Family Day Out: Things to Do in Essex in March (2017)

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Eeeek – we are nearly there!  Yep, can I say it without jinxing the weather?  Oh stuff it, I will.  Hello there Spring!!! Whoop! I have a smile on my face, the spring wardrobe starts to make an appearance and even typing my monthly instalment of things to do in Essex is a cheerier job to do on the list!

If you decided to give up something important for Lent, then March may involve steering clear of chocolate shops or finding things to do with the family (away from that bottle of wine!).  Why not make the most of it in the run-up to the Easter holidays in March.  It’s likely that these days out will be popular so do remember to check if you have to book in advance.   Either way, enjoy exploring our wonderful Essex this March and do let me know if do have a family day out and choose to attend any of the below events. I’d love to hear all about it.

I myself am off to Wales and the fab Brecon Beacon for a midweek break which I’m sure I’ll be sharing with you in another Blog.  But I’m  then spending a week down at the Beach Huts as we prepare to launch three new beach huts – yes three! I can’t wait to share their finished decor with you this month.  Make sure you don’t miss out on our exclusive launches by popping your email into the box at the end of the post! It’s going to be EXCITING!


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Things To Do in Essex This March (2017)


Wednesday 1 March to Friday 31 March – Various times

Essex Book Festival – Various locations

31 days 90 events, 45 venues and 200+ writers and artists.  There really is something for everyone including those little ones in your life.

Do head over to the website to check out the range of session on offer and book where necessary.

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Friday 3 March and Sat 4 March – 11 am to 11 pm

Chappel Winter Beer Festival – East Anglian Railway Museum

I wouldn’t normally include a beer festival in my recommendations of family things to do.   However, this is a beer festival unlike others as it takes place at the wonderful East Anglian Railway Museum.   With Morris Dancing on Saturday afternoon, you could take a few hours out to enjoy the location together.

Note if you are leaving the kids at home, the Friday night always sells out and worth buying tickets if planning to attend that evening.

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Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March – 10 am to 1 pm

Langfjorðs Sliehtwulfas Viking Training Day – Cressing Temple Barns, nr Braintree/Witham

Viking re-enactment group Langfjorðs Sliehtwulfas will hold a training session that is open for the public to view at Cressing Temple Barns in Essex. Between combat fights and training games, the warriors will answer any questions from the public, and explain about the war gear, weapons and clothing, as well as showing off individual fighting skills.

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Saturday 4 March and Sunday 5 March – 11 am to 4 pm

Snowdrops & Spring Bulbs – Kentwell Hall

While the house doesn’t open until April 1st, this is a great chance to discover the beautiful spring bulbs in the gardens and family trail.

Both Gardens and Farm are open over these themed weekend s with lunches and teas being served.

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Sunday 5 March – 10 am to 1 pm

Woodland Management Walk – Belfairs Woodland Centre

Ideal for those aged 12 and upwards, join Ashley (the Woodland Ranger) for a walk through the reserve to learn about our conservation and coppicing work.

Discover over 30 different species of tree in the Living Landscape and hear about the conservation work the volunteers are doing to promote the trees and wildlife in the reserve.

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Saturday 11 March and Sunday 12 March – 10 am to 4 pm

Oakleigh Spring Fair – Cressing Temple Barns nr Braintree/Witham

Children up to 16 are free of charge for this event. There will be a great range of stalls set within the historic barns themselves as well as within marquees and outside stands.

You can enjoy browsing, sampling and buying as well as enjoying a superb set of cookery as well as other demonstrations, throughout the weekend compered by Masterchef Contestant Ondine Hartgroves and showcasing Nigel Brown, James Barber, Sivakarmy Mahalingham and Anita Chipalkatty giving you an event to enjoy in this picturesque setting.

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Friday 10 March to Sunday 12 March – 10 am to 4 pm

Disabled Access Day – Museum of Power, Langford

One of the regular disabled access dates by the Museum of Power, with free access for disabled people and their carers.

You’ll be able to see ‘Marshall’ the largest steam engine in Essex at work along with other oil/diesel trains.

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Saturday 11 March – Doors open at 1.30 pm for 2 pm show start

Family Folk Show with Megson – Colchester Arts Centre

Award-winning folk duo Megson blend their infectious mix of heavenly vocals and lush harmonies into a gentle, entertaining concert specially for pre-school children.  It will feature children’s folk songs old and new from their ‘When I was a Lad’ album.

It will feature children’s folk songs old and new from their ‘When I was a Lad’ album.

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Saturday 18 March and Sunday 19 March

Lambs and Spring Bulbs – Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.

We move from spring bulbs to lambs as Kentwell’s flock of rare-breed Norfolk Horn sheep begin lambing in mid-March.

This is one of the best times to explore Kentwell with spring bulbs, flowers and Welly Walks through the gardens and grounds.

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Sunday 19 March – 10 am to 4 pm

Science Sunday – Museum of Power

Wild and wacky demonstrations with Special Guest Den the ‘Steampunk Scientist’.

Miniature steam rides available and model village and tea room open.

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Sunday 19 March – 10am to 2.30 pm

Guided Tour – Copped Hall Trust

Under 14s are free for this guided tour which covers the gardens, mansion, cellars and stables.

Tea, coffee and cakes also available in the Raquets Court.

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Sunday 19 March – Register from 10 am with walk starting at 11 am

Woofs and Walkies Sponsored Guided Dog Walk – Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre

A guided dog walk approximately 3.4km/2.5 miles in length (a shorter walk will also be available) to explore Hornchurch Country Park and the surrounding Landscape with your furry friend raising funds for Essex Wildlife Trust and the Retired Greyhounds Owners Association.

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Sunday 19 March – 10 am to 3.30 pm

Comic Hero Run – Castle Park, Colchester

From a 1k buggy dash to a 10k run, dress up as your hero and run, walk, fly or time travel around historic Castle Park in Colchester.

Register in advance to help raise money for St Helena Hospice.

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Wednesday 22 March to Saturday 25 March – Various Times

Alice’s Adventures – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

The Chelmsford Ballet Company presents a fresh look at the story and characters of an age old favourite.

Lose yourself in a world of magic & mystery; the Mad Hatter, grins without cats, white rabbits, eat me drink me potions & cakes and shrinking Alice. Spot your favourite childhood characters as they tumble through wonderland and the looking glass.

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Sunday 26 March – 2 pm to 5 pm

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea and Sing-a-long – Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

A full afternoon tea with music and singing in stunning surroundings!

Includes a free tour of the Aerodrome museum.

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Still Looking for Things to Do in Essex this March?

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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