Top local listings for October 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 October events in Essex by visiting our Add Event page.

You can also view our list of Halloween events for under 5s in Essex here.

October Events in Essex

EVENTS: FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2017

Autumn Steam Gala at Epping Ongar Railway
Fri 29 Sept – Sun 1 Oct 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Postponed from it’s original planned date in May we are pleased to present our three day Autumn Steam Gala. We will be running an intensive service during which the visiting engines will need to work hard on our challenging gradients.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £18, Children £10, Family £47

Pick Your Own – Pumpkin Patch
Every weekend Sat 30 Sept to Sun 29 Oct 2017, and all of half-term week, from 10.00am-4.00pm
Green Lane, Aldham, Colchester, CO6 3PR and Watch House Farm, Basildon, SS15 4ER
We’ve been growing and harvesting pumpkins for years now and then one day we thought… why not open the farm up and let our customers pick their own perfect pumpkin directly from the field!
www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk/pumpkin-patch
Cost: Free entry, no need to book. Feel free to bring a picnic.

Conker Chaos at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 1 Oct 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Collecting and crafting conkers! A drop in event celebrating seed gathering week 2017.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £3 per child

Grandparent Day at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sun 1 Oct 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Treat your wonderful Grandparent’s to a jam packed day of family fun activities at Lee Valley Park Farm. Learn about the farm animals, explore outdoor activities and take a break in the café with a bite to eat. The best part is Grandparent’s and under 2s go FREE!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: Admission for everyone else – £9.00

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 1 Oct 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 3 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

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 3 Oct 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 3 Oct 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

Family Fun for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 6 Oct 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

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Basildon
Sat 7 Oct 2017, 11.30am-1.30pm
The Basildon Upper Academy Wickford Avenue ​Pitsea. SS13 3HLThe 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).

Model Exhibition & Steam Day at the Museum of Power
Sun 8 Oct 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
See the world in miniature with model railway layouts, model boats and more. Watch Marshall our giant steam engine work under steam. Miniature steam engine rides available. Tea room and Astaria village open.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £6.00, Conc. £5.00, Children £2.50 and under 5s go FREE

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Romford
Sun 8 Oct 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: MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2017

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 10 Oct 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

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 13 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

Family Fun for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 13 Oct 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

Pick Your Own – Pumpkin Patch
Every weekend Sat 30 Sept to Sun 29 Oct 2017, and all of half-term week, from 10.00am-4.00pm
Green Lane, Aldham, Colchester, CO6 3PR and Watch House Farm, Basildon, SS15 4ER
We’ve been growing and harvesting pumpkins for years now and then one day we thought… why not open the farm up and let our customers pick their own perfect pumpkin directly from the field!
www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk/pumpkin-patch
Cost: Free entry, no need to book. Feel free to bring a picnic.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Canvey Island
Sun 15 Oct 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0JA
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).

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 15 Oct 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

 

EVENTS: MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER – FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2017

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 17 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

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 17 Oct 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 17 Oct 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

Family Fun for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 20 Oct 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

Pick Your Own – Pumpkin Patch
Every weekend Sat 30 Sept to Sun 29 Oct 2017, and all of half-term week, from 10.00am-4.00pm
Green Lane, Aldham, Colchester, CO6 3PR and Watch House Farm, Basildon, SS15 4ER
We’ve been growing and harvesting pumpkins for years now and then one day we thought… why not open the farm up and let our customers pick their own perfect pumpkin directly from the field!
www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk/pumpkin-patch
Cost: Free entry, no need to book. Feel free to bring a picnic.

Singalonga Beauty and the Beast at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Sat 21 Oct 2017, 2.00pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Singalonga Productions invite you to “Be our Guest” at Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast. Join us as we celebrate the brand new adaptation of Disney’s iconic fairy tale with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in!
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: £16.00, Under 16s £11.00, Family (2 adults 2 children)£48.00

Spooky Halloween Festival at Old McDonald’s Farm
Sat 21 to Sun 29 Oct 2017, 10.30am-5.00pm
Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Spooky fun for kids during Halloween half term, including the brand new haunted house!
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies

Half Term Halloween Trail at Marks Hall Gardens
Sat 21 to Sun 29 Oct 2017, 10.00am-4.30pm
Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG
Have you ever stopped to think how nasty nature can sometimes be? The Halloween Trail at Marks Hall is alive with beastly facts and gruesome details. Collect your trail leaflet from the Kiosk and use it to help you find the fact boards in the Arboretum.
www.markshall.org.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies. Trail leaflet £1.50 (Includes Pumpkin).

