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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.

See opening hours

See opening hours

Great Notley Country Park

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Nature club

Monthly nature club for children ages 7 to 11 years interested in outdoor fun with a nature theme. 10am to 12 noon. £3 per child. Booking preferred.

23 Apr, 21 May, 18 Jun

10am to 12pm

Danbury Country Park

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Weekly 5K Parkrun

Free weekly 5K Parkrun against the clock at Weald Country Park. We're a friendly bunch who run for enjoyment - please join in, whatever your pace!

Every Saturday


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

Two men using saws to remove tree branches as part of conservation volunteering at Danbury Country Park

Conservation volunteers

Try out conservation volunteering at Danbury Country Park - meet people and gain skills while maintaining and improving a diverse habitat for wildlife.

Every Tuesday, except between Christmas and New Year

Tuesday 9.30am to 3.30pm

Danbury Country Park

Girl looks into a telescope on a dark night

Discovery Centre stargazing

Observe planets, constellations and deep-sky objects through telescopes, with North Essex Astronomy Group on hand to answer questions. Free event!

10 September, 8 October, 5 November 2016

Arrive between 7pm to 10pm

Great Notley 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.

2016: 17 Feb, 30 Mar, 6 Apr, 1 Jun, 27 Jul, 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 Aug, and 26 Oct. 2017: 5 and 12 Apr

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park

Bat in flight in the dark night

Family bat walks

Join the Rangers for a night time walk in search of bats.

22 July, 19 August and 16 September 2016

22 July: 8 to 10pm, 19 August: 7:30 to 9:30pm, 16 September: 6 to 8pm

Weald Country Park

Cressing Temple barns surrounded by tidy lawns and paths

Oakleigh Fairs' autumn food, home and craft fair

Now in it's fourth year, the Oakleigh Food, home and craft fayre showcases local produce.

15 and 16 October 2016

10am to 5pm

Cressing Temple

Bat in flight in the dark night

Family bat walks - Belhus Woods

Join the Rangers for a night time walk in search of bats.

16 July, 13 August and 10 September 2016

Saturday 16 July: 8 to 9:30pm, Saturday 13 August: 8pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 10 September: 6 to 8pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Children sitting on tree branches

Mini Rangers Self Guided Trail - Belhus Woods

Discover what it's like to be a ranger on our self guided trail at Belhus Woods Country Park

23 July to 3 September 2016

10am to 4 pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Racks of vintage dresses with vintage-dressed mannequin in foreground

Helen Rollason Vintage Fayre

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

4 September 2016

10am to 5pm

Cressing Temple

A lady holding a box with flowers ready to plant

Garden Design Workshop - Cressing Temple

Unlock the potential of your outdoor space and learn new skills at our Garden Design Workshop

1 October 2016

10.30am - 3.30pm

Cressing Temple

Children's play area

Weald Summer Holiday Self Guided Trail

Gather your family and friends for an adventure off on a self-guided walk around the park, looking for wooden leaf trail markers and completing fun activities.

23 July to 3 September 2016

10am to 4pm

Weald Country Park


Mini Beast Hunt

Join a Ranger hunting for the amazing bugs and beasties that live around the park. What will you discover?

17 August 2016

2pm to 3pm

Cudmore Grove

women holding upcycling Jewellery

Upcycling Jewellery

With help from our experienced tutor, learn how to upgrade old, outdated or broken jewellery.

21 August 2016

10am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

Cup of herbal tea

Food for Thought

A chance to see the traditional bread oven in action and create your own herbal tea and a shortbread.

2 September 2016

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Persons hand holding flower

Flower Arranging

Join us at Cressing Temple Barns for a relaxed and inclusive flower arranging workshop.

11 September 2016

10am to 2:30pm

Cressing Temple

Hands making felt

Felt Making for Beginners

Felt Making is an ancient craft dating back thousands of years, yet uses the techniques today.

16 September 2016

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

harbal first aid items

Herbal First Aid

For many years herbs have been associated with healthcare through herbal and food medicine.

18 September 2016

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

women and child at Thorndon

Thorndon Adventures

Set off on a family adventure through Thorndon South with this self guided trail.

23 July to 4 September 2016

9am to 3pm

Thorndon Country Park

family walking in woods

Fungi Walk

Join an expert on a walk through the park learning about mushrooms in this family friendly event.

2 October 2016

2pm to 4pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

man and child in woodland

Sloe Foraging Walk

Collect ripe sloe and haw berries with the help of a Ranger who knows all the best picking spots.

2 October

12pm to 2pm

Weald Country Park

children climbing on log

Forest Friends at 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.

9 September to 14 October

10am to 12pm

Thorndon Country Park

Girl in spooky fancy dress

Spooky Fun

Dig out your witches hat, wizard wand and other spooky getup, ready to enjoy some spooky family fun at Cressing Temple Barns.

27 and 28 October 2016.

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Hands crafting pot

Guild of Essex Craftsmanship Flagship Show

The Guild of Essex Craftsmen are exhibiting at Cressing Temple Barns. Come along and see some genuine hand-made crafts, many being demonstrated, in this historic setting. There will also be live music and attractions for the whole family.

28 and 29 August

10.30am to 5.30pm

Cressing Temple

carved Pumpkin face

Family Pumpkin Carving

Step into our decorated rustic open barn to hollow out and carve your own pumpkin ready to take home for Halloween.

26 October

10am to 11:30am, 12pm to 1:30pm, 12pm to 3:30pm

Weald Country Park

Girl in witches hat

Spooky Spellbook Self Guide Trail

Buy your trail guide from the Visitor Centre and then set off hunting for sticky, icky potion ingredients around the park.

22 October to 31 October

10am to 4pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Children in spooky fancy dress

The Great Ghost Hunt Self Guide Trail

Buy your trail guide from the Pavilion Café and then set off hunting for ghosts and Ghouls around the park and playing games.

22 October to 31 October

9am to 3pm

Thorndon Country Park