Family Day Out: Things To Do in Essex This Weekend – 13th and 14th August

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Well, it’s that time of the week where I round up my favourites from the huge range of things to do in Essex this weekend.

I’m a tad excited about the weekend myself. Nothing new there I hear you say!   Though I promise it’s a little bit more special than my normal excitement levels.

I’m actually going to be making my way to down to Devon this weekend to stay at one of the amazing new Beach Huts at Cary Arms.  They have opened six stunning beach huts alongside its existing rooms and suites just last month.  Given the price to build, they’ve certainly attracted a lot of press attention and I’m keen to see if they can live up to the hype and price tag!  Its been a very long week on a number of different fronts. So two nights and days of reading and time on the beach with Millie will be perfect.

If you are staying closer to home, enjoy the beautiful sunshine and do let me know if you try any of my suggested things to do in Essex this weekend.

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Photo Credit: The Cary Arms


Saturday 13 August – 11am to 3pm

Belhus Woods Community Fun Day

Promises to be a great family day out with lots of different activities for all of the family and dog-friendly too!

You’ll find local craft stalls and charity tables, plus play games, where you can also take part in activities and much more!   From ‘have a go archery’, a fun dog show and fun sheep, you should find enough o keep everyone occupied.  Don’t forget your picnic.

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Saturday 13 August  – 10.30 to 12.30

Kids Bird Watching at RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve

Are you a budding birdwatcher? Then why not join the team at Rainham Marshes  on these special days held once a month? Explore the reserve through the seasons, watching and learning about the birds that visit and live here. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book – just turn up.

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Sunday 13 August and Sunday 14th August – 10am to 4pm

Summer Festival of Crafts at Foundry Court Community Centre in Manningtree

A fun even taking place across both weekend days, raising money for ECHO – Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation.

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Sunday 13 August – 1.30pm to 3pm

Beach Art at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre

Pop along to the Naze to make some natural art on the beach.  You’ll start on the beach, looking for interesting shells, rocks, and seaweeds to inspire our piece of art made only of natural materials.  Donation of £4 per child. Note booking is essential.

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Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August – 11 to 5pm

The Finchingfield Turning Tudor Event at Finchingfield Guildhall

With a fancy dress competition for children under 12 on both days, a full week of Tudor activity is planned.   You’ll find puppet shows, musicians, heraldry, medieval baking, traditional food and drink, herbalist, storytelling, basketry, pearl stringer, barber surgeon, cunning man, and more. The fun takes place in Finchingfield Guildhall and encampments on the main green and the churchyard.

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Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August – 11am to 6pm

Lounging on the Lawn at Castle Park, Colchester

A mini music, beer, cider, and arts festival raising funds for the Robin Cancer Trust.


Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August – see programme for timings

Vintage Vehicle Rally at Epping Ongar Railway

A selection of static and moving steam traction and other vehicles on display at North Weald Station in addition to the Railway’s usual timetabled service.

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Sunday 14 August  – 11am to 4pm

Children’s Pony Day at Remus Horse Sanctuary

You will be loaned a pony for the day, make up his/her feed to give to the pony, groom, turn out into the field and get him/her in again. You’ll also be shown how to clean out the pony’s stable and make a new bed.

With only 6 places available – booking essential.

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Saturday 6 August -first screening at 1pm

Motor Show at Saffron Walden Common

Static display of classic, vintage and performance cars, bikes and trucks.  In aid of Arthur Rank Hospice.

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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 and Best Kids Festivals in Essex.

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