Top local listings for February events in Essex that are perfect for babies, toddlers, big kids and families!

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February Events in Essex

Events: Friday 1 February –  Friday 8 February 2018

Annie at the Mercury Theatre
Weds 30 Jan to Sat 9 Feb 2019, 11.00am & 2.00pm
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
Join Annie, a plucky, charming orphan girl, and her loveable adopted mutt named Sandy, as they take you on a musical adventure in 1930’s New York.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £16 – £21.25

Blues and 2s at Essex Police Museum
Friday 1 Feb 2019, 10.00am-11.00am
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Join us for stories, games, crafts and activities all following a police, detective or mystery theme. Suitable for children aged 2-4. This session focuses on the police station and children will get the chance to become a police officer! Booking is essential—please contact Hannah Wilson on Hannah.wilson@essex.pnn.police.uk to book your space(s).
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Nature Tots (Under 5s)  at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 1 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Our weekly group for the under 5’s – 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
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

Fridge Magnet Craft at Essex Police Museum
Sat 2 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Make your own fridge magnet for just £2! You can change the design whenever you want, making this a reuseable product. Please note that we only have 63 kits, so the event will run until stocks last.
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2.00

Daddy Cool, Brentwood Library
Sat 2 Feb 2019, 10.30am-11.00am
New Road, Brentwood, CM14 4BP
Held on the first Saturday of every month. Stories, songs and rhymes for dads and their babies or toddlers.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Daddy Cool, Writtle Library
Sat 2 Feb 2019, 10.30am-11.00am
45 The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3DT
Held on the first Saturday of every month. Stories, songs and rhymes for dads and their babies or toddlers.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Children’s Craft Session, Kelvedon Library
Sat 2 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Aylett’s Foundation School, Maldon Road, Kelvedon, CO5 9BA
Held on the first Saturday of every month. Free, themed activity / craft for children to complete, with help available and an example to work to.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Daddy Cool, Loughton Library
Sat 2 Feb 2019, 11.00am-11.30am
Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD
Held on the first Saturday of every month. Stories, songs and rhymes for dads and their babies or toddlers.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Basildon Mum2mum Market
Sat 2 Feb 2019, 11.30am – 1.30pm
The Basildon Upper Academy, Wickford Avenue , Pitsea SS13 3HL
The nationally acclaimed, award winning, mum2mum market nearly new baby and children’s market event is back! Nearly new ‘almost everything’ – maternity, baby and kiddies (up to around aged 6) will be on sale.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

Chelmsford Mum2mum Market
Sat 2 Feb 2019, 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.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

Southend Mum2mum Market
Sat 2 Feb 2019, 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.
www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Adults £2, Children FREE

Family Scarecrow Making at RHS Hyde Hall
Sat 2 & Sun 3 Feb 2018, 10.15am – 2.15pm
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Basic scarecrow kit (frame, stuffing) is provided – visitors bring along their own clothes and accessories to complete the scarecrow. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your start time to allow time to get up to the Hilltop Lodge. Please ensure that you bring along old clothes (adult size for large or children’s (age 7-8) clothes for small scarecrow) to dress and theme your Scarecrow.
www.rhs.org.uk
Cost: Ticket is for scarecrow kit only. Normal garden entry prices apply.

Nature Tots (Under 5s) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 5 Feb 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. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, crafts and games in the centre. Booking essential 01268 711001
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free.

Little Acorns Pre–School Gardening Club
Weds 6 Feb 2019, 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: £4 per child, payable on arrival. Non-members also need to pay normal entry price. Members enter gardens for free.

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 6 Feb 2019, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time. Join us for a fun filled morning of wildlife adventures, crafts and stories.Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling.

