Top local listings for January 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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January Events in Essex

Events: 1 January –  8 January 2017

Maldon Junior Parkrun
Sun 1 Jan 2017, 9.00am
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
Parkrun organises timed runs on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. Open to everyone. 2km junior route (4-14) every Sunday. Free admission but please register online before your first run.  Contact: maldonpromhelpers@parkrun.com
www.parkrun.org.uk

Frozen Skate at intu Lakeside
Sun 1 Jan 2017, 10.00am
West Thurrock Way, West Thurrock, Grays, Essex, RM20 2ZP
Frozen Skate alongs will also take place on the ice rink at 10am
Come and glide around our giant 600m2 covered ice rink, before enjoying your choice of naughty or nice refreshments in our cosy bar area. They’ll also be putting on group lessons and themed club nights, so don’t wait to find out more!
intu.co.uk/lakeside
Cost: Adults: £9.75, Under 16’s: £7.75, Groups of 4 or more: £7.75pp, Skate Aid for £5

Theatre Of Widdershins presents Rapunzel at Colchester Arts Centre
Mon 2 Jan (11.00am and 4.00pm) & Tue 3 Jan (4.00pm) 2017
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway? It’s bad enough having a bad hair day but pity poor Rapunzel spending her life in a tower with some strange woman using her captive’s locks as a step ladder! What sort of damage is that going to do to your hair? Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale right back to its roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! Suitable for everyone aged 4 year and over.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £5.95 per person

Bird Feeders at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Tue 3 Jan 2017, 10.00am – 1.00pm (3 sessions on the day)
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
This time of year is when the wild birds need our help, make some great bird feeders to encourage wild birds to your garden. Great fun for all. To book over the phone please call the visitor centre on 01375484016 or pop into the visitor centre between 9.00am – 5.00pm.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child

Plate Decorating at Chafford Gorges Visitor Centre
Weds 4 Jan 2017, 10.00am – 1.00pm (3 sessions on the day)
Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Grays, Thurrock, Essex, RM16 6RW
Get creative and make your very own masterpiece to take home. Great fun for everyone. We Supply the plates and pens you supply the masterpiece. This event is open to all ages, so adults why not give it ago too. To book over the phone please call the visitor centre on 01375484016 or pop into the visitor centre between 9.00am – 5.00pm.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per plate

Get In! Skate School at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre
Sat 7 Jan 2017
Victoria Rd, Chelmsford CM1 1FG
Get In! Skate School will be launching today and will replace the current Ice Skating lesson programme. 30 min lesson per week with a qualified Ice Skating Professional. Unlimited and public skating. Free gloves and skate hire. www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £35 a month

Free Trial Session at Razzamataz Theatre School
Sat 7 Jan 2017
The Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh, SS6 9BZ
Start the New Year with a new activity!Book your free trial session for either Sat 7th or Sat 14th January. For more details or to book call 07787 570760 / 01268 683512. Fun classes for ages 4 – 17 years.
www.razzamataz.co.uk

Family Wassail Celebration at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sat 7 Jan 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Traditional Wassail Celebration in the community orchard. Make a jam jar lantern in the classroom then enjoy a twilight walk through the reserve finishing at the orchard.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Maldon Junior Parkrun
Sun 8 Jan 2017, 9.00am
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
Parkrun organises timed runs on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. Open to everyone. 2km junior route (4-14) every Sunday. Free admission but please register online before your first run.  Contact: maldonpromhelpers@parkrun.com
www.parkrun.org.uk

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 8 Jan 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Forest School activities in the woods – den building, ropes, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting and campfire. Enjoy some quality family time, all ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child

Events: 9 January – 15 January 2017

Snow White – The Panto at Headgate Theatre
Thur 12 Jan to Sat 14 Jan 2017, various times
14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT
Queenie traps her psychic, Mystic Merv, in a mirror so he can confirm she is the fairest in the land 24/7. Unfortunately Snow White is fairer, so she must be eliminated. Mole and Wart are volunteered for the job. What can possibly go wrong? Who will save the day…?
www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: £11 and £9.50 (students and children)

Free Trial Session at Razzamataz Theatre School
Sat 14 Jan 2017
The Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh, SS6 9BZ
Start the New Year with a new activity!Book your free trial session for either Sat 7th or Sat 14th January. For more details or to book call 07787 570760 / 01268 683512. Fun classes for ages 4 – 17 years.
www.razzamataz.co.uk

Maldon’s Big Hearted Fun Day at Maldon Town Hall
Sat 14 Jan 2016, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Market Hill, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4RL
The Big Sing Community Choir join forces to create a BIG fun day to raise money for our new charity ‘The BIG Sing SOUL’ which aims to take our uplifting music to those who can’t come to us. The fun day will feature a craft market, sweet stalls, face painting, kids crafts, games, cakes refreshments and live singing from the BIG Sing and LITTLE Sing choirs.
www.big-sing.com

Comedy Club 4 Kids at Chelmford’s Civic Theatre
Sat 14 Jan 2017, 2.00pm
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?” Recommended age: 6 years+.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £8

Maldon Junior Parkrun
Sun 15 Jan 2017, 9.00am
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
Parkrun organises timed runs on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. Open to everyone. 2km junior route (4-14) every Sunday. Free admission but please register online before your first run.  Contact: maldonpromhelpers@parkrun.com
www.parkrun.org.uk

Wild Crafts at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Sun 15 Jan 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN
Come along to the centre and have a go at making some really wild crafts. Drop in event, no need to book. Suitable for ages 4 – 10 years.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £4 per child.

