Over 70 Essex Easter Egg Hunts, Trails and Activities for 2024

Easter is early this year with Easter Sunday on 31st March 2024. Most schools in Essex break up on Maundy Thursday so most of the Easter holidays are after Easter weekend.  Some of the Easter events are just taking place on Easter weekend, but many attractions will be open with Easter themed events and plenty going on to keep children busy across the whole of the holidays. This post contains (mostly) Essex based Easter Egg Hunts, trails, Easter themed hosted activities for children and other events taking place in the Easter holidays to help you keep your children entertained. I have added a map to the end of the post to help you find which events are near you.

This post has been updated for 2024 based on information which has currently being released.  As most attractions have yet to release information I have kept 2023 entries on the post as an indication of what wil be happening. These posts are marked as 2023.  

If you live in Essex you might also find my guides to Essex section helpful for places to visit or these ideas of what to do with children in Essex this Spring. If you are looking for Easter present ideas for children or adults check out my Chocolate Free Easter Gift Guide.

Here are the places in Essex offering Kids Eat For Free (or £1) over the Easter holidays.

There is a list of holiday clubs in Essex on the Active Essex website which includes some free clubs for families who receive benefit related free school meals and SEND clubs.

Join my Family Days Out In Essex Facebook group to be in the know about what's happening in Essex. 

Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Holiday Activities for Children in Essex (and beyond) for 2024

Events range from free to £££, check the organisers website or Facebook page to confirm age suitability and availability. 
Last updated 26th March 2024

Easter egg hunts and holiday activities in Essex
Where to go in Essex this Easter

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Church Road, Layer-de-la Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU 
On Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April 10.30am to 3.30pm there is Eggcellent Easter trail at Abberton Reservoir. Take a walk around the reserve and complete the Easter Trail to collect your chocolate prize (dairy free option available). Tickets need to be prebooked in advance online and you get to try pond dipping too.  £7 per child.

All Things Alpaca, Lathcoats Farm, Beehive Lane, Galleywood, CM2 8LX
In April All Things Alpaca are running special 15 minute sessions where you can get to meet and handle the baby animals on the farm. This may include lambs, kids, chicks, ducklings, rabbits and guinea pigs depending on what are available. Up to 4 people will be on each session. £8 per person from age 2 upwards. Children up to 10 include a free adult ticket per booking. You can also enjoy Lathcoats farm while there. 

Audley End House and Gardens, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF
The Easter Adventure Quest takes place from Saturday 23rd March to Sunday 14th April 10am to 5pm. Hunt for eggs by solving clues and claim a chocolate reward. Easter quest tickets cost an additional £2 to the entry price of Adults £20.90, Children £12.70 (Weekends and Bank Holiday) or Adults £18.10, children weekdays £11.30. Under 5s entry is free and English Heritage members free entry (but still need to pay for the quest).
On Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th April 2024 there is a big LEGO build event in the stables area where children can add to the LEGO build.  Prebooking not required, but will speed up entry.

Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB
Open every day from Friday 29th March to Saturday 14th April you can hop on the train at Audley End Miniature Railway. Take one of the trains into the woods to visit the Easter Bunny and all of his friends at their spring home in Essex. Throughout the train ride, you can test your I spy skills and look out for various things along the route. Then try to spot all of the animals, nests and eggs throughout the Easter Trail back in the Picnic Area. Once you complete the trail you’ve earned yourself a special sticker. Are you sharp-eyed enough to spot them all? There will be crafts available (aided by fairies) and the Mad Hatter telling stories.
Tickets prices £18.50, children under 92cm are half price (£9.25) and under 1s free. Booking essential. 

A steam train pulling out of the station with open side carriages behind it
Audley End Miniature Railway

Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD 
Visit the farm park for Spring Easter fun including crafts and lamb bottle feeding from 29th March to 14th April. Prebooking is recommended and speeds up admission. When booking you need to choose a time slot (although there is some flexibility when you arrive if it’s before or after the time booked).  Includes animal holding, springtime crafts, lamb bottle feeding and the Skittleman the Entertainer as well as normal activities including soft play and animal displays.
Price for adults and children 2 years £17 a ticket, under 6 to 24 months £3. Save 15% by buying tickets in advance online. 

Barnards Farm, West Horndon, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3FY
Take a ride on the Easter Express on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March. Take part in an Easter egg hunt while on an miniature railway before collecting a chocolate egg back at the terminus. Online prebooking required. 

Bedfords Park Nature Discovery Centre, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Essex, RM4 1QH
On Wednesday 3rd April between 10.30am and 3.30pm there is an Easter trail and you also get to go pond dipping and complete a craft. Recommended for children 4 to 11. Advanced booking required £8 per child. They also have an Easter themed tots session on 4th April and a Spring Explorers session on Thursday 11th April. 

Belfairs Nature Discovery Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4LR
There are lots of activities at Belfairs this Easter include a Family Wildlife Walk on 4th April, a minibeast hunt on 8th April and Easter in the woods session on 3rd April (morning or afternoon). Prices vary, but they all need to be prebooked.
In the past there has been a self-led Easter Egg-splorer Trail at £3 a child, but it doesn't appear to be running this year.  

