Top local listings for September 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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September Events in Essex

Events: Friday 1 September – Friday 8 September 2017

Critter Crazy at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 19 Aug – Sun 3 Sept 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
From millipedes and stick insects to snakes and chinchillas, meet our favourite friendly critters before the school holidays are over! Learn even more at The Reptile Show or The Rabbit & Guinea Pig Show and you’ll even have the opportunity to WIN an animal handling session with one of our Meerkats!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE

Nature Explorers Self Guide Trail at Belhus Woods
Fri 1 – Sun 3 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Aveley, South Ockendon RM15 4XJ
Nature Explorers large and small are invited to Belhus Woods Country Park throughout the summer holidays. Walk through the woods searching for giant leaf trailmarkers, solve clues and answer questions as you fill in your trail booklet. Then return to the Visitor Centre for a well done gift.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Trail pack for £3 from the Visitor Centre

Wildlife Footprints Self Guide Trail at Thorndon South Country Park
Fri 1 – Sun 3 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Brentwood Rd, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13 3LW
Walk through the woods searching for animal footprint trailmarkers, solve clues and answer questions as you fill in your trail booklet. Then return to the Pavilion Cafe for a well done gift.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Trail pack for £3 from the Pavilion Cafe

Hatchlings Club at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 1 Sept 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

Forest Friday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Fri 1 Sept 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

Family Fun for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 1 Sept 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

Trail Treckers at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 1 Sept 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Take a walk around the nature reserve on this week’s nature trail. 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.

Arty Crafters at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 1 Sept 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Spend the afternoon making some fun crafts to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Soft Archery at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 1 Sept 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come and try your hand at Archery. The perfect activity for families and children from 5 years. All equipment supplied. No experience needed. Loads of different games and targets to aim at..
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £6 per child, booking essential

Dinosaur Adventure at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Fri 1 Sept 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Come to the park for a dinosaur adventure. Enjoy an afternoon of hunting for dinosaurs and making dinosaur crafts. Please come dressed for doing outdoor activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities suitable for children over 4 years. Booking and donation in advance essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £6 donation per child, £4 per sibling.

Animal Antics – Crafty Kids at Queens Theatre
Sat 2 Sept 2017, 10.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Get crafty! Build, make and decorate in these hands on, fun packed creative craft workshops for children and their parents led by professional crafter Gemma Compton..‘Compton can make it’ – and so can you! So come and create an item to take home based on each week’s theme. For children 5 – 7 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Animal Encounters at Queens Theatre
Sat 2 Sept 2017, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Get up close and personal with exotic and domestic animals – everything from meerkats to mice, ferrets to frogs and snakes to spiders! For children 4 – 11 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per person

Stansted Fire Station Open Day
Sat 2 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Chapel Hill, Stansted, Essex CM24 8AE
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Weeley Fire Station Open Day
Sat 2 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Colchester Road, Weeley Heath, Essex, CO16 9ED
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Pond Days at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
Sat 2 Sept 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Sawyers Hall Farm, Sawyers Hall Ln, Brentwood CM15 9BZ
If your child loves ponies and are keen to increase their knowledge and confidence around them, then this is the place to be on a Saturday! Hopefield Pony Days are taking place on the first Saturday of every month from April-Sept, book now to avoid disappointment. 4 hours of interactive and educational fun, including feeding, grooming, mucking out and general duties of owning a pony. Includes: A FREE Hopefield t-shirt to wear on the day; Certificate; Rosette; and lunch. For ages 5+ (Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration).
www.hopefield.org.uk
Cost: £35 per child. Booking essential

Super Science Experiment at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sat 2 Sept 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Join us for an afternoon of crazy science experiments! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities suitable for children over 4 years. Booking and donation in advance essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/thurrock-thameside
Cost: £6 donation per child, £4 per sibling.

Open Air Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Cudmore Grove
Sat 2 Sept 2017, 3.00pm
Broman’s Ln, East Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8UE
Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy – told, as ever, in their own distinctive and anarchic style.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost:Tickets cost £6 for children, £9 for adults and under 2’s are free.

Annual Wine Festival and Fun Day at New Hall Vineyards
Sat 2 Sept & Sun 3 Sept 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Chelmsford Road, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6PN
The Annual Wine Festival & Fun Day will be a great day out for all the family, with tours of the winery, lots of entertainment and live music throughout the day from the May Brothers & Friends. There will be free fairground games, including Splat the Rat and High Ball, stiltwalkers and circus displays, performances from Dance 21, and also Thameside Mummers will be performing plays throughout the day. There will also be craft stalls, hot food and refreshments, bouncy castle, free facepainting and free children’s art area, Dan the Giant Bubble Maker, and tractor rides around the vineyard.
www.newhallwines.com/events
Cost: £7.50 per adult, children FREE

