Summer Activities

Basildon Borough, Braintree District, Brentwood Borough, Castlepoint Borough, Chelmsford City, Colchester Borough, Epping Forest District, Harlow District, Maldon District, Rochford District, Tendring District, Uttlesford District

The school summer holidays will be very different for many of us this year, with Coronavirus (Covid-19) meaning many much-loved annual events and activities have been cancelled. However, many have adapted and moved online, self-led or are running in a socially distanced way. We’ve compiled events from around Essex to help you keep the kids entertained.

Please remember to socially distance from anyone outside your household or bubble by 2m and for anyone over the age of 11 to wear a mask in enclosed/indoor spaces. Make yourself familiar with the latest government advice about what you can and can’t do.

Essex

Summer Holiday Activity Clubs – Active Essex and Essex County Council are delivering a major new programme to support working families during the school summer holidays of 2020. The programme includes free holiday activity clubs, family equipment packs, and information resources. Details of each region’s clubs are detailed below.

Keep Essex Active – Active Essex is continuing it’s Live Activity schedule so you can take part in virtual exercise classes at home! All completely free!

ACL Summer Activities – ACL Essex is running a six week summer learning programme for families with free activities that run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Summer Reading Challenge – Essex Libraries are taking part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge and this year’s theme is ‘Join the Silly Squad!’ which celebrates funny books, happiness and laughter. The scheme is aimed at children aged 4-11 to read for pleasure over the school summer holidays.

Walking routes in Essex – There are so many great walks throughout the beautiful Essex countryside, we’ve rounded up all the information you need.

Cycling in Essex – Many of us have found a new found love for cycling during lockdown, see a round up of cycling routes and activities on our dedicated page.

Essex Summer of Art – For the past 10 years Essex Summer of Art has supported over 160 art trail and open studio events throughout the county. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Explore Essex are pleased to be hosting the first ever Essex Summer of Art Virtual event.

Basildon

West Ham United Foundation – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) Free multi sport summer club events for young people aged 8-13 including football, cricket, fitness, tennis and game . Free lunch provided.

Achievement Through Football – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) Free multi sport summer club events for young people aged 8-13 including football, cricket, fitness, tennis and games . Free lunch provided.

Jack of All Sports – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) Free multi sport summer club events for young people aged 4-12 including football, golf, athletics and tennis. Free lunch provided.

Sport for Fun – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) Free multi sport summer club events for young people aged 5-12 including tennis, football and handball. Free lunch provided.

Crafty Katie – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) – One off event on 12th August featuring yoga, mindful movement and dance. Please email craftykatie10@gmail.com and request an Active Essex booking form, alternatively you can text 07929 044959.

Moonbeamers Drive-in Cinema – Barleylands in Billericay are holding drive-in cinema events across the summer.

Braintree

Community Iron – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) In association with Active Essex, Community Iron is holding FREE Multi-Sport Camps in Witham for 5 to 12-year-olds

Kids for a Quid Soccer Camp – Community Iron is running soccer camps for just £1 per child on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 4-6-year-olds and 7 to 11-year-olds.

Brentwood

Virtual Family Fun Days – As Brentwood Borough Council are unable to host their Family Fun Day events around the borough as usual, they’ve set up online events so you can all get involved by watching videos from supporters, taking part in activities, and having fun at home.

Fit and Fed – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) Activities, Sports, Healthy Food, Wellbeing, Socialising and Education for children in the summer 2020 school holidays.

Camp Epic – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) Camp Epic Started in 2014, as an alternative to soccer schools and theatre workshops, trying to give kids a whole range of different activities and making a camp that everyone loves.

Castle Point

Free Youth Sports – Essex Youth Service is running free multi-sport sessions for young people aged 13-19 with additional needs over the summer holidays.

Camp Epic – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) Camp Epic Started in 2014, as an alternative to soccer schools and theatre workshops, trying to give kids a whole range of different activities and making a camp that everyone loves.

Chelmsford

Multi-Sport Holiday Club  – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) This course teaches the basic movement skills and techniques needed to enjoy these great, varied sports. Our coaches will also help children to understand the games themselves, explaining the rules, structure and scoring system in a clear and easy to understand way.

RHS Hyde Hall – Hyde Hall has now reopened its beautiful gardens to visitors, you will need to pre-book via their website to manage capacity.

Colchester

Wild About Colchester – Colchester is celebrating its gardens, parks and green open spaces with it’s Wild About Colchester event, where you and your children can take part in a range of exciting and free self-led activities. There will be activities for all ages including Wild Bingo and the Big 5 Safari.

Colchester United Football in the Community – (Summer Holiday Activity Club)  CUFC is offering free sports sessions and lunch provision across Colchester for the duration of the school summer holidays

Colchester Zoo – Now that the Zoo is back open, support our local zoo by visiting. Visitors now have to pre-book to ensure capacity can be managed and you will need to wear a mask for all indoor spaces. Pass-holders can now visit without booking after 2.30pm subject to park capacity.

Colchester Castle – Colchester Castle has now reopened, you will need to pre-book before you visit and in line with the latest government rules, you will need to wear a mask.

Nightflix – Enjoy the drive-in movie experience in Colchester at Tollgate West

Epping Forest

West Ham United – This course will see all participants engage within multiple multi-sport activities per day taking into current government guidelines around social distancing . Participants will also receive at least one healthy meal per day.

Play in the Park Take-Away – This scheme is all about playing and having fun outdoors. The difference for 2020 is you will be given a fun-filled activity pack, which includes craft activities and games, to take home.There is no need to book, just turn up on the day and pick up your take-away pack. All sessions are free. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult when attending.

Harlow

Changing Lives – These camps have been funded by Essex County Council and will provide a core activity day (10-2 pm) for free and also a free lunch on each day for every child in attendance.

Maldon

Multi-Sport Holiday Club  – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) This course teaches the basic movement skills and techniques needed to enjoy these great, varied sports. Our coaches will also help children to understand the games themselves, explaining the rules, structure and scoring system in a clear and easy to understand way.

Rochford

Free Youth Sports – Essex Youth Service is running free multi-sport sessions for young people aged 13-19 with additional needs over the summer holidays.

Summer Fun and Food – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) These camps have been funded by Essex County Council and will provide a core activity day (10-3pm) for free and also a free lunch on each day for every child in attendance.

Tendring

Colchester United Football in the Community – (Summer Holiday Activity Club)  CUFC is offering free sports sessions and lunch provision across Tendring for the duration of the school summer holidays

Summer Sports Camp – (Summer Holiday Activity Club) Active Essex in conjunction with X3 Coaching are delivering four – 5 day multisports camps at Clacton Rugby Club throughout August. This fun & structured coaching will enable your children to make new friends & work as part of a team, whilst learning new skills.

Tendring Leisure Centres – Teen gym sessions are returning from 10th August. with multiple sessions available throughout the week. From 17th August, family swimming will return as well as racket sports for juniors (Under 12s need to be accompanied by an adult). Booking online is recommended.

Find a secret beach – Essex has over 350 miles of coastline and between the tourist favourites like Clacton, Walton and Southend – you can find beautiful quiet beaches where you can enjoy the seaside safely.

Uttlesford

Essex Boys and Girls Club – These camps have been funded by Essex County Council and will provide a core activity day (10-2pm) for free and also a free lunch on each day for every child in attendance.

 

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