Halloween Pumpkin Event at Mountfitchet Castle
Sat 21 to Tue 31 Oct2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stanstead, Essex, CM24 8SP
Come and join the fun! Lots in store this half term for no extra charge.
www.mountfitchetcastle.com
Cost: Normal admission applies.

Shriek Week at Colchester Zoo
21, 24, 26, 28 & 31 Oct 2017, open until 9.30pm
Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL
Dare to stay after dark as Colchester Zoo remains open late on the selected nights during half term. Enjoy up to 12 hours of fun with some frightfully good late night attractions!
www.colchester-zoo.com
Cost: Normal admission applies.

Mischief and Mayhem at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 21 to Sun 29 Oct 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Your favourite farmyard friends will be creating mischief and mayhem at Lee Valley Park Farms this October half term, make sure you join them for some spooky fun.
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies.

Halloween Special Event at Audley End Miniature Railway
Sat 21 to Sun 29 Oct 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Experience a spooooooky Halloween train ride through the woods to visit the witches at their Haunted House. Watch out for the mysterious characters along your journey, and make sure you behave yourself so the witches don’t cast a spell on you! Each paying child will receive a gift. Suitable for all ages.
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: From £10 for adults and children, under 24 months go free.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt at The Beth Chatto Gardens
Sat 21 to Tues 31 Oct 2017 10.00am-3.00pm
Colchester CO7 7DB
Join the ever popular annual pumpkin hunt at Beth Chatto Gardens! Challenge your children to find the hidden pumpkins around the Gardens, complete the hunt and collect your reward. Guess the weight of the pumpkin and see our fabulous gourd and pumpkin display too!
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Adults £6.95, children £1.50 or CHILDREN FREE if you book your tickets in advance online.

Vampire Bat Hunt Self Guide Trail at Thorndon South Country Park
Sat 21 to Tues 31 Oct 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Brentwood Rd, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13 3LW
Get in the mood for Halloween on this fun, family friendly vampire bat spotting walk through the park. For ages 5 and up.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Trail pack for £3 from the Pavilion Cafe

Pumpkin Patch Self Guide Trail at Belhus Woods
Sat 21 to Tues 31 Oct 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Aveley, South Ockendon RM15 4XJ
Get in the mood for Halloween on this family friendly, pumpkin spotting self-guided trail through the park. For ages 5 and up.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Trail pack for £3 from the Visitor Centre

Wizards & Witches at Marsh Farm
Sat 21 to Tue 31 Oct 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WP
This family fun event Wizards & Witches at Marsh Farm will have your little monsters entertained all day! Visit the Pumpkin Patch to pick your free pumpkin to create your pumpkin masterpiece in our Carving Cavern… But watch out for Cello the Wizard as he searches the farm for missing potion ingredients for his trick or treat spells.
www.marshfarm.co.uk/halloween
Cost: Tickets £14.99 on the door or £12.50 online, children under 2 free. This event is FREE for Annual Pass & Magic Pass Holders. Children under 2 who wish to pick a pumpkin £2.00.

Science Discovery Day at Sandford Mill 
Sun 22 Oct 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Sandford Mill Road Chelmsford CM2 6NY
The Planetarium will transport you through space. You can also manoeuvre remote control ‘moon buggies’, wear an invisibility cloak, make and launch mini rockets, try light and sound experiments, use live Marconi TV Cameras, try coding & more! The Planetarium is suitable from age 3 years as exit during the performance is restricted. Please note that strobe, flashing and/or flickering lights operate as part of the effects during the show.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3.00 per person £10 family (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) Under 2s free

Apple Day at Cressing Temple Barns
Sun 22 Oct 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
There will be interactive living history displays from the Companye of Merrie Folke. The Fools Puppet Companie will be proving amusing and interactive shows and Kenneth Bruce of Solstice Storytelling Circle will be telling magical and captivating tales, and much more.
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: FREE entry

