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 5 Apr

Wed 12 Apr

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 26 Jul

Wed 2 Aug

Wed 9 Aug

…and 3 more dates until 30 Aug

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 28 Jul

Fri 4 Aug

Fri 11 Aug

…and 3 more dates until 1 Sep

Basket Making

Enjoy making a basket to take home Try your hand at the ancient skill of basket-weaving.  This relaxed workshop is suitable for beginners.  All materials will be provided but please bring some sharp secateurs and wear old clothes. Bring a packed lunch, which may be eaten in the classroom or purchase your lunch…

Sun 19 Mar

£35 donation requested per person, includes materials

Basket Making

Enjoy making a basket to take home Try your hand at the ancient skill of basket-weaving.  This relaxed workshop is suitable for beginners.  All materials will be provided but please bring some sharp secateurs and wear old clothes. Bring a packed lunch, which may be eaten in the classroom or purchase your lunch…

Sat 4 Mar

£35 donation requested per person, includes materials

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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 25 Feb

requested donation £20.00 per person

Sat 25 Mar

requested donation £20.00 per person

Sat 29 Apr

requested donation £20.00 per person

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 27 May

requested donation £20.00 per person

Sat 24 Jun

requested donation £20.00 per person

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 11 May

Requested donation £8 per person

Thu 12 Oct

Requested donation £8 per person

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 4 Apr

Tue 11 Apr

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 25 Jul

Tue 1 Aug

Tue 8 Aug

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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 27 Jul

Thu 3 Aug

Thu 10 Aug

…and 3 more dates until 31 Aug

Bushcraft And Campfire Fun

An afternoon of fun on the reserve for all the family. Bushcraft and campfire activities 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…

Mon 10 Apr

Campfire Morning

A afternoon of fun on the reserve for all the family. Come along and cook some yummy food on the campfire. 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…

Fri 7 Apr

Clone Of Easter Egg Hunt

A fun session for all the family Explore the nature reserve on an eggciting Easter egg hunt, has the Easter bunny left any goodies for you to find? Make some Easter craft to take home. Drop in anytime but please book in advance. 10:30 – 3pm All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING…

Mon 17 Apr

Clone Of 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 11 Aug

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Crafty Afternoon

A fun session for all the family Use your scavenging skills to make some arty master pieces.  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 7 Apr

Dawn Chorus & Breakfast

Get up early and join our friendly leaders as we watch the reservoir and its wildlife waking up. Experience bird song at its best and identify the songsters before returning to the Visitor Centre for a full english breakfast (vegetarian option available, please let us know at time of booking)  Places are limited so…

Sun 7 May

£13.50 includes full English breakfast

Easter Egg Hunt

A fun session for all the family Explore the nature reserve on an eggciting Easter egg hunt, has the Easter bunny left any goodies for you to find? Make some Easter craft to take home. Drop in anytime but please book in advance. 10:30 – 3pm All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING…

Fri 14 Apr

Sat 15 Apr

Sun 16 Apr

An Evening With Soul Kitchen

A fun evening of soul, disco and two-tone classics at Abberton Reservoir with Soul Kitchen and Essex Wildlife Trust. Join Essex Wildlife Trust and Soul Kitchen for an evening of pure entertainment at Abberton Reservoir. East Anglia’s ultimate party band is now in its 26th year, but the boys still show no signs of…

Sat 3 Jun

requested donation £10 per adult £8 per child

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 29 May

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Mon 24 Jul

Cancelled

Mon 31 Jul

Cancelled

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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 27 Apr

Thu 14 Sep

Inspired By Nature – Enamelling

Enjoy a day at Abberton Reservoir being creative Spend a relaxing day in our scenic centre, learning the skills of enamelling to create beautiful jewellery or mini enamelled works of art. You will learn how to fuse glass to metal, using pre-cut copper blanks which make fantastic pendants, earrings or more unusual…

Sat 18 Mar

£50.00 donation per person includes materials

Jazz At Abberton Reservoir

Enjoy an evening of easy listening jazz Join Essex Wildlife Trust and the Andy Brush for an evening of relaxing music at Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve. The evening will be held in the visitor centre with allocated seating. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  Refreshments, including a…

Sat 25 Mar

requested donation £8.50 per adult £7.00 per child 8 years & older only at the event

Kite Making Fun

A morning of fun on the reserve for all the family. Drop in between 10:30 and 12:30 and have a go at making flying your own kite. 10:30am-12:30pm. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £6 requested donation per child. Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206 738172.

Mon 3 Apr

Lino Printing Tuition

Lino printing tuition delivered by Sue Bedford Art teacher and artist This one-day course gives an ideal opportunity to learn the basics of Lino printing techniques, in the beautiful surroundings of Abberton Nature Reserve. Produce Lino prints for greeting cards and/or prints for framing. One layer prints and reduction…

Sun 5 Mar

£45.00 donation per person

Sun 30 Apr

£45.00 donation per person

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Mystery Monday Morning

A fun session for all the family A fun wildlife themed session out on the nature reserve.  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…

Mon 3 Apr

Nature Inspired Painting Using Molten Wax (Encaustic Art)

Enjoy a day at Abberton Reservoir being creative 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 demonstrate plenty of examples…

Sat 29 Apr

£50.00 donation per person includes materials

Optics Day

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

Sat 25 Feb

Sun 5 Mar

Sat 25 Mar

Sun 2 Apr

Optics Day

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

Sat 22 Apr

Sun 7 May

Sat 27 May

…and 15 more dates until 10 Dec

Photographic Exhibition

Liz's photos will be available for purchase throughout the time of the exhibition. An exhibition of stunning wildlife photographs by local birdwatcher and photographer Liz Huxley, capturing behaviour, moments and moods in nature   People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Sat 25 Feb

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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 6 Apr

Thu 13 Apr

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 27 Jul

Thu 3 Aug

Thu 10 Aug

…and 3 more dates until 31 Aug

Space Adventures

A fun session for all the family Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft 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…

Mon 29 May

Space Explorers

A fun session for all the family Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft 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…

Mon 24 Jul

Mon 31 Jul

Mon 7 Aug

…and 2 more dates until 21 Aug

Spring Bug Hunt

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 6 Apr

Thu 13 Apr

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Star Gazing

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 please call 01206 738172 to book your place or to find out more information. The event will run whatever…

Sat 11 Mar

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

Sat 1 Apr

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

Stardome …. Mobile Planetarium

Putting the WOW factor into Science and Space! 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!  StarDome is one of the longest established mobile planetarium businesses in the UK (20+ years). At StarDome…

Fri 21 Apr

Requested donation £10 per adult, £6 per child

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

Sat 21 Oct

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

Sat 25 Nov

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

Sat 2 Dec

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

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 28 Jul

Fri 4 Aug

Fri 18 Aug

…and 2 more dates until 1 Sep

Treasure Hunters

A fun session for all the family Warm up with an explore around the nature reserve on a fun treasure hunt.  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…

Mon 10 Apr

Walk With The Warden

A gentle stroll to look at wildlife Join Charlotte our warden for a guided stroll around the nature reserve to discover its varied wildlife and learn about future projects on the site. Booking essential, please call the centre team.  People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Sun 30 Apr

requested donation £5 per person

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 1 Mar

£5 requested donation per person

Wed 3 May

£5 requested donation per person

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 3 May

£5 requested donation per person

Wed 7 Jun

£5 requested donation per person

Wed 5 Jul

£5 requested donation per person

…and 5 more dates until 6 Dec

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