The Bocking Arts Theatre, 15 Bocking End, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9AE
Toucan Events has taken over The Bocking Arts Theatre and it is now called The Institute. Only the Christmas panto has been announced so far. 

Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, CO2 8RT
Bourne Mill and grounds are open on 29th March to 1st April 2024 and will have the normal National Trust egg trail. Have fun following the National Trust trail around the mill and garden on 11am to 4pm (last entry at 3pm). The Easter egg hunt is £3 and children will get a trail map, pencil and chocolate egg. There will also be activities, crafts, talks, books and refreshments.
Free entry (other than for the Easter Egg Trail) and you can't book in advance.      

Boydells Dairy Farm, Braintree Road, Braintree, CM7 4AQ
If the meaning of Easter for you is more about new life than chocolate then maybe take a visit to Boydells working farm as it reopens for the Easter season. This farm is all about the animals and over the Easter holidays you can expect to be able to hold chicks and rabbits, try milking cows and feeding baby sheep. Open 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm from 29th March to 14th April. Adults £7, Children £6. 

Brentwood Theatre, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AG 
Nicky Trix has an Easter show on 11th April at 11am. Described as a “crackingly” funny Easter magic and ventriloquism show, which will be fun for the whole family. Contains new material. Tickets £12-14 per person.

Call of The Wild Zoo, Wickford Rd, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5QZ
Easter weekend there are special Easter activities happening at Call of The Wild alongside their normal offerings including Easter trail and the opportunity to meet baby animals. On Good Friday 29th March Peter Rabbit will be visiting for meet and greets through out the day.  Advanced tickets £14.99 adults, £12.99 children.

Cammas Hall Farm, Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak CM22 7JT
The Pick You Own Farm reopens on Friday 29th March with a Woodland Pirate Trail. The route takes you through open farm and woodland with surprises and themed areas along the way. Complete the game card and get a tasty seasonal treat.  Based on last year it will get really muddy in wet weather.  Tickets must be prebooked. They cost £5.75 per child and £2.25 for accompanying adults. There is no charge babies under 12 months, but they need a ticket. Running until 16th April.
On 29th March to 14th April they have a Treasure Island performance suitable for preschoolers and primary school aged children. Tickets cost £5 per person for approximately 35 minutes performance.
They also have animal encounter sessions you can book on 3rd and 14th April and craft sessions on 4th April. 

Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 4RQ
Easter activities are planned from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March.  The Easter trail runs 10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm). Look for the large eggs across the garden and claim a treat at the end. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy Easter crafts (colouring). There is also a mini zoo, the holly maze, picturesque themed gardens and the fairy forest to explore. Face painting and bouncy castle at an additional cost.
Booking recommended to guarantee entry. Entrance costs: Adults £11, Children £8, under 2s free (plus booking fee). Read more in my review from our recent visit.

Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 9AQ
Chelmsford Museum normally have activities on in the holidays. They are currently advertising a "Victorian Easter Cards" drop in running from the 3rd to 5th April. In this free activity you can make a Victorian inspired Easter card with help from volunteers. The museum is free entry too and will be open 10am until 4pm. It's worth following them on Facebook for other events they announce in the Easter holidays. 

Chelmsford Race Course, City Racecourse, Chelmsford CM3 1QP
On Good Friday (29th March) from 11am there is a Family Fun Day a the racecourse. There is music, an Easter bunny trail, petting zoo, fame zone, Shetland pony races and more. Adult tickets from £20, children free with the standard ticket.

Chelmsford Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford. CM1 1JG
Over the Easter holidays there are several activities of interest including: Dogs Don't Do Ballet puppet performance on Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March, Rude Science (2nd April), Dinosaur Adventure Live (7th April), The Brick People (LEGO 8th April), Treasure Island Pantomime (9th April) and the Amazing Bubble Man (10th April). 

Colchester Castle, Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1TJ
There is a Spring Treasure trail running from 29th March to 14th April. Solve clues and get a prize at the end. Suitable for 4 years plus. Trail costs £5 in addition to entry cost, sign up at the shop. From 1st to 5th and 8th to 12th April there are Dragon Egg themed guided tours (lasting 40 minutes) which cost an additional £3.50. They normally have some crafts and games in the holidays too (included in ticket price).  Admission costs £12.50 for adults, £6.95 for children.

Colchester ZooMaldon Road, Colchester CO3 0SL
To celebrate the opening of their new dinosaur area Colchester Zoo has a St-EGG-osaurus Easter event with a range of activities including performances, parades and crafts. Running 29th March to 14th April.  Tickets cost £22.50 (adults) and £18.50 (children) on the gate with a discount if bought online in advance.

A large furry easter bunny holding real chicks
The Barleylands Easter Bunny

Come 'n' Play Cafe, 65 The Broadway, Debden, Loughton, Essex IG10 2HZ
This little softplay has an Easter party on Sunday 31st March between 12 and 2pm. You can meet the Easter Bunny, go on an Easter Egg Hunt, decorate and egg and enjoy the soft play. Best suited to children under 6. Children £17.95, Adults £2. Pay and display parking available on parallel roads to the high street.

