Top local listings for June 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.  You can add to our list of June events in Essex by visiting our Add Event page.

Details may be subject to change. Always check with the organiser before travelling.


Events: Saturday 1st June – Friday 7th June 2019

Agent Nitrate – Spytastic School Holidays at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 25 May – Sun 2 June 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm (last ticket 3pm)
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY
Agent Nitrate is looking for secret agents to join them in a week full of spytastic fun! Great crafts , science and experiments to take part in.
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Check website for price details.

Dinosaur Family Fun at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 1 June 2019, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Follow the dinosaur footprints around the reserve to find the hidden dinosaurs and solve the clues.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 per trail guide

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale – Westcliff-on-Sea
Sat 1 June 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.
mum2mummarket.co.uk
Cost: Entry is £2 for adults (children are free).

Wildfest at Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
Sun 2 June 2019, 10.00am-4.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre will be hosting the first ever Wildfest, building on the fantastic Summer Wildlife & Country Fair held there for many years. The arena will hold displays – birds of prey flying, dog and duck show, den-building competition and children’s hour, featuring races and all kinds of fun! There will be experts to teach all about wildlife and conservation – a ‘guide in hide’, pond-dipping, bush craft, nature arts, bug-hunting, species identification, photography and more – fun and informative activities for young and old. There will be plenty of food and drink available throughout the day.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: Adults £4, children £1. Donations will also be requested for some activities

Meet Peter Rabbit at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 2 June 2019, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
Peter Rabbit will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £12, Seniors £9, Child £6 or Family £33 (2 Adults & 2 Children), Dogs £2.

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 5 June 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Little Acorns Pre–School Gardening Club
Wed 5 June 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/gardens/hyde-hall
Cost: Normal garden admission applies (free entry for members), plus £4 per child

Nature Tots at Fingringhoe Nature Reserve
Fri 7 June 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 729678 to book.

 

 


Events: Saturday 8th June – Friday 14th June 2019

Basildon Mum2mum Market
Sat 8 June 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

Peppa and George Pig at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 9 June 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
The loveable pigs will be appearing at intervals on the day.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adult (over 16) £16 online, child £15 online, under 2s FREE but note that there are height restrictions on some rides

Barleycorn Fair at the Museum of Power
Sat 9 June 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Folk Music, Talks & Workshops, Nature & Ecology, Green Spirituality and Country Crafts. Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides’Astaria’ model village OPEN’Marshall’ the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by compressed air and other oil / diesel engines will be running
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adult £7.00, Concessions £6.00, Children (5 to 15) £3.00, Children under 5 FREE

Forest School Family Fun Sundays at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 9 June 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddles at Hylands House
Tues 11 June 2019, 10.00am-11.30pm
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 Abberton Reservoir
Weds 12 June 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 13 June 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 Fingringhoe Nature Reserve
Fri 14 June 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 729678 to book.

Friday Fives at Chelmsford Museum
Fri 14 June 2019, 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
If you have a toddler aged between 18 months and five years, Friday Fives offers an interactive, hour-long session once a month, with a nursery rhyme theme. We share a story, explore some museum objects and displays, and make a craft object to link with the rhyme.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: £3.50 per child

 

 

 


Events: Saturday 15th June – Friday 21st June 2019

Family Forest School at Bedfords Park
Sat 15 June 2019
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Play, learn, explore and create the natural way. Join us in the forest to light fires with a flint and steel, build dens, make knots, use tools and learn about wildlife. Fun for all the family through the changing seasons. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be dressed appropriately for being outside.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per session or block book six consecutive fortnightly sessions for £36. Booking essential, call 01708 748646.

