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Free Half Term Activities In Essex

Monday 16th October 2017

Free Half Term Activities In Essex

Half term is creeping up yet again and as any parent will understand it can be hard to keep children entertained every day. However just because the nights are closing in and the days are a bit colder it doesn’t mean there is less available to do, here are some great suggestions that are either free half-term actvities or cost just a small fee.

Lantern Making Workshop, Gibberd Gallery

On Saturday 21st October why not spend a few hours making your very own lantern for display at the fireworks event in the Town Park on Bonfire Night. It is completely free to take part in and all materials are provided. The workshop runs from 10am – 1pm.
Other dates are available; see the website here for details.

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A Very Spooky Halloween Event, The Harvey Centre

On Saturday 28th October from 11am- 4pm we are making The Harvey Centre a hot spot for ghouls, witches, dragon breathers and much more, so you won’t have to venture far to get a fright. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more details.

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Lee Valley Park Farms, Waltham Abbey

Make the most of the outdoors and take a trip to Lee Valley Park Farms where there are plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained all day! There is a farmyard, the land of exotic animals and a hawk walk. During half term is their ‘Mischief and Mayhem’ week with plenty of spooky goings on from face painting and the trick or treat trail to visiting the haunted house and pumpkin carving. Visit their website for booking details.
Admission for kids starts at £5.50 and is £5.50 for adults too.

Wild n Wacky Soft Play, Harlow

As the weather is never guaranteed in the summer let alone autumn it is always a good idea to have indoor activities planned just in case! Soft play is the perfect way to keep the children entertained and let them run off all that excess energy and Wild n Wacky is suitable for children between the ages of 0-12. The play areas are separated into three sections based on age group and there are snack and restaurant facilities.
Adults and infants under 1 are free entry, children prices start at £4.00 for toddlers.

The Museum of Harlow, Harlow

Just because it’s half term it doesn’t mean the kids have to have a break from learning! This museum has four main galleries each with different and interesting collections based in the area from different time periods; Roman, Stuart and Tudor, Victorian and modern. There is also a gallery that holds temporary exhibits which change regularly. Parking is free and entry is £2 per adult and £3 per child aged 4 – 16 years. There is a family option ticket available too.

Redwings Ada Cole Horse Sanctuary, Nazeing

You are free to wander around the Redwings Ada Cole Horse Sanctuary and stroke the rescued animals which include over 70 Horses, Ponies and donkeys. There are walking tours and horse care demonstrations as well as a cafe on site and a small gift shop selling souvenirs. All proceeds go back into the sanctuary and supporting, caring for and feeding the horses.

Quasar, Harlow

This New York themed indoor quasar tag is perfect for older children and teenagers. Complete with atmospheric sound and visual effects, stalk your opponents through the ruins of the big apple whilst donning laser equipment backpacks. There is also a soft play area too set over a couple of floors, perfect to keep smaller ones busy while the big ones run around! Prices start at £5.50 for one twenty minute game.

Free Parks and Open Spaces:

Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea
Great Notley Country Park, Great Notley 
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve, Harlow 
High Woods Country Park, Colchester 
Weald Country Park, Brentwood
Town Park, Harlow 


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