October Events in Essex

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Cursed Fright Nights
Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon, SS16 4UH
Thursday 21st October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021
“Are you ready for a night filled with horror mazes, surprise characters, twists, turns and trails that could lead you to an early demise?”
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The Trail of Terror
Colchester Zoo
Friday 22nd October 2021 and Saturday 23rd October 2021
The Trail of Terror begins as soon as you step foot in the door, from rustling bushes, to masked monsters and screaming scarers, they could get you anytime and anywhere…
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Alpine Garden Society National Show
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common CM3 8ET
Saturday 23rd October 2021
The Alpine Garden Society will hold their ‘Autumn South Show’ where the country’s top exhibition growers, and novices as well, will put on a wide array of autumn-flowering alpines and foliage plants.
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Halloween Festival
Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun Park, Weald Road, Brentwood CM14 5AY
Saturday 23rd October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021
Haunted house, magic school, roller coaster, scary stories, ghost trail, pumpkin patch, fun halloween tattoos, meerkat and owl fun.
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The Great Big Pumpkin Hunt
Markshall Estate, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1TG
Saturday 23rd October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021, 10am – 5pm
“Can you find all 30 pumpkins in the Arboretum this half term? See the Estate in full autumn colour, complete the pumpkin hunt and collect your mini pumpkin prize.”
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Autumn Carnival
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common CM3 8ET
Saturday 23rd October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021, 10am – 5pm, daily
Autumn Carnival detective trail, at-home activities, outdoor crafts, storytelling, pumpkin carving and more.
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The Spider’s Labyrinth
Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8SP
Saturday 23rd October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021
“Can you follow the trail and find all the stamps? To complete the trail you must find and face the grandad of all spiders; the terrible leaping Giant Tarantula! Are you brave enough?”
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Halloween Fest
Barleylands Farm Park, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Saturday 23rd October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021
A spellbinding story time, broomstick making, spooky tractor rides and our haunted farmer’s labyrinth, creepy critters and much more!
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Shriek Week
Colchester Zoo
Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st October 2021
Halloween trail, face painting, witches’ craft coven, pumpkin carving, fiesta footpath, fancy dress party, glow show, pirate cove, virtual runaway ghost train ride, spooky photo point!
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The Wizards of Once Halloween Quest
Audley End House and Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF
Saturday 23rd October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021
Explore the gardens on a brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series
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Marsh Farm’s Halloween Festival
Marsh Farm, Marsh Farm Rd, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5WP
Saturday 23rd October 2021 to Sunday 31st October
“Who will you spot around the farm this Halloween? Witches, Wizards… Vampires? Maybe even Frankenstein!”
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Escape Room – Magical Mishap!
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham
Sunday 24th October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021
“Can you help Headmistress Redwind? One of her spells backfired and now she is trapped in one of the old paintings.”
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Spooky Fest Halloween For Kids
Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon, SS16 4UH
Monday 25th October until Sunday 31st October 11am till 4pm
“Entertain your children this Halloween at Essex No.1 Halloween Event where they will access 3 chilling mazes, enjoy spooky stories, meet some creepy creatures and join the annual spooky hunt.”
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The Trail of Terror
Colchester Zoo
Wednesday 27th October 2021
The Trail of Terror begins as soon as you step foot in the door, from rustling bushes, to masked monsters and screaming scarers, they could get you anytime and anywhere…
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Fright Week
Epping Ongar Railway
Wednesday 27th October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021
“Take a ride on our steam hauled ghost train from North Weird….”
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Open Day – Gardens of Easton Lodge
The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Dunmow CM6 2BD
Thursday 28th October 2021.
A Historic England, Grade II registered garden, partially restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers and the owners of Warwick House.
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Stargazing Evening
Markshall Estate, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1TG
Friday 29th October 2021, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
“Join us for an evening of stargazing and learn how to use astronomical equipment to view the night sky. Experts from the North Essex Astronomical Society will be on hand, and will present talks throughout the evening.”
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The Trail of Terror
Colchester Zoo
Friday 29th October 2021 and Saturday 30th October 2021.
The Trail of Terror begins as soon as you step foot in the door, from rustling bushes, to masked monsters and screaming scarers, they could get you anytime and anywhere…
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Days Out with Thomas!
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel nr Colchester
Saturday 30th October 2021 and Sunday 31st October 2021
“Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The East Anglian Railway Museum. Take a ride behind Thomas, meet The Fat Controller and say “Hello” to Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty and Dusty, and much more.”
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Daws Hall Nature Reserve and Gardens – Community Open Days
Daws Hall Nature Reserve, CO8 5EX
Sunday 31st October 2021, 12pm – 4pm
Look out for the stunning fiery autumn colours. Take a stroll through our private nature reserve, a precious slice of protected wilderness next to the river Stour. No booking required.
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