If you’re looking for something to get you out of the house and entertained this Easter, look no further! There are many fun activities, shows and events happening around Chelmsford city centre for all ages to enjoy.
Chelmsford For You Presents: The Easter Egg Hunt
Calling all eggs-plorers – Chelmsford For You needs your help this Easter! Once again, the Easter Bunny has sneakily hidden Easter eggs on windows in the city centre. Businesses taking part can be found on the High Street, Springfield Road, Baddow Road, Tindal Street, Bond Street, High Chelmer, The Meadows and Duke Street.
Chelmsford For You is challenging everyone to find as many eggs as possible, so keep your eyes peeled for bundles of eggs drawn on each participating shop’s windows, then count how many you spot. Each bundle will have between 1 and 4 eggs and there will be 1 bundle per shop window. Once you have those all-important numbers, simply add them up and submit the total for your chance to win a host of exciting prizes.
Those who guess the correct number of eggs will be entered into a prize draw to win some egg-citing prizes, including hampers, Easter egg bundles and more!
Sounds like fun? Take part in the hunt anytime from today until Sunday 16 April! Find a full list of shops and the all important entry form (both available to download) via the Chelmsford For You website.
Go back in time to the Victorian era at Chelmsford Museum
If you’re into history, come down to Chelmsford Museum from now until April 16 to celebrate all things Victorian.
Many traditions like Easter egg hunts began during this period, and the Victorians also loved to decorate churches with flowers and even made their own personalised cards to send to loved ones.
Taking inspiration from these very Victorian pursuits, Chelmsford Museum has organised various free activities – no prior booking required. What to expect: tissue paper flower making and object handling to get a sense of what Victorian Easter was like. You can also enjoy 10-minute-long Museum Memories talks and a brand-new Easter-themed outdoor park trail.
For more information on A Victorian Easter at Chelmsford Museum, including all activity time slots, visit the official website.
Easter at No 11, The Meadows: the World in Chelmsford’s Living Room
Do you love world music? Why not come down to Number 11, The Meadows to enjoy music and activities from around the globe! Number 11 is dedicated to hosting a variety of creative activities for the people of Chelmsford.
This event from Essex Cultural Diversity Project offers free drop-in sessions for all ages to get involved. Come along between 11am and 2pm, Monday to Friday until 14 April to enjoy samba, drumming, henna art, Bollywood dancing and storytelling. No booking required!
ECDP’s event from previous years
The current schedule includes:
- Mondays: Samba with BrazilArte
- Tuesdays: Henna hand painting with Jity Bajaj
- Wednesdays: African drumming and storytelling Usifu Jalloh
- Thursdays: Bollywood dancing with Sarika Golcha from ABCD Bollywood
- Fridays: Djembe drumming with George Fiawoo
These events are in partnership with with Culture Chelmsford, an independent charity which aims to develop Chelmsford’s creative ambition.
If you’re visiting The Meadows this April, don’t forget to check out what’s on at The Art Place Chelmsford too. There’s beginner’s bookbinding, screen printing and patch making this Easter, alongside their big selection of creative classes.
Panto and Milkshake! Live at Chelmsford Theatre
Do you enjoy a good pantomime? Treat the kids to the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Chelmsford Theatre, this Saturday, 8 April.
With energetic choreography, larger than life characters and vibrant costumes, it is good old-fashioned fun for all the family. If that wasn’t enough, you can stick around to meet the characters after the show!
Book your tickets via the Chelmsford Theatre website now.
Milkshake! Monkey is back at Chelmsford Theatre next Tuesday 11 April for two shows only.
Joined by some of his fun-loving Milkshake! friends, plus two Milkshake! presenters, it’s set to be the most stunning show yet.
Book your tickets for this wonderful feel-good performance now.
Easter holiday courses
Discover Chelmsford City Sports’ great value school holiday camps, running between now and 14 April. Full and half days are available.
With locations across four leisure centres around Chelmsford, activities include everything from swimming to arts and crafts. No matter what your child’s interests, there’ll be an activity for them to get stuck into, whilst making new friends! Plus, there’s a 15% sibling discount available on certain courses.
Check out Chelmsford City Sports’ dedicated activities brochure for a full breakdown of what’s on offer. Riverside and SWFLC also offer family fun swim sessions, which run every school holiday.
Play in the Park
Play in the Park is a series of free, two-hour sessions held at various local parks between 4 and 14 April, for children aged between 3 and 11.
Children will be welcomed by dedicated and friendly playworkers, who will lead a mixture of sports, games, and crafts. Some sessions feature more unusual (but just as fun!) activities such as inflatables, reptile handling and scooter lessons.
All sessions are fully inclusive, including children with accessible needs. To find out more about Play in the Park, you can call the team on 01245 606 569.