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Father Christmas blowing glitter

Magical Grotto at Cressing Temple Barns

Join us for our award winning Magical Grotto at Cressing Temple Barns this December! Join your elf in a magical adventure to meet Mother Christmas, our reindeer and, of course, the big man himself!

1 December, 2 December, 8 December, 9 December, 15 December, 16 December, 20 December, 21 December, 22 December, 23 December

Selected time slots from 10am 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

People sitting around a campfire listening to a story

Family campfire and night ramble at Weald Country Park

See the park in a whole new night! Explore Weald after dark looking for external wildlife and then warm up around our cosy campfire drinking hot chocolate, listening to stories and toasting marshmallows.

16th November 2018, 17th November 2018

4:30pm - 6pm, 6:15pm - 7:45pm, 8pm - 9:30pm

Weald Country Park


Christmas Wreath being made by hand

Christmas wreath making at Belhus Woods

Learn how to make your own glossy green Christmas Wreath using foliage, real berries, ribbon and decorations whilst enjoying a complimentary snack and drink.

4 December 2018, 11 December 2018

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

Belhus Woods Country Park

Christmas wreath being made by hand

Christmas wreath making at Cressing Temple

Learn how to make your own glossy green Christmas wreath using foliage, real berries, ribbon and decorations whilst enjoying a complimentary snack and drink.

5 December 2018, 12 December 2018

5:30pm - 7pm, 7:30pm - 9pm.

Cressing Temple

Christmas Wreath being made by hand

Christmas wreath making at Weald

Learn how to make your own glossy green Christmas wreath using foliage, real berries, ribbon and decorations whilst enjoying a complimentary snack and drink.

6 December 2018, 13 December 2018

5:30pm - 7pm, 7:30pm to 9pm.

Weald 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.

9 Nov I 14 Dec I 11 Jan I 15 Mar

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

Thorndon Country Park

Little girl playing with leaves in a flower pot in autumn woodland setting

Woodland Play Forest School

Join us for activities centred around nature, sensory stimulation, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and construction.

29 Oct l 5 Nov l 12 Nov l 19 Nov l 3 Dec l 10 Dec

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

Danbury Country Park

Family building a den together in the woods

Family Forest School

Don’t let the children have all the fun, forest school and connecting to nature is for everyone – come and join us at our Family Forest School sessions.

8 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December, 12 January 2019, 9 February 2019, 9 March 2019, 13 April 2019, 11 May 2019, 8 June 2019, 15 July 2019

11am to 2pm

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.

24 October

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park

Blue tit feeding from a bird feeder in a tree

Big Winter Feed at Danbury Country Park

Back by popular demand - stockings for sparrows, starlings and swans! Join the Wild Wednesday Team at Danbury Country Park to escape the commercialism of Christmas and all the madness that entails.

20 December

10am to 12:30pm

Danbury 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


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 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

Black and white photo of Cressing Temple Barns

Ghost and Psychic Walk

Join Fright Nights Essex for a night in search of the paranormal in the unique historic setting of Cressing Temple Barns.

9 February 2019

9 pm to 3 am

Cressing Temple


man smoking a pipe

A Ghost Story for Christmas

We invite you to this atmospheric and exclusive evening of M.R James classic ghost stories in the fantastic setting of Cressing Temple Barns

14 December

7 pm

Cressing Temple