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

How has the year started for you?   I hope January was kind to all of you.  I’ve certainly enjoyed the much wilder weather and dog walks that haven’t been too harsh with rain!  But still, I’m as always surprised how quickly it has gone and it’s that time again – my monthly instalment of things to do in Essex.

While February is known as the month of luurrrvvvee, it’s still packed full of things to do for all the family. Helpful when we also have the half term week during February too.

Have a wonderful February 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.


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Things To Do in Essex This February (2017)


Thursday 2 February – 4 pm to 5 pm

Harry Potter Book Night – Colchester Library

Wizard crafts, a magical fancy dress competition and a Harry Potter Treasure Hunt.  Who wouldn’t love it?



Sunday 5 February – 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Monthly Walk (Winter Birds) – River Lee Country Park

Join the Rangers for a walk around Lee Valley as part of the monthly walk series.  You’ll have experts on hand from East London Birders to look at the winter residents in the west of the Lee Valley Regional Park.

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Sunday 5 February – 11 am to 4 pm

Snowdrop Sunday – Headingham Castle

With at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the Castle’s winter gardens, you can’t miss the chance to view!  The cafe will be open throughout along with falconry and archery displays during the day.

Note that other dates area available throughout February.

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Sunday 5 February – Doors open at 2 pm

Teddy Bears Picnic – Colchester Arts Centre

Suitable for ages 5-11, a fun afternoon introducing you to the world of music, with musical stories and short pieces that will get your teddy dancing.

Note if sold out, you can email to be added to the waiting list.

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Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February – 11 am to 4 pm

Opening Weekend and 40th Birthday – Lee Valley Farms

The first open day of the season and a great chance to celebrate their 40th birthday.  A great range of activities throughout the day including guinea pigs, donkeys and even a boogie barn.

Don’t miss out on a ride on Tex the Tractor.

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Saturday 11 February  -various

Scarecrow Making – RHS Hyde Hall

With two options on the day (large or small), the whole family can enjoy making a scarecrow. Great fun.

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Sunday 12 February  – 11.30 am to 4 pm

Snowdrop Sunday – The Gibberd Garden

View the carpet of snowdrops within the wooded areas of the garden.  Both the tearoom and garden will be open, making the most of the day.

Note other dates are available in February.

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Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February  – various

Half Term Specials – Epping Ongar Railway

Buses and trains will be running throughout the weekend. A great chance to get outdoors and enjoy the railway during this month’s milder weather.

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Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 February  – various

Share the Love Week – Colchester Zoo

Valentines week returns to Colchester Zoo.   Meet all the animals and keepers and learn about love throughout half term.

Remember to join in the daily family feeds including giraffes!

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Monday 13 to Friday 17 February  – 11 am to 4 pm

Spy School – Audley End House

Crack clues and get some hands on training throughout half term.  Perfect for those mini secret agents.

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Monday 13 to Friday 17 February  – see timetable

Festival of Fun – Barleylands, Billericay

Jam packed days filled with magic shows, flying displays and face painting.  There will be lots of indoor activities just in case the weather turns!

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Sunday 19 February  – 10 am to 1 pm

Tree I-D Walk – Belfairs Woodland Centre

An outdoor event where you’ll take a walk through the woods and find out about the 30 species of trees in Belfairs woods.

Remember to wear something appropriate for the weather!  Booking essential.

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Saturday 25 February  – 3 sessions throughout the day

Animal Shield Workshops -Colchester Arts Centre

With three workshops throughout the day, The Fairyland Trust will help you identify the track marks of a Barn Owl, a hare and even a badger.  You’ll also make your very own decorated shield that can be used to defend forces of darkness.

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Still Looking for Things to Do in Essex this February?

While February is a shorter month, the winter months can still feel particularly long.  Especially when it comes to payday.  So 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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