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Easter Adventure Quest - Saffron Walden

6th-22nd April 2019

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/events

Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Crack the clues as you and your family follow the trail through the gardens. Intrepid adventurers who track down the dragon egg will...

Easter Egg Hunt - Colchester

6th-22nd April 2019

Address: CO3 4AU

Website: www.mightyclaws.co.uk/colchester

Find the hidden eggs and win an Easter treat. Hunt around Mighty Claw Valley, find the hidden eggs, hand in your score card and claim your Easter treat at reception. No need to book, just turn up and play....

Easter Festival - Brentwood

6th-22nd April 2019

Address: CM14 5AY

Website: www.omdfarm.co.uk

Enjoy magic shows, circus workshops, arts & crafts and more throughout the Easter half term! Don’t forget petting with the new born baby animals. On Easter bank holiday also enjoy face painting!...

Easter Holidays at the Zoo - Colchester

6th-22nd April 2019

Website: www.colchester-zoo.com

Enjoy an array of daily encounters as well as facepainting and bug handling at the discovery centre, elephant and giraffe feeds at the Kingdom of the Wild paddock and the chance to get up close to some...

Easter Special - nr Saffron Walden

6th-22nd April 2019

Website: www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

Take one of the trains into the woods to visit the Easter Bunny, receive a special treat and meet his other furry friends. You can also try to spot all the animals, nests and eggs throughout the Easter...

Easter Trail 2019 - Coggeshall

6th-22nd April 2019

Address: CO6 1TG

Website: www.markshall.org.uk

Use the map to find the hidden eggs and boards. Collect the Easter stamps. Learn new facts and discover some favourite spring sights. Make sure to claim your prize after completing your Easter quest! Normal...

Eggsplosive Easter! - Waltham Abbey

6th-22nd April 2019

Address: EN9 1JY

Website: www.royalgunpowdermills.com

In the Mad Lab, Professor Nitrate has some eggstra special hands-on science experiments for you to try. Professor Nitrate puts on egg-cellent interactive science shows at 11.40am, 1.40pm and 3.40pm. On...

Eggsplosive Easter! - Waltham Abbey

6th-22nd April 2019

Address: EN9 1JY

Website: www.royalgunpowdermills.com

In the Mad Lab, Professor Nitrate has some eggstra special hands-on science experiments for you to try. Professor Nitrate puts on egg-cellent interactive science shows at 11.40am, 1.40pm and 3.40pm. On...

Fairground Fun - Colchester

6th-28th April 2019

Address: C02 7SZ

Children's World - the travelling fairground comes to Colchester. With inflatables & roundabouts its ideal fun for children aged 2-10 years. Endless rides for £7.50, plus see their advert...

Family Fun with The Rhyming Rabbit Easter Hop About – nr Chelmsford

6th-22nd April 2019

Address: CM3 8ET

Website: www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

Hop on down for a great garden adventure with The Rhyming Rabbit this Easter. Keep your eyes peeled for the Rhyming Rabbit on a hop about garden trail and enjoy craft activities based on the picture book...

Firstsite Holiday Fun - Makers & Movers - Colchester

6th-22nd April 2019

Address: CO1 1JH

Website: www.firstsite.uk

A range of drop-in art and creative activities, designed by local artist Rachel McGivern in collaboration with Refugee Action Colchester, exploring themes in the exhibitions and a variety of art processes....

The Great Easter Grotto - South Woodham Ferrers

6th-22nd April 2019

Website: www.marshfarm.co.uk

Family fun over Easter, with grotto, Easter egg hunt, meet the Easter bunny and chocolate treat for every child. Online discounts. Tel: 01245 321552. Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, CM3 5WP. www.marshfarm.co.uk  

Bottle Feeding the Lambs - Layer Marney

7th-22nd April 2019

Address: CO5 9US

Website: www.layermarneytower.co.uk

Bottle feeding the lambs is a hugely popular event for families. No need to book, no extra charge just turn up and have fun. Feeding times are at about 12.30pm and 4pm. 12pm-5pm. Adult £9, child...