Copped Hall, Crown Hill (Upshire Road), Epping. Sat Nav postcode CM16 5HR
Join the Easter egg hunt and enjoy the spring flowers on Easter Sunday 31st March. Gates open at 2pm and close at 4pm, car park closes at 5pm. Tickets £6 in advance, £7 on the day (accompanied children under 16 are free), egg hunt 50p per child . Children can see the Easter bunny and join in an Easter egg hunt while adults can enjoy the Spring flowers. Follow the clues and the trail of plastic eggs to win a little chocolate egg. There will be tea/coffee and home-made cakes available until 4.30pm and the Copped Hall shop and extensive second hand Bookshop will be open until the same time. Prebooking recommended.

Cromwell Manor, Pitsea, Basildon, SS16 4UH
Enjoy the Easter celebrations at Cromwell Manor on Friday 29th March, Sunday 30th March and Monday 1st April. Receive an Easter Passport on arrival, decode the Easter egg hunt, take part in some fun Easter games and decorate some plant pots to take home. £9.50 per child, prebook online. 

East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS
On Friday 29th to Monday 1st April the popular Day Out With Thomas event will be running at the railway museum. You can take unlimited train rides behind Thomas, Percy and Daisy. Meet Toby, Henrietta, Rusty, Dusty and Sir Topham Hatt. Also enjoy the miniature railway and train themed playground. Tickets cost £14 for children (2 to 15) and £18 for adults. Prebooking required. Read about our visit here.

Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
There are normally Easter events on at the museum which are low cost and don't need prebooking, however they have not announced any this year, it's not clear if that's because they aren't doing anything or because they haven't got round to promoting anything. 

Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar and North Weald
Catch the Easter Express on Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April with Epping Ongar Railway. The Easter egg hunt takes place around across both stations and the train ride making it probably the longest Easter Egg hunt in Essex, children need to keep an eye out the window while riding the trains. Get your clue sheet on arrival and spot all the eggs before heading to the the shop to get a special Easter treat. There will be appearances by Bertie The Easter Bunny and face painting (additional cost).
Tickets are: Adult £18; Child £10; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £47. Under 3s free. Prebooking required.

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Discovery Park,  South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester , Essex, CO5 7DN
On Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April there is an Easter event where you can complete a trail for a chocolate reward (or dairy free alternative). You need to prebook (£7 per child).
There are plenty of other bookable activities happening over the holidays too including Woodland crafts, Nature Tots session, pond dipping and a science special, check out the events page for booking details. 

Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL
The National Trust Easter Egg hunt is running from 16th, 23rd, 24, 29th to 31st March and 6th and 7th April between 10.30am and 3pm. The trail is across countryside which gets muddy at times (so bring wellies).  Prices are £3 per trail which includes an Easter trail sheet, pencil, bunny ears and Rainforest Alliance Certified dairy or vegan and 'Free From' chocolate egg.
Admission of £5 per car also applicable (unless National Trust members). Please note the cottage, shop and tea room aren't open every day so check the website. 

Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA
This years Easter Egg Hunt is running between 11am and 3.30pm on Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April. You can book via the website for £3.50 per child or it's £4.50 on the door. Once they complete they get a reward. Recommended for children 4 to 10.

Foxholes Farm, London Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 7NT
The Lambing Live event runs from 29th March to 14th April open from 10am, last entry at 2.30pm. Lots of  ewes are expected to give birth over the period so there is a good chance you will see one giving birth or at least a newborn. You can also get up close and feed some of the older residents in the farm park (but no bottle feeding lambs). £6.95 adults, £9.95 children, under 2’s are free. Book online for guaranteed entry.

Hylands Estate, London Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ
The monthly Hylands Estate open day on Sunday 17th March has an Easter theme. Between 10am and 3pm the House will be open with Easter crafts, an egg scavenger hunt and story telling (free). Outside the House you can expect a range of food stands from Urban Food Fest, you can find live music in The Stables and explore the artists studios and even enjoy horse carriage rides from Hawthorn Heavy Horses (£4). You can also prebook Afternoon Tea,

Get To Know Animals, Forest Lodge Commercial Complex, Epping Rd, Epping, Essex, CM16 5HW
The mini zoo are running it's hands on animal experience sessions like they do most holidays. There wont be lambs or chicks, but you might get to hold a bunny and maybe a snake or bearded dragon. In the 1 hour experience (which comes with zoo entry) you get to hold up to 10 animals and you will learn lots about them too. I will confirm dates and booking details when announced, book directly on their website at £25 per person. You can read about our recent visit here.

A girl stroking a rabbit at Get To Know Animals Epping
No Easter Bunny, but there are real bunnies to see at Get To Know Animals

The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NA
The Gibberd Garden is open for a relaxed opening on Easter Sunday (31st March) and an Easter Family Fun Day on Easter Monday (1st April) from 2pm to 6pm. On the Monday you can enjoy an egg trail and activities for children as well as the gardens to explore.  Entry is £6 adults, £1 children, under 5s free, the Easter trail on the Monday is an extra £2.

Go Bananas, 9-10 Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Colchester, CO1 1BX
The soft play has an Easter Party for 1 to 12 year olds on Friday 29th April from 5.30 to 7.30pm. Includes professional entertainer "The Only Way Is Entertainment", Easter egg hunt, dancing, soft play, games and crafts. £15 per child, £3 per adult. Book online

The Green Barn Farm Shop, North Benfleet Hall Fishery, Benfleet SS12 9JR
This farm shop and cafe has an egg hunt, animal handling, crafts, Easter bunny and photo opportunities on Saturday 23rd March to 14th April (excluding Easter Sunday). 10.30 to 3pm, visit expected to last between 90 minutes to 2 hours. £12 per child, accompanying adults and under 1s free), 20% off if booked before 29th February, tickets also available on the day. 

