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We survived... and more importantly, so did they!
Congratulations you survived half term! How lucky were we with all that sunshine? I certainly wasn’t expecting to be coat-free, eating an ice-cream on the beach in February. Now the kids are back I can focus on March. There’s lots happening.
If you haven’t already, make sure you enter the ballot for the Big Essex Weekend. There are thousands of tickets available to win for free entry into many top Essex attractions on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April. Ballots are now open and will close on 17th March. There are some fabulous experiences up for grabs like going behind the scenes with Essex Air Ambulance, white water rafting at Lee Valley, train rides, vineyard tickets. There’s plenty of local attractions as well like Adventure Island and Southend Pier. What are you waiting for? There’s nothing to lose and some wonderful days out to gain. Enter at https://www.essexbigweekend.co.uk/
Thought your party days were over? Think again, Big Fish Little Fish is making a return to the Cliffs Pavilion on Sunday 10th March 2pm-4pm. This global family rave company has put on events at Fabric, The V+A, Alexandra Place, Glastonbury and now they’re coming to Southend. World renowned Andy Smith (ex-Portishead) will be playing a House/Acid House lassis set and will be supported by DJ Trax playing Rave Classics and Drum and Bass. This day rave is just as much fun for the kids with giant balloons, face painting, bubbles, parachute dance, glitter canons, photo booth, club lighting (don’t worry no strobes) and some themed crafts. Dust off your dancing shoes and bring those mini ravers down for some real family fun, tickets available here https://southendtheatres.org.uk/Online/tickets-big-fish-little-fish-southend-2019
No need to squeal, Hadleigh Rare Breeds Centre is opening back up after its winter break on Monday 18th March, the pigs, goats, sheep and the rest of the gang are eagerly awaiting your visit. Perfect for little ones it’s a lovely small farm, and its next door to Hadleigh Castle so you can always head over there to eat your picnic with a beautiful sea view. http://www.hadleighfarm.org.uk/visit-us
March, two, three, four to Tilbury Coal House Fort if you’d like a tour. They are opening for the season, and do tours on the last Sunday of the month from March to November. There’s a lovely walk around the fort, on the waterfront and a café and play park too. This was one of my local hidden gems I found last year. http://www.coalhousefort.co.uk/open-days.html
Mum’s the word to get in to Barleylands for FREE on 31st March. If you didn’t make it to this fabulous farm park in half term, why not go for Mother’s Day? Mums get in free, and you could treat her to a cream tea in the Tiptree tea rooms. A fun day out for everyone.
If these ideas aren’t enough to get you March-ing on out with the kids this month, head on over to my Instagram page @motherofalloutings for more suggestions.