Essex Mums Newsletter October 2014
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Hello everyone! Hopefully the kids are now nicely settled into school and nursery and we're all getting back into some sort of a routine. This edition will be a half-term and Halloween special with lots of great ideas of things to do this month! Product reviews etc. will be back next month.

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Essex Mums Awards
The parents of Essex have spoken! Come and your favourite things to do, places to go and businesses you love to use. Check out our new Essex Mums Love... section or just click on each category to find out more about what makes life in Essex fun. 

Groups and classes
Best Baby Group
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Best Group for Older ChildrenBest Teen Group
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Best Swim SchoolOutstanding Group Leader

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Best Day Out - Indoors
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Best Soft Play
Best Museum
Best Event
Best Christmas Event
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Best Photographer
Best Kids' Clothes Shop
Best Shop
Best Fitness Class
Best Nursery / Preschool
Best Product
Special Mention
School Selection
For those of you who have children starting school next year, you'll now be thinking of filling in applications and choosing a school. It can be a daunting task - what is your local school like, will they like it, does it fit in with the other things we have to do and places we need to be? If you're looking for some advice, whether it's to do with getting feedback about local schools or asking if it's worth deploying tactics when filling out application forms, come and ask on the forum in our Education section. It can be a daunting time for your kids but also for you to be starting something completely new and it can definitely help to speak to people who have been there too, or are going through the same thing. You might also find it useful to quiz our lovely teachers with any concerns you have in the Ask the Teacher section.
I know a lot of you don't want to hear it but Christmas isn't too far away. I'll keep it brief, but if you want to see what's on this Christmas, I am starting to compile everything in the Festive Fun section. If you organise events, make sure you send them over to me or add them to the Things to Do section, and if you're interested in some Christmas advertising, get in touch as spaces last year sold out quite early.
Start your family's new advent tradition with My Little Elf.  Little Elf is 'sent by Santa' to make sure children are behaving in the lead up to Christmas, however he is also prone to create mischief (and a whole lot of giggles) himself! This set contains elf toy, scene-setting letter from Santa, elf passport, good behaviour charts, delivery label, elf report card and an elf antics ideas sheet for Mum or Dad.  Find out more - and order your set today -  at for fun, giggles and good behaviour!

Halloween Events
There are some spine-tingling sounding events across the county this month for Halloween. More will be added as the month progresses but here are some from different areas to get you started. For non-Halloween events in Half-Term and for the rest of the month see the bottom of the newsletter:
Chewits Premier Sport Holiday Courses
  • Multi-Sports: Chewits Sports courses are for boys and girls aged between 5 and 12.
Dagenham Trade Hall
  • Children's Halloween Party: Free face painting, free soft drink and food for the children, disco, prize for the best boy and girl. sweet table for the children, best fancy dress competitions.
  • Pumpkinfest: Pick up your free pumpkin, join in pumpkin carving, get close to snakes and creepy crawlies with Snakes Alive, get creative with Halloween biscuit decorating, try your hand at gruesome 'skull' ten pin bowling and follow the pumpkin trail.
  • Spooky Night!: There'll be spooks galore in the Boo Barn and heart pounding thrills in the NEW 12a rated Haze Maze, safe trick or treating around the friendly Craft Village, disco dancing, ghastly games and mini fairground rides.  
Festival Leisure Park
  • Halloween: Meet the spooky animals, take part in the treasure trail, make some fab arts and crafts, have your face painted and of course trick or treat with some of your favourite characters.
Langdon Visitor Centre
  • Creepy Crafts: Drop in throughout the day to make some spooky crafts, four to choose from, something for all ages. Requested donation £1 per craft
  • Go Batty: Find out about the amazing lives of bats with games, activities and craft. Family Nature Day aimed at 5-8yrs but other ages welcome, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential. Requested donation £5 per child
  • Go Wild in the Woods: Bug Hunting, tree bingo, wildlife detectives and natural play in the woodland. Family Nature Day for accompanied children, aimed at 5-8 yrs but other ages welcome. Requested donation £5 per child. Booking essential
  • Haunting Halloween: Annual evening of spooky fun in the woods. Three sessions available 6pm/6.30pm/7pm. Requested donation £6 per person. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Not suitable for very young children. Booking Essential
Mega Camps
  • Halloween Fun: We hand pick and train our staff, we create new games, we take elements of sports and do the fun parts of them , we let you choose what activities you would like to do!
Monkey Madness Play Centre
  • Halloween Party: Fancy dress competition, trick or treat, face painting, halloween hunt, wrap the mummy and more.
