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 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.


Starts

29

May

Expires

29

May

Half Term Diesel Days

Get yourselves down to the museum in half-term for unlimited rides on one of our classic diesel trains…. Explore the vintage carriages and enormous Goods Shed and check out some grand old...

East Anglian Railway Museum
Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS

Starts

25

May

Expires

02

Jun

Get Hands On With History: Myths & Legends

Come and hear Dr Vainen Schuch-des Forges, the travelling Cure-All Salesman, at Audley End this half term for a myths and legends themed storytelling session. Listen as he tells one of his...

Audley End House & Gardens
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

Starts

26

May

Expires

27

May

Barleylands Bootsale

The Barleylands Bootsale run by Lazybones is one of the top-rated car boot sales in Essex. Over 300 sellers are open each week. Hot refreshments available for purchase on site.£1 early buyers...

Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Starts

28

May

Expires

30

May

An Hour To Kill

It’s 1945, you’ve broken into the Dressing Room of the notorious star, Ruby Rose, Hollywood’s deadliest actress.Ruby is on stage performing the lead in ‘An Hour to Kill’, you...

Maldon Escape Rooms
22 White Horse Ln, Maldon, CM9 5QP

Starts

29

May

Expires

29

May

Escape Room at East Anglian Railway Museum

Incarcerated in the Victorian station waiting rooms or one of our vintage corridor trains with your team, your task is to solve a series of puzzles and clues, find the vital evidence and retrieve...

Per Team (4-8 Players): £90.00

East Anglian Railway Museum
Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS

Starts

29

May

Expires

31

May

Rob The Bank

Cousin Angie knows who stole the family gold.  It’s midnight and Angie backs her Ford Transit into the side of Harman’s Bank.  You and your family have one hour to jump out and get...

Maldon Escape Rooms
22 White Horse Ln, Maldon, CM9 5QP

Starts

01

Jun

Expires

01

Jun

Dinosaur Family Trail

Follow the dinosaur footprints around the nature reserve to find the hidden dinosaurs and solve the clues.No need to book, just drop in.

Trail Sheet: £2.00

Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT

Starts

02

Jun

Expires

02

Jun

Leigh on Sea Car Boot Sale

This sale is in the heart of Essex. They are hard standing and have the following facilities: On site Cafe, Premium coffee service, On site toilets, Plenty of parking and a wide variety of stalls.

Belton Way , Leigh -On-Sea , Essex , SS9 2ET 


Places to Visit & Days Out Ideas for Half Term

Colchester Zoo

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

Waldegraves Holiday Park

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

Rope Runners Ltd

The Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA

Creeksea Disc Golf and Football Golf Course

Creeksea Place Farm, Ferry Rd, Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PJ

Hoseasons, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 2LF

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

East Anglian Railway Museum

Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS

Chelmsford Escape Rooms

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

Bishop’s Stortford Escape Rooms

Woodside, Bishop's Stortford, Essex, CM23 5RG

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 exiting places to visit, places to eat and drink, and places to stay in Essex.