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Barracudas Easter Activity Day Camps
Various locations across Essex
Easter 2020
“Offering fun activity weeks and days across Essex during the Easter holidays for children aged 4½-14 years – action packed programmes with over 80 activities including aquaslide, motorsports, fencing, sports, arts and crafts and more.
With camps in Chelmsford, Chigwell, Harlow, Hutton, Romford, Upminster, and Woodford they have plenty to keep your children entertained.
With prices from as little as £3.64 and flexible hours from 8am-6pm, our Ofsted registered camps offer a great choice during the school holidays.
These popular camps sell out fast, so to secure your child’s place visit the Barracudas website or call 01480 467567.”

Wildlife Walks
RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ
Wednesday 1st April, 9.30 am – 12 noon
Come and join us as we take you on a wonderful wildlife walk around the marshes. Our fantastic guides can tell you a little about the history of the reserve and all the wonderful wildlife.
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Easter Trail at Cammas Hall
Cammas Hall Farm Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak CM22 7JT
Friday 3rd April 2020 to Sunday 19th April 202 (closed Monday 6th April), 9am – 4.30pm
Pick up an Easter Trail Gamecard and go on an egg-venture around the farm. Can you find the bunnies hiding with their patterned eggs? Hand in your game card to receive a tasty Easter treat.
Easter Trail £2.95 per child.
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Cressing Chocolate Festival
Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing CM77 8PD
Saturday 4th April 2020 and Sunday 5th April 2020
Chocolate, chocolate and even more chocolate!
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Binocular and Telescope Open Weekend
RHS Rainham Marshes
Saturday 4th April 2020 & Sunday 5th April 2020, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Over the weekend our Binocular and Telescope experts will be on hand to help you and answers your questions about our optics range. We have a variety of binoculars and telescopes for you to sample (RSPB and high-end), whether you are looking for a first pair or to upgrade. No charge.
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Warley Place Spring Bulbs Spectacular
Warley Place Nature Reserve and Historic Gardens, Warley Road, Great Warley CM13 3HU
Saturday 4th April 2020 and Sunday 5th April 2020, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Please come and enjoy the wonderful show of snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses and bluebells as well as the historic gardens created by Ellen Willmott.
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Easter Holidays at the Royal Gunpowder Mills
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey
Saturday 4th April 2020 to Sunday 19th April 2020
Take part in Space Explorer from April 4th– 11th, and then return for Easter Explorer week from the 12th – 19th. Join us for interactive science shows, hands-on activities, and science experiments!
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Easter – The Lost Knight’s Crusade and the search for the Golden Egg
Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village
Saturday 4th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020, 10am to 5pm
For adventurers of all ages come and join us for some family fun. Follow the clues and help us find the lost Knight’s of Mountfitchet Castle who mysterious disappeared on the trail of the legend of the Golden Egg!
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Hylands Estate Open Day & Farmers/Craft Market
Hylands Estate, Chelmsford
Sunday 5th April 2020, 10am to 4pm.
“Hylands House is open free of charge, there are free guided tours, the farmers and craft market, and the artists studios will be open.”
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Canvey Island Transport Museum Open Day
Canvey Transport Museum, 105 Point Road, Canvey SS8 7TD
Sunday 5th April 2020, 10am to 5pm
“Free entry. Static displays of vehicles, museum volunteers on hand to show you around and answer your questions, museum shop and model railway display.”
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The Big Battle
Secret Nuclear Bunker, Brentwood CM15 0LA
Sunday 5th April 2020
“A personal trainer will escort and encourage groups of participants around the 5k course which will see you take on the famous Wild Forest obstacles including the zip wire into water and death slide.”
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Excellent Essex
Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT
Tuesday 7th April, 10.30am-12.00noon and 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Author Gillian Darley will talk on aspects of our county story, landscape history, architecture, sense of place, that has entertained readers of her recent book of the same title.
