Easter Egg Hunts, Trails and Activities in Essex 2022

Easter Sunday 2022 is Sunday 17th April and most of the school Easter holidays start a couple of weeks before that on Saturday 2nd April. 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.

If you live in Essex you might also find my guides to Essex section helpful for ideas of places to go. 

Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Holiday Activities for Children in Essex (and beyond) for 2022

This list will be updated regularly as more venues confirm details of what they have planned. Events range from free to £££, check the organisers website or Facebook page to confirm age suitability and availability. 
Last updated 2nd April 2022

Easter egg hunts and childrens activities in Essex 2022
Where to go in Essex this Easter

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Church Road, Layer-de-la Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU 
On Sunday 17th and Monday 18th April 10.30am to 3.30pm there is Easter Eggsplorer event at Abberton Reservoir. Take a walk around the reserve and complete the Easter Trail to collect your pin badge prize. There are also Easter crafts to join in.  It is £4 per child and they ask that there is one adult per paying child to aid social distancing. You can prebook online.
There are lots of other events taking place at Abberton during the holidays that are worth checking out too including pond dipping and fairies and elves events, prebooking for these is strongly recommended as they will get fully booked.

Audley End House and Gardens, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF
The Easter Adventure Quest takes place from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 24th April 10am to 5pm. Hunt for eggs by solving clues and claim a chocolate reward and adventurers certificate. You can also discover traditional Easter games like egg rolling and the egg and spoon race. Easter quest tickets cost an additional £1.50 to the entry price of Adults £21, Children £12.60 and under 5s entry is free, English Heritage members free entry (but still need to pay for the quest). Prebooking for entry not currently required.

Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB
Open every day from 2nd April until Monday 18th 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?
Tickets £17, children under 92cm are half price 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 2nd to 18th 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. Adult and children 2 and over £15.50 a ticket, under 6 to 24 months £2.50.

Bedfords Park Nature Discovery Centre, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Essex, RM4 1QH
On Monday 4th April there are two Easter Forest Fun Sessions (10 til 12 and 1 til 3) where children will be guided on an exploration of the forest and it's spring awakening before toasting a snack on the fire (weather permitting). Prebooking required. 
On Friday 8th April there is a Superworm storytime in the woods followed by activities (10am to 11.15am).
Booking essential for both events, there are also forest school drop off sessions available to book in the holidays.

Belfairs Nature Discovery Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4LR
On Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April 10am to 4pm join the self-led Easter Egg-splorer Trail at Belfairs. Answer the clues and claim your prize at the visitors centre, you can book online or (in cash) on the day. £3 per child. On Saturday 16th April there is also a family special forest school event you can book on to (this will get fully booked).

The Bocking Arts Theatre, 15 Bocking End, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9AE
On Thursday 14th April Bam Bam has a Kids Easter Show (one at 11am one at 2pm). Child tickets £7.50, Adults £2.50. We saw Bam Bam a few years ago at Marsh Farm a few years ago and even my “I’m too cool for this” 8 year old loved him, he’s since been on BGT and wowed Amanda Holden so it should be an interesting show with jokes and magic.

Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester, CO2 8RT
Have fun following the National Trust trail around the mill and garden on 15th to 18th April from 11am to 3.30pm (last entry at 3pm). 2nd to 5th April and 9th and 10th April 10am to 2.30pm. Entry to the Mill and Garden costs £5.50 for adults and £2.75 for children. The Easter egg hunt is an addition £3 and children will get a trail map, pencil and chocolate egg. Booking required for entry (including for National Trust members), but Easter trail tickets can be bought on the day. 

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 during the holidays (and then Friday to Sunday until the Summer holidays). Adults £7, Children £6. 

