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Theatre & Cinema

Circus Vegas

27th March-14th April 2024

Venue: Lakeside Shopping Centre

Website: www.circusvegasuk.com/locations/lakeside

A one-of-a-kind performance, featuring the most talented dare devil performers from across the Globe showcasing this Las Vegas production. Merging Las Vegas Traditions and contemporary styles with extreme...

Egg-Cellent Creatures Worksheet

29th March-14th April 2024

Venue: Natural History Museum

Website: www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk

Young explorers can decode the secrets of various animal eggs. From the intricacies of bird eggs to the uniqueness of reptile eggs, this interactive worksheet engages curious minds in a playful and educational...

Spring Treasure Trail

29th March-14th April 2024

Venue: Colchester Castle

Website: www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/visit/colchester-castle/

Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural treasures that await, and for those who complete the trail, an exciting prize awaits at the front desk! Join Colchester Castle for a fun-filled Easter...

St EGG-osaurus Easter

29th March-14th April 2024

Venue: Colchester Zoo

Website: www.colchester-zoo.com

This Easter, journey around the brand new Dinosaur Realm and discover the reptiles from the past. Plus, throughout the holidays, Colchester Zoo will be celebrating all things Easter with a range of EGG-cellent...

St-EGG-osaurus Easter

29th March-14th April 2024

Venue: Colchester Zoo

Website: www.colchester-zoo.com/event/st-egg-osaurus-easter

Visit Colchester Zoo this Easter as they welcome some BIG new arrivals! Visit the brand new Dinosaur Realm and discover more about prehistoric creatures of the past! Throughout the holidays, they will...

The Giant Easter Egg Hunt

29th March-14th April 2024

Venue: RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Website: www.rhs.org.uk

Explore the garden searching for the giant Easter eggs. Once you’ve found all the eggs, you’ll be rewarded with a free chocolatey treat from NOMO - The UK’s No. 1 Vegan & ‘Free From’ Chocolate...

The Great Nest Trail

29th March-28th April 2024

Venue: Markshall Estate

Website: www.markshall.org.uk

Head out into the Arboretum and eggsplore beautiful blossom, trees from every temperate zone and natural play areas as you discover the giant nests. Use your booklet to identify the eggs and share photos...

Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry 

29th March-30th June 2024

Venue: Colchester Castle

Website: www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/visit/colchester-castle/

Embark on a nostalgic journey through the enchanting world of puppetry. Running from 29 March to 30 June, this exhibition is a celebration of the art and legacy of early television puppeteers, including...

Teddy Bear Trail and Picnic

30th March-14th April 2024

Venue: Prittlewell Priory

Website: www.visitessex.com

Take your favourite teddy bear along for a special spring picnic at Prittlewell Priory. Follow the teddy trail around the house before finding a spot on the grass to enjoy a picnic lunch. Teddy trail and...

Eco Easter Maze

1st-12th April 2024

Venue: Lakeside Shopping Centre

Website: www.lakeside-shopping.com

The Eco Easter Maze will have visitors turning left and right and left again until they can crack their way out of the puzzle – located in the centre’s Central Atrium from 1st April until the...

Family Tours: Dragon Eggs!

1st-12th April 2024

Venue: Colchester Castle

Website: www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk

Embark on an extraordinary family adventure beneath Colchester Castle with this exclusive Dragon Egg-themed tour! Delve into the secrets of the Roman temple foundations, journey through the hidden vaults,...

Knightzzz At The Museum

12th-13th April 2024

Venue: Colchester Castle

Website: www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk

Join the team for a sleepover experience like no other. Meet historical characters, enjoy a tour of the Castle (including spaces not normally open to the public), participate in some fun activities and...

Dino Discovery Day

13th April 2024

Venue: Colchester Zoo

Website: www.colchester-zoo.com

Take a step back in time with Dino Discovery Day filled with all things prehistoric, including the chance to meet the dinosaurs and their keeper, and it’s all included in the cost of your admission!...

Jousting at Hedingham Castle

13th-14th April 2024

Venue: Hedingham Castle

Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Join Hedingham Castle for an unforgettable spectacle as the Knights of Middle England take to the field to showcase their skill, courage and chivalry as they battle it out to be proclaimed champion and...

