castle
Sun 30 April and Mon 1 May 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Medieval Siege Society make a very welcome return to Hedingham with armed men, archers, siege engines, living history camps and bloodthirsty mayhem! In amongst the bustle you’ll be able to try your hand at archery, watch a fascinating and exhilarating falconry display from Coda, dance round a maypole and ride a donkey! The Jester will jest, and there’ll be music from Blondel, with craft stalls, real ale and food. The Keep will be open, with guided tours available, and there’s something going on all day!
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: £14 adults, Under 18s £10, Over 65s £12.50, Family £42

Weald Country & Craft Show & The Festival of Dogs
Sun 30 April and Mon 1 May 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Weald Country Park, Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS
Whether you be a Country Show fan, an avid foodie, a dog lover, want loads for the kiddies to do, love living history or simply want a fun filled day out, our shows are for you.  Support small producers and handmade with some wonderful shopping experiences.  Watch and admire our Rural Crafters demonstrating all day and making some pretty amazing things or why not enter your dog into our Dog Shows.  There is also something for every music lover out there.
www.wealdcountryshow.co.uk
Cost: Adults £7.00, Concessions £6.00, Children £2.50, Under 5s FREE

Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 30 April and Mon 1 May 2017, 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 30 Apr & Mon 1 May 2017, 10.30am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Meet merry monarch Charles II for a horse race with a difference, greet our Georgian hounds, and be in the audiencefor a lively Victorian gymkhana. Take in the sights and sounds of living history across the grounds as well as touring the Victorian stable yard with resident experts. With military skills from the Kings Lifeguards and dressage displays in the stable yard, the best of horsemanship will be on show this bank holiday weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £19.70, Concessions £17.60, Children £12.10, Family £51.50
ENGLISH HERITAGE MEMBERS: Adults: £2.20 / Concessions: £1.80 / Children: £1.60 / Family: £6.00

Holiday Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 1 May 2017, 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

Ongar May Fayre
Mon 1 May 2017, 10.00am-2.30pm
Budworth Hall, High St, Chipping Ongar, Ongar CM5 9JG
All welcome! Homemade cakes, bric-a-brac, chocs and spices, plants, raffle, and more.
ongarinbloom.com

In the Night Garden Trail at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Mon 1 May –  Fri 30 June 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
With a trail leaflet and downloadable app, toddlers can go on a magical journey around the garden via activity points and imaginative play. Pick up a free trail at the garden entrance or download the Gamar app before you arrive to bring the Night Garden friends to life.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 2 May 2017, 1.30pm-4.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 4 May 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 4 May 2017, 11.00am-12.15pm
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
Early Years creative play for children under 2 and their parents/carers to explore a range of sensory materials together. Term time only.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

 


Events: Saturday 6th May – Friday 12th May 2017

Pony Days at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sat 6 May 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Sawyers Hall Farm, Sawyers Hall Ln, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
If your child loves ponies and are keen to increase their knowledge and confidence around them, then this is the place to be on a Saturday! Hopefield Pony Days are taking place on the first Saturday of every month from April-Sept, book now to avoid disappointment. 4 hours of interactive and educational fun, including feeding, grooming, mucking out and general duties of owning a pony. Includes: A FREE Hopefield t-shirt to wear on the day; Certificate; Rosette; and lunch. For ages 5+ (Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration).
www.hopefield.org.uk
Cost: £35 per child. Booking essential

