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5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:12 18 February 2019

North Weald, Epping Ongar Railway (c) Martin Deutsch, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

North Weald, Epping Ongar Railway (c) Martin Deutsch, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


For those still figuring out how to spend your Friday through Sunday, we’ve rounded up 5 of Essex’s best things to do to ensure no second of your weekend is wasted

Half Term Trail at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum – February 18

Learn more about the trees, shrubs and delicate flowers, which are beginning to come to life following the cold winter months. Greet spring by taking part in this fun and informative Snowdrop Trail at Marks Hall. This is a brilliant chance to learn something new, have fun discovering the trail boards and take in the sights of its well-known Snowdrop Grove.

Normal admission applies and trail costs £1.50. Suited for children aged 3 to 12.

Kids for a Quid at the Epping Ongar Railway – February 16 – 24

Get your kids and their friends on board one of the railway’s steam or diesel hauled services for a bit of heritage half term entertainment. The station is easy to reach from Epping Underground station as they run buses shuttling you to the trains.

Adult tickets are £14 and children are £1.

Butler School at Audley End House and Gardens – February 18 – 22

Being the butler of a country house is no easy job. Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Learn about the etiquette of a country house, from dressing a table to folding a napkin.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm.

Half Term Special at Clue HQ, Brentwood – February 17 – 24

Challenge yourself and the family to get out of one of Clue Hq’s exhilarating and entertaining escape rooms with this special deal aimed at those enjoying the February school break. There are a number of themed rooms to choose from so there will certainly be something to suit your taste.

Prices are £59 for a group of up to 6 (a saving of £31) or £79 for a group of up to 8 (a saving of £39).

Beautiful Winter Snowdrops at Beth Chatto Gardens – February 24

Home to many wonderful varieties of snowdrop, join garden director and snowdrop enthusiast David Ward to enjoy a morning snowdrop tour. Discover the history of snowdrops going back to Roman times, learn how to create wonderful swathes of snowdrops as well as how best to divide and plant them. Also, enjoy the snowdrop display and visit the nursery for a wide range of snowdrops to buy.

Admission is £15 and the event starts at 11am.


For more information about any of the events listed above; how to get there, how to book tickets and prices, please follow the links in the event name.

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