Father’s Day Weekend Spectacular at Marsh Farm
Sat 15 June & Sun 16 July 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP
Enjoy a full day of spectacular fun this Fathers Day weekend at Marsh Farm:Meet and greets with Super Girl, Captain America, Hulk, Batman & Spiderman. See the Dinosaurs. Essex Elite Football – penalty shoot out and football free play. Magic Show with Bam Bam – as seen on Britain’s Got Talent! Adorable Animals. Arts & Crafts. Gem Hunting. Bouncy Pillows. Adventure Play. Crazy Golf. Indoor Play Barn.
www.marshfarm.co.uk
Cost: £11.75 online or £14.25 on the door per person (over 2yrs old)

Summer Sleepout at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough
Sat 15 & Sun 16 June 2019, 2.00pm Sat –  11.30am Sun
Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ
Celebrate the ‘Big Wild Weekend’ by grabbing your tent and taking this amazing opportunity to camp at stunning Abbotts Hall, site of Essex Wildlife Trust’s headquarters, nestled in the sleepy farmland countryside around the village of Great Wigborough.Take part in WILD activities, such as an evening walk to spot owls, or listening out for bats with our special detectors. A special birdbox-monitoring demonstration will take place on the farm the following morning, and our moth-trapping expert will guide you through a plethora of incredible winged insects drawn in overnight.A barbecue is provided during the evening (please bring your own food and drinks for the barbecue and breakfast) and we will be lighting the camp fire a little later on. You will almost certainly hear Tawny Owls calling during the night!Toilets and a shower are available, and you will have free access to hot drinks, but please bring your own tent and camping equipment, and a gas hob if you wish to have a hot breakfast.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Adult £20.00, Couple £36.00, Child (aged 6 – 17) £10.00, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children aged 6 – 17) £52.00. Booking is essential; call 01621 862960 to book.

Father’s Day Classic Car Show at Epping Ongar Railway
Sun 16 June 2019, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
The first of two one day classic car shows. Not just for Fathers! Anyone who loves steam and diesel locomotives and buses will have a great day. The Railway are expecting an eclectic mix of some 70 classic, sports cars and other vehicles on the 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

Opend Day at Great Holland Pits
Sun 16 June 2019, 11.00am-4.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
The reserve will be open with supervised pond-dipping for children, walks and wildlife photography.
www.essexwt.org.uk

Dad’s Go Free Day at Barleylands
Sun 16 June 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
One free dad with a paying child (2-16yrs), Grandad’s have their own special day later in the year so are not included within this promotion.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Save 10% online – Adult £10.80, Conc & Child £9.90, Family tickets from £37.80, Under 2s go free.

Classic Cars for Father’s Day at Audley End
Sun 16 June 2019, 11.00am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Rev your engines this Father’s Day and treat Dad to a charming collection of classic cars on display at Audley End. Put your pedal to the metal and discover what it takes to take care of your dream motor. Suitable for 0 – 60 and beyond!
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: Adults £18.50, Concessions £16.70, Children £11.10, Family £48.10. English Heritage Members FREE

Birds of Prey at Layer Marney Tower
Sun 16 June 2019, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex, C05 9US
On Fathers’ Day, 16th June, bring  your dad to see the wonderful birds from Eden Falconry who will be at Layer Marney Tower.  Flying displays at 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm.
www.layermarneytower.co.uk
Cost: Adult £9, Child £5.00, Family £25

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 19 June 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 20 June 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 Fingringhoe Nature Reserve
Fri 21 June 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 729678 to book.

Bring Your Own Baby Comedy at Colchester Arts Centre
Mon 18 June 2018, 11.15am
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Bring Your Own Baby Comedy is the UK’s premier baby friendly comedy club! The shows feature the funniest comedy stars from the circuit and TV. The events are all about you, the parents! But don’t worry – they also take great care of our younger guests. They provide soft flooring, toys, buggy parking and baby changing, so that your baby is happy and you can relax, have a drink and be entertained! If you need to whip out a bum (the babies please!) a boob or a bottle please feel free… and the comics won’t mind being heckled by our younger guests! The shows feature a brand new line up of comedians every month. They feature two acts, plus a compere, with a 15 minute interval, and the whole show will last approx 75 minutes.* Please note: the brilliant comics will be performing their usual adult material, which is why there is a 12 month age limit for little laughers.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £11 / £10 concessions. Babies do not need tickets.

