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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 - 2 June walk is Sold Out

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

2 June, 21 July, 18 August, 15 September 2017

2 June, 21 July, 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


Pre-school girl looks up at sunlight through branches of pine tree

Summer woodland play

Aimed at the under-5s, this series of five woodland play sessions includes activities around nature, sensory, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and construction.

5 June, 12 June, 19 June, 26 June, 3 July 10 July 2017

Choose from the two sessions – 10am to 12 noon or 12.45pm to 2.45pm.

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.

31 May, 26 July, 2 August, 9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 30 August

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park

Headshot of celebrity chef James Martin

Essex Festival of Food and Drink

The Essex Festival of Food and Drink is the largest festival of it's kind in the county with over 150 food and drink stands from all over the East of England.

15 and 16 July 2017

10am to 5pm

Cressing Temple


children climbing on log

Forest Friends at 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.

28 April 2017 | 5 May 2017 | 12 May 2017 | 19 May 2017 | 26 May 2017 | 9 June 2017 | 16 June 2017 | 23 June 2017 | 30 June 2017 | 7 July 2017 | 14 July 2017

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

Thorndon 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?

4 March, 7 July and 28 October 2017

9pm to 2am

Cressing Temple

Puddleducks

Puddleducks

Join us for messy play, outdoor fun and wildlife activities each Wednesday morning during term time at Belhus Country Park.

25 January 2017 | 1 February 2017 | 8 February 2017 | 22 February 2017 | 1 March 2017

Every Wednesday morning during term time 10am to 11:15am

Belhus Woods Country Park


Wildflower Walk Weald

Wildflower Walk

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

14 June, 16 August

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

A group of beekeepers

Introduction to Beekeeping

Whether you are thinking of getting your own hives or are just fascinated by the hardworking honeybee, this is the event for you.

4 June 2017

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple


A basket of freshly-picked strawberries

Willow Weaving Berry Basket

Join Jo Hammond for a useful and practical workshop where you will learn the techniques required to weave your own willow basket.

2 July 2017

10am to 4pm

Cressing Temple

Beach Bonfire and Scavenger Hunt

Beach Bonfire and Scavenger Hunt

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

Woman and children

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


Picnic table

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

Feet standing in water

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

Basket

Family Medieval Weekend

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

29 and 30 July 2017

10am to 4:30pm

Cressing Temple

union jack flag

Murder on the Homefront

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

3pm

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.

22 July and 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.

22 July and 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 cars

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Vintage Fair

on Cancer Charity Vintage Fair is a celebration of all things vintage including stalls, cars, music and entertainment.

9 July

10:00am to 4:00pm

Cressing Temple

Cars

Cressing Classics Car Show

Cressing Classics isn’t just another classic car show.

25 June 2017

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple


Aerial shot of Cressing Temple Barns event

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

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta as Sandy and Danny

Grease Open Air Cinema

Book tickets to see John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the classic musical film outdoors

24 June 2017

Gates open 7.30pm; film begins at approximately 9.30pm

Weald Country Park

Title of the play in yellow lettering on blue background

Wind in the Willows Open Air Theatre

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

4pm

Weald Country Park


Creative beach art using seaweed, pebbles and shells

Beach Activity Session

Let your creative side out with this free beach art session for all the family at Cudmore Grove Country Park.

1 June 2017

2pm-3pm

Cudmore Grove

Spade sitting in rich compost soil within wooden compost crate

Free compost giveaway

Come and bag some free compost at Cudmore Grove Country Park and get those vegetables and flowers to flourish this summer.

10 June 2017

10am to 3pm

Cudmore Grove

The words Pitch Perfect in pink against a blue background

Pitch Perfect Open Air Cinema

Book tickets and join us for this fantastic musical comedy, Pitch Perfect, at the beautiful Great Notley Country Park, Braintree.

10 June 2017

Gates open 7.30pm; entertainment starts 8.30pm; films begin at approximately 9.30pm

Great Notley Country Park