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: SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2018

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The Essex Country Show
Weald Road, South Weald, Essex, CM14 5QS
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
The Country Show with something for everybody, whether you be Country Show fan with our Heavy Horses, want to meet Game of Thrones and Poldark star Jonathan Marshall, love Birds of Prey, want to watch our breath taking motorbike stunt team, treat the children with our Festivals for Kids including our Petting Farm and Amazing Reptiles, Essex Festivals of cars for those avid Classic Car fans, Festivals of Dogs for all those four legged family members, James Hilary from the Great British Bake Off cooking up a storm, the fun and fabulous Wrestling, Speed Chainsaw carving Championship, National Horseboarding Championships, go back in time with our Living History, meet Britain’s Got Talent Dima and his Dancing Dogs and so much more. We can’t wait to see you there.
www.essexcountyshow.co.uk
www.facebook.com/essexcountyshow
twitter.com/SuffolkFoodFest
Cost: Adults £8.50, Children £3.50 5-13 Under 5’s FREE – Discounted tickets online. FREE parking.

Pick Your Own – Pumpkin Patch
Every weekend Sat 29 Sept to Sun 28 Oct 2018, and all of half-term week, from 10.00am-4.00pm (all subject to weather and availability)
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.

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands Park and Gardens
Tues 2 Oct 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 Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 2 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session. Siblings £4. Babes in arms free.

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Wed 3 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time. Join us for a fun filled morning of wildlife adventures, crafts and stories.Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Weds 3 Oct – Sat 6 Oct 2018
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph and his multi-coloured coat, this magical musical is packed with childhood favourites including, Any Dream will Do, Close Every Door and One More Angel in Heaven.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: £15.00 – £18.00 (depending on performance)

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 5 Oct 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Weekly group for the under 5’s – Child led play in ovely woodland. Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Booking is essential and places are limited so please ring the Centre on 01206 729678 to book your place.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: Donation requested £6.00 per child. Children must be accompanied.

Model Exhibition & Steam Day at the Museum of Power
Fri 5 Oct 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Magical evenings in our Model Village for the children with over 400 candlelit lanterns with Fairies and Elves. Tea Room OPEN for refreshments.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: FREE ENTRY to Model Village and Museum.

Nature Tots at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 5 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session. Siblings £4. Babes in arms free.

National Badger Day at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
The Essex Badger Group will be in the Visitor Centre giving advice and information about all things Badger. There will be a visit from ‘Mr Badger’ and you can follow our self-guided badger trail around the nature reserve to learn more about these fascinating nocturnal creatures!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: Badger trail sheets £2.

Free Discovery Day at Kiddi Caru Chelmsford
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 10.30am-1.00pm
10 Victoria Court, New Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1GP
Considering childcare for your little one but not sure what a day nursery can offer? Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries are asked many questions; What do little one’s do at nursery? How do children learn through play? How much will it cost and what is included? Are there any saving schemes on childcare costs? Find out the answers to these questions and much more at one of their FREE Discovery Events running throughout September and October at their nurseries located in Chelmsford, Writtle, Harlow and Colchester. RSVP to your local event via their website to be entered into a prize draw to win a Kids Pass!
www.kiddicaru.com/events
Cost: FREE

Free Discovery Day at Kiddi Caru Writtle
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 10.30am-1.00pm
Fox Burrows Lane, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3SS
Considering childcare for your little one but not sure what a day nursery can offer? Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries are asked many questions; What do little one’s do at nursery? How do children learn through play? How much will it cost and what is included? Are there any saving schemes on childcare costs? Find out the answers to these questions and much more at one of their FREE Discovery Events running throughout September and October at their nurseries located in Chelmsford, Writtle, Harlow and Colchester. RSVP to your local event via their website to be entered into a prize draw to win a Kids Pass!
www.kiddicaru.com/events
Cost: FREE

Heroes Day at Old McDonald’s Farm
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm
Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Complimentary entry for military and emergancy service workers and their families (2 adults and upt to 4 children). Print voucher from website.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies for everyone else.

