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Cressing Folk Festival

Brand new to the Folk scene Cressing Temple Barns is proud to host the first Cressing Folkfest. A one day celebration of all things folk with a first class line up, sing-a-rounds, morris dancing, real ales and more. Line includes The Wilsons, John Kirkpatrick, Trails of Cato, Fran & Belinda and Terry Hiscock

15 September 2019

12noon to 8.00pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Essex Country Parks Summer Selfie Competition

Share Your Summer Selfie Competition

Essex Country Parks Summer Selfie Competition

This competition opens at 6.00am on Saturday 20 July and closes at 3pm on Friday 30 August 2019

Alderford Water Mill,Beeleigh Steam Mill,Belhus Woods Country Park,Cressing Temple Barns,Cudmore Grove,Danbury Country Park,Finchingfield Post Mill,Flitch Way,Great Notley Country Park,Hadleigh Country Park,Marsh Farm County Park,Mountnessing Post Mill,Stock Tower Mill,Thorndon Country Park,Thorrington Tide Mill,Weald Country Park

Starlight Cinema

Starlight Cinema presents...

Starlight Cinema - coming to a Country Park near you!

See screening for details

See screening for details

Cressing Temple Barns


Blue butterfly

Bugs and Butterflies Trail

Can you find them all?

Throughout the summer holidays

During Visitor Centre opening times

Belhus Woods Country Park

girl sitting on pumpkin

Spooky Fun

Join us for some fiendish family fun this Halloween at Cressing Temple Barns, including crafts, trails, entertainment, pumpkins, face painting and more.....

26 Oct to 2 Nov 2019

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Magical Christmas poster

Magical Grotto

Cressing Temple’s Magical Grotto - a truly magical experience.

23, 24, 30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Dec

10am - 6pm

Cressing Temple Barns


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.

31 July 2019 | 7 August 2019 | 14 August 2019 | 21 August 2019 | 28 August 2019

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park

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Donkey Rides at Cudmore Grove

Donkey rides at Cudmore Grove Country Park this August on Tuesday and Thursdays

6-30 Aug Tuesday and Thursdays only

Cudmore Grove

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Archery at Hadleigh Park

Whether it is the first time you have picked up a bow or not, everyone can enjoy our fun Archery sessions. Our qualified instructors make the session fun and informative, tailoring to individual requirements at each session.

Throughout August

Various times in August

Hadleigh Country Park


Sunset over Jupiter

Junior Astronomy Club

Junior Astronomy Club for 7 - 17 year olds

13th August

6pm to 8:30pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Pond

Pond Dipping at Great Notley

Come Pond Dipping at Great Notley and discover what creatures are hiding our ponds.

14th August and 28th August

Time slots between 1pm - 3pm

Great Notley Country Park

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Splash Kayaking at Hadleigh Park

Splash Kayaking offer, fun, affordable, family friendly kayak hire. Bring your friends and family down to Hadleigh Park this summer to cool off and give kayaking a go. Choose to go it alone in a single kayak or share the experience in one of our double kayaks.

Wednesday to Sunday - Throughout August

10am - 4pm

Hadleigh Country Park


Representing mindfulness: green petals and peaceful symbols

Mindfulness in the Woods

An introduction to enjoying the woods in a mindful way. Be present and tap into your senses.

Sunday 29th September 2019

10.30am-12.30am

Thorndon Country Park

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Sky Ropes Twilight Sessions

Adventurers can explore our fun and family friendly high ropes course, navigating their way around high in the evenings sky followed by hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows round our camp fire.

Sky Ropes Twilight Sessions

7:30pm to 9:30pm

Great Notley Country Park

Sweep Net on grass

Bug Hunt

Join our Ranger on a Bug Hunt, learn how to use a Sweep Net and discover what is hiding in the meadow.

12th August and 25th August

Time slots between 1pm - 3pm

Great Notley Country Park


Two knights Jousting

Cressing Temple Barns Joust and Medieval Fayre

Medieval fun for all the family!

Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September

10 am to 5 pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

A Star is Born at Great Notley Country Park

Enjoy this beautiful film as never before!

Friday 6th September 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Great Notley Country Park

A beautiful greating card using hand made printed paper and layered with fabric, lace and buttons

Card Making: with Printing and Textiles

Make three hand-made cards with handmade printed papers and beautiful layers of fabric, lace and buttons.

Thursday 14th November 2019

10am-4pm

Cressing Temple Barns


The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman at Weald Country Park

Experience this modern classic as never before!

Saturday 7th September 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Weald Country Park

Artist Clarissa holds up a newly dyed piece of fabric, it is indigo and has an interesting wave design

Indigo Dyeing: Make a Reusable Bag

Leave this creative workshop with your own indigo dyed reusable cotton bag.

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

10am-4pm

Cressing Temple Barns

A bat flies above us in the night sky

Bat Walk at Thorndon South

Enjoy a walk around the lake and learn about bats and how to identify them from their calls.

Friday 13th September 2019

7.00pm-8.30pm

Thorndon Country Park


Girl smelling a flower

Family Nature Safari

What will you discover?