Cammas Hall Farm, Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak CM22 7JT
Easter event running Friday 1st April to Monday 18th April, (closed Monday 4th & 11th) but details not yet announced. The route is approximately half a mile goes through Cammas Wood, open farmland and the developing fruit fields with friendly forest characters along the way. Hand your game card in for an Easter treat. £4.70 (plus 25p booking fee) per child, no charge for accompanying adults or babies under 12 months, but tickets still needed. Tickets must be prebooked in advance. You can also order a craft box to collect after the trail for £8.95.

Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 4RQ
Easter activities are planned from Monday 4th to Sunday 17th April. The Easter trail runs 10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm) until Thursday 14th April where children can hunt 8 eggs across the garden and claim a treat at the end. This event is followed on Friday 15th to Sunday 17th April with the Easter Egg-stravaganza event where you can meet the Easter bunny, take part in crafts, listen to story telling and plant a seed to take home. 
There is also a mini zoo, the holly maze, picturesque themed gardens and the fairy forest to explore.
Pre booking is recommended to guarantee entry. The trail costs: Adults £8, Children £5, under 3s free (plus booking fee). The Egg-stravaganza costs: Adults £9, Children £7, under 3s free (plus booking fee). Read more in my review from our recent visit.

The Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU
On Tuesday 5th April Party Monsters are hosting a BIG Easter Party for all the family. 3 sessions running throughout the day, 10:30 – 13:00 | 14:00 – 16:30 | 17:30 – 20:00. Includes magic show, puppet show, bubbles, balloons, snow, sensory play, bouncy castles and more. Tickets £5 for infants, £10.50 for 2 to 16 year olds, £4 for adults plus booking fees.
There is an Easter Market on Sunday 10th April 10am to 5pm which is free entry. there are crafts, treats and gifts. More information will be available nearer the time.

Chelmsford, Quaker Meeting House, 114 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2QL
Artimate are running a 2 day stop animation workshop aimed at 7 to 12 year olds on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April 10am to 2.30pm. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience. Tickets £60

Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 9AQ
There are a number of free Easter events at the museum including Make Your Own…  Easter Tree Baubles on Monday 4th, Easter Chicks Wednesday 6th, Easter Flowers on Friday 8th and Easter Crown on Wednesday 13th April. Book spaces for the sessions here. Open 10am until 4pm, entry free.

Colchester Castle, Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1TJ
On Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April there are Magic & Witchcraft: Mad Science sessions at Colchester Castle. Discover how magicians use science to amaze audiences and learn tricks to surprise your friends and family. Sessions are aimed at children over 4 and cost £5 for a 45 minute session.  Sessions can  be prebooked on 01206 282939 but they also expect some walk in spaces available. Castle admission prices also apply (£10.95 for adults, £5.95 for children).

Colchester ZooMaldon Road, Colchester CO3 0SL
As well as all the normal activities and things to do at the zoo from 2nd to 22nd April children will be given a trail sheet on arrival. If you find all the eggs (including the golden one) and leave your competed sheet you could win an animal experience. 

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

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 17th April. Gates open at 2pm and close at 4pm, car park closes at 5pm. Adults £5, 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 essential. 

Crouch Valley Showground, A1245, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7FQ https://thegivebackfestival.co.uk/
The Giveback Festival describes it’s self as a family friendly festival. It is at Crouch Valley Showground on Friday 15th to Monday 18th April. Headlined by Toploader and Tinchy Stryder there is also a family fun field with a range of activities for children including an Easter Egg trail and inflatables. The event is dog friendly too. A family ticket costs £25 (for one day) for up to 2 adults and 2 children (under 3s free). Adult tickets £15, children £7.50

Dinosaur World Live, Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford. CM1 1JG
The stage show is in Chelmsford on 15th to 17th April with 2 shows a day. A family stage show with realistic dinosaurs. Photo opportunity after the show. Show running time 65mins, tickets, £14 with a £1.50 booking fee per transaction. There are also other shows over the holidays at The Civic Theatre including Fireman Sam, Rapunzel and Sooty.