Halloween Drive-In: Hotel Transylvania 2 at Blake House Craft Centre
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 5.30-7.30pm
Braintree, CM77 6RA
Come along for our Halloween Drive in, run by Spectrum Screen Events. Watch a Halloween Movie from the safety of your car, next to a deserted corn maze…what’s the worst that can happen? Food and drink is available to purchase before and during the screening, if you wait for during the film, we will deliver it to your car. Tickets are £25 per car, per screening. You can fit up to 5 in your car however, when dishing out the seats, remember that the front seats have the best view. Upon arrival large vehicles are held in a waiting area, so the smaller vehicles are parked first. Tickets are limited….so don’t wait or you may be disappointed.
www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk
Cost: Contact Blake House

Model Exhibition & Steam Day at the Museum of Power
Sun 7 Oct 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Model railway layouts on display, model boats and much more. Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies). ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN. ‘Marshall’ the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by steam and other oil / diesel engines will be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £6.00, Conc. £5.00, Children £2.00 and under 5s go FREE

Grandparent Day at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sun 7 Oct 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Spend a day at the farm with the grandparents exploring our friendly farm animals and then take a break at the farms café for a spot of lunch! The best part is Grandparent’s and under 2s go FREE!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: Grandparents & under 2s FREE. Admission for everyone else – £10.00

Grandparent Day at Old McDonald’s Farm
Sun 7 Oct 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm
Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Treat the grandparents to a free day out.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Grandparents enter for free. Normal admission applies for everyone else.

Mr. McGregor’s Garden Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 7 Oct 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join us for this new activity where you’ll learn some of the basics to start you gardening! This is an outside activity so be sure to come properly dressed for the weather.  Age 5-10 years recommended.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child

 

EVENTS: MONDAY 8TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2018

Nature Tots at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 9 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session. Siblings £4. Babes in arms free.

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Wed 10 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time. Join us for a fun filled morning of wildlife adventures, crafts and stories.Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling.

Nature Tots at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 12 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session. Siblings £4. Babes in arms free.

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 12 Oct 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Weekly group for the under 5’s – Child led play in ovely woodland. Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Booking is essential and places are limited so please ring the Centre on 01206 729678 to book your place.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: Donation requested £6.00 per child. Children must be accompanied.

Model Exhibition & Steam Day at the Museum of Power
Fri 12 Oct 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Magical evenings in our Model Village for the children with over 400 candlelit lanterns with Fairies and Elves. Tea Room OPEN for refreshments.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: FREE ENTRY to Model Village and Museum.

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Fri 12 – Sun 14 Oct 2018, Fri: 1.30pm / Sat: 11.30am / Sun: 2.30pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
From the creators of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon, this magical show has been written especially for grown ups to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales complete with a feast of sing along songs, colourful animal characters and heart warming family fun.It’s the perfect treat for anyone aged 2 to 102!
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: £11.00, Under 16 £9.00, Family £36.00

Wizards & Witches at Marsh Farm
Sat 13th & Sun 14th, Sat 20 to Sun 28 Oct 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WP
A festival of Halloween fun, activities and events including a FREE pumpkin for every child and our NEW Boo Barn!
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.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Basildon
Sat 13 Oct 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm
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 is £2 for adults (children are free).

Apple Day at Cressing Temple Barns
Sun 14 Oct 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Join us as the Friends of Cressing Temple Gardens bring their annual Apple Day to Cressing, celebrating all that is apples and Autumn, you’ll find a variety of apple produce, autumn related items, clog dancing, entertainment and more.
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £2 per person. Under 5s free

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 14 Oct 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

Forest School Fun Sundays at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 14 Oct 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Forest school activities in the woods. Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on rope walks, make woodland crafts, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games and learn how to light fires. The only limit is your imagination! Every other Sunday. This event is for families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child.

Peter Pan at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Sun 14 Oct 2018, 3.00pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Chelmsford Dreams Theatre School are performing Peter Pan here at the Cramphorn Theatre, the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm from our talented students will make this a great show for all the family, as they sing, act and dance their way through the classic Peter Pan story.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: £13.00, Concession: £10.00. PREMIUM seats £2.00 extra

 

EVENTS: MONDAY 15TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2018

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands Park and Gardens
Tues 16 Oct 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 Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 16 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session. Siblings £4. Babes in arms free.

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Wed 17 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time. Join us for a fun filled morning of wildlife adventures, crafts and stories.Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling.

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 19 Oct 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Weekly group for the under 5’s – Child led play in ovely woodland. Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Booking is essential and places are limited so please ring the Centre on 01206 729678 to book your place.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: Donation requested £6.00 per child. Children must be accompanied.

Nature Tots at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 19 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session. Siblings £4. Babes in arms free.

