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Hidden Histories: Empire

6th-5th March 2024

Venue: Hollytrees Museum

Website: www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk

All objects have a story to tell. Some stories are well known and are easy to hear, but others are forgotten about, ignored or contested. Behind the labels for the objects in museums are untold stories...

Discover Holmwood House

1st March 2024

Venue: Holmwood House

Website: www.holmwood.house/admissions/visit-us

Holmwood House is committed to providing an academically rigorous, yet broad and balanced education so that each and every child thrives and achieves their full potential. For more information and to book...

Calm at the Castle

3rd March 2024

Venue: Colchester Castle

Website: www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk

These sessions are suitable for visitors with ASD, providing an opportunity for them to explore the museum at a quieter time. The Museum aims to minimise sensory stimulation in the galleries by turning...

Owls by Candlelight

3rd March 2024

Venue: Hedingham Castle

Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Join the brilliant Eden Falconry for a magical evening with the Owls in the Castle. During this fantastic candlelit encounter, you will witness a variety of owls and experience these beautiful birds demonstrating...

Theatre & Cinema

The Sooty Show

3rd March 2024

Venue: Chelmsford Theatre

Website: www.chelmsfordtheatre.co.uk

With buckets of audience participation and gallons of giggles, this spectacular celebration of the longest-running children’s television show in the world will delight Sooty fans old and new and is a...

World Book Day

7th March 2024

Venue: Nationwide

Website: www.worldbookday.com

Join in this celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) a celebration of reading. World Book Day is about celebrating books and reading all year round. Visit the website for activities...

Home School Workshop: KS1 Science

14th March 2024

Venue: RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Website: www.rhs.org.uk

Take your home-educated children to RHS Garden Hyde Hall for a morning of discovery and garden exploration led by their Education Officers. This workshop is a 90-minute science-focused session aimed at...

Red Nose Day

15th March 2024

Venue: Nationwide

Website: www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday

Get fundraising and make a powerful difference to people here in the UK and around the world. Times are tough but if you can give just a little bit, it will go to people in the UK who need it to get through...

Sci-Fest 2024

16th March 2024

Venue: Colchester Royal Grammar School

Website: www.crgs.co.uk

Sci-Fest, the annual science festival hosted by Colchester Royal Grammar School (CRGS), returns on Saturday 16th March with a wide range of family-friendly activities, both free and ticketed, run by CRGS...

St Patrick’s Ceilidh 

16th March 2024

Venue: South Hanningfield Village Hall

Family Ceilidh on Saturday 16th March from 7pm with The Yardarm Ceilidh Band in attendance, ceilidh dancing and a Raffle.  Tickets cost £8 per person.  For further information, email vallisc@aol.com or...

Theatre & Cinema

The Little Prince

17th March 2024

Venue: Chelmsford Theatre

Website: www.chelmsfordtheatre.co.uk

The Little Prince is here to remind us through mesmerising puppetry and beautiful songs that the boy who fell to earth teaches his friend the Aviator about love, life and real happiness. Produced by Lyngo...

Woodbridge School Spring Open Morning

19th March 2024

Venue: Woodbridge School

Website: www.woodbridgeschool.org.uk

Recently recognised as Secondary School of the Year at the Suffolk Education Awards, the curriculum delivers the perfect balance of life skills, creative challenges and academic excellence. Register your...

Theatre & Cinema

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

22nd-24th March 2024

Venue: Palace Theatre

Website: www.trafalgartickets.com

Go and delve into a range of books with Charlie Cook, brought to life with puppetry and enchanting songs, and perhaps you will be able to help his sister discover the wonderful world inside a book…Based...

Adventure Magic in Wyvernwood

Venue: Wyvernwood

Website: www.wyvernwood.co.uk

Step through a magic portal to enter the Kingdom of Wyvernwood to experience an enchanting story about fierce dragons, fabulous fairies, a warrior princess, spell-blinding wizards, menacing goblins, magical...

Diddy Dragon Days

Venue: Wyvernwood

Website: www.wyvernwood.co.uk/diddy-dragon-days/

Thursdays and Fridays are Diddy Dragon Days between 10am and 2pm, and there’s a different theme each week. Experience toddler friendly activities including meet and greets with the characters, storytelling...

