Here at the Essex Pass we love helping you and your family make the most of your county, getting out and about and exploring. With this in mind, here's our pick of 6 of the best attractions and events to help get your little ones away from the iPad this half term…
Hadleigh Farm, Hadleigh
Get yourself and the kids down to Hadleigh Farm! Open 10:00-17:00 every day during half term, your children will love running around looking at all the animals and bugs that make their home on the farm. Come and celebrate Pirate Half Term Week complete with treasure trail, craft activities and animal handling. You can get a 2for1 with your Essex Pass at the Rare Breeds Centre, so come along and get stuck in!
Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester
Let your little ones explore the unique Beth Chatto Gardens - an alternative to perfectly manicured lawns and immaculate green spaces. It's the ideal enchanted garden for your kids’ imaginations to run wild. Don't forget that with your Essex Pass you can get a 2for1 entry. Over half term you can also join our popular annual pumpkin hunt! Challenge your children to find the hidden pumpkins around the Gardens, complete the hunt and collect your reward. Guess the weight of the pumpkin and see our fabulous gourd and pumpkin display too! Children FREE if you book online.
Valentines Mansion and Gardens, Ilford
Let your kids explore how the other half would have lived in this beautiful 17th century mansion. This free attraction is a brilliant way to show your children how people would have managed without electricity or any of the other things we now take for granted and, should they get bored, they can let off steam running around the different gardens. Come along on Sunday 29 October for a day of mouth wateringly delicious treats when Valentines plays host to the Artisan Food & Drink Fair – FREE ENTRY
Old MacDonald's Farm, Brentwood
Pop along for some Spooktacular fun at Old MacDonald’s Farm between 21-29 October. Enjoy creepy animal encounters, pumpkin carving, a trip on the ghost train and finding the ghosts in the enchanted trail. On top of this there’s Punch & Judy and a daily programme of arts & crafts throughout half term week with Artbound, not to mention all the regular animal encounters, play zones and fantastic family rides. With 2for1 entry for Essex Pass holders (saving you up to £16) it’s a great day out for both your family and your pocket.
Combined Military Services Museum, Maldon
For youngsters to explore their country's military history, look no further than the Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon. With equipment dating back to medieval times, the museum has extensive displays of weapons, vehicles, uniforms and armoury on show, which constantly enthral visitors. With 2for1 entry for Essex Pass holders, now is the time to come and enjoy a real life history lesson!
Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden
If you want to go even further back in time, Saffron Walden Museum has artefacts dating back to Ancient Egypt. With exhibitions ranging from local history to archaeology, there is a real diversity to what you can experience here and with the 2for1 deal on your Essex Pass, it's a great place to spend some time over the half term break! Join us for our Woolly Mammoth Fun Days on the 25 and 26 October when you can follow our activity trail around the museum, and lend a hand to create a ‘fur’ coat for our chilly mammoths! There’s also a choice of craft activities both days or come along on Friday 27 from 18.00-20.00 to our Museums at Night event (if you dare!)