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  • Essex Parks

Summer Holiday Events - 8th - 14th August

Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 8NL, Until 14th August

Open daily – 1pm – 10pm and Sundays 1pm – 8pm.

Fairground rides! £1 entry fee, gate profits going to Southend Mencap

Crazy price days, all rides £1 - Monday 8th and Wednesday 10th August!

Thameside, SS17 0RN

9th August, 10am - 11.30am

Join Essex Wildlife Trust for a cozy story in the wood reading everyone’s favourite, Superworm! Bring a cuddly teddy and a snack to help you enjoy the book and then take part in some fun Superworm themed activities. Suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years. £5 per child

Flatford Wildlife Garden, CO7 6UL

9th August, 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 our meadow. Take the chance to practise your fire-lighting skills and toast marshmallows over the campfire to make a delicious smore. £11 non-members, £10 members

10 Years on Celebrating the Olympics

Hadleigh Park, Benfleet, SS7 2PP

10th August, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Re-live olynpic events on the big screen, guided rides, taster rides, pump track challenge and walking trails. Free

Pond Dipping

Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve Grange Farm Centre, IG7 6DP

Use special pond dipping nets to go fishing and discover the creatures living deep inside the pond. How many different creatures will you catch. £5 per child

Bug Hunting

Ingrebourne, RM12 6TS, 10am - 11am, 11.30pm - 12.30pm

Grab a magnifying glass, ID chart and net for our quest to discover the fascinating creatures that live in the woods and meadow. £5 per child

Colchester Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1UG

13th August- Harmonettes

14th August- Boxted Methodist Silver Band

You'll discover a great range of local and regional bands performing completely free concerts in Castle Park's beautiful Victorian Bandstand on selected Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Free

Cudmore Grove Country Park, CO5 8UE

13th August, 9.30am -12.00pm. Two sessions.

Are your children passionate about the environment, anxious about climate change and/ or full of ideas and want to make a difference? For families and children aged 7+ to discuss climate change and what it might mean for you and Essex as a place. Free


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