Doddinghurst Village Hall, Church Lane, Doddinghurst, Brentwood, CM15 0NJ
A Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place in the field behind the village hall where children need to find a numbered egg and tick it off their list. When they have found them all they get a chocolate egg. Event running between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 16th April and will take up to an hour. £3 a child.

East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2DS
On Friday 15th to Monday 18th 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 £13.20 for children (2 to 15) and £17.60 for adults. Prebooking required.

Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
The museum is running Easter themed drop in events for children during the holidays including: 5th April Make an Easter Chick in a Basket and 12th April Make an Easter Bonnet. Activities available between 10.30 and 3.30pm and last about half an hour, they cost £2.30 per child. On Saturday 16th April they also have an Easter Egg hunt around the museum, between 10am and 4pm, £1 per child, takes about half an hour (it's a small museum). No need to book.

Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar and North Weald
Catch the Easter Express on Friday 15th to Monday 18th 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 (normally an additional cost).
Tickets cost Adult £18; Child £10; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £47. Under 3s free.

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Discovery Park,  South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester , Essex, CO5 7DN
Several bookable activities are taking place over the Easter holidays including forest school, den building, fires and pond dipping, but they also have an Easter event for 4 to 10 year olds on Thursday 14th April 10.30am to 12pm which includes and Easter Egg Hunt and Easter crafts. £10 per child, prebooking required. 

Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL
The Easter trail takes place between 9 - 18 April 2022, from 10.30am to 3pm across countryside which may get muddy (so bring wellies). The price of the trail is £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end. Admission of £5 per car also applicable (unless National Trust members). 

Foxholes Farm, London Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 7NT
The Lambing Live event runs from 1st to 18th April open from 10am, last entry at 2pm. Over 200 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. £9.95 per person, under 2’s are free. Book online for guaranteed entry.

Frinton Easter Fayre, Macgrigor Hall, 85 Forth Avenue, Frinton On Sea, CO13 9EB
An Easter Fayre is on 10am to 3pm on 17th and 18th April. Indoor and Outdoor stalls. It’s their first annual fayre so it’s not clear how suitable it will be fore children, but Frinton is a lovely place to visit. 

The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NA
The Garden will be open on Sunday 17th with an Easter trail and Monday 18th April with an Open Day, 2pm to 6pm. Full details not yet available, but check their event page for updates.

Go Bananas, 9-10 Mason Road, Cowdray Centre, Colchester, CO1 1BX
The soft play has an Easter Party for under 5s on Thursday 31st March 10am to 12pm and all ages on Friday 15th April 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Includes Easter egg hunt, dancing, soft play, games and crafts. £10.50 per child, £3 per adult. Book online

No sign of an Easter trail this year, but there is an Easter crafts session taking place on Sunday 17th April from 11am until 1pm. Suitable for families with children aged 4 to 11, costs £5 per child with free tickets for children in receipt of free school meals. Book here. 

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 Fairies & Pixies event, but their Easter themed events are on Sunday 10th and Friday 15th April between 10am and 12pm and 2pm and 4pm. Easter egg hunt, Easter-themed craft and pond dipping £12 per child (suitable for age 4 to 10). Booking essential.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS
KD Theatre Productions present The Wizard of Oz from Friday 1st April to Tuesday 5th 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. Read my review here (press tickets)

Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, C02 7AT
Headgate Theatre have a Jungle Book themed theatre workshop running from Monday 11th to Thursday 14th April for children 8 to 16. £120 for the week, early booking recommended.

Hedingham Castle, Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ
Sunday 17th and Monday 19th April (10am to 4pm) Hedingham Castle have a Medieval Spring Joust. There is no mention of an Easter trail this year, but instead you can 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 £17.50, Juniors (5 to 16) £13, under 5s are free and family tickets available.

Henry Samuel Hall, Steeple Road, Mayland, Chelmsford, CM3 6EG.
An Easter Craft Fayre is taking place on Saturday 2nd April from 10am to 4pm to raise funds for the ongoing restoration on Henry Samuel Hall. There will be a few activities for children including face painting. £1 entry per person, under 12s free.

