Top local listings for November 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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November Events in Essex

Events: 1 November –  9 November 2018

Sensory Stay and Play at Colchester Library
Thurs 1 Nov 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Come and join us for some sensory play fun with soft play shapes and our new Sensory Area. This free unstructured session is open to all under 5s and is held in the children’s library.
libraries.essex.gov.uk/events/colchester-library-events/sensory-stay-and-play-colchester-library

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 2 Nov 2018, 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. Booking is essential and places are limited so please ring the Centre on 01206 729678 to book your place. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 2 Nov 2018, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Dress for the weather. Babes in arms free. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session £4 for siblings.

Arty Bookworms at Wickford Library
Fri 2 Nov 2018, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Market Road, Wickford, Essex SS12 0AG
Lots of fun craft activities, singing and story time based on our ‘book of the week’. Children will learn to enjoy books and pictures promoting speech, language and socialisation skills. Term time event; sessions run fortnightly.Suitable for ages 18 months and older.
libraries.essex.gov.uk/events/wickford-library-events/arty-bookworms-wickford-library
Cost: Free

Daddy Cool at Brentwood Library
Sat 3 Nov 2018, 10.30am-11.00am
New Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4BP
Free your child’s imagination with songs and stories, give their early communication skills a boost and have fun together! Stories, songs and rhymes for dads and their babies or toddlers.
libraries.essex.gov.uk/events/brentwood-library-events/daddy-cool-brentwood-library
Cost: Free

Daddy Cool at Writtle Library
Sat 3 Nov 2018, 10.30am-11.00am
45 The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM1 3DT
Free your child’s imagination with songs and stories, give their early communication skills a boost and have fun together! Stories, songs and rhymes for dads and their babies or toddlers.
libraries.essex.gov.uk/events/writtle-library-events/daddy-cool-writtle-library
Cost: Free

Gothic Falconry at Audley End
Sat 3 & Sun 4 Nov 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and glorious falcons in flight as our expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket. English Heritage Members FREE

Nature Tots Sunday at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 4 Nov 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-school children. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, siblings over 18 months £4.00

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Romford
Sun 4 Nov 2018, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Harold Hill and District Community Association, Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, RM3 9LB
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales where parents sell their preloved toys, clothes and equipment for babies and children under 6. At our Colchester sale we will have around 20 stalls with tons of high quality, nearly new items and a small selection of businesses offering goods and services of interest to parents.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry to the market is £2 for adults, children are free.

Little Acorns Gardening Club at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Wed 7 Nov 2018, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Little Acorns is Hyde Hall’s monthly pre-school gardening and craft club aiming to engage children with the wonderful natural world around them. Every session has a seasonal theme, a relaxed routine, a story and an engaging selection of practical activities. Some activities are inside and some are outside, whatever the weather!
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission applies plus additional payment of £3 per child. Bookable on arrival.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 7 Nov 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-school children. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, siblings over 18 months £4.00

Nature Tots for Under 5’s at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 9 Nov 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Nature Tots. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s including wildlife activities on the nature reserve, games, crafts and music in the centre. Booking Essential. Phone 01268 711001.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 9 Nov 2018, 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. Booking is essential and places are limited so please ring the Centre on 01206 729678 to book your place. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Friday Fives at Chelmsford Museum
Fri 9 Nov 2018, 10.15am, 11.30am & 1.30pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
If you have a toddler aged between 18 months and five years, Friday Fives offers an interactive, hour-long session once a month, with a nursery rhyme theme. We share a story, explore some museum objects and displays, and make a craft object to link with the rhyme. Booking Essential.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3.50 per child

 

Events: 10 November – 16 November 2018

Fantastic Funghi at Highwoods Country Park
Sat 10 Nov 2018, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Rosabelle Car Park, Wivenhoe Woods Local Nature Reserve, Colchester, Essex
Join fungi expert Sarah Manning on this stroll and discover the fascinating mushrooms and toadstools that grow there.
www.colchester.gov.uk/countrypark
Cost: £4.30 per person.

Family Forest Fun at Danbury Country Park
Sat 10 Nov 2018, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Activities vary but may include den building, woodland crafts, tool skills, climbing, balancing, jumping, exploring as well as fire lighting and cooking. Booking advised.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £8 child, sibling discount available – adults and under 18 months free (if accompanying an older sibling)

Barnards Farm Winter Lights Express
Sat 10 Nov 2018, 6.00pm-9.00pm
Barnards Farm Gardens, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LX
Join the Winter Lights Express Train and see the trackside, the Belvedere and the Sitooterie lit up. Float a candle on the lake in aid of the Children’s Society and join us in the barn for refreshments afterwards.
www.barnardsfarm.eu
Cost: Donation £12 each.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 11 Nov 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Forest School activities in the woods – den building, ropes, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting and campfire. Enjoy some quality family time, all ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child

Barnards Farm Winter Lights Express
Sun 11 Nov 2018, 6.00pm-9.00pm
Barnards Farm Gardens, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LX
Join the Winter Lights Express Train and see the trackside, the Belvedere and the Sitooterie lit up. Float a candle on the lake in aid of the Children’s Society and join us in the barn for refreshments afterwards.
www.barnardsfarm.eu
Cost: Donation £12 each.

