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Father Christmas blowing glitter

Magical Grotto at Cressing Temple Barns - SOLD OUT

Join us for our award winning Magical Grotto at Cressing Temple Barns this December! Join your elf in a magical adventure to meet Mother Christmas, our reindeer and, of course, the big man himself!

1 December, 2 December, 8 December, 9 December, 15 December, 16 December, 20 December, 21 December, 22 December, 23 December

Selected time slots from 10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Blue tit feeding from a bird feeder in a tree

Big Winter Feed at Danbury Country Park

Back by popular demand - stockings for sparrows, starlings and swans! Join the Wild Wednesday Team at Danbury Country Park to escape the commercialism of Christmas and all the madness that entails.

20 December

10am to 12:30pm

Danbury Country Park

man smoking a pipe

A Ghost Story for Christmas - SOLD OUT

We invite you to this atmospheric and exclusive evening of M.R James classic ghost stories in the fantastic setting of Cressing Temple Barns

14 December

7 pm

Cressing Temple


Black and white photo of Cressing Temple Barns

Ghost and Psychic Walk

Join Fright Nights Essex for a night in search of the paranormal in the unique historic setting of Cressing Temple Barns.

9 February 2019

9 pm to 3 am

Cressing Temple

children climbing on log

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.

9 Nov I 14 Dec I 11 Jan I 15 Mar

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

Thorndon 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.

14 Jan l 11 Feb l 25 Feb l 04 Mar l 11 Mar l 18 Mar l 25 Mar l 01 Apr

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

Danbury Country Park


Boy gathering sticks in the forest

After School Forest School - Danbury Country Park

Enjoy the outdoors and build confidence, friendships and fun over 6 weeks at After School Forest School.

28 Feb | 07 Mar | 14 Mar| 21 Mar| 28 Mar | 04 Apr

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Danbury 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.

8 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December, 12 January 2019, 9 February 2019, 9 March 2019, 13 April 2019, 11 May 2019, 8 June 2019, 15 July 2019

11am to 2pm

Danbury 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.

20 February

11am to 2pm

Danbury 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.

Starting again from Wednesday 10 January and running term time in 2018.

10am to 11.15am

Belhus Woods 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.

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See opening hours

Great Notley Country Park