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Starlight Cinema

Drive in Movies

Starlight Cinema - coming to a Country Park near you!

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See screening for details

Cressing Temple Barns,Weald Country Park

girl sitting on pumpkin

Spooky Fun

Join us for some fiendish family fun this Halloween at Cressing Temple Barns, including crafts, trails, entertainment, pumpkins, face painting and more.....

26 Oct to 2 Nov 2019

11am to 4pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Magical Christmas poster

Magical Grotto

Cressing Temple’s Magical Grotto - a truly magical experience.

23, 24, 30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Dec

10am - 6pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Wedding open day

Wedding Open Day

Discover our beautiful wedding venue at Cressing Temple Barns and its stunning gardens. With a range of suppliers and the dressed barns, this is the perfect opportunity to get inspiration for your special day.

Sunday 6th October

11 am to 3 pm

Cressing Temple Barns

Purple Granny Square

Crochet Club

Learn a new skill!

Every Monday starting 7th October

1pm to 3pm

Weald 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.

19 February 2020

11am to 2pm

Danbury Country Park

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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.

9 November 2019 | 14 December 2019

7pm to 9pm

Great Notley Country Park

A beautiful greating card using hand made printed paper and layered with fabric, lace and buttons

Card Making: with Printing and Textiles

Make three hand-made cards with handmade printed papers and beautiful layers of fabric, lace and buttons.

Thursday 14th November 2019


Cressing Temple Barns

Girl smelling a flower

Family Nature Safari

What will you discover?

Sunday 20th October, Sunday 17th November, Sunday 15th December

10:00 - 12:00

Belhus Woods 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.

14 September, 12 October, 9 November, 14 December

11am to 2pm

Danbury 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.

4 Nov 2019 | 11 Nov 2019 | 18 Nov Sept 2019 | 25 Nov 2019 | 2 Dec 2019 | 9 Dec 2019

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

Danbury 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.

8 Nov 2019 | 6 Dec 2019 | 10 Jan 2020 | 13 Mar 2020 | 3 Apr 2020 |

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

Thorndon Country Park

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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

Beautiful trees

Tree Walk (1)

Discover tree folklore and traditions.

Sunday 6th October

14:00 - 16:00

Belhus Woods Country Park

This unfinished sketch shows a purple wildflower

The Art of Flower Drawing: Workshop

Learn to draw flowers from life using a variety of techniques including pencil, pens, ink and wash.

Thursday 10th October 2019


Cressing Temple Barns

A landscape of wildflowers made of felt

Felt Making: Landscapes

Use colourful fleece to create your own beautiful 2D landscape

Wednesday 16th October 2019


Cressing Temple Barns


Fungi Walk

Know your fungi!

Sunday 20th October

14:00 - 16:30

Belhus Woods Country Park

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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

People building a den in the woods


Release your inner Bear Grylls!

Saturday 26th October and Saturday 23rd November

10:00 - 13:00

Belhus Woods Country Park

Sloe berries

Foraging Walk

Harvest the hedgerows!

Saturday 2nd November

14:00 - 16:00

Belhus Woods Country Park

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Hadleigh Park Cycles

Hadleigh Park Cycles - We are a Community Interest Company that exists to provide cycling services at Hadleigh Country Park.

All year

Opening Hours 9.30am - 5.30pm

Hadleigh Country Park

A mosaic coaster with brown and green tiles

Mosaic Coaster: Workshop

Design and create a pair of striking mosaic coasters for your home.

Thursday 7th November 2019


Cressing Temple Barns

It must be Christmas! A festive wreath with a red bow, baubles and holly leaves decorates a door.

Wreath Making at Cressing Temple Barns

Create a beautiful wreath in time for Christmas.

December 2019


Cressing Temple Barns


Wreath Making at Belhus

Make your own Christmas wreath.

Tuesday 3rd December and Tuesday 10th December

Two sessions available 17:30 - 19:00 19:30 - 21:00

Belhus Woods Country Park

cloaked figure with a dog

Terrifically Terrifying Tales

Packing Shed Theatre presents...Terrifically Terrifying Tales! Two new ghost stories performed live especially for the spooking season.

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Doors open at 7pm. Story starts at 7:30pm

Cressing Temple Barns

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Drive in Cinema - Rocky Horror Picture Show!

It's just a jump to the left....

Saturday 26th October

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

Cressing Temple Barns

An interesting image - seeming to show an orange marigold, but layered with images that hint at other flowers and leaves.

Photography and Projection Workshop

Join artist in residence Henry Driver for an outdoor photography workshop, followed by a creative projection workshop.

Thursday 3rd October and Saturday 5th October 2019


Cressing Temple Barns

Essex Christmas Fair

Essex Christmas Fair

Get the festive feeling!

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November

10 am to 4 pm

Cressing Temple Barns


Wreath Making at Weald

Create your own beautiful wreath for Christmas!

Monday 2 December & Wednesday 4 December

Two sessions 3pm - 5pm 7pm - 9pm

Weald Country Park

Red Toad stalls

Introduction to Fungi Walk

Tell your Puffballs from your Inky Caps

Sunday 6th October

2pm to 4:30pm

Weald Country Park

Little girl in a witches outfit

Spooky Bat Trail

Follow our batty trail!

Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November

10 am to 3 pm

Thorndon Country Park

Picture of Bat Walk at Weald

Bat Walk at Weald


Monday 7th October

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Weald Country Park

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

Make your own scary creation!

29 October and 31 October 2019

10.00 - 11.30 12.00 - 13.30 14.00 - 15.30

Weald Country Park

Girl looking through telescope

Public Astronomy Sessions

Learn something new!

November 1, December 6, January 3, February 28, March 27, April 4, May 1.

All start at 18:30, except April 4 starts 19:30 and May 1 starts 20:30

Weald Country Park

Beetlejuice film poster

Drive in Movies - Beetlejuice!

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

29th October 2019

Gates open at 2pm Show starts 2:30 pm

Weald Country Park

Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Poster

Drive in movies - Rocky Horror Picture Show

Its just a jump to the left.....

29th October 2019

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

Weald Country Park

Movie poster

Drive in Movies - It's a Wonderful Life

Tissues at the ready!

14th December 2019

Gates open at 7 pm Show starts at 7.30 pm

Weald Country Park