Five things to do this Saturday...

By Liz Wade in Events

IF you are not sure what to do today – Saturday, February 11 – then why not go to one of these events?

Opening Weekend at Lee Valley Park Farms, Waltham Abbey:

Say hello to 300 furry and feathered friends at Lee Valley Park Farms this weekend, when the gates to the farm officially open for the start of the 2017 season.

This half term the farm is celebrating its 40th birthday, so why not join them today or tomorrow, from 10am to 5pm, or during the school holidays?

Catch up with all the animals and see who has been sleeping in the farmyard or plodding around the paddocks over winter. Families can enjoy a host of fun activities on the farm, including meeting guinea pigs, rabbits and farmyard friends, as well as taking a ride on Tex the Tractor to a working dairy farm. Younger children can also get up close to some of the smaller animals at the farm, which can be found in Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey.

Entrance will be £9 per person, with children under two getting in for free.

Visit www.lvfarms.co.uk

Discover London Book Swap at The View, Chingford:

From noon to 4pm today, a Discover London Book Swap will be taking place at The View, Chingford, next to Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, in Rangers Road.

Take along any unwanted books and swap them for something else they may have. You can also listen to a magical forest story teller and try your hand as some fun arts and crafts during the drop-in event, which is free to visit.

Visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/events/Pages/event-detail.aspx?eventid=2815

Snowdrops and Spring Bulbs at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford:

Both today and tomorrow, from 11am to 4pm, you can see the snowdrops and spring bulbs at Kentwell Hall, in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Its garden and farm will be open and you can enjoy snowdrop walks and family trails. Its tearoom will also be open but please be aware the house will be closed as it does not open until Easter.

Entrance will be £9.50 for adults, £8.50 for those 60 and over, £6.50 for children aged five to 15, and free for under fives. Family tickets, admitting two adults and two children, are available for £31.

Visit www.kentwell.co.uk/

Half Term Specials at Epping Ongar Railway:

Children can ride the Epping Ongar Railway for just £1 today and tomorrow as part of its Half Term Specials. The fairs are a great way for parent and grandparents to make the most of the line, which is the longest heritage railway in Essex.

Step back in time and experience the romance of travel in bygone times as you pass through picturesque countryside, beautiful forest and historic towns.

The railway’s vintage buses start from the front door of Epping and Shenfield stations, and you can ride both heritage steam and diesel hauled trains. All three heritage transport experiences are included in one tickets, which is also valid all day long.

Visit http://eorailway.co.uk/events/special-events/

Make a Walkie Talkie at Essex Police Museum, Chelmsford:

Every Saturday throughout February, call into the Essex Police Museum, at Essex Police Headquarters in Chelmsford, between 10am and 3.30pm and make your own police walkie talkie.

There is no need to book the event, which welcomes all ages and costs just £2.

Visit www2.essex.police.uk/museum/events/

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