Birthday Parties


Birthday Parties

Have a really WILD birthday party with Essex Wildlife Trust.

We offer a variety of fabulous themed birthday parties set in beautiful outdoor locations at our Nature Discovery Centres. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, our current party offer consists of two hours of outdoor activities led by a dedicated staff member. 

For further information on the Trust’s COVID statement, read here

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.

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, led 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?

£150 for up to fifteen children plus £7 extra per child

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 thirty children, depending on activity and site, and you must bring one adult per five children.

What is included?

2 hrs of fabulous outdoor nature based activities all fully risk assessed. A dedicated party leader. Indoor or covered space may be available as part of the 2hrs for food at some sites.

Do you provide food?

We are not currently providing food.