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August 29, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Essex Book Camp


Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD United Kingdom

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Essex Book Festival

Join in the fun at the Essex Book Camp

With a huge range of events for all ages, from author events with the likes of Good Morning Britain’s Dr Hilary Jones through to our fabulous storytelling yurt; woodland crafts and meditation walks; drop-in family yoga sessions and more, Cressing Temple Barns is the place to be this August Bank Holiday Sunday.

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East Anglian Storytellers Yurt – We are delighted to welcome storytellers Shane Ibbs, Paul Jackson, Glenys Newton and Hannah Brailsford to the Essex Book Camp. From fairies to folk tales, wonder tales to fables, prepare to be spellbound.

The Global Village Lite –  a feast of dancing, music, folklore, and circus from around the world hosted by Essex Cultural Diversity Project on the green. 

The Poetry Tree – Help us transform one of the trees in the woodland into our very own poetry tree by decorating and writing your own leaf poem.

Plant Your Own Acorn Activity – Cressing Temple’s Barley Barn was built in the 13th century using 500 mature oak trees. Our aim is to plant 500 acorns in pots made out of recycled festival brochures to take us through to the next 800 years.


Coding and drop in Activities led by the Essex Steamettes – Join the Steamettes to learn about coding, 3D printing and programming with bees as part of the Art Installation She Heals.

Gratitude Jars Workshop, mood boards and Meditation Walks led by local charity Heads2Minds in the Threshing Barn – All ages

Our Bookable Workshops

Scallywag Press : Author Workshops
We are teaming up with multi-award children’s publisher Scallywag Press for four fabulous hands on author and artist workshops for young children. Ages vary.
Link to dedicated events page with details of all four author workshops.

Build Your Own Shelter Workshop
British Explorer Belinda Kirk has spent 24 years leading groups into wilderness around the world. Find out how to build your own survival shelter with someone who knows all about survival in the wild. Ages 7+

Animalympics Workshop with Josie Dom
Join the Animalympics crew to get involved in creating sport/animal inspired crafts with children’s author josie Dom. Ages 3-7


Script-Writing Workshop with writer/director Neil D’Arcy Jones
Join writer Neil D’Arcy Jones, artistic director of Packing Shed Theatre Company for a 2-hour script-writing workshop. Ages 14+ Attach high res image of Neil and link to dedicated events page.


Make Your Own Podcast with radio presenter/producer Michelle Durrant
Ever fancied learning how to make your own podcast but haven’t a clue how to get started? Find out how with Chelmsford Community radio presenter/producer Michelle Durrant.
Aged 12 upwards
Link to Make your own podcast Workshop

Our Author Event

Glenys Newton and John Tarrow – Building Imaginary Worlds. Life Made Magic.
Award-winning storyteller Glenys Newton chats to John Tarrow, author and the creator of Britain’s Most Extraordinary House, an ex-council house in Great Dunmow.
More information about Imaginary Worlds


Cressing Temple Barns
Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD United Kingdom


There are two disabled toilets on site. Level access to all areas apart from Stables, Bake House and Granary. A mobility scooter is available to loan if booked in advance.