The county town of Essex sits at the confluence of the Rivers Can and Chelmer. Being 30 miles from the centre of London, Chelmsford has a population of commuters working in London’s City and Docklands, but has also been a big regional employer since Guglielmo Marconi established his Wireless Telegraph Company here.

For heritage, Hylands House is an 18th-century villa in vast grounds that are open to the public as a country park, welcoming the V Festival (now RiZE) since 1996. Chelmsford’s renovated city museum is a must, as is the Essex Police Museum, while a brief drive will bring you to the Tudor Ingatestone Hall and the picture perfect Royal Horticultural Society garden at Hyde Hall.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Chelmsford:

1. Hylands Estate

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Hylands Estate

Chelmsford City Council rescued this Neoclassical villa from dereliction in 1966 and organises festivals, children’s days and markets in its grounds.

Restoration work lasted until 2005, and Hylands House opens for community events and is also rented out for opulent weddings.

If you fancy a look around there’s a schedule of open days to peruse interiors that date back as far as the 1730s.

The stable block contains a gift shop, cafe and artists’ studios.

Everyday visitors can make the most of the 574-acre country park, venturing through ancient woodland and meticulously tended Victorian formal gardens.

The accessible children’s adventure playground near the entrance to the park is styled on a Medieval fortress and has picked up awards.

2. Chelmsford Cathedral

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Chelmsford Cathedral

The Church of St Mary became the Chelmsford Cathedral in 1914 with the foundation of the Chelmsford Diocese.

That church was consecrated around the start of the 13th century, but was rebuilt in the 1400s and 1500s, and required interventions to the nave and chancel in the 19th century.

Chelmsford Cathedral is the third smallest in the country, and has held onto lots of its Perpendicular Gothic stonework in the nave and lower part of the chancel.

The nave ceiling reconstructed up to 1803 has circular plaster mouldings painted in pastel shades.

The South Porch was enlarged in 1953 to commemorate the cooperation between British and American forces in the Second World War.

Note the American Window, which has the stars and stripes, and the arms of the US Air Force and George Washington.

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3. Chelmsford Museum

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Oaklands House

As the county town of Essex, Chelmsford has a high-quality town museum that deserves to be in your plans.

The setting is impressive too, at Oaklands House, the Victorian mansion for entrepreneur Charles Pertwee, with a peculiar neo-Romanesque campanile.

The museum has a recent multimillion pound extension and reveals many different facets of Chelmsford’s past.

You can find out about local industry, investigating R. E. B. Crompton’s trailblazing electrical engineering works, radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Company, or Hoffmann Ball Bearings, another big employer.

One of the UK’s most revered artists, Grayson Perry, is a Chelmsford native, and there’s an exhibition of his idiosyncratic pottery.

The Story of Chelmsford exhibition is a timeline recording thousands of years of history, via Ice Age mammoth bones, Roman and Celtic coins and a model of Chelmsford’s Marconi and Hoffmann Factories created by the Luftwaffe in preparation for an attack, and discovered at a German airfield after the war.

4. Central Park

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Central Park

For a moment of peace, this park curls along the north bank of the River Can in the centre of Chelmsford.

The park is divided into meadows, pastures, a nature reserve, a war memorial garden and a large lake with geese and swans.

On the south shore is the Cake at the Lake cafe, a pillar of local life, while the Central Park Viaduct brings some spectacle to the park.

This eye-catching, 18-arch construction dates to 1842 and was built for the Eastern Counties Railway.

Be sure to take walk along the River Can, and you may forget that you’re in the middle of one of the largest cities in Essex.

5. Essex Police Museum

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Essex Police Museum

A trip through more than 150 years of policing and justice in the county of Essex, this museum is at the Essex Police Headquarters next door to Chelmsford Prison.

Many of the exhibits hark back to the Victorian period and 20th century, when justice was swift and brutal.

The museum has the death mask of Frederick Browne, convicted of the murder of a policeman in 1928 and hanged four months later.

Other morbid artefacts are the shoes of Camille Holland, killed in the notorious Moat Farm Murder of 1898, which made national news.

On the lighter side you can step into a Victorian Cell and inspect a Noddy Bike, a small four-stroke bike used by officers in the mid-20th century.

Youngsters can dress up as an officer and have their prints taken.

6. Shire Hall

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Shire Hall

The most handsome secular building the centre of Chelmsford, the Shire Hall is a Neoclassical courthouse completed in 1791. On New Street, take a moment to appreciate the pediment and four Ionic columns, between which there are three bas-reliefs representing Justice, Wisdom and Mercy.

The facade is made from Portland Stone, brought here from Dorset, while this very spot had been the site of a court from the turn of the 13th century all the way through to 2012 when the court finally closed.

As a listed building Shire Hall is in no danger, and as of June 2018 there were plans to convert it into a restaurant and community space.

7. RHS Garden Hyde Hall

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RHS Garden Hyde Hall

An indispensible day out in summer, this garden is one of four around England maintained by the Royal Horticultural Society.

