There I was feeling quite happy for myself for getting away from work at a decent time on a Friday – it was hot, the weather looked ok and I was home when Millie was dropped back off from daycare (doggy daycare that is!). Flip Flops on, one tennis ball, poo bags and ball thrower and we were all set for a sunny dog walk.
45 minutes later, I’m drenched to the bone and trying to run back home in those very flip-flops. Millie, however, thought it was great fun, hiding underneath trees and playing fetch in the long grass. Yet again she reminded me to enjoy the moment; to take a step back (or in the case hide under a tree) and just enjoy.
Sometimes you really do just need to take a minute and enjoy the moment you are in – even if it means getting a little wet!
In the first of my weekly blogs re Things to Do in Essex this weekend, I’ve incorporated some indoor and outdoor activities all suitable for a family day out. The weather forecast does look a little bit mixed – you may wish to have a few backup options to hand or you could just go hunting for the rainbows after the rain.
Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June – See website for specific website times.
Steam Gala at Epping Ongar Railway
A weekend celebrating steam with lots of visiting engines and opportunities to ride behind them. Find out more in the event guide on the website.
More Info – http://eorailway.co.uk/events/steam-gala/
Saturday 11 June 2016 – 12 noon to 6pm (FREE)
Brentwood’s Strawberry Fair – Shenfield Common
With a royal theme to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, this year’s annual event. With traditional attractions, craft and gift stalls, local food and drink, there is lots to enjoy! Oh and strawberries and cream of course.
More Info – http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=417
Saturday 11 June 2016 – 12 noon to 3pm
Bubble Rush 2016 – High Woods Country Park, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5JR
Whilst advance registration is now closed, you can show up on the day to join in the fun. A 5k course with bubble canons with all proceeds donated to St Helena’s Hospice in Essex. Buggies and wheelchairs can be taken around the course though you can also enjoy activities at the start of the course if you aren’t participating.
Saturday 11th June – 11am to 6pm
Marshall’s Junior FunFair – Maldon Promenade Park
One of our favourites in Essex, the funfair adds extra options to your family day out. Pack a picnic, enjoy the water park and pirate boat and enjoy the fun fairground rides!
More Info – http://www.visitmaldon.co.uk/promenade-park/
Sunday 12th June – 10am to 4pm
Japanese Car & Bike Show – near Maldon
Classic & sports cars and bikes displays, live band, themed stalls & family entertainment. There is also a miniature steam train open for rides.
More Info – http://www.museumofpower.org.uk/Events.html#JAP
Sunday 12th June – 11am to 4pm
The Farm Club – Summer Open Day
With children’s entry free, a chance to see the farm animals. There are craft stalls, live music, a licensed bar, companion dog show and BBQ to keep all of the family entertained.
More Info – http://www.thefarmclub.co.uk/next.html
Sunday 12th June – 9am to 5pm (FREE)
Scotland in Colchester – Lower Castle Park, Colchester
Being a Scot this had to be top of my list this weekend though it’s also a great free family day out. Think arena displays, stalls, pipes, and drums. There is a massed bands finale and highland dancing contest that should keep the whole family entertained.
More Info – http://www.scotlandincolchester.com/
Still Looking for a Family Day Out?
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.
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