 

 


Events: Saturday 22nd June – Sunday 30th June 2019

May House at the Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 22 June 2019, 10.00am, 11.30am & 1.00pm
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
My House” is a circus theatre experience for little people and their families. This exciting, magical, quirky structure, which can be put up almost anywhere, invites people to come close and become part of the performance. The audience find a place for themselves at one of the many windows and openings from where they watch the show unfold within. In between shows “The House” stands as an installation and play space, generating lots of interest whether viewed from a distance or being interacted with up close. The set is built to be able to climb on and we encourage everyone to have a go!
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £5.95 each

Dino Day at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Sat 22 June 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5AY
Complete the Dion Trail for grrrreat prizes.
www.omdfarm.co.uk
Cost: Adult (over 16) £16 online, child £15 online, under 2s FREE but note that there are height restrictions on some rides.

1940s Steam Weekendat Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 22 June & Sun 23 July 2019, from 9.30am
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Join the Railway as they turn back the clock once again to the 1940s. Expect re-enactors around the railway, vintage vehicles and live entertainment across the weekend, with vintage steam engines in charge of the passenger services. Come along and enjoy the atmosphere of yesteryear!
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: In advance – Adult £15; Child £7; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £38. On the day – Adult £16; Child £8; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £41. Children under 3 are free – no ticket needed. Tickets are valid all day long and offer unlimited travel on all our trains and heritage buses.

Forest School Family Fun Sundays at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 23 June 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Nature Tots at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 26 June 2019, 10.30am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Weekly preschool group for under 5’s during term time.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 donation for first child, £4 donation per additional sibling. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Nature Tots at Fingringhoe Nature Reserve
Weds 26 June 2019, 10.00am –  12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Get messy, make some noise & enjoy being outside. Children must be accompanied.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 729678 to book.

Nature Tots at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 27 June 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

Gangsta Granny at Bedfords Park
Thurs 27 June 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
You are invited to share in this exciting escapade, a David Walliams best seller adapted by Heartbreak productions for the outdoor stage. Join us, Ben, and his Gangsta Granny on their grandest adventure full of forbidden fun. It could be very hungry work so come prepared with picnics and appropriate outdoor gear.Suitable for all the family but recommended for age 7+; children three and under go free, running time 2 hours, including interval. Come prepared with picnics and appropriate outdoor gear.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Adults £15.00 – Children (17 & under) £10 each – Children aged 3 & under Free – Family (2 + 2) £45.00 (one child half price). Booking essential, call 01708 748646.

Armed Forces Day at Stow Maries Aerodrome
Sat 29 June 2019, 11.00am – 3.00pm
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
One of the biggest Armed Forces Day events on the Essex calendar.The event begins at 11.00am until 3.00pm, with a Parade and Flag-raising ceremony at 1.00pm. It is a very special event in which we pay tribute to our Armed Forces.There will be lots to see and explore, with displays of military vehicles, guided tours of the site, three exhibits to explore, and WW1 Period aircraft.
www.stowmaries.org.uk
Cost: Free entry to the publicPlease obtain your free ticket here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/armed-forces-day-saturday-29th-june-2019-tickets-62199169390

Chelmsford Mum2mum Market
Sat 29 June 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

Family Forest School at Bedfords Park
Sun 30 June 2019
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Play, learn, explore and create the natural way. Join us in the forest to light fires with a flint and steel, build dens, make knots, use tools and learn about wildlife. Fun for all the family through the changing seasons. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be dressed appropriately for being outside.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per session or block book six consecutive fortnightly sessions for £36. Booking essential, call 01708 748646.

Meet The Gruffalo at Colne Valley Railway
Sun 2 June 2019, 10.30am-5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DZ
The Gruffalo will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day.
www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £12, Seniors £9, Child £6 or Family £33 (2 Adults & 2 Children), Dogs £2.

Romford, Harold Hill Mum2mum Market
Sun 30 June 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