In 360 acres, the garden was first planted in 1955 on a hilltop enclosed in arable farmland and with panoramic views in every direction.

The 60 trees bought at the market in Wickford nearby formed the basis of Hyde Hall’s Woodland Garden.

At its core Hyde Hall has a strict formal plan, with roses framed by cypress hedges, giving way to open meadows and grassland in the outer reaches.

There’s endless inspiration to take from the herbaceous borders, courtyard garden, water features like an ornamental lake below Clove Hill, and a dry garden with succulents and cactuses.

Hyde Hall also has a modern visitor centre with a gift shop, cafe and nursery.

8. Ingatestone Hall

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Ingatestone Hall

A five-mile drive from Chelmsford, this Tudor house was built by Sir William Petre in the 16th century, and is still home to his descendants.

William Petre was Secretary of State to a succession of Tudor monarchs, from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I (she stayed here for a spell in 1561), and he acquired this manor after the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII. Ingatestone Hall has the intricate and elongated chimney pots that are a hallmark of Tudor Houses.

These climb above crow-stepped gables and around a courtyard with a crenellated turret climbed by a spiral staircase.

A guided tour will show you through eight rooms, rich with tapestries, period furniture, portraits and fine oak panelling.

Your guide will fill you on the story of the Petres and the illustrious figures who have spent time at Ingatestone Hall.

9. Jump Street

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Jump Street

On a retail park heading east of Chelmsford, Jump Street is essentially a trampoline park, but warrants a mention for its size and ingenuity.

Almost the whole floor of this massive warehouse is laid with trampolines, for energy-intensive and safe fun for kids and grownups alike.

Adults can get a low-impact cardio workout at a fitness class, but Jump Street’s main appeal comes its activities for kids.

There are daily “open jump” sessions, when youngsters are let loose in the park to take on the Bag, a giant air-filled crash mat, and Toxic Wipeout, when they have to avoid a rotating soft barrier.

10. Civic Theatre

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Civic Theatre

At the Civic Centre, Chelmsford’s largest theatre was given a refit in 2016 and can seat an audience of 504, in the stalls and balcony above.

For parents in Chelmsford during the school holidays the Civic Theatre has a packed schedule of activity days and child-oriented shows.

Beyond this there’s a year-round programme of drama, live music, comedy, musicals and dance.

You can also attend talks by famous figures like politicians, historians and sports people.

The Civic Theatre screens new Hollywood movies, along with classics, independent films, and live feeds from London’s Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne.

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11. Sandford Mill Museum

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Sandford Mill

Not normally open to the public, Sandford Mill can be visited on an open day or simply by contacting Chelmsford Borough Council.

On the River Chelmer, the mill is the site of Chelmsford’s former waterworks, which became a repository for the town’s industrial artefacts, hosting exhibits relating to electrical engineering, telecommunications and rolling bearings.

A lot of the infrastructure from the waterworks, like dials, historic turbines and control panels, is still in situ, along with specially designed exhibits to get kids thinking about concepts like sound waves, aerodynamics and friction.

12. Chelmsford City Miniature Railway

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Chelmsford City Miniature Railway

A labour of love, this miniature railway on Meteor Way by the River Can is run by the Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers, and you’ll be won over by the dedication that goes into it all.

The miniature railway operates on Sunday afternoons, from April to October and has a special charity day in October, when all proceeds go to a good cause in the area.

There’s a range of tracks for youngsters to ride on, as well as a set of beautifully maintained miniature steam traction engines and an array of static train models.

13. Chelmsford City Racecourse

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Chelmsford City Racecourse

After the original Chelmsford Racecourse in Galleywood closed down in 1935, Chelmsford and the whole county of Essex had been without a horseracing venue until this new course opened in 2008. It became the first new racecourse in the country for more than 80 years and after a difficult first few years was relaunched under new ownership in 2014. Chelmsford City hosts races on the flat all year round, though the season really comes to life in summer with the blue ribbon race, the Queen Charlotte Fillies’ Stakes and a “Ladies’ Day”, both around the end of June.

There are floodlit races and the larger events close with live music and DJs.

14. High Chelmer

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High Chelmer

As a regional commercial hub, many of Chelmsford’s visitors are shoppers.

Their first port of call will be this expansive shopping centre, in the middle of the town, a three-minute walk from the train station.

High Chelmer has a whole spectrum of stores, from upmarket retailers like Bang & Olufsen to English High Street mainstays like Next, New Look, Miss Selfridge, Office, Game, Clarks and Primark.

There’s also a club shop for the football team Tottenham Hotspur, which has a big following in Essex.

Food-wise you can pick from fast food like Subway to fast casual chains, like the popular pasta eatery, Carluccio’s.

High Chelmer is part of an extensive shopping area that continues east to department stores like John Lewis and Marks and Spencer, and the Meadows Shopping Centre.

15. RiZE Festival

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RiZE Festival

Launched in 1996, the V Festival took place in the extensive parkland of Hylands House over the third weekend of August.

