Half term is a chance to have some fun with family and friends and to take a break from the normal day to day routine.

To help you make the most of it, we have gathered together details of exciting events and half term activities in Essex to keep the whole family happy. From family fun days and train rides to themed escape puzzles, there are all sorts of different types of events happening this half term, so there’s no need to feel bored or to wonder what’s on.

We have also included listings of interesting attractions and places to visit in the area, including some rainy day options, so you’ll be equipped with a wide range of things to do in half term in Essex no matter what the weather throws at you. Once you have found an event you are interested in, you can click on the listing to show more detailed information about that event. This way, you can browse through lots of events at once, and just view the full details for the ones you are interested in.

With all these ideas listed for you in one place, you can spend less time researching and planning things to do this half term, and more time looking forward to it.


Upcoming Events During February Half Term in Essex

 

Hedingham Castle

There’s something for everyone at Hedingham Castle.

We have an exciting calendar of events all year round including:

  • Theatre
  • Jousts
  • Outdoor Cinema
  • and much more!

View Hedingham Castle here.


Starts

05

Apr

Expires

06

Dec

Walking Women: Holkham | Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Do you love walking but don’t like to venture too far alone? Would you like to be sociable while enjoying the spectacular Holkham Estate? If so, come and join Holkham’s monthly walks...

Admittance: Free

Holkham Hall, Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB

Starts

13

Apr

Expires

05

Feb

Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive | Oxford, Oxfordshire

2022 marks 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Discover the story of the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb through the eyes of the archaeologists on the ground. In 1922...

Admission: Free

Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3BG

Starts

02

Dec

Expires

02

Dec

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas | Derbyshire

The exceptional musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform Vivaldi's timeless classic "The Four Seasons" by Candlelight along with other spectacular works in the beautiful setting of Derby...

Band A: £38.00 Band B: £29.00 + 1 more

Derby Cathedral, 18-19 Iron Gate, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3GP

Starts

08

Dec

Expires

08

Dec

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas | West Yorkshire

The exceptional musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform Vivaldi's timeless classic "The Four Seasons" by Candlelight along with other spectacular works in the beautiful setting of Leeds...

Band A: £38.00 Band B: £29.00 + 1 more

Leeds Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BE

Starts

09

Dec

Expires

09

Dec

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas | Tyne and Wear

The exceptional musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform Vivaldi's timeless classic "The Four Seasons" by Candlelight along with other spectacular works in the beautiful setting of...

Band A: £38.00 Band B: £29.00 + 1 more

St Nicholas Cathedral, Saint Nicholas Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 1PF

Starts

10

Dec

Expires

10

Dec

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas | Merseyside

Enjoy a magical Christmas concert by candlelit in the beautiful setting of St George's Hall. The exceptional musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta return to Liverpool to perform masterpieces by...

Band A: £38.00 Band B: £29.00 + 1 more

St George's Hall,, St George’s Place, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JJ

Starts

16

Dec

Expires

16

Dec

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas | South Yorkshire

The exceptional musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform Vivaldi's timeless classic "The Four Seasons" by Candlelight along with other spectacular works in the beautiful setting of...

Band A: £38.00 Band B: £29.00 + 1 more

Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1HA

Starts

17

Dec

Expires

17

Dec

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: The Piccadilly Christmas Concert | Greater London

The exceptional musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform Vivaldi's timeless classic, The Four Seasons, and other magnificent works by candlelight in the beautiful setting of St James...

Band A: £38.00 Band B: £28.00 + 1 more

St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, West Central London, Greater London, W1J 9LL

Starts

18

Dec

Expires

18

Dec

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas | Cambridgeshire

The exceptional musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform Vivaldi's timeless classic "The Four Seasons" by Candlelight along with other spectacular works in the beautiful setting of Ely...

Band A: £38.00 Band B: £29.00 + 1 more

Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DL

Starts

29

Dec

Expires

29

Dec

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas | West Midlands

The exceptional musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta perform Vivaldi's timeless classic "The Four Seasons" by Candlelight along with other spectacular works in the beautiful setting of...

Band A: £38.00 Band B: £29.00 + 1 more

Birmingham Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B32QB


Places to Visit & Days Out Ideas for Half Term

Colchester Zoo

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

Waldegraves Holiday Park | Essex

Waldegraves Holiday Park, Waldegraves lane, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SE

East Anglian Railway Museum

Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS

Chelmsford Escape Rooms | Know Escape

Moulsham Mill Centre, Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7PX

Bishop’s Stortford Escape Rooms | Know Escape

Millar’s One, South Mill Road, Bishop's Stortford, Essex, CM23 3DH

Blackbrook Lodges | Essex

Blackbrook Stud Farm, Ivy Lodge Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4EN

Channels Estate Bar & Brasserie | Essex

Channels, Pratts Farm Lane East, Chelmsford , Essex, CM3 3PT

Channels Estate Hotel | Essex

Channels Hotel, Pratts Farm Lane East, Chelmsford , Essex, CM3 3PT

Channels Estate The Retreat | Essex

Channels Retreat, Channels Drive, Chelmsford , Essex, CM3 3PT

Thinking of things to do during half term can be difficult. Often, things are so busy right up until half term starts that you aren’t left with much time to make plans! But there’s no reason to miss out on all the fun- we put together lists like this so you can easily browse through a wide range of Essex events all in one place. That means no more searching through lots of individual websites to find out which half term activities each attraction has planned. It is all here, ready for you to browse. If you know of an event that you think should be on this list, why not use our ‘upload your own event’ form to let others know about it?

Each event listing links to a page of more detailed information about the event, including the date, time, location, a description of what to expect, and a map so you can see how to get there. Many listings also contain photos, links to the venue’s website, and contact details for the organisers should you have any questions.

With all these listings for things to do in half term in Essex, you should have all the inspiration you need to make this half term the best one yet.

Whether you have lived in Essex for a long time, you are just getting to know the area, or you are planning to visit for the first time, there is always something new to explore. To learn more about the area and find new places to discover, why not browse through our Essex overview? Or if you want to explore a specific area, we also have several Trails in Essex to guide you through lots of exciting places to visit, places to eat and drink, and places to stay in Essex.