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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

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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 12 noon

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

Pre-school girl looks up at sunlight through branches of pine tree

Summer woodland play

Aimed at the under-5s, this series of five woodland play sessions includes activities around nature, sensory, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and construction.

25 April; 9, 16, 23 May; 6, 13, 20 and 27 June, and 4 July 2016

Choose from the two sessions – 10am to 12 noon or 12.45pm to 2.45pm.

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.

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

Three children on mountain bikes in a wooded area

The wacky wheels challenge

Follow the exploits of the cyclists taking part in the exciting Wacky Wheels Race - a self-guided trail suitable for ages 5+.

31 July 2016

Monday to Sunday, 8am to 4.30pm

Hadleigh 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

Headshot of celebrity chef James Martin

Essex Festival of Food and Drink

The Essex Festival of Food and Drink is the largest festival of it's kind in the county with over 150 food and drink stands from all over the East of England.

16 and 17 July 2016

10am to 5pm

Cressing Temple

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

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Wildflower Walk

Join expert Mary Smith out looking for fascinating wildflowers and learn to identify those you might see on future walks.

17 August 2016

1.30 to 4.30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

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

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Community Fun Day

Browse local craft stalls and charity tables, play games and take part in activities at Belhus Woods' Community Fun Day.

13 August 2016

11am to 3pm

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

10:00am to 4:00pm

Weald Country Park

A basket full of fresh fruits and vegetables

The Healthy Living Show

Celebrate everything good for the body and soul at our new Healthy Living Show. Inspiring you in health, wellbeing and a more natural life. Explore natural products and receive health and exercise advice through demonstrations and speakers.

30 and 31 July 2016

10am to 4pm both days

Cressing Temple

Green moth on leaf

Mothing Night

Join us at Cudmore Grove for the joint meeting of the Essex Moth Group and British Entomological and Natural History Society.

22 July 2016

from 9:00pm

Cudmore Grove

Badger walking on grass

Brockwatch Night Safari Walk

Take a late night walk and see night time animals on our safari walk.

26 July 2016

8:00pm to 10:00pm

Cudmore Grove

Girls feet in sahllow water

Seaside Special

Seaside adventure at Cudmore Grove.

3 August 2016

11:00am to 3:00pm

Cudmore Grove

Family building a den

Den Building

Get creative and build your own shelter with sticks, branches and logs, all with the help of a Ranger.

10 August 2016

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Cudmore Grove


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

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Cudmore Grove

Girl reaching for a seashell

Seashell Mobiles

With the help of a Ranger, create your own hanging mobile with shells from the beach.

4 August 2016


Cudmore Grove

Picture of Picnic and Play

Picnic and Play

Gather your family and your picnic and join us for some laid back summer fun.

9 and 10 August 2016


Cressing Temple

Pink Flowers

Introduction to Beekeeping

Join British bee keeper Jan and find out how to use wax products, learn about bees and take a guided tour of the hives.

5 August 2016


Cressing Temple

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Upcycling Jewellery

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

21 August 2016


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


Cressing Temple

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Flower Arranging

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

11 September 2016


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


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


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


Thorndon Country Park