What's on

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.

13 Nov l 11 Dec l 15 Jan 2018

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

Danbury Country Park

Entrance to the Barley Barn

Barn Dance - A 30 year celebration

Join us for a traditional barn dance in the magnificent Barley Barn as we celebrate thirty years of maintaining the very beautiful grounds of Cressing Temple Barns.

21 October 2017

6pm to 10pm

Cressing Temple

Pumpkin marker around a tree trunk

Pumpkin Patch Self Guide Trail

Get in the mood for Halloween on this family friendly, pumpkin spotting self-guided trail through the park.

21 October to 31 October

10am to 3pm

Belhus Woods Country Park


two vampire bats flying against a moon backdrop

Vampire Bat Self Guide Trail at Thorndon South

Get in the mood for Halloween on this fun, family friendly vampire bat trail through Thorndon South country park

21 October to 31 October

10am to 3pm

Thorndon Country Park

Person dressed and cooking in a medieval style

Family Medieval Harvest Weekend

Join us at this hands on family event to interact with a variety of Medieval characters and learn all about the food, lifestyle and entertainment of the time

21 and 22 October

10am to 4.30pm

Cressing Temple

pile of red and russet apples

Apple Day

Come along and enjoy craft stalls, local food, apple and cider tasting, plus live music, dancing and activities.

22 October

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple


A collection of orange pumpkins of varying sizes

Family Pumpkin Carving

Book early for this hugely popular spooky tradition returning again to Weald Country Park. We've got everything you need to design and carve out your own pumpkin to take home for Halloween

24 & 25 October

Sessions at 10am, 12 midday and 2pm.

Weald Country Park

Three children in spooky fancy dress

Spooky Fun

Dig out your best spooky outfit for our fun filled Halloween event for all the family at Cressing Temple Barns.

26 and 27 October 2017

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Marshmallows toasting on an open campfire

Family campfire and night ramble

Explore the park after dark with a Ranger- led ramble before settling down around a cosy campfire for marshmallows and hot chocolate.

17 and 18 November

4.30 to 6pm; 6 to 7.30 pm; 7.30 to 9pm

Weald Country Park


Father Christmas and two children in a lifesize sleigh

Magical Grotto

Join us at Cressing Temple Barns for a magical elf-led tour around Santa's busy Christmas base.

2 Dec, 3 Dec, 9 Dec, 10 Dec, 16 Dec, 17 Dec, 21 Dec, 22 Dec, 23 Dec

First AM slot 10am; last AM slot 12.15pm; first PM slot 1pm; last PM slot 4.30pm. 15 min slots.

Cressing Temple

Green wreath with red berries and a large gold bow

Wreath Making at Cressing Temple

Book in to make your very own festive wreath with fresh greenery, berries and decorations - perfect to take home and hang on your front door.

6 December and 13 December 2017

5:30 to 7pm and 7:30 to 9pm

Cressing Temple

Woman tying ribbons onto a Christmas wreath

Wreath Making at Weald

Book in to make your very own festive wreath with fresh greenery, berries and decorations- perfect to take home and hang up on your front door

Thursday 7 & Thursday 14 December

5.30pm to 7pm; 7.30pm to 9pm

Weald Country Park


A blue tit feeding from a feed stocking in snowy conditions

Big Winter Feed

Come to our Scandinavian inspired midwinter event at Danbury. Top up your fresh air levels before Christmas whilst filling feed stockings for Danbury's birds and learning all about them on an interactive stroll

21 December

10am to 12.30pm

Danbury 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

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.

Every Wednesday during term time

10am to 11.15am

Belhus Woods 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.

25 Oct l 14 Feb 2018 l 4 March l 11 March 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.

10 Nov, 8 Dec, 12 Jan, 9 Feb, 9 Mar

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

Thorndon Country Park


Men cutting wood

Belhus Woods Conservation Volunteers

Join our weekly volunteer group and learn new skills, whilst helping the environment & wildlife!

Every Thursday

9:30am to 12:30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park