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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

Bat in flight in the dark night

Weald Family Bat Walk

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

18 August, 15 September 2017

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

Solar telescope with special filter for safe viewing

Solar Observing at Great Notley Park

The North Essex Astronomical Society will have several telescopes with special filters set up for observing sunspots and solar prominences with complete safety. Free event.

26 August 2017

Midday to 3pm

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

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 July, 2 August, 9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 30 August

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park

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?

28 October 2017

9pm to 2am

Cressing Temple

Wildflower Walk Weald

Wildflower Walk

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

16 August 2017

1:30pm to 4:30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

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

Man working with woodworking tool

European Woodworking Show

This will be the 7th European Woodworking Show with an extensive list of exhibitors and demonstrators showcasing a wide variety of disciplines.

16 and 17 September 2017

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

Cressing Temple

Beach Bonfire and Scavenger Hunt

Beach Bonfire and Scavenger Hunt - SOLD OUT

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

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.

9 August 2017

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 2017

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.

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


Family Medieval Weekend

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

29 and 30 July 2017

10.30am to 4:30pm

Cressing Temple

union jack flag

Murder on the Homefront - Sold Out

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


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

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.

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.

3 September

Any time throughout the day

Thorndon Country Park

Country Fair

Guild of Essex Craftsmen - Craft Weekend and Country Fair

This year we are moving our main Annual Event forward to August, and bringing in new attractions, in addition to some old favourites, to provide a wide range of interests and activities for all age groups.

5 and 6 August 2017

10:30am to 5:30pm

Cressing Temple

Classic car standing in a medieval barn

RollHard the Show

Join us for a chilled out summer's day at Cressing Temple Barns. RollHard is an unique event for car enthusiasts with over 700 of the coolest cars from around Europe.

13 August 2017

10am - 3pm

Cressing Temple

Title of the play in yellow lettering on blue background

Wind in the Willows Open Air Theatre - Sold Out

Pack your picnics and join the wonderful world of Wind in the Willows characters as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to save Toad Hall!

30 July 2017


Weald Country Park

 A group of people around a campfire under a twilight sky

Tales at Twilight

Take an atmospheric twilight stroll before enjoying a complimentary hot drink around our blazing campfire, whilst listening to evocative tales of magic, myth and folklore.

16 Sept 2017

4.30pm-6pm; 6.30pm-8pm

Danbury Country Park

A beautifully designed and maintained garden

Garden Design Workshop

Do you long to revamp your garden or outdoor space? Want to learn how to plan beautiful planting, borders and structures? This workshop is the perfect chance to take away new skills you can use again and again.

7 October 2017

10.30 - 3.30pm

Cressing Temple

Entrance to the Barley Barn

Barn Dance - A 30 year celebration

Join us for a traditional barn dance in the magnificent Barley Barn as we celebrate thirty years of maintaining the very beautiful grounds of Cressing Temple Barns.

21 October 2017

7pm to 11pm

Cressing Temple

male celebrity chef icing a cake

Cressing Temple Barns Autumn Food Home Crafts & Lifestyle Fair

Cressing Temple Barns dish up a weekend feast of celebrity cookery sets as well as a huge range of crafts and lifestyle exhibits to browse, sample and buy

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October 2017

10am to 5pm

Cressing Temple