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What's On at Essex Parks - November

From bonfire night, light trails to Christmas events, November in Essex!


Colchester Castle Park Fireworks

Castle Park, CO1 1UD

5th November

The spectacular annual fireworks display in Colchester's Castle Park returns for once again for 2022. Alongside the impressive fireworks display there will be entertainment, and parading of the guy. Gates open at 5.30pm. Entertainment runs between 5.30-7pm culminating in the Guy Parade and lighting of the bonfire between 7-7.40pm. Tickets - Adults £12, Children 5-15 £6, Children 3-4 £1, Children under 3 free.


Bug Hunting

Parndon Wood, CM19 4SF

5th November

Pop in to the centre, grab yourself a bug hunting kit & identifying sheet and go hunting! Look for spiders, millipedes, centipedes, worms and much more!


Harlow Town Park, CM20 2QQ

6th November

Harlow Bonfire & Fireworks night. Free entry for all. Event starts at 6pm, fire lighting 6.45pm and fireworks 7pm. Food can be purchased on site from a variety of food stalls.


Enlightened Light Trail

Hylands Estate, CM2 8FS

24th November to 1st January

Enlightened returns to Hylands Estate in Chelmsford this winter for a season of magical illumination for all the family. The grounds of the estate will once again be transformed into an awe-inspiring outdoor trail of discovery filling the beautiful landscape with a series of mesmerising light installations and interactive fun.


Markshall Estate, CO6 1TG

19th November

An evening of stargazing and use astronomical equipment to view the stars, moons, and planets which light up the night sky. Learn about constellations, meteors, and more. NEAS astronomers will present talks throughout the evening and project the night sky onto an observation screen. Adult £7, Child £5


Daws Hall, CO7 5EX

19th November

An introduction to common fungi, how to identify them and where to find them. A walk around our reserve with eyes peeled to spot and identify as many different fungi as we can. £10


Glow Light Trail

Hyde Hall, CM3 8RA

22nd November - 30th December

Enjoy an unmissable after dark spectacle of lights at RHS Garden Hyde Hall this festive season. See the garden in breathtaking beauty and follow spectacular displays lighting a brand new route. Members from £7.95. Non-members from £12.95


Thorndon Country Park, CM13 3RA

26th November

Visit the woodland workshop where you can use natural materials to craft your own christmas decorations and gifts to take home. £7 per child


Abberton Reservoir, CO2 0EU

26th November

Weave your own wreath from willow and decorate it with natural materials we have collected for you! The wreath making will take place outdoors in our shelter. You will have your own area to work in and a vast selection of items available to decorate your wreath with. £25


Thames Chase, RM14 3NS

27th November

Enjoy a magical Christmas story (Sams Snowflake, By Gillian Shields) And get creative with some Christmas pottery painting guided by the team from Pink Parachute at Thames Chase.

Suitable for ages 4-8 years. £12

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