It’s the last day of half term and I hope you’ve had some fab days out with the kids. Whatever you have been up to throughout the holidays, I think you deserve a hooray! Are you having that celebratory glass of vino to avoid those Sunday night blues? Whenever I come back from holiday, I like to plan the next one to help ease the back to work (or school) pain so why not enjoy that glass of vino while diving into this months things to do in Essex.
Ready to plan your next day out now? I’m hoping it’s going to be a hot June and well next weekend is only five days way. Plenty of time to schedule in one of our 16 ideas for days out with the kids below!
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Day Out With the Kids This June (2017)
Saturday 10 June – Racing starts from 8.15 am
Rowhedge Regatta – Rowhedge High Street, Rowhedge, Colchester. CO5 7EN
An action packed day for all the family: Vintage rides and games and Fancy Dress. You’ll also find lots of stalls with hand crafted gifts and treats.
There will also be live entertainment throughout the day and into the evening showcasing local talent!
More Info – http://rowhedgeregatta.co.uk/
Saturday 10 June – 3 pm
Great Expectations – Rayleigh Mount, Rayleigh.
This production forms the basis of our open air season and is a full length play delivered by a cast of four. As with A Christmas Carol, Michael Whitmore’s adaptation is taken straight from the original text and uses much of Dickens’ own dialogue throughout, making it a perfect resource to support study of the text at GCSE.
Bring blankets, picnics and low-backed chairs. Performance runs for 1 hour 45 minutes.
Saturday 10 June and Sunday 11 June – 9.30 am to 17.00 (last entry at 3 pm)
Days Out with Thomas – Colne Valley Railway, Castle Headingham.
Join the Colne Valley Railway as they welcome Thomas for a day of family fun. A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends™ themed entertainment. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet The Fat Controller from the Island of Sodor.
Sunday 11 June – 12 noon to 4 pm (registration from 11 am)
Paws in the Park – The Wick Country Park, Tresco Way, Wickford
A fun dog show, including an arena display by the Essex Flyball Team. You’ll find lots of dog / pet related side-stalls and refreshments too!
Sunday 11 June – 9 am onwards
Mersea Motor Madness – Essex Outdoors, Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea.
At £10 per car, Mersea Motor Madness Car Rally promises to be a great day out with trade stands, kids play area and licenced bar too.
There will be live music from Ed Gasket and The Rockers with awards for best car. No pre-booking required.
More Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/275146596246367/
Sunday 11 June – 12 noon to 4 pm
Rayleigh Trinity Fair Day Out – Rayleigh Town Centre
In 2017 Rayleigh Trinity Fair is being brought back by Haddon Events and Rayleigh Town Council.
The High Street will be closed to traffic on this day and will be filled with stalls, live music on stage, dancing and other entertainment. This is an event for the whole Community to come and enjoy. Entry to the event is free for everybody all day.
More Info – https://www.onlinefocus.org/?p=19603
Saturday 17 June – 12 noon to 4 pm
Bubble Rush 2017 – Highwoods Country Park, Colchester
This isn’t like your normal sponsored fun run, this run features a 5k course with four Bubble Stations along the route where our cannons pump out coloured bubbles. Participants of all ages and all abilities can take part, you can run, jog, walk or toddle through the foam …even dance if you want to!
Saturday 17 June – 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm
All Saints’ Medieval Fete – Feeringbury Manor, Coggeshall Road, Feering
Performances by Thameside Mummers, medieval archery, falconry and a champagne draw. Come dressed up and make or buy medieval headdresses, swords and shields.
Fancy dress competition and lots of craft demonstrations.
Saturday 17 June – 10.30 am to 4 pm
Young Children’s Festival – Castle Park, Colchester
Lots of crafty, arty, sporty fun for the children. Arena displays and much more that you can join in – taster sessions for baby yoga, sports, cycling, face painting and more!
Sunday 18 June – 10 am to 5 pm
Clash of the Knights Triathlon – Hedingham Castle
One of Hedingham Castles’ most popular events of the year with teams trying to knock the crests from opponents’ helmets.
Surrounding the castle will be a living history camp along with falconry displays and archery too. A great day out with kids in Essex!
Sunday 18 June – 10 am onwards
Blackwater Country Show – Chigborough Road, Heybridge, Maldon
Eeek. It’s that time for one of the best country shows in Essex! In a picturesque setting with two stunning lakes, its a great day out with all the family.
Get involved in the activities on offer and have fun!
More Info – http://www.blackwatercountryshow.co.uk/
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June – from 9.30 am
Victorian Steam Weekend – Epping Ongar Railway, Station Road, Ongar
Mr David Oxley brings the Palace of Curiosities back to the Epping Ongar Railway – come to marvel at the Marcus Island Mermaid and other delights from around the world. Victorian characters will also be around to add to the atmosphere alongside steam workings throughout. Come dressed in Victorian costume for a significant discount on your fares!
More Info – http://eorailway.co.uk/events/special-events/
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June – 11 am to 5 pm
Tudor Midsummer – Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
More than 200 Tudors (up to 400 at weekends) at any one time creating the dress, speech, food, drink, music, dance, crafts, activities, pleasures and way of life of the chosen year. Visitors feel they have been transported back to a whole 16th C. community in which everyone is dependant upon each other. This is how life actually was not just a series of demonstrations.
Sunday 25 June – 10 am to 4 pm
Basildon Bus Rally – Barleylands Farm Park
Free entry, free parking, free bus rides, a large display of vintage and modern buses & coaches, enthusiasts market, and lots of fun for families. 52 vehicles are known to be attending.
More Info – http://www.basildonbusrally.com/
Sunday 25 June – 11 am to 2 pm
Summer Butterflies Walk – Belfairs Woodland Centre, Leigh on Sea
Meet at the Belfairs Woodland Centre to join Ashley on a walk through the Belfairs reserve and hear about the conservation work being undertaken to promote butterflies in this area.
Ideal for age 10 upwards.
Tuesday 27 June to Thursday 29 June – 9.30 am onwards
3foot People Festival – Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Aimed exclusively at pre-school children, this is a sell out event and one not to be missed!
Back for its twelfth year, you’ll find a huge selection of playful activities and amusements set amongst tent and stages.
Still Looking for Things to Do in Essex this June?
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.
Though it is the season to start thinking about booking up to attend the Best Kids Festivals in Essex (2017): Days Out with the Kids and Best Country Shows in Essex (2017): A Dog-Friendly Family Day Out Otherwise you may be disappointed nearer the time.
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