The Elves and the Shoemaker at Queens Theatre
Sat 20 Oct 2018, 10.30am & 1.30pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
A brand-new Puppet Musical. A retelling of the classical fairytale, featuring an original score of songs. Written and directed by Marc Day with original music by Chris Burgess. Ages 2+ years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per adult, £5 kids

HalloweenFest at Barleylands
Mon 20 to Fri 26 Oct 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
There’ll be lots of fiendish fun to enjoy including pumpkins, Halloween crafts and story time with Wendy the Witch.One free pumpkin per visiting child, whilst stocks last. Please note under 2’s are free entry but will not receive a free pumpkin.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Adult £12, child £11. Under 2’s go free, but will not receive their own pumpkin.

Shriek Week at Colchester Zoo
20, 22, 24, 26 & 27 Oct 2018, 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.

Half Term Halloween Trail at Marks Hall Gardens
Sat 20 to Sun 28 Oct 2018, 10.00am-4.30pm
Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG
The Halloween Trail is alive with beastly facts and gruesome details, and takes in some of the spooky sights of Marks Hall, including our Screaming Oak.Collect your trial leaflet from the kiosk on arrival and don’t forget to take your munchkin pumpkin home!
www.markshall.org.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies. Trail leaflet £1.50 (Includes Pumpkin).

Wizards & Witches at Marsh Farm
Sat 20 to Sun 28 Oct 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WP
A festival of Halloween fun, activities and events including a FREE pumpkin for every child and our NEW Boo Barn!
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.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt at The Beth Chatto Gardens
Sat 20 to Wed 31 Oct 2018 10.00am-4.00pm
Colchester CO7 7DB
Come and 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.

Halloween Special Event at Audley End Miniature Railway
Sat 20 to Wed 31 Oct 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Experience a spoooooky Halloween Train Ride deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate to visit the Witches! Meet the Witches themselves, receive a special treat and watch them perform their wonderful witchy dance, but make sure you behave yourself so the Witches don’t cast a spell on you! Visit the Activity Area to create yourself a creepy craft, test out your dance moves, listen to a spooky story and get your face painted!The ride is spooky but never scary and is, therefore, suitable for all ages.
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: From £10 for adults and children, under 24 months go free.

Halloween 2018 at Mountfitchet Castle
Sat 20 to Sun 4 Nov 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stanstead, Essex, CM24 8SP
Come and join the fun! Free Fun Pumpkin Trail – Medieval Catapult firing – Dare you enter the Witches Hovel?
www.mountfitchetcastle.com
Cost: Normal admission applies.

Mischief and Mayhem at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 20 Oct – 4 Nov 2018, 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: £10.00. Under 2s FREE.

Halloween Festival at Old McDonald’s Farm
Sat 20 Oct – 4 Nov 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm
Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Spooky fun for all the family.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission applies for everyone else.

Mr. McGregor’s Garden Club at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 21 Oct 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join us for this new activity where you’ll learn some of the basics to start you gardening! This is an outside activity so be sure to come properly dressed for the weather.  Age 5-10 years recommended.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child

Little Baby Bum Live at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Sun 21 & Mon 22 Oct 2018, Sun: 12.00pm & 2.00pmMon: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Step into the magical and colourful world of LITTLE BABY BUM. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand new LIVE show. An online and digital TV sensation, Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel with over 21 million subscribers and 20 billion views.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: £14.00

 

 

EVENTS: MONDAY 22ND OCTOBER – FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2018

Hocus Pocus Exhibition at Chelmsford Museum
Mon 22 – Fri 26 Oct 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Get the kids in their spookiest costumes and come down to the museum to explore the dark history of the Essex witch trials, find out how witches became associated with Halloween, and how people identified so-called witches.You will separate the fact from the fiction using our taxidermy displays, spooky objects from our collection, fun interactive dress-up and a display of witchcraft in popular culture.There will also be a reading corner with books such as Harry Potter, Room on the Broom, The Chronicles of Narnia and more!
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: Free

Spooky Fun at Cressing Temple Barns
Mon 22 – Fri 26 Oct 2018, from 11.00am
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Meet some seriously spooky creatures, enjoy some horrible entertainment and take part in the Zombie Disco. Dare you brave our themed spooky rooms and take part in Pumpkin archery? Pick your own pumpkin from Pete’s Pumpkin Patch to carve and take home and marvel at our contortionist and fire eater Johnny Strange. Dress to impress us with your spooky outfits – it’s going to be spooktacular!
www.visitparks.co.uk
Cost: £14 per person

Nature Tots at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 23 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session. Siblings £4. Babes in arms free.