For more than 20 years, huge names from Jay Z, to Radiohead, Eminem and Sonic Youth played the festival, and the V Festival became a stalwart of the British Festival season alongside Reading and Glastonbury.

In 2017 Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which put the “V” in the name, withdrew sponsorship, casting doubt on the future of the event.

But the festival was relaunched under a new name, RiZE, in 2018. On the bill at the inaugural RiZE festival were Liam Gallgher, the Stereophonics and Rita Ora.

The ultimate guide: 24 things to do in Chelmsford before you die

We at the Essex Chronicle love Chelmsford, but we also love a bit of self-deprecation. Here is a bucket list, a few of them tongue-in-cheek, of things to do in the city before you die.

From massive pizzas, to buckets full of apples, and hitting holes-in-one to canoeing through the city centre, there are tons of ideas to keep you entertained.

1. Drive over the Army and Navy Roundabout flyover – in the correct direction

The Army and Navy flyover

2. Buy a 20-inch pizza from Farm Pizza in Duke Street – those things are massive!

Chelmsford’s Farm Pizza, on Duke Street

3. Get the first train to London on a Monday – and the last train back on a Saturday night

Rush hour at Chelmsford Station

4. Feed Godfrey Goose (although he is currently in hospital), who is estimated to be 45 years old, at the duck pond in Writtle (a village once home to more people than Chelmsford centre)

Godfrey Goose

5. Pick a bucket’s-worth of apples at Lathcoats Farm in Galleywood

Apple-picking at Lathcoats Farm

6. Go to a Sunday morning service in your Sunday best at Chelmsford cathedral, the second smallest in the country

Chelmsford Cathedral

7. Do Chelmsford parkrun, the free organised 5km route in Central Park, in costume

Runners at the Chelmsford Parkrun

8. Pot a hole-in-one on the tricky eye-of-a-needle Hole 16 at West Park Pitch ‘n’ Putt

West Park Pitch ‘n’ Putt

9. Book out half of Faces Kitchen & Bar for everyone you know, and order several buckets of champagne, for a taste of Essex glam

Faces Kitchen & Bar

10. Bang a drum and shout at the top of your voice while watching ice hockey derby game Chelmsford Chieftains vs. Romford Raiders at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre

The Chelmsford Chieftains in action

11. Be like the Chelmsford inventor of wireless, Guglielmo Marconi, and send a signal from an old fashioned radio at Sandford Mill museum

Sandford Mill museum

12. Book a horse and carriage ride for two at Hylands Park

A horse and carriage ride at Hylands Park

13. Canoe down the River Can through the centre of Chelmsford in full view of the marvelling shoppers

Canoing on the River Can

14. Swim around Trifarm reservoir in Boreham on an unbearably blustery day. Brrrrr

Swimmers at Trifarm reservoir

15. Have an ice cream, a picnic and a pint of Oranjeboom lager while watching T20 at Essex County Cricket Ground

Drinks at Essex County Cricket Ground

16. Bet £1 on an outsider at the newly opened Chelmsford City Racecourse in Great Leighs

Punters at Chelmsford City Racecourse

17. Jump off the top diving board at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre, demonstrated here by GB swimmer Rebecca Gallantree

Swimmer Rebecca Gallantree takes a dive at the Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre

18. Do something you haven’t done since you were 6 years old at The Fling Festival in Hylands Park

A reveller at The Fling Festival

19. Take the gut-busting Man Vs. Food challenge at Robinson’s fish & chip shop in Moulsham Street

Robinson’s Man vs Food challenge

20. Protest against a Green Belt development

Green belt protesters in actions

21. Hire Great Baddow town crier Tony Appleton to promote something for you

Town crier Tony Appleton

22. Sit on the the cannon at Oaklands Park – then swiftly get off it to avoid any damage

The Oaklands Park cannon

23. Place a cone on Judge Tindal’s head, then quickly take it off because that’s disrespectful

Chelmsford’s Judge Tindal statue

24. Telephone the Chronicle with a problem

We *love* to hear all your gripes about living in Chelmsford…

Essex bucket list: The 23 things to do in Chelmsford before you die

Here at Essex Live, we LOVE Chelmsford. It is the central hub of Essex and the home of our office.

We’ve created a bucket list of 23 things that we think everyone should do in Chelmsford before they die.

Some of them are tongue-in-cheek and just a bit of fun, but some are definitely worth doing, that’s if you haven’t already.

Here is the Essex Live Bucket List of 23 things to do in Chelmsford before you die.

1. Drive over the Army and Navy Roundabout flyover – in the correct direction.

The Army and Navy flyover is a hotspot in Chelmsford for car crashes

2. Buy a late-night kebab from Mrs Cod in Moulsham Street – those things are massive!

Mrs Cod can be found on Moulsham Street

3. Get the first train to London on a Monday and the last train back on a Saturday night.

Greater Anglia offer direct routes into London from Essex

4. Pay your respects to Godfrey Goose (now a bronze statue), at the duck pond in Writtle (a village once home to more people than Chelmsford centre).

