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 –  6 November 2017

Little Acorns Gardening Club at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Wed 1 Nov 2017, 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 £2 per child. Bookable on arrival.

Family Fun for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 3 Nov 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

Gothic Falconry at Audley End
Sat 4 & Sun 5 Nov 2017, 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: £17.50 adult, £6.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Witham
Sun 5 Nov 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Wickham Bishops Village Hal,l Church Road, Wickham Bishops, Witham CM8 3JZ
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.facebook.com/events
Cost: Entry to the market is £2 for adults, children are free and there’s free entry for everyone in the last half an hour (11.30-12). Stalls £20.

 

Events: 7 November – 13 November 2017

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 7 Nov 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
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/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 9 Nov 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. They will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling. Booking essential – call 01702 477467

Free Kids’ Craft Event at Colchester Library
Thurs 9 Nov 2017, 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Colchester Central Library, 21 Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JB
Come rain or shine, bring a grown up and enjoy free recycled craft activities! A range of activities will be available to try while you make new friends. No need to book, suitable for all ages. For more information please call Carys on 07507665866.
www.colchester.gov.uk

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 9.30am-11.30am
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Friday Fives at Chelmsford Museum
Fri 10 Nov 2017, 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 per child

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Colchester
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3LL
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.
mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry to the market is £2 for adults, children are free and there’s free entry for everyone in the last half an hour (11.30-12). Stalls £20.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Basildon
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 11.30am-1.30pm
The Basildon Upper Academy, Wickford Avenue, ​Pitsea, SS13 3HL
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry to the market is £2 for adults, children are free.

UV Glow Party at Music Mob Events in Chelmsford
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 2.30pm-4.30pm
CTZN Bar, 19-21 Springfield Rd, Chelmsford CM2 6JE
UV Glow party lets families cut loose to some fantastic ‘grown up’ music played by DJ Katie Goodman, as well as featuring a craft activity, Lego table, neon face painting, balloons, glow goodies and more.
www.eventbrite.co.uk
Cost: £8 adults, £6.50 children, family tickets from £20, babe in arms free

Barnards Farm Lake Lighting Extravaganza – FULLY BOOKED
Sat 11 Nov 2017
Barnards Farm Gardens, West Horndon, Essex, CM13 3LX
See Thomas Heatherwick’s Sitooterie lit up and float a candle on the lake in aid of the children’s charity, combined with a night rips on our steam pulled train the Sitooerie express. Pre-booking only for this event.
www.barnardsfarm.eu
Cost: £11 per person

Make a Bird Feeder at Parndon Woods
Sat 11 Nov and Sun 12 Nov 2017, 11.00am-3.30pm
Harlow Nature Reserve, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4SF
Go along to the woods to help our young feathered friends by making them a tasty snack to take home! Bird themed Arts and Crafts also available! Light refreshments and snacks available in the cafe.
www.ecco.org.uk/parndon-wood
Cost: £1 a feeder Arts and Crafts 50p per child

Sunday Funday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 12 Nov 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
This family session is a chance to have some woodland fun with your children. A range of activities, crafts, trails and games for all the family and all with a wildlife theme.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential – call 01702 477467

The Magic of Mushrooms at Wivenhoe Woods
Sun 12 Nov 2017, 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 around Wivenhoe Woods and discover the fascinating mushrooms and toadstools that grow there.
www.colchester.gov.uk/countrypark
Cost: £4.30 per person.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 12 Nov 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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child

Woodland Play Forest School at Danbury Country Park
Mon 13 Nov 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm or 12.30pm-2.30pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Join the forest school for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers. Activities are centred around nature, sensory stimulation, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and construction; for example mud kitchen, den building, bug-hunting. By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment, children have an opportunity to develop their physical, emotional and social skills.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE (except parking charge)

 

Events: 14 November – 20 November 2017

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 14 Nov 2017, 9.30am-11.30am
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 14 Nov 2017, 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.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments/hylands-house-and-estate
Cost: £4 per child

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 14 Nov 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
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/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 16 Nov 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. They will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling. Booking essential – call 01702 477467

Kids in Museums Take Over Day 2017 at Hollytrees Museum, Colchester 
Fri 17 Nov 2017, 10.00am-2.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
We’ve been taken over! Come and see what happens… Takeover Day is a national event in which young people ‘take over’ museum roles for a day. This year we are excited to be welcoming students from Prettygate Junior School to Hollytrees Museum.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Family Campfire and Ramble Night at Weald Country Park
Fri 17 & Sat 18 November 2017, 4.30pm-6.00pm, 6.00pm-7.30pm or 7.30pm-9.00pm
Brentwood, Essex CM14 5QS
Would you like to explore the park after dark? Join the Rangers on an exciting night ramble looking for rabbits, spotting wild deer herds and other wildlife. Then settle down for a story or two by a cosy campfire. Toast marshmallows and warm up with a hot chocolate as you swap tales of your ramble sightings. Immensely popular last year, we suggest early booking to avoid disappointment. Join us for one of three time slots. Dress for a chilly night and bring a torch along. 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.
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £7 per person.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Rochford
Sat 18 Nov 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
The Freight House, Bradley Way, Rochford, SS4 1BU
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.
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.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Chelmsford
Sat 18 Nov 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hylands Academy, Hatfield Grove, Chelmsford CM1 3DF
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry is £2 for adults (children are free).

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Romford
Sun 19 Nov 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.
mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry is £2 for adults (children are free).

 

Events: 21 November – 30 November 2017

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 21 Nov 2017, 1.30pm-2.15pm
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/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: FREE

Crafts in Castle Park
Wed 22 Nov 2017, 1.00pm-2.30pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Come rain or shine, bring a grown up and a picnic to Colchester Castle park and enjoy free recycled craft activities. Wear old clothes in case you get messy! No need to book, suitable for all ages. Meet at the Castle Park Rangers Station (bottom of play area)
www.colchester.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Squirrel Squad at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 23 Nov 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. They will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling. Booking essential – call 01702 477467

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 24 Nov 2017, 9.30am-11.30am
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE

Starlight Nights at Colchester Zoo
Sat 25 Nov 2017, open until 8.30pm
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.

 

Christmas Special Event at Audley End Miniature Railway
Sat 25 Nov and Sun 26 Nov 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Enjoy a magical family day out at the Audley End Miniature Railway this Christmas! Take the Santa Express into the woods to visit Father Christmas and his Elves at his woodland Grotto. Make sure you look out for the naughty elves along your journey, they can be so cheeky sometimes.
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: Adults and children over 2 years £10.00 or £11.00 (online booking available), under 24 months FREE

Audience with Santa at Audley End 
Sat 25 & Sun 26 Nov 2017, 10.30am-3.00pm (various times)
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Join in the festive fun with the man himself at Audley End this Christmas. Meet Father Christmas as he tells tales of Christmas past amidst the yuletide decorations. Lucky visitors will even get a festive treat! Additional charge of £4 applies to see Father Christmas for all children aged 0+ (subject to availability). Small present included. Pre-booking essential.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £4 per child to see Santa, plus entry fee – £10.90 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £9.80 cons, £28.30 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Sunday Funday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 26 Nov 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 3SH
This family session is a chance to have some woodland fun with your children. A range of activities, crafts, trails and games for all the family and all with a wildlife theme.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential – call 01702 477467

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 26 Nov 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/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 28 Oct 2017, 9.30am-11.30am
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child, £4 siblings, babes in arms FREE