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Beautiful wildflowers

Wildflower Walk

Join field botanist Mary Smith looking for fascinating wildflowers and unusual species amongst the rich wildflower meadows and grasslands of vast array of habitats at Belhus Woods Country Park

2 May I 6 June I 4 July I 8 Aug 2018

1.30 to 4.30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

publicity poster with event details with image of solider in the trenches

Temple at War Military and Vintage Show

Battle plans are now underway to showcase the largest annual living history interactive experience depicting the last 100 years of military history in the UK.

14 and 15 May

Saturday 9am to 5pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Woman walking against backdrop of trees

Mindfulness Walks

Come and experience mindfulness walking in beautiful surroundings with a trained meditation practitioner. A wonderful opportunity to experience the natural world on a deeper level, find your own inner balance and relieve stress.

12 May 2018 I 22 July 2018

2 to 3pm

Weald Country Park


herbal first aid items

Summer Herbal First Aid

Tutor Vanessa Neville, a community and medical herbalist, returns to Cressing with a brand new Herbal workshop in 2018..

20 May 2018

10:30am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

A beekeeper evaluating the hive

Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop

Whether you are thinking of getting your own hives or are just fascinated by the hardworking honeybee, this is the event for you.

3 June 2018

9.30am to 4.30pm

Cressing Temple

an image from the film of Paddington at night on the London Embankment

Drive In Movie - Paddington

Come and watch family favourite Paddington from the comfort of your own car. Watch this great film on a bright LED screen and hear all the action via in car Bluetooth speaker (provided) Spaces strictly limited so booking essential.

22 June 2018

Gates open at 4pm; movie starts 4.30pm

Cressing Temple


A still from the movie showing the Greatest Showman arms outstretched

Drive In Movie - The Greatest Showman

Come and watch the fabulous Greatest Showman from the comfort of own car. Spaces strictly limited so booking essential.

22 June

Gates open at 7pm; film begins 7.30pm

Cressing Temple

A woven fruit basket made from willow

Willow Weaving - Fruit Basket

A wonderful introduction to Willow Weaving - create a beautiful fruit basket from English Willow in the beautiful setting of Cressing Temple under the guidance of specialist tutor Jo Hammond.

1 July 2018

10am - 4pm

Cressing Temple

Beautiful manicured garden with small hedging. bright purple border plans and stone path

Learn to Garden Part 2 - Your Garden in Summer

Our horticulturist here at Cressing Temple Barns, hosts the second in a series of three short workshops with guidance and top tips on how to create and care for your own space

17 June 2018

10am to 2pm

Cressing Temple


Three female singers in 1950s fashion

Helen Rollason Vintage Fayre

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

8 July 2018

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

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Essex Festival of Food and Drink

Take a dash of Tom Kerridge, a pinch of Chris Galvin, a sprinkling of food love from Fred Sirieix and a veritable feast from our local chefs. Plus over 150 food and drink stands from all over the East

14 and 15 July 2018

10am to 5pm

Cressing Temple

Family enjoying time together at picnic in park

Picnic and Play at Belhus Woods

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

7 August 2018

11am to 4pm

Belhus Woods Country Park


family enjoying picnic time

Picnic and Play at Cressing Temple

Gather your family and your picnic and join us for some laid back summer fun at beautiful Cressing Temple.

15 and 16 August 2018

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

girl with picnic hamper and teddy on bright summer day

Picnic and Play at Cudmore Grove

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

21 August 2018

11am to 4pm

Cudmore Grove

Tudor meal and table utensils

Tudor Feast

A multiple course Tudor banquet in the stunning Barley Barn with entertainment throughout the evening

15 September 2018

7pm to 11pm

Cressing Temple


Picture of Learn to Garden Part 3 - Your Garden in Autumn

Learn to Garden Part 3 - Your Garden in Autumn

Horticulturist Rebecca Ashbey hosts the third of series of three short workshops with tips on keeping your plants looking lush through the winter

7 October 2018

10am to 2pm

Cressing Temple

Barn wedding venue with table decoration

Wedding Open Day - Cressing Temple Barns

Join us and our wedding suppliers for an insight into how your special day could look in the beautiful barns and picturesque orchard garden.