Belfairs Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thu 7 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. BOOKING REQUIRED 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Baby and Toddler Sensory Rhymetime, Halstead Library
Thu 7 Feb 2019, 2.15pm-2.45pm
Bridge Street, Halstead, Essex CO9 1HU
Held on the first Thursday of every month. A Rhymetime but with sensory elements. Sessions hosted by an experienced volunteer.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Sensory Stay and Play, Colchester Library
Thu 7 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Trinity Square, Colchester, CO1 1JB
Held on the first Thursday of every month. This free unstructured session is open to all under 5’s and will be held in the children’s library.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Parent and Child Art at Firstsite
Thurs 7 Feb 2019, 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 use their imagination and curiosity to explore, test and experiment with a range of art activities and materials. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month 10am – 11am. Term time only. Booked online.
www.firstsite.uk
Cost: £5 per child, £2.50 for additional children

Mini Museum Explorers at the Natural History Museum, Colchester
Thurs 7 Feb 2019, 10.15am-11.30am
High St, Colchester CO1, UK
Come along with your little ones to Colchester Natural History Museum to learn about underwater and land animals. Expect storytelling, time for play and exploration and opportunities to learn more about the world together. Particularly suitable for ages 2-5.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £2.50 for the first child per session with additional children in the same booking charged at £1.50 per child (children under 1 year of age free, as part of a paying booking). To book, call 01206 282941

Nature Tots (Under 5s)  at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 8 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Our weekly group for the under 5’s – 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
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

 


Events: Saturday 9 February –  Friday 15 February 2018

Fairyland Trust Workshop at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 9 Feb 2019, doors open 10am, 11am, 12pm and 2pm (with BSL at 2pm performance)
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Hear the story of King Elfred who met The Fairyland Keeper of Time and learnt how to make an Elf Stick. Then make your very own elf stick using a wide range of recycled and natural materials. Did you know that Elf Stick are how you tell time in Fairyland and based on the comings and goings of nature? Together we will decorate a 1m long staff with rags and totems of nature and learn about seasons and phases of the moon and sun. Workshop lasts 45 minutes, please arrive 10 minutes before your workshop starts. Suitable for ages 6-9 year olds.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: Adults FREE, Children £5.95 per ticket

Valentine Card Making at Basildon Library
Sat 9 Feb 2019, 10.00am-11.00am & 11.00am-12.00pm
The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1EE
Create your own Valentine’s Day card for that special person.A fun event suitable for children aged 3 to 11 years. Booking required. For more information contact Basildon Library or call 0345 603 7628
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: £1.00 per card.

Fridge Magnet Craft at Essex Police Museum
Sat 9 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Make your own fridge magnet for just £2! You can change the design whenever you want, making this a reuseable product. Please note that we only have 63 kits, so the event will run until stocks last.
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2.00

Children’s Crafts, Writtle Library
Sat 9 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
45 The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3DT
Have some fun making a craft! Free drop-in session.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Daddy Cool, Chelmsford Library
Sat 9 Feb 2019, 11.00am-11.30am
County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford CM1 1QH
Held on the first Saturday of every month. Stories, songs and rhymes for dads and their babies or toddlers.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Valentine’s Craft Day at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 10 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
Fun crafts for all ages. Make a Valentine gift for someone you love or make heart related crafts just for fun!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Small donations for crafts

Made with Love – Arts and Crafts Fair at Valentines Mansion and Gardens
Sun 10 Feb 2019, 10.00am-4.00pm
Emerson Rd, Ilford IG1 4XA
Massively popular Made with Love Fair is back. A celebration of unique handmade crafts, from homeware and jewellery, to food and drink and gorgeous gifts for loved ones, just in time for Valentines Day. You’ll also have the chance to visit the top floor of the Mansion and meet our talented studio artists and see them working on their amazing creations. If you are interested in hiring a stall at the event, please email hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk or call 0208 708 8100
www.valentinesmansion.com
Cost: Free

Snowdrop Sunday at Hedingham Castle
Sun 10 Feb 2019, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Under 18s £6, Over 65s £7.50, Family £25, One adult family ticket £17.50, Under 5s FREE

Romford Mum2mum Market
Sun 10 Feb 2019, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
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

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 13 Feb 2019, 10.30am – 12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time. Join us for a fun filled morning of wildlife adventures, crafts and stories. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling.