Pumpkin Carving at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 23 Oct 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
We will be carving pumpkins ready for Halloween. We will provide the pumpkins and carving tools – but you will need to bring along some good ideas to carve! Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation per child.

Spooktacular Skulls at Hollytrees Museum
Tue 23 Oct 2018, 10.00am-1.30pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DN
Take inspiration from the museum collections to craft yourown spooky clay skull, in time for Halloween.Sessions at: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pmBooking required, call 01206 282941Suitable for ages 4+
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £5

Pongy Potions and Smelly Spells at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tues 23 Oct 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Magical fun in the woods – natural potions, woodland wands and toasting ghosts! Suitable for all ages, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child

Pumpkin Trail at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Tues 23 Oct 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR
Take a walk through the beautiful Autumn woods with our self-led trail from Belfairs Woodland Centre and discover all of the pumpkin clues!Small prize on completion.This is suitable for smaller children and is not scary. It is a quiz with pumpkin themed clues similar to our |Easter trail.No booking required!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £2 per child

Milkshake! Live at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Tues 23 Oct 2018, 12.00pm & 3.30pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Starring Milkshake! favourites; Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: £15.00, Under 16: £13.50, Family: £53.00

Halloween at Colne Valley Railway
Tue 23 & Thurs 25 Oct 2018, 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 train 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, Child (3-16) £4.00 or Family £22.00 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2.00

Wild Story Time at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 24 Oct 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Join us in the Sensory Garden to share stories about Creepy Creatures and make a simple spider to take home. Suitable for all ages, must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: Drop in event no need to book in advance, £3 per child.

Batty about Brooms at Highwoods Country Park
Wed 24 Oct 2018, drop in 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, CO4 5JR
Is your broomstick ready forHallowe’en? Come for anautumnal walk in the woods,then make your own besombroom from natural materials.
www.colchester.gov.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child.

Brambly Hedge Adveture at Abberton Reservoir
Wed 24 Oct 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come along and listen to Autumn Story, a beautiful Brambly Hedge story by Jill Barklem. We will also meet the real mice of our Brambly Hedge. Join us as we check our small mammal traps and see who is living at Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve.Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation per child.

Pumpkin Trail at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Weds 24 Oct 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR
Take a walk through the beautiful Autumn woods with our self-led trail from Belfairs Woodland Centre and discover all of the pumpkin clues!Small prize on completion.This is suitable for smaller children and is not scary. It is a quiz with pumpkin themed clues similar to our |Easter trail.No booking required!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £2 per child

Steam with Colin at Colne Valley Railway
Weds 24 Oct 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Two trains operating, one steam and one diesel railcar. Reduced child entry if bringing a bear to see Colin, the Railway’s own Bear. Children can take part in Colin’s Treasure Hunt.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £10.00, Seniors (60+) £7.50, Child (3-16) £5.00 or Family £27.50 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2.00

Rib-tickling tales at Colchester Natural History Museum
Weds 24 Oct 2018, 10.00am-1.30pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DN
Tickle those funny bones and join us for some weird andwonderful storytelling fun. Sessions at: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm Booking required, call 01206 282941
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Pond Dipping Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Wed 24 Oct 2018, 1.30pm-3.30pm
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. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL – 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Pumpkin Trail at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 25 Oct 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR
Take a walk through the beautiful Autumn woods with our self-led trail from Belfairs Woodland Centre and discover all of the pumpkin clues!Small prize on completion.This is suitable for smaller children and is not scary. It is a quiz with pumpkin themed clues similar to our |Easter trail.No booking required!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £2 per child

Fun Thursday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 25 Oct 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR
Our wildlife themed afternoon for children aged up to 7. There will be wildlife related crafts, games and woodland fun.CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS PLACES ARE LIMITED.We will be outside so please dress appropriately.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child

Pond Dipping Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 25 Oct 2018, 1.30pm-3.30pm
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. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL – 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Brambly Hedge Adveture at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 25 Oct 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come along and listen to Autumn Story, a beautiful Brambly Hedge story by Jill Barklem. We will also meet the real mice of our Brambly Hedge. Join us as we check our small mammal traps and see who is living at Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve.Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation per child.