Happy Hedgehog at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 6 May & Sun 7 May 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Celebrate Hedgehog awareness week 2017. Where are all our hedgehogs? Search for our prickly friends with a trail through the woods.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 per child. Drop-In.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 6 May & Sun 7 May 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £11.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Artisan Spring Fair at Barleylands
Sun 7 May 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD
May is Craft and Design Month so The Village is kicking things off with its Artisan Spring Fair. With over 50 craft studios to explore, demonstrations and extra exhibitors, it’s going to be a great day. Our studios will be hosting demonstrations and workshops. Highlights include: Hazle’s Pottery Barn – ‘have a go’ at the potter’s wheel; decorate your ballet shoes workshop; Mrs Florentine – new season collection on display; The Bon Bon Jar – fudge tasting; Tiptree Tea Rooms – jam tasting; Crafty Mack’s Wooden Gifts- hands on woodcraft taster sessions. External exhibitors including Milliemoo Knitwear, Mersea Driftwood Designs, Billericay Brewing, Muffin Makery, Jemima and Co and The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie will all be present. There will also be stalls selling wooden carvings, handmade bears, children’s clothing, ceramics and beautiful watercolour landscapes, plus more!
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: FREE entry & parking

Baby Massage Session for Dads
Sun 7 May 2017, 11.00am
Fairkytes Art Centre, 51-53 Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX
A great way for dads to meet other daddy’s and also learn and give all the benefits to baby massage. Mums welcome to come along too have a cuppa or have a couple of hours to yourself why dads have some bonding time with baby.
www.facebook.com/baskingbabieshornchurch
Cost: Contact Laura on 07798726186 or email laura@baskingbabies.co.uk

Companion Dog Show at Waldegraves Holiday Park
Sun 7 May 2017, 11.00-3.00pm
Waldegraves Lane, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SE
Looking for dogs of all shapes and sizes to come along and support the event. Hot food & drinks, tombola & raffle, bargain Stall ample parking available. The Show will take place at the Top Showground at Waldegraves Holiday Park. In Aid of Essex Air Ambulance & Spanish Water Dog Rescue. For further details please contact Linda on 01206 383155
www.waldegraves.co.uk

Dagenham Mum2mum Market
Sun 7 May 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

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 9 May 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4. SPECIAL OFFER Book 6 sessions for the price of 5 if booked and paid together.

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 9 May 2017, 1.30pm-4.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Creepy Crawlies Club at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Wed 10 May 2017, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A weekly club for the under 5s. We spend an hour and a half exploring our nature reserve, discovering new things and finishing with a wildlife themed story. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172.
http://www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6/£4 per additional sibling

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 11 May 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 11 May 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

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 12 May 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4. SPECIAL OFFER Book 6 sessions for the price of 5 if booked and paid together.

 


Events: Saturday 13th May – Friday 19th May 2017

Three Half Pints presents The Three Musketeers at the Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 13 May 2017, 10.30am & 1.00pm (2nd show is a relaxed performance)
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Chaos, mayhem and stupidity reign supreme as children’s comedy trio the Three Half Pints swish their swords, buff their boots and flourish their feathers in their most ridiculous adventure yet! Most suitable for ages 5 and over.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95

Minibeast Madness at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 13 May 2017, 1.30pm-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Discover the different minibeasts that call Thurrock Thameside their home and make a Minibeast craft to take home with you. Suitable for children 4yrs +. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Chelmsford
Sat 13 May 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hylands School, Hatfield Grove, Chelmsford , CM1 3DF
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales. At our Chelmsford sale we will have around 40 stalls of high quality, nearly new items and a small selection of businesses offering goods and services of interest to parents. Refreshments will be available, and to entertain the little ones there will be a small play area. If you’d like to book a stall to sell your preloved baby and children’s items then visit our website, nearly new stalls start at just £15 and you take home 100% of your takings. If you run a business that you think would be of interest to parents visiting our markets please contact josie@mum2mummarket.co.uk to find out how we can help you promote your business.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry to the market is £2 for adults (children are free) but if you visit our website you’ll find a voucher for 2 for the price of 1 entry.