Events: 16 January – 22 January 2017

Beauty and the Beast at Palace Theatre, Southend
Wed 18 – Sun 22 Jan 2017, various times
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
The Wednesday Players presents Beauty and The Beast. An amateur production.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: £11 – £16 per ticket

Puss in Boots Story Play at Queens Theatre
Sat 21 Jan 2017, 10.00am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
Led by a professional storyteller, these brilliant interactive sessions bring popular stories to life, encouraging imagination and creativity through structured play, while exploring the themes and characters in each story. Running time 45 minutes.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per child ticket (adult ticket not required)

Magic Frostie’s Very Magic Magic Show at Queens Theatre
Sat 21 Jan 2017, 11.30am
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QT
A mind-blowing show including rib-tickling funnies, miraculous magic, side-splitting puppetry and a giggletastic gameshow. Co-starring Hercules, the world’s only magic squirrel and Ziggy, the universe’s naughtiest alien! A family show jam-packed with lots of fun for everyone.
www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Cost: £5 per ticket

Colchester Mum2mum Market
Sat 21 Jan 2017, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Colchester Institute, Main Hall, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3LL
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 – Free to everyone in the last half hour before closing

Jack Frost at Headgate Theatre
Sat 21 Jan 2017, 2.00pm and 4.00pm
14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT
A magical, wintery production brings Jack Frost to life through puppetry, live music and enchanting storytelling. Meet our mischievous sprite as he takes us on a snowy adventure and spreads winter wherever he goes. But wrap up warm or you’ll catch him nipping at your fingers and toes!
www.headgatetheatre.co.uk
Cost: Children £6, Adults £8, Family of Four £25

Welly Weekends at Marsh Farm
Sat 21 and Sun 22 Jan 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Everyone’s favourite Peppa Pig will be making appearances at intervals during both weekends so make sure you bring your camera. Once here visitors can also climb and slide in the soft play Barn, explore our enormous outdoor adventure play frame, meet the farm animals and catch a hilariously fun show in one of our theatres. Be sure to drag Mum and Dad on our awesome carousel and teacup rides too!
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 on the day or £10.99 online. Under 2s and annual pass holders go FREE

Maldon Junior Parkrun
Sun 22 Jan 2017, 9.00am
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
Parkrun organises timed runs on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. Open to everyone. 2km junior route (4-14) every Sunday. Free admission but please register online before your first run.  Contact: maldonpromhelpers@parkrun.com
www.parkrun.org.uk

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 22 Jan 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Forest School activities in the woods – den building, ropes, woodland crafts, wildlife spotting and campfire. Enjoy some quality family time, all ages welcome, must be accompanied by an adult. Booking Essential.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 per child

Events: 23 January – 31 January 2017

Jack and the Beans Talk at Palace Theatre, Southend
Sat 28 Jan 2017, 11.00am and 1.30pm
430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA
Was it a dream or did I hear a talking bean? Jack lives on a small farm with his mum and very little to eat. He likes to talk to the birds, his cow and anyone who will listen. Imagine his surprise when he swops his cow for some magic beans and starts to hear a whispering in the breeze and a giant rumble in the sky … A fresh and funny retelling of the traditional story using puppetry.  Suitable for ages 3-7years.
southendtheatres.org.uk
Cost: All seats: £10.00 inclusive of booking fee

Chelmsford Mum2mum Market
Sat 28 Jan 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hylands Academy, Hatfield Grove, Chelmsford, Essex 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 – Free to everyone in the last half hour before closing

Canvey Island Mum2mum Market
Sat 28 Jan 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0JA
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

Welly Weekends at Marsh Farm
Sat 28 and Sun 29 Jan 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Everyone’s favourite Peppa Pig will be making appearances at intervals during both weekends so make sure you bring your camera. Once here visitors can also climb and slide in the soft play Barn, explore our enormous outdoor adventure play frame, meet the farm animals and catch a hilariously fun show in one of our theatres. Be sure to drag Mum and Dad on our awesome carousel and teacup rides too!
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £12.50 on the day or £10.99 online. Under 2s and annual pass holders go FREE

Room on the Broom at Civic Theatre
Sat 28 Jan (1.30pm & 4.30pm) and Sun 29 Jan (10.30am – 1.30pm) 2017
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG
Join the Witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the Olivier-nominated show that’s toured Britain and the world! Running time: 55 mins
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/room-broom
Cost: Tickets: £12.00, Group rate: £9.50, £1 off full price and standard concessionary tickets for Leisure Plus cardholders

Maldon Junior Parkrun
Sun 29 Jan 2017, 9.00am
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5JQ
Parkrun organises timed runs on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass. Open to everyone. 2km junior route (4-14) every Sunday. Free admission but please register online before your first run.  Contact: maldonpromhelpers@parkrun.com
www.parkrun.org.uk