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An Elf's Wish - Wickford

24th November-24th December 2018

Website: www.nevendonmanor.co.uk

The Elf-folk have taken over at Nevendon Manor, spreading Christmas spirit all over the grounds in order to offer a magical, festive experience for your family. Ticket prices vary. Booking essential. Tel:...

An Audience with Father Christmas - nr Saffron Walden

1st-23rd December 2018

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

On weekends in December, meet Father Christmas as he tells festive tales amidst the yuletide decorations. An additional charge of £5 applies to see Father Christmas for all children, price includes...

Christmas at Stow Maries -nr Maldon

1st-22nd December 2018

Website: www.stowmaries.org.uk

Every Saturday, Father Christmas is hopefully arriving by plane! Have your picture taken in his sleigh, with his trusty reindeer, or take part in craft activities before meeting the big man himself. Child...

Christmas Crafts - Chelmsford

1st-22nd December 2018

Website: www.essex.police.uk/museum

Make your own reindeer food and paper plate wreath! 10am-3.30pm. £2 per child. Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford, CM2 6DN. www.essex.police.uk/museum

Once Upon A Time - A Christmas Tale - Brentwood

1st-24th December 2018

Website: www.uniquechristmas.co.uk

A magical journey through a Christmas Wonderland as you venture through 60 mins of immersive fun zones and become part of the Christmas story! Booking essential. Brentwood Leisure Park, Warley Gap, Brentwood,...

Santa at the Haven - Basildon

1st-23rd December 2018

Website: www.essexwt.org.uk

Taking place every weekend visit the magical world of Christmas at The Haven. 12noon-3pm. £6 per child. Booking essential. Tel: 01268 419103. Langdon Visitor Centre, Lower Dunton Road, SS16 6EB....

Santa on the Pier - Southend

1st-24th December 2018

Website: www.southendpier.co.uk

On selected weekends and dates take the train down to the end of the Pier where you will head to the Royal Pavilion. There you will discover Santa and his elves. Once it’s your allotted time slot,...

Santa Specials - Burnham on Crouch

1st-24th December 2018

Website: www.mangapps.co.uk

Every weekend and on Christmas Eve travel by steam train to visit Santa in his grotto, presents for the children, refreshments for all. Early booking advised for this popular event. £12 per person....

Santa Specials - Epping

1st-16th December 2018

Website: www.eorailway.co.uk

Sat 1st, Sun 2nd, Sat 8th, Sun 9th, Sat 15th, Sun 16th Dec, Santa and his fantastic team are coming back to the Epping Ongar Railway for the 2018 Santa Specials! They will have the Redbridge Brass Band,...

Santa’s Enchanted Village & Grotto - Chelmsford

1st-24th December 2018

Website: www.frostchristmas.com

Take a wander around Santa’s Enchanted Village and discover a wealth of festive family fun. With awesome activities, a range of superb stalls, and mouth-watering refreshments to tickle your taste...

The Magic of Christmas - Colchester

1st-24th December 2018

Website: www.colchester-zoo.com

Every weekend and from 15th - 24th December, see Santa's beautiful reindeer in their stables, get crafty at the Elves' Workshop, enjoy a Christmas tale and lots more, including this year's...

Forest Father Christmas & Festive Fun - Hatfield Forest

3rd-18th December 2018

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Every Mon & Tues, meet Father Christmas, receive a gift and make a Christmas craft to take home. Enjoy hot chocolate and toast marshmallows around the campfire under the stars. 4pm-7pm. £8 per...

Snow Garden - Chelmsford

4th December-3rd January 2019

Website: www.themeadows.co.uk

The beautiful and festive garden returns. Come on in and have some fun in the snow and spot the super snowman, you might even find a snowball or two! Meadows Shopping Centre, High Street, CM2 6FD. www.themeadows.co.uk

Enchanted Audley End- nr Saffron Walden

6th-23rd December 2018

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

Explore the grounds of Audley End after dark as they open up a winter fairy-tale of light, colour and sound. Enjoy atmospheric entertainments to take you back to times gone by. 4.30pm-9pm. Adult £12,...

Ice Rink - Chelmsford

7th December-2nd February 2019

Website: www.bondstreetchelmsford.co.uk

The bowl area at Bond Street will turn into a fabulous synthetic ice-rink, bigger and better than last year. There will be food and drink vendors offering warming hot drinks and festive snacks like stollen,...

Santa Visits Toad's Caravan - Hanningfield

8th-16th December 2018

Website: www.essexwt.org.uk

Santa has come to visit Mr Toad! Follow a trail through the wintery woods before returning to find Santa in Toad's Caravan with a Christmas gift for you! Includes Christmas craft activity in the visitor...