Godfrey Goose has now been turned into a statue

5. Pick a bucket’s-worth of apples at Lathcoats Farm in Galleywood.

A bucket load for the bucket list

6. Go to a Sunday morning service in your Sunday best at Chelmsford Cathedral, the second smallest in the country.

Chelmsford cathedral is at the heart of the city

7. Do Chelmsford parkrun, the free organised 5km route in Central Park, in costume.

Runners at the Chelmsford Parkrun

8. Pot a hole-in-one on the tricky eye-of-a-needle Hole 16 at West Park Pitch ‘n’ Putt.

West Park Pitch ‘n’ Putt is loads of fun

9. Book out half of Faces Kitchen & Bar for everyone you know, and order several buckets of champagne, for a taste of Essex glam.

Faces is one of Essex’s most popular nightclubs

10. Bang a drum and shout at the top of your voice while watching ice hockey derby game Chelmsford Chieftains vs. Romford Raiders at Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre (when it opens next year).

The Chelmsford Chieftains in action

11. Be like the Chelmsford inventor of wireless, Guglielmo Marconi, and send a signal from an old fashioned radio at Sandford Mill museum.

This is proper Chelmsford history

12. Book a horse and carriage ride for two at Hylands Park.

Hylands Park is the former home of V Festival (Image: Chelmsford City Council)

13. Canoe down the River Can through the centre of Chelmsford in full view of the marvelling shoppers.

Canoing on the River Can is on our list

14. Swim around Trifarm reservoir in Boreham on an unbearably blustery day. Brrrrr.

Swimmers at Trifarm reservoir

15. Have an ice cream, a picnic and a pint of Oranjeboom lager while watching T20 at Essex County Cricket Ground.

The Essex County Cricket Ground is the home of Essex County Cricket Club

16. Bet £1 on an outsider at Chelmsford City Racecourse in Great Leighs.

Why not chance your luck and see if you win?

17. Do something you haven’t done since you were six years old at The Fling Festival in Hylands Park.

A reveller at The Fling Festival

18. Take the gut-busting Man Vs. Food challenge at Robinson’s fish & chip shop in Moulsham Street.

Are you hungry enough to take on Robinson’s Man vs Food challenge

19. Protest against a Green Belt development.

Everyone in Essex loves a good protest

20. Hire Great Baddow town crier Tony Appleton to promote something for you.

You’ve definitely heard Tony Appleton’s voice before

21. Sit on the the cannon at Oaklands Park – then swiftly get off it to avoid any damage.

This is the cannon at Oaklands Park

22. Place a cone on Judge Tindal’s head, then quickly take it off because that’s disrespectful.

It is all a bit of fun really

23. Phone Essex Live with a problem you want fixing.

Essex Live are always here to help with your problems

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Essex County, New Jersey – 2020 Easter Egg Hunts and Easter

Looking for a local Easter egg hunt for your children? Or an Easter parage, Easter brunch or breakfast or other Easter events in Essex County, New Jersey? Scroll down this page and you will see all of thoses in Essex County, New Jersey, sorted by county. ALWAYS either see their website or call before you go to confirm the info, there are often last minute changes which they do not report to us!

If you know of one we missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know! There are affiliate links on this page. Read our disclosure policy to learn more. There are affiliate links on this page. Read our disclosure policy to learn more.

Updates for February 2020

February: Easter Sunday will be April 11, 2020. Most Easter egg hunts are being held on the Saturday a week before Easter, or the day before Easter Sunday. ALWAYS click the links to check date and time with the event’s own website, as there are often last minute cancellations, postponements or changes to locations due to weather (like heavy rains in the northeast) or logistical problems, just click on the link to the event’s website and (in most cases), you want to click on the “events” link or “calendar” link on their website. Or use their site search for “Easter”. Do let them know you found them here, so they will update us next year. Since many egg hunts do not publish the current year’s dates until the very last minute, or simply never respond to email, we may not get their current information, which is why we have links to their websites, facebook pages and calendars. Besides egg hunts, there are also Easter breakfasts and brunches and Easter parades to watch!
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RELATED:You may also want to go to a local farm to Pick Your Own fruit and vegetables; strawberries start very soon in most areas!
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  • Easter Bunny Express- train ride,
    The Easter Bunny Express departs the Whippany station, Whippany, NJ. Phone: (973) 887-8177. Email: . Event date and time: The Easter Bunny Express departs the Whippany station on Saturday, a week before Easter AND also that Sunday AND the Saturday right before Easter at 1pm, 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM, All trains run rain, snow or shine. We invite you to celebrate the return of Spring! Bring the kids, join in the fun and hop aboard the Easter Bunny’s favorite train ride! Climb aboard our Historic Diesel-powered “Springtime Streamliner” as it rolls along the Historic route of the Morristown & Erie Railway. The Easter Bunny will be on board greeting everyone and handing out holiday treats for the kids. For more information, visit our online ticket sales website, e-mail us at or call our recorded voicemail box. See you soon!
  • Skyline Church Bloomfield – Easter Egg Hunt
    Brookdale Park at the Archery Field, Bloomfield, NJ. Email: . Event date and time: Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 10 am to 1pm .Free. This Easter Egg Hunt is free for all and has games, face painting and bounce houses. The gates open at 10:00am and the hunt starts at 11:30am. We have over 10,000 eggs to be found. We provide a separate hunt area for special needs children who attend. It is held in a separate area so they can hunt without as much noise or pressure of so many other children. You must get a free ticket for every person in your party to attend the event. Click the Registration button below and use the password skylinehunt2018. We can’t wait to see you there! We’ve got FREE games, crafts, and face painting. Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny for you and your family to enjoy! We’ll be getting started at 10am and going till noon with the hunt starting at 11am! Bring your families, invite your friends and let’s share an amazing day together. The actual egg hunts will be divided by age groups. There will also be a separate egg hunt for families of children with special needs.** This year you can also PRE-REGISTER your family on their website.
  • Redeemer Montclair Easter Egg Hunt –
    Deleted by request of the church. Fear not, there are plenty of others in the are, See above!

