May half-term in Essex

There are lots of opportunities at National Trust places in Essex for kids to get outside and back in touch with nature this May half-term. Here are some of our favourite places to go for a wild family day out.

Family group climbing on tree trunk

Fun for Families at Hatfield Forest

Bring your family to the forest and enjoy a range of outdoor activities, whether it be just letting off steam running around under the trees, building a den or exploring the further reaches on foot or by bike

A Tudor timber framed building with cartway on the left

Paycocke's: the house

Take a journey back through time with the rooms of our impressive Tudor building.

Autumn leaves on the woodland floor

Danbury Common to Lingwood Common walk, Chelmsford, Essex

Follow this waymarked trail, discovering open heathland, wooded glades, wetland and all the wildlife that thrive in the variety of habitats.

Bourne Mill Colchester

Things to see and do at Bourne Mill

Enjoy your day with us: try bug-hunting or the pedal powered fulling stocks. You want to tuck in to naughty scone with your picnic, there's plenty of fun in and around the water at the mill. Check out the events too. Please note: Last admission time to the mill is 30 minutes before closing.