Family Fungi Walk at Weald Country Park
Sun 22 Oct 2017, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Brentwood, Essex CM14 5QS
Do you know your shaggy ink cap from your jelly fungus or your puffball from your fly agaric? Well this is your chance to get up close and personal with the fascinating and colourful native fungi that fill up the park in autumn. Join expert Mary Smith in a fun and educational hunt for the best mushroom spotting sites and answer all and any questions you may have. This hands-on, interactive and informative walk is ideal for nature enthusiasts and families with older children with an interest in these fascinating woodland recyclers. The pace will be slow but cross country so please remember this event is not suited to buggies.
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £5 per person.

Halloween Events at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 22 to Sun 29 Oct 2017
Downham, Billericay, CM11 1WT
Creepy activities throughout half-term at Hanningfield Nature Reserve. Join Hanningfields for a range of day and nighttime Halloween-themed activities, from pumpkin carving to spooky family trails.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: various

 

EVENTS: MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER – FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2017

PumpkinFest at Barleylands
Mon 23 to Fri 27 Oct 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Pumpkintastic! Pick up your free pumpkin (one for every child whilst stocks last). There’ll be lots of fiendish fun to enjoy including brand new laser ghostbusting which the whole family can enjoy, spooky pumpkin biscuit decorating and a chance to step inside our giant pumpkin globe – new for 2017! Plus, face your fears and get up close and personal with spine-chilling snakes, terrifying tarantulas and a whole host of creepy critters in the Snakes Alive Reptile House.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, child £11. Under 2’s go free, but will not receive their own pumpkin. Additional carving kits can be purchased at the Farm Park reception for £1.50. One free pumpkin per visiting child, whilst stocks last.

October Half Term Holiday Club at Colchester Royal Grammer School
Mon 23 to Fri 27 Oct 2017, 9.00am-5.00pm (extended hours available)
Colchester Royal Grammar School, 6 Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3ND
Join us for an action-packed Halloween themed week at the prestigious Colchester Royal Grammar School. Convenient location off Lexden Road, near to the town centre of Colchester and a 5-minute drive from the A12. Venue is rich in educational history and with fantastic facilities including playing field pavilion, art & cookery rooms, sports hall and state-of-the-art theatre. With FOUR courses to choose from, children get to dive into over 100 activities, and you can pick individual day or discounted week-long bookings. Pay by card, cash or any Childcare Voucher, and with only 120 spaces available…grab them while you can!
www.schoolsoutactivities.co.uk
Cost: £30 per day/ £120 per week

Appletastic Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
An apple themed session on the nature reserve. 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.

Creepy Craft Day at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come along and make some creepy craft to take home ready for Halloween. Suitable for ages 3+ Booking essential
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 in advance per child.

Autumn Fun at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
An afternoon of autumn themed fun on the nature reserve. 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.

Brentwood Fun Football Camp – Halloween Special FREE DAY
Mon 23 Oct 2017, all day
Herongate AFC, Brentwood, CM13 3PU
This FREE DAY offer is available for newcomers to camp by using Essex Baby promo code: ‘EB3’ when registering for Monday at camp. UK Football Camps maintain a unique ‘FA structured’ syllabus, emphasizing the importance of fun and games in youth football today.
www.ukfootballcamps.co.uk
Cost: FREE. Booking essential, limited place available.

Brambly Hedge Autumn Story Session at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 24 Oct 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge Autumn story. 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 at Chelmsford Museum
Tues 24 Oct 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm (4 sessions)
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Messy Crafters is an hour long craft session for pre-schoolers aged 18 months to 5 years.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Milkshake Live at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Tues 24 Oct 2017, 12.00pm & 3.30pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brand new live show is sure to amaze and delight! The Milkshake! cast will be singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: £15.00, Under 16s £13.50, Family £52.00, Under 2s sitting on a lap go FREE

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 24 Oct 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

Halloween Creations at The Beth Chatto Gardens
Tue 24 Oct 2017, 1.30am-3.30pm
Colchester CO7 7DB
Join the gardens for an arty Halloween themed afternoon and let your imagination go wild!
www.bethchatto.co.uk
Cost: Accompanied children £6. One adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking essential.

