What's on

A beautiful crop of yellow spring flowers set against a walled garden

Learn to Garden Part 1 - Your Garden in Spring

The first in a series of three short workshops to help you confidently create and care for your own garden space and produce dazzling seasonal displays

7 April 2018

10am to 2pm

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


Cookery Supremo Sophie Grigson

Spring Food, Home and Lifestyle Fair

Browse, sample and buy from a huge range of stalls and sit back to enjoy demonstrations including cookery from Sophie Grigson and Masterchef Contestant Ondine Hartgroves.

24 and 25 March 2018

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Easter bunny peeking around a tree

Easter Bunny Trail

Follow the Easter trail through the park, paint your own hen's egg with the design of your choice before heading off to meet the Easter Bunny and some very special fluffy guests from Babs Barnyard

30 March 2018

10am to 3.30pm

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 April I 2 May I 6 June I 4 July I 8 Aug 2018

1.30 to 4.30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park


wedding rings on bed of wooden shavings

Cressing Temple Barns Wedding Open Day

Join us and our wedding suppliers at our 8 April Wedding Open Day for an insight into how your special day could look in the beautiful barns and picturesque orchard garden.

8 April 2018

11am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

A knight in armour with sword

International Living History Festival

Visit the International Living History Festival featuring historical market, Living History displays, lectures, seminars, and immersive have-a-go hands-on history activities.

14 and 15 April 2018

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Abstract representation of art gallery

Art Exhibition Pop Up

In Loving Memory of artist Fiona Clare Gwynne-James, we are delighted to exhibit this tribute to her wonderful talent

21 and 22 April 2018

11.30am and 3.30pm

Cressing Temple


a variety of coloured fabric lampshades

Craft Workshop - Create a lampshade

Learn how to create your very own lampshade in the beautiful setting of Cressing Temple Barns in this brand new workshop.

22 April 2018

10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm

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.

12 May 2018 I 22 July 2018

2 to 3pm

Weald Country Park

herbal first aid items

Summer Herbal First Aid

Tutor Vanessa Neville, a community and medical herbalist, returns to Cressing with a brand new Herbal workshop in 2018..

20 May 2018

10:30am to 3pm

Cressing Temple


A beekeeper evaluating the hive

Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop

Whether you are thinking of getting your own hives or are just fascinated by the hardworking honeybee, this is the event for you.

3 June 2018

9.30am to 4.30pm

Cressing Temple

1920 style poster

1920's Spaghetti Murders

Join us for this year's Gangsters and Molls 1920's murder mystery event - The Spaghetti Murders - where you'll get to attend the 'launch of a brand new, big budget movie' meeting gangsters, Hollywood Moguls and the girls who know how to party!

16 June 2018

7pm to 11pm

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


Three female singers in 1950s fashion

Helen Rollason Vintage Fayre

A mix of vintage clothing, crafts, jewellery and collectibles at Cressing Temple, Braintree

8 July 2018

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Publicity poster showing images of three headlining chefs

Essex Festival of Food and Drink

The largest festival of its kind in the county with over 150 food and drink stands from all over the East plus the usual great line up of celebrity and regional chefs. 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!

14 and 15 July 2018

10am to 5pm

Cressing Temple

Barn wedding venue with table decoration

Wedding Open Day - Cressing Temple Barns

Join us and our wedding suppliers at our 7 October Wedding Open Day for an insight into how your special day could look in the beautiful barns and picturesque orchard garden.

7 October 2018

11am 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

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 under the watchful eye of specialist tutor, Jo Hammond.

11 November 2018

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

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


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

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

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


Little girl playing with leaves in a flower pot in autumn woodland setting

Woodland Play Forest School

Join us for activities centred around nature, sensory stimulation, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and construction.

26 Feb l 5 Mar l 12 Mar l 19 Mar l 26 Mar

10am until 12noon or 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Danbury Country Park

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.

14 Feb I 4 April l 11 April l 30 May l 25 July l 1 Aug l 8 Aug l 22 Aug l 29 Aug

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park

children climbing on log

Forest School Thorndon Country Park

Aimed at the under-5s, this series of six woodland play sessions at Thorndon Country Park includes 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

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

Thorndon Country Park


 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

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