What's on

Two sisters playing in the park with balloons

Community Fun Day at Belhus Woods

Join us for the 3rd Annual Community Fun Day! Join in with our free archery, fitness and fishing sessions and bring your pooch along to take part in the dog show.

25 August 2018

11am to 3pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Winding path through green woodland

Tree Walk

Join us for an informative and enjoyable walk around Weald Country Park and learn about some of its ancient myths and legends

15 July 2018

10.30 to 12.30

Weald Country Park

pile of red and russet apples

Apple Day

Join us as the Friends of Cressing Temple Gardens bring their annual Apple Day to Cressing, celebrating all that is apples and Autumn, you'll find a variety of apple produce, autumn related items, clog dancing, entertainment and more.

14 October

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Entrance to the Barley Barn

Barn Dance

We're hosting another heel stomping, toe tapping event in the Barley Barn at Cressing Temple this October! The Metric Foot Band will once again join us as will Totham Bangers to ensure you have the energy to dance the night away!

13 October

6pm to 10pm

Cressing Temple

 A variety of volunteering tasks including planting young trees and logging

Belhus Woods Conservation Volunteers

Join our weekly volunteer group and learn new skills, whilst helping the environment and wildlife. A great way to meet people, learn about conservation, get a bit of exercise and make a difference.

Every Thursday except 28 December

9:30am to 12:30pm often with the option t o continue after lunch

Belhus Woods Country Park

A handmade card

Card Making Workshop at Cressing

A brand new workshop for 2018. Katy Freeman teaches a number of crafty card making skills including stamping, punching and colouring.

18 November 2018

10am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

A brightly coloured Kumihimo bracelet

Craft workshop - Create a Kumihimo bracelet

A brand new and intriguing workshop hosted by tutor Sarah Lambourn teaching the Japanese art of creating a Kumihimo bracelet.

14 October 2018

10am to 2pm

Cressing Temple

Two men employed in coppice work

Danbury Conservation Volunteers

Join our weekly volunteer group at Danbury Country Park, learn new skills and make a real difference to wildlife and the environment

Every Tuesday

10am to 3pm

Danbury Country Park

Publicity poster showing images of three headlining chefs

Essex Festival of Food and Drink

Take a dash of Tom Kerridge, a pinch of Chris Galvin, a sprinkling of food love from Fred Sirieix and a veritable feast from our local chefs. Plus over 150 food and drink stands from all over the East

14 and 15 July 2018

10am to 5pm

Cressing Temple

children climbing on log

Forest School Thorndon Country Park

Aimed at the under-5s, a series of six woodland play sessions that include nature activities, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and building things.

20 Apr I 27 Apr I 4 May I 11 May I 18 May I 25 May 2018

10am to 12pm and 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Thorndon Country Park

Beautifully designed and manicured garden

Garden Design

Looking to bring some order to a chaotic space, bring a dull lawn to life or even just understand the design process, then this workshop is for you

27 October 2018

10:30am to 3:30pm

Cressing Temple

Beautiful manicured garden with small hedging. bright purple border plans and stone path

Learn to Garden Part 2 - Your Garden in Summer

Our horticulturist here at Cressing Temple Barns, hosts the second in a series of three short workshops with guidance and top tips on how to create and care for your own space

17 June 2018

10am to 2pm

Cressing Temple

Picture of Learn to Garden Part 3 - Your Garden in Autumn

Learn to Garden Part 3 - Your Garden in Autumn

Horticulturist Rebecca Ashbey hosts the third of series of three short workshops with tips on keeping your plants looking lush through the winter

7 October 2018

10am to 2pm

Cressing Temple

Woman walking against backdrop of trees

Mindfulness Walks

Come and experience mindfulness walking in beautiful surroundings with a trained meditation practitioner. A wonderful opportunity to experience the natural world on a deeper level, find your own inner balance and relieve stress.

22 July 2018

2 to 3pm

Weald Country Park

Family enjoying time together at picnic in park

Picnic and Play at Belhus Woods

Gather your family and your picnic and join us for some laid back summer fun in the park.

