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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

Come and meet a real Colchester Archaeological Trust archaeologist at the Roman Circus Centre in Colchester and take part in a variety of free activities throughout the summer holidays.  For more information click here

FREE creative workshops for 8-16 year olds at Jaywick Martello Tower.  Themed around animation and photography the workshops must be pre-booked.  For more information see the flier below.

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.

For a variety of low cost/no cost ways to carry on collecting stamps during the long summer holidays try some of the activities on our Summer 2017 Challenge below. We love to see what you've been up to so do send us some pictures!

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.

We are very excited to be a Learning Destination Partner of the Colchester Castle Park Summer Education Programme

Activities, which take place at Colchester Castle Park and Highwoods Country Park include:
Bat Walk
Space Talks
Bees and their homes
Bushcraft for beginners
Summer Insects and Butterflies

The adventure programme is a fun way to create a snapshot of the variety of life that can be found in our area whilst giving the opportunity to contribute in a real scientific survey.  If you take advantage of the summer programme of events and discover more about plants, bugs, history and the solar system you'll be rewarded with a special pin to commemorate the Castle Park's 125th Anniversary (attendance at 6 of the activities offered) as well as credits in the Passport to Learning (1 hour for each activity attended).
You can pick up a Summer Education Passport at the Visitor Centre in Colchester (Hollytrees Museum) Open Monday to Saturday or get one directly from us (1 admin/postal fee applies)

Throughout the summer holidays Braintree District Council will be running fun and educational orienteering Xplorer events.  The events are FREE and children participating can earn 2 hours for their Passport to Learning.  For more information click here

And don't forget the annual Summer Reading Challenge at Essex Libraries.  This year's theme is Animal Agents and you can find more information by clicking here.

Essex Outdoors action-packed School Holiday Activity Days (24 July to 1 September) are the ideal way for young people aged 8-16 to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors! Centres are located in Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow and Mersea.

 For more information and to book click  here
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

  • 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.