Hadleigh Castle Rotary, The White House Gardens, Kiln Road, Benfleet, SS7 1TF
Hadleigh Castle Rotary have a Easter Fun Day on Monday 1st April between 10am and 4pm in the gardens of Carers Choice offices. Entry to the Easter market is free, but you need to prebook Easter egg Hunt places for children at £5 per child (book here).  There will be an Easter themed activities, photo opps with the Easter bunny and more.  

Hadleigh Farm Estate, The Hub, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, SS7 2PP
There are free Easter holiday activities for families on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th and 11th April between 10am and Midday at the Hub Cafe in Hadleigh Park run by the Salvation Army. Further details to be announced, check their Facebook for updates.

Hainault Forest, Hainault Forest Country Park, Romford Road, Chigwell, IG7 4QN
In January 2024 an event was announced at Hainault Forest for Easter and it was selling tickets. The Lost Kingdom London dinosaur event has now had all mentions on social media removed and the website is gone. I assume the company has gone bankrupt. This means it is unlikely that there will be an Easter event at Hainault Forest, but I will keep checking to see if they manage to arrange an alternative Easter event.  It's still a lovely place to visit through with a playground, free farm (only a handful of animals, donations encouraged), lovely cafe, land train, workshops and plenty of woodland to explore. 

Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
There are plenty of bookable activities taking place over the Easter holidays at Hanningfield including forest school, pond dipping and bug hunting. Prices vary and booking is essential. However this year there doesn't seem to be a main Easter event, like last year when they had a trail and craft event. 

Hanningfield Waterside Park, Giffords Lane, South Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8HX
Last year there was an Easter Egg Hunt at the Waterside Park. It looks like this might not be running, but they have said a Children's Craft Club will be running with details to be announced soon.  This is a great place to spot birds and there is a good play area too (and plenty of parking).

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS
KD Theatre Productions present at Easter pantomime of Treasure Island from 29th March to 3rd April. Performance times vary by day, but include shows at 11am, 2.30pm and 7pm. It is billed as being a family friendly production packed with jokes and dazzling dance routines. 

Harlow The Water Gardens, Essex, CM20 1AN
There is a meet and greet at the outdoor shopping centre with Alice in Wonderland on Saturday 30th March between 12 and 4pm. If you pre register you can get an Easter Egg too.

The Harvey Centre, Harlow, CM20 1AP
On Saturday 30th March there is an Easter Party at The Harvey Centre. There will be free activities and games. There are two parties one at 11am and one at 2pm. There is also a Town Centre Easter Egg Hunt where you can get a sweet treat, there is also a chance to see the Easter Bunny between 12.30 and 1pm and 1.30 and 2pm. Both activities are free and don't need prebooking. 

Hassenbrook Academy, Hassenbrook Road, Stanford-Le-Hope, Thurrock, SS17 0NS 
Party Monsters have a BIG Easter Party for all the family on Wednesday 10th April. There are 2 sessions starting at : 10.30am and 2pm. Includes magic show, puppet show, bubbles, balloons, snow, sensory play, bouncy castles and more. Tickets £5 for infants, £12.50 for 2 to 16 year olds and £4 for adults plus booking fees.

Hasty's Adventure Farm, West Road, Clacton, CO15 1AG
The Easter Trail is running Friday 29th March to Friday 12th April. Find the wooden eggs around the farm, write down where you found them and get a chocolate egg or sticker on your way out. Included in the cost of farm entry. 2024 prices appear to be £10.95 per person when bought in advance.  

Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, C02 7AT
Headgate Theatre have a 4 day musical theatre workshop running from Tuesday 9th to Friday 12th April for children 8 to 16. £110 for the week, early booking recommended.

Hedingham Castle, Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ
On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April (10am to 4pm) Hedingham Castle have a Medieval Spring Joust. Step back in time to enjoy displays of  Falconry, musicians, archery and more. Gates open at 10 am and the Jousts will take place at roughly midday and 3pm. Adults £19.50, Juniors (5 to 16) £14, under 5s are free and great value family tickets available.
The grounds are also open to enjoy the spring flowers on various dates from 31st March to 11th April. There are add ons of an Easter trail (31st to 3rd, £1 extra), static falconry displays (2nd and 3rd) and Knight School (10th and 11th, £2.50 extra). Entry on these dates is £11 adults, £9 Juniors, 4 and under are free.

Herts & Essex Community Farm, Fold Croft, Harlow, Essex CM20 1SE
There is an Easter Fun Day with an Egg Hunt on Saturday 30th March 12 til 2pm. There will also be games, food and refreshments on offer. £3 per child with prizes for all, adults free. Just turn up and take part.

Hobbycraft (Various locations including Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow and Loughton-Epping Forest)
Most Hobbycraft stores run craft sessions in store and in the run up to Easter there are various Easter themed crafts sessions you can book including: Easter bonnet making (£8) and Easter clay animal making (£5). These start in early March and need to be booked online via ClassBento. If you are struggling to  return search results select 'Spring and Easter Crafts' as craft type and make sure you put dates in (even when I know classes are listed I find it difficult to make them show up).

Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1UG
Hollytrees Museum invites you to meet the servants of Hollytrees House on selected days in April (2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th) for a glimpse into the lives of those who worked in the grand mansion, suitable for age 4 and upwards. Mornings from 10:30-12 and afternoons from 3-4:30. Free drop in event with free museum entry too.
In 2023 they had Easter Arts and Crafts sessions running during the holidays which cost from £5, but there is no mention of this currently. The museum is open 10am to 5pm and admission is free for this family friendly museum in Castle Park with plenty of hands-on exhibits. 

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, Sawyers Hall Farm, Sawyers Hall Lane, CM15 9BZ
Hopefield reopens for the season on 29th March. On 30th and 31st March there is a fun weekend. Meet the Easter Bunny, follow the Easter trail, go on inflatables, enjoy performances and more. Early bird tickets are £8 for adults, £10 for children. 
They also have an Easter trail and crafts from 1st to 14th April, advanced tickets for these dates in £8 per person.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford CM3 8ET
The Easter trail is running from Friday 29th March to 14th April when children can hunt for giant colourful eggs hidden around the garden. Children will receive a NOMO egg (which is free from and vegan and really yummy) from the garden centre when they have completed the trail. On Tuesday 2nd and 9th April there are storytelling sessions throughout the day. On Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Monday 8th there are children’s Easter craft sessions throughout the day (additional £2.50 a child) and Face Painting (£5) and a bubble show on Wednesday 10th April.  Entry free to RHS members and under 5s, £15.85 adults, £7.95 children. 

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
  Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach , Hornchurch, RM12 6DF (Sat Nav RM12 6TS)
The main Eastery event this year seems on Wednesday 10th April with an hour of spring themed activities including cooking and creating art with foraged plants as well as a trail through the park to claim a prize. £7 per child, at 10am, 11am and midday, advanced booking required.
There are also a couple of Forest Fun sessions running in the holidays, prebooking required. 

Kids Play Bouncy Castles, Debden Park High School, Willingale Road, Loughton, IG10 2BQ
If you are looking for something inside for children to to burn off energy then this pop up soft play and inflatable event is suitable for 6 months to 11 year olds. There are large inflatables for children age 4 years and over and brilliant area for younger children too. Running from 2nd to 5th April in bookable 2 hour slots starting at 9.30am, £13 per child (over 6 months) tickets available to book online.

Lakeside Shopping Centre, Grays, Essex, RM20 2ZQ
From 27th March until 14th April Circus Vegas is at Lakeside. The show lasts about 2 hours and can be found in a theatre style Circus Big Top located in Lakeside The Quay. Tickets cost £10 to £35 depending on location, book here.
They have also announced there will be Easter activities taking place at the Shopping Centre from Monday 1st to Friday 12th April between 11am and 7pm (5pm Sundays), but other than the "sustainable maze" they haven't said what the activities will be. 

A toddler inflatable area at Debden Park 2020 easter
Part of toddler area at Kids Play Bouncy Castle Pop Up Soft Play and Inflatables in Loughton 

Langdon Nature Discovery Park, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EJ 
There are lots of bookable events listed for Easter holidays 2024, including an Easter Tots session, but no main Easter Egg trail announced for this year. 

Lambourne End, Centre for Outdoor Learning, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex, RM4 1NB
On Sunday 14th April there is an Adventure and Farm Fundraiser day from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free, but parking is £5. Individual activity tokens cost £2.50 or you can get wristbands for unlimited activities for £18 (over 8s), (£8 under 8s). No need to prebook, but bringing a change of clothes is recommended. As well as seeing baby animals sessions include pond dipping, kayaking, archery, rock climbing and low ropes. Some activities only suitable for 8 plus. 
They also have a day camp running Tuesday 2nd, Friday 5th, Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Friday 12th April with various outdoor activities and chance to learn about their animals. Book here.      

Lathcoats Farm, Beehive Lane, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 8LX
The Easter event is running 9 til 5pm 23rd March to 13th April (closed Sundays). Collect your activity sheet and pencil from the farm shop till point and then head to the animal area to start the Easter Trail. Complete the puzzles and sheet on your adventure and then return to the farm shop to collect a prize.£4.50 per participant. No more than 2 non-paying participants with 1 paying participant. No booking required. 

Lavenham Guildhall, Market Place, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9QZ
This National Trust property hasn't yet announced on their website they are having a 2024 trail, but as it's a National Trust property it would be surprising if they aren't getting involved. They have shared a teaser on their Facebook page that they will have Easter activities.  Last year the trail took place around the village from 10.30am - 2pm. The price of the trail is expected to be £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end. Collect the trail pack from Visitor Reception. 

Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, C05 9US
Join the Easter fun at Layer Marney Tower on Sunday 31st and Monday 1st April from 11am to 5pm. There is an Easter Egg hunts for the toddlers, Egg and Spoon Races and you can book on a tractor trailer ride to see the lambs (and feed them). You can also climb the Tower, go round the gardens, visit the Tea Room and enjoy the play area. If you want to see the lambs make sure you book a ticket which includes the tractor ride. Tickets: Adults £11, Children £6. Book online.
Layer Marney is also open on 2nd to 4th, 7th to 11th and 14th April to visit the lambs and general visit to the Tower.  Prebooking required.

