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Starlight Cinema

Starlight Cinema presents...

Starlight Cinema - coming to a Country Park near you!

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See screening for details

Cressing Temple Barns

outdoor cinema screen

Spirit of Essex Festival

The ‘Spirit of Essex Festival’ features a packed programme of outdoor activities and events designed to inspire more of us to explore and enjoy the diverse heritage, culture, nature and habitats that Essex has to offer.

8 June 2019 | 11 June 2019 | 14 June 2019 | 15 June 2019 | 22 June 2019 | 28 June 2019 | 29 June 2019

Times vary for each event

Cressing Temple Barns

Freddie Mercury

Bohemian Rhapsody at Cressing Temple Barns

The Barns are alive... with the sound of Queen!

Friday 28th June 2019

Gates open 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm

Cressing Temple Barns


Freddie Mercury singing

Bohemian Rhapsody at Great Notley Country Park

Get ready to rock!

Saturday 29th June 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Great Notley Country Park

A rail of vintage clothes

Helen Rollason Vintage Fair

Now in its 10th year come and explore everything vintage - all in a great cause!

30th June 2019

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Space chase logo

Space Day!

3, 2, 1 - LIFT OFF!

20th July 2019

10am to 3pm

Cressing Temple Barns


Sunset over Jupiter

Junior Astronomy Club

Junior Astronomy Club for 7 - 17 year olds

12th March, 9th April, 14th May, 11th June, 9th July, 13th August

6pm to 8:30pm

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Black and white photo of Cressing Temple Barns

Ghost and Psychic Walk

Fright Nights Essex have added an extra date for their successful ghost and psychic walks! Join us for a night in search of the paranormal in the unique historic setting of Cressing Temple Barns.

29th June 2019

9 pm to 3 am

Cressing Temple Barns

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.

Spring term - 5 April, 26 April, 3 May, 10 May and 17 May

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.

17 June, 24 June, 1 July, 8 July and 15 July

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.

13 July , 14 September, 12 October, 9 November, 14 December

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.

29 May 2019

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park


Beautiful wildflowers

Wildflower Walks

Join field botanist Mary Smith looking for fascinating wildflowers and unusual species amongst the rich wildflower meadows and grasslands of vast array of habitats at Belhus Woods Country Park

3rd April, 1st May, 5th June, 10th July, 7th August

1.30 to 4.30pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Parkrun logo

Parkrun

Get outside with your local friendly Parkrun.

Every Saturday at 9am

Running starts at 9am

Cudmore Grove,Great Notley Country Park,Hadleigh Country Park,Marsh Farm County Park,Weald Country Park

Woman climbing on a man's back

The Pantaloons present - Sense and Sensibility

Experience your favourite book brought to life - in the open air!

17th July 2019

Show starts at 7pm

Cudmore Grove


Picture of Sky Ropes Under the Stars

Sky Ropes Under the Stars

Discover the night time adventurer in you! Adventurers can explore our fun and family friendly high ropes course, navigating their way around bridges and beams high in the nights sky.

5 October 2019 | 9 November 2019

7pm to 9pm

Great Notley Country Park

A fairy laying on a donkey's ears

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Experience outdoor theatre this summer!

14 July 2019

Gates open at 2:30pm Show starts at 3pm

Weald Country Park

picture of Chef

Essex Festival of Food and Drink

The County's biggest Food Festival returns to Cressing Temple Barns on the 13th and 14th July!

13th and 14th July 2019

10 am to 5 pm each day

Cressing Temple Barns


Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Come and experience outdoor theatre at its best with Immersion Theatre!

8th August 2019

Gates open 3.30pm Show starts 4pm

Weald Country Park

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Cressing Folk Festival

Brand new to the Folk scene Cressing Temple Barns is proud to host the first Cressing Folkfest. A one day celebration of all things folk with a first class line up, sing-a-rounds, morris dancing, real ales and more. Line includes The Wilsons, John Kirkpatrick, Trails of Cato, Fran & Belinda and Terry Hiscock

15 September 2019

12noon to 8.00pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Cathy looking moody

Wuthering Heights

Heathcliff? It's me, Cathy, I've come home now....

Saturday 27th July 2019

Doors open at 2pm Show starts 3pm

Belhus Woods Country Park


Picture of a happy girl smiling

The Secret Garden

Enjoy some outdoor theatre this summer!

