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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

Man jogging along a woodland path

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.

13 May, 3 June, 22 July, 19 August and 16 September 2016

13 May: 8 to 10pm, 3 June: 7.30 to 9.30pm, 22 July: 8 to 10pm, 19 August: 7 to 9pm, 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

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Antique, collectors and vintage fair

Up to 75 traders dealing in the Mid-Victorian through to the Art Deco period including furniture, militaria, ceramics, jewellery.

25 and 26 June 2016

9am to 4.30pm

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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Temple at War 2016

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

14 and 15 May 2016

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

Cressing Temple

Crochet squares wool and crochet needle

Crochet and chat club

Come along to our monthly craft club to learn a new skill from our friendly resident crafter.

13 June 2016

10am to 12pm

Weald Country Park

Illustration of a vintage car crossing a hill

Essex County Car and Motorcycle Show

The 10 year Anniversary of the ever growing and widely popular Car Show presenting a selection of vintage, classic and modern vehicles.

10 July 2016

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Old, wiry tree in Weald Country Park

Guided tree walk

Join our resident tree warden for a relaxed stroll learning about our fascinating and unusual trees.

12 June 2016

11am to 1pm

Weald Country Park

Close up of wildflowers in a country park

Wildflower Walk

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

15 June, 17 August 2016


Belhus Woods Country Park

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Picnic in the Park

Belhus Woods Country Park invites you to join us for our annual Picnic in the park.

18 June 2016

11:00am- 2:00pm

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.

18 June, 16 July, 13 August, 10 September 2016

Saturday 18th June 8:00pm-9:30pm Saturday 16th July 8:00pm- 9:30pm Saturday 13th August 8:00pm- 9:30pm Saturday 10th September 6:00pm- 8:00pm

Weald Country Park

A group of children holding hands running out of the treeline

Community Fun Day

Browse local craft stalls and charity tables, plus pay games, take part in activities and much more at the community fun day.

9 July


Belhus Woods Country Park