30 of the best spring and Easter days out in Essex

PUBLISHED: 16:23 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 20 March 2018

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Holly Eells brings together 30 weird and wonderful ideas on how to make the most of the Easter break

On the Egg Hunt

1) Beth Chatto Gardens – 24 March to 8 April

Times vary

Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB

Join in the great annual Easter Egg Hunt at the horticultural home of the award-winning plantswoman Beth Chatto at Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market. Explore the beautiful, inspirational gardens and see signs of blooming spring as you find the hidden eggs on your way.

Once you have completed the hunt, don’t forget to collect your Easter treat! Throughout the Easter holidays there will be a self-guided trail running every day. This event is really something for everyone to enjoy and will keep you and the children entertained.

Admission: Adults £6.95 and children £1.50, or free if you book your adult garden entrance tickets in advance online. 01206 822 007

2) Epping Ongar Railway – 30 March to 2 April

Times vary

Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar CM5 9BN

Epping Ongar Railway’s beloved Bertie Bunny will be leading what is probably the longest Easter Egg Hunt in Essex. Running the length of the railway track, from Ongar through to Coopersale, the distance covered is equivalent to 131,579 eggs placed end to end! Upon arrival, children will receive a sheet with clues, before being asked to find as many numbered eggs as they can, which Bertie has sneakily hidden along the railway.

There will also be lots of fun activities including face painting, The Bunny Hop Children’s Disco, John Clayton’s Magic Show and Lennie Nova’s balloon modeling.

Admission: Prices vary. Early booking discount available.

3) Copped Hall Trust – 1 April

2pm to 4pm

Stables Courtyard, Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping CM16 5HS

No matter how old you are, you can enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt. Don’t miss out on all the fun as children meet the Easter Bunny and join in a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt extravaganza, while adults (if they want to) can enjoy the beautiful spring flowers.

There will also be tea/coffee and homemade cakes available until 4pm and the gift shop will be open until the same time, giving the adults some relaxing time too.

Admission: Entry is £5 per person. Egg hunt is 50p per child taking part

Sounds Like Fun

4) Honk the Musical – 28 and 29 March

7.30pm and 1pm

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester C011PT

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little duckling finds himself on a musical adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry cat.

Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out that being different is not a bad thing to be.

Admission: £17 01206 573948

5) Easter Weekend at Snape Maltings – 30 March to 2 April

Snape Maltings, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Snape Maltings definitely knows how to host a special celebration any time of the year, and this Easter it is doing just that! Celebrate the Easter holidays with a weekend of fantastic events including free family activities such as a chocolate-filled Easter Egg Hunt, art activities and a special Easter Farmers’ Market featuring local fresh food and drink from some of the region’s best independent producers.

There will also be concert music bursting with drama, performed by the finest emerging professional and local musicians, and one of this country’s standout early music ensembles. Snape Maltings is making sure there is something for everyone this Easter!

6) Easter Special at Chelmsford City Racecourse – 31 March

Gates open at 3.45pm

Chelmsford CM3 1QP

Proving once again, that the venue offers more than just racing, Chelmsford City Racecourse will be celebrating Easter in style with a full evening of entertainment. With a DJ set following an action-packed evening of live, floodlit racing, the much anticipated heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will be screened throughout the Grandstand.

There will also be a thrilling card of seven exciting races before the evening entertainment begins. So why not make this Easter something special with a night out at one of the shining lights of the Essex social circle?

Admission: Tickets start from just £20 per person

7) Essex Easter Jazz at Brentwood School – 3 to 6 April

Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood CM15 8EE

Brentwood School is hosting Essex Easter Jazz which has quickly become a highlight of the musical year and is the perfect opportunity to develop your jazz playing. Open to all instruments, the four and a half day course includes instrument tuition, band workshops, tutor Q&A sessions, vocal and percussion warm-ups and a welcome pack including all of your music (available to download in advance).

