Family Day Out: Things to Do in Essex This November

Things To Do In Essex November Fireworks

I love Autumn.  Every month brings a new excuse to get outdoors even if you do need to wrap up warm.  From the bumper 23 things to do in Essex over Halloween that I covered last month.  December brings mulled wine and Christmas outdoor events.   Where November kicks of with spectacular firework displays all over the county.
Whilst I’ve included a few 5th November events, you’ll find something for the full family to tempt you out during November.  The weather has been so kind to us during October that I’ll keep my fingers crossed and continue to include some outdoor based activities.
So grab that cuppa and take your time to read. As per prior monthly versions, I’ve focused on those that take place over weekends.  Why not pop some dates in the diary now and plan your next adventure?

Things To Do In Essex November Fireworks

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Things To Do in Essex This November

Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November – 5pm to 7.30pm
Whizz Pop No Bang Fireworks Night – Marsh Farm
The Partyman crew will entertain the whole family with their theatre shows.  While you can also enjoy  teacup rides and the outdoor play area.
This is a new ‘low bangs’ firework event making it a toddler-friendly too!
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Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November – 10am to 3pm
Autumn Woodfest – RHS Garden, Hyde Hall.

A celebration of everything that’s great about autumn, from traditional country skills and seasonal produce to local craft. You’ll see artisans at work on traditional crafts including woodcarving and willow weaving. After having a go at archery and papermaking you can take a guided tour of the woodlands.

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Saturday 5 November – 10am to 4pm
Bushcraft Workshop – Barn Hoppitt, Epping Forest.

Spend the day learning the importance of fires in wilderness/survival situations, how to light and maintain them and the art of leaving no trace.  Note only suitable for those 14 years and over.

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Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November – open from 2pm last entry at 6.30pm
Guy Fawkes Festival and Fireworks – Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey
With a fireworks display starting at 7pm, you’ll find fun family activities from 2pm.  You’ll find activities for children of all ages.  Bursts of theater, 17th-century characters, science shows and a fun fair with rides.
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Saturday 5 November – Doors open at 5.30pm
Rotary Club Fireworks Display – Promenade Park, Maldon
The annual bonfire and fireworks event takes place on Saturday evening. Doors open at 5.30pm, Bonfire from 7pm and fireworks from 7.30pm.  Tickets can be purchased in advance from Maldon Tourist Information Centre or on the evening itself.
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Saturday 12 November – 10am to 4pm
Christmas Craft Fair – Maldon Town Hall
Start that Christmas shopping early with a range of crafts, decorations, and gifts.
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Sunday 13 November – 10am to 12noon
Autumn Colour Walk – Belfairs Woodland Centre, Leigh-on-Sea
A 2-mile walk for all the family.  Join Ashley on a walk through the Belfairs reserve and admire the wonderful autumn colours of over 30 different tree species here in the woods.
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Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November – 10am to 5pm
Annual Festival of Model Railways and Hobbies Garons Tennis and Leisure Centre, Southend-on-Sea
The 34th Annual festival takes place over this two-day event.  Along with model railways, you’ll also find model boats, model planes and model cars.  Several traders will also be attending so that you can stock up on tools, books and modelling items.
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Saturday 19 November – 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Family Campfire and Nighttime Ramble – Weald Country Park
Suitable for families with children aged 6 and upwards.  You can join rangers on a night time walk spotting wildlife.  Then warm up round a campfire with hot chocolate, marshmallow toasting and campfire stories.   Note tickets are sold out for the later event at the time of writing so do be quick to book the earlier slot.
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Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November – 11am to 5pm
Medieval Christmas and Craft Fayre – Coggeshall Grange Barn
With historic re-enactors, you can ‘have-a-go’ creating period Christmas crafts.    You will be able to handle recreated historic items, ask questions, sample period foods and even try on armour. In addition, there will be a host of modern craftsmen and traders.   Along with period entertainment, including music and puppet shows, this promises to be a packed fun event.
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Saturday 26 November – 9.30am to 8.30pm
Christmas Starlight Night – Colchester Zoo
Sample Christmas magic at the zoo and indulge in tasty festive treats from the Elves Kitchen. Make Christmas crafts and meet Santa himself.
You’ll be transported into a winter wonderland while getting the chance to meet Santa’s reindeer too.
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Saturday 26 November – from 1pm with Christmas light switch on at 5.30pm
Lighting Up Brentwood – Town Centre, Brentwood.
Another festive day option culminating in the Christmas Light switch on.  Lots to do including food and drink stalls, small fun fair rides, street performers, Christmas Gift and Craft stall. You’ll also find Santa’s Grotto and, local choirs and bands.  With a stage with entertainment and a fantastic children’s Santa Hunt, it’s jam packed.
Note that the event will culminate with the Christmas light switch-on at 5pm with continuing entertainment on the main stage until 5.30pm. At 5.30pm the event will end and the road will reopen by 8pm for the evening economy to commence.
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Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November – 11am to 4pm
Victorian Christmas Weekend – Finchingfield Guildhall, Finchingfield
An annual festive event.  The hall is festively dressed and you can help create gifts and decorations alongside victorian characters.   Reading by Dickens himself, a sealed letter to father Christmas and a Dickens trail. Enjoy live music and carols, delicious home baked cakes, bread, soup, baked potatoes, and sweet making.
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Still Looking for Things to Do in Essex this November?

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?  I’ve also pulled together a Pinterest board which may help with some indoor inspiration which you will find the blog too. Perfect for those days when the weather decides to spoil our fun.
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