Nevendon Manor
  • Halloween 2014: Set in the grounds of this 16th century Manor it is the perfect backdrop to making it a truly spooky experience. 
Partyman World of Play
  • Halloween VIP Party: Fancy dress competition, madness, trick or treat, fun and games, music, balloons, sweets!
Stay and Play
  • Halloween Parties: Party food and drink, sweet cone, scariest costume competition, DJ with party games and prizes and more.
Wat Tyler Country Park
  • Cursed!: Cursed is a collection of sad souls that appear at around October in the eerie grounds of Wat Tyler Country Park, near Basildon, a place with more than its fair share of restless souls from across the centuries. 
Westley Heights Wickford CLC
Baby Sensory
  • Baby Pumpkin Party: A Halloween themed Baby Sensory class designed for all babies birth-13mths. Come along and enjoy a fibre optic firework show and marvel in our very own pumpkin patch as we enjoy a baby pumpkin bounce too!
Blake House Craft Centre Braintree Museum
  • Halloween Party: Join us for our spectacular Halloween party, complete with party games and crafts. There will be a fancy dress competition and the bestsuper scary costume wins a prize!
  • Halloween Science: Join us and take part in some Spooky Science. Learn how to create spectacular experiments and watch them EXPLODE right 
    before your eyes.
  • Hocus Pocus: Explore the world of white witches, spells, myths and legends, and then create your own charms and potions.
  • ‘Innovation’ Cheerleading workshop: Come along and take part in a chilling dance routine to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ 
Cressing Temple
  • Spooky Fun: Spooky Fun at Cressing Temple is returning and this year it promises to be even more spooky and adventurous than the last!
Hedingham Castle
  • Haunted Hedingham: The most terrifying ghost walk returns to chill the blood of mortals daring to brave the ancient long dead spirits of the night.
Little Stars  Mad Science Holiday Club RSPCA Danaher Animal Home
  • Spooky Sunday: Stalls, food and refreshments, a raffle and tombola, a Halloween Hunt and much more.
Slamseys Art Gallery
  • Children's Scream Printing: This children’s workshop is inspired by the artwork from Warlukurlangu Art Centre in the Australian outback that is currently on display in The Gallery. 
  • Children’s Dreamtime Art Workshop: It’s getting spooky at Slamseys Art… As a special half-term treat, bring your children to Slamseys Art and learn how to screen print some Halloween designs on paper.
Brentwood Theatre/Chicken and Frog
  • Lloyd Warbey Workshops: Come along and join us in making Halloween themed Arts & Crafts with children's TV Presenter Lloyd Warbey!  
Mad Science Holiday Club Mega Camps
  • Halloween Fun: We hand pick and trSt Marys Church christmas table top sale and Santa Grotto ain our staff, we create new games, we take elements of sports and do the fun parts of them , we let you choose what activities you would like to do!
Old MacDonald's Farm
Weald Country Park
  • Family Bat Walk: Join the Rangers in the park at night looking for bats. Listen out for a range of native species using bat detectors and spot them swooping over the lake to feed. A truly memorable and interactive event for all the family!  
  • Fantastic Beasts Halloween Trail: Are you a budding dragon hunter? Can you tell a unicorn from a gryphon? Buy a trail pack in the Visitor Centre and set out to track down the fantastic beasts and curious critters hiding around the park.  
  • Halloween Extravaganza: Be captivated by spooky stories in our new storytelling circle, make Halloween crafts to take home, brave our monster madness, wander our pumpkin patch and take part in our fancy dress competition.  
  • Lantern Making: Make and decorate your own lantern to take home and use again and again! Please bring along a wide topped glass jar to transform. Suitable for children under 12. Adult supervision required.  
  • Pumpkin Carving: Hollow out and carve your own pumpkin to take home. Tools and ideas provided for children to take part in this fun Halloween tradition! 
Hadleigh Country Park 
  • Room on the Broom: Hosted by Talking Tots Southend and run by Essex Country Parks, the event will include making a broomstick, looking for things the witch loses, story-telling and spell making.
  • Vampire Bat Hunt: Wanted: hunters for our missing vampire bats! Follow their trail from the spooky house out into the Park and see how many you can spot to earn yourself a prize. Come in Hallowe’en costume! Suitable for age 3 – 8. Santa’s Celebrations Trail
Hadleigh Farm Rare Breeds Centre
  • Pirate Week: Come dressed as a pirate, follow the clues, and find the buried treasure.
