Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Church Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
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Abberton Adventurers

A drop off session for 8-12 year olds Our Wednesday holiday club for un accompanied 8-12 year olds. Join in the fun on the reserve, there will be different activities each session. E.g pond dipping, bug hunting, campfire cooking and more. 10:30-2:30pm. Bring along a packed lunch. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL. £20.00…

Wed 30 Aug

Cancelled

  • 10:30 – 14:30

Ailish Warner Linoprints For Christmas

On this course you will learn how to make a simple stylish lino print which you can then print as art gifts for friends but also use on your own Christmas cards and wrapping paper. We will learn how to cut a lino plate using special tools and how to print from that plate. We will be using water soluble inks but please…

Sat 25 Nov

requested donation £45.00 per person includes materials

  • 10:30 – 15:30

Arty Crafters

A fun session for all the family Spend the afternoon making some fun crafts to take home.  All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £6 requested donation per child Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk B/E People with limited mobility please…

Fri 25 Aug

Cancelled

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Fri 1 Sep

Cancelled

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Birding Day - Can We Beat 65 Species In A Day?

Get out and about on the nature reserve and around the reservoir to see how many birds you can identify in the day; the record to date is 65 different species.   Our expert will help you with your basic identification skills. Places limited to 6 so please book early to avoid disappointment. Bring any optical…

Sat 9 Sep

requested donation £20.00 per person

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 7 Oct

requested donation £20.00 per person

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 4 Nov

requested donation £20.00 per person

  • 09:30 – 15:00

Sat 2 Dec

requested donation £20.00 per person

  • 09:30 – 15:00

Birds Of Prey Talk And Flight Evening

Join Essex Wildlife Trust and Kent Owl Academy for a talk about birds of prey.  Ever wondered how a kestrel hovers or what speed a peregrine can dive at? Come along to this evening where experts Nigel and Molly, who have many years experience of working with birds of prey, will answer your questions. As well as a…

Thu 12 Oct

Requested donation £8 per person

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Brambly Hedge Adventures

A day of fun on the reserve for all the family. A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem's Brambly Hedge stories. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £6 requested donation per child. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk People…

Tue 29 Aug

Cancelled

  • 10:30 – 14:00

Bug Hunting

A bug hunting session for all the family Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some spring bugs. 10:30 - 12:30 All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £6 requested donation per child Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk B/E People…

Thu 24 Aug

Cancelled

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Thu 31 Aug

Cancelled

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Charity Quiz Night

Join Essex Wildlife Trust at Abberton Reservoir for a charity quiz. Book up a table of 6 or 8 and test your general knowledge. Licensed bar and snacks availble Raffle Booking essential Please call the centre team to book your place; £5 per person donation requested. People with limited mobility please…

Sat 23 Sep

£5 requested donation per person

  • 19:30 – 22:30

Creating Christmas Cards Using Encaustic Art

In this one day class you will learn how to paint with molten wax, a particularly effective and quick way to produce vivid hand painted work quickly. You will use tools such as an iron, and heated stylus to melt the wax. Toni Peers will demo plenty of examples to give you ideas on painting lots of Christmas themed…

Sat 28 Oct

requested donation £50.00 per person includes mterials

  • 10:00 – 15:30

Creating Presents/decorations Using Feltmaking Techniques

In this one day class, Toni Peers will cover both wet and needle felting techniques that can be used to create decorations or presents! Create a needle felted robin, and other decorations, or you could spend the day making a handcrafted felted item for a loved one for Christmas. Handcrafted felt is made using…

Sat 30 Sep

requested donation £50.00 per person includes mterials

  • 10:00 – 15:30

Enamelling – Make Jewellery For Presents

Spend a relaxing day in our scenic centre, learning the skills of enamelling to create beautiful jewellery. You will learn how to fuse glass to metal, using pre-cut copper blanks which make fantastic pendants or earrings, create these for yourself or as a present for a loved one. By the end of this one day class you…

Sun 15 Oct

requested donation £50.00 per person includes mterials

  • 10:00 – 15:30

Go Wild

A afternoon of fun on the reserve for all the family. A bushcraft and campfire morning for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £6 requested donation per child. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk People with limited mobility…

