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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.

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Great Notley 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

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

Fungi growing on woodland floor

Family Fungi Walk

A chance to learn from an expert all about the strange and colourful mushrooms growing around the park

22 October

2:30pm to 4:30pm

Weald Country Park

Branch of sloe berries

Sloe Foraging Walk

Join a Ranger for this fun seasonal walk picking ripe sloe and haw berries and learning how to make your very own cheeky tipple.

1 October


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

spooky barn door

Ghost Hunt

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the barns once the lights are switched off and everyone has gone home?

28 October 2017

9pm to 2am

Cressing Temple

Wedding ceremony

Cressing Temple Barns Wedding Open Day

We'll be holding our next Wedding Fayre at Cressing Temple on 8 October.

8 October 2017

11am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

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

A beautifully designed and maintained garden

Garden Design Workshop

Do you long to revamp your garden or outdoor space? Want to learn how to plan beautiful planting, borders and structures? This workshop is the perfect chance to take away new skills you can use again and again.

7 October 2017

10.30 - 3.30pm

Cressing Temple

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

7pm to 11pm

Cressing Temple

male celebrity chef icing a cake

Cressing Temple Barns Autumn Food Home Crafts & Lifestyle Fair

Cressing Temple Barns dish up a weekend feast of celebrity cookery sets as well as a huge range of crafts and lifestyle exhibits to browse, sample and buy

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October 2017

10am to 5pm

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

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

two vampire bats flying against a moon backdrop

Vampire Bat Hunt Self Guide Trail

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

21 October to 31 October

10am to 3pm

Thorndon Country Park

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

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

striking large white and red fungi growing in woodland

Belhus Woods Family Fungi Walk

Ever been curious about the strange and colourful fungi you spot around the park? Join expert Mary Smith for a fascinating facts stroll to learn all about our weird and wonderful native fungi.

Sunday 15 October

2pm to 4pm

Belhus Woods Country Park