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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.

See opening hours

See opening hours

Great Notley Country Park

Bat in flight in the dark night

Weald Family Bat Walk

Join the Rangers for a night time walk in search of bats.

2 June, 21 July, 18 August, 15 September 2017

2 June, 21 July, 18 August: 8pm to 9:30pm 15 September: 7pm to 8:30pm

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


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

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.

15 and 16 July 2017

10am to 5pm

Cressing Temple

Soldier with trees in background

Temple at War Military and Vintage Show

Experience a true taste of the past covering WW1, WW2 and the Cold War era, giving your family with a truly memorable day out.

13 and 14 May 2017

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

Cressing Temple


harbal first aid items

Herbal First Aid

With an increased drive to use the healing power of herbs for a variety of health benefits, is now the time to learn how to use them yourself?

21 May 2017

10:30am to 3pm

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 and 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Thorndon Country Park

Apple tree

Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

Why not start the new year by learning a new skill, or brushing up your confidence in something you enjoy?

19 March 2017

10am to 3pm

Cressing Temple


Scary, dark view into barn door at Cressing Temple

Ghost Hunt

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the barns once the lights are switched off and everyone has gone home?

4 March, 7 July and 28 October 2017

9pm to 2am

Cressing Temple

Pruning Plants

Pruning plants for beginners

Make this the year you learn a new gardening skill, or brush up confidence with this course!

1 April 2017

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Easter bunny

Easter Bunny Trail

Follow a wooden egg trail, paint your own hen's egg, receive a chocolate egg and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny! Ideal for children ages 2 to 8.

13 April 2017

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park


Wildflower Walk Weald

Wildflower Walk

With a fascinating mix of woodland, lakes and meadows, Belhus Woods is a fantastic location for enjoying wildflowers.

5 April

1:30pm to 4:30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Puddleducks

Puddleducks

Join us for messy play, outdoor fun and wildlife activities each Wednesday morning during term time at Belhus Country Park.

25 January 2017 | 1 February 2017 | 8 February 2017 | 22 February 2017 | 1 March 2017

Every Wednesday morning during term time 10am to 11:15am

Belhus Woods Country Park

Feet and shoes in grass

Mindfulness Walk

With increasing demands on everyone’s time and energy, it has never been so important to take some time out for yourself to enjoy the positive energy of nature.

6 May 2017

2pm to 3pm

Weald Country Park


Dashy the sheep

Spinning Workshop

Learn how to spin wool yourself starting from the very beginning with meeting the sheep and moving through carding, spinning, finishing and finger braiding.

7 May 2017

10am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

viking training

Langfjorðs Sliehtwulfas Training Day

Viking re-enactment group Langfjorðs Sliehtwulfas will hold a training session that is open for the public to view at Cressing Temple Barns in Essex.

4 March 2017 | 5 March 2017

4 March 10am to 3pm 5 March 10am to 1pm

Cressing Temple

Flying bat

Belhus Family Bat Walk

Are you keen to explore the park after dark and see some secretive night time wildlife?

5 August, 9 September 2017

5 August: 8pm to 9:30pm 9 September: 7pm to 8:30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park


A group of beekeepers

Introduction to Beekeeping

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

4 June 2017

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

A basket of freshly-picked strawberries

Willow Weaving Berry Basket

Join Jo Hammond for a useful and practical workshop where you will learn the techniques required to weave your own willow basket.

2 July 2017

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Man sitting on oversized, beautifully carved wooden bench

European Woodworking Show

We aim to make it just as good or even better in 2017 for the 7th staging of the European Woodworking Show at Cressing Temple Barns.

16 and 17 September 2017

To be confirmed

Cressing Temple


Wreath

Wreath Making

Learn how to make your own glossy green Christmas wreath using fresh foliage, real berries, ribbon and a variety of floristry grade decorations.

6 December and 13 December 2017

5:30 to 7pm and 7:30 to 9pm

Cressing Temple

Beach Bonfire and Scavenger Hunt

Beach Bonfire and Scavenger Hunt

Please your inner pirate on this guided beach scavenger hunt, followed by salty tales around our warming bonfire.