Whether you are looking for an exciting child-care option, an activity to interest your sporty child or you are concerned about the amount of exercise your child is doing, you have come to the right place! Sports Xtra are vastly experienced in delivering high quality sports provision to young people of all ages and interests. We specialise in giving every child the genuine opportunity to enjoy physical activity. To do this we offer all the activities everybody else does as well as our unique products like Spy and Detective to engage those who are not interested in the traditional activities. To find out more or book, call 08453 716121." 
Chelmsford City Theatres
  • Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain: We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!  
  • Room on the Broom: Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler flies into town prior to a smashing West End season!
Chelmsford Museum Creepy Crawlies Essex Police Museum
  • Make a Halloween Mask: Make a spooky mask and keep safe this Halloween. All ages welcome. £1 to take part. No need to book.
  • Talk- Ghostly Tales: Dramatised readings by the Chelmsford Ghost & Phantasmagoria Society Booking essential. £3 Entry includes tea / coffee and biscuits
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
  • Hawks Club - Hibernating Horrors: Come and discover the wonderful Autumn wildlife here at Hanningfield, and have a go at various wildlife and Hallowe’en related crafts, games and activities.  
  • Hedgehog Club - Hallowe'en Horrors: Come and explore the nature reserve and hunt for all things creepy before it gets dark....  
  • Nocturnal Nasties: Join us for an evening of spooky goings on at Hanningfield. Dress up in your Halloween costume and come and explore wildlife on the nature reserve and take part in arts and crafts, bat detecting, mini beast hunting, and much more.  
  • Owl Evening: 'Owlwise' evening run by Phil Eckett. Come and find out about owls and see them in the visitor centre.
Hylands House & Estate
  • Fright Night: Face painters, walkabout entertainment, special Halloween trail through the gardens, spooky stories with live animal interaction. 3D projection on the front of the House, fireworks to music, toffee apples for every little goblin, witch and wizard!
Little Stars  Mace Playce
  • Halloween Party: Join us this Halloween for some very spooky fun! With Music, Games, Character Appearances, a Zombie Hunt and even a fun-filled Goody Bag. 
Mad Science Holiday Club RHS Garden Hyde Hall
  • Children's Pumpkin Carving: Have fun carving a pumpkin to sit on the door step for Halloween. Why not make a day of it and come in fancy dress? Pumpkins available for sale at the garden (while stocks last).
  • Repulsive Plants and Frightening Food: Time for some spooky fun making slime, cabbage water, scary flowers and veg heads (additional cash payment of £2 per child applies).
  • Repulsive Plants and Villainous Veg Garden Trail: Calling all garden detectives: can you find out ‘whodunit’? Follow the trail around the garden, solve the crimes that have been carried out by a repulsive plant or a villainous vegetable and collect your detective points along the way!
Springfield Parish Centre
  • Children's Halloween Party: After the great success of our 2013 Halloween Party we are organising another one for this year! This time it will be bigger and better! Also a lot of surprises on the day!
Super Camps 
  • Multi-Activity October 2014: The ultimate in fun and games, with a seasonal twist! The fun will be non-stop this Half Term with some great seasonal activities like Fang-tastic Fancy Dress Friday, Face Painting Parties and Magic Lantern-Making on our Multi-Activity course to create that seasonal buzz.
Talking Tots  Tropical Wings 
  • H’owl’oween: Get up close to our Creepy Critters and Beastly Bugs or carve a pumpkin. Follow the pumpkin trail to join us at regular feeding sessions to see if our Wallabies are Wicked or if the Otters are Orrible!  
The Wilderness Foundation
  • All Hallow's Eve: Join us at our Chatham Green Project for family fun on the wild side this Halloween. Take a twinkling twilight walk around our farm and woodland area.  
Abberton Reservoir Beth Chatto Garden
  • Great Halloween Pumpkin Hunt:Join us for the Great Halloween Pumpkin Hunt in the grounds of the Gardens! Every day from 25th October until 2nd November. Accompanied under 14s free.
Colchester Zoo
  • Fright Nights: Voted the best halloween event by Essex Mums, Fright Nights are set to return to offer hair-raising screams and fits of laughter this Halloween!  
  • Shriek Week: Listen to tales from the crypt, have fun on the pumpkin train trail or come face to face with ghostly ghouls in the ‘Haunted Mansion’!  
East Anglian Railway Museum Fingringhoe Wick
  • Potions Lesson: Didn't get in to Hogwarts? Don't worry, come and join Professor Snipe's potion class. Colour changes, fizzing and explosions. 
  • Witchy Walk: Halloween fun on the reserve as we build a broom, find a wand and make a witches' brew! Come in fancy dress. Suitable for all ages - not TOO scary. 
firstsite High Woods Country Park Hollytrees Museum
  • Creepy shadow puppets: Make your own creepy, moving shadow puppet using craft materials. What will you make – a bat, a spider, a skeleton?