Nature Tots at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 26 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session. Siblings £4. Babes in arms free.

Goldilocks and the The Big Bad Wolf at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Fri 26 Oct 2018, 11.30am & 2.00pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Bring your children to meet Goldilocks and The Big Bad Wolf. Both think they are the baddest in the woods and will do whatever it takes to get the basket of cakes!A brand new show for 2018 re-introduces you to the two children’s classic characters and they have brought along some new ones too.With songs, puppets, a little bit of learning but lots and lots of fun; this is a show for all the family to enjoy.So keep hold of your sweets and come to the Deep Dark Wood to see who gets the cakes and the crown of Baddest Baddie!Suitable for children 3 to 10 years.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: £8.50, Family: £28. PREMIUM seats £2.00 extra

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 26 Oct 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Weekly group for the under 5’s – Child led play in ovely woodland. Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Booking is essential and places are limited so please ring the Centre on 01206 729678 to book your place.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: Donation requested £6.00 per child. Children must be accompanied.

Spooky Nights at Barleylands
Fri 26 & Sat 27 Oct 2018, 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: £10.00

 

 

EVENTS: SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER – WEDNESDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2018

Spooky Nights at Barleylands
Fri 26 & Sat 27 Oct 2018, 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: £10.00

Halloween Specials at Epping Ongar Railway
Fri 26 to Sun 28 Oct 2018
Chipping Ongar, CM5 9BN
Steam and Scream on the ever popular Ghost Train. They’ve changed things a little this year and expect that you will enjoy yourself more than ever!
eorailway.co.uk/events/halloween
Cost: Friday and Saturday – Adults £15; Children £12. Sunday –  Adults £13; Children £10

Halloween Drop-in Craft at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sat 27 Oct 2018, 10.00pm-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.

M&G Lullaby Concert at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Sat 27 Oct 2018, 10.30am-2.00pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
An exploration of shapes, puzzles and amazing music in these exciting new orchestral concerts for children aged 2 – 7.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: £5.00, Under 16s: £2.50. Family ticket: £12.00

Halloween Pumpkin Event at Highwoods Country Park
Sat 27 Oct 2018, drop in 12.00pm- 3.00pm
Colchester, CO4 5JR
Hosted by Together We Grow Community Interest Company. Hold on to your pumpkins and squashes it’s Halloween! Pick up your pumpkins sown earlier in the year, soup, cake, pie and much much more!
www.colchester.gov.uk
Cost: charge for some items.

Fright Night at Abberton Reservoir
Sat 27 Oct 2018, 6.00pm-8.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Brave the reserve at night on a scary walk where monsters lurkCome and brave a frightening walk around the nature reserve with all the ghosts and ghouls that lurk in the woodland.Hot food, cakes and drinks will be available to purchase on the night. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £8 per child, £4 per adult doantion.

Halloween Self-Guided Trail at Highwoods Country Park
Sat 27 & Sun 28 Oct 2018, 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.

Spooky Day Out with Thomas at East Anglian Railway Museum
Sat 27 & Sun 28 Oct 2018, 10.00am-4.30pm
Wakes Colne, CO6 2DS
Calling all little engineers! Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, as he visits the East Anglian Railway Museum for a day of spooky family fun. The Fat Controller will also be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a really useful engine whilst Rusty and Dusty, Sodor’s Station Sweepers, will be causing mischief.
www.earm.co.uk/spooky-day-out-with-thomas
Cost: Adults/Seniors: £14.00 Children (2-15): £10.00, Faily £44.00, Children under 2: Free

Halloween Drop-in Craft at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 28 Oct 2018, 10.00pm-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.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 28 Oct 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

Forest School Fun Sundays at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 28 Oct 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT
Forest school activities in the woods. Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on rope walks, make woodland crafts, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games and learn how to light fires. The only limit is your imagination! Every other Sunday. This event is for families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child.

Halloween Wood at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 28 Oct 2018, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR
Dare you enter Spooky Skeleton Wood! Fun spooky crafts, trails, mischief and stories. Fancy Dress Encouraged! CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED. BOOKING ESSENTIAL AS SPACES ARE LIMITED – 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child

Nature Tots at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 30 Oct 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather. Advance booking and payment essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 donation per child per session. Siblings £4. Babes in arms free.