Essex Police Museum Kids Club

Venue: Essex Police Museum

Website: www.essex.police.uk/police-forces/essex-police/areas/essex-police/au/about-us/essex-police-museum/museum/events/

The Essex Police Museum has lots of activities and events throughout the year for all ages and runs childrens' crafts, trails and quizzes. To join just collect a Kids Club loyalty card at the till and...

Exhilarating Family Fun

Venue: Essex Outdoors

Website: www.essexoutdoors.com

Discover family friendly activities to keep the kids entertained or embark on a memorable adventure to for all the family to enjoy. Activities are ideal for groups and individuals aged 8 – 80, and are...

Explorer Zone

Venue: Chelmsford Museum

Website: www.chelmsford.gov.uk

Pick up resources to help your children explore the museum and park. The resources are free to borrow and return at the end of your visit. There are explorer bags, including a sensory trail to support...

Fairy and Elf Walk

Venue: Audley End Miniature Railway

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

Wander through the enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk to find the winged friends in their charming hand made homes. Create your very own magical wand to enhance your spotting abilities and use it to tick off...

Harlow High Adventure

Venue: Essex Outdoors

Website: www.essexoutdoors.com/school-holiday-activities

Discover two exciting, pay and play, outdoor climbing activities at Harlow High Adventure. Providing fun for all the family or just the kids in a safe environment with a coffee shop onsite. High Ropes...

Jigsaw Weekend Performing Arts School

Venue: Moulson High School

Website: www.jigsaw-arts.co.uk/performing-arts-school/chelmsford/

Every student can benefit, in some way, from the performing arts maybe to unlock their hidden talents, overcome their shyness or increase their confidence and social skills. However, what all students...

Laser Tag Parties

Venue: Laser Mayhem

Website: www.laser-mayhem.co.uk

Renowned for cutting-edge technology and amazing playing areas packed with features to deliver the very best kid's parties. All the equipment and camouflage overalls are provided for all players. For...

Northlands Junior Parkrun

Venue: Northlands Park

Website: www.parkrun.org.uk/northlands-juniors/

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 2k event for juniors (4 to 14 year olds) held every Sunday at 9am. Free to join but you must register before you first go along. The aim is to have fun so go along and...

Perform weekly drama, dance and singing classes

Venue: Various venues

Website: www.perform.org.uk/try

Confidence-building drama classes for 4-7s and 7-12s. A unique mix of fun drama games, dance and singing specially designed to boost confidence, communication, concentration and coordination. To book a...

Stagecoach Performing Arts

Venue: Various locations in Essex

Website: www.stagecoach.co.uk

Children and teens flourish while improving their singing, dancing and drama skills during weekly main stages performing arts classes. These fun and friendly performing arts classes operate during term...

The Beach

Venue: Baytree Shopping Centre

Website: www.baytreeshoppingcentre.com

The Baytree is kicking off the summer with the return of its free and popular beach for families to enjoy! Enjoy the sunshine by playing in the fantastic outdoor sand pit, open daily from 10am-4pm. Visitors...

The Landrover Safari

Venue: Chelmsford Equestrian Centre

Website: www.offroadkids.co.uk/adventures/

An approximately 25+ minute guided drive around the equestrian centre fields. Great fun for groups and families. Kids will love it. If you are lucky, you will see hares and foxes. This is a guided tour...

Thriftwood

Venue: Thriftwood Scout Camp Site

Website: www.thriftwood.org.uk

Set in a beautiful woodland environment, Thriftwood is the ideal venue for an adventurous activity party or to meet friends at the Chillout Holiday Club. Suitable for children aged 8-16, parties are tailor...

Trains at Audley End

Venue: Audley End Miniature Railway

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

Take one of the Steam or Diesel Engines through the beautiful Audley End Estate Woodland. During your journey you can use your I Spy Sheet to look out for the many characters, animals and even teddy bears...

Young Farmers Club

Venue: Lambourne End

Website: www.lambourne-end.org.uk/youngfarmersclub

The young farmers will be in a group of 12 and led by one member of staff along with additional team leader volunteers. The club aims to provide opportunities for young people to develop and participate...

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