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February Half Term in Essex

There are plenty of craft and nature events this February half term in Essex. Explore one of our wonderful parks, playgrounds, nature reserves or gardens. Just remember to wrap up warm. Essex is so beautiful at this time of year. Read on to find out what's on in Essex.


17 Parks

56 Events


11th - Family Forest School - Build shelters, make mud pies, get creative with some natural art before heading on a mini adventure round the reserve. £7

12th - Bramley Hedge Adventure - Listen to a lovely Brambly Hedge story before heading out to meet the mice and complete and challenges. £7

13th - Brilliant Birds - Make a bird box, toast marshmallows on the fire and complete our bird-based trail round the reserve. £12

14th - Winter Warm Up - Complete our Wintery scavenger hunt. Learn to light a fire and prepare and cook some tasty treats to eat! £7

15th - Over 5s Drop Off - Carry out some bushcraft activities such as making wooden creations and fire lighting before an afternoon of child-led fun! £25

17th - Nature Tots Taster - Discover and learn each week through a range of fun wildlife themed activities from bug hunting and leaf spotting to natural painting and stick creatures. £7


14th - Woodland Discovery - creativity, discovery and fun in the woods! Make some natural art, learn to use tools or relax in the hammock at our over 8s session. £7

15th - Bird Box Building - Come and build a bird box to help the feathered friends in your garden! £10

16th - Family Forest School - For all ages free-play activities including slackline walking, bug hunting, woodland crafts, tool use, mud kitchen and more. £8

17th - Forest School Drop Off - build confidence, enhance self-esteem and develop social skills. Each group is led by an experienced Forest School leader. £25


13th - Story Time Session Owl Babies - Get cozy by the log circle and listen to a story before creating some bird themed crafts. £5

14th - Forest School - Explore the woods and wildlife, look for mini-beasts, climb trees, build dens. £7

15th - Bird Crafts - Get creative and make some bird themed crafts to take home including bird feeders. £7


15th - Pond dipping, Minibeast Hunt + Craft - Take part in some minibeast hunting and pond dipping with a picnic and marshmallows by the fire at Lunchtime. Have fun, get out and about and maybe even learn something new! £8


15th - Family Forest School - Forest school is a child-led, play-based ethos - build shelters, discover wildlife, make natural crafts, enjoy the rope swing and hammock and lots more. £7

15th - Woodland Explorer - Learn about the trees and creatures which call the woods their home through natural art, bug hunting, wild walk and more. £7

16th - Bushcraft Drop off Day - Start by lighting a fire using natural materials foraged from the woodland. Set up tarp shelters and cook snacks on an open fire. The afternoon will be spent using tools and learning woodland crafts. £25

17th - Forest School Drop Off - build confidence, enhance self-esteem and develop social skills. Each group is led by an experienced Forest School leader. £25


12th, 15th and 19th - Catch the snowdrops at The Gibberd Garden this half term as the gardens re-open for Spring. Adults £5, Children £1


13th - For the Love of Nature - Go on a scavenger hunt around the forest to find objects you love: something soft, hard, special and more! By adding these to your heart you will be making a lovely handmade display to take home with you for Valentines day. £5

14th - Forest Explorers - Get cozy this half term and learn how to make fire! Leave the matches at home and have a go using alternative methods with natural materials. £5

14th - Woodland Detectives - How does a Dragon help us to cook on the fire? Join us for a story around the campfire and take your first steps to campfire cooking! £5

14th - Hot Chocolate Challenge - Your challenge is to take a bucket of dirty water and make hot chocolate! What's lurking inside your bucket and how can you make it safe to drink? Do you accept the challenge? £5

16th - Forest Explorers - Mud and snow are perfect for finding tracks and trails left by the Forest animals. Come and find out what to look for and how to identify them. Make your own footprint cast to take home. £5

16th - Woodland Detectives - Oh no, a storm has scared all of our forest friends into hiding... and now they are lost... Can you track their footprints and bring them all back to safety? £5


Discover the wonderful world of houseplants with a week of fun family activities at RHS Garden Hyde Hall. The Houseplants in the Wild Trail runs all week!