  • Theme Tour- Simply Spooky: Fiendish family fun and frolics with a Halloween twist. Can you save the witch from the gaolers who enjoy a good hanging? If not you will be on the horns of a dilemma
Layer Marney Tower
  • The Big Sleep Over: Not since Tudor times have people slept the night in the Long Gallery at Layer Marney Tower. But, now we are offering you the opportunity to do so.  
Mad Science Holiday Club Natural History Museum
  • Go Live! Creatures of the Dark: Halloween is all about bats, creepy crawlies and things that go bump. Here’s a chance to meet some of these creatures including a giant fruit bat, big spiders, scorpion and a barn owl.
Signals Swinburne Hall Wish Upon a Star 
Epping Ongar Railway
  • Steam & Scream: Following the sell-out event in 2013, we have extended our Halloween Ghost Trains for 2014, with more services and day in operation. 
The Grange Farm Centre Lee Valley Park Farm North Weald Village Hall Roding Valley High School Royal Gunpowder Mills
  • Halloween Haunted Mills: Visit our scary haunted Mills at night and learn about the gory past of the Gunpowder Mills. There are sure to be ghouls and ghosts about.  
  • Spooky Secret Island: Halloween gets horribly spooky on the Secret Island during Autumn Half Term week when Dr Gore takes to the Mad Lab for a gruesome series of experiments. 
The View
  • Pumpkin carving: Dress in a fancy dress costume for a fun afternoon of pumpkin carving and enter our carving competition. Children must be supervised by an adult. Pumpkins on sale.
Chilming Harlow Playhouse
  • Pitch Black: Have you got the guts to enter 'Porky's Pie Factory' this Halloween? This love action horror maze is guaranteed to bring even the most daring horror fan to their knees.
  • The Scarehouse NERF: Gear up with your friends and others for the ultimate NERF scare experience. Can you make it through the store-rooms, corridors and ventilation ducts of the SCAREHOUSE? There's only one way to find out.  
  • Tully the Troll’s Spooktacular Treasure Hunt: Our child-friendly Halloween treasure hunt is guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure. Meet Tully and explore a magical labyrinth, gathering treasure on the way.  
Mega Camps
  • Halloween Fun: We hand pick and train our staff, we create new games, we take elements of sports and do the fun parts of them , we let you choose what activities you would like to do!
Parndon Woods Wild 'n' Wacky
  • Halloween Party: Freaky frights and fancy dress, terrorising treasure hunts and ghostly thrills, spills and goodie bags!
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Baby Sensory
  • Baby Pumpkin Party: A Halloween themed Baby Sensory class designed for all babies birth-13mths. Come along and enjoy a fibre optic firework show and marvel in our very own pumpkin patch as we enjoy a baby pumpkin bounce too!
Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
  • Halloween In The Park: Spend a morning taking part in spooky Halloween themed activities and crafts. Come dressed in your best scary outfit!
  • Howling Halloween: Join us at Bedfords Park for an evening of Halloween fun. Remember to come dressed up and bring a carved pumpkin to enter into our carved pumpkin competition.
  • Trails In The Park - Spooky Trail: Join us at Bedfords Park to take part in a trail around the park. Trails have different themes each time and take place on selected weekend dates between 1pm and 4pm. £2 per child, includes a prize! No need to book - just turn up!
Brookside Theatre
  • The Addams Family: 'They're creepy and they're kooky...' THE ADDAMS FAMILY is a smash hit family musical that brings the darkly delirious world of the infamous family with an affinity for all things macabre 'spook-tacularly' to life.  
Harold Hill Community Centre
  • Little Monsters Halloween Ball: Entertainment includes kids disco with games and dance routines, interactive disco with bubbles, glo-sticks and inflatable, reptile handling, face painting, balloons, sweets, trick or treat, and special guest from a surprise ghoul!
Mad Science Holiday Club Mega Camps
  • Halloween Fun: We hand pick and train our staff, we create new games, we take elements of sports and do the fun parts of them , we let you choose what activities you would like to do!
Queens Theatre Romford Shopping Hall
  • FREE Halloween Trick or Treat Hunt: Join in the fun and see our 15 ft high Skeleton October 31st ONLY ! Free Trick or Treat hunt for the children 10 - 4 - Collect your goodie bags from Thatz Entertainment on the ground floor.  
Mega Camps
  • Halloween Fun: We hand pick and train our staff, we create new games, we take elements of sports and do the fun parts of them , we let you choose what activities you would like to do!