Layer Woods, New Cut, Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0EH
The Layer Egg Hunt is taking place between 10am and 2pm on Friday 29th March. The event is raising money for Layer primary school and starts at the village hall before going round the woods. Each child receives an egg or allergen free alternative. Tickets £6 (plus booking fee) in advance, £8 on the day per child depending on availability. May not be muddy and not suitable for pushchairs. Buy tickets here.

Lee Valley Boat Centre, Old Nazeing Road, Broxbourne EN10 6LX
On Easter Sunday 31st March at 11am there is a 1 hour Easter Cruise where children can meet Easter Bunny and Spring Girl. There are activities and a chocolate egg for children, adults get tea/ coffee and biscuits. 1 hour cruise, £15 per person. Call 01992 462 085, book here or email office@leevalleyboats.co.uk to book.

A young boy bottle feeding a lamb
Feeding a baby lamb

Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF
The Easter Eggstravaganza will run from 29th March to 1st April and the Spring Spectacular from 2nd to 14th April. At the Easter event you can meet the Easter Bunny, go on an Easter Egg hunt and enjoy their animals, play areas and entertainment. The Spring Spectacular doesn't have an egg hunt, but there will be entertainment and the normal activities. Open 10am to 5pm everyday. Tickets £14.99 per person, 6 months to 2 years £4.99 for Easter Weekend and £12.99 per person for the rest of the holidays. 

Little Easton Manor, Park Road, Dunmow CM6 2JN
On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March 11am to 4pm there is a Peter Rabbits Easter Adventure event. Includes games with Mr McGregor, a hunt for Peter Rabbit's carrots, bouncy castles, garden games and live music. Entry £12 per person (over 2 years).

Luxborough Lakes, Chigwell, IG7 5DF
In 2023 Ripple Effect Microadventure had a 2 day introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding camp on 4th and 5th April. The 1 hour session each day will teach the basics of SUP. Minimum age 8 and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. all equipment provided.  They don't have similar for 2024, but you can book onto individual sessions.

Markshall Estate, Marks Hall Road, Coggeshall, CO6 1TG
The Great Nest Trail will run from 29th March 10am to 5pm and throughout April. Full details still to be announced, but it involves a trail. You can also separately book into craft activities in the Coach House. Included in normal admission price (£9 adults, £5.30 children). 

Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5WP
There are 3 different events running at Marsh Farm over the Easter holidays. On Easter weekend (Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April) they have an Easter Grotto experience and Egg Hunt. From 2nd to 7th April there will be Easter themed entertainment (but no grotto or Egg hunt). From 8th to 12th April they will have entertainment, shows and all the normal activities without the Easter theming. 
Normal activities include: train ride, fairground rides, playgrounds, animals, soft play and crazy golf.
Tickets cost £14.99 to £16.99 depending on the date for everyone over 2, £4 for 6 months to 2 years and free for under 6 months (plus 50p booking fee per person online).

Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9AA
A National Trust Easter trail with nature inspired activities in the beautiful gardens. Running on 19th march to 7th April between 12pm and 4.30pm (last entry 3.30pm). £3 per child including map, pencil , bunny ears and chocolate treat (vegan/ free from option available), pay at the Visitors Centre. Admission charges also apply (£12 adults, £6 children for general entry)

Mountfitchet Castle, Stanstead CM24 8SP
Mountfitchet Castle opens for the 2024 session from 9th March. The Easter Event runs from 29th March to 14th April, watch their Facebook for details. Lots to see including giant Easter rabbits and collect stamps around the Castle & Museum to claim an easter prize. Opening hours 10am to 5pm with last admission at 3.45pm.  £17 for adults, £13.50 for children 3 to 13, no need to book.

Natural Foundations, Blackmore Road, Highwood, Chelmsford, CM1 2QR           
Take part in a Easter Egg Hunt, pot painting, seed planting, smore cooking and other activities at this Forest School style site. Sessions running at various times on 23rd, 29th, 30th, 31st March and 1st April.  £10 per child. Prebooking required.

The Naze Centre, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8LE
On Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April there is an Easter trail. You need to prebook online (£7 per child) but can take part in the trail and crafts anytime between 10am and 3pm. You pick up the trail map from the visitors centre and return afterwards for the chocolatey treat. 
There are also Fossil Hunting and Coastal explorer sessions available to book in the Easter holidays. 

North Weald & District Miniature Railway, Canes Lane (A414), Hastingwood, Near Harlow, Essex, CM17 9LD
This miniature railway in the grounds of Harlow Garden Centre (the one on the roundabout at junction 7 of the M11) has it's Easter specials on 23rd and 24th March and 1st April. Children get a chocolate egg and to meet the Easter bunny. It is a short event, but children enjoy it. Tickets on sale 6pm on 9th Feb. Book quickly as they sell out. Tickets cost £6 per person. 

Off Road Kids, Carlton Farm Beehive Lane, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 8RL
Off Road Kids offer mini safari's in little car's children can drive themselves. During the Easter holidays they have 15 minute drives around a field where the children have to collect 5 eggs from baskets in the field. At the end these are exchanged for a chocolate egg or sweets. From 29th March to 1st April (currently). £12.50 per child, suitable for age 3 upwards.

