What's On & Events
Spectacular Family Fun & Special Events at the Royal Gunpowder Mills
For superb days out in Essex, our heady host of spectacular events offers an exciting array of family fun and entertainment throughout 2014 at the Royal Gunpowder Mills’ Secret Island.
We are next open to the public during February Half Term: February 15 - 23, 2014
Open Every Weekend 5th April – 28 September 2014
Open Daily during School Holidays (excludes Christmas break).
Guy Fawkes Festival and Fireworks 8-9 November 2pm - 7pm each day
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Upcoming EventsHalf Term Horrors: 15 - 23 February
Explosive Easter: 5 - 21 April
Easter Good Friday and Saturday: 18 - 19 April
Easter Sunday and Monday: 20 - 21 April
VE Celebration: Bank Holiday 3 - 5 May
Heritage Steam Weekend: 17 - 18 May
Spy Kids Half Term: 24 May - 1 June
Wild West Weekend: Bank Holiday 24 - 26 May
Railway Weekend: 5 - 6 July
Arts & Science Festival: Summer Holidays 19 July - 31 August
Big Bang Weekend: Bank Holiday 23 - 25 August
Fayre Times Festival: 20 - 21 September
Spooky Secret Island: 25 October - 2 November
Halloween Haunted Mills: 31 October (6.00 - 8.30pm)
Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks: 8 - 9 November
Note: There may be loud bangs at some of our reenactment events.
Note: Children must be accompanied by an Adult or Guardian at all times.
Dogs: Only guide and assistance dogs will be allowed on the site. They must remain in harness during the visit.