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Get Ready For Easter In Essex

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It's nearly that time of year again already!  The children break up from school again at the end of this week (if yours haven't already), and it's time to find ways to keep them entertained for another few weeks off of school. 

Easter in Essex offers loads of places to go and things to do.  Every corner of our beautiful county has so much to offer, especially when the sun starts to shine.  We've made a list of all of our favourite places to visit in April.

Fancy a day out on Easter Sunday? Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre is running an Easter Eggstravaganza from Easter Sunday, April 5, for fans of all creatures great and small to follow a trail around the site, do some pond dipping and minibeast hunting. You could even get a prize, and the opportunity to make some Easter-themed craft to take away with you.  No need to book - just come along and bring the sunshine with you. For more information, visit their website here.

From April 3rd through to the 6th, Colchester Zoo is inviting budding botanists and naturalists to Get Hands on with Nature (from April 3 to April 6). Featuring Dawn Chorus walks, bug hunts and pond dipping, the zoo will also help little “Nature Crusaders” to discover fascinating facts about birds, reptiles and insects.

bug-handling With fun activities available at the nature reserve from 11.30am – 4.00pm every day throughout the Easter holidays, there is a varied timetable of events on at the zoo.

As well as activities on the Colchester Zoo nature area you can also join in the fun at the Ugly Bug Ball! We'll be celebrating the wonders of nature at the Kalahari Theatre, with music, dancing and games there’s so much fun to be had– why not  BECOME your favourite bug!? The ball will take place twice a day throughout the Easter holidays at 11.30am & 3.30pm to ensure no one misses out on the fun! For more information and admission prices click their website here

Perhaps you are thinking of a day out for the boys in your family? Dads, grandads, brothers and uncles too will enjoy a day out at the East Anglian Railway Museum at Earls Colne.  They are offering a Day Out

With Thomas over the Easter weekend. Thomas, Daisy, Toby and Henrietta, the Troublesome Trucks with Toad will all be there for the children to ride on, as well as their usual Miniature Railway will also be running. The Fat Controller will also be there with Thomas and other characters throughout the day.

Admission will include unlimited rides on at least four character trains. Thomas, Daisy, Toby and Henrietta, the Troublesome Trucks with Toad will all be here. Our Miniature Railway will also be running.

You can also visit The Imagination Station, which offers a wide range of children‘s activities, from Circus Skills, Punch & Judy, Colouring Competition, engine outline rubbing, play tables with plasticine, temporary Thomas tattoos, reading books and much more. Find out about times and admission prices here.

Take a wander round the beautiful gardens and grounds of RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford and take part in their Easter Trail to find Lindt Gold Bunnies.  Follow the glues to find the treats.  A nice afternoon walk for the whole family. Find out more here

knightFinally, if you are looking for a big day out in our fair county, take a trip out to Hedingham Castle for its Medieval Siege and Fair (April 3 to April 6) and go nearly a thousand years back in time. Experience the bustle of the camp and see displays of archery, birds of prey and a fearsome trebuchet (giant catapult) in action. This is a great fun filled day for all the family, complete with free history lesson thrown in.  Find out more information here.

However you choose to spend your Easter break, we hope the weather holds out and you get to spend some quality time with your family and friends.  Take some time to enjoy the Essex countryside and all the best the county has to offer.  Don't forget to check out our "What's On" pages in the April edition of The Network Magazine for even more details on regular clubs, classes and events in the Brentwood area.