Top local listings for April 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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Easter Half Term Events

For a full list of events running during the Easter Half Term fortnight (Sat 6th April up to Mon 22nd April) please visit our dedicated page: Easter Half Term Events in Essex 2019

Easter Half Term in Essex: Activities and Events 2018

 


Events: Monday 1st April – Sunday 7th April 2019

Easter Adventure Quest at Audley End
Fri 30 March to Mon 2 April 2019, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Crack the clues as you and your family follow the trail through the gardens. Intrepid adventurers who track down the dragon egg will get a certificate and a sticker to prove it, and there’ll be a chocolate treat too! You can get questing at Audley End every day of the school holidays.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: The quest costs £1 per child (member and non-member) in addition to the normal castle admission price.

Nature Tots at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 2 April 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Nature Tots. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddles at Hylands House
Tues 2 April 2019, 10.00am-11.30am
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great 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 consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.

Nature Tots at Langdon Reserve
Wed 3 April 2019, 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 – 01268 419103.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Nature Tots  at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 4 April 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Nature Tots  at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 4 April 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Fingringhoe Nature Tots
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Fri 5 April 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
A club for the under 5s! Every month has a different wildlife theme with outdoor exploration, crafts, songs and stories. Snack is included. Perfect for your little explorer! Booking essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Basildon Mum2mum Market
Sat 6 April 2019, 1.30pm-3.30pm
The Basildon Upper Academy, Wickford Avenue, ​Pitsea, Essex 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.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

Teddy’s Picnic at the Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 6 April 2019, doors open 1.30pm, starts 2.00pm
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Eddy The Teddy and his best friend Sammy Ragdoll decide that tomorrow would be just the day for a picnic. Sammy says she’ll have to organise everything because Eddy probably won’t be able to. Eddy pleads for Sammy to give him a chance. He’ll organise everything. Sammy doesn’t want her friend to think she doesn’t trust him so she agrees., fearing the worst. Will she be pleasantly surprised? The show uses many elements of theatre, mime, puppetry and songs to join in with. It’s a perfect introduction to live entertainment for children who’ve never been to a show before, and a welcome return for Eddy the Teddy’s young fans. “You get better and better each year, I don’t know how you do it.” Teddy’s Sports Day- Teresa Flood, St John Fisher School, Perrivale. Most suitable for up to 6’s and their brothers and sisters.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £5.95

Family School – Family Sunday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 7 April 2019, 10.30am-12.30pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Nothing to do on Sunday? Bored by the end of the weekend? Then come and enjoy the stunning woodlands at Belfairs. 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. The only limit is your imagination! Activities will be suitable for ages 3+.  Children must be accompanied. Please come dressed suitably for outdoor activities.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child

Romford, Harold Hill Mum2mum Market
Sun 7 April 2019, 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.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

 

 


Events: Monday 8th April – Sunday 14th April 2019

Nature Tots at Langdon Reserve
Wed 10 April 2019, 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 – 01268 419103.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Twirlywoos at Palace Theatre, Southend
Thurs 11 April 2019, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
The enchanting world of Sarah and Duck is brought to life in a brand-new stage show, featuring the wonderful characters from the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies show. Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £14.00 each, Family x 4 £52.00, Family x 3 £39.00

Nature Tots at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 12 April 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Nature Tots. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Family School – Family Sunday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Fri 12 April 2019, 9.00am-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Nothing to do on Sunday? Bored by the end of the weekend? Then come and enjoy the stunning woodlands at Belfairs. 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. The only limit is your imagination! Activities will be suitable for ages 3+.  Children must be accompanied. Please come dressed suitably for outdoor activities.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £8 per child

Come Paint with Me by James Wilkinson at Hylands House
Fri 12 April 2019, 2.00m-3.30pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Join resident artist James Wilkinson for an exciting painting session located within The Stables at Hylands Estate. This session is held during the Easter Holidays and is aimed at getting children to embrace their creative side.Enjoy a friendly, relaxed group listening to soothing tunes in a happy, calm environment and paint whatever you want. Targeted at beginners, James is on hand to give ideas and guidance as you forget your troubles and just PAINT WITH ME! Whether you want to work in pencil, oil or acrylics, all materials are supplied and it is for all ages and abilities. Book now to avoid disappointment by emailing James on james@paintpop.com.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £8.50 per person