7 August 2018

11am to 4pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

family enjoying picnic time

Picnic and Play at Cressing Temple

Gather your family and your picnic and join us for some laid back summer fun at beautiful Cressing Temple.

15 and 16 August 2018

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

girl with picnic hamper and teddy on bright summer day

Picnic and Play at Cudmore Grove

Gather your family and your picnic and join us for some laid back summer fun in the park.

21 August 2018

11am to 4pm

Cudmore Grove

Belhus Woods ranger shows bird feather to two pre-schoolers

Puddleducks at Belhus Woods

Pre-school children and their families can go on an adventure with Rangers, experiencing something new in the park, from den building to leaf hunts.

Starting again from Wednesday 10 January and running term time in 2018.

10am to 11.15am

Belhus Woods Country Park

Two pre-schoolers laughing and playing at Puddleducks activity, Weald Country Park, Essex

Puddleducks at Weald Country Park

For pre-school children and their families, messy play, outdoor fun and wildlife activities - from bug hunts to mud pies and bark rubbing.

Every Thursday morning during term time

10am to 11:15am

Weald Country Park

Two boys crossing a rope bridge on Great Notley Country Park's Sky Ropes high ropes facility

Sky Ropes

Sky Ropes is Great Notley Country Park’s brand new high ropes experience. Feel the thrill and reach unforgettable heights with family and friends.

See opening hours

See opening hours

Great Notley Country Park

Tudor meal and table utensils

Tudor Feast

A multiple course Tudor banquet in the stunning Barley Barn with entertainment throughout the evening

15 September 2018

7pm to 11pm

Cressing Temple

Children and adults around campfire at Danbury Country Park's Wild Wednesday

Wild Wednesday

Free children's activities: making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft, finding fish and more.

25 July l 1 Aug l 8 Aug l 22 Aug l 29 Aug

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park

Beautiful wildflowers

Wildflower Walk

Join field botanist Mary Smith looking for fascinating wildflowers and unusual species amongst the rich wildflower meadows and grasslands of vast array of habitats at Belhus Woods Country Park

4 July I 8 Aug 2018

1.30 to 4.30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Willow woven reindeer

Willow Weaving - Christmas Reindeer

Get to grips with a small variety of weaves, handling and selecting material and create a stunning reindeer with specialist tutor, Jo Hammond.

10 & 11 November 2018

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

A woven fruit basket made from willow

Willow Weaving - Fruit Basket

A wonderful introduction to Willow Weaving - create a beautiful fruit basket from English Willow in the beautiful setting of Cressing Temple under the guidance of specialist tutor Jo Hammond.

1 July 2018

10am - 4pm

Cressing Temple

children climbing on log

Woodland Play

Aimed at the under-5s, a series of six woodland play sessions that include nature activities, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and building things.

16 April I 23 April I 30 April I 14 May I 21 May I 4 June 2018

10am to 12pm and 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Danbury Country Park

Flitch way Braintree

Friends of the Flitch Way

The Friends of the Flitch way work alongside the Country Park Rangers to conserve the Flitch Way and other woodlands and country parks.

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning

9.15 am

Flitch Way

Lady shushing

Outdoor theatre – Pantaloons presents ‘As you Like it’

Welcome to the Forest of Arden, a world of clowns, lovers, runaways and rebels. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, with folky, foot-stomping live music and their own inimitable brand of buffoonery.

1 September 2018


Cudmore Grove

Two rings

Outdoor theatre – Shooting Stars Present: Private Lives

Award-winning Shooting Stars Theatre Company are coming to the historical and beautiful Cressing Temple Barns this summer.

18 August 2018 and 19 September 2018


Cressing Temple

Bonfire on a beach

Family Bonfire and Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a guided scavenger hunt along the beach in search of washed up treasures, before gathering around our bonfire to listen to stories and songs.

2 August 2018

11:00-12:30pm, 12:30-2:00pm or 2:00-3:30pm

Cudmore Grove

Two people dancing

Much Ado about Salsa

Treat yourself to a dazzlingly feel-good night of summer warmth and Salsa!

8 September 2018


Weald Country Park