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May Half Term Events in Essex 2018

may half term events in essex

Looking for May half term events in Essex 2018 for kids and families? We’ve put together an extensive lists of shows, days out, craft sessions, outdoor activities, fetes, fairs, and open days that’ll keep everyone entertained during the school holidays.

Here you’ll find lots of top things to do in Essex and the surrounding areas. All of the half term events are listed according to date and time. You can add to our list of May events by visiting our Add Event page.

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

May Half Term Events in Essex 2018

 

Events: Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June 2018

Get Set Grow: May Half Term at RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June 2018, 9.00am-4.00pm
Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
Discover all there is to know about gardening this half term with lots of plant-themed fun to inspire children to get growing.Activities to enjoy throughout the week include a Garden Trail and Sow & Grow.
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
Cost: Normal garden admission aplies, plus £2 for arts & craft activities and £3 for face painting

Agent Nitrate – Spy Kids Half Term at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June 2018, 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.

May Half Term at Barleylands Farm Park
Sat 26 May – Sun 3 June 2018, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Get outdoors and enjoy all the fun of the farm this May half term holiday – from farm animals big and small to majestic birds of prey as well as the region’s largest collection of reptiles. There’s something for all the family – plus we have a host of fantastic indoor activities and play areas so there’s lots to do even if the weather isn’t so good.
www.barleylands.co.uk
Cost: Normal entry applies, under 2s go free

Spring into Spring Self-led Trail at Bedfords Park
Sat 26 May 2018, 10.30am-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Take part in a self-led trail around Bedfords Park. Themed on wildlife and nature! No need to book – just turn up! No Booking Required. Children must be accompanied by an adult
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £2 per child

Comedy Club 4 Kids at the Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 26 May 2018, 1.30pm (show starts 2.00pm)
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
It’s back! It’s a comedy club, right, but for kids. Also any adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the international circuit’s best stand-ups and sketch acts. Non-patronising. Pure awesome. Most Suitable for 6+ years.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95

Mermaid and Pirate Festival 2018 at Audley End Railway
Sat 26 – Mon 28 May 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm
Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JB
Brand new event for 2018! The Mermaid and Pirate Festival will leave you wanting to become a real life Mermaid or Pirate. Included in the ticket price: Train Ride, Fairy and Elf Walk, Fairy or Elf Wand Making, meet the Mermaids and Pirates, Craft Making, Face Painting, Story Telling, Games Area.
www.audley-end-railway.co.uk
Cost: From £11 adults and children aged 2-16; carers and under 2s FREE. Booking recommended.

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival
Sat 26 – Sun 27 May 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Essex Outdoors Mersea, Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea, CO5 8SX
Savour the Flavour of Island Life! The Festival is a celebration of local food and drink; a showcase for talented artists and local performers. Sample local produce, unique gifts for yourself, your home or gardentalented entertainers. Kids can enjoy free craft activities and workshops. Change your look (for the day!) with airbrush tattoos, hair braids or facepainting. For the more adventurous there are the ‘hamster balls’ or zorbs. There’s fun for kids of all ages.
www.mersea-fdl-festival.com
Cost: Free entry and free parking

First Aid for Children at Abberton Reservoir
Sun 27 May 2018, 10.00am – 11.30pm or 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Teach your child basic first aid skills.Instructor Lauren will teach your child basic first aid skills in the 90 minute session on Sunday 27th May in our Education Room at Abberton Visitor Centre. Each child will receive a certificate to say they have completed the course.We are running two sessions on the day, 10am and 12pm. Age 4+.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: Donation £8 per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential; call 01206 738172 to book.

Family Forest Fun at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 27 May 2018, 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

Show Me the Honey at Chelmsford Museum
Mon 28 May – Fri 1 June 2018, 10am-12.30pm or 1.30pm to 4pm
Oaklands Park, Moulsham St, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ
Join the team as wtheywelcome the bees back to their home at Chelmsford Museum! They will have a range of unbeelievable children’s activities on offer such as honey tasting, arts and crafts and doing the waggle dance! This is perfect for family time. Enjoy the activities on offer, look around the museum exhibitions and play in Oaklands Park. Participants of the activities must be aged from 3 – 15 years, but everyone is welcome! Spaces limited, book online.
www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Cost: Children aged 0-2 years – FREE, Children aged 3-12 years – £5, 13-15 years if they are participating in activities – £5, 13-15 years if they are NOT participating in activities – FREE, Adults – FREE

Hedgehogs Club (4 to 8 years) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Mon 28 May 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. This time it’s all about brilliant butterflies. Make a butterfly feeder, search for butterflies in the grass and make your own butterfly to take home..
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child. Bookings on 01268 711001

Kite Making and Flying Bugs at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 28 May 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Design and make a kite then find some fabulous flying insects.
All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre – 01206 738172.

