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9:00 am

Forest School Drop Off Day – Abbotts Hall Farm

29th October 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough
Colchester, Essex CO5 7RZ United Kingdom
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Abbotts Hall Farm Over 8s Forest School session will encourage your children to explore, have fun, make new friends, learn new skills and so much more. Let them get outside and explore, build dens, climb trees, use tools, make fires and cook on a fire. Advance booking essential. Please arrive in plenty of time to

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Lucia Hardy Art Exhibition – Colchester

29th October 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until 30th November 2019

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre Colchester, Essex CO5 7DW United Kingdom + Google Map

Local artist Lucia Hardy will be exhibiting some stunning pieces inspired by nature at the Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve near Colchester. Lucia Hardy is an artist who describes her work as Wild, Dark and Inspired by nature. Lucia lives and works in Essex, painting expressive and engaging birds and wildlife, as well as creating emotionally

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Autumn word trail at Thorndon Park

29th October 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until 3rd November 2019

Thorndon Countryside Centre, Thorndon Park North, The Avenue
Brentwood, Essex CM13 3RZ United Kingdom
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Why not try the EWT trail around the woods in Thorndon Park, solving the clues to find seasonal Autumnal words. This is a drop-in event so no booking required. Purchase a trail leaflet from the cafe till in the Thorndon Countryside Centre Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable clothing for being

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9:30 am

Tuesday Volunteer Work Party – Chafford Gorges Nature Reserve

29th October 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely

Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Park Visitor Centre
Chafford Hundred, Essex RM16 6RW United Kingdom
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TuesdayJoin Dean Williams, the Ranger at Chafford Gorges Nature for weekly volunteering sessions. The work will also provide an opportunity for you to find rare plants and animals. Where appropriate clothing. Steel toe-capped boots are useful for any heavy work. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided, but please bring water and a packed lunch. Contact

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Volunteer Work Party: Langdon Nature Reserve

29th October 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until 21st February 2020

Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Third Avenue, Lower Dunton Road
Basildon, Essex SS16 6EB United Kingdom
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Sessions are weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. These sessions can change, please contact the Ranger Josh Childs before to confirm. Activities include removal of invasive species, fencing, litter picking, path clearance, pond maintenance, coppicing, hedge laying and more. Work parties may not be close to a bathroom.

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Volunteer Work Party: North West Essex

29th October 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until 19th December 2019

The Uttlesford EWT Local Group runs work parties on its reserves throughout the year, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, which start at 9.30 a.m. and finish around lunchtime. You do not have to be a member of the Essex Wildlife Trust to come along to these events. Venues may change at short notice. Please confirm

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Nature Tots (Under 5s) – Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre

29th October 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely

Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road
Downham, Essex CM11 1WT United Kingdom
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This weekly pre-school group, held on alternate Tuesdays and Fridays at Hanningfield Nature Reserve, is for the under 5's. The session includes wildlife activities on the nature reserve, crafts and games in the centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential

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10:00 am

Pumpkin Trail – Belfairs Woodland Centre

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until 31st October 2019

Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4LR United Kingdom
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This is a drop-in event suitable for small children who are accompanied by an adult. Enjoy a walk through Belfairs Woods, which are currently glorious in their autumn colours, with the self-led trail from the Woodland Centre. Discover all of the pumpkin clues and win a small prize on completion.

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Woodland Wizards and Witches Workshop – Fingringhoe Wick

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on 29th October 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on 1st November 2019 at 1:30 pm

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre Colchester, Essex CO5 7DW United Kingdom + Google Map

Visit the secret woodland glade in Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve where we will make a variety of different potions, and a natural broomstick to take home! A 'non-scary' Halloween-themed event suitable for children ages 5-11. Please provide warm clothing that might get messy! Advance booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

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Wildlife Explorer Drop-off Day – Abberton Reservoir

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Abberton Reservoir, Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU United Kingdom
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Drop-off your 5-11 year olds for the day at Abberton Reservoir where they can spend the day with the education team exploring the reserve and learning all about wildlife. We will explore the reserve with activities including pond-dipping, bug hunting, orienteering, bird watching, toasting marshmallows and more. Please ensure your child has suitable clothing and

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Chafford Nature Tots

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until 27th October 2020

Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Park Visitor Centre
Chafford Hundred, Essex RM16 6RW United Kingdom
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Chafford Nature tots is a weekly parent and toddler group at Chafford Gorges Nature Park where young children can explore, play and learn through nature! As the seasons change, discover and learn each week through a range of fun wildlife themed activities from bug hunting and leaf spotting to natural painting and stick creatures. Suitable