They also have a range of lectures which have previously covered building confidence, advanced harmony, extended chords and directing a band, along with tuition form some of the finest tutors in the country. Past tutors include Jason Rebello, piano player for Sting; Derek Nash, saxophonist for the Jools Holland Orchestra and Eric Clapton, and Phil Scragg, bass man for Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.

Admission: £275

8) The Jungle Book – 5 April

2pm and 6.30pm

Towngate Theatre, St Martin’s Square, Basildon SS14 1DL

Back by popular demand, Immersion Theatre brings a brand new musical adaptation of family favourite, The Jungle Book. This show is a perfect Easter treat with catchy music, audience interaction and the chance to meet the characters after the show.

You are invited to join Mowgli and his friends, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther, on a madcap jungle adventure as they meet and attempt to outwit a slithering snake, some cheeky monkeys and the fierce tiger, Shere Khan! Funny, exciting and wildly entertaining, this larger-than-life musical will have you howling with laughter this Easter.

Admission: £13.50 01268 205300

More to Explore

9) Easter at Hyde Hall – 26 March to 15 April

Times vary

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettenden CM3 8ET

Hop down to RHS Garden Hyde Hall this Easter and enjoy a host of fun family activities to help you celebrate the Easter holidays the fun way. From the Lindt Gold Bunny Trail and the Higgledy Hyde play tower to art and craft workshops and face painting, there’s plenty to keep the little ones amused.

Explore the beautiful gardens, make special family memories and discover where the Lindt Gold Bunny is hiding at this Easter’s Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt. Complete the trail and see what Lindt chocolate treat the Easter Bunny has in store for you this spring.

Admission: Prices vary.

10) Easter Special at Audley End Miniature Railway – 30 March to 15 April

10am to 5pm

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB

Start by taking an enchanting trip on one of the trains deep into the woods. You will then stop and meet the Easter Bunny and all of his friends at their woodland house. Each child will receive a gift from the Easter Bunny. Test your I Spy skills and see if you can find all of the animals, nests and eggs through the Easter Trail, and don’t forget to collect your gift afterwards too!

You can also hop into the craft tent to create your very own Easter craft to take home with you. Included in the ticket price is a train ride, meeting the Easter Bunny and his friends, the Easter Trail, craft making and a gift.

Admission: £10 to £12. Booking is required. 01799 542134

11) Spring Time at Marks Hall – From 30 March

Doors open at 10am

Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1TG

The Gardens and Arboretum at Marks Hall are blossoming into life at this time of year and a visit is truly rewarding. The 18th century Walled Garden reopens at Easter and is now one of the highlights of the Arboretum.

Families visiting during the Easter holidays can enjoy the children’s trail, which this year is all about eggs. Marks Hall is home to many species of bird, some resident and others who migrate here as the seasons change. In spring these birds begin building nests in preparation for egg-laying.

This trail through the Arboretum explains more about these charming Marks Hall residents and once completed, participants can return to the Visitor Centre to collect their prize.

Admission: Normal admission applies. Trail costs £1.50.

12) Gilwell Park Easter Extravaganza – 31 March

10am to 5pm

Gilwell Park, Bury Road, Chingford E4 7QW

This event is not called an extravaganza for nothing, with its various fun-filled activities making it something for everyone to enjoy, and not just the kids! Expect shopping and craft stalls, kids rides, face painting, donkey rides, an Easter Bunny and mascot appearances, delicious food and drink, pond dipping, fire lighting, shelter building and much more.

Also, don’t miss out on the Easter Egg Hunt around the beautiful grounds, following the clues to find the prize, plus bushcraft activities too.

Admission: Prices vary. 07550 851655

Easter on the go

13) Easter Activities at Layer Marney Tower – 1 to 2 April

11am to 5pm

Layer Marney, Colchester CO5 9US

Fancy getting involved in some old fashioned fun this Easter? Look no further than Layer Marney Tower, which is hosting exciting activities for all age ranges to get involved in.

Expect an Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers, egg and spoon races for older children, bottle feeding the ever so adorable lambs, an Easter quiz, plus the chance to climb the tower, explore the grounds and much, much more. If you want to bottle feed the lambs again, there will be an opportunity until April 5.

Admission: Children £5, adults £9, family £25 (two adults and two children) 01206 330785

14) FootGolf Competition – 1 April

From 12pm

Lee Valley Golf Course, Meridian Way, Edmonton N9 0AR

Edmonton’s Lee Valley Golf Course is going to host its first Lee Valley FootGolf Open this spring and it’s commencing over the Easter weekend. It will be open to players of all ages and abilities to compete as teams for the chance to take home the FootGolf Open trophy.

Combining two of the nation’s favourite sports, FootGolf takes place on a traditional golf course but replaces a standard golf ball with a football.

With participants discarding their usual clubs in favour of moving the ball with their feet alone, the object of the game is to get the ball into each hole in the fewest number of ‘shots’ possible.