Dinosaur Self-led Trail at Bedfords Park
Mon 28 May 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Follow the dinosaur trail around the park – how many dinosaur clues can you find? Learn facts about dinosaurs and win a small prize! Drop in any time between 10.30am – 3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £2 per child

Fairy Trail and Crafts at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Mon 28 May 2018, 12.00pm-2.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Create your own magical “ I believe” Tea Light holders, Beaded Jewellery and Trail.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child

Hatchinglings Club (Under 5s) at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Tues 29 May 2018, 9.30am-11.30am
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Come and join the Hanningfield Hatchlings. Weekly pre-school group for the under 5’s on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays. Includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, music, crafts and games in the centre.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 per child, £4 per sibling, babes in arms free. Booking essential. Phone 01268 711001

Tuesday Toddle at Hylands House
Tues 29 May 2018, 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.

Brambly Hedge Poppy’s Babies Story Session at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 29 May 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Listen to the story and then help make Poppy’s nursery just perfect for her babies. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre – 01206 738172.

Wild Art at Langdon Visitor Centre
Tues 29 May 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Create some wild art using natural materials – paint a wooden badge and weave a willow window. Suitable for all ages, accompanied by an adult (younger children may require more help). Drop in event, no need to book in advance but space may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £3.00 per child (max 2 crafts)

May Half Term: Around the World at Braintree Museum
Tues 29 May 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
A range of activities and crafts during school holidays. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied. All children being left must be signed in and out of each session
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: Children £2 (FREE for under 5’s). Multiple days and group booking must be paid in advance. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Little Badgers Parent and Toddle Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Tues 29 May 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child per session £4 for siblings. Babes in arms free. Advance booking and payment essential.

Seashore Crafts at The Naze Education Centre
Tues 29 May – Thurs 31 May 2018, 11.00am-3.00pm
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
A rangeof seashore themed arts and crafts available in the education room. No booking required, just drop in.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Suggested donation £3 per person, children must be accompanied.

Nature Tots at Langdon Visitor Centre
Weds 30 May 2018, 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Bug Hunting at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 30 May 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Go for a ramble around the reserve and search for some bugs. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre – 01206 738172.

Pond Dipping at Abberton Reservoir
Weds 30 May 2018, 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A pond dipping session for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre – 01206 738172.

Space Explorers at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Weds 30 May 2018, 10.00am-2.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Come along to Ingrebourne Valley on a journey through space.Make fun craft and decorate a wooden rocket.Suitable for ages 3+.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £6 per child, booking essential

Bee Themed Drop In Crafts at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Wed 30 May 2018, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
Drop In Craft Day for children of all ages!Join us to try some fun crafts with a Bee theme to support The Great British Bee Count. No need to book – just come along! There is a small charge per craft and children must be accomapnied.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: FREE

May Half Term: Around the World at Braintree Museum
Weds 30 May 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
A range of activities and crafts during school holidays. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied. All children being left must be signed in and out of each session
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: Children £2 (FREE for under 5’s). Multiple days and group booking must be paid in advance. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Wild Discoveries at Bedfords Park
Weds 30 May 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.30pm-3.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Learn about all things WILD, explore the parks wildlife looking at birds, bugs and bigger things. Play wildlife themed games and make a wildlife craft! Children must be accompanied by an adult Ages 3+ Advance Booking Essential .
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child

Wild Story Time at Langdon Visitor Centre
Wed 30 May 2018, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB
Share some amazing animal tales in the Sensory Garden story area and make a simple craft to take home. Suitable for all ages, accompanied by an adult. Drop in event, no need to book in advance but space may be limited at busy times.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £3.00 per child

Summer Half Term Rock Painting For Kids at the Museum of Power
Wed 30 May – Sun 3 June 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hatfield Road, Langford, Essex, CM9 6QA
Bring your youngsters along to the Museum of Power during the Summer Half Term Holiday and have fun painting and finding rocks around the museum grounds. 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.
www.museumofpower.org.uk
Cost: Adults £5, Concessions £4.50, Children (5-15) £2, Under 5s FREE.

Bug Hunting at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Thurs 31 May 2018, 10.00am-2.30pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Go on a Bug Hunt and find many of the insects that live in the Ingrebourne Valley. All equipment supplied. Age 5+.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £6 per child, booking essential

May Half Term: Around the World at Braintree Museum
Thurs 31 May 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
A range of activities and crafts during school holidays. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied. All children being left must be signed in and out of each session
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: Children £2 (FREE for under 5’s). Multiple days and group booking must be paid in advance. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Utterly Otterly at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Thurs 31 May 2018, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
The playful otters have left a trail for you to follow in the woods and a stone to decorate in the centre. Come along for some utterly otterly fun and meet one of the new sculptures on our Wind In The Willows trail.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £3 per child. No need to book.

