***Please note as of 17/10 we will not be offering Birthday Parties at any of our Centres until further notice. 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 Visitor Centres offer wildlife-themed birthday parties for all ages, set in beautiful outdoor locations on our reserves. In light of coronavirus restrictions, our current party offer consists of 2 hours of outdoor activities led by a dedicated staff member. For the duration of the party the children will be in 2 groups of up to 5 children to carry out the activities and we ask that one adult attends to accompany each group (maximum 2 adults).
Get wild with a choice of pond dipping, bug hunting, bird watching, natural art or orienteering (availability varies between centres).
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
Enjoy a magical adventure in search of fairies and elves. Hunt for their secret homes, play games and make natural fairy crafts.
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!
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.
Discover some amazing wildlife superpowers, with lots of fun games and challenges along the way to test your own little superheroes.
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.
Are you up for a challenge? Complete military-style training, including assault course and soft archery, to become part of our barmy army.
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.
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 only)
Enjoy some traditional seaside fun on the beach with giant bubbles, kite flying, seashore searching, games and toasting marshmallows.
(The Naze only)
Discover the fascinating fossils have been found at The Naze before heading down to the beach on your own fossil hunt. What will you find?
(The Naze only)
Frequently asked questions
How long does the party last?
Parties last for 2 hours, fully outdoors, lead by one of our Education Officers.
When can I have my party?
Most of our visitor centres offer parties on Saturdays and Sundays either mornings or afternoons, 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 10 children.
Is there a maximum number of guests I can invite?
We are working within current Covid secure guidelines and will update our ways of working if needed. Currently a party can run with a maximum of 10 children in two groups of up to 5 and you must bring one adult per group.
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.