Find details of August Bank Holiday events in Essex that are perfect for young children and families. You’ll find lots of top things to do over the long weekend from jousting and festivals to outdoor play.

Saturday 25 August – Monday 27 August 2018

Operating Day at Colne Valley Railway
Sat 25 Aug 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8, Seniors £6, Child £4 or Family £22 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Spectrum Screen: Sing
Sat 25 Aug 2018, 4.00pm
43 Bocking End, Braintree, Essex CM7 9AE
Come with the family to the outdoor event where they will screen SING the animated hilarious movie about the dapper Koala Buster Moon whom presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing…
spectrumscreenevents.co.uk/event

Bring Audley End to Life at Audley End
Sat 25 & Sun 26 Aug 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.
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

Family Pond Dipping Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Drop in and have a go at pond dipping. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child

Fambridge River Festival
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Fambridge Yacht Station, Ferry Road, North Fambridge, CM3 6LR
Families, local residents and sailors are all welcome to come to the Yacht Station at Fambridge Yacht Haven for an action-packed day on and off the water. Classic & historic boats, live marine demonstrations, village fayre, arts & crafts, live music, food & drink and much more.
01621 740370
fambridge@yachthavens.com
www.yachthavens.com/fambridge/events/fambridge-river-festival

Essex Dog Day
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
The Crix, London Road, Hatfield Peverel, Essex CM3 2EU
Essex Dog Day is the county’s largest dog show event. There will be a wide range of activities, entertainment and huge children’s zone means that it is a fun day out for all the family. There will be classes for every kind of dog from your pedigree poodles to your magnificent mongrels.
www.essexdogday.org
Cost: Adults £8, Concessions £5 (Children 5-16, persons over 70 and Disabled), Family Ticket £20 (2 Adults + 2 Children under 16)

Colne Valley Bus & Commercial Vehicle Rally at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
Heritage and Modern buses will be on display. Trains of all ages also feature.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £10, Seniors £7.50, Child £5 or Family £27.50 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2

Coalhouse Fort Open Day
Sun 26 Aug 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Coalhouse Fort Project, East Tilbury, Essex RM18 8PB
Constructed between 1861 and 1874, the Fort cost an estimated £130,000 and was built to defend the Thames from a potential invasion by France.  Forts were also built on the opposite side of the Thames in Kent, at Cliffe and Shorenmead.
www.coalhousefort.co.uk

The Gruffalo visits the Railway from PAW Patrol Visit the Epping Ongar Railway
Sun 26 Aug & Mon 27 Aug 2018, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo! A great day out for all the family – especially the younger ones. Every child’s favourite storybook character, The Gruffalo, has found his way to the Epping Ongar Railway.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £15 (on the day £16), Children £7 (on the day £8), Family £38 (on the day £41)

Jousting in England at Hedingham Castle
Sun 26 & Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Knights of Destrier return! Jousting in custom-made suits of solid steel armour they clash in one of the most exciting and authentic Tournaments in England! With skill at arms demonstrations, a commentary on how the Knights prepare and arm themselves and the Jousting contest in the afternoon, this is a thrilling day out for all the family! Other highlights include two displays from Coda Falconry, have a go archery with the Norfolk Longbowmen, the Jester, the roving Gravediggers, Musicians, Maypole dancing and Donkey Rides! The Castle will be open and full of living historians, and there are food stalls galore and a fully stocked bar! It’s a fabulous day out!
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £14, Over 65s £12.50, Under 18s £ 10, Family £42, Under 5s £0. 10% off when booked on-line in advance!

WWII Weekend at Audley End
Sun 26 & Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.30am-5.30pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Get combat-ready as this action-packed bank holiday weekend propels you into wartime Britain. From the Trooper of the D-Day landings to the kitchen maid dishing out meagre wartime rations, prepare yourself as you’re drawn into the theatre of war at Station 43. Fall into step as we teach you how to be a soldier, put on your dancing shoes for 1940s music, fashion and food, and dig for victory. From the sadness and injury of the battlefield to the make-do-and-mend lifestyle of the homefront, we’ll tell the stories behind the battles that shaped the world as we know it.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £20.60 adult, £12.40 child 5-15 years, £18.50 conc, £53.60 family ticket, English Heritage Members: adult £2.50, child £1.50, conc £2.10, family £6.50

Hedgehog Club (4-8 years) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Does your child love nature and the great outdoors? Then bring them along to Hedgehog Club, a regular holiday club for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult. Come and get batty about bats, play games, search for their food and make your own bat to take home.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Bookings phone 01268 711001

Wild Art at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
Come make some beautiful art with natural materialsFancy yourself as an outdoor artist? We will explore the reserve and create natural masterpieces along the way. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 per child

Operating Day with Steam at Colne Valley Railway
Mon 27 Aug 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £10, Seniors £7.50, Child £5 or Family £27.50 (2 Adults & up to 2 Children), Dogs £2