Herts & Essex Community Farm, Fold Croft, Harlow, Essex CM20 1SE
There is an Easter Fun Day with an Egg Hunt on Saturday 16th April 12 til 2pm. There will also be games, food and refreshments on offer. Prebooking not required, but if you can click “going” on the Facebook event it will help them with numbers. 

Hobbycraft (Various locations including Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow and Loughton-Epping Forest)
Most Hobbycraft stores run craft sessions in store and during the Easter holidays they are running Easter bonnet decorating sessions for £5 and Pom Pom Bunnies making workshops for £15, dates vary between stores. Sessions are bookable via ClassBento

Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1UG
There are Easter Arts and Crafts sessions running during the holidays suitable for ages 4 and up. Tickets cost £5 per person and can be prebooked (call 01206 282939) but they day there will also be some walk in spaces too. 4th, 8th, 11th and 15th April at set times throughout the day. 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
Special Easter Events taking places Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 10am to 4pm. Meet the Easter Bunny, follow the Easter trail, go on inflatables, enjoy free crafts and more. Prebooking not essential. Adults £7.50, Children £6.50, Under 2’s free. 

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford CM3 8ET
The Easter trail is running from Saturday 2nd to Monday 18th when children can hunt for giant colourful eggs hidden around the garden. Children will receive a PLAYin CHOC from the garden centre when they have completed the trail (these chocolates are organic, vegan and allergen free). On Tuesday 5th and 12th April there are storytelling sessions throughout the day. O nWednesday 6th ad 13th and Thursday 7th and 14th there are children’s Easter craft sessions throughout the day (additional £2 a child).  Entry free to RHS members and under 5s, £12.95 adults, £6.55 children. 

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
  Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach , Hornchurch, RM12 6DF (Sat Nav RM12 6TS)
There are lots of activities running at Ingrebourne over the Easter holidays including forest school, invasive species sessions, crafts, bug hunting, family bat walks and more (check out the events page and filter to Ingrebourne to see them all) but their Easter activities have not yet been announce. They normally have an Easter egg hunt and I will update when details are provided. Prebooking for activities required.

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 (taken 2020)

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 an area for younger children too. Running from 11th to 14th April in bookable 2 hour slots starting at 9.30am, £8.50 per child (over 6 months) tickets available to book online or call 07572 681 101 for more details.

Lakeside Shopping Centre, Grays, Essex, RM20 2ZQ
There are bound to be lots of activities at Lakeside over Easter as there are so many attractions there, this entry will be updated when more information is available.
Circus Extreme claims to be a family show lasting 2 hours in a large socially distanced big top. They are located at Lakeside Shopping Centre (Car Park 8) from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 24th April. Tickets available via their website with tickets costing £9 to £28 children, £11 to £32 adults.

Langdon Nature Discovery Park, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, SS16 6EJ 
On Wednesday 6th and 13th April at 10 - 12 and 1.30 to 4 there are Easter themed Nature Tots session for pre-school children (and their parents) aged 18 months to 5 years. £7 per child and rebooking essential (you don’t pay for the accompanying parent or siblings under 18 months. 
On Thursday 7th April 9 - 4 overs 8s Forest school session, booking essential, £25 per child. 

Lambourne End, Centre for Outdoor Learning, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex, RM4 1NB
From Monday 4th to Thursday 14th April (week days) there is an Adventure Academy for children over 8. It is £45 a day with discounts if you book for a full week.  On Tuesdays 5th and 12th April and Thursdays 7th and 14th there are  full and half day activities for all ages. Under 5s need to be accompanied by an adult. £22.50 for 1/2 day, £45 for full day. Prebooking essential.