Old Macdonald's Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
The Easter Festival is Friday 29th March to Sunday 14th April. Activities include: Easter Egg Hunt, Magic Shows, Baby Animal Encounters, Circus Workshops, crafts (Bank Holiday weekend only) and Puppet shows. Entry to the park includes unlimited rides and costs:  £19 for adults, £18 for children (under 2s free), book at least 7 days in advance for a decent discount.

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve, Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, Essex CM19 4SF
The Easter egg trail is back on 29th and 30th March between 11am and 2pm. There is also a themed craft drop in by Twinkle & Snug run on a first come first served basis, a games station by Fun Filled Games, Easter themed nature trail and Golden Egg Hunt. Tickets £6 per child, book here. Tickets going quickly.

Pets' Corner, Harlow Town Park, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QG
Over the Easter holidays Pets' Corner are hosting a number of activities including an Easter Egg Hunt (31st March to Friday 12th April 12 to 3.30pm, £1.50 per person, no need to prebook), Meet the Lambs (dates tbc £3.50), Keeper Talks on owls, ponies, rabbits and ferrets (free, 1st, 5th, 6th, 9th and 11th at 1.30, tickets available from gift shop on the day), Easter crafts session (3rd, 7th and 12th April, £2, tickets available from gift shop on the day) and Meet the Easter Bunny (free, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th and 12th April. Best place to check for more details and booking is their Facebook page

Princes Theatre, Clacton Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 1SE
On 7th April you can see a Robin Hood panto by Anton Benson Productions, headlined by Louie Spence and BGT winner Ashleigh and Sully. Tickets start at £13. 
The Milkshake Live tour is also stopping at Princes Theatre on 31st March.

Prittlewell Priory Visitor Centre, Priory Lodge, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6NB
On 21st, 22nd and 24th March there is The Victourian Bunnies & Bonnets event where you can find out about how the Victorians created our Easter traditions. The tour is £12 per person and suitable for children over 11 and adults only.
On 30th March and 5th, 6th, and 12th April there is a Teddy Bear picnic and teddy trail for £2.50 running between 11am and 5pm. You can also prebook a picnic lunch to collect for £7.50 children, £9 adults.

Rainham Hall, The Broadway, Rainham, Havering, London, RM13 9YN
Easter trail running Thursday 28th March to 1st April 11-4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Wind your way round the woodland garden searching for activities including bunny hopping races, egg and spoon hopscotch and other Easter fun. Zoom your way to the end and make sure you collect your Easter treat. £3 per child including map, pencil and treat. Booking not required (but book separately if you want to visit the Hall as well). There is no on site car park, but there is parking nearby in Tesco (3 hours free for customers) and a pay and display car park. 

Riverside Leisure Centre, Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1FG
Not Easter themed, but watching the amateur production of Alice in Wonderland on Ice is something different to do during the holidays. Billed as suitable for the whole family and with tickets ranging from £12 to £20.80 there are several performances a day from Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th April.  Tickets on sale from 10am 7th February.

Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve, Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP
On Friday 5th April there is an Easter themed Nature Tots session (18 months to 5 years) 10am to 12pm, £7 per child. Advanced booking essential. On Tuesday 2nd and Monday 8th April there is a pond dipping and Easter Trail sessions for 3 to 11 year olds. The sessions are 30 minutes pond dipping followed by 30 minutes self led trail. £7 per child. Find and book via the Events page. These events are under Chigwell Meadows, but events at the same location are some times under Roding.

Romford Shopping Hall, 43 Market Place, Romford, Essex RM1 3AB
On Thursday 4th April there are Easter Bonnet decorating sessions and on Wednesday 10th April there is an Easter Egg Hunt between 10am and 3pm. Both events are £3 per child (plus booking fee) and require prebooking. Book your tickets here.

The Royal British Legion, Church Hill, Loughton, IG10 1LH
 The Fairytale Face Painter has 3 Easter parties on Saturday 30th March. At 10am there is Peppy Pig & The Easter Bunny, 1pm The Little Mermaid & Easter Bunny and at 4pm it's Disco Barbs and Superman. Tickets are £18 for children (1-12) and £5 for adults. See event details for more information and to book. 

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
The first open day of the year will be on Sunday 31st March and then 14th April. It says there is a rocket-making workshop, tractor-trailer tours, railway rides, interactive exhibitions and more. Adults £15, children £10. 

Rye-Assic Adventure Park at Rye House, Rye Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0EH
The Dinosaur Themed Adventure Park in Hoddesdon will be transformed for their Easter events from the Friday 29th to 31st March. Event will include: Easter egg hunt, craft station, costume competition, soft play and a return visit voucher. The 2.5 hour sessions are bookable and cost £12.50 per child (1 to 9 years), adults and under 1s are free. Sessions start at 9.30am, Midday and 2.30pm. Book online.

Scotts of Southend, Sutton Road, Rochford, SS4 1LQ
The only children's event currently announced are sessions to teach children to plant sunflowers. Running on 1st, 2nd and 9th April the sessions are free, but need prebooking online.

