What's on

A beautiful crop of yellow spring flowers set against a walled garden

Learn to Garden Part 1 - Your Garden in Spring

The first in a series of three short workshops to help you confidently create and care for your own garden space and produce dazzling seasonal displays

7 April 2018

10am to 2pm

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

10 June 2018

10am to 2pm

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


Wool being collected on a drop spindle

Craft workshop - Spinning

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

6 May 2018

10am to 3pm

Cressing Temple

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


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

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.

4 April l 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, this series of six woodland play sessions at Thorndon Country Park includes 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

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