Temple at War at Cressing Temple Barns
Sat 13 May & Sun 14 May 2017, (Sat 9.00am-5.00pm & Sun 10.00am-4.00pm)
Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham, CM77 8PD
In its third 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 £7.50, Family £36.50

Ben & Holly Visit Audley End Railway
Sat 13 May & Sun 14 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Come and see the mischievous duo at intervals on each day. Included in your admission ticket price: Train Ride, Ben & Holly appearances, Fairy and Elf Woodland Walk, Craft Making.
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: £10 adults and children aged 2-16, carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 13 May & Sun 14 May 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £11.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Olde Tyme Rally at the Museum of Power
Sun 14 May 2017, 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.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 14 May 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

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Romford
Sun 14 May 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Harold Hill and District Community Association, Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, RM3 9LB
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry is £2 for adults (children are free). Visit website to find a voucher for 2 for the price of 1 entry.

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 16 May 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4. SPECIAL OFFER Book 6 sessions for the price of 5 if booked and paid together.

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 16 May 2017, 1.30pm-4.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Creepy Crawlies Club at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Wed 17 May 2017, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A weekly club for the under 5s. We spend an hour and a half exploring our nature reserve, discovering new things and finishing with a wildlife themed story. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172.
http://www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6/£4 per additional sibling

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 18 May 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 18 May 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

Friday Fives at Chelmsford Museum
Fri 19 May 2017, three sessions between 10.15am and 2.30pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Join us for a nursery rhyme based story, craft activity and of course a chance to sing along with your toddler. We also have a look at some of the museum’s child friendly objects. Suitable for children aged between 18 months and 5 years old.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 19 May 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4. SPECIAL OFFER Book 6 sessions for the price of 5 if booked and paid together.

Mini Rave Adventure Sessions for Under 5s
Fri 19 May 2017, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Earls Colne Village Hall, Colchester, Essex CO6 2RN
Sessions for mini ravers who are under 5, plus their grown up ravers! Come and rave, rhyme, explore and socialise. Listen to pre recorded tunes from Rave to Hip Hop, Pop to RNB, Indie to Funk, plus more… All ravers get the opportunity to go on their own learning adventures by exploring sensory, physical, rhyme and creative activities, whilst having fun and socializing too. Plus they’ll be a dance area for you to have a wiggle, a giggle and maybe bust out some cool moves!! Big ravers can have a cheeky cuppa too!! Ssshhh!! They’ll be rave props, dress up, glow toys, sensory toys, bubbles, parachute play, confetti surprises, plus much more…. Yay! Yay! Yay!
www.facebook.com/Mini-Rave-Adventures-177056146135380
Cost: Mini Ravers £6, twin/triplet Ravers £1, Adult Ravers are Free.

 


Events: Saturday 20th May – Friday 26th May 2017

Open Day at The Colchester Officers’ Club
Sat 20 May 2017
St John’s Green, Colchester, C02 7EZ
Wimbledon’s coming so why not brush up on your tennis skills with free coaching sessions led by an LTA-accredited coach at The Colchester Officers’ Club this weekend. Relax in the social club lounge, take a tour of the premises and be in with a chance to win a year’s free sports membership.
www.cgoclub.co.uk
Cost: FREE

Superhero Day at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 20 May 2017, 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.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £13, child £12, under 2s FREE

Button Art at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 20 May 2017, 10.30am-11.30pm, 12.00pm-1.00pm or 1.30pm-2.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Use your artistic skills to create a great piece of art using a selection of buttons on canvas. Age guide 5 years +.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 donation in advance per child.

Wildlife & Craft Fair at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 20 May 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Join us for a fun and educational day out for all the family, celebrating British wildlife and local crafts. Craft stalls; Conservation stalls; Entertainment; & Refreshments.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Free entry and free parking

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 20 May & Sun 21 May 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £11.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Essex Young Farmers Country Show at Boyton Hall
Sun 21 May 2017, 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

Wings and Wheels at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Sun 21 May 2017, from 10.00am
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 a BBQ. Not to mention our Museums, Mess and 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.

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 23 May 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4. SPECIAL OFFER Book 6 sessions for the price of 5 if booked and paid together.