Shotgate Easter Fayre, Shotgate Park, SS11 8XD
On Sunday 31st March 10am until 3pm Shotgate Parish Council has their Easter Fayre which includes a Children’s entertainer, children’s rides, Easter egg hunt (from 11am), activities, market stalls and more. Easter bonnet parade at 11am. Admission free.

Southchurch Hall, Southchurch Hall Close, Park Lane, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2TE
2024 event not yet announced, in 2023 there was a Mouse Trail running over the holidays at Southchurch Hall. Read the story, find the mice and solve the mystery of Mousechurch Hall. The trail cost £2.50 and was running between 11am and 4pm on 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th, 10th and 12th to 16th April.

Southend Pier & Railway, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE
From Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April there is an Easter Egg Hunt on the pier. It costs £2.50 per child plus the normal entry prices. Complete the activity sheet and take it to the Offshore Bar & Restaurant for a prize. Pier entry costs £6.20 for adults and £3.10 for children in you get the train both ways (the pier is over a mile long) or cheaper if you walk one or both ways.

Stubbers Adventure Centre, Ockendon Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TY
They will be open Friday 29th March to April 14th for activities including a trail. Entrance includes the paddle beach and play park. On the day you can also book tractor rides, clip n climb, caving and pedalo. You can also prebook water sports, target sports and 4x4 driving.  General entrance costs £4 children, £3 adults, activities are varying prices.

Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields Farm, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS
There are several events taking place at Thames Chase over Easter (as well as the Gruffalo Party trail). These include Easter craft sessions where yo can meet the Easter Bunny and get a gift. £10 per child. At various times on March 29th, 30th and April 1st. Call 01708 642970 to book. The website currently isn't showing the Easter events, so check their Facebook page

Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX
On 10th April at 2pm and 6pm there is a panto style production of Aladdin. Adults £19.50, under 16s £16.50. Book online or call the box office. 

Thorndon Nature Discovery Centre, Thorndon Park North, The Avenue, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ
There is a jam packed calendar of events over the Easter holidays, but the main Easter one has not been announced yet.  Check the events page for details, they all need to be prebooked. 

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Mucking Wharf Road, Mucking, Stanford Le Hope SS17 0RN
Easter activities include Egg decoration (1st April), Easter in the woods session (3rd), Easter Arts (3rd) and pond dipping 5th April. Prices vary and need booking via the website. Prebooking essential. Read more about Thurrock Thameside and their playgrounds here.

Wat Tyler County Park, Pitsea Hall Lane Pitsea, Basildon Essex, SS16 4UH 
This year there will be inflatables at Wat Tyler on Good Friday and Easter Monday (weather dependent), and they said there will be some other activities during the holidays, but no Easter trail this year (follow them on Facebook for further announcements). Find out more about Wat Tyler here

Wild Forest Obstacle Activity Centre, Parsonage Farm, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA
This year's Easter family Obstable Run is on 30th, 31st March and 1st April. A 2k run (walk or jog) with obstacles and lots of mud. Billed as 2 hours of Easter Family Fun and includes Hot Chocolate & Fire pit (bring your own marshmallows). Easter treat for each child. £24 per person plus booking fee. Booking details on website.

Willows Activity Farm, London Colney, Hertfordshire AL4 0PF
Willows has 2 events running in the Easter holidays. From 23rd March to 1st April they have their Easter Eggstravaganza and then from 2nd to 14th April (which is most of the school holidays) they have Willows Magical Adventure.  As Easter will technically be over they are swapping the Easter Bunny for Professor Merlin. There will still be a fun hunt where you can earn a chocolate treat and crafts as well as baby animals including bunnies and chicks, new shows, funfair rides, soft play and role play areas.  Prebooking recommended for non-members. Tickets cost £25.95, but you can save money by booking in advance online.        

2018 Easter Egg Hunt at Willows Activity Farm eggs and mud
The Easter Egg Hunt at Willows Activity Farm

Wivenhoe House Hotel, Wivenhoe House, CO4 3SQ
On Wednesday 3rd April at 2pm Magical Princess Parties are hosting a Princess Afternoon Tea. Includes meeting the princesses, story telling, singalongs and crafts along with an afternoon tea. £30 per person.

Woodstock Farm, Cold Norton, Essex, CM3 6NP
Tickets are on sale now for the Easter event running from 29th March to 14th April. The "Lambing Live!" event will include bouncy castle, animal petting, Easter Bunny, pony rides and crafting. 2 session times starting at 10am or 1.30pm. Children (between 2 and 11) £22.95, Junior £15.95 (doesn't include pony ride), adult £9.95 (plus booking fee). Book here

Wyvernwood, St. Osyth Road, Alresford, Colchester CO7 8AP
Join the Easter adventure at this magical setting and help find the 8 missing dragon eggs 29th March to 14th April. Wyvernwood is an outdoor immersive storytelling world with lots of play areas and very little cover. Advanced tickets cost £17.49 for children and £16.49 for adults. 

All information correct at time of publishing as far as I could check. I am not affiliated with any of the venues and I can't provide any information about the quality of the events. If you spot any errors or know of any other events please email me or add to the comments below. Thank You

If you fancy going further afield you might want to check out this guide to Easter Egg Hunts in South East London or this guide to Easter activities in Kent.

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Easter Egg Hunts and Holiday Activities in Essex 2023
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