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Gates open at 1pm Show starts at 2pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Book design tools

Artist's Books with Mary Pullen Deacon

Create beautiful books with lettering and illustration

Saturday 29th June 2019

10am-2pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Blue Book

Eco Drawing Workshop

Be inspired by nature at Weald Country park!

Sunday 9th June

Sunday 9th June - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Sunday 14th July - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Sunday 11th Aug - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Sunday 8th Sept - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Sunday 6th Oct - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Weald Country Park


Freddie Mercury Singing

Bohemian Rhapsody at Weald Country Park

Experience this multi award winning film as never before!

Saturday 10th August

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts 7:30 pm

Weald Country Park

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

A Star is Born at Weald Country Park

Fantastic outdoor cinema!

6th July 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Weald Country Park

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman at Weald Country Park

Experience this modern classic as never before!

Saturday 7th September 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Weald Country Park


Freddie Mercury singing

Bohemian Rhapsody at Belhus Woods

Get ready to rock!

Friday 9th August

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Two knights Jousting

Cressing Temple Barns Joust and Medieval Fayre

Medieval fun for all the family!

Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September

10 am to 5 pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Bradley Walsh and Lady Gaga

A Star is Born at Belhus Woods!

A beautiful story in beautiful surroundings.

Friday 5th July

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Belhus Woods Country Park


The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman at Belhus Woods

The circus is coming to town!

20th September 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Belhus Woods Country Park

Wedding open day

Wedding Open Day

Discover our beautiful wedding venue!

Sunday 28th April

11 am to 3 pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

A Star is Born at Great Notley Country Park

Enjoy this beautiful film as never before!

Friday 6th September 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Great Notley Country Park


A shadow box 3D image celebrating 50 years since the first moon landing.

Shadow Box

This July marks the 50th anniversary since Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Make a shadow box with Mark Hugh-Jones to celebrate this era-defining event.

Sunday 7th July 2019

10.30am-3.30pm

Cressing Temple Barns

A bright, blue cotton bag with interesting patterns . You can make this.

Indigo Dyeing

Create a reusable cotton bag: stitched and indigo dyed.

No dates

Sunday 8th September 2019

Cressing Temple Barns

Printed card with yellow flower

Gelli Print cards

Create printed papers on the gelli plate printing press and decorate with fabric patches, lace, buttons and motifs.

Sunday 22nd September 2019

10am-4pm

Cressing Temple Barns


Picture of Nuts about Nature

Nuts about Nature

Nuts about Nature is outdoor nature play sessions for preschoolers. Sessions take place at Great Notley Country Park from April to October. Kate Curtis, who runs Nuts about Nature is an experienced leader and in a nutshell her mission is to inspire families to go and have fun in the great outdoors on their doorstep !

Sessions run from April to October

Various Times

Great Notley Country Park

Bradley Walsh and Lady Gaga

A Star is Born at Thorndon South

Starlight Cinema presents - A Star is Born!

Saturday 3rd August

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Thorndon Country Park

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman at Thorndon South

Starlight Cinema presents - The Greatest Showman

Saturday 21st September 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7:30 pm

Thorndon Country Park


Jurassic Park logo

Jurassic Park at Cudmore Grove

Starlight Cinema presents - Jurassic Park

Sunday 4th August

Gates open 2 pm Show starts at 2:30 pm

Cudmore Grove

Outdoor Theatre

Outdoor Theatre

Outdoor Theatre

See individual events for details

See individual events for details

Belhus Woods Country Park,Cressing Temple Barns,Cudmore Grove,Weald Country Park

Summer Sounds

The Sound Collective presents Summer Sounds!

Join The Sound Collective for a Sunday afternoon of music!

Sunday 23rd June

Gates open at 2pm

Cressing Temple Barns


Freddie Mercury

Bohemian Rhapsody at Thorndon South

Get ready to ROCK!

Friday 12th July 2019

Gates open at 7 pm show starts at 7:30 pm

Thorndon Country Park

Olivia Coleman

The Favourite at Cressing Temple Barns

Enjoy this multi award winning film as never before!

24th August 2019

Gates open at 2 pm show starts at 2:30 pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Stone building

Artists-in-Residence Commission

We are inviting artists to apply for a three-month residency running from August to October 2019 in the unique and beautiful setting of Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree, Essex. The selected artist/s will be given their own studio space in The Dairy and a £10,000 commission to create an artwork that responds to the site which will form part of a new Cressing Temple art trail.

August to October 2019

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