Educational Activities

Why Essex Parks Educational resources

Stick Man day

On this activity day, your class will go on a woodland adventure and bring to life Stick Man by Julia Donaldson at Weald Country Park, near Brentwood.

Find out more KS1 Boy standing in forest holding a bundle of sticks

Kensuke day

Your class will explore and investigate their ‘island’ by re-enacting key elements of Michael Morpurgo's story Kensuke's Kingdom.

Find out more Two KS 2 boys in woodland using GPS units, pointing at sign

Caveman day

With this day, your class can experience and explore the challenges of day-to-day life in the Stone Age at any Essex Country Park.

Find out more Key Stage 2 boy sitting in den made of branches

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.

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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 KS2 pupils on Shrek Day school day out at Essex Country Parks

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 Group of three children holding leaf and clipboard at Darwin Day, Essex Country Parks

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