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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)

And looking forward to the summer holidays......

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.
Working in groups of around 10 young people, your child will have the opportunity to take part in up to four fun and challenging activities each day, ranging from archery, canoeing and climbing to mountain biking, high ropes and zip wire. 
Constant supervision during the day by our professional instructors will give parents peace of mind and ensure kids have a memorable day!  All technical equipment is provided - participants just need to bring, comfortable (and waterproof!) clothing and footwear as well as a packed lunch and a drink.
The activities listed below take place between 9.30am and 4.30pm, with a break for lunch at 12.30pm. Young people can be dropped off at our centres between 8.30am - 9.30am and collected between 4.30pm - 5.30pm. During these times, young people will partake in supervised games. 
Cost: 30 per child, per day. Special offer for Summer 2017 buy four days and get the fifth free!
For more information and to book click here

Horticultural CU Challenge
With Spring in the air we thought it would be nice to have a gardening theme to our Easter Challenge.  A series of low cost/no cost activities you can carry out at home to earn extra stamps for your Passport to Learning plus other ideas to grow your interest in horticulture.  Download the Challenge at the bottom of this page.

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

  • 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.