2 August 2017

11:00am to 12:30pm, 12:30pm to 2:00pm or 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Cudmore Grove

Woman and children

Picnic and Play at Belhus Woods

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

9 August 2017

11am to 4pm

Belhus Woods Country Park


Picnic table

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 2017

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Feet standing in water

Picnic and Play at Cudmore Grove

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

23 August 2017

11am to 4pm

Cudmore Grove

A plant pot and flowers in a garden

Propagation for Beginners

Are you keen to develop your garden? This course will teach you key skills, enabling you to make the most of everything growing in your garden.

9 September 2017

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple


A little girl holds a daisy

Belhus Woods Community Fun Day

Our popular Community Fun Day is ideal for families, you can enjoy a day of picnics, games, browsing crafts stalls and much more.

12 August 2017

11am to 3pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Medieval Living History Pop Up

Medieval Living History Pop-up

Join us at Cressing Temple for this free pop up family event, where you can meet Medieval re-enactors and learn about life in the past.

18 and 19 February 2017

10am to 4:30pm

Cressing Temple

Extreme Challenge

Team Extreme Challenge VI

Team Extreme Challenge VI sees the return of our team obstacle trail run event back at Thorndon Country Park South.

5 March 2017

10km starts at 9:30am 5km starts at 10am

Thorndon Country Park


Basket

Family Medieval Weekend

Join us at Cressing Temple for a weekend long medieval themed family event.

29 and 30 July 2017

10am to 4:30pm

Cressing Temple

Woman

Murder on the Homefront

Slip back in time to the 1940’s in the historic setting of Cressing Temple, which becomes Wimlington Manor for the evening.

29 July 2017

7pm to 11pm

Cressing Temple

Hands and goblets

Medieval Feast

Isn’t it time you were treated as a Lord or Lady? Well now is your chance! Join us at the historic Cressing Temple for an authentic medieval feast with entertainment.

19 August 2017

7pm to 11pm

Cressing Temple


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Open air performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem.

2 September 2017

3pm

Cudmore Grove

Medieval Crafts

Family Living History Weekend

Join us at Cressing Temple for this weekend long medieval themed family event, where you can meet Medieval re-enactors and learn about life in the past.

19 and 20 August 2017

10am to 4:30pm

Cressing Temple

Children on a bench

Woodland Play Forest School

Why not climb a tree? Give your child the freedom and opportunity to climb and grow.

27 February to 27 March 2017

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

Danbury Country Park


Woman and child reading under a tree

Read with me under a tree

Join us for a celebration of books, rhymes, activities and the great outdoors.

20, 23, 28, 31 March 2017

10am to 11am

Great Notley Country Park,Hadleigh Country Park,Thorndon Country Park,Weald Country Park

Wedding ceremony

Cressing Temple Barns Wedding Open Day

will be holding our next Wedding Fayre at Cressing Temple on 2 April.

2 April 2017

11am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

Vegetables

Cressing Temple Barns Spring Food, Home and Lifestyle Fair

Set in the grounds of lovely Cressing Temple Barns, you can enjoy a huge range of stalls set within the historic barns themselves as well as marquees and outside stands.

11 and 12 March 2017

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple


Men cutting wood

Belhus Woods Conservation Volunteers

Join our weekly volunteer group and learn new skills, whilst helping the environment & wildlife!

Every Thursday

9:30am to 12:30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Child in woodland

Nature Explorers Self Guide Trail

Nature Explorers large and small are invited to Belhus Woods Country Park throughout the summer holidays.

22 July and 3 September

Any time throughout the day

Belhus Woods Country Park

Wildlife Footprints

Wildlife Footprints Self Guide Trail

Wildlife enthusiasts large and small are invited to Thorndon South Country Park throughout the summer holidays.

22 July and 3 September

Any time throughout the day

Thorndon Country Park