Nature Tots for Under 5’s at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 13 Nov 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Nature Tots. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s including wildlife activities on the nature reserve, games, crafts and music in the centre. Booking Essential. Phone 01268 711001.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 13 Nov 2018, 10.00am-11.30am
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2
The Tuesday Toddle sessions are run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. The Toddles are an 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 take into account those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult.
hylandsestate.co.uk
Cost: £4 per child

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 14 Nov 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-school children. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, siblings over 18 months £4.00

Little Movers at Rayleigh Library
Weds 14 Nov 2018, 10.30am-11.30am
132/4 High Street, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7BX
Fun for under 5’s every month with musical instruments and movement for the under 5’s. Refreshments provided.
libraries.essex.gov.uk/events/rayleigh-library-events/rayleigh-monthly-events/little-movers-rayleigh-library-nov-monthly
Cost: Fre

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 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. Booking is essential and places are limited so please ring the Centre on 01206 729678 to book your place. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Arty Bookworms at Wickford Library
Fri 16 Nov 2018, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Market Road, Wickford, Essex SS12 0AG
Lots of fun craft activities, singing and story time based on our ‘book of the week’.Children will learn to enjoy books and pictures promoting speech, language and socialisation skills.Term time event; sessions run fortnightly.Suitable for ages 18 months and older.
libraries.essex.gov.uk/events/wickford-library-events/arty-bookworms-wickford-library
Cost: Free

Family Campfire and Ramble Night at Weald Country Park
Fri 16 & Sat 17 Nov 2018, 4.30pm-6.00pm, 6.15pm-7.45pm or 8.00pm-9.30pm
Brentwood, Essex CM14 5QS
See the park in a whole new night! Explore Weald after dark looking for nocturnal wildlife and then warm up around our cosy campfire drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows. Please bring a torch and wrap up warm! This event is suitable for families but not all paths are pushchair-friendly. There’s a small pay and display charge for parking which goes directly back into maintaining the park. Booking essential via 0345 603 7624
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £7 per person.

 

Events: 17 November – 23 November 2018

Family Campfire and Ramble Night at Weald Country Park
Sat 17 Nov 2018, 4.30pm-6.00pm, 6.15pm-7.45pm or 8.00pm-9.30pm
Brentwood, Essex CM14 5QS
See the park in a whole new night! Explore Weald after dark looking for nocturnal wildlife and then warm up around our cosy campfire drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows. Please bring a torch and wrap up warm! This event is suitable for families but not all paths are pushchair-friendly. There’s a small pay and display charge for parking which goes directly back into maintaining the park. Booking essential via 0345 603 7624
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £7 per person.

The Essex Christmas Festival (Malden)
Sat 17 Nov and Sun 18 Nov 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Colchester Rd, Crowne Plaza Five Lakes, Maldon, Essex CM9 8HX
The Christmas Country Show comes to Crowne Plaza Five Lakes in Maldon, including the popular Festival of Dogs, Kid’s entertainment, shopping, Food and Drink, Father Christmas, reindeer, Music and so much more for all the family.
www.festivemarket.co.uk
Online tickets: www.classicfestivalstickets.co.uk
Cost: On the gate – adults £10, Conc £8.50, Child £5 (5-13 years), Under 5s FREE. Online – adults £8, Conc £7, Child £4 (5-13 years), Under 5s FREE.

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

Nature Tots Sunday at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 21 Nov 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-school children. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, siblings over 18 months £4.00

Nature Tots for Under 5’s at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 23 Nov 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Nature Tots. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s including wildlife activities on the nature reserve, games, crafts and music in the centre. Booking Essential. Phone 01268 711001.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 23 Nov 2018, 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. Booking is essential and places are limited so please ring the Centre on 01206 729678 to book your place. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

 

Events: 24 November – 30 November 2018

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Westcliff, Southend
Sat 24 Nov 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
St Thomas More School, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-sea, Essex SS0 0BW
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales where parents sell their preloved toys, clothes and equipment for babies and children under 6. At our Colchester sale we will have around 20 stalls with tons of high quality, nearly new items and a small selection of businesses offering goods and services of interest to parents.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry to the market is £2 for adults, children are free.

Starlight Nights at Colchester Zoo
Sat 24 Nov 2018, open until 7.30pm
Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL
Join Colchester Zoo from 9.30am until 8.30pm on the 25th November, 16th & 23rd December 2017! As well as our fantastic daytime events you will be able to stay after dark as the festivities continue into the evening beneath the Christmas lights from 5pm!
www.colchester-zoo.com
Cost: Normal admission applies. A Santa Experience Ticket costs just £7.00.

Christmas Special Event at Audley End Miniature Railway
Sat 24 Nov and Sun 25 Nov 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Take the Santa Express deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate where you will arrive at Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland! You will meet the big man himself, along with his VERY cheeky Elves, receive a special gift and also watch a crazy Christmas Dance!
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: Adults and children over 2 years £11.00 to £15.00 per person depending on dates, under 24 months FREE

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 25 Nov 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Forest School activities in the woods – den building, ropes, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting and campfire. Enjoy some quality family time, all ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child

Nature Tots for Under 5’s at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 27 Nov 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Nature Tots. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s including wildlife activities on the nature reserve, games, crafts and music in the centre. Booking Essential. Phone 01268 711001.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 27 Nov 2018, 10.00am-11.30am
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2
The Tuesday Toddle sessions are run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. The Toddles are an 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 take into account those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult.
hylandsestate.co.uk
Cost: £4 per child

Nature Tots Sunday at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 28 Nov 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre-school children. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, siblings over 18 months £4.00

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 30 Nov 2018, 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. Booking is essential and places are limited so please ring the Centre on 01206 729678 to book your place. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Arty Bookworms at Wickford Library
Fri 30 Nov 2018, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Market Road, Wickford, Essex SS12 0AG
Lots of fun craft activities, singing and story time based on our ‘book of the week’.Children will learn to enjoy books and pictures promoting speech, language and socialisation skills.Term time event; sessions run fortnightly.Suitable for ages 18 months and older.
libraries.essex.gov.uk/events/wickford-library-events/arty-bookworms-wickford-library
Cost: Free