Bonkers for Bricks - Chelmsford

8th-20th April 2019

Address: CM1 1DH

Website: www.themeadows.co.uk

Get creative and enjoy some eggstra special family fun. Whatever your age and ability, and whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours to spare, you’re bound to find something to build with...

Chill Out Holiday Club - Brentwood

8th-19th April 2019

Address: CM13 2DP

Website: www.thriftwood.org.uk

A supervised holiday club for 8-16 years. Different activities every day of the holidays, including, bushcraft, pedal cars, abseiling, fishing and many more. 9.30am-12.30pm & 1pm-4pm. £10 per...

Easter Pottery Painting - Billericay

8th-22nd April 2019

Address: CM11 2UD

Website: www.hazlespotterybarn.co.uk

Give a gift that is not made of chocolate, - and have a fun relaxing family time together painting pottery. They are open every day during school holidays, including every day of the Easter Weekend. Booking...

Kids Camp - Colchester

8th-19th April 2019

Address: CO1 1YH

Website: www.colchesterleisureworld.co.uk/holidayfun

A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 1 - 6. Range of activities including swimming as a core part of the day’s activities as well as themed arts and crafts...

Megacamp - Kids Activity Camps - Essex Wide

8th-26th April 2019

Website: www.megacamps.net

  Mega Camps offer a variety of activities to suit all different interests, with an option of a sporting or arts & crafts activity. On top of that, each day the children will get the chance...

Easter Holiday - Pond Dipping - Rainham

9th-25th April 2019

Address: RM19 1SZ

Website: www.rspb.org.uk/rainhammarshes

Enjoy pond dipping - investigate what creatures you can find living in the ponds. 10.30 am-12noon or 1.30pm-3pm. £2 per child. Tel: 01708 899851. RSPB Rainham Marshes, off New Tank Hill Road, RM19...

Easter Egg Painting for Kids - nr Maldon

10th-19th April 2019

Website: www.museumofpower.org.uk

Easter hunt around the museum and painting an Easter egg to take home. Normal museum entry prices apply. Tel: 01621 843183. Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, CM9 6QA. www.museumofpower.org.uk

Rainforest Crafts - Braintree

17th-19th April 2019

Address: CM7 3HW

Website: www.braintreemuseum.co.uk

Get crafty at the museum! 10.30am-12noon. Admission charges apply. Booking essential. Tel: 01376 328868. Braintree Museum, Manor Street, CM7 3HW. www.braintreemuseum.co.uk

Annual Easter Egg Hunt- Southend

19th-22nd April 2019

Website: www.visitsouthend.co.uk

Head down to the pier to search for the elusive Easter bunny and his hidden egg pictures over Easter weekend! From 10am. Southend Pier, Western Esplanade. www.visitsouthend.co.uk

Chocolate Festival -nr Witham

19th April 2019

Address: CM77 8PD

Website: www.visitparks.co.uk

See the great array of chocolate related stalls. In addition to this there will be specific workshops and talks you can book onto throughout the day where you can learn about the history of chocolate....

Day out with Thomas - nr Colchester

19th-22nd April 2019

Address: CO6 2DS

Website: www.earm.co.uk

Join Thomas, the number one blue engine, as he visits the East Anglian Railway Museum for a day of family fun. The Fat Controller will also be on hand to make sure that Thomas is being a useful engine...

Easter at Bond Street - Chelmsford

19th-20th April 2019

Address: CM1 1GD

Website: www.bondstreetchelmsford.co.uk

Find the Easter Bunny at Bond Street, Chelmsford for a free chocolate treat. Bond Street, CM1 1GD. www.bondstreetchelmsford.co.uk

Easter Egg Hunt & Drive - Chelmsford

19th-22nd April 2019

Kids drive tough lookalike mini-Landrovers and collect Easter eggs while driving around the field. For ages 3 -10. Tel: 0737 832 0495. Off Road Kids, Carlton Farm, Beehive Lane, Chelmsford CM2 8RL Check...