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Nature’s Harvest Drop-in Trail – Abberton Nature Reserve

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until 3rd November 2019

Abberton Reservoir, Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU United Kingdom
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Why not drop-in to Abberton and learn all about what Autumn has to offer on our Nature's Harvest Trail? From blackberries to acorns, as you complete the trail around Abberton Nature Reserve you'll be surprised what you find. Just pop into the centre to purchase your trail sheet and when you have finished, don't forget

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Halloween Nocturnal Animals Trail – Fingringhoe Wick

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until 2nd November 2019

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre Colchester, Essex CO5 7DW United Kingdom + Google Map

Self-guided themed trail around the Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve. A daily drop-in event during half-term to find out some spooky facts about nocturnal animals as you follow the trail round. Please wear suitable clothing for being outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Mixing magic potions and spells at The Naze

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on 29th October 2019 at 10:00 am

The Naze Visitor Centre, Old Hall Lane
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8LE United Kingdom
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A morning of making potions, spells and wizardry for children at The Naze. Make your own wizards wands and practising potion making, then we'll be heading out to the Naze to hunt for ingredients to create our own magic potions. Fancy dress welcome, but please dress in clothing suitable for being outdoors Children must be

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Forest Fairies – Belfairs

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4LR United Kingdom
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Enjoy a day at Belfairs Nature Reserve hunting for fairies that live in the forest. Find the clues the fairies have left behind and enjoy lots of games, activities and crafts. Suitable for children of all ages from 18months upwards,  who must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.

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Spooky crafts at Thorndon

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on 31st October 2019 at 10:00 am

Thorndon Countryside Centre, Thorndon Park North, The Avenue
Brentwood, Essex CM13 3RZ United Kingdom
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Visit the Thorndon Countryside Centre and make some exciting Halloween themed crafts to take home. There are a series of drop-in sessions throughout the day. There's no need to book but there may be a wait at busy times. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Spook-Tastic Family Trail at Hanningfield

29th October 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road
Downham, Essex CM11 1WT United Kingdom
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Take the spook-tastic family trail to solve the spooky clues and track down the creepy creatures of Hanningfield Nature Reserve. A drop in session for all the family. Please wear suitable clothing for being outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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11:00 am

Shoebury Health Walk

29th October 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely

Shoebury Garrison, 1 Hight Street
Shoebury, Essex United Kingdom
Free

This walk is part of the Southend Walk this Way Health Walks scheme. This 45 minute walk takes place every Tuesday starting at 11:00am, meeting outside the Shoeburyness Hotel near Shoebury Garrison.

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Survival Shelters and Campfire – Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

29th October 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Visitor Centre, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Mucking Wharf Road
Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex SS17 0RN United Kingdom
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Visit Thurrock Thameside Nature Park for the EWT survival shelters and campfire cookout with a fun session of bushcraft activities. Recommended for children 8-12 who must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Lower Car Par near the entrance to the site. Booking Essential

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1:30 pm

Woodland Wizards and Witches Workshop – Fingringhoe Wick

29th October 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on 29th October 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on 1st November 2019 at 1:30 pm

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre Colchester, Essex CO5 7DW United Kingdom + Google Map

Visit the secret woodland glade in Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve where we will make a variety of different potions, and a natural broomstick to take home! A 'non-scary' Halloween-themed event suitable for children ages 5-11. Please provide warm clothing that might get messy! Advance booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

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2:00 pm

Volunteer Work Party: Tiptree Heath Nature Reserve

29th October 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until 25th February 2020

Tiptree Heath Nature Reserve, Maldon Road
Tiptree, Colchester, Essex CO5 0PU United Kingdom
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Weekly Tuesday afternoon work parties are organised by the warden throughout the year to carry out on-going maintenance and access tasks. Better for you than the gym and free too 😊 Please wear suitable clothes for the weather conditions and sturdy footwear. Please contact the warden if you wish to join on a specific date

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Pumpkin Carving – Thurrock Thameside

29th October 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on 29th October 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on 30th October 2019 at 2:00 pm

One event on 31st October 2019 at 2:00 pm

The EWT team provide the pumpkin and take care of the mess, you get creative and make the funniest or scariest Jack-o-lantern you can! Come and have a go at carving a scary or funny Jack-O-Lantern in the beautiful surroundings of Thurrock Thameside Nature Park. There are several session times to choose from so advanced

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