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 at the Royal Gunpowder Mills.

Opening Days and Times:

  • We are open for special events and school holiday events in 2017 
  • 10 am - 5 pm (last entry 3 pm)

Suggested length of visit is four to five hours

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Event Listings 

Our Next Event : Professor Nitrate's Mission To Mars (Feb 11 - 19) 


Join Professor Nitrate this February Half Term as he prepares for a Mission to Mars! Click to find out more!

2017 Events 

Timeline Events : A day of theory and putting it into practice : 14 January & 18 February 


A practical learning experience implementing the idea of photographing people no matter what the chosen field. A fantastic day of training, learning and hands on photography for all that attend. 

 The January 14 Date is now sold out. Tickets for February  18th can be found at www.timelineevents.org 



Easter Half Term : 1 – 17 April


A wonderful event with activities and hunts for the little ones and experiments and trails for the  older ones. And spring is showing its fresh colours around the beautiful venue and woodland.




The Gunpowder Plot Rally: 23 April


Proud to be the finish for The Charity Classic Vehicle Club & Chelmer Valley Car Meet rally for Drive it Day, with a wonderful display of cars from the: 30s, 40s and onwards to 80s.




VE Weekend: 29 April– 1 May


OK – It’s back! Our ever-popular VE Weekend celebrations featuring re-enactments, 40s entertainments and dancing, and good food. Be prepared to spruce up that 40’s frock and hairdo! 



Wild West Show: 27,28,29 May


The fantastic wild west re-enactors move in with their tent town!  Find out how they worked, lived and played out on the frontiers, and watch out for those bandits! There is a shoot-out.



May Half Term : 30th May - 4 June 

Mad-Lab-3.jpg Beautiful sunny day's await as there's fun in store  for  the  whole family. Check soon for details 





Live History : June 12 & 13 

live_historylogo.jpg The Live History group takes over the mills June 12 & 13 for a fantastic new experience that will immerse you in history! Check back for details 




Summer Holidays : Summer 2017 


There's fabulous fun for children and opportunities for walks and talks on a range of topics. 






Southern Alfa Romeo Day : September 24th 

logo.pngA fabulous car show showcasing Alfa Romeo's throughout history. Not to be missed!






October Half Term : October 2017 

Potions 300.jpg Fascinating experiments are ago in the Mad Lab! Details  to follow 







Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks : November 2017 

Fireworks superwide a.jpgAn extravagant display and the story of guy fawkes told through children's activities, bursts of theatre and much more! 




Watch out for more listings and details as we continue to update our events page.

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Children's University


Royal Gunpowder Mills is a Learning Destination for the Children’s University and their Passport To Learning programme. Children can collect passport stamps for each of the following:

  • A General visit to Royal Gunpowder Mills
  • Science Show – Kaboom
  • Science Show – Space Race
  • Explosive Easter – 3rd & 4th April
  • Explosive Easter – 5th & 6th April
  • Spooky Secret Island (October half term)
  • Guy Fawkes Weekend


NoteThere may be loud bangs at some of our 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.