Fun Thursday at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Thurs 31 May 2018, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex
A weekly wildlife afternoon for children aged up to 7. Wildlife themed afternoons every Thursday in the holidays but a different creature each week. For this week it will be wiggly wormies and related crafts, games and woodland fun. Worms are amazing and great to have in your garden which is why they are this year’s Wild About Gardens featured creature. Find out what you can do to encourage and help the worms near you!
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/belfairs
Cost: £6 donation per child

May Half Term: Around the World at Braintree Museum
Fri 1 June 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
A range of activities and crafts during school holidays. Activities are aimed at 5 to 10 year olds. Under 5’s welcome but must be accompanied. All children being left must be signed in and out of each session
www.braintreemuseum.co.uk
Cost: Children £2 (FREE for under 5’s). Multiple days and group booking must be paid in advance. Accompanying adults will be charged concession rates (£3). BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Little Badgers Parent and Toddle Group at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Fri 30 June 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
On every Tuesday & Friday all year round. Dress for the weather.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6 donation per child per session £4 for siblings. Babes in arms free. Advance booking and payment essential.

Go Wild at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 1 June 2018, 10.30am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Tackle the orienteering course and toast marshmallows. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: £6 requested donation per child. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre – 01206 738172.

Dinosaur Trail and Crafts at The Naze Education Centre
Fri 1 June 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Take part in the dinosaur crafts, trail and volcano making. This is a self led activity session with education rangers on hand to help.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Booking essential, suggested donation £4 per child

Gingerbread Tales at Bedfords Park
Fri 1 June 2018, 11.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-2.00pm
Broxhill Road, Essex, RM4 1QH
Follow an adventure at your own pace through the forest. Can you find the gingerbread man? Discover characters from the story then head back to the centre to create your own craft to take home. Ages 3+. Advance Booking Essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park
Cost: £6 per child

Military History Day at Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Sat 2 June 2018, 10.00am-4.00m
Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
1940’s Band; BBQ and Wine Bar; RAF Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Society; Exhibitions and the Memory Booth; 10th Essex Regiment Display; Local Artists; Stalls; Children’s Crafts. Phone 01708 520364 to book a Guided Walk 11am to 1pm.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Hootingly good show – Owl talk and flight event at Abberton Reservoir
Sat 2 June 2018, Show 1 starts at 11.30am and Show 2 at 3.30pm.
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Join Essex Wildlife Trust and Imperial Bird of Prey Academy for a talk about owls. As well as a talk they will be flying the birds in the marquee, so a great opportunity to see these majestic birds up close. There are two shows during the day. Both shows will last for approximately 1 and half hours.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: Donation £8 per adult, £6 per child. Booking essential please call 01206 738172 to book your place or to find out more information.

1940’s Weekend at The Naze Education Centre
Sat 2 June – Sun 3 June 2018, 10.00am-4.00m
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
A weekend of 1940’s nostalgia. Home Guard Display including military vehicles, a military camp, and a presentation with David Bye. David will be doing his demonstrations at 11.30 and again at 2.30 on each day. David will remind or help you discover what life was like in war torn Britain. Suggested donation for these displays is £5.00.  There will also be a History walk, led by Peter Appleton, again this will take place on both days. Booking for the walk is essential and a donation of £5.00 is suggested. The Home guard display will still be with there on Sunday 3rd June. There will be swing dance demonstrations at 11.00 am and again at 1.00pm, join in and dance at 11.20 and 1.20. There will also be joined by The Hunnies, a vocal trio, who will sing songs from the 1940’s. performances at 2.30 and 3.30.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Displays and talks – suggested donation is £5.00

Victorian Family Fair at Audley End
Sat 2 June to Sun 3 June 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Bring all the family for fun, games and frivolity at our Victorian family fair. Be wowed with must-see circus skills on horseback live in the main arena, join in with garden games on the lawn and try your hand at quoits and croquet, take part in a percussion based workshop with our merry minstrels, and meet our Victorian toy makers – it’s sure to be a great day out for all the family.
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Cost: £19.60 adult (member £1.50), £11.80 child 5-15 years (member £0.90), £17.60 cons (member £1.30), £51.00 family ticket (member £3.90)

Nature Tots on Sunday at Langdon Visitor Centre
Sun 3 June 2018, 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.
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/langdon
Cost: £6.00 per child, £4.00 per sibling

Dinosaur Family Trail at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sun 3 June 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Follow the dinosaur footprints around the nature reserve to find hidden dinosaurs and solve the clues. No need to book
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £2 per trail

Wildlife and Country Fair at Abberton Reservoir
Sun 3 June 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
oin Essex Wildlife Trust for their annual Wildlife & Country Fair. Conservation stalls, craft stalls, food stands, pond dipping, arena displays and lots more. BBQ and other food available on the day. Fun for all the family
www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir
Cost: Donation £2 per adult £1 per child.

Music Mob – Daytime Family Clubbing in Leigh-On-Sea
Sun 3 June 2018, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex SS9 1SP
Music Mob is proud to be hosting its SECOND family clubbing event following the SELL OUT launch party! Join us at CTZN Bar for an afternoon of fantastic music from the 80s, 90s & 00s played by our resident DJ Aubs. Plus Lego, crafting, retro games and more included in your ticket price.  Aimed at kids aged 4-9 AND their grown ups, it’s an opportunity for families and friends to spend quality time together, listening to great music, throwing some shapes on the dance floor & catching up!
bookwhen.com
Cost: Adults £7, Children £5, Under 12 months Free

 

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