Lathcoats Farm, Beehive Lane, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 8LX
The Easter event will be on 2nd to 16th April from 9am to 4pm except Sundays (closed Sundays). £4 per child includes activity sheet, pencil and chocolate treat (DF option available). Collect activity sheet from farm shop, no booking required. 

Lavenham Guildhall, Market Place, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9QZ
The trail takes place around the village between 9th and 18th April from 10.30am - 2pm. The price of the trail is £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 17th and Monday 18th April from 11am to 5pm. There is an Easter Egg hunts for the toddlers, Egg and Spoon Races and you can bottle feeding lambs. You can also climb the Tower, go round the gardens, visit the Tea Room and enjoy the new swings. Adults £10, Children £5. Book online.

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 2nd to 18th April. There is an Easter egg hunt, characters to meet and animals to see. Open 10am to 5pm everyday. Tickets £13.99 per person, 6 months to 2 years £4.99.(Now run by the same people as Marsh Farm).

Marks Hall Estate, Marks Hall Road, Coggeshall, CO6 1TG
The Easter Egg Trail will be running 2nd April until 24th April 10am to 4.30pm. Find the 50 wooden Easter egg in the Arboretum and claim a chocolate prize, suitable for 3 to 10 years. £2 per child plus normal admission charges (£9 adults, £4.75 children). 
Also worth noting on 17th April they have a family theatre performance of The Elves and The Shoe Maker at 1pm and 3pm, tickets are £12 (this doesn’t include entry to Arboretum or Woodland Walks). Suitable for children 3 plus.

Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5WP
The 2022 Easter Eggstravaganza from 2nd 18th April. All the normal Marsh Farm activities are available plus you can meet the Easter Bunny, go on the Easter Egg hunt, do Easter crafts and see baby chicks. As it's Marsh Farm there are bound to be plenty of photo opportunities too. 
Normal activities include: train ride, fairground rides, playgrounds, animals, softplay and crazy golf.
Tickets cost £20.99 for everyone over 2, £5.99 for 6 months to 2 years and free for under 6 months. 

Mayfield Farm Bakery, Sheering Road, Harlow, CM17 0JP
An Easter afternoon tea with a visit from the Easter bunny takes place on 14th April at 3pm. £20pp, call 01279 411 774 to book.

Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9AA
A National Trust Easter trail with nature inspired activities in the beautiful gardens. Running on 13th to 18th and 20th to 24th April between Midday and 4.30pm. £3 per child including map, pencil and chocolate egg, pay at the Visitors Centre. Admission charges also apply (£10 adults, £5 children for whole property)

Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted CM24 8SP
Their Easter Egg Hunt is back this year from 9th to 18th April. Details not yet available. Opening hours 10am to 5pm with last admission at 4pm. General entry prices £13.50 for adults, £11 for children 3 to 13.

Muthu Westcliff Hotel, 18-20 Westcliff Parade, Westcliff On Sea, Southend On Sea, Essex SS0 7QW
On Saturday 9th April The Singing Princess has an Easter Fairy Ball which includes afternoon tea, liver performances and magical activities. 2 sessions: 12 til 2pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Tickets £24 for adults, £18 for children. Call 07788244011 for tickets.

The Naze Centre, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8LE
On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 10am to 3pm there is a drop in Easter Egg Hunt, follow the trail to find all the giant eggs then claim your prize at the end. No need to book (although the website has conflicting advice on this) probably £3 per child although again the website has conflicting information.
There are also Fossil Hunting sessions available to book in the Easter holidays. 

Noak Hill Victory Hall, Church Road, Noak Hill, Romford, RM4 1LD
Ricknroll Mascots are having an Easter Party on Monday 18th April at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm. Each 90 minute session includes inflatables, soft play, dancing, easter egg hunt, games and character meets. £8 per child, prebooking required. Message via facebook or text 07706486074 to book.

