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Summer Holiday Events - 18th - 24th July

Open Air Film & Street Food Fest

Colchester Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1UG

21st - 24th July

Four days, 12 films! Jumanji, The Lost Boys, Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Friday The 13th, Bridesmaids, Clueless, The Greatest Showman and more.

Brilliant street food vendors.

Check Facebook event page for movie start times

Adults from £10.50, many two for one deals available.

Kids 0-3 years are Free, 4-15 years Free per paying adult


Iron Latch nature reserve, Colchester, CO3 0JT

Friday 22nd July, 9pm

Fun for kids and adults alike at Iron Latch nature reserve. Identify various species of bat using bat detectors and afterwards, go to the reserve’s meadow to hunt for glow worms and count them for the yearly survey.

£4.00 per person. Children - free. Booking essential.


RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET

Soak up the beautiful summer surroundings on a peaceful stroll around the garden and enjoy a delicious bbq.

Adults £7 (after 5pm) Children £3.50


Sunset Ibiza Athems

Hadleigh Country Park, Benfleet, SS7 2PP

Friday 22nd July, 7pm - 10pm

A sunset session of club anthems from the 90s and early 00s. The Hub Cafe will be open plus BBQ.

Free entry (car parking applies)


Flatford Wildlife Garden, Colchester, CO7 6UL

23rd July, 11am - 1pm

Make a butterfly feeder and leaf print onto fabric to make a flag. Play in the mud kitchen, den build and make a clay creature. Complete a wildlife trail and hunt for bugs in the meadow. Take the chance to practise your fire-lighting skills and toast marshmallows over the campfire to make a delicious smore.

Each booking must include an adult at the event. Adults do not require a ticket

£11 non-members, £10 members


Thames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster, RM14 3NS

Sunday 24th July, 10am-3pm

Go on a wild minibeast safari, discover the aquatic creatures living in the river, follow the nature trail, learn all about your discoveries in the ID Zone, plus crafts and much more! Help the experts to count as many wildlife species as we can find!

Meet the Moths: 10am

River Survey Identification: 11am - 12pm

The Big Butterfly Count: 10am - 3pm

Children’s Crafts: 10am - 3pm

Free, drop in


Rainham Marshes, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ

24th July, 11am - 1pm

Look for butterflies, dragonflies, bees and many more. This bug guided walk is suitable for adults and children over 8 years old.

Non member adult £12.50, non member child £6.50

Adult member £10.50, child member £4.50





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