Ceramic Magic
Grove Social Club
  • Halloween Party: Calling all Witches, Goblins and Freaks to Creep, Crawl or fly on over and give everyone a Friday Night Fright. Come and join us it's going to be SPOOKTACULAR You would be Ghoulish not too.
Hainault Forest 
  • Spooky Halloween Lantern Walk: Join us for the most popular event on the Woodland Trust calendar. Follow the blood trail, listen to spooky stories, spot the monsters and enter the zombie zone … 
Haven House
  • Pumpkin Plod: Come along to the Pumpkin Plod with your family and friends and enjoy a range of fun, pumpkin themed activities before plodding through the local streets, dressed as pumpkins, to help raise awareness of Haven House. 
Toddler Sense 
  • Spooky Wooky Halloween Ball: Join us for our Spooky Wooky Halloween Parties, meet our fiendish friends, incy wincy, the skeleton family, catch a bat and join our pumpkin parade! 
Valentine's Mansion
Belchamps Scout Centre
  • Spooky Activity Day: Belchamps turns eerie for a day of spooky activities. Test your nerve on the spine-chilling Leap of Faith, brave the creepy Caving Simulator and try not to scream as you make your way through Grimm's Grotto. 
The Clay Cottage
  • Clay Workshop: Cute owl tea light holder and pumpkins with a twist!
  • Halloween Make and Take Workshop: Make and take several crafts to decorate your home and scare your friends with.
  • Halloween Party: Dress up and join us for our ever popular party, creepy craft, foul food and gruesome games are all included.
Clements Hall LC Cookywooky Workshop The Fun Factory
  • Halloween Party: Join us for a fun-filled day of spectacular spooky entertainment including frightening free face painting. Come dressed to impress to win prizes.
  • Zombie Night Time Party: Join us for a spooktacular evening of spooky entertainment including frightening free face painting. Come dressed to impress to win prizes.
Hockley Woods Mushroom Theatre Company  
Adventure Island Belfairs Park
  • Horrendous Halloween: Horrible Halloween Crafts.
  • Mobile Monday: As it is Halloween this week, we will be out and about exploring the woods looking for creepy crawlies. We might even find materials to make part of your Halloween costume for this year! 
  • Pumpkin Parade: A Halloween trail.
Mega Camps
  • Halloween Fun: We hand pick and train our staff, we create new games, we take elements of sports and do the fun parts of them , we let you choose what activities you would like to do!
Sealife Adventure Southend Pier
  • Ghost Train: Take a ride on the Halloween ghost train for spooky stories and surprises at the end of Southend Pier. 
Toddler Sense 
  • Halloween Specials: Each session will last an hour and will cost £10 for one little one and two adults. Refreshments will be provided along with a photographer to capture your little one in fancy dress, a face painter and some yummy cakes.  

The Tiny Toes Show is a baby and toddler exhibition, taking place in Orsett Hall Hotel on the 26th October 2014.  Sponsored by MothercareKidAround & BabyTV.  The Show has over 50 baby and toddler exhibitors, offering advice and exclusive discounts.  Partyman World of Play will be providing soft play and the official ®Postman Pat will be making appearances throughout the day too.  FREE expert speaker sessions (sponsored by Essex Mums) are available and can be booked in advance.  Free goody bags for the first 800 visitors, includes products from Baby Tv, Organix & Mothercare.  Visit for more information.

Clacton Factory Outlet Clacton Pier
  • Halloween Festival Week: This Halloween we will be hosting a series of creepy crafty workshops and ghoulish ghost stories in our fabulous new entertainment room 'The Kingsman Suite'. 
Jaywick Martello Tower
  • Halloween at the Witches Tower: Come along to a Halloween gathering of ghouls and ghastly monsters and join in with the Halloween games. Meet the Tower witches and watch out that they don’t turn you into a pumpkin! Spooky surprisesplus much more.
Manningtree Station
  • Halloween Train: Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership invite you to join in the spooky fun on the annual Halloween train.
Baby Sensory
  • Baby Pumpkin Party: A Halloween themed Baby Sensory class designed for all babies birth-13mths. Come along and enjoy a fibre optic firework show and marvel in our very own pumpkin patch as we enjoy a baby pumpkin bounce too!
Barnards Miniature Railway
  • Halloween Minature Train Rides: Ride the railway through the scary woodland for halloween. For the best experience come for the later trains in the dark and see the fantastic lighting and special effects.  
Chafford Gorges
  • Creepy crafts: Have fun decorating your own trick or treat bag, a spooky lantern and other scary craft activities
  • Halloween Games: Loads of fun for all the Family, Hangman apple bobbing, The mummy wrap, Pumpkin Shy, Whack the rat, face painting and much more...
