Summer Holiday Ideas for Children in Essex – Museums and Libraries

For the less activity-minded, a lot of Essex museums have activities on over the summer holidays. Check out our museums page – you will be surprised at just how many museums there are, with some little gems tucked away here and there.

Some museum recommendations from us :

The newly revamped Epping Forest District Museum is well worth a visit – especially if you remember the old one, so you can fully appreciate what they have done.

Also recently renovated, Colchester Castle Museum is highly recommended, and with Castle Park to explore, with its spanking new children’s playground, there’s now lots to entertain everyone. And Hollytrees Museum is just next door, and the Natural History Museum just over the road!

Chelmsford Museum has a lot to offer – recent social history, older history, and the Essex Regiment Museum.

Maldon Museum is quite small, but packed with exhibits, and handily placed in Promenade Park, so the children can get burn off some energy in the park and then go around the museum.

Also in Maldon is the amazing Combined Services Military Museum with a vast range of weapons, from ancient swords to state of the art missiles and tanks!

Try and get to one of the event days at the Museum of Power in Langford, just off the A12 at Hatfield Peverel. There’s the miniature steam train, but the star of the show is Marshall, the big Lilleshall engine (three storeys high!) when he is in full steam.

And there’s the summer reading activity organised each year by Essex Libraries. This year it’s ‘Mischief Makers‘ – in association with The Beano!

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