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On this page you'll also find our latest challenges for the school holidays and recipes and instructions for other activities.  To receive our regular eNewsletter giving details of all the latest Essex CU news just send your e-mail address to admin@essexchildrensuniversity.co.uk or click here

For ideas on how to keep collecting stamps during the Christmas holidays, see our Winter Challenge below.

Danbury Country Park will be hosting a Big Winter Feed event on Thursday 21 December.  Learn about the birds in the park and earn a 1 hour stamp for your Passport.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall are delighted to be hosting an incredible free pop up planetarium courtesy of the University of Hertfordshire, where you can learn about the winter skies and see images of planets, constellations and stars. Children can earn 45 minutes in their Passport to Learning.  There will be 5 shows a day starting at 10:30 with the last show at 14:30. 

Families can visit the Planetarium during the weekend of 8-10 December and can also try their hand at making Christmas decorations and meet Santa and his Elf!

History, art, design, performing arts, music or literature.  The Colchester Cultural Trail 2017 has something for all children.  See the flier below to find out how you can earn stamps at some of Colchester's most popular Learning Destinations.

Children living in or visiting Sudbury can follow the Talbot Trail and earn 1.5 hours for their Passport.  The trail highlights some of the fascinating history of Sudbury and can be downloaded from the bottom of this page or you can pick up a printed copy from the Tourist Information Office in the town's library for 50p.  Staff there would be happy to stamp your Passport on completion of the trail.  Also available from the Tourist Information Office is the Sudbury Heritage Centre Young Visitor's Activities sheet which takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Harwich Trail
Harwich has a rich nautical history and much of it's heritage can be seen in parts of the Old Town.  The Harwich Society runs and maintains many visitor attractions within the area, many of which have been validated as CU Learning Destinations.  You'll find activity sheets to download at the bottom of this page. 
Children must be accompanied on any visit and please check the website www.harwich-society.co.uk ahead of any visit.

Other News Snippets

  • Thursday 7th December 2017 - 12:28

    A Pop Up Planetarium, a Big Winter Feed and a CU Winter Challenge. Click here

  • Tuesday 5th December 2017 - 13:37

    Pop up Christmas Orchestra - no experience necessary. For more information

  • Wednesday 29th November 2017 - 14:24

    A pop up planetarium and Christmas shopping for the grown ups at RHS Hyde Hall. For more information

  • Tuesday 31st October 2017 - 10:15

    We're delighted to announce a brand new online partnership with Night Zookeeper

  • Tuesday 17th October 2017 - 09:02

    See the latest CU Challenge for the October Half Term Holiday

  • Tuesday 26th September 2017 - 09:13

    Find out about the Young Engineers day at our latest Learning Destination...

  • Monday 4th September 2017 - 13:26

    Heritage Open Days this weekend......

  • Wednesday 12th July 2017 - 09:54

    For ideas about how to carry on collecting stamps throughout the summer holidays click here

  • Monday 19th June 2017 - 14:31

    Science Discovery Day:The Great Outdoors at Sandford Mill, Chelmsford. For more information

  • Tuesday 23rd May 2017 - 13:14

    Free Family Saturdays at Firstsite in Colchester. For more information

  • Tuesday 16th May 2017 - 10:06

    Essex CU Headquarters has moved! For our new contact details

Relevant Files for Download:

Here are some resource documents for download, to accompany the information on this page.