Belfairs Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thu 14 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
An under 5’s pre-school club based around nature, wildlife and the seasons. BOOKING REQUIRED 01702 477467.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling

Nature Tots (Under 5s) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 15 Feb 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. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, crafts and games in the centre. Booking essential 01268 711001
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free

Nature Tots (Under 5s)  at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 15 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Our weekly group for the under 5’s – 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
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

 


Events: Sat 16 February –  Fri 22 February 2018

Fridge Magnet Craft at Essex Police Museum
Sat 16 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Make your own fridge magnet for just £2! You can change the design whenever you want, making this a reuseable product. Please note that we only have 63 kits, so the event will run until stocks last.
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2.00

Fantastical Creatures, Great Baddow Library
Sat 16 Feb – Sat 23 Feb 2019, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7HH
Join us this half term for some fantastical creature fun! Make a dragon or a unicorn, try to solve our Dragon Trail and take home a magical story to enjoy.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Kids for a Quid at Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 16, Sun 17, Wed 20, Fri 22, Sat 23 & Sun 24 Feb 2019, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Keep the kids entertained over the half term holiday when our Child tickets are just £1!We have our regular steam and diesel hauled services in operation, with heated carriages, together with our connecting heritage buses from Epping Underground station. With these fares you can afford to bring not just your kids but your kids’ friends too! Grandparents can afford to be generous and ALL the grandchildren can come together.  The Penny Salon micro gallery at Ongar station will be open, and will have a photographic exhibition entitled “Snow on Show” featuring the best snow themed photographs from the lenses of Malcolm Batten and Geoff Silcock. This is a great way to enjoy a steam railway at a reduced price.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £14, Cons £13, children £1

Mayhem in the Mad Lab at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 16 Feb to Sun 24 Feb 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm, last entry 3.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
The Royal Gunpowder Mills kicks off its 2019 season with Mayhem in the Mad Lab! Join us DAILY between February 16th to February 24th for super cool science and fun activities.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, Child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student, disabled person and carer) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Eco-Superheroes February Half Term at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Become an Eco Superhero and make fun things from recycled materials such as crusader costumes and bug hotels. You’ll also become a scientist and discover what compost is made of and go hunting for bugs and plants. Great fun for the whole family whatever the weather.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission applies, members enter for free. Plus art & craft workshops £3 per child

Drop-in Homes and Habitats at Abberton Reservoir
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb 2019, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Drop-in and complete our Homes & Habitats Trail. Find out about where different animals make their homes, and see if you can match them to the correct habitat.  When you’ve finished the trail, return to the centre to collect your reward! Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 donation per child.

Brilliant Bug Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 17 Feb 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 need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Trail sheets £2 per child

Forest School – Family Sunday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 17 Feb 2019, 10.30am-12.30pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
A forest-based session for families to come and enjoy the woodland. 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+. Booking Essential. Children must be accompanied. Please come dressed suitably for outdoor activities.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £8 per child.

Snowdrop Sunday at Hedingham Castle
Sun 17 Feb 2019, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Under 18s £6, Over 65s £7.50, Family £25, One adult family ticket £17.50, Under 5s FREE

Valentine’s Day AFTERNOON TEA at the Museum of Power
Sun 17 Feb 2019, sittings at 2.00pm & 3.30pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides. ‘Astaria’ model village OPEN. ‘Marshall’ the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running. Prior booking required 10.00am to 3.30pm 01621 843183 ask for Tea Room.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £13.95; Children £7.95

Hedgehog Club (4-8 years) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 18 Feb 2019, 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 children who love wildlife. Your plane has crashed in the jungle, how will you survive? Build a den, test your navigational skills and get crafty with sticks. This event is for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Garden Camps and Wild Art! Garden Activity Morning for Children at Beth Chatto Gardens
Mon 18 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Keep warm on an active morning building dens, flag making and creating some cool outdoor art! BOOKING ESSENTIAL!
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: Accompanied children £7. One adult per child free, additional adults £3 (Click on drop down arrow and select ‘extra adult’).