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Wild Family Pond Dipping in the Easter holiday
RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ
Tuesday 7th April 2020 to Thursday 9th April 2020, 10:30am to noon and 1:30pm to 3pm
Enjoy our family activities this Easter, hire an explorer bag, play in the adventure playground, have lunch, browse in our shop – as well as going pond dipping! Booking essential
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Easter Play in the Park Chelmsford
Tuesday 7th April 2020 to Friday 17th April 2020 excluding bank holidays and weekends
Various Parks in Chelmsford
Free multi-activity sessions for children aged 3-11 years. Two hour long sessions (10:00-12:00 & 13:30-15:30) packed full of sports, games, arts and crafts. Selected sessions also feature special ‘Extras’ such as bouncy castles, face painting and a petting zoo.
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13 3LX
Thursday 9th April 2020, 11am to 4:30pm.
“So much to explore! Climb the Belvedere for the wider view or take the train through the woodland.”
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Wildlife Walks
RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ
Friday 10th April 10am – 1.30 pm
Come and join us as we take you on a wonderful wildlife walk around the marshes. Our fantastic guides can tell you a little about the history of the reserve and all the wonderful wildlife.
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Warley Place Spring Bulbs Spectacular
Warley Place Nature Reserve and Historic Gardens, Warley Road, Great Warley CM13 3HU
Saturday 11th April 2020 and Sunday 12th April 2020, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Please come and enjoy the wonderful show of snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses and bluebells as well as the historic gardens created by Ellen Willmott.
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Wild Family Pond Dipping in the Easter holiday
RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ
Tuesday 14th April 2020 to Thursday 16th April 2020, 10:30am to noon and 1:30pm to 3pm
Enjoy our family activities this Easter, hire an explorer bag, play in the adventure playground, have lunch, browse in our shop – as well as going pond dipping! Booking essential
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Rural Ramble
The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge, Easton Lodge, CM6 2BD
Saturday 18th April 2020, 10am
“There are three distance options for participants; 10 mile walk and garden visit, 4 mile walk and garden visit or a 1 mile walk family trail and garden visit.”
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Royal Gunpowder Mills Walking Tours
The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey
Saturday 18th April 2020, 1pm to 3pm
“Join us for a guided tour of the out-of-bounds parts of the site, led by a knowledgeable guide, entering particular interiors if appropriate.”
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Essex Alpine Society Schow
Village Hall, Church Road, Rawreth
Saturday 18th April 2020, 12pm to 4pm
The Annual Show of the Essex Group of the Alpine Garden Society. Top exhibitors in competitive classes and alpine plant displays. Educational classes. Tombola, plant sales, refreshments. Free entry.

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Canvey Island Transport Museum Open Day
Canvey Transport Museum, 105 Point Road, Canvey SS8 7TD
Sunday 19th April 2020, 10am to 5pm
“Free entry. Static displays of vehicles, museum volunteers on hand to show you around and answer your questions, museum shop and model railway display.”
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Wildlife Walks
RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ
Sunday 19th April, 1pm – 3.30 pm
Come and join us as we take you on a wonderful wildlife walk around the marshes. Our fantastic guides can tell you a little about the history of the reserve and all the wonderful wildlife.
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Pier to Pier 2020
Walton Pier to Clacton Pier
Sunday 26th April 2020
This ever popular event will see hundreds of local supporters flock to the seaside in support of St Helena Hospice to walk 7 miles between Clacton and Walton Pier (or 14 miles if you walk back!)
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Coffee and Cars at the Museum of Power
The Museum of Power, Langford nr Maldon
Sunday 26th April 2020, 9am to 1pm
“Come along and join our monthly enthusiasts meeting. Bring along your classic or modern vehicles together with anything of interest.”
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Classics in the Garden Tour
Rettendon Common to Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead nr Colchester
Sunday 26th April 2020
“The Charity Classic Vehicle Club & Rotary Club Billericay Mayflower invite you to take part in their 2020 Classic Car Charity Run.”
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