Mon 28 Aug

Cancelled

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Hootingly Good Show - Owl Talk And Flight Evening

Join Essex Wildlife Trust and Kent Owl Academy for a talk about owls.  Ever wondered how owls fly so silently or if owls have ears? Come along to this evening where experts Nigel and Molly, who have many years experience of working with owls, will answer your questions. As well as a talk they will be flying the…

Thu 14 Sep

Requested donation £8 per person

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Jazz At Abberton

An evening of funky bluesy jazzy soul and ska Join Essex Wildlife Trust along with the Deptford Rivieras - led by saxophonist Phil Veacock (long-time member, main arranger and musical director of Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra) for an evening of funky bluesy jazzy soul and ska in the style of 60's Blue Note…

Fri 6 Oct

requested donation £10 per adult £8 per child (8 years and older only at the event)

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Nature In Monoprint

On this course you will learn the principles of making striking and individual prints from images of local wildlife and scenery. Mono printing has been a popular medium for many famous artists. We will be using water soluble printing inks. Please bring an old shirt or apron to protect clothing.  All materials will…

Sun 1 Oct

requested donation £45.00 per person includes materials

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Optics Day

Optics day Suitable for people with limited mobility. Suitable for wheelchair users.

Sun 3 Sep

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 1 Oct

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 28 Oct

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00
…and 6 more dates until 10 Dec

Photography Course

 “Birding & Photography” as a morning session 10am-1pm, consisting of an hour’s presentation in the classroom and a couple of hours out on the reserve putting the theory into practice. Please bring your own camera equipment. The event will consist of looking at finding birds and photo opportunities, and hints and…

Sat 14 Oct

requested donation £15.00 per person

  • 10:00 – 13:00

Pond Dipping Afternoon

A pond dipping session for all the family Come and explore the depths of our ponds.  All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £6 requested donation per child Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk B/E People with limited mobility please contact…

Thu 24 Aug

Cancelled

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Thu 31 Aug

Cancelled

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Solar Gazing At Abberton Reservoir

An afternoon looking at the sun with Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society Join Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society to look safely at the sun through solar scopes at Abberton Reservoir. Turn up anytime between 12pm and 3pm when a solar scope will be available for people to…

Sat 30 Sep

Normal admission donation applies

  • 12:00 – 15:00

Stardome …. Mobile Planetarium

A gentle stroll around the nature reserve to look at wildlife Join Essex Wildlife Trust, North Essex Astronomical Society and Andrew Green Director of the StarDome for an evening that will be truly out of this universe on Friday 15th September! The planetarium experience is one that people young and old alike will…

Fri 15 Sep

Requested donation £10 per adult, £6 per child.

  • 19:30 – 23:30

Stargazing

Join Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society to look at the night sky through large telescopes at Abberton Reservoir. NEAS members give talks throughout the evening. Booking essential please call 01206 738172 to book your place or to find out more information. The event will run whatever the…

Sat 30 Sep

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

  • 19:30 – 22:30

Sat 21 Oct

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

  • 18:30 – 21:30

Sat 25 Nov

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

  • 18:30 – 21:30

Sat 2 Dec

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

  • 18:30 – 21:30

Trail Treckers

A pond dipping session for all the family Take a walk around the nature reserve on this weeks nature trail.  All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £6 requested donation per child Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172. www.essexwt.org.uk B/E People with limited…

Fri 25 Aug

Cancelled

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Fri 1 Sep

Cancelled

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Wednesday Walks

A gentle stroll around the nature reserve to look at wildlife Join Essex Wildlife Trust at Abberton Reservoir every first Wednesday of the month for a guided stroll around the nature reserve to discover its varied wildlife. Please call the centre team to book your place; £5 donation requested. People with limited…

Wed 6 Sep

£5 requested donation per person

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Wed 4 Oct

£5 requested donation per person

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Wed 1 Nov

£5 requested donation per person

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Wed 6 Dec

£5 requested donation per person

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Willow Weaving Workshop

Are you interested in trying something different? Why not have a go at willow weaving? You can create a bird or sculpture for your garden which will last for many years. All tools and  materials supplied Booking is essential. People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Sun 12 Nov

requested donation £45.00 per person includes materials

  • 10:30 – 16:00

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