Santa's Castle Grotto - Colchester

8th-23rd December 2018

Website: www.cimuseums.org.uk

Visit Santa in his wonderful Grotto, receive a gift and whisper your Christmas dream into a shell for our wishing tree with our festive elf. £6.50 per child, maximum of two accompanying adults. Tel:...

Steam with Santa - Castle Hedingham

8th-23rd December 2018

Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Every weekend and Fri 21st Dec, board the heated special train as it gently steams along the one mile of line whilst Santa delivers a present to every child on the train. Various prices and train times....

Festive Day out with Thomas - nr Colchester

9th-23rd December 2018

Website: www.earm.co.uk

Sun 9th, Sat 15th, Sun 16th, Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Dec Lots of festive fun with Thomas and his friends. Children also get to visit Santa’s Grotto. 10am-4.30pm. Adult £14, child £10,...

Hylands House Open Day - Chelmsford

16th December 2018

Website: www.hylandsestate.co.uk

Hylands House opens its doors free of charge and Father Christmas may be making an appearance! 10am-4pm. Enjoy free guided tours at 11am & 2pm. Hylands Park, CM2 8WQ. www.hylandsestate.co.uk

Treehouse Holiday Club - Billericay, Brentwood, Wickford

17th-21st December 2018

Website: www.thetreehouseclub.co.uk/holiday-club/

Kids can join in some festive forestry treats as they celebrate ‘Christmas in the Woods’ and round up the year with marshmallow snowmen, bushcraft and outdoor pursuits, hot chocolate around...

Christmas Toddler Times - Braintree

19th December 2018

Website: CM7 3HW

Special event at the museum targeted at toddlers! 10.30am. Tickets: £3. Booking essential. Tel: 01376 328868. Braintree Museum, Manor Street, CM7 3HW. www.braintreemuseum.co.uk

Big Winter Feed - Danbury

20th December 2018

Website: www.visitparks.co.uk

Stockings for sparrows, starlings and swans! Bring some wild bird food and follow a trail around Danbury Country Park filling the 'birds’ stockings' as you go. 10am-2.30pm. Free, car park...

Christmas Shop Drop off Crafts - Braintree

20th-22nd December 2018

Website: www.braintreemuseum.co.uk

Drop your children off at the museum for a Christmas crafts session while you do some last-minute Christmas shopping! 10.30am - 12pm. Free with admission. Booking essential. Tel: 01376 328868. Braintree...

Christmas Crafts - Hanningfield

21st December 2018

Website: www.essexwt.org.uk

Enjoy a morning of Christmas crafts using materials you collect from the nature reserve. For children aged 4-8 who must be accompanied by an adult. 10am-12noon. £6 per child. Booking essential. Tel:...

Christmas Creations - Colchester

21st December 2018

Website: www.bethchatto.co.uk

A festive morning at the garden and make some original additions to your decorations to take home! Accompanied children £6, one adult free per child, additional adults £3. 10am-12noon. Booking...

Christmas Party - Harlow

21st December 2018

Website: www.harlowleisurezone.co.uk

Christmas fun at Harlow Leisurezone. Lots to do including trampolining, bouncy castle, games, Christmas crafts, dancing, table tennis, mini basketball and lots more. 1pm - 3pm. £4.50 per child. Booking...

Wind in the Willows Winter Trail - Hanningfield

21st-23rd December 2018

Website: www.essexwt.org.uk

Mr Toad has lost his Christmas gifts in the woods; can you help him find them? 10am-3pm. Trail guide: £2 per child. Tel: 01268 711001. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, CM11 1WT. www.essexwt.org.uk  

Christmas Cinema - Harlow

24th December 2018

Website: www.harlowleisurezone.co.uk

Bring your blanket or bean bag and settle down to watch the Christmas film Elf. £3.50 per child or £11.50 family ticket. Booking essential. Tel: 01279 621500. Harlow Leisurezone, Second Avenue,...

Enchanted Audley End- nr Saffron Walden

27th-30th December 2018

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

Explore the grounds of Audley End after dark as they open a winter fairy-tale of light, colour and sound. Enjoy atmospheric entertainments to take you back to times gone by. 4.30pm-9pm. Adult £12,...

Mince Pies Specials - Ongar

28th December 2018

Website: www.eorailway.co.uk

Have a post-Christmas wind down. Steam and diesel train service in operation with mince pies available too! Tel: 01277 365200. Epping Ongar Railway, CM5 9BN. www.eorailway.co.uk  

Mini Own-A-Pony - Chelmsford

31st December 2018

Website: www.chelmsfordequestriancentre.co.uk

Learn how to groom your pony and tack up; followed by a riding lesson. Suitable for children from the age of 5 who are riding in Lead Rein lessons. Book in advance. Tel: 01245 358116. Chelmsford Equestrian...