Half-Term Crafts at Wyevale Garden Centres – Braintree
Mon 18 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.30pm
Cressing Road, Braintree, CM77 8DH
Decorate a cosy bird box for your garden birds.
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Family Orienteering at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Mon 18 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Drop in event no need to book. Please dress to suit the weather
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Requested donation £5 per family

Nature Tots (Under 5s) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 19 Feb 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. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, crafts and games in the centre.  Booking essential 01268 711001
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free.

Minibeast Search Party! Garden Activity Morning for Children at Beth Chatto Gardens
Tues 19 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Search the wild garden to unearth all sorts of chilly minibeasts hiding away, then make your own minibeast masterpiece to take home! BOOKING ESSENTIAL!
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: Accompanied children £7. One adult per child free, additional adults £3 (Click on drop down arrow and select ‘extra adult’).

Half-Term Crafts at Wyevale Garden Centres – Braintree
Tue 19 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.30pm
Cressing Road, Braintree, CM77 8DH
Decorate and plant your own bird pot for your home.
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Winter Warm Up at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 19 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Complete the winter treasure hunt before cooking some tasty treats on the fire. Feeling a bit chilly this Half-term? Come to Abberton for a warm up! Complete our Wintery treasure hunt to find your way down to the campfire. Once we arrive, we will make and cook up some tasty treats on the fire to eat and enjoy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172. Please inform us when booking if your child has any food allergies so that we can take suitable precautions.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child.

Den Building at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Tues 19 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Join the team in the lovely woodland for some den building. Please dress to suit the weather
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Requested donation £6 per child.

We <3 Valentine’s at Hollytrees Museum
Tue 19 Feb 2019, 10.30am-1.30pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
Join us to discover the origin of Valentine’s cards. Create your own fabulous version, to keep or give to someone special. Sessions at: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm. Booking required, call 01206 282941. Suitable for ages 4+
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £5 per person

Peter Rabbit and Friends, Broomfield Library
Wed 20 Feb 2019, 10.00am-11.30am
180 Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7AH
Fun half term Peter Rabbit-inspired activities and craft for all the family.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Brambly Hedge: Secret Staircase at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 20 Feb 2019, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Meet the mice, listen to the story and complete a wintery craft to take home. Join us as we listen to the beautiful Brambly Hedge Story by Jill Barklem. We will then go on an adventure to meet the mice of Brambly Hedge before return and completing some wonderful craft activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL 01206 738172
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for child

Half-Term Crafts at Wyevale Garden Centres – Braintree
Wed 20 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.30pm
Cressing Road, Braintree, CM77 8DH
Plant your own mini garden with giant flowers, bee hives and wild friends.
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Fridge Magnet Craft at Essex Police Museum
Weds 20 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Make your own fridge magnet for just £2! You can change the design whenever you want, making this a reuseable product. Please note that we only have 63 kits, so the event will run until stocks last.
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2.00

Going on a Bear Hunt, Writtle Library
Wed 20 Feb 2019, 10.30am-11.30am
45 The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3DT
Bring a Teddy, and join us for songs, crafts and fun activities.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 20 Feb 2018, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Most popular with kids ages 2 to 12, but all are welcome. Led by rangers, young ones can try making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft, finding fish… every day is different and there’s always something new to stimulate the imagination and build an appreciation for the outdoors.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE (except parking charge)

Minibeasts & Masterpieces at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 20 Feb 2019, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
We will be going on the hunt for minibeasts around the reserve, to see who is hiding around the Reserve this winter. We will then use clay and natural materials we find to create our very own minibeast masterpieces. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation for child

Bird Feeder Making (Drop In) at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Weds 20 Feb 2019, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
Make a bird feeder to keep your garden/local birds happy and well feed. Ages 3+
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Small donation per craft.

Half Term Rocking Painting for Kids at the Museum of Power
Weds 20 to Sun 24 Feb 2019, sittings at 2.00pm & 3.30pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Bring your youngsters along to the Museum during the Half Term Holidays in 2019 and have fun painting and finding rocks around the Museum grounds, plus other craft activities. This is a popular activity with children and adults alike. Click the picture for more info. Note that the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays. Normal Museum entry prices apply:
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £2.50, Children under 5 FREE.