Old Macdonald's Farm, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
The Easter Festival is Saturday 2nd to Monday 18th April. Activities include: Easter Egg Hunt, Magic Shows, Baby Animal Encounters, Circus Workshops and Puppet shows. Entry to the park includes unlimited rides and costs:  £19 for adults, £18 for children (under 2s free), save 50 pence by booking in advance online. 

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve, Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, Essex CM19 4SF
Easter themed craft drop in by Twinkle & Snug run on a first come first served basis, prices starting at £5 and include hanging butterflies, bird houses, squirrel plant pot and wind chimes. Also glitter tattoos from £3. Details here. 

Rainham Hall, The Broadway, Rainham, Havering, London, RM13 9YN
Easter Adventures in nature trail running Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th April and Thursday 14th to Monday 18th April 11-4pm (last entry 3pm). The trail has nature inspired activities in the Community Gardens of Rainham Hall. £3 per child including map, pencil and chocolate egg. 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. The cafĂ© is currently closed.

Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve, Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP
On Thursday 7th April there are Easter themed sessions running 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. A forest fun session for 3 to 10 year olds involving exploring the signs of spring before toasting a snack on the fire. £7 a child, prebooking required (find via the Events page).

Romford Shopping Hall, 43 Market Place, Romford, Essex RM1 3AB
There are hour long Easter bonnet decorating workshops on Saturday 26th March and an Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday 7th April between 10 and 4am. Follow the map to find the hidden eggs and bunnies. After completing you get fluffy toy chick and medal. Events cost £3 per child plus booking fee, get your tickets here.

The Royal British Legion, Church Hill, Loughton, IG10 1LH
The beautiful Loughton tea room Lobella are heading to a larger venue with The Fairytale Face Painter for “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” at The Royal British Legion on Saturday 9th April at 10am and 1pm. Adults can enjoy a cream tea while children have cakes, biscuits, sweets and a special adventure with Alice. Includes free face painting from Anna, The Fairytale Face Painter (for age 3 and up), balloon modelling, fun, games and entertainment. Tickets £25 per person over 1 (adults and children). See event details for more information and to book. 

Alice in Wonderland with an invitation to a tea party for Easter fun in Loughton Essex
Join Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party with cakes, face painting and lots of fun (at RBL Loughton on 9th April)

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY
Finally reopening on Sunday 17th April (and then Sundays until Autumn) this is a fun place to visit. A visit includes: exploring the rocket vault, making an air powered rocket, an explosive show (literally) with Professor Nitrate and either a tractor ride on trip on the narrow gauge Gunpowder Railway. There is also a children's playground fitness trail. Tickets: £10 adults, £8 concessions (pensioners and under 16s). More details to be announced.

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 15th to Monday 18th April to include: Easter egg hunt, messy play, costume competition, soft play and a free return visit. 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 10am and 1.30pm.

Shotgate Easter Fayre, Shotgate Park, SS11 8XD
On Sunday 17th April 9am 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. Admission free.

Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX
On 9th April at 2pm and 6pm there is a panto style production of Wizard of Oz. Adults £15, under 16s £13. Book online or call the box office. Read my review of the first night of the productions tour here (press tickets).

Thorndon Nature Discovery Centre, Thorndon Park North, The Avenue, Brentwood, CM13 3RZ
On 14th April there are Eggcellent Woodland craft sessions running from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. Session will take place all outside and the normal parking charges apply in addition to £7 per child session fee, prebooking recommended (it will probably sell out).

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Mucking Wharf Road, Mucking, Stanford Le Hope SS17 0RN
There is a jam packed calendar or events over the Easter holidays including a Springo Bingo Trail from Saturday 2nd to Friday 15th April between 10am and 4pm. Collect a bingo card (£3) from the Discovery Centre then search the Nature Park for the images on the card. Find 5 in a row or a full house and claim your prize. Prebooking not required.
There are also events that will sell out including: Mud Pie Monday (4th), Bunny Making (4th, 6th), Beastly Safari (5th), Survival Skills (5th) and Wild Wednesday (6th) More events may be announced too.

