Family Day Out: Things To Do in Essex This Weekend – 23rd and 24th July

Family Day Out Things to Do in Essex

Wow – they are finally here.  Yep school holidays have arrived and whilst commuters sigh relief and look forward to quieter roads and trains whilst on route to work, families across the country will be frantically working out how to occupy those little ones.   Keeping the kids entertained during the summer holidays is a full -time job and I know that trying to get them put down the iPad and tempt them to make the most of my things to do in Essex this weekend, could be difficult.

I love pulling the weekly feature together and searching for new ideas for a  family day out in Essex, so will be continuing the weekly blog across the full six week holiday.    From festivals to picnic spots or soft play, I’ll try to keep the suggestions varied and help those 6 weeks be as fun-filled as possible (whilst not wishing them away too quickly!).

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine this weekend and do let me know if you try any of my things to do in Essex suggestions this weekend.


Family Day Out Things to Do in Essex


Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July – 10am to 5pm.

Brightlingsea Regatta and Boat Show 

This two-day event promises lots of boats (new and second hand), lots of marine chandlery stalls, clothing, lots of marine jumble stands and associated trade stands such as trailers, covers, rigging and electronics.

They’ll be food stalls, live music, boat rides and chances to try out activities (please book via website).  With local bands, Majorettes, the RNLI, Coast Guards, Royal Navy Association, Children’s entertainment, BBQ and much more – there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Remember that whilst there are daytime activities, there is also live music on Saturday night with a great fireworks display from 9.30pm.

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Sunday 24 July  – 10am to 4pm

Food for Thought Workshop at Cressing Temple

Having hosted the Essex Food and Drink and Festival Weekend, Cressing Temple is open this Sunday for the Food for Thought workshop.

See the traditional bread oven in action, plus visit the Tudor walled garden and create your very own herbal tea and shortbread. Tutor Claudio Bincoletto describes himself as a forager and re-wilder and is keen to work with organic ingredients and pass on his vast knowledge of edible wild plants and their heritage. Parking is free and there is a Tiptree tearoom on site – just be aware this can get very busy.

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Sunday 24 July – 12 noon to 5pm

Family Farm Day

Have a go at making a scarecrow and have a day of fun at the family farm.   You’ll even spot rare sheep and deer and have the chance to have a tractor ride.   There will be new furry friends,  the ferrets from Ferrets First Rescue and Rehab, who can be taken for a walk too

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Sunday 24 July – 11am to 4pm

Castle Point Show at Waterside Farm Show Ground, Canvey Island

The biggest event in Castle Point, this is a fun-filled family day out, for only £1 entry for adults and under 16’s are free. Attractions include: Live bands & entertainment, Donkey Rides, Food & Confectionery, inflatables and craft stalls.

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Saturday 23 July – 11am to 4pm

Carver Barracks – Wimbish, Saffron Walden

Live music, a Viking re-enactment and  the band of the Royal Engineers.   You’ll also be treated to  military displays, food stalls, bouncy castles and much more.


Saturday 23 July – 12pm to late

ThingamaGig Charity Music Festival at The Ship Inn, Stock

Since ThingamaGig started nine years ago, the festival has raised over £25,000 for local charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital, Essex Air Ambulance and St.Luke’s hospice.

This Saturday’s all ages charity music festival will be hosting some of Billericay, Basildon and Chelmsford’s best original talent across two outdoor stages live from the pub on Stock Road.

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Friday 22 July to 30 July – see Programme for timings

Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival

The popular Brentwood Childresn’s Literary Festival kicks off this weekend with tickets still available for top authors.   The festival is for children from pre-schoolers to teens with a free raffle taking place at each event with the chance to win free books.

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Saturday 23 July  – 10am to 10pm

Ukefest at Barleylands

The very first large scale outdoor UKULELE festival taking place in the UK.   Lots of top professional acts,  amateur society bands and workshops to help you make the most of your day.

If yo have a Uke … don’t forget it!

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Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July – 11am to 5pm

Magic Weekend at Kentwell Hall

A new full weekend event at this great venue for 2016.  A weekend full of enchantment including costumed characters, magic shows, fortune tellers, the Alchemist (Tudor scientific magic) and story tellers.
House, Gardens, Farm and Tearooms are also open – you could always take a picnic!

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Saturday 16 July -1.30pm to 3.30pm

Guided Cycle Ride at RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

A guided off-road cycle trail, letting you discover the wildlife at RSPB Rainham Marshes Riverwall with spectacular views. Note booking is required and you can hire a bike if you don’t wish to take your own.

After the cycle ride, you can stop at the cafe or visit the toddlers and adventure play areas, climb on our boulders or go nature orienteering to make the most of your family day out.

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Sunday 24 July – 11am to 4pm

Nature Quest at Wick Country Park

A free day including lots of activities including  Pond dipping,  Bug Hunting; Seed Planting / learn about growing plants; Willow weaving; A Fishing Game; Balloon Modelling; Nature-related craft activity, including Origami; Make a ‘Hotel’ for Solitary Bees; Make a bird feeder – from a fir cone; Birdwatch game.

Each child attending will be awarded a certificate making them a ‘Nature Detective’.  Refreshments will be provided by Chengs Donuts, and additionally, Volunteers from the Friends of The Wick Country Park will be offering hot and cold drinks and biscuits in the Pavilion, free of charge, although a donation is very much appreciated.

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 and Best Kids Festivals in Essex.

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