Easter Egg Hunt - Dunmow

19th-20th April 2019

Address: CM77 6RA

Website: www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk

Easter family fun with an Easter egg hunt around the craft centre shops to find all the eggs to win a prize, just £3 per entry. Tombola and refreshments will be available, and you can meet the Easter...

Easter Egg Hunt - Hanningfield

19th-21st April 2019

Address: CM11 1WT

Website: www.essexwt.org.uk

The Easter Bunny has been to Hanningfield Reserve and left some chocolaty treats behind, can you find them? Make an Easter themed craft to take away with you and have a go at some pond dipping. 10am-4pm....

Easter Egg Hunt - nr Colchester

19th-22nd April 2019

Address: CO2 0EU

Website: www.essexwt.org.uk

Explore the reserve to discover all the hidden eggs and complete the eggcellent crafts. 10am-3pm. £7 per child. Booking essential. Tel: 01206 738172. Abberton Reservoir, Layer-de-la-Haye, CO2 0EU....

Easter Egg Hunt - Ongar

19th-22nd April 2019

Address: CM5 9BN

Website: www.eorailway.co.uk

Epping Ongar Railway’s beloved Bertie Bunny will be leading what is probably the longest Easter egg hunt in Essex. Family fun with the Easter Bunny, The Bunny Hop - Children's Disco and Facepainters....

Easter Eggstravaganza - Hanningfield

20th April 2019

Address: CM11 1WT

Website: www.essexwt.org.uk

Follow the eggsplorer trail around the reserve, crack the clues and earn your eggy reward. £5 per trail. 10am-3pm. Tel: 01268 711001. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk

Charity Easter Bunny Hunt - Chelmsford

21st April 2019

Website: www.chelmsfordladiescircle.co.uk

Chelmsford Ladies Circle run their popular charity Easter event at Hylands Park. 11am-2pm. Tickets cost £4 online in advance or £5 if you buy on the day. Tickets include the Bunny Hunt sheet...

Easter at Stow - Purleigh

21st April 2019

Address: CM3 6RN

Website: www.stowmaries.org.uk

The attraction launches two great war aerodrome new trails for the site. Wildlife tours will also be taking place and will be bookable for free in the shop. Free Easter egg for all children completing...

Easter Joust - Castle Hedingham

21st-22nd April 2019

Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

The grounds of Hedingham Castle are set to ring to the clash of steel for a medieval spectacular. 10am-5pm. Adults £14, Under 18s £10, family £42. Tel: 01787 460261. Hedingham Castle,...

Superhero Day - Basildon

21st April 2019

Address: SS14 3WB

Website: www.festivalleisure.co.uk

  Visitors of all ages can get up close to their favourite Superhero stars and their cars. Families will get the chance to not only meet the famous Superhero film stars including, The Joker, Bat...

Adventure Day - Tollesbury

27th April 2019

Address: CM9 8SE

Website: www.fact.org.uk

You get the full FACT treatment either afloat or ashore. Choice of a sailaway day or activity day. Suitable for ages 9-adult. 9am-7pm. Booking essential. Tel: 01621 868113. Fellowship Afloat Charitable...

Donate a Bear Day - nr Saffron Walden

27th April 2019

Address: CB11 4JB

Website: www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

Donate a bear to the Audley End Miniature Railway on their opening weekend and their very own Robin the Bear will give your bear a brand new home! Travel through the woods to the Teddy Bear Grand Stand...

Spring Diesel Gala - Ongar

27th-28th April 1901

Address: CM5 9BN.

Website: www.eorailway.co.uk

Special event at the railway. The home fleet, along with some interesting visiting locomotives, come out to be put through their paces over some of the most challenging gradients in preservation. Tel:...

Paw Patrol - Castle Hedingham

28th April 2019

Address: CO9 3DZ

Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk.