Admission: £12 adults and £6 children

15) Wild Forest – Easter Scavenger Hunt – 5 April

10.30am to 12pm

Wild Forest, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, CM15 0LA

Calling all outdoors children! How does 90 minutes of obstacle and mud fun with a twist sound to you? It is a fantastic activity for children to run about and have a sense of freedom which they will not experience on a daily basis.

The added bonus is parents can enjoy a delicious cup of tea in the heated hub facilities while the children run around in the forest looking for lots of yummy chocolate eggs on their scavenger hunt. And don’t worry, hot showers are provided afterwards so there will be no mud joining you back home.

Admission: £16.50 per person

Animal Magic

16) Step into Spring at Barleylands Farm Museum – 30 March to 15 April

Times vary

Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD

From seeing the Easter Bunny and taking part in hands-on animal activities to following the Giant Easter Egg Trail and biscuit decorating, you are sure to have an eggs-ellent day out! You can also visit the Animal Barn to see the lambing and all the other baby animals as Barleylands ‘Steps into Spring’ down on the farm. The Easter Bunny will be doing his rounds every day to make sure the Giant Easter Egg Trial has something for everyone.

The trail is self-guided and will be available throughout the day. Also, lambing is still in full swing which means there are dozens of baby lambs to see and bottle feed.

Admission: Prices vary.

17) Easter at Colchester Zoo – 30 March to 15 April

Times vary

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester CO3 0SL

Looking for something fun to do over the Easter holidays? Why not head to Colchester Zoo for a day of fun with your loved ones?

As you walk around the zoo you will see many species from around the world and can learn more about them at eggs-ellent daily encounters, including the chance to hand-feed the elephants and giraffes yourself at daily public feeds and walk through a 24m underwater tunnel as sea lions swim overhead!

You can also take part in some fantastic activities that will be happening throughout the day.

Admission: Prices vary

18) Easter Weekend at the Farm – 30 March to 2 April

10am to 5pm

Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 2EF

Enjoy an egg-stra special Easter designed for the whole family to get stuck into at Lee Valley Park Farms. Meet the babies recently born on the farm, join the fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt, travel to the dairy farm on Tex the Tractor and look for the Easter Bunny along the way.

However, the fun doesn’t end there. Children can play indoors and explore the great outdoors as well as meet farmyard friends and more exotic animals, while parents can sit down and relax with refreshments in the café.

Admission: £10 for adults, children aged two to 17, senior citizens or registered disabled. £9 for groups of seven or more

19) Easter Holidays at Rainham Marshes – 31 March to 15 April

Times vary

Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, Purfleet Environmental and Educational Centre, Purfleet RM19 1SZ

Drop in to Rainham Marshes this Easter to take part in some fabulous family activities! You can pick up an adventure trail sheet at the visitor centre and take part in self-guided activities. Also enjoy family pond-dipping at the Woodland Discovery Zone.

Grab a net and investigate what creatures you can find living in the ponds. Don’t worry, you don’t need to bring any equipment, everything you need will be there. Or try the Adventure Playground where a team will have lots of activities to help your family discover nature.

01708 899840

20) Easter Monday Falconry at Hedingham Castle – 2 April

10am to 5pm

Castle Hedingham, Halstead CO9 3DJ

Fancy experiencing something different this Easter break? Perhaps head down to the 900-year-old Norman Keep of Hedingham Castle to witness something spectacular.

It is proud to be hosting Coda Falconry, an award-winning bird of prey centre who are will be presenting two flying displays, with a chance to meet the birds in between. You can also learn even more fantastic facts with an amazing air show that will take your breath away.

The dedicated falconry team can give you all the ins and outs of what it’s like working with such remarkable animals. Plus, the castle will be open with tours available.

Admission: Prices vary

A touch of history

21) Operating Day with Steam – 30 March to 2 April

Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Halstead CO9 3DZ

All aboard! Don’t miss out on this chance to sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award-winning period country railway. Fun for the whole family to enjoy, this pretty line, almost a mile long, has relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt.

Experience a large and varied collection of vintage steam and diesel engines, carriages and wagons that represent much of our railway heritage. The Colne Valley Railway runs diesel operating days on Saturdays throughout the season, but on Sundays you’ll also find the steam engines out and maybe a special visitor.

Admission: Prices vary

22) A Very Victorian Easter – 30 March to 15 April

Times vary

The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY

Looking for something to do with the children this Easter? Get ready to journey back to Victorian times as the Royal Gunpowder Mills plays host to A Very Victorian Easter.

Open daily between 30 March and 15 April, there’s fantastic Victorian-themed arts and crafts, eggs-ellent Easter science fun and much more madness in store with Professor Nitrate and crew.

The Easter weekend will see special visits from The Pygmy Goats & Ducklings (March 30 and 31) and The Van Buren Show (April 1 and 2). This is something for the whole family to enjoy!