Brilliant Bug Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 13 April 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and test your creepy crawly knowledge on our brilliant bugs nature trail. No booking required.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 per child

Milkshake Live! at Queens Theatre
Sat 13 April 2019, 11.00am & 2.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Age 2 – 6 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £15.50 adult | £14.50 child | £56 family (2 adults & 2 children) (+65p QNew Transformation Fee)

Kiddi Caru Colchester Discovery Week
Sat 13 April 2019
Maria Court, Hythe Quay, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JB
Get lost in the music at Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries Group ‘Find Your Rhythm’ childcare event! Our programme is packed full of activities to get your little one up on their feet. Join the practitioners to find the beat with their Boogie Mites activities, and babies will have the chance to express themselves with a Sing & Sign session, learning new signs and movements to communicate with you.  The chefs will be providing a sample of our signature dish from their latest nursery menu. Giving you a taste of the fresh, nutritious and age appropriate meals the children enjoy at Kiddi Caru Day Nurseries Group. Ask about the special offers running on the day. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
Contact: marketing@kiddicaru.com
www.kiddicaru.com/events

Forest School Fun Sunday at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 14 April 2019, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on a rope walk, make woodland crafts, use tools, create wild art, play woodland games and learn how to light fires. The only limit is your imagination. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking required.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

 


Events: Mon 15th April – Sunday 21st April 2019

Easter Bonnets at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Mon 15 April 2019, 11.30am-3.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Come along to the centre and make your own Easter bonnet. Call 01708 520364 or email andrews@essexwt.org.uk.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £5 per child

Nature Tots at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 16 April 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Nature Tots. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddles at Hylands House
Tues 16 April 2019, 10.00am-11.30am
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great 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 consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.

Teddy Bear Trail at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 16 April 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Bring your teddy bear to the woods, where their wild side can be set free and then back to the centre for some teddy bear craft. Booking essential. Call 01708 520364.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Come Paint with Me by James Wilkinson at Hylands House
Tues 16 April 2019, 2.00m-3.30pm
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Join resident artist James Wilkinson for an exciting painting session located within The Stables at Hylands Estate. This session is held during the Easter Holidays and is aimed at getting children to embrace their creative side.Enjoy a friendly, relaxed group listening to soothing tunes in a happy, calm environment and paint whatever you want. Targeted at beginners, James is on hand to give ideas and guidance as you forget your troubles and just PAINT WITH ME! Whether you want to work in pencil, oil or acrylics, all materials are supplied and it is for all ages and abilities. Book now to avoid disappointment by emailing James on james@paintpop.com.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £8.50 per person

Nature Tots at Langdon Reserve
Wed 17 April 2019, 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 – 01268 419103.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Bottles Rockets at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Weds 17 April 2019, 10.00am-11.00am & 11.00am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Launch your very own Coke and Mentos bottle rocket as high into the sky as you can. Booking essential. Call 01708 520364 or email ingrebourne@essexwt.org.uk.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child.

Archery in the Woods at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Weds 17 April 2019, 1.00pm-2.00pm & 2.00pm-3.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Learn and improve your Archery Skills Great fun for all. Booking essential. Call 01708 520364 or email ingrebourne@essexwt.org.uk.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child.

Family Fishing at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 18 April 2019, 1.00pm-2.00pm & 2.00pm-3.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Equipment supplied. Children, 12 years and over will require a day licence from the post office. You can get this online or phone them on 0344 800 5386. Please come dressed appropriately for being outside.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per person (fishing).

Forest Schools at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 19 April 2019, 1.00pm-2.00pm & 2.00pm-3.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Forest school for under 5s. Go bug hunting, build dens, balance on rope walks, create wild art. Play woodland games and learn how to light fires. Great fun for all. Booking essential. Call 01708 520364 or email ingrebourne@essexwt.org.uk.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £7 per person (fishing).