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 2 Sept & Sun 3 Sept 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Stables Weekend at Audley End
Sat 2 Sept & Sun 3 Sept 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Join us this weekend as we take you on a ride through history and gallop you through the evolution of sport horses. There will be experts on-hand to tell you everything you want to know about the use of horses in sport through the ages, including modern V Victorian polo displays, racehorses in art and much more.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Classic Car Show at Epping Ongar Railway
Sun 3 Sept 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
The second of our of two one day classic car shows. Anyone who loves steam and diesel locomotives and buses will have a great day with us to.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13 (on the day £15), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £34 (on the day £39)

American Car Show at the Museum of Power
Sun 3 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
American & Custom vehicles, Stalls, Music. 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 £7.00, Concessions £6.00, Children £2.00

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 4 Sept 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Booking is Essential as numbers are limited.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 5 Sept 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 5 Sept 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

Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 7 Sept 2017, 10.00am-11.00am
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
These artist-led sessions provide a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

 

EVENTS: SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER – FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017

Coggeshall Fire Station Open Day
Sat 9 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Colne Road, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1SX
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Colchester Fire Station Open Day
Sat 9 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1XT
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

South Woodham Ferriers Fire Station Open Day
Sat 9 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Ferrers Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5XH
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Wickford Fire Station Open Day
Sat 9 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Nevendon Road, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0QG
>Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Belhus Family Bat Walk
Sat 9 Sept 2017, 7.00pm-8.30pm
Belhus Woods Country Park, Aveley, South Ockendon RM15 4XJ
Join the Rangers in the park at night looking for bats. Listen out for a range of native species using bat detectors and spot them swooping over the lake to feed. Belhus Woods Country park is an ideal place to spot bats with Common Pipistrelles, Soprano Pipistrelles and Daubenton’s regularly seen on site in the evenings. This walk is ideal for bat lovers of most ages, although the darkness and bumpy terrain mean it is not suitable for pushchairs.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: £6 per person

Heritage Open Day at Colchester Castle
Sat 9 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
The Castle will be joining with other Colchester Heritage venues and opening its doors for free. Arrive early and allow extra time for your visit as it can be very busy! Please note – last entry will be at 4.30pm.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Peppa Pig at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 9 Sept 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Come and see Peppa Pig & George on Sun 11 June and Sat 9 September. The lovable pigs will be appearing a regular intervals on both days.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £13, child £12, under 2s FREE

Heritage Weekend at the Museum of Power
Sat 9 Sept & Sun 10 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Miniature steam train NOT OPEN for rides. On SUNDAY ONLY – the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiast Club will be in the courtyard, the ‘Astaria’ model village will be open, “Marshall” the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by air and otheroil / diesel engines will be running.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Free entry

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 9 Sept & Sun 10 Sept 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

The Big Potato Dig at Marsh Farm 
Sat 9 Sept –  Sat 30 Sept 2017, running at intervals throughout the day during Peak Times & 11.30am – 2.00pm Off Peak
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Celebrating Marsh Farm’s 34th Birthday we invite you to come and get muddy in the Potato Field with Farmer Ferrers and friends. Dig for yummy potatoes then take them home to make some yummy dinner, exciting spud men or print stamps!
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: Mon – Fri £7.50 online or £8.50 on the door, Sat & Sun £10.99 online or £12.50 on the door. Under 2s go FREE

Red & Green Rover Bus Day at Epping Ongar Railway
Sun 10 Sept 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
This year’s bus event, centred on North Weald station and evoking the spirit of Red and Green Bus Rovers, will not just feature vintage buses from the era but will also provide opportunities to ride on many of these buses.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, Children £7, Family £34

Maldon Fire Station Open Day
Sun 10 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Fire Station, Wycke Hill, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6SH
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Teddy Bear Picnic at Wivenhoe House
Sun 10 Sept 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm
Park Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ
In memory of my precious little girl and all other baby angels, we are hosting a Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Wivenhoe House on September 10th to raise money for the incredible Charity 4Louis.
www.facebook.com/events
Cost: £2 per adult (which goes straight to the charity), Kids (under 16) go free!

Classic Cars at Audley End
Sat 10 Sept 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Rev your engines and enjoy a charming collection of classic cars on display at Audley End. Put your pedal to the metal and discover what it takes to take care of your dream motor. Suitable for 0 – 60 and beyond!
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

National Heritage Open Day at Hylands House
Sun 10 Sept & Mon 11 Sept 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2
Hylands opens its doors free of charge to reveal the secrets of its history, exclusively for Heritage Open Days 2017. Enjoy free guided tours of the House led by our knowledgeable team or walk around at your leisure. Then visit the Pryor exhibition to find out about the Pryor family’s history at Hylands from 1858 to 1904.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks-and-allotments/hylands-house-and-estate
Cost: FREE

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 11 Sept 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Booking is Essential as numbers are limited.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 12 Sept 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

Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 14 Sept 2017, 10.00am-11.00am
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
These artist-led sessions provide a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

Exotic Animal Encounter at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 15 Sept 2017, 7.00pm-8.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Join Essex Wildlife Trust and the Kent Owl Academy for a talk & meet exotic animals. Come along to our evening talk with Nigel and Molly who have many years experience of working with exotic animals will include but is not limited to: – this is subject to availability and change of course. Booking is Essential please call 01708 520364 to book your place.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/ingrebourne
Cost: £7 per person, booking essential