Admission: Prices vary 01992 707 375

23) Transportfest Show – 1 April

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

Boys who love their toys pay attention! This spectacular Easter show is something you should definitely not miss.

Expect more than 280 vehicles of all types and ages, including everything from classic cars to military vehicles, plus much more. There will be a variety of craft stalls, live music from the Bocking Brass Band and Zorb Balls.

Also, the miniature steam train will be open for rides (extra charge applies), Marshall the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by steam and other oil/diesel engines will be running. Then there is the Astaria model village which will be open too.

Admission: Adult £6, concessions £5, children (five to 15) £2.50, children under 5 free

24) The Squadron at North Weald Airfield – 1 April

1pm to 6pm

Merlin Way, North Weald CM16 6HR

Come and celebrate with The Squadron, North Weald Airfield as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force at the Squadron North Weald Airfield Hangar with a Dance and Vintage Afternoon Tea.

There will be lots of fun and dancing to be enjoyed with The Wield Glenn Miller Tribute Band 22-piece orchestra playing live, an Aviation Gin Bar, licensed bar, afternoon tea supplied by Tiptree of Maldon, a large dance floor and much more. Get your dancing shoes on!

Admission: £18.50 per person

Food, Glorious Food

25) Farmers’ Market at Barleylands Farm Museum – 31 March

8.30am to 12.30pm

Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD

Enjoy picking up delicious food and handmade treats for the weekend? Head to the Barleylands Farmers’ Market for all your delicious Easter goods. It’s a great opportunity to buy local handmade goods from farmers and small businesses.

They can never guarantee which stalls they will have at any particular market (or how many), but goods for sale often include muffins, bread, pastries, pork, lamb, sausages, honey, pies, chutneys, preserves, fresh fish, cakes, sauces, olives, plus lots more treats. The Farmers’ Market is held outdoors along the walkway leading into The Village from the main car park.

Admission: Free entry and car parking.

26) Galvin Scotch Egg Challenge! – 31 March


Galvin Green Man, Howe Street, CM3 1BG

Well if this isn’t exciting enough for you, I don’t know what is this Easter! Four amateur cooks and ten professional chefs from some of the best restaurants and pubs across Essex get together to take up the challenge to make the winning Scotch egg which will be blind-tasted by a panel of exceptional judges.

Spectators and Scotch egg tasters are welcome to join in on this very entertaining event which is something not to be missed this Easter. May the best chef win.

Admission: Free

27) Easter Tea Afternoon – From 1 April

Times vary

Strattons Hotel, Restaurant & CoCoes Café Deli, 4 Ash Close, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7NH

Strattons is an award-winning boutique hotel, restaurant and cafe deli offering cool contemporary style with originality.

This Easter break you can enjoy afternoon tea and cocktails, a light lunch from the cafe deli or a delicious dinner in the chic restaurant with a loved one.

If you want to extend your break further, perhaps stay in one of the 14 individual, sumptuous and eclectic bedrooms, with a Jacobean four-poster bed, a freestanding bath at the foot of the bed with room for two or a cinema screen to really enjoy the long Easter break.

Admission: Prices vary

28) Farmers and Crafts Market at Hylands House – 1 April

10am to 4pm

Chelmsford London Road, Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ

The Hylands Farmers’ & Crafts Market runs on the first Sunday of the month and it is definitely a market not to be missed for all your delicious fresh produce.

It’s based in the beautiful surroundings of The Stables and the market features many craft stalls and local producers who are passionate about food. The stalls sell a range of produce including locally reared meat, artisan delicacies, hand-crafted gifts, freshly-baked bread and wonderful sweet and savoury pastries. In addition, Hylands House and the artist studios are open free of charge for you to browse and walk around at your leisure.

01245 605500

The Art of Easter

29) Sudbourne Park Printmakers – 30 March to 4 April

Times vary

Snape Maltings, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Fancy browsing around some fabulous exhibitions this Easter? Sudbourne Park Printmakers is an established group of artists based in a well-equipped workshop near Orford, Suffolk.

They produce a diverse range of exciting original prints and are returning to the Peter Pears Gallery this Easter to showcase their work. A wide variety of printmaking techniques will be represented including woodcuts, etchings, monoprints and screen prints.

Framed and unframed work will be for sale. Afterwards, be sure to mooch around Snape Maltings as there are some fun activities for all to get involved in.

30) Easter Fun at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge – 2 April

1pm to 4pm

The View, Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH

Come along and join the Easter fun with activities such as egg decorating, Easter crafts and a woodland trail. The day will start with egg rolling hard boiled eggs (provided for £2) and children can decorate their egg. At 2pm there will be running races outside the Hunting Lodge with winners getting a delicious chocolate treat!

For the Easter Trail, pick up an answer sheet and follow a trail through the woods, searching for clues. Once you complete the answer sheet, pop it back to The View for a chocolate treat too!

Also, the Easter Bunny will be around the Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, so come along and take a picture with Epping Forest’s favourite bunny.

Admission: Free, no booking required. 020 7332 1911

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