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Children dressed in halloween costumes

Spooky Fun!

Join us for our spookiest year ever at Cressing Temple Barns this October half term!

22 October, 23 October, 24 October, 25 October, 26 October

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

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

Children gathering rocks on a beach

Beach Bonfire and Scavenger Hunt at Cudmore Country Park

Release your inner pirate on this guided beach scavenger hunt, followed by salty tales around our warming bonfire!

6 October

10:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 14:00, 14:30 - 16:00.

Cudmore Grove


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

Entrance to the Barley Barn

Barn Dance

We're hosting another heel stomping, toe tapping event in the Barley Barn at Cressing Temple this October! The Metric Foot Band will once again join us as will Totham Bangers to ensure you have the energy to dance the night away!

13 October 2018

6pm to 10pm

Cressing Temple

pile of red and russet apples

Apple Day

Join us as the Friends of Cressing Temple Gardens bring their annual Apple Day to Cressing, celebrating all that is apples and Autumn, you'll find a variety of apple produce, autumn related items, clog dancing, entertainment and more.

14 October 2018

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple


A brightly coloured Kumihimo bracelet

Craft workshop - Create a Kumihimo bracelet

A brand new and intriguing workshop hosted by tutor Sarah Lambourn teaching the Japanese art of creating a Kumihimo bracelet.

14 October 2018

10am to 2pm

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

Gentleman smoking a pipe in a darkened room

Ghost Stories at Cressing Temple Barns - SOLD OUT

We invite you to this atmospheric and exclusive evening of M.R James classic ghost stories including ‘O whistle and I'll come to you, my lad’ with its local connections to the Knights Templar.

1 November 2018

7:30pm

Cressing Temple


Willow woven reindeer

Willow Weaving - Christmas Reindeer - SOLD OUT

Get to grips with a small variety of weaves, handling and selecting material and create a stunning reindeer with specialist tutor, Jo Hammond.

10 and 11 November 2018

10am to 4pm

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

A handmade card

Card Making Workshop at Cressing

A brand new workshop for 2018. Katy Freeman teaches a number of crafty card making skills including stamping, punching and colouring.

18 November 2018

10am to 3pm

Cressing Temple


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.

14 SepI 21 Sept I 29 Sep I 5 Oct I 12 Oct I 19 Oct

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.

10 Sep l 17 Sep l 24 Sep l 1 Oct l 8 Oct l 15 Oct

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

Danbury Country Park

Boy gathering sticks in the forest

After School Forest School

Enjoy the outdoors and build confidence, friendships and fun over 6 weeks at After School Forest School.

13 September, 20 September, 27 September, 4 October, 11 October, 18 October

3:45pm to 5:45pm

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


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Autumn Food, Home and Lifestyle Fair

Enjoy fantastic cookery demonstrations from cookery supremos Sophie Grigson, James Barber and Ondine Hartgroves! Then browse a huge range of stalls to give you some food and home inspiration.

29 September and 30th September

10 am to 4 pm

Cressing Temple

Reindeer decoration

The Essex Christmas Fair

Browse, sample and buy from a huge range of stalls in time for the festive period. Gather some Christmas inspiration, enjoy some festive treats and even meet the reindeer!

3 November and 4 November

10 am to 4 pm

Cressing Temple