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 23 May 2017, 1.30pm-4.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Creepy Crawlies Club at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Wed 24 May 2017, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A weekly club for the under 5s. We spend an hour and a half exploring our nature reserve, discovering new things and finishing with a wildlife themed story. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6/£4 per additional sibling

Squidge: Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 25 May 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 25 May 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

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 26 May 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4. SPECIAL OFFER Book 6 sessions for the price of 5 if booked and paid together.

 


Events: Saturday 27th May – Wednesday 31st May 2017

Youth Rangers at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 27 May 2017
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Fortnightly group for children aged between 8-12 years old that enjoy the outdoors, wildlife and getting their hands dirty. Children may be unaccompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £5 per child, booking essential.

Nearly New Sale at Braintree Community Centre
Sat 27 May 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
19-21 Bocking End, Braintree, Essex CM7 9AH
Lots going on including face painting, vintage tea room and a raffle. 40 stalls available please message me for rates and to book.
www.facebook.com/events/124268664784866

Family Saturdays: Textile Printing at Braintree Museum
Sat 27 May 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Learn a range of simple printing techniques before creating
your own unique t-shirt or fabric to take home with you!
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: FREE with admission charge. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Sea Legs Puppet Theatre presents The Musicians of Bremen at the Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 27 May 2017, 11.00am & 2.00pm (2nd show is a relaxed performance with BSL interpretation)
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Toy Story meets the Brothers Grimm in Sea Legs Puppet Theatre’s enchanting new production for children and their adults. Told with fabulous puppets, an innovative stage set and a brilliant musical soundtrack! Most suitable for ages 3 and over.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95

Marine Trail at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Saturday 27th May 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Come to Thameside Nature Park and follow our marine trail – find out about the creatures that live in the sea and in our estuaries. You might be really surprised to find out what lives in The Thames! Drop-in anytime between 11am and 3pm and pick up your trail sheet from the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £1 donation per trail

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival
Sat 27 May – Sun 28 May 2017, 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. It’s fun for all the family with aerial walkway, climbing wall, zipwire, bouncy castle, ‘hamster balls’, camp cooking and free craft activies and workshops. Sample local produce, unique gifts for yourself, your home or garden
talented entertainers. Children’s activities all weekend. Ample parking and marquees for cover. Grand Draw for your chance to win £250!
www.mersea-fdl-festival.com
Cost: Free entry and free parking

Wild West Weekend at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 27 May – Mon 29 May 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Experience life in the Wild West, with the reenactors on hand demonstrating their daily life and telling you how they worked and live. Throughout the day there’s a fantastic array of activities such as panning for gold! , Make your own cowboy hat, make a lasso, have a go at painting with straw and even dress up as a cowboy or cowgirl for a photo!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 27 May to Mon 29 May 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £11.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Festival of Southen-on-Sea
Sat 27 May to Mon 29 May 2017, 11.00am-8.00pm
Chalkwell Park, London Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 8NB
Open to all, the event promises to be a tremendous display of Southend-on-Sea’s finest: exclusive food and drink from local producers, artisan craft stalls and live music. The dedicated ‘KidZone’ will feature numerous activities in which your children can partake. From fairground rides to DJing and water conservation training with ‘Mad Science’, there is something for everyone. Disney’s ‘Frozen’ characters will also be storytelling on-site for the younger ones, whilst Essex Wildlife Trust will be hosting ‘stingingly’ exciting, bee-related craft classes.
www.southendcarnivalevents.org.uk/festival-of-southend
Cost: Online for £4 or on the door for £5 (16s and under go free but will still need a ticket)

May Half-Term Activities at Hadleigh Park
Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June 2017, 9.00am-4.00pm
Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
The whole family can get active this half term with lots to do out and around the park, from Dinosaur Trails to Family Survival, we are even launching our Kayaking sessions on the water! Book now to avoid missing out!
hadleigh-park.co.uk
Cost: Various, depending on activity

May Half Term at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Join in fun art and craft sessions where you can make exciting things to take home such as bug hotels, cress caterpillars, bug masks and a jam-jar wormery. Come and celebrate all things that creep and crawl!
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission aplies, plus £2 for arts & craft activities and £3 for face painting

Family Pond Dipping at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 28 May 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Drop in and have a go at pond-dipping. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child, no need to book.

