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Children and families to enjoy new outdoor reading and play sessions

6 March 2017

Children can take their love of literature into the great outdoors next month as Essex Libraries celebrates the arrival of spring with a host of special events.

Essex County Council’s Talk Listen Cuddle Campaign has teamed up with Essex Libraries and Country Parks to launch Read With Me Under a Tree, a celebration of rhymes, books and outdoor play.

Not only will library staff be giving their usual baby and toddler rhyme time sessions a special outdoor theme throughout March, but Country Parks in Essex will be hosting special alfresco events.

Children can borrow a free activity pack at all seven of the county’s major parks -  Belhus, Cudmore Grove, Danbury, Great Notley, Hadleigh, Thorndon and Weald, plus Cressing Temple - which include a book, activity sheet and even a den building kit.

But the list of books and themed activity sheets – including Stick Man, Mad About Minibeasts, Superworm and Welly Walks - are also available online, so families can take their storytimes into the garden or a local green space.
Special Read With Me Under a Tree events are taking place at: 

  • Great Notley Country Park – Monday 20 March 10am – 11am
  • Weald Country Park – Thursday 23 March 10am – 11am
  • Hadleigh Country Park – Tuesday 28 March 10am – 11am
  • Thorndon Country Park – Friday 31 March 10am – 11am 

Visitors are advised to wrap up warm for the outdoor sessions and be prepared for messy play. Car parking charges apply at Country Parks. 

See further details for all events for Read With Me Under a Tree. It is number 38 on Talk, Listen and Cuddle’s ultimate 50 things to do before you’re 5 list.