Tiptree United Reformed Church, Chapel Road, Tiptree, Colchester CO5 0HP
The Lexi Doll Charity are hosting an Easter Bonanza with easter crafts, gift stalls, refreshments and an Easter Egg Hunt. Free entry (but expect charge for activities as it's a fundraising event for the charity which supports bereaved children who have lost a baby sibling).

TransportFest, The Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, CM9 6QA 
On Easter Sunday (17th April) between 10am to 3pm there is a Transport Festival at the Museum of Power. It sounds like a fun day out for transport lovers with classic cars, buses and military vehicles to see as well as children's ride and activities. Adults £8, Children £5, under 5s free. The Miniature steam train and model village will be open too (additional charge).

The Tree Room, 12 Trinity Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JN
On Tuesday 5th April Peace of Me are running "A Mindful Eggs-stravaganza" sessions for children. The sessions focus on mindulness and have an Easter theme, Easter fancy dress optional, but encouraged. 10am suitable for 2 1/2 to 4 years and 11.30am session suitable for 5 to 8 years. Prices £8 and £9 plus booking fee.

Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Highbridge Street, EN9 1DE
The Faith Trust & Pixie Dust Ball by Magical Princess Parties is at Waltham Abbey Town Hall on Wednesday 13th April at 11am and 2pm. tickets are £25 per child and £8 per adult includes refreshments and performances. Tickets available here. 

Wat Tyler County Park, Pitsea Hall Lane Pitsea, Basildon Essex, SS16 4UH 
Join the self led Easter Trail at the County Park on Monday 4th to Friday 8th April and Monday 11th to Sunday 17th April 10.30am to 3.00pm. Self-led trail with clues and answers to complete before returning to collect your egg. Trail takes about 30 - 45 mins, £5.25 per child. To secure your chosen timeslot and day please call us on 01268 205267 between 10am-3pm daily.  Any allocation left will be granted on a first come first served basis on the day.
Be warned that their play area is currently closed for refurbishment (until June).

Wellgate Community Farm, Wellgate Farm, Collier Row Road, Romford, RM5 2BH
This small community run farm has a Spring Babies event on 9th and 10th April, time not yet confirmed, but probably between 11am and 3pm. Free Entry with charges for many activities. I went to this years ago and it was a nice event to see lots of farm animals and support a community programme. If parking isn't available they recommend parking at the nearby City Pavillion.

Wild Forest Obstacle Activity Centre, Parsonage Farm, Ongar Road, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LA
Easter Obstable Run available to book from 2nd April. A 2k run (walk or jog) with 15 obstacles and lots of mud. Billed as 2hours of Easter Family Fun and includes Hot Chocolate & Fire pit (bring your own marshmallows). Mini egg and certificate of achievement for each child. £23 per person plus booking fee. Booking details on website.

Willows Activity Farm, London Colney, Hertfordshire AL4 0PF
Easter Eggstravaganza running 2nd to 18th April which will include an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Grotto, baby animals including bunnies and chicks, new shows, funfair rides, soft play and role play areas. As well as meeting the Easter bunny there will be meet and greets with Peter Rabbit available.  Prebooking recommended for non-members. Tickets £24.25 (plus 50p booking fee) per people aged 2 and over. While Willows is probably the most expensive of the attractions on this page, it is a great full day out with lots to do and see. Dry days are better, but there are plenty of inside areas to dry off in if necessary. 

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 Thursday 24th April the Glass Slipper Association present Once Upon A Dream Princess Ball with Princess meet and greets, an interactive show, easter card craft and a sweet treat to take home. Sessions at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets cost £30 (plus £2.93 booking fee) for 1 child and up to 2 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

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Things to do with children in Essex and Over 150 places to go on rainy days in Essex
If you live in the south of the county you might find this guide to Easter activities in Kent helpful.

Easter activities for children in Essex 2022

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