Sunday 22nd September, Sunday 20th October, Sunday 17th November, Sunday 15th December

10:00 - 12:00

Belhus Woods Country Park

Family building a den together in the woods

Family Forest School

Don’t let the children have all the fun, forest school and connecting to nature is for everyone – come and join us at our Family Forest School sessions.

14 September, 12 October, 9 November, 14 December

11am to 2pm

Danbury 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.

16 Sept 2019 | 23 Sept 2019 | 30 Sept 2019 | 7 Oct 2019 | 14 Oct 2019 | 21 Oct 2019

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

Danbury Country Park


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Forest School Thorndon Country Park

Aimed at the under-5s, a series of six woodland play sessions that include nature activities, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and building things.

20 Sept 2019 | 27 Sept 2019 | 4 Oct 2019 | 11 Oct 2019 | 18 Oct 2019 | 25 Oct 2019

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

Thorndon Country Park

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman at Belhus Woods

The circus is coming to town!

20th September 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman at Thorndon South

Starlight Cinema presents - The Greatest Showman

Saturday 21st September 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Thorndon Country Park


Bat flying

Family Bat Walk

Go Bats at Belhus!

Friday 27th September

18:30 - 20:30

Belhus Woods Country Park

Seeds

Seed Collecting Walk

Grow your own!

Sunday 29th September

11am to 1pm

Weald Country Park

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Parkrun

Get outside with your local friendly Parkrun.

Every Saturday at 9am

Running starts at 9am

Cudmore Grove,Great Notley Country Park,Hadleigh Country Park,Marsh Farm County Park,Weald Country Park


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Sky Ropes Under the Stars

Discover the night time adventurer in you! Adventurers can explore our fun and family friendly high ropes course, navigating their way around bridges and beams high in the nights sky.

5 October 2019 | 9 November 2019

7pm to 9pm

Great Notley Country Park

Wedding open day

Wedding Open Day

Discover our beautiful wedding venue!

Sunday 6th October

11 am to 3 pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Beautiful trees

Trees and Traditions

Discover tree folklore and traditions.

Sunday 6th October

14:00 - 16:00

Belhus Woods Country Park


This unfinished sketch shows a purple wildflower

The Art of Flower Drawing: Workshop

Learn to draw flowers from life using a variety of techniques including pencil, pens, ink and wash.

Thursday 10th October 2019

10am-1pm

Cressing Temple Barns

A landscape of wildflowers made of felt

Felt Making: Landscapes

Use colourful fleece to create your own beautiful 2D landscape

Wednesday 16th October 2019

10am-1pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Mushrooms

Fungi Walk

Know your fungi!

Sunday 20th October

14:00 - 16:30

Belhus Woods Country Park


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Nuts about Nature

Nuts about Nature is outdoor nature play sessions for preschoolers. Sessions take place at Great Notley Country Park from April to October. Kate Curtis, who runs Nuts about Nature is an experienced leader and in a nutshell her mission is to inspire families to go and have fun in the great outdoors on their doorstep !

Sessions run from April to October

Various Times

Great Notley Country Park

People building a den in the woods

Bushcraft

Release your inner Bear Grylls!

Saturday 26th October and Saturday 23rd November

10:00 - 13:00

Belhus Woods Country Park

Sloe berries

Foraging Walk

Harvest the hedgerows!

Saturday 2nd November

14:00 - 16:00

Belhus Woods Country Park


Outdoor Theatre

Outdoor Theatre

Outdoor Theatre

See individual events for details

See individual events for details

Belhus Woods Country Park,Cressing Temple Barns,Cudmore Grove,Weald Country Park

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Hadleigh Park Cycles

Hadleigh Park Cycles - We are a Community Interest Company that exists to provide cycling services at Hadleigh Country Park.

All year

Opening Hours 9.30am - 5.30pm

Hadleigh Country Park

A mosaic coaster with brown and green tiles

Mosaic Coaster: Workshop

Design and create a pair of striking mosaic coasters for your home.

Thursday 7th November 2019

10am-1pm

Cressing Temple Barns


It must be Christmas! A festive wreath with a red bow, baubles and holly leaves decorates a door.

Wreath Making: Workshop

Create a beautiful wreath in time for Christmas.

Tuesday 10 December 2019 OR Thursday 12 December 2019

10am-12pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Wreath

Wreath Making at Belhus

Make your own Christmas wreath.

Tuesday 3rd December and Tuesday 10th December

Two sessions available 17:30 - 19:00 19:30 - 21:00

Belhus Woods Country Park

Chef doing a demonstration

Essex Autumn Food, Home and Craft Show

There's something for everyone!

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019

10 am to 4 pm

Cressing Temple Barns


Wreath

Wreath Making at Weald

Create your own beautiful wreath for Christmas!

Monday 2 December & Wednesday 4 December

Two sessions 3pm - 5pm 7pm - 9pm

Weald Country Park

Essex Christmas Fair

Essex Christmas Fair

Get the festive feeling!

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November

10 am to 4 pm

Cressing Temple Barns