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 15 Feb 2017

Wed 5 Apr 2017

Wed 12 Apr 2017

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 21 Jan 2017

£35 donation requested per person, includes materials

Sun 19 Mar 2017

£35 donation requested per person, includes materials

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 28 Jan 2017

requested donation £20.00 per person

Sat 25 Feb 2017

requested donation £20.00 per person

Sat 25 Mar 2017

requested donation £20.00 per person

Sat 29 Apr 2017

requested donation £20.00 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 14 Feb 2017

Tue 4 Apr 2017

Tue 11 Apr 2017

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 2017

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Bushcraft And Campfire Fun

A afternoon of fun on the reserve for all the family. A bushcraft and campfire afternoon 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 13 Feb 2017

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 2017

Christmassy Feltmaking – Creating Handmade Felt For Christmas Projects

Enjoy a day at Abberton Reservoir being creative In this one day class, Toni Peers will cover both wet and needle felting techniques that will 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…

Sun 11 Dec

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 2017

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 2017

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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 2017

Sat 15 Apr 2017

Sun 16 Apr 2017

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 2017

£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 2017

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 2017

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 2017

£45.00 donation per person

Sun 30 Apr 2017

£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 2017

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 2017

£50.00 donation per person includes materials

Optics Day

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

Sun 11 Dec

Optics Day

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

Sun 1 Jan 2017

Sat 28 Jan 2017

Sun 5 Feb 2017

…and 4 more dates until 2 Apr 2017

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 16 Feb 2017

Thu 6 Apr 2017

Thu 13 Apr 2017

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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…

Fri 17 Feb 2017

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 2017

Thu 13 Apr 2017

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 14 Jan 2017

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

Sat 4 Feb 2017

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

Sat 11 Mar 2017

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

Sat 1 Apr 2017

Requested donation £5.00 per adult £3.00 per child

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 2017

Treasure Hunters

A pond dipping 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…

Fri 17 Feb 2017

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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 2017

requested donation £5 per person

Winter Bug Hunt

A bug hunting session for all the family Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some winter 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 16 Feb 2017

Winter Wonderland Weekend

A festive day out for all the family. Come and meet Santa in his magical grotto and get a present to take home, enjoy a festive nature trail and make some Christmas Crafts to take home. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £10 requested donation per child includes present from Santa.  Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre. 01206…

Sun 18 Dec

£10.00 donation per child

Winter Wonderland Weekend

A morning of fun on the reserve for all the family. Come and meet Santa in his magical grotto and get a present to take home, enjoy a festive nature trail and make some Christmas Crafts to take home. ADVANCED BOOKING ESSENTIAL £10 requested donation per child includes present from Santa.  Abberton Reservoir Visitor…

Sat 17 Dec

World Wetland Day

Join our experts for the day as we celebrate World Wetland Day and the amazing Abberton Reservoir. Guided walks will be put on throughout the day, times to be confirmed.      People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Thu 2 Feb 2017

requested donation £3.00 per person

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