Free 4 Kids at the Museum of Power
Sun 28 May 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Children’s activities. Miniature steam train OPEN or 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 NOTbe running and other oil / diesel engines will be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £4.00, Children 15 and under FREE.

Dinosaurs at The Naze Education Centre
Sun 28 May 2016, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Follow our dinosaur trail and discover what it was like when these giants roamed the earth! We will also be making our very own dinosaurs.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £6 per child, booking essential, children must be accompanied.

Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 28 May 2016, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
It’s ‘walk in the woods’ month! Enjoy a story walk as you follow a fairy tale trail through the woods to find the happy ending! Craft activity in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child, no need to book

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 28 May 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

Hedgehogs Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 29 May 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Does your child love nature and the great outdoors? Then bring them along to hedgehog club, a regular holiday club for children that love wildlife.  This time we will be scouring the nature reserve to see what minibeasts, birds, pond creatures and other animals we can find. This event is for 4-8 year olds, children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, booking essential.

Holiday Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 29 May 2017, 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

Messing About in the River at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Mon 29 May 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm or 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Join us for a fun family session in the River Ingrebourne. Use nets to find small fish and invertebrates, make mini rafts and play pooh sticks. Please note these sessions will take place at Hacton Parkway, meeting at the play area just off Hacton Lane. Age guide 5 years +.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Go Wild at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 29 May 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
An afternoon of fun on the reserve for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Space Adventure at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 29 May 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Dinosaur crafts at Thameside Nature Park
Mon 29 May 2017, 1.30am-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Have a go at some dinosaur craft activities here at Thameside Nature Park. Craft kits include gliders and wooden kits (subject to availability). Booking essential for this event, children must be accompanied, this is a self-led event.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £3 donation per child

Kings and Queens at Audley End
Mon 29 May – Thurs 1 June 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on a right royal welcome at Audley End as we teach you to avoid the pitfalls of palace life and impress your regal rulers. Uncover the ultimate curtsey, bow like a pro, and entertain without being a fool. Find out how to be the King’s right hand man or the Queen’s favourite lady in waiting at this school for novice nobles. Get it wrong and it’ll be off with your head!
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £11.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Little Farmers Half Term Week at Barleylands
Mon 29 May – Fri 2 June 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Get yourself into gear and head over to Barleylands this May half term where there’s a lot going on that’s a little bit different! Barleylands Farm Park’s smallest visitors can be just like mum and dad when they get behind the wheel of one of the attractions’ mini Landrovers and take a drive around a specially designed 4×4 mini off-road course. On top of this, there will be extra farming activities and butter making, scarecrow making with daily competitions and animal petting. Learn how to make and take home your very own butter in our Farm Kitchen and discover all about our goats and miniature donkeys!
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, Child £11

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 30 May 2017, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Sessions include wildlife activities on the nature reserves, games, crafts and music in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential.

Minibeast Madness at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tue 30 May 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.30pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Drop in throughout the day to hunt for minibeasts, find out some fab facts about them and make a quick minibeast craft.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £3.00 per child

Pirates of the Gorge at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Tues 30 May 2017, 10.00am-11.30am & 12.30pm-2.00pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
Follow the treasure map to find the burried gold. Walk the plank and play pirate games with our very own Captain Jack Badger.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/chafford-gorges
Cost: £6.00 per child

Family Orienteering at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Tues 30 May 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Come along and explore our reserve using only a compass and some clues. Can you work together as a team to find your way round? Drop-in event no need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £5.00 per child

Under 5’s Teddy Bears Picnic at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Tues 30 May 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
A special events for under 5’s, bring your teddy to the beach! Outdoor session with crafts and a story.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/naze
Cost: Requested donation £5 per child

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 30 May 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Every Tuesday and Friday (incl. School Holidays). Indoor and outdoor fun for toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers; woodland play, stories, learning through play and exploration. A different theme each week.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child per session. Siblings £4. SPECIAL OFFER Book 6 sessions for the price of 5 if booked and paid together.

