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

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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.

Running throughout September

The Wizard of Oz at the Mercury Theatre
Thurs 6 Sept – Sat 15 Sept 2018, 7.30pm (plus 2.30pm on Saturdays)
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion as they follow the yellow brick road on their quest to reach the Emerald City despite all the obstacles that the Wicked Witch of the West puts in their way. This is a fun show for all the family, whether you’re a fan of the film or the musical, so don’t be left thinking If I only had a… ticket to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz!
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: from £16

The Big Potato Dig at Marsh Farm 
Sat 8 Sept –  Sun 30 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Dig for yummy potatoes then take them home for FREE to make some yummy dinner.Themed games and activities, plus all your Marsh Farm favourites.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adults and children over 2 years £7.50 (off peak) – £11.25 (peak) when booked online. On the door £8.50 (off peak) – £13.75 (peak). Under 2s go FREE

 

 


Events: Saturday 1 September – Friday 7 September 2018

Invasion Colchester
Sat 1 Sept 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Colchester Town Centre
Meet your heroes! There will be characters from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Aliens, Doctor Who, Halo, Jurassic Park, Disney Princesses and more, as well as your favourite Comic Book and Movie Superheroes, plus Star Cars from TV and film and amazing live performances from some supremely talented local musicians, clubs and organisations. The Character Hunt, Prize Draw and Fancy Dress Competition are back with a great selection of prizes to be won! Food and drink will be available throughout the town centre, and there will be a selection of recommended vendors. Donatoins collected for Colchester Hospitals Charity and St Helena Hospice.
invasioncolchester.co.uk
Cost: Free. Anyone visiting Invasion Colchester in costume / fancy dress will be able to travel on the Colchester Park and Ride for free.

Outdoor theatre – Pantaloons presents ‘As you Like it’ at Cudmore Grove
Sat 1 Sept 2018, 3.00pm-5.00pm
Brentwood Rd, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13 3LW
Welcome to the Forest of Arden, a world of clowns, lovers, runaways and rebels. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, with folky, foot-stomping live music and their own inimitable brand of buffoonery. All open-air performances take place in the open-air unless otherwise stated and will continue in all weather except conditions which the venue or company deem to be genuinely unsafe for the audience or performers.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: Adults £9, Child £6

Annual Wine Festival and Fun Day at New Hall Vineyards
Sat 1 Sept & Sun 2 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Chelmsford Road, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6PN
New Hall Vineyards hosts it’s annual wine festival on the first weekend in September every year.  It features discount wine sale,  handmade crafts stalls,  food stalls and entertainment in the form of performers, dance and music throughout the weekend.  Children’s crafts area, face painting, bouncey castle and fun rides, winery and vineyard tours, a great day out for all of the family.
www.newhallwines.com/events
Cost: Free parking

Bringing Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 1 Sept & Sun 2 Sept 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life as costumed characters take you back to Audley End in 1881. Meet the cook Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids preparing a meal for the Braybrooke family, bump into the stable-hand Mr Baker grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick (if she’s not too busy) organising the house for the day.This month Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids are preparing for a busy winter season. Taking advantage of the seasonal vegetables and fruit the kitchen maids are peeling, coring and chopping for soups and preserves.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Classic Car Show at Epping Ongar Railway
Sun 2 Sept 2018, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Not just for the car enthusiast. Anyone who loves steam and diesel locomotives and buses will have a great day too. The Railway are expecting an eclectic mix of some 70 classic, sports cars and other vehicles on their field at North Weald Station.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adult £14; Concession £13; Child £7; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £36.

American Car Show at the Museum of Power
Sun 2 Sept 2018, 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

Little Diggers: Learn to Grow at Wyevale Garden Centres – Braintree
Sun 2 Sept 2018, 10.30am & 11.15am
Cressing Road, Braintree, CM77 8DH
Go along on the first Sunday of the mont* for an educational planting activity, and get your Little Diggers planting and learning! Each month the team will be picking a fruit or vegetable to talk about. Children will learn all about planting seeds, and how to care for them. They will also have the chance to plant their own seeds to take home and watch them grow! All activities include a cup with planted seeds, a colouring sheet, and a fact sheet to take home. FREE giveaway from our restaurant related to the seed they have planted. For 3+ years.
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: Free

Forest School Family Sunday at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 2 Sept 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 4 Sept 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 4 Sept 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. Book online.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 5 Sept 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Nature Tots at Bedfords Park
Weds 5 Sept 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Get wild outdoors – explore, discover, play & create! Weekly parents & toddler group based around nature, wildlife and seasons. Including indoor crafts and play; explore outdoors through activities and games. Come dressed for the weather. Under 5’s.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child (£4 per sibling). Book 6 sessions in a row and just pay for 5! Advance Booking Essential. 01708 748646

Little Acorns Pre–School Gardening Club
Weds 5 Sept 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Little Acorns is Hyde Hall’s pre-school gardening and craft club, aiming to engage children with the wonderful natural world around them.
www.rhs.org.uk
Cost: Members go free, plus £3 per child. For non-members, normal garden admission applies, plus £3 per child

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 7 Sept 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Child led play in our lovely 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. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

 

 


Events: Saturday 8 September – Friday 14 September 2018

Heritage Open Day at Colchester Castle
Sat 8 Sept 2018, 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 8 Sept 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
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) £16, child £15, under 2s FREE (discounts available when you buy online).

