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Things to do in Essex this April

PUBLISHED: 10:10 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:10 10 April 2017

EXG APR 17 Events

EXG APR 17 Events


Get your calendars at the ready because it’s going to be a busy month in Essex this April

13 April, 11am-2pm

Easter Bunny Trial

Danbury Country Park,

Woodhill Road,

Danbury CM3 4AW

Enjoy an Easter-themed adventure in the park as you follow an Easter-themed trail through the park, paint a hen’s egg and meet the Easter Bunny. Each child will get a chocolate egg and the chance to take photos with the bunny.

This event is deal for families with children aged two to eight and groups set off every 20 minutes.

Admission: £5

07740 180145

14-16 April, 10am-5pm

Easter Hunt

Green Island Gardens, Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester CO7 7SP

Green Island Gardens will be open over the Easter Weekend. Bring the family out to the gardens to enjoy a special Easter Hunt for the kids.

Admission: Adults £6.50 and child £2.50


16 April

TransportFest – Easter Classic Car Show

Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon CM9 6QA

Discover all forms of pre-1985 transport with live music, craft stalls and a giant steam engine ‘Marshall’ working under steam. Also expect heritage engine exhibits, a miniature steam railway, model village and the tearoom will be open.

Admission: Prices vary

01621 843183

14 & 28 April, 10.30am-4.30pm

Open Gardens

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Abbey Turning, London Road, Maldon CM9 6LL

The three acres of garden are surrounded by mature trees, which on the northern boundary give way to a tidal stretch of the River Chelmer. Within this area, a range of different individual gardens and water features can be found. April starts the season with primroses, daffodils and tulips, together with camellias, magnolias and fruit blossom, a garden worth visiting.

Admission: Adults £6, children 5-16 £2.50 and children under 5 free

07506 867122

22 April11am & 1.45pm

A Mummers’ Play

Billericay High Street CM12 9BG,

Come and enjoy the celebrations with the Mayflower Morris Men who will perform their Mummers’ play twice on April 22. Remember to boo the dragon, too!

Admission: Free


22-23 April, 10am-4pm

Spring Plant Fair

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford CM3 8ET

A weekend all about plants! Join RHS Garden Hyde Hall for specialist nurseries selling rare and unusual plants, guest speakers, gardening advice and garden tours. It’s a perfect opportunity to get your garden set up for the season ahead. This event is in conjunction with Essex Plant Heritage. A plant crèche will also be available.

Admission: Normal garden admission applies.


26 April, 8pm-9.30pm

Evening Bat Walk

Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea SS9 4LR

Join the woodland ranger Ashley Pinnock on an evening walk through the reserve to look and listen for bats. 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 and conserve these wonderful animals. You can also use bat detectors to ‘listen’ for the bats calls!

Admission: £6 per person and

booking is essential

01702 477467

27 April, 6.30pm

Great British Beef Week

Deersbrook Farm, Shalford Green, Braintree CM7 5AZ

Celebrate Great British Beef Week at Deersbrook Farm with chef Alan Paton who will be serving a delicious three-course meal in the meadows of Deersbrook Farm, celebrating the Great British Beef Week and St George’s day, in conjunction with Ladies in Beef and raising money for RABI agricultural charity.

Admission: £38 per person, including arrival drinks and a three course meal

01371 850671

28 April to 1 May, 10am-5pm

The Essex Craft and Design Show

RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon CM38ET

Celebrate the best in contemporary craft, art and locally produced food. A fantastic day out for all.

Admission: Prices vary

07944 806340


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