Theatre & Cinema

Peppa Pig's Big Fun Day Out

13th-14th April 2024

Venue: Cliffs Pavilion

Website: www.trafalgartickets.com

Join Peppa, along with her family and friends as they go to the zoo and also the beach for a special party- it’s going to be an exciting and fun packed day. Prepare to sing and dance with colourful scarecrows,...

Theatre & Cinema

Don't Panic! We Can Save The Planet

14th April 2024

Venue: Cliffs Pavilion

Website: www.trafalgartickets.com

Based around his latest book Don’t Panic! We CAN Save The Planet is a unique eco comedy stand up show in which children’s comedian and author James Campbell inspires children to do something about...

Theatre & Cinema

The Greatest Magician: An Evening of Wonders

24th April 2024

Venue: Harlow Playhouse

Website: www.harlowplayhouse.co.uk

Following a completely sell out run in 2022 - James Phelan, the magician most infamous for jamming the BBC switchboard after correctly predicted the lottery presents with an all new show for 2024. This...

Steam Gala

26th-28th April 2024

Venue: Epping Ongar Railway

Website: www.eorailway.co.uk

An intensive service will operate, during which the engines will need to work hard on our challenging gradients. Services will additionally run until late evening on Saturday. All trains will be running...

Theatre & Cinema

Wifi Wars

28th April 2024

Venue: Cliffs Pavilion

Website: www.trafalgartickets.com

Wi-Fi Wars returns with the live comedy game show where you all play along! Log in with your smartphone or tablet and compete in a range of games, puzzles and quizzes to win the show, and prizes! Hosted...

Theatre & Cinema

Nicky Trix Live: Magic and Mayhem

4th May 2024

Venue: Cliffs Pavilion

Website: www.trafalgartickets.com

From jaw dropping magic, to ventriloquism with everybody’s favourite cheeky elephant, Nambu! This is a show that will be enjoyed by the entire family and is guaranteed to leave you amazed, laughing,...

All About Kids Colchester presents: Family Fest

5th May 2024

Venue: Charter Hall

Website: www.colchester-events.co.uk/event/family-fest

Bounce that energy away on one of the variety of inflatables! Take part in a whole host of activities offered by local companies from karate, to messy play, to basketball, dancing, learning some circus...

Great Dunmow Soapbox Race

5th May 2024

Venue: Great Dunmow

Website: www.greatdunmowsoapboxrace.co.uk

The Great Dunmow Soapbox Race will take place on Sunday, 5th of May 2024, bigger and better than ever! Expect to see incredible hand-built soapboxes, spectacular crashes, and some brilliant obstacles all...

Theatre & Cinema

There's A Monster In Your Show

5th-6th May 2024

Venue: Chelmsford Theatre

Website: www.chelmsfordtheatre.co.uk

Tom Fletcher’s interactive adventures for big imaginations are leaping from page to stage as the beloved Who’s in Your Book? series makes its debut as a brand-new musical show. A high-energy 50-minute...

Rookie Rush Weekend

11th-12th May 2024

Venue: Wild Forest Obstacle Activity Centre

Address: Parsonage Farm

Website: www.nuclear-races.co.uk

Nuclear Rookies are fun, pumped-up muddy obstacle courses for 4-14 year old kids of any fitness level. Rookies can test their skills on a specially designed fun 1.5/3km course filled with around 20 kid’s...

Family Wave and Ride and Slide

12th May 2024

Venue: Wild Forest Obstacle Activity Centre

Address: Parsonage Farm

Website: www.nuclear-races.co.uk

The Nuclear Races Family Wave is designed to get you all out on course together to enjoy the mud and obstacles as a family. It's a great introduction to Nuclear Races for your Rookies who are nearly ready...

Meet Peppa and George

12th May 2024

Venue: Colchester Zoo

Website: www.colchester-zoo.com

Take along your cheeky piglets to this character day where Peppa Pig and George will be greeting visitors at intervals throughout the day. Due to popularity of the event, admission for Colchester Zoo will...

Theatre & Cinema

Milkshake! Live

12th May 2024

Venue: Towngate Theatre

Website: www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

Join your favourite Milkshake! friends on Holiday with Dora, Pip and Posy, Blue from Blues Clues and You!, Milo, Milkshake! Monkey plus two of your Milkshake! presenters for an all-new adventure! Pack...

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...


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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