Chase and Marshall will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day. Police & Fire vehicles will also be attending (subject to availability). 10.30am-5pm. Adult £12, child £6,...

Punch & Judy - Brentwood

28th April 2019

Address: CM14 5AY

Website: www.omdfarm.co.uk

A magical puppet show for kids and families to enjoy, as well as the usual attractions. Standard admission applies. Tel: 01277 375177. Old Macdonalds Farm, Weald Road, CM14 5AY. www.omdfarm.co.uk

Spring Open Day - Dunmow

28th April 2019

Address: CM6 2BB

Website: www.eastonlodge.co.uk

Enjoy spring leaves and flowers and see the work done in the gardens over the winter. 11.30am-5pm. Adult £4.50, children free. Tel: 01371 876979. The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, CM6 2BB....

Trinity Open Day - Tollesbury

28th April 2019

Address: CM9 8SE

Website: www.fact.org.uk

Come and visit the beautiful lightship Trinity. Take a tour to the stunning light-tower and look around the historic ship. Find out more about Fellowship Afloat and what they get up to all year round -...

Visit the Vulcan - Southend

28th April 2019

Address: SS2 6YF

Website: www.avrovulcan.com

An opportunity to see former Royal Air Force bomber Avro Vulcan XL426 up close at a very affordable price. 10am-4pm. General admission is £5 for adults with accompanied under-16s admitted free. Southend...

Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club- nr Chelmsford

1st May 2019

Address: CM3 8ET

Website: www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

A pre-school gardening and craft club aiming to engage children with the wonderful natural world around them. Every session has a seasonal theme, a relaxed routine, a story and a selection of practical...

Little Acorns Pre-School Gardening Club- nr Chelmsford

1st May 2019

Address: CM3 8ET

Website: www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

A pre-school gardening and craft club aiming to engage children with the wonderful natural world around them. Every session has a seasonal theme, a relaxed routine, a story and a selection of practical...

Fairground Fun - Colchester

4th-6th May 2019

Children's World - the travelling fairground comes to Colchester. With inflatables & roundabouts its ideal fun for children aged 2-10 years. Endless rides for £7.50, plus see their advert...

Fairy & Elf Walk Opening Weekend - nr Saffron Walden

4th-6th May 2019

Address: CB11 4JB

Website: www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

Whirl through the path ways to find all the many tiny elves and fairies living in their handmade wooden tree houses. Make your own wand with one of the fairies or elves. You can then use this to tick off...

Open Morning - Chelmsford

4th May 2019

Website: www.newhallschool.co.uk

An ideal way to see New Hall School in action and to meet the students and staff. Tours are available in the Preparatory and Senior School as well as the Sixth Form and boarding provision. 9am-12noon....

All the King's Horses - Saffron Walden

5th-6th May 2019

Address: CB11 4JF

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/events

Join the merry monarch for a lavish, glamorous day of celebration. Get swept up in the excitement and tension of a day at the races when the king’s Cavalier soldiers race their horses against the...

Bank Holiday Festival -nr Colchester

5th-6th May 2019

Address: CO6 2DS

Website: www.earm.co.uk

As well as steam train rides all day long, there’ll be traditional fairground rides, circus skill workshops and go-karts as well as great live music with Double Trouble. 10am-4.30pm. Adult £10....

Dinosaurs at the Railway - Ongar

5th May 2019

Address: CM5 9BN

Website: www.eorailway.co.uk

Come and meet Dexter, the walking, roaring baby Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur! Take the train to Ongar where Dexter will be performing at intervals. Tel: 01277 365200. Epping Ongar Railway, CM5 9BN. www.eorailway.co.uk

Fun-4-Kidz Community Day - nr Maldon

5th May 2019

Address: CM9 6QA

Website: www.museumofpower.org.uk

A fun day full of children's activities as well as the miniature steam train open for rides. 10am-4pm. Adult £6, children free. Tel: 01621 843183. Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, CM9...

