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 daily during School Holidