February half term activities

February half term activities

With the first 2019 half term on the horizon, we thought we’d take the opportunity to remind you of all the great activities on offer for children across Essex. From pre-schoolers to teenagers there’s always something to keep families and children entertained, active and happy.

Details may be subject to change. Always check with the organiser before attending. 

Activity camps across Essex
  • Essex Outdoors holiday activity days: an ideal way for young people aged 8-16 to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors! Book now for activities in Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow and Mersea. 
  • Mega Camps offer a variety of activities to suit all different interests, with an option for a sporting or arts and crafts activity.
  • Fit for sport activity camps  Activity Camps are a great way for your child: To keep active; Have fun; Make new friends; Try something new; Take part in a whole range of activities and sports!
  • Barracudas multi-activity day camps
  • Kidz camp Essex: fun and inclusive childcare service for children aged 4 – 12 in Essex, at 3 venues in Colchester, Rayleigh & Southend.
What’s happening in …
Basildon Borough

Fun on the farm at Barleylands– They have so much going on including their lambing nursery where you can meet their adorable newborn lambs. They also have regular bottle feeding in the animal barn, exciting bumpy tractor rides, imperial birds of prey flying displays and reptile demonstrations.

South Essex gymnastics Club fun sessions Fun sessions run every half term and end of term. Children have to be over the age of 5 to attend but children aged 4 and above are able to attend on a Friday between 10am-12pm.

Braintree District

Sky Ropes at Great Notley Country Park – With high ropes adventure courses to suit the whole family from tiny tots of two years to big kids and adults, Sky Ropes offers great, safe family fun. And why not make a day of it – tuck into lunch at Lily’s at Notley Cafe and explore the county’s longest adventure play trail.

Come rain or shine, Fusion has a range of indoor activities to stem the boredom in a fun, safe and social environment. Check out the timetables for each leisure centre:

Snowdrop sundays at Castle Hedingham– 10 to 24th February, 11am-4pm- Every Sunday, snowdrops cover the steep slopes of the motte and bailey, forming stunning displays and making a delightful walk through the woods surrounding the castle.

February Half Term Tennis Camps for 4-16 year olds with First Service Baker Tennis Academy
Tuesday 19th February from 10am-12noon
Wednesday 20th February from 10am-12noon
Thursday 21st February from 10am-12noon

The School of golf – Golf Day

  • Coaching on all areas of golf
  • Playing out on the golf course
  • Golf quiz with certificates and prizes

Little Channels Golf, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3PR.£50 for the day- Children will need to bring refreshments and a packed lunch

Brentwood Borough

Try the high ropes and adventure Rope runners at the secret nuclear bunker in Kelvedon Hatch: they are adrenaline- filled activities on new courses for anyone over 6 years old.

Gruffalo trail at Thorndon Country Park–  Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail (around 45 min long) searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters.

BIkeKlubz sessions-Kids love to ride bikes and BikeKlubz Saturday inclusive bike sessions offer a great opportunity for children and young people (4 to 24) to take part in a number of activities.

Castle Point Borough

Active kids activities at Castle Point Leisure Centre.

Colchester Borough

Kids Camp-Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February 8am-5.30pm
A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 1-6, which includes swimming as a core part of the day’s activities. Ideal for working parents.

Base Camp at Leisure World-Monday 22 October – Friday 26 October, 8am-5.30pm
A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 7-11.  Deal for working parents. Activities include fun in the Leisure Pool, trips to Escape Room and Tenpin, multi sports, trampolining and inflatable obstacle course in the Fitness Pool.

Colchester museum events– medieval archery sessions to creature encounters

Chelmsford City

Half day and full day city camps throughout the school holidays for children between aged between 4 and 12 at Riverside Leisure Centre, South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre and Dovedale Sports Centre.

Active Fun sessions such as fencing, karate, scuba diving and go karts during the school holidays, giving children the chance to learn new skills and get active in a fun environment.

