Looking for May half term events in Essex 2017 for kids and families? We put together an extensive lists of shows, days out, craft sessions, outdoor activities, fetes, fairs, and open days that’ll keep everyone entertained during the school holidays.

Here you’ll find lots of top things to do in Essex and the surrounding areas. All of the half term events are listed according to date and time. You can add to our list of May events by visiting our Add Event page.

 

May Half Term Events in Essex 2017

 

Events: Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June 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

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

Wild Art at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sun 28 May 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Drop-in and make some wonderful wild art! No need to book, come anytime between 2pm and 4pm.
 www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £2 per child and free parking

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

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

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.

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.
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.
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

Dinosaur Discovery at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 1 June 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Are dinosaurs really extinct? Explore the woods and search for the land that time forgot. Beware of the Velociraptors! 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

Den Building at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Thurs 1 June 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
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

Merlins Bird Watching Club for Young at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 1 June 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Named after the Merlin engines that once powered RAF Hornchurch’s Spitfires. Armed with binoculars, bird guide and notepad (all provided) join Brenda our birdwatching guide to spot, observe and identify the bird life of Hornchurch Country Park.  Suitable for 8 year olds + (unaccompanied).  Also every Thursday in the school holidays and once a month on Saturdays during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Spring Bugs at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 1 June 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some spring bugs. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Creative Crafters – The Great Outdoors at Chelmsford Museum
Thurs 1 June 2017, four sessions between 10.30am and 3.30pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Come along to our Plant Pot Pets themed craft session for school aged children. Children can get creative and transform a flower pot into their favourite animal, then get planting. Suitable for children aged between 5 to 10 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Star Wars Jedi Master Training at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Thurs 1 June 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm & 12.00pm-1.30pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
Train to be a Jedi Master, practice your light saber skills in Star Wars nurf wars. Use the force, Chewbacca archery and try our obstacle course.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/chafford-gorges
Cost: £6.00 per child

Pond Dipping at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 1 June 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and explore the depths of our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Campfire Cooking at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Thurs 1 June 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Join us for a fun afternoon cooking both sweet and savoury treats over an open fire. AGE 5+ PLEASE INFORM US OF ANY FOOD ALLERGIES
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Pirate Crafts at Thameside Nature Park
Thurs 1 June 2017 1.30pm-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Oohh arrrhh me hearties! Why not come to Thameside Nature Park and have a go at some pirate crafts?! Crafts to include mini treasure boxes, pirate ships and masks (subject to availability). Booking is essential for this event, children must be accompanied, this is a self-led event.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £5 donation per child

Soft Archery at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Thurs 1 June 2017, 2.00pm – 3.15pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
Come and try your hand at archery. Perfect activity for the whole family. All equipment supplied. No experience required. Loads of different games to play.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/chafford-gorges
Cost: £6.00 per child

Woodland Pirates at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 1 June 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Join us aboard the pirate ship in the woods to set sail on an adventure to find the buried treasure chest.  Find the items on a scavenger hunt, make small boats and rafts and make a pirate boy or girl to take home.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation in advance per child siblings £4.

Family Fun for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 2 June 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Child led play in our lovely woodland. Climb ropes, get messy with mud, make music in the woods.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Family Fishing at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Fri 2 June 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm, 12.00pm-2.00pm, and 2.00pm-4.00pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
Learn the art of fishing…..All equipment is provided but if you have your own feel free to bring it along, Children over the age of 12 will need a 1 day license from the post office.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/chafford-gorges
Cost: £7.00 per child

Little Badgers – Parent and Toddler Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 2 June 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.

Dinosaur Trail at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Fri 2 June 2017 11.00am-3.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Come and follow our dinosaur trail around the park at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park – how many dinosaur clues can you find? Drop in any time between 11am – 3pm and pick up a trail guide from the Visitor Centre. Suitable for children aged 4+
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £1 donation per trail

Pond Dipping at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 2 June 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Come and see what’s wriggling in the depths! What will you catch? Donation £6 per child, children must be accompanied. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Wild Evening Out at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 2 June 2017, 8.00pm-10.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Enjoy an evening on the reserve learning about nocturnal Wildlife, including bat detecting, small mammal trapping and pond dipping. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, children need to be accompanied by an adult. This event is suitable for 6+ years. Please bring a torch.

Family Bat Walk at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Fri 2 June 2017, 9.00pm-10.30pm
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
Come along and learn about the bats that call Chafford Gorges their home. We will be taking a walk on the wild side to spot our furry friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/chafford-gorges
Cost: £6.00 per child

Make It at Chelmsford Museum
Sat 3 June 2017, all day
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Join artists at our special family activity day. Carve your own sculpture, make clay pots or create a fabric collage.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per person, family of 4 £10, Under 2s FREE

Wildlife & Country Fair at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Sat 3 June 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A fun day for all the family. Come along to our annual Wildlife & Country Fair. A fun-packed day including arena displays, exhibitors and stalls, food and drink, children’s activities, birds of prey and much more. No booking required; all profits go towards the work of Essex Wildlife Trust. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £2 per adult; £1 per child

Pony Days at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sat 3 June 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

Build a Bat Box at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 3 June 2017, 2.00pm-3.00pm or 3.00pm-4.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come along to make a bat box to put up in your garden or donate to the country park.  All materials and tools provided.  Boxes limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per box in advance

Wind in the Willows Family Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 4 June 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Mr Toad and his friends have lost some of their things in the woods. Can you work out what each of them has lost?
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Trail sheets £2 per child.

Woofs & Walkies Dog Show at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sun 4 June 2017, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
A fun day out for the whole family. Trade & Charity stalls, Refreshment, Photographer, Groomers, Vets. In aid of Romford Greyhound Rehoming. Registration for Dog show from 11.00am. Cutest Puppy, Junior Handler, Best in Show, Best Trick, Best Rescue, Prettiest Bitch, Waggiest Tail, Handsomest Dog, Most Appealing Eyes, Best Veteran, Dog the judge would like to take home, Best Fancy Dress, Scruffiest Dog, For any enquiries please contact photos.rgoa@hotmail.co.uk
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £1.50 per class entry fee

Brambly Hedge Afternoon Tea Party at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Sun 4 June 2017, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Join Essex Wildlife Trust for a Brambly Hedge afternoon tea party. Take part in Brambly Hedge themed activities. Enjoy an afternoon tea party in our marquee. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £10 per adult; £10 per child

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