Family Pumpkin Carving at Weald Country Park
Tue 24 & Wed 25 Oct 2017, sessions at 10.00am, 12.00pm, and 2.00pm
Brentwood, Essex CM14 5QS
Book early for this hugely popular spooky tradition returning again to Weald Country Park. Step into the decorated rustic open barn to hollow out and carve your own pumpkin ready to take home for Halloween.
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child, plus up to two free adults.

Halloween at Colne Valley Railway
24, 25, 26, 28 & 29 Oct 2017, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
There’s spooky things happening this Halloween week. The witches and friends have taken over, Have a diesel ride with a skeleton crew and take part in spooky games and activities. Aimed at younger children.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.00, Seniors (60+) £6.00, Student £6.00 (valid student ID must be shown on arrival) Child (3-16) £4.00 or Family £22.00 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2.00

Under 5’s Spooky Spiders at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Weds 25 Oct 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Learn all about spooky spiders and night-time creatures. Session will include an outdoor element, indoor crafts and a story.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: Donation £5 per child, under 18 months FREE, booking essential.

Natural Colchester at Colchester Natural History Museum
Weds 25 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.00pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DN
Meet members of Colchester’s Natural History Society and find out how you can get involved with local wildlife. Bring along your nature finds for identification:bones, teeth, plants and insects (if well-contained). All ages welcome.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Wizardy Walk at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 25 Oct 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A walk around the nature reserve with our wondeful wizard to discover some magical creatures.  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.

Spooky Lanterns at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Wed 25 Oct 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come along and make a spooky lantern to take home ready for Halloween. Ages 3+. Booking essential
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 in advance per child.

Ghostly Ghouls at Queens Theatre
Thurs 26 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Leave the kids with us for two jam-packed hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. Each session is themed around a popular children’s story, and includes a ‘make to take home’. For children 4 – 6 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child

Autumn Bug Hunting at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 26 Oct 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some autumn bugs.  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.

Pond Dipping Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 26 Oct 2017, 1.00pm-2.30pm
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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Spooky Fun at Cressing Temple Barns
Thurs 26 and Fri 27 Oct 2017, from 11.00am
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Dig out your witches hat, wizard wand and other spooky getup, ready to enjoy some spooky family fun at Cressing Temple Barns. Includes brand new interactive puppet shows, magical storytelling and complimentary creepy face painting, and much more.
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £8 per person

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 27 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

Wizards and Witches at Queens Theatre
Fri 27 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Leave the kids with us for two jam-packed hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. Each session is themed around a popular children’s story, and includes a ‘make to take home’. For children 4 – 6 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child

Family Fun for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 27 Oct 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

Forest Friday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Fri 27 Oct 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR
A fun morning of crafts, activities and games both indoors and out! A fun morning of crafts, games and forest fun both indoors and out during the holidays here at Belfairs. Suitable for 7 years and under. Children must be accompanied by parents. Booking Is Essential as numbers are limited.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 donation per child

Creepy Crafts at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 27 Oct 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come along and make some creepy craft to take home ready for Halloween. Suitable for ages 3+ Booking essential
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 in advance per child.

Fright Night at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 27 Oct 2017, 6.00pm-8.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and brave a frightening walk around the nature reserve with all the ghosts and ghouls that lurk in the woodland. Refreshments available to purchase on the night. Birds of prey flying and Storytelling. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £8.00 per child and £4 per child requested donation. Booking essential.

Spooky Nights at Barleylands
Fri 27 & Sat 28 Oct 2017, 6.30pm-9.00pm
Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Held after dark, the two evenings will be packed full of thrills, spills and chills for tots to young teens –
including Huge Fairground Ghost Train, Haunted Fairground House, Boo Barn, Witches Walk, Haze Maze, Spooky Toddler Story Time, Creepy Reptile Cave, Halloween Disco and spooky games.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies.