New Year Steam Day- Ongar

1st January 2019

Website: www.eorailway.co.uk

Steam into the New Year with steam only running all day! What a treat. Standard fares apply offering unlimited travel on trains and buses all day. Tel: 01277 365200. Epping Ongar Railway, CM5 9BN. www.eorailway.co.uk  

New Year's Day Crank Up - nr Maldon

1st January 2019

Website: www.museumofpower.org.uk

See the Power Machines, 'Marshall' the largest steam engine in Essex at work, model village in Essex, book fair and Steam Pump tea room. 10am-3pm. Adult £6, child £2. Tel: 01621 843183....

Treehouse Holiday Club - Billericay, Brentwood, Wickford

2nd-4th January 2019

Website: www.thetreehouseclub.co.uk/holiday-club/

Kids can join in some festive forestry treats as they celebrate ‘Christmas in the Woods’ and round up the year with marshmallow snowmen, bushcraft and outdoor pursuits, hot chocolate around...

Free Trial Session at Razzmataz Theatre School - Southend

12th-19th January 2019

Website: www.razzamataz.co.uk

Sat 12th & Sat 19th Jan Start the New Year with a new activity! Fun classes for ages 4 - 17. Book your free trial taking place at Millar Studios, Eastern Esplanade, SS1 2ES. For my details or to...

Scenario Theme Day – Abridge

19th January 2019

Website: www.laser-mayhem.co.uk

Get out and active in the countryside and drop in at Laser Mayhem for their exciting scenario themed Laser-Tag session. Gather your friends, board the battle-bus, land in the giant map, compete to hunt...

Adventure Wonderland - Southend

Website: www.adventureisland.co.uk

From all the fun-tastic rides and soft play of Adventure Inside to the incredible “Christmasville” grotto where you’ll meet the big man himself, Adventure Wonderland is packed with Christmas...

Christmas Gift & Food Fair - Colchester

Website: www.helenrollason.org.uk

The fair will be showcasing independent retailers stocking a variety of items including gifts, homeware, jewellery, art, books, toys, gourmet delights and much more. There will be live music and a variety...

Christmas Special - Saffron Walden

-24th December 2018

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

Enjoy the most magical Christmas Experience with your family at the Audley End Miniature Railway. Take the Santa Express deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate where you will arrive at Father Christmas’s...

Father Christmas Experience - South Woodham Ferrers

-24th December 2018

Website: CM3 5WP

From passport control at the start of your journey, it’s time to learn your elf-abet and graduate through the Elf Academy. Next stop is to meet Mother Christmas to decorate a gingerbread before entering...

Free Trial Session at Razzmataz Theatre School - Rayleigh

-19th January 2019

Website: www.razzamataz.co.uk

Sat 12th & Sat 19th Jan Start the New Year with a new activity! Fun classes for ages 4 - 17. Book your free trial taking place at The Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh, SS6 9BZ. For more details or to...

Halloween Pumpkin Event - Colchester

Website: www.visitcolchester.com

Pick up your pumpkins sown earlier in the year and get creative (other pumpkins will be available if you didn't sow one in spring). Get stuck into pumpkin soup, cake, pie and much more. 12noon-3pm....

Halloween Pumpkin Event - Colchester

Website: www.visitcolchester.com

Pick up your pumpkins sown earlier in the year and get creative (other pumpkins will be available if you didn't sow one in spring). Get stuck into pumpkin soup, cake, pie and much more. 12noon-3pm....

Pony Rides - Chelmsford

Website: www.chelmsfordequestriancentre.co.uk

24th & 27th Dec. Come and meet the gorgeous ponies and ride around the fields of the farm. Suitable for children from the age of 3, and no experience is needed. 10am-12.30pm. Book in advance. Tel:...

Razzamataz Theatre School - Rayleigh, Brentwood & Southend

Website: www.razzamataz.co.uk

A wide range of performing arts for ages 4 to 18 at their Saturday sessions (Wednesdays also at Brentwood) where students can maximize their abilities, make new friends and keep fit and healthy whilst...

Starlight Christmas Nights - Colchester

Website: www.colchester-zoo.com

Sat 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & Sun 23rd December Extended opening with give you more time to enjoy the fantastic events as the festivities continue beneath the twinkling Christmas lights! Plus, as the...

Stepping Stones Kids Gym Club – Chelmsford

Website: www.steppingstonesgym.co.uk

Gymnastics classes for children from 18 months to 12 years. Lessons incorporate movement, exercise and gymnastics. Various sessions available at Old Chelmsfordians Association, Roxwell Rd, Writtle, CM1...

Theatretrain Classes – Braintree & Colchester

Website: www.theatretrain.co.uk

Professional training in Performing Arts for 6-18-year olds. 1-hour dance - 1-hour drama - 1 hour singing. Saturdays 10am-1pm - £18 per week. Plus, new classes in Colchester for 3-5-year olds.Taking...

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