13th and 16th - Face Painting (on the day £5)

13th - Make a Cress Head (prebook, £1.50)

14th - Story telling

16th - Craft Workshop (prebook, 2)

Entrance to the gardens Adults £12.95, Children £6.55, Under 5s Free


13th - Bird Box Building - Come and build a bird box to help the feathered friends in your garden! £10

14th - Forest School Drop Off - build confidence, enhance self-esteem and develop social skills. Each group is led by an experienced Forest School leader. £25

15th - Famiy Forest School - Join us for a session spent in the woodland as it slowly starts to wake from winter. Discover and play as we build dens and explore the forest, before toasting a snack. £7

16th - Bird Feeders - Come and make a simple bird feeder to take home to keep your garden birds well fed during the winter months. £7


Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre (Hornchurch Country Park), RM12 6TS

14th - Forest School Drop Off - build confidence, enhance self-esteem and develop social skills. Each group is led by an experienced Forest School leader. £25

15th and 17th - Family Forest School -A morning of fun in nature - looking for mini-beasts, building dens, digging in the mud kitchen, climbing trees, being creative and enjoying a campfire! £7

16th - Woodland Story Time - Come and gather round the campfire to hear the tale of the Owl Babies, and have a go at some bird based crafts. £5


13th - Bird Box - Come and build a bird box to help the feathered friends in your garden! £10

15th - Nature Tots Taster - Nature Tots is a parent and toddler group where young children can explore, play and learn through nature. £7

15th - Family Forest Fun - An afternoon of fun in nature - look for mini-beasts, dig in the mud kitchen, build dens, climb trees, creative crafts. £7

17th - Forest School Drop Off - build confidence, enhance self-esteem and develop social skills. Each group is led by an experienced Forest School leader. £25

17th - Woodland Story Time - Come and join us in reading the story of the Gruffalo! Listen to the story, take part in some great activities and finish by toasting something tasty on the fire. £7


From 10th - Mini Beast Hunt - There are 20 wooden mini beasts hidden around the Arboretum. Grab your coat, hat and boots and see how many you can find. Entry Adults £9 plus £2 for trail, Child over 3 £4.75, Under 3 free entry, £2 for trail


14th and 16th - Family Fossil Discovery - Come along to The Naze to discover why our cliffs are so special. Our introduction tells you about The Naze geology and where to find fossils before heading out on a group fossil hunt. £3 per perso


14th - Bird Activities - Learn about different bird families and how they spend their time in the Spring. Make some wings and a bird mask. £3

15th - Make a Bird Box - Build a bird box to take home. £8

Check out the new Zog Trail - everything you need to know HERE


15th - Storytime - Join us in the woods for the popular Blackbird tale, and make some bird themed crafts to take home. £5

16th - Bird Feeder Frenzy - Join us in the woods to have a go at making some bird feeders, and support your local birds at home through the winter months. £7


13th - Woodland Story Time - Join us for a cozy story in the wood reading everyone’s favourite, We are Going on a Bear Hunt! Bring a cuddly teddy and a snack to help you enjoy the book and then take part in some fun bear hunt themed activities. £5

14th and 18th - Bird Box - Come and build a bird box to help the feathered friends in your garden! £10

14th - Bird Brains - Learn about some of the incredible birds that have made Thameside their home. Visit our bird hide, have a go foraging like a bird, take part in some bird themed games. £7

15th - Woodland Story Time - Join us for a cozy story in the wood reading everyone’s favourite, We are The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

16th - Super Science - Join us for an morning of mad experiments, making some slime to take home. £10

16th - Dinosaur Discovery - Travel back in time with us to a prehistoric time when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Hunt for signs of dinosaurs on the reserve, take part in some fun dinosaur themed crafts and have a roaring time playing dinosaur games. £7

18th - Nature Tots - Discover and learn through a range of fun wildlife themed activities from bug hunting and mud play to natural painting and stick creatures. £7

17th - Story Time - Gather around the log circle as we listen to the tale of the Owl Babies, followed by some bird themed crafts, you can even make your own owl babies to take home! £5




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