Dambury Country Park– Woodland play forest school over a 6-week period from 25th February for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers. Activities are centred around nature, sensory stimulation, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and construction

The School of Golf at Little Channels – 1 day camp on 20th February- Golf camps ideal for boys and girls who wish to experience playing golf during the school holidays. They are a unique and fun way to learn and improve golf skills, make new friends and have fun.

Eco Superheroes Half Term Fun at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET- 16th Feb 2019 – 24th Feb 2019 10am-4pm

Epping Forest

Sun Catcher Mobile Workshop– Wednesday 20th February – 9:30 – 11:30 am- Learn how to make an eye catching sun catcher that you can take home and wow family and friends with.

Friendship Salt Dough Craft and Jewellery Making Workshop– Thursday 21st February 9:30 – 11:30 am & 13:00 – 15:00 pm-  Learn how to make exciting friendship inspired jewellery and much more! Come and make new friends in a relaxed and fun environment.

Multi Sports Days- Epping Forest Multi Sport Days gives young people ages 5-14 the chance to take part in fun packed days of exciting and engaging activities including football, dodgeball, tennis, mini olympics, games and competitions.

Kids for a quid at Epping Ongar Railway during half term holidays– 16 to 24th February

Harlow District

Harlow Town Park events such as orienteering to explore all areas of the Town Park, whilst getting some exercise and having plenty of fun.
Also Family Fun Day with Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service. 20th February, 11am-1.30pm. At the Learning Centre. Theme: The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Town Park volunteers, 21st February, 10am-2pm Meet at entrance to Walled Garden.

Maldon District

Museum of Power in Langford– Half term rock painting for kids

Steam on the Road Temporary Exhibition at Museum of Power until 3rd Mar 2019 10am-4pm
The exhibition explorea the Power of Steam on the road and will look at steam buses, cars, traction engines and steam wagons.

Winter in Promenade Park– Although the Splash Park may be closed until next season and the desire for ice cream replaced by the want of a warming drink, Promenade Park is still a very enjoyable place to spend some time in the colder months.

Premier Sport Holiday multi activity courses at Blackwater Leisure Centre  from 18th to 22nd February for ages 5-12.

Rochford  District

Rayleigh Leisure Centre fun activities during the school holidays.

Holiday camps at Clements Hall

Tendring District

See all the school holiday activities at all the 5 leisure centres and pools.

Uttlesford District

Fit for Sport activity camps at Lord Butler Leisure Centre
From multi-sports to messy arts & crafts, from outdoor adventures to themed activities, join Fit For Sport for lots of active fun at your local Activity Camp this holiday! For ages 5-12 years.

Felsted School swim school 
Felsted’s swimming courses (for children aged 4+ up to 9) provide the perfect opportunity for children to receive quality coaching in small groups, by qualified and experienced teachers. These are highly intensive courses that focus on building confidence and improving the ability of each swimmer in a short period of time. Each participant will receive a certificate for their efforts.

Felsted netball
An excellent course for children aged 7 to 14 of all levels and experience to learn and improve their performance in netball. All children will develop their skills and confidence through games, fitness and tactical planning.

Some really useful links
  • Essex Mums February half term activities– There are a number of events across Essex such as dragons in the woods, science experiments, baby friendly cinema and dinosaur discovery.
  • Essex Parks – Enjoy events, activities and family days out in a number of green and open spaces across Essex- from birdwatching to BBQs, Gruffalo trail and Stick Man play trail.
  • Days out with the kids– there are so many activities across Essex to keep the kids busy with soft play centres, bowling, karting, skateparks, crazy golfs etc…
  • Visit Essex– family days out such as Colchester Zoo, a number of railways RSPB wildlife sites and Colchester Castle
  • National Trust outdoor activities across Essex
  • Essex wildlife trust events such as nature tots for under 5’s, family orienteering, bird box building and campfire cooking.
Don’t forget!

Join a junior parkrun at your local Country Park– they take place every Sunday at 9am and are free to join!

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