  • Night Of Terror: Games at the centre, a deadly walk to the wizard workshop, spooky tales and then a ghostly walk back if you make it. Be prepared to scream. Min age 7 years
  • Pumpkin Carving: Come and carve your very own pumpkin to take home. All equipment provided.
  • Slender's Haunt: This Halloween come to the ultimate trick or treat experience! Not just knocking on a door but a small scare maze walk through. 
  • Halloween VIP Party: Fancy dress competition, madness, trick or treat, fun and games, music, balloons, sweets!
Thameside Theatre
  • Creepy Crawly Ball: Dress in your scariest fancy dress and come and join us for our creepy crawly ball! Enjoy a selection of snacks, games and much more to enjoy Halloween in the most terrifying way.
  • Mucking Mysterious Tour: Some mysterious things have happened in Mucking over the long years. If you're not too scared of the dark, join our walk to learn about the history of the Mucking and the creepy tales that come with it.  
  • Owl Night: Come and along and learn all about the Owls and then see them fly around the Centre
  • Page to Stage - Harry Potter: Explore the incredible universe of Harry Potter in this wizarding workshop.  
  • Spooky Crafts Day:A crafts day for all ages to enjoy. Make and create to decorate your home with the spookiest of accessories this Halloween! Booking essential.
Walton Hall Farm
Audley End House and Gardens
  • Frightening Fairytales and Spooky Stories: Fearless souls required for a thrilling family adventure.  
  • Gothic Falconry: Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and fearsome falcons in flight as our expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds. 
  • A Victorian Seance - Tricks of the Trade: Enter the spooky spirit world at Audley End this Halloween. An old historic house, tales of ghostly sightings and strange noises - did that table just move on its own?  
Audley End Minature Railway The Gardens of Easton Lodge Hatfield Forest Mountfitchet Castle
  • Hill of Horrors Halloween Tours: Come to Mountfitchet Castle during the most haunted time of the year when the evil spirits and tormented souls will be rising from their graves within the historic medieval village grounds with its terrible, tragic and macabre history
Slimming World groups in Chelmsford are proud to say they helped their members lose a staggering 3701lb (over 264 stone!) in September alone, following their amazing Extra Easy Plan!  Fill up on hundreds of unlimited free foods like lean meat, fish, seafood, fruit, veg, pasta rice and potatoes and never go hungry! If you would like to be part of that success you can choose from any of 16 groups across the City offering a warm, friendly welcome, tonnes of support and the easiest eating plan around! Children are welcome too! Find your nearest group at or call 0844 897 8000 or Emma on 01245 464940.
Lots going on this month! You can find full listings on the Things to Do section but hopefully this will give you a few ideas about what's on near you and across the county. I have added a few extra half-term events, but there are lots more listed on the website, so make sure you take a look to find fun things to do for your family, and let us know when you try something good. Oh, and remember to say you saw it on Essex Mums!
3rd: Paul Daniels, Back Despite Popular Demand, Broadway Theatre
4th: Family Day, Eastbury Manor House
11th: The Sooty Show, Broadway Theatre
27th – 31st: UK Football Camps, May & Baker Social and Sports Club
2nd: Billericay Pregnancy Information Event, The Ivory Rooms
4th: NCT Baby & Children’s Nearly New Sale, The Billericay School
5th: Grandparents’ Day, Barleylands
14th – 16th: Asquith Day Nurseries Open Evening
18th: Fungus Foray, Norsey Woods
27th – 31st: Fit 4 Sport, Basildon Sporting Village
27th: Chelsea Soccer Schools, The James Hornsby School
28th: Pond Dipping, Wat Tyler Country Park
29th: Go Wild in the Woods, Langdon Visitor Centre
4th: Day Out with Thomas, Colne Valley Railway
12th & 19th: Operating Day with Steam, Colne Valley Railway
25th: Discovery Centre Stargazing, Great Notley Country Park
26th: Hansel and Gretel, Braintree Arts Theatre
27th – 31st: Fit 4 Sport Camp, Braintree Leisure Centre