Teddy Bears Picnic Caterpillar Club
Tues 30 May 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Join us for a teddy bears picnic at Bedfords Park. Make teddy bear crafts, play teddy bear games and enjoy a picnic in the woods. Please bring along packed lunch with you to enjoy in the woods as part of the session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child. 4 – 8yrs.

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 30 May 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Messy Crafters – The Great Outdoors at Chelmsford Museum
Tues 30 May 2017, four sessions between 10.30am and 3.30pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Come along to our Bugs and Beasties themed craft session for pre-schoolers. Children can make some brilliant bugs to take home and treasure. Suitable for children aged between 18 months and 4 years old.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Happy Hedgehog at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Tues 30 May 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Where is Harry Hedgehog? Can you find the clues and reunite him with his family? Learn all about hedgehogs and make a hedgehog craft to take home with you. Suitable for ages 3+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £6 per child, booking essential.

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 30 May 2017, 1.30pm-4.15pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Bring your little one in their pram or buggy for a brisk 45 minute led walk around Hornchurch Country Park. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while meeting new friends.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Bats and Badgers Evening at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Tues 30 May 2017, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
What creatures come out after dark at Fingringhoe?  Join us on a family friendly guided walk to see if we can spot any bats or badgers.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Victorian Days at the Gunpowder Mills
Tues 30 May – Sun 4 June 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Step back in time at the Royal Gunpowder Mills this May Half Term and join us to explore life in Victorian times!  Experience Victorian science in Professor Nitrate’s Mad Lab and discover our Victorian pharmacy where you can stir up your very own concoction.  Try your hand at making a Zoetrope to amaze your family and friends. Learn about Morse code, make your own skipping rope, make a tea set, have fun with marble games and much more!  Try our popular outdoor games arena to experience the games children played in Victorian times such as Hoopla, Quioits, the coconut shy and skittles!
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Beachcombing at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Weds 31 May 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Come along and explore the shore! Shells, sand and more. Suitable for all ages.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child

Young Adventurers at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Weds 31 May 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Young Adventurers is for 8-12 year olds who want to get adventurous outdoors. Enjoy making fires, building shelters, tracking animals? Then this is for you! Children may be unaccompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £10 per child, booking essential.

Transformer – Junk Monster in Disguise at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Wed 31 May 2017, 10.30am-11.30am & 11.45am-12.45pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
Make your own Junk Transformer out of recycled materials. Transformer nurf wars, Parental participation is required on this event
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/chafford-gorges
Cost: £6.00 per child

Family Fossil Discovery at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Weds 31 May 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Family friendly fossil course – indoor presentation followed by a fossil hunt on the Naze beach.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/naze
Cost: £5 per child, children must be accompanied. Booking essential.

Under 5’s Mini-Beasts and More at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Weds 31 May 2017 10.30am-12.00noon
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
An event especially for the under 5’s. Search for mini-beasts and lots more wildlife here at Thameside Nature Park. There will also be a craft activity and story. Booking essential for this event. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £5 donation per child

Pond Dipping at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Weds 31 May 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Discover what lurks beneath the water in our pond. Drop in session, no need to book. Park at the bottom car park and follow signs to the pond.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £4 per child, suitable for ages 4+.

Den Building at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Weds 31 May 2017, 1.30m-3.30pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Could you survive overnight in the woods? Have a go at building a sturdy den in our woodland!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child