7 October 2018

11am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

Entrance to the Barley Barn

Barn Dance

We're hosting another heel stomping, toe tapping event in the Barley Barn at Cressing Temple this October! The Metric Foot Band will once again join us as will Totham Bangers to ensure you have the energy to dance the night away!

13 October

6pm to 10pm

Cressing Temple


A brightly coloured Kumihimo bracelet

Craft workshop - Create a Kumihimo bracelet

A brand new and intriguing workshop hosted by tutor Sarah Lambourn teaching the Japanese art of creating a Kumihimo bracelet.

14 October 2018

10am to 2pm

Cressing Temple

pile of red and russet apples

Apple Day

Join us as the Friends of Cressing Temple Gardens bring their annual Apple Day to Cressing, celebrating all that is apples and Autumn, you'll find a variety of apple produce, autumn related items, clog dancing, entertainment and more.

14 October

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Beautifully designed and manicured garden

Garden Design

Looking to bring some order to a chaotic space, bring a dull lawn to life or even just understand the design process, then this workshop is for you

27 October 2018

10:30am to 3:30pm

Cressing Temple


Willow woven reindeer

Willow Weaving - Christmas Reindeer

Get to grips with a small variety of weaves, handling and selecting material and create a stunning reindeer with specialist tutor, Jo Hammond.

10 & 11 November 2018

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

A handmade card

Card Making Workshop at Cressing

A brand new workshop for 2018. Katy Freeman teaches a number of crafty card making skills including stamping, punching and colouring.

18 November 2018

10am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

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


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

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

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.

11 April l 30 May l 25 July l 1 Aug l 8 Aug l 22 Aug l 29 Aug

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park


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.

20 Apr I 27 Apr I 4 May I 11 May I 18 May I 25 May 2018

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

Thorndon Country Park

 A variety of volunteering tasks including planting young trees and logging

Belhus Woods Conservation Volunteers

Join our weekly volunteer group and learn new skills, whilst helping the environment and wildlife. A great way to meet people, learn about conservation, get a bit of exercise and make a difference.

Every Thursday except 28 December

9:30am to 12:30pm often with the option t o continue after lunch

Belhus Woods Country Park

Two men employed in coppice work

Danbury Conservation Volunteers

Join our weekly volunteer group at Danbury Country Park, learn new skills and make a real difference to wildlife and the environment

Every Tuesday

10am to 3pm

Danbury Country Park


children climbing on log

Woodland Play

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

16 April I 23 April I 30 April I 14 May I 21 May I 4 June 2018

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

Danbury Country Park

Father teaches son to fish

Learn to fish

Join qualified fishing instructor Steve Deere who will introduce you to fishing in the beautiful surroundings of Belhus Woods Country Park

2 June 2018 | 3 June 2018

TImed slots from 9.30 to 2.45

Belhus Woods Country Park

A group of people wearing Viking armour

Langfjorðs Sliehtwulfas Training Day

Langfjorðs Sliehtwulfas Training Day

10 June 2018

10am to 2pm

Cressing Temple


Wooden bird or fairy house in woodland

Danbury Fairy and Gnome Trail

Fairy and gnome trail at Danbury Country Park

1 June 2018

10am to 4pm

Danbury Country Park

Wooden bird or fairy house in woodland

Cressing Fairy and Gnome Trail

Fairy and gnome trail at Danbury Country Park

28 May to 01 June 2018

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Wooden bird or fairy house in woodland

Belhus Fairy and Gnome Trail

Fairy and gnome trail at Danbury Country Park

28 May 2018

10am to 4pm

Belhus Woods Country Park


Child painting a face on a stone

Cudmore Rocks!

Come and paint your own rock to hide at Cudmore Grove

29 May 2018

10am to 3pm

Cudmore Grove

A carpet of bluebells in woodland

Spring Nature Detectives

Spring has finally arrived at Thorndon South Country Park. Follow this special trail to find the signs of spring and collect the secret letters.

31 May 2018

All day

Thorndon Country Park