Wow – they are finally here. Yep school holidays have arrived and whilst commuters sigh relief and look forward to quieter roads and trains whilst on route to work, families across the country will be frantically working out how to occupy those little ones. Keeping the kids entertained during the summer holidays is a full -time job and I know that trying to get them put down the iPad and tempt them to make the most of my things to do in Essex this weekend, could be difficult.
I love pulling the weekly feature together and searching for new ideas for a family day out in Essex, so will be continuing the weekly blog across the full six week holiday. From festivals to picnic spots or soft play, I’ll try to keep the suggestions varied and help those 6 weeks be as fun-filled as possible (whilst not wishing them away too quickly!).
Enjoy the beautiful sunshine this weekend and do let me know if you try any of my things to do in Essex suggestions this weekend.
Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July – 10am to 5pm.
Brightlingsea Regatta and Boat Show
This two-day event promises lots of boats (new and second hand), lots of marine chandlery stalls, clothing, lots of marine jumble stands and associated trade stands such as trailers, covers, rigging and electronics.
They’ll be food stalls, live music, boat rides and chances to try out activities (please book via website). With local bands, Majorettes, the RNLI, Coast Guards, Royal Navy Association, Children’s entertainment, BBQ and much more – there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
Remember that whilst there are daytime activities, there is also live music on Saturday night with a great fireworks display from 9.30pm.
More Info – http://www.brightlingseaboatshow.com/
Sunday 24 July – 10am to 4pm
Food for Thought Workshop at Cressing Temple
Having hosted the Essex Food and Drink and Festival Weekend, Cressing Temple is open this Sunday for the Food for Thought workshop.
More Info – https://www.facebook.com/cressingtemple
Sunday 24 July – 12 noon to 5pm
Family Farm Day
Have a go at making a scarecrow and have a day of fun at the family farm. You’ll even spot rare sheep and deer and have the chance to have a tractor ride. There will be new furry friends, the ferrets from Ferrets First Rescue and Rehab, who can be taken for a walk too
Sunday 24 July – 11am to 4pm
Castle Point Show at Waterside Farm Show Ground, Canvey Island
The biggest event in Castle Point, this is a fun-filled family day out, for only £1 entry for adults and under 16’s are free. Attractions include: Live bands & entertainment, Donkey Rides, Food & Confectionery, inflatables and craft stalls.
More Info – No dedicated site. Flyer can be found here – http://www.castlepointconservatives.com/events/castle-point-show
Saturday 23 July – 11am to 4pm
Carver Barracks – Wimbish, Saffron Walden
Live music, a Viking re-enactment and the band of the Royal Engineers. You’ll also be treated to military displays, food stalls, bouncy castles and much more.
Saturday 23 July – 12pm to late
ThingamaGig Charity Music Festival at The Ship Inn, Stock
Since ThingamaGig started nine years ago, the festival has raised over £25,000 for local charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital, Essex Air Ambulance and St.Luke’s hospice.
This Saturday’s all ages charity music festival will be hosting some of Billericay, Basildon and Chelmsford’s best original talent across two outdoor stages live from the pub on Stock Road.
More Info – http://www.bigstinkydog.co.uk/
Friday 22 July to 30 July – see Programme for timings
Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival
The popular Brentwood Childresn’s Literary Festival kicks off this weekend with tickets still available for top authors. The festival is for children from pre-schoolers to teens with a free raffle taking place at each event with the chance to win free books.
More Info – http://brentwoodlitfest.com/
Saturday 23 July – 10am to 10pm
Ukefest at Barleylands
The very first large scale outdoor UKULELE festival taking place in the UK. Lots of top professional acts, amateur society bands and workshops to help you make the most of your day.
If yo have a Uke … don’t forget it!
More Info – http://ukefest-essex.co.uk/
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July – 11am to 5pm
Magic Weekend at Kentwell Hall
Saturday 16 July -1.30pm to 3.30pm
Guided Cycle Ride at RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve
A guided off-road cycle trail, letting you discover the wildlife at RSPB Rainham Marshes Riverwall with spectacular views. Note booking is required and you can hire a bike if you don’t wish to take your own.
After the cycle ride, you can stop at the cafe or visit the toddlers and adventure play areas, climb on our boulders or go nature orienteering to make the most of your family day out.
More Info – www.rspb.org.uk/activeinnature
Sunday 24 July – 11am to 4pm
Nature Quest at Wick Country Park
A free day including lots of activities including Pond dipping, Bug Hunting; Seed Planting / learn about growing plants; Willow weaving; A Fishing Game; Balloon Modelling; Nature-related craft activity, including Origami; Make a ‘Hotel’ for Solitary Bees; Make a bird feeder – from a fir cone; Birdwatch game.
Each child attending will be awarded a certificate making them a ‘Nature Detective’. Refreshments will be provided by Chengs Donuts, and additionally, Volunteers from the Friends of The Wick Country Park will be offering hot and cold drinks and biscuits in the Pavilion, free of charge, although a donation is very much appreciated.
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