Children are being encouraged to play outside during the Easter holidays through schemes in Epping Forest and various parks.

Play in the Forest and Play in the Park are two initiatives organised by Epping Forest District Council.

Play in the Forest will see equipment and activities supplied for children to enjoy with ‘play rangers’ who will help them explore the forest. 

Activities will include den building, nature trails, bug hunting, woodland arts and crafts and will cost £2 per child per session.

Children aged five to 11 can attend on April 11 from 10am to 12pm meeting at Ditches Rise Car Park in Coppice Row, Theydon Bois and on April 14 at the same time at the Epping Forest Visitors' Centre in Nursery Road, High Beach.

Free Play in the Park sessions are open to children aged five to 13.

At the sessions ‘play rangers’ will organise activities and games such as rounders, football and art sessions which will last two hours and begin at 10am and 1.30pm.

Sessions on April 8 and 15 will be held at Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, and later at Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Stonards Hill, Epping.

On April 9 at Ivy Chimneys Playground in Ivy Chimneys Road, Epping, and later at Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, Loughton.

On April 10 at Shelley Park in St Peter's Avenue, Shelley, Ongar, and later at Norway House, North Weald.

On April 16 at Town Mead Leisure Park in Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, and later at Roding Valley Recreation Ground.

On April 17 at Love Lane Playground in Love Lane, Ongar.