Tales from the Shed – On Tour at Queens Theatre
Sat 8 and Sun 9 Sept 2018, 10.00am & 11.45am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Kids are encouraged to make a lot of noise and help make a story happen. There’s fun and silliness as well as colourful puppets – from a beautiful bird to a laid-back lion and The Thing That Goes Blurgh!
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per person

Heritage Weekend at the Museum of Power
Sat 8 Sept and Sun 9 Sept 2018, from 10.00am
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Victorian Science and fancy dress, Music, Craft stalls, Workshops and stalls. Miniature steam train NOT OPEN for rides. ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN SUNDAY ONLY. “Marshall” the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by STEAM and other oil / diesel engines will be running SUNDAY ONLY.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Free entry to the museum

Dinosaur Dig at Marsh Farm 
Sat 8 Sept and Sun 9 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Meet Marsh Farm’s Dinosaurs, enjoy the Dino Puppet Show, dig for dino fosssils and meet the intrepid Dino Hunter, Mr Terry Dactil.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adults and children over 2 years £11.25 when booked online. On the door £13.75. Under 2s and members go FREE

Bringing Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 8 Sept & Sun 9 Sept 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life as costumed characters take you back to Audley End in 1881. Meet the cook Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids preparing a meal for the Braybrooke family, bump into the stable-hand Mr Baker grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick (if she’s not too busy) organising the house for the day.This month Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids are preparing for a busy winter season. Taking advantage of the seasonal vegetables and fruit the kitchen maids are peeling, coring and chopping for soups and preserves.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

National Heritage Open Day at Hylands House
Sun 9 Sept & Mon 10 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ
Hylands opens its door free of charge to reveal the secrets of its history, exclusively for Heritage Open Days 2018. Enjoy free guided tours of the House led by our knowledgeable team or walk around at you leisure. Then visit the Twenty Years at Hylands from 1966 to 1986 exhibitions to find out about the estates eventful past. Tours will be taking place at 10am and 2pm, booking is not necessary.
hylandsestate.co.uk
Cost: FREE

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 12 Sept 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 14 Sept 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 14 Sept 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Child led play in our lovely 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. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Essex Fire Station Open Days 2018

 

 


Events: Saturday 15 September – Friday 21 September 2018

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Southend
Sat 15 Sept 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
St Thomas More School, Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff-on-sea, SS0 0BW
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: Admission is £2 on the door for buyers – kids enter free

Farm Fest at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 15 Sept & Sun 16 Sept 2018, 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! From live music, face painting and children’s entertainment to stalls from the local community, you won’t want to miss this extra special weekend at the farm!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: £10.00 adults, conc and children (2-18 years), under 2’s FREE

Dinosaur Dig at Marsh Farm 
Sat 15 Sept & Sun 16 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Meet Marsh Farm’s Dinosaurs, enjoy the Dino Puppet Show, dig for dino fosssils and meet the intrepid Dino Hunter, Mr Terry Dactil.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adults and children over 2 years £11.25 when booked online. On the door £13.75. Under 2s and members go FREE

Bringing Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 15 Sept & Sun 16 Sept 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life as costumed characters take you back to Audley End in 1881. Meet the cook Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids preparing a meal for the Braybrooke family, bump into the stable-hand Mr Baker grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick (if she’s not too busy) organising the house for the day.This month Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids are preparing for a busy winter season. Taking advantage of the seasonal vegetables and fruit the kitchen maids are peeling, coring and chopping for soups and preserves.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Steampunk Essextraordinaire IV at the Museum of Power
Sun 16 Sept 2018, 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.

Apple Day at Easton Lodge
Sun 16 Sept 2018, 11.30am-5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)
Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BB
A celebration of apples and orchard produce in our Walled Kitchen garden. Visitors are invited to press juice and taste it and a wide selection of apple and honey cakes and other produce. There should also be garden produce for sale. The East of England Apples and Orchard Project will be on hand to show heritage varieties of fruit and will help visitors identify the variety of their own apples. Saffron Walden Beekeepers will also show how their bees live and make honey in their hive. Children’s activities will also be apple/bee related!
www.eastonlodge.co.uk
Cost: Adult £4.50, Children under 16 FREE. Dogs on leads welcome. Guided tours will be available on the day at a cost of £1.50.

