Educational Activities

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Gruffalo Trail

Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters in Thorndon Country Park North at Brentwood.

Find out more Gruffalo Trail mouse carving in woodland at Thorndon Country Park

Room on the Broom day

Your class will follow the magical journey of the witch and the cat, experiencing the habitats of the characters, with drama and song bringing it to life.

Find out more Boy holding up muddy hands

Shrek day

Your class will embark on a fairy-tale adventure based on Shrek, realising their natural talents and discovering the woodlands and surrounding habitats.

Find out more Three boys sitting on a fallen log in woodland

Darwin and other explorers

Your class will step into the shoes of naturalists like Charles Darwin; travelling to new and mysterious lands, exploring, discovering and investigating.

Find out more Two boys climbing trees in woodland, smilling

Tudor and Medieval days

Come to Cressing Temple, once owned by the mysterious Knights Templar, to experience an exciting historical activity day tailored to the National Curriculum.

Find out more Woman in Tudor clothes with milk churn at Cressing Temple, Essex

Iron Age and Roman days

Experience ancient Britons' lives during the Roman invasion and Boudica's revolt. Explore the roundhouse, dig up ancient pottery or meet a Roman soldier.

Find out more Inside the Iron Age Roundhouse at Hadleigh Park

Geocaching treasure hunt

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game using GPS technology to find hidden caches or boxes. Learn to use the GPS unit, and work as a team to solve problems.

Find out more Official geocache box on forest floor surrounded by fallen leaves

Very Hungry Caterpillar day

An exciting day out that brings The Very Hungry Caterpillar tale to life. Your class will experience a day full of colour, counting and investigation.

Find out more Two Early Years girls sitting together in woodland

Billy Goats Gruff day

All of the activities your class will experience on this discovery day are related to goats or trolls, with lots of trip-trapping across bridges!

Find out more Two girls sitting under a tree

A day at the seaside

Join our Rangers for this most enjoyable day away from the crowds, where you can step back in time and enjoy a traditional day by the seaside.

Find out more Small boy turning over a rock on Cudmore Beach

World War II day

Your class will step back in time to glimpse life as World War II soldiers, exploring some of Essex's wartime sites and take part in training exercises.

Find out more WWII pillbox at Cudmore Grove Country Park

Sensory and teddies in woods

A gentle and fun experience. The bears are all carefully looked after and the day moves with the children's pace. Includes storytelling and animal games!

Find out more Teddy bears