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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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See opening hours

Great Notley 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

Children in spooky fancy dress

The Great Ghost Hunt Self Guide Trail

Buy your trail guide from the Pavilion Café at Thorndon South 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

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.

25 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

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

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!

8 October, 5 November 2016

Arrive between 7pm to 10pm

Great Notley 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.

26 Oct 2016, 15 Feb, 5 and 12 Apr 2017

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park

Picture of Volunteering Days

Volunteering Days

Volunteering days continue throughout the year on Tuesdays.

No dates

9:30am to 3:30pm

Danbury 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

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.

14 October to 10 March 2017

10am to 12pm

Thorndon Country Park

Father Christmas

Santa’s Grotto

Enjoy the Christmas magic of Weald’s famous festive Grotto with fantastic new additions for 2016.

26 Nov, 27 Nov, 3 Dec, 4 Dec, 10 Dec, 11 Dec, 16 Dec, (pre-school), 17 Dec, 18 Dec, 19 Dec, (pre-school), 22 Dec, 23 Dec, 24 Dec

10am to 5pm

Weald Country Park

Child wearing Christmas hat

Magical Grotto

Guided by a friendly elf, your group will explore Father Christmas’s busy Christmas base at Cressing Temple Barns.

3 Dec, 4 Dec, 10 Dec, 11 Dec, 17 Dec, 18 Dec, 22 Dec, 23 Dec

10am to 6pm

Cressing Temple

Children on a bench

Forest School Woodland Play

Activities are centred around nature, sensory, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and construction.

10 Oct, 14 Nov, 5 Dec

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

Danbury Country Park