27th: The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Stories, Empire Theatre
28th: Children’s Dreamtime Art Workshop, Slamsey’s Art Gallery
29th: Kite Making, Cudmore Grove
4th & 5th: Grandparent’s Weekend, Old MacDonald’s Farm
5th: Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary Open Day
11th: Mushroom Walk, Weald Country Park
12th: NCT Nearly New Sale, Brentwood School Sports Centre
18th: Remus Winter Fair, Budworth Hall
19th: Tipples and Treats Sloe Foraging, Weald Country Park
26th: Lloyd Warbey Workshops, Brentwood Theatre
27th: All Day Karting, Brentwood Karting
28th: Lantern Making, Weald Country Park
29th: Go Bonkers! Inflatable Fun, The Brentwood Centre
31st: All Day Laser Tag, Brentwood Karting
3rd – 11th: Hadleigh Art Trail, Old Fire Station
12th: Iron Age Roundhouse Afternoon, Hadleigh Country Park
27th – 31st: Pirate Week, Hadleigh Farm Rare Breeds Centre
27th: Go Bonkers! Inflatable Fun, Waterside Leisure Centre
All month: City Centred Exhibition, Chelmsford Museum
3rd  & 4th: Hugless Douglas, Chelmsford Civic Theatres
5th: Horse and Carriage Rides, Hylands House and Gardens
7th: Hatchlings Club, Hanningfeld Reservoir
11th: Big Biology Day, Sandford Mill
17th: Fridays Fives - Oranges & Lemons, Chelmsford Museum
18th & 19th: Hyde Hall Autumn Festival
18th: Apple Day, Lathcoats Farm
21st – 25th: Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain, Chelmsford Civic Theatres
22nd: Nature Club, Danbury Country Park
25th – 31st: Autumn I-Spy, RHS Hyde Hall
27th – 31st: Essex Kids’ Camps, Woodville Primary School
27th: The Big Draw, Hylands House
29th: 3D Tudor Chelmsford, Essex Records Office
30th: 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾, Bellmead Park
31st: Hawaiian Beach Party, Central Baptist Church
All month: Georgian Style, Hollytrees Museum
3rd: Bat Walk, Abberton Reservoir
4th: Fairy Crown Making Workshop, Colchester Arts Centre
5th: Model Railway and Engineering show and Miniature Railway Gala, EARM
8th: Creepy Crawlies Club, Abberton Reservoir
11th: Forest Schools Club, Fingringhoe Wick
12th: Fungi Forage, High Woods Country Park
13th: Bat Walk, Fingringhoe Wick
18th: Pied Piper, Colchester Arts Centre
19th: Paint the Park, Wivenhoe Park
21st: Corn Dolly Creation, Abbotts Hall Farm
25th & 26th: Apple Day, High Woods Country Park
25th: Autumn Fair, Mersea Museum
27th: Autumnal Madness, Abberton Reservoir
28th: Circuit Does The Big Draw, firstsite
30th & 31st: The Hare and the Tortoise, Mercury Theatre
3rd: Free Portraits for Babies & Toddlers
4th: Fungi Walk, GreenAcres
12th: Play Park Opening & Teddy Bears Picnic, North Weald
14th – 16th: Asquith Day Nurseries Open Evening
18th: Animal Man - Live Display and Lecture, GreenAcres
27th – 31st: Holiday Activity Days, Zinc Arts
27th – 31st: The Elms Holiday Scheme, Stapleford Abbots Primary School
29th: Kids Event: Hedgehogs, Roughtalley's Wood
2nd: Fun With Mud, Parndon Woods
5th: Sunday Family Funday, Science Alive
11th: Ballet Black – Dog’s Don’t Do Ballet, Harlow Playhouse
14th: Shakespeare Schools Festival, Harlow Playhouse
17th: Scope Family Information Day, Latton Bush Business Centre
19th: Fungal Foray, Parndon Woods
25th: Treasure Island, Harlow Playhouse
26th: Autumn Colour Day, The Gibberd Garden
27th: Jolly Pods Superhero Fun Day, St Alban’s Primary School
28th: Christmas Pottery Painting Café, The Old Chapel
30th  & 31st: Bugsy Malone, Harlow Playhouse

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3rd: Bedfords Nature Rangers, Bedfords Park
4th: Ronald McDonald Visit, Mercury Mall
5th & 19th: Forest Adventurers, RSPB Rainham Marshes
9th: Havering Real Nappies Nappuccino coffee morning, Laurie Café
11th: Animal Encounters Day, Wellgate Community Farm
12th: Fun Day, Mercury Mall
18th: Yo Ho Jo... Pirate Magic Show, Queens Theatre
19h: Autumn Apple Day, Bedfords Park
25th: Record Breaking Attempt Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Princesses, Romfod Shopping Hall
26th: The Liberty Kids’ Club, The Liberty Shopping Centre
27th – 31st: Chewits Sports Multi-Sports, Pyrgo Priory Primary School
27th – 31st: SMASH Activity Camps, Stubbers Adventure Centre
28th: Wildlife Discovery Club - Autumn Special, Bedfords Park