Forest School Family Sunday at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 16 Sept 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 16 Sept 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
Cost: £6.00 per child

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 18 Sept 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 18 Sept 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. Book online.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 19 Sept 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 21 Sept 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Child led play in our lovely 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. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Friday Fives – Ba Ba Black Sheep at Chelmsford Museum
Fri 21 Sept 2018, 10.15am, 11.30am & 1.30pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Join the team 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 you will explore some of the Museums’ objects and displays. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3.50 per child

 

 


Events: Saturday 22 September – Sunday 30 September 2018

Free Discovery Day at Kiddi Caru Colchester
Sat 22 Sept 2018, 10.30am-1.00pm
Maria Court, Hythe Quay, Colchester CO2 8JB
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

Animal Encounters at Queens Theatre
Sat 22 Sept 2018, 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

Dinosaur Dig at Marsh Farm 
Sat 22 Sept & Sun 23 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Meet Marsh Farm’s Dinosaurs, enjoy the Dino Puppet Show, dig for dino fosssils and meet the intrepid Dino Hunter, Mr Terry Dactil.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adults and children over 2 years £11.25 when booked online. On the door £13.75. Under 2s and members go FREE

The National Country Show Live at Hylands House
Sat 22 Sept & Sun 23 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8FS
The annual 2-day National Country Show Liveis the Chelmsford’s largest family event, held on the event fields of the Hylands Park.The event features a vast selection of entertainment, shopping and displays for all the family to enjoy – they even have fun and games for your dog.
hylandsestate.co.uk
Cost: Adults £12 (£14 on the gate); Child £6.50 (£8 on the gate); OAPs £11.50 (£13.50 on the gate). one off 79p booking feeO

Bringing Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 22 Sept & Sun 23 Sept 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life as costumed characters take you back to Audley End in 1881. Meet the cook Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids preparing a meal for the Braybrooke family, bump into the stable-hand Mr Baker grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick (if she’s not too busy) organising the house for the day.This month Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids are preparing for a busy winter season. Taking advantage of the seasonal vegetables and fruit the kitchen maids are peeling, coring and chopping for soups and preserves.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Nature Tots on Sunday at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 23 Sept 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Romford
Sun 23 Sept 2018, 2.30pm-4.30pm
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: Admission is £2 on the door for buyers – kids enter free

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 26 Sept 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
A fun morning of indoor and outdoor activities for pre schoolers. Suitable for 18 months up (under 18 months free when accompanying an older sibling). Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Nature Tots Under 5 Years at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 28 Sept 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Join the Hanningfield Nature Tots weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Nature Tots for Under 5s at Fingringhoe Wick Visitors Centre
Fri 28 Sept 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DW
Child led play in our lovely 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. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick
Cost: £6.00 per child

Paw Patrol at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 29 Sept 2018, 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) £16, child £15, under 2s FREE (discounts available when you buy online).

Free Discovery Day at Kiddi Caru Harlow
Sat 29 Sept 2018, 10.30am-1.00pm
Kiln Lane, Harlow, Essex CM17 9LW
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

Princess Charming Cabaret for Kids at the Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 29 Sept 2018, 1.30pm. Relaxed performance 10.30am
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Some girls like football. Some boys like pink. Everyone likes a good story.Exploring gender stereotypes in a fun, questioning way, Princess Charming is a celebration of being exactly who you are. This show is for anyone who doesn’t like being told what to do and is about finding the courage to defy expectations. The cabaret performers explore what really matters about being a boy and being a girl with dances, songs and skits created with children, for children. The theatre is transformed into a family friendly cabaret club full of laughter and sing-a-longs. At the end there is a chance to join in too as they give over the stage to the next generation of cabaret stars. Most Suitable for 7 to 11 years.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £5.95

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Chelmsford
Sat 29 Sept 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hylands Academy, Hatfield Grove, Chelmsford CM1 3DF
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Admission is £2 on the door for buyers – kids enter free

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.

Dinosaur Dig at Marsh Farm 
Sat 30 Sept & Sun 31 Sept 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Meet Marsh Farm’s Dinosaurs, enjoy the Dino Puppet Show, dig for dino fosssils and meet the intrepid Dino Hunter, Mr Terry Dactil.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adults and children over 2 years £11.25 when booked online. On the door £13.75. Under 2s and members go FREE

Bringing Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 30 Sept & Sun 31 Sept 2018, 11.00am-4.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Explore the world below stairs and get a taste of Victorian life as costumed characters take you back to Audley End in 1881. Meet the cook Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids preparing a meal for the Braybrooke family, bump into the stable-hand Mr Baker grooming the horses, and meet housekeeper Mrs Warwick (if she’s not too busy) organising the house for the day.This month Mrs Crocombe and her kitchen maids are preparing for a busy winter season. Taking advantage of the seasonal vegetables and fruit the kitchen maids are peeling, coring and chopping for soups and preserves.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £18.10 adult, £10.90 child 5-15 years, £16.30 cons, £47.10 family ticket, English Heritage Members FREE

Forest School Family Sunday at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 30 Sept 2018, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001