Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

***Please note: we are planning to run parties for up to 10 children from 12th April. For further information on the Trust’s COVID statement, read here***

Have a really WILD birthday party with Essex Wildlife Trust.

Are you looking for an exciting and hassle-free party with a difference? Our Nature Discovery Centres offer wildlife-themed birthday parties for all ages, set in beautiful outdoor locations on our reserves. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, our current party offer consists of two hours of outdoor activities led by a dedicated staff member. For the duration of the party the children will be in two groups of up to five children to carry out the activities and we ask that one adult attends to accompany each group (maximum two adults).

Wildlife Party

Wildlife Party

Get wild with a choice of pond dipping, bug hunting, bird watching, natural art or orienteering (availability varies between Nature Discovery Centres).

Den Building Party

Bushcraft and Den Building

Put your survival skills to the test, building shelters and learning to light a fire. Finish with marshmallows toasted over the campfire.

Fairies and Elves Party

Fairies and Elves

Enjoy a magical adventure in search of fairies and elves. Hunt for their secret homes, play games and make natural fairy crafts.

Pirates Party


Gather your crew and follow the treasure map to find the hidden gold. Build a pirate camp, play games and maybe even walk the plank!

dinosaur dig


Have a prehistoric party with us – budding fossil hunters can go in search of dinosaur clues, play games and make a craft to take home.

Animal Superheroes Party

Animal Superheroes

Discover some amazing wildlife superpowers, with lots of fun games and challenges along the way to test your own little superheroes.

Teddy Bears Picnic Party

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Bring your favourite cuddly toy to enjoy fun and games outdoors – build a mini den, search for tiny treasures and make some natural art.

Barmy Army Party

Barmy Army 

Are you up for a challenge? Complete military-style training, including assault course and soft archery, to become part of our Barmy Army.
(Ingrebourne Nature Discovery Centre only)

Brambly Hedge Party

Brambly Hedge 

Meet the mice of Brambly Hedge as you follow the trail around the reserve. Share a story as you go and get creative with a natural craft.
(Abberton Nature Discovery Centre only)

Seashore Explorers

Seashore Explorers 

Explore the beach with a seashore scavenger hunt, look for crabs and other creatures in the pools and search for ancient fossils (tide dependent).
(The Naze Nature Discovery Centre only)

Beach Party

Beach Party 

Enjoy some traditional seaside fun on the beach with giant bubbles, kite flying, seashore searching, games and toasting marshmallows.
(The Naze Nature Discovery Centre only)

Fossil Hunting

Fossil Discovery 

Discover the fascinating fossils that have been found at The Naze before heading down to the beach on your own fossil hunt. What will you find?
(The Naze Nature Discovery Centre only)

Frequently asked questions

How long does the party last?

Parties last for two hours, fully outdoors, lead by one of our Education Officers.

When can I have my party?

Most of our Nature Discovery Centres offer parties on Saturdays and Sundays either in the morning or afternoon, subject to availability. Some sites may offer parties after school and during school holidays as well.

How much does a party cost?

£120 for up to ten children.

Is there a maximum number of guests I can invite?

We are working within current COVID-19 secure guidelines and will update our ways of working if needed. Currently a party can run with a maximum of ten children in two groups of up to five and you must bring one adult per group. (From 12th April 2021)

What is included?

All your fully risk assessed activities and equipment.
A dedicated party leader.

Do you provide food?

We are not currently providing food.