Siege- Medieval - Castle Hedingham

5th-6th May 2019

Address: CO9 3DJ

Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Choose your allegiance and rally your fellow supporters as the Medieval Siege Society returns to mark the anniversary of the siege of Hedingham Castle by the dastardly King John. 10am-5pm. Adults £14,...

Weald Country Show & Festival of Dogs - Brentwood

5th-6th May 2019

Address: CM14 5QS

Website: www.wealdcountryshow.co.uk

From rural and handmade crafts to brilliant demonstrations, shows and talks, the Weald Country Show is a great day out for all the family. 10am-5pm. Adult £7.50, child £3. Weald Country Park,...

PJ Masks - Ongar

6th May 2019

Address: CM5 9BN

Website: www.eorailway.co.uk

Take a steam train ride through the Essex countryside and meet Owlette and Romeo from PJ Masks! Tel: 01277 365200. Epping Ongar Railway, CM5 9BN. www.eorailway.co.uk  

Fairground Fun - Writtle

10th-12th May 2019

Children's World - the travelling fairground comes to Colchester. With inflatables & roundabouts its ideal fun for children aged 2-10 years. Endless rides for £7.50, plus see their advert...

Open Morning - Felsted

11th May 2019

Address: CM6 3LL

Website: www.felsted.org

The ideal opportunity to tour the buildings and meet teachers and current pupils and get an insight into life at Felsted. Registration required. Tel: 01371 822611. Felsted School, CM6 3LL www.felsted.org

School Fete - Brentwood

11th May 2019

Mad Hatters Tea Party! A Wonderland fete full of fun! 2pm-5pm. Ingarve Joinson Primary School. Brentwood Road, Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3NU. www.ingravejohnstoneprimaryschool.co.uk

Stables Weekend - nr Saffron Walden

11th-12th May 2019

Address: CB11 4JF

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/events

Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and glorious falcons in flight as the expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting on horseback. 11am-5pm. Entrance charges apply. Tel:...

Temple at War – nr Witham

11th-12th May 2019

Address: CM77 8PD

Website: www.templeatwar.co.uk

The event will showcase the best and largest annual living history gathering depicting the last 100 years of Military History in the UK. Adult £12.75, children £7.50, family £36.50. Early...

Town & Country Fair - Colchester

11th-12th May 2019

Address: CO1 1UN

Website: www.oakleighfairs.co.uk

All day entertainment which may include birds of prey, working dogs, children's entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. 10am-5pm. On gate: adult £6, child £3, family...

Wildlife Weekend - nr Chelmsford

11th-12th May 2019

Address: CM3 8ET

Website: www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

A chance for visitors to learn all about wildlife in their own gardens and beyond. Meet a range of local wildlife experts and enjoy guided estate walks with the Hyde Hall team. 10am-5pm. RHS Garden Hyde...

Punch & Judy - Brentwood

12th May 2019

Address: CM14 5AY

Website: www.omdfarm.co.uk

A magical puppet show for kids and families to enjoy, as well as the usual attractions. Standard admission applies. Tel: 01277 375177. Old Macdonalds Farm, Weald Road, CM14 5AY. www.omdfarm.co.uk

Essex Young Farmer's Country Show - nr Chelmsford

19th May 2019

Website: www.essexyoungfarmersshow.co.uk

Family day with funfair rides, sheep show, livestock arena, farmers market & food court. From 9.30am. In advance: Adult £15, child free. Tel: 01245 360442. Boyton Hall, Roxwell A1060, CM1 4LN....

Family Jam: Drums! - Saffron Walden

19th May 2019

Website: www.saffronhall.com

Blow off some steam in these fun high-energy workshops for all the family led by Barbican Artistic Associates Drum Works. Whether you’ve never picked up a drum stick in your life or you’re...

Scottish Dance Theatre: Innocence - Saffron Walden

2nd June 2019

Website: www.saffronhall.com

A unique playroom performance, Innocence invites little ones (and their adults), to explore William Blake’s imagination and enter a realm of mystery, fun and adventure. Innocence is a magical theatrical...

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