Halloween Events at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 22 to Sun 29 Oct 2017
Downham, Billericay, CM11 1WT
Creepy activities throughout half-term at Hanningfield Nature Reserve. Join Hanningfields for a range of day and nighttime Halloween-themed activities, from pumpkin carving to spooky family trails.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: various

 

EVENTS: SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER – TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2017

Pick Your Own – Pumpkin Patch
Every weekend Sat 30 Sept to Sun 29 Oct 2017, and all of half-term week, from 10.00am-4.00pm
Green Lane, Aldham, Colchester, CO6 3PR and Watch House Farm, Basildon, SS15 4ER
We’ve been growing and harvesting pumpkins for years now and then one day we thought… why not open the farm up and let our customers pick their own perfect pumpkin directly from the field!
www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk/pumpkin-patch
Cost: Free entry, no need to book. Feel free to bring a picnic.

Pumpkin Carving at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 28 Oct 2017, 11.30am-2.30pm (three sessions)
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come along and carve a Spooky Pumpkin for Halloween… Suitable for ages 5+. Booking essential
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 in advance per child.

Halloween Crafts at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 28 Oct 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Drop-in to have a go at some Halloween craft activities!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: No need to book, donation per child TBC. Children must be accompanied.

Horrible Halloween Drop In Crafts at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct 2017, 10.00am-2.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR
Join us to try some spooky Hallowe’en crafts. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED. Fancy Dress very much encouraged!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: A small donation per craft is requested.

Halloween Self-Guided Trail at Highwoods Country Park
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct 2017, drop in 11.00am to 3.00pm
Colchester, CO4 5JR
Follow the map around the park and try to solve our Halloween puzzle. If you are in fancy dress you will get a sweet treat at the end!
www.colchester.gov.uk
Cost: £1 per child.

Halloween and Pumpkin Hunt at Blake House Craft Centre
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Braintree, CM77 6RA
Halloween comes to Blake House Craft Centre, complete with its own Pumpkin Hunt, competitions & spooktacular fun!
www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies.

Spooky Day Out with Thomas at East Anglian Railway Museum
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct 2017, 10.00am-4.30pm
Wakes Colne, CO6 2DS
Things get a little spooky with Thomas and his friends this Halloween, so  join in with some ghoulish fun! Admission will include unlimited steam train rides on at least four character trains: Thomas, Daisy, Toby, Henrietta and Toad will all be there.
www.earm.co.uk/spooky-day-out-with-thomas
Cost: Adults/Seniors: £13.00 Children (2-15): £9.00 Children under 2: Free

Skeleton Wood! at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct 2017, 4.00pm-6.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR
Bring your funny bones to Skeleton Wood for our Halloween event! Silly skeleton crafts, trails, mischief and stories. Fancy Dress Encouraged! Booking essential – call 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child

Halloween Specials at Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 28 to Tue 31 Oct 2017
Chipping Ongar, CM5 9BN
Our popular Ghost Trains are running again this year and this year we guarantee ever more Halloween fun!
eorailway.co.uk/events/halloween
Cost: Adults £14, children £10 which includes all entertainment and a free gift for all children.

Pumpkin Party at Haven House Children’s Hospice
Sat 28 Oct 2017, 7.00pm-11.30pm
Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9LB
A Halloween themed disco. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase on the night and the bar will be open until midnight. All profits will be donated to Haven House.
www.havenhouse.org.uk
Cost: Adults £5, under 16s £1.

Halloween Spooky Science at the Museum of Power
Sun 29 Oct 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Langford, Essex CM9 6QA
Spooky science show with the mad professor, hands on experiments and crafts.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £6.00; Children (5 to 15) £3.00, under 5s FREE.

Pumpkin Carving at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sun 29 Oct 2017, 11.30am-2.30pm (three sessions)
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come along and carve a Spooky Pumpkin for Halloween… Suitable for ages 5+. Booking essential
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 in advance per child.

Halloween Open Day at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sun 29 Oct 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Brentwood CM15 9BZ
Visit the wide variety of rescued animals at Hopefield this Halloween.
www.hopefield.org.uk

Pumpkin Plod at Haven House Children’s Hospice
Sun 29 Oct 2017, 12.00pm-5.00pm
Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9LB
The Pumpkin Plod is back for its third year and it will be even bigger and better than the last! With a choice of a 2k or 5k walk through the forest, it really is the perfect sponsored event for the whole family.
www.havenhouse.org.uk

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 29 Oct 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

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 31 Oct 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 31 Oct 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