Family Day Out: Things To Do in Essex This Weekend – 30th and 31st July

A week into the Essex school holiday and it has been lovely to see so many pictures across facebook and Instagram of families enjoying the great range of things to do in Essex.   The question is – have we all survived so far?

We’re steaming ahead into August and with school uniforms and back to school signs starting to appear in the shops, it is a reminder that these next few weeks are going to go all that bit too quick!   If you’ve not yet had some midweek time off with the family, then I’m here to help.  Here is another great list of options for your family day out in Essex this weekend.


Family Day Out Things to Do in Essex



Saturday 31 July – 11am to 5pm

Harwich Sea Festival and Lifeboat Day

There will be a mixture of art, craft, display and information stalls plus the usual, bat the rat, crazy golf and other traditional pursuits.  Whilst on the sea side of things there will be off-shore RNLI and boat displays plus possibly a helicopter rescue display – subject to operational requirements.

The Festival will be closed by Harwich Sing at 4.00PM from the Ha’Penny Pier.

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Friday 29 July to Mon 1 August – various.

Segway Events at Hainault Forest Country Park 

Open from Friday 29 July, the Segway Rally course takes place within the grounds of Hainault Park.   The course allows you to master your Segway skills on a variety of terrains.

Segway Rally is a new and unique experience, it’s your chance to feel the effortless ‘glide’ and ride found only on a Segway, but it’s off-road!

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Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July  – see the programme for timings.

Fairytale Circus – Audley End

The Big Top returns to this great venue with a variety of shows through to Sunday . Take a seat to follow the fortunes of princes and maidens and see their adventures come to life with eye-swiveling acrobatics. Sparked with humour there’ll be thrills for the children and goosebumps for the grown-ups. (Note not suitable for under 5s).

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Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July – 7pm to 11pm.

Party in the Park – Castle Park, Colchester

A two-day music and fun PARTY for everyone in the beautiful Castle Park.

On Friday night there will be local bands showcasing local talent. On Saturday night you can party with top class tribute bands. On Sunday get in the swing with swing bands. The ticket prices vary, but include family ticket’s for both Friday and Saturday night

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Sunday 31 July – starts at 11am

Open Day and Vintage Car Day – The Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury

The Coalhouse Fort Project was set up in 1983 by a dedicated team of volunteers.  Leased from Thurrock Council, with the aim of restoring the fort.  The Fort is set within several acres of Green Flag parkland next to the River Thames and is currently undergoing refurbishment.

Sunday sees the return of their popular open day and vintage cars (including motorcycles).  Great opportunity to see these vintage cars up close (with envy no doubt!)

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Saturday 30 July to Sat 6th August – self-guided.

Spot the Stranger – Maldon

A competition for all the family to enjoy, trying to find an item in the shop windows that the shop does not normally sell. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and takes place in run up to the Maldon Carnival on the 6th August.

Sunday 31 July – 6pm to 8pm

Evening Guided Walk – The Naze, Walton-on-the-Naze

The walk lasts around 2 hours at a steady pace with regular stops to take in the beautiful scenery and views at the Naze. Suitable footwear and clothing are required as the terrain can be slippery and there are steep steps down to the beach. You may also wish to bring binoculars and cameras if you have them. £5 donation per person. Booking essential.More Info –

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Still Looking for Things to Do in Essex this weekend?

If you are still in need of some inspiration, why not have a look at our previous blog on 15 Free Family Days Out in Essex?

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