Inspired by the Gruffalo, Coggeshall Library
Thur 21 Feb 2019, 10.00am-11.00am
The Friends’ Meeting House, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, CO6 1UH
Stories, rhymes and arts and crafts for pre-school and reception age children.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Half-Term Crafts at Wyevale Garden Centres – Braintree
Thurs 21 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.30pm
Cressing Road, Braintree, CM77 8DH
Plant your own flower and decorate a pot and plant marker.
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Pond Dipping at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Thurs 21 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Come along and discover which creature live in the depths of our ponds.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Requested donation £3 per child.

The Imagination Station Puppets: Radish Rescue, Chelmsford Library
Thur 21 Feb 2019, 11.00am-12.00apm
County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH
Join Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Lily in Mr McGregor’s garden for a fun-filled puppet show, packed with familiar songs, beautiful music and radishes!
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Stick Man Crafts, Kelvedon Library
Thurs 21 Feb 2018, 3.00pm-4.30pm
Aylett’s Foundation School, Maldon Road, Kelvedon, Essex CO5 9BA
Sensory activity followed by crafts and activities.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Wizarding in the Woods (4-8 years) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Fri 22 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Can you create your own woodland wizard and make him a magical den? Have a go at mixing a potion and play some bewitching games. This event is for 4-8 year-olds who must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child.

Half-Term Crafts at Wyevale Garden Centres – Braintree
Fri 22 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.30pm
Cressing Road, Braintree, CM77 8DH
Create your own feeder platform to entice more birds into your garden.
www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk
Cost: £2.50 per child

Elephants in the Library, Colchester Library
Fri 22 Feb 2019, 10.30am-12.00pm
Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JB
Make an elephant mask, listen to elephant stories, see if you can find all the hidden elephants and much more!
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Nature Tots (Under 5s)  at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Fri 22 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN
Our weekly group for the under 5’s – 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
Cost: £6 donation per child requested.

 

 


Events: Sat 23 February – Thurs 28 February 2019

Mayhem in the Mad Lab at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 16 Feb to Sun 24 Feb 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm, last entry 3.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
The Royal Gunpowder Mills kicks off its 2019 season with Mayhem in the Mad Lab! Join us DAILY between February 16th to February 24th for super cool science and fun activities.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, Child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student, disabled person and carer) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Eco-Superheroes February Half Term at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Become an Eco Superhero and make fun things from recycled materials such as crusader costumes and bug hotels. You’ll also become a scientist and discover what compost is made of and go hunting for bugs and plants. Great fun for the whole family whatever the weather.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission applies, members enter for free. Plus art & craft workshops £3 per child

Drop-in Homes and Habitats at Abberton Reservoir
Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb 2019, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Drop-in and complete our Homes & Habitats Trail. Find out about where different animals make their homes, and see if you can match them to the correct habitat.  When you’ve finished the trail, return to the centre to collect your reward! Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 donation per child.

Drop-in Pond Dipping at Abberton Reservoir
Sat 23 Feb 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm & 12.30pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Why not drop-in and go pond dipping at Abberton? Come along and join us until you can dip no more. Please note it may be busy at times. Children must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 donation for child

Fridge Magnet Craft at Essex Police Museum
Sat 23 Feb 2019, 10.00am-3.30pm
Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DN
Make your own fridge magnet for just £2! You can change the design whenever you want, making this a reuseable product. Please note that we only have 63 kits, so the event will run until stocks last.
www2.essex.police.uk
Cost: £2.00

Snowdrop Sunday at Hedingham Castle
Sun 24 Feb 2019, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Under 18s £6, Over 65s £7.50, Family £25, One adult family ticket £17.50, Under 5s FREE

Snowdrop Open Day at Easton Lodge
Sun 24 Feb 2019, 11.30am-4.00pm
Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BB
There are swathes of snowdrops under the trees and aconites too; and more snowdrops in the walled kitchen garden and the Glade. Many of the common single and double blooms were planted in Victorian times or before. They are a favourite for visitors!Snowdrops in the green on sale and there will be a plant stall.
www.eastonlodge.co.uk
Cost: Adult £4.50, Children under 16 FREE