29th: Meet the Beautiful Belle and Ariel, Romfod Shopping Hall
31st: Tarzan the Panto, Queens Theatre
1st -4th: Maldon Art Trail
1st – 4th: Sculpture Trail, Museum of Power
5th: Lilleshall Steam Day, Museum of Power
27th – 31st: Essex Kids’ Camps, Purleigh Community Primary School
27th: October Half Term Fun (Sport Xperience), Maldon Primary School
28th: Multi-Activity Day, Bradwell Outdoors
29th: October Half Term Fun (Dance Xperience), Maldon Primary School
30th: October Half Term Fun (Detective Xperience), Maldon Primary School
31st: Canoe Day, Bradwell Outdoors
4th – 12th: Woodford Community Festival
11th: Autumn Fete, Newbridge School
19th: Halloween Ceramic Painting Workshop, Ceramic Magic
24th – 27th: Fabula Festival, Redbridge Central Library
26th: The Big Draw at Valentines: Our World, Valentine’s Mansion
27th & 30th: Novice Go-Ride Skills, Redbridge Cycling Centre
28th: Go Bonkers! Inflatable Fun, Redbridge Tennis and Leisure Centre
29th: Happy Hibernators, Ray Park
4th: Free Craft Time, Number One
12th: Fireside Tales with Granddad,The Mill Arts and Events Centre
27th – 31st: Star Sports & Soccer Sports Activities, Great Wakering FC
27th: Inflatable Fun Swim, Clements Hall Leisure Centre
28th: Frozen Workshop, Mushroom Theatre Company
29th: Equestrian Fun Club, Shopland Hall Equestrian Centre
30th: Autumn Event, Great Wakering Library
31st: Pop in and Paint, The Clay Cottage
Every Saturday: Big Saturday Nights, Adventure Island
1st – 24th: Southend and the Great War 1914 – 1918, Central Museum
1st – 4th: Barnum, Cliffs Pavilion
2nd: Guided Bat Walk, Belfairs Park
11th & 27th: Sing-along-a-Frozen, Cliffs Pavilion
12th: Autumn Colour Walk, Belfairs Park
18th: Energy Expert, Belfairs Park
19th: Charlie Bears Tea and Cupcake Day, Teddy Station
27th & 28th: Bikeability October Half term Holiday course, Civic Centre
28th: Athletics Camp, The Eastwood Academy
29th: Netball Camp, The Eastwood Academy
30th: Fun Thursday, Belfairs Park
5th: Grandparents’ Day, Clacton Pier
10th- 12th: Harwich Sea Shanty Festival
16th: Chris Packham – *Tadpoles not included!,West Cliff Theatre
17th: Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee – Back Despite Popular Demand! West Cliff Theatre
18th & 19th: Peppa Pig's Big Splash, Princes Theatre
25th: Andy & Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine, West Cliff Theatre
28th: Pinocchio, Princes Theatre
Every Tuesday: The Muck 'in After School Club, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Every Friday: Messybugs, Chafford Gorges
4th & 5th: Gunfire at the Garrison, Tilbury Fort
4th: Archie’s Funday, Grays
11th: Family Bike Ride, One Tree Hill
26th: Tiny Toes Show, Orsett Hall
27th – 31st: Star Sports & Soccer Sports Activities, Quarry Hill Academy
All month: North West Essex at War, Saffron Walden Museum
12th: Great British Pony Parade, Audley End House and Gardens
19th: Words in Walden Children's Concert, Saffron Hall
27th – 31st: 1 Life Activity Camps, Various Leisure Centres
27th: October Half Term Fun (Spy Xperience), Great Dunmow Primary School
28th: Deer Rut Walk for Families, Hatfield Forest
29th: Wartime Food Rationing and The Big Draw, Saffron Walden Museum
30th: October Half Term Fun (Spy Xperience), RA Butler Schools
Cosy Toes Play Group
Rochford Methodist Church
Sessions start Tuesday 9th September.
0-18 months 9.30am to 10.30am
18 Months + 10.45am to 11.45am
£5 Per session running term time only
Please contact if you would like to book!
Contact Jess on (07917034312)

At Cosy Toes sessions we combine different activities to help develop the bond between parent and child by providing stimulating and fun play, focusing on development and social interaction. Activities include Sensory play, Heuristic play, Singing and Musical interaction where you and your child will have fun playing, enjoy interacting with other children and parents.
Everything else
As always, please send any events, feedback, ideas etc. to me at I love hearing how people use the site and ways I can improve it. The normal newsletter will be back next month - I hope you've enjoyed this overview of the website!

I hope you have a lovely month and that I'll get to see you at a meet-up soon.

Kind regards
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