Butterfly Feeders at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 19 April 2019, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Take a walk into the wild and follow the trail, then head back to the centre. Learn how they survive and how you can help them. Build your own Butterfly feeders to take home. Booking essential. Call 01708 520364 or email ingrebourne@essexwt.org.uk.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per person.

Hansel & Gretel at Queens Theatre
Sat 20 April 2019, 10.30am & 12.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Join us as we drop the breadcrumbs that lead us to the Witch’s cottage, made of all your favourite sweets (including some retro ones for the adults) in the woods. Will they be rescued by their father Joe? Will Hansel and Gretel ever like their Step-mum, Jesmonite? Who is Elvin the Magical? Age 2 – 7 years.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child, £10 per adult

 

 


Events: Monday 22nd April – Tues 30th April 2019

Fairytale in the Woods at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Mon 22 April 2019, 10.30am-2.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Take a walk through the enchanted forest answering the questions then head back to the centre and make your own fairytale themed craft.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per person.

Egg-cellent Adventures at Queens Theatre – SOLD OUT
Tues 23 April 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Leave the kids with us for two jam-packed hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. Each session is themed around a popular children’s story, and includes a ‘make to take home’. Book ahead and get three sessions for two + 10% off in our Cafe for parents whilst the kids play. For ages 4 – 6 years
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child

Bug Hunting at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 23 April 2019, 10.30am-11.30am & 12.00pm-1.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
Go on a “Bug Hunt” and discover the many different species that live in the Ingrebourne Valley. All equipments will be supplied, but please bring appropriate clothes for the weather. Suitable for children age 3+
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per person.

Pond Dipping at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 23 April 2019, 2.00pm-3.00pm & 3.00pm-4.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6TS
We will be searching under water to explore what lives there?It is fun for all and will include the use of all the equipment that’s needed.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per person.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom
Tues 23 & Wed 24 April 2019, 4.00pm (Tues) and 10.00am, 1.00pm & 4.00pm (Weds)
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex CO1 1PT
Join Ben the Elf, Fairy Princess Holly, and their friends including Gaston the Ladybird, on an exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land packed full of games, songs and laughter, where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £16 per adult, £10 per child

Nature Tots at Langdon Reserve
Wed 24 April 2019, 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 – 01268 419103.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Spring Chickens at Queens Theatre
Weds 24 April 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Leave the kids with us for two jam-packed hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. Each session is themed around a popular children’s story, and includes a ‘make to take home’. Book ahead and get three sessions for two + 10% off in our Cafe for parents whilst the kids play. For ages 4 – 6 years
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child

Nature Tots  at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 25 April 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Our Pre-school aged club for under 5’s at Belfairs. An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons.We will be doing arts, crafts and games; having stories and music; and of course some outdoor time in the woodlands! BOOKING REQUIRED. 01702 477467
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 per child, £4 for siblings

Dino Discoveries at Queens Theatre
Thurs 25 April 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Leave the kids with us for two jam-packed hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. Each session is themed around a popular children’s story, and includes a ‘make to take home’. Book ahead and get three sessions for two + 10% off in our Cafe for parents whilst the kids play. For ages 4 – 6 years
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £10 per child

Nature Tots at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 26 April 2019, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Nature Tots. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

The Amazing Adventure of Pinocchio at The Towngate Theatre
Sat 27 April 2019, 1.00pm & 4.00pm
St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Based on the fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in this high energy re-telling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures. Packed with comedy, audience interaction, and a host of new songs guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish, this high energy musical promises to be the perfect treat for the whole family – no strings attached! We invite you to join us inbetween performances (from approx. 2.45pm) in the upper foyer for a trip into the storybook!
www.towngatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: Tickets from £14.50

Tuesday Toddles at Hylands House
Tues 30 April 2019, 10.00am-11.30am
London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Tuesday Toddles run approximately every two weeks throughout the year. Toddles are a great 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 consider those with pushchairs. Maximum of three children per adult. Walk followed by a craft activity.
hylandsestate.co.uk/events
Cost: £4.00 per child. Book online.