 

EVENTS: SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER – FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2017

Rayleigh Weir Fire Station Open Day
Sat 16 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
500 Rayleigh Road, Benfleet, Essex SS7 3TR
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End
Sat 16 Sept & Sun 17 Sept 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick and other members of staff as they organise the house for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 17 Sept 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

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 18 Sept 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Booking is Essential as numbers are limited.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 19 Sept 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 19 Sept 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

The Gruffalo at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Tues 19 (1.30pm & 4.30pm) Sept & Weds 20 Sept (10.30am – 1.30pm) 2017
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civic-theatre
Cost: Tickets: £12.00, Group rate: £9.50, £1 off full price and standard concessionary tickets for Leisure Plus cardholders

Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 21 Sept 2017, 10.00am-11.00am
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
These artist-led sessions provide a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

Friday Fives – Ba Ba Black Sheep at Chelmsford Museum
Fri 22 Sept 2017, 10.15am-11.15am
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Join us for an hour long nursery rhyme session for children aged 18 months to 5 years. There will be a story and a craft activity to link with the rhyme, and we will explore some of the Museums’ objects. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Mini Rave Adventure Sessions for Under 3s at Chappel and Wakes Colne Village Hall
Fri 22 Sept 2017, 10.30am-11.45am
Colchester Road, Chappel, Colchester, Essex CO6 2BX
Sessions for mini ravers who are under 3, plus their grown up ravers! Come and rave, rhyme, explore and socialise. Listen to pre recorded tunes from Rave to Hip Hop, Pop to RNB, Indie to Funk, plus more… All ravers get the opportunity to go on their own learning adventures by exploring sensory, physical, rhyme and creative activities, whilst having fun and socializing too. Plus they’ll be a dance area for you to have a wiggle, a giggle and maybe bust out some cool moves!! Big ravers can have a cheeky cuppa too!! Ssshhh!! They’ll be rave props, dress up, glow toys, sensory toys, bubbles, parachute play, confetti surprises, plus much more…. Yay! Yay! Yay!
www.facebook.com/Mini-Rave-Adventures-177056146135380
Cost: £5 for 6ish months to early steps, £1.50 for siblings. 75 minutes Adult Ravers are Free.

 

EVENTS: SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER – SUN 1ST OCTOBER 2017

Halstead Fire Station Open Day
Sat 23 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Parsonage Street Halstead Essex CO9 1EZ
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Autumn Diesel Gala at Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
This is the second of our ever popular Diesel Galas, where the home fleet, along with some interesting visiting locomotives, come out to be put through their paces over some of the most challenging gradients in preservation. All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of Heritage buses, which will be operating between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield National Rail stations.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £16, Children £10, Family £43

Farm Fest at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 23 & Sun 24 Sept 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
In addition to our usual fun packed activities, join us for an extra special weekend of farmyard games and much more!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £9.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE

Apple Festival at Audley End
Sat 23 Sept & Sun 24 Sept 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Celebrate all things apple at Audley End. From bobbing and weaving to trapping and tasting, apples have never been so appetising! Gobble down our Bramley treats in the tea room, see how the Victorians would have cooked a Nonsuch in the service wing, and enjoy pressing – and tasting! – Russets in the garden. All this and much more.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £17.50 adult, £10.50 child 5-15 years, £15.80 cons, £45.50 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Basildon Fire Station Open Day
Sun 24 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Broadmayne, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1EH
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Steampunk Essextraordinaire III at the Museum of Power
Sun 24 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Victorian Science and fancy dress, Music, Craft stalls, Workshops and stalls. 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, Children £3.00, Advance tickets Adult £5.00, Children £2.00.

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Rochford
Sun 24 Sept 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.

Weekly Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 25 Sept 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. Booking is Essential as numbers are limited.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child

Free Buggy Walks at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 26 Sept 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

Preschool Art at Firstsite
Thurs 28 Sept 2017, 10.00am-11.00am
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH
These artist-led sessions provide a safe and fun environment for children under 5 and parents/carers to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £4.50 per child, £2 additional children

Lee Valley Bug Club at Waltham Abbey Gardens
Thurs 28 Sept 2017, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ.
A chance for pre-school children to explore the natural world with Forest School inspired outdoor activities. The activities for 2-5 year olds and the adults accompanying them are led by an experienced outdoor educator. Little ones can have a fun and exciting time exploring the gardens for bugs and finding out about what they catch. Appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoors is essential.
visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson
Cost: £4.00 per child; booking needed

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

Leigh Fire Station Open Day
Sat 30 Sept 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Mountdale Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 4AA
Meet our firefighters, sit in our fire engine and explore our fire station.  It’s a great fun family day out, FREE entry, everyone welcome!
www.facebook.com/events

Paw Patrol at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 30 Sept 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Come and see Marshall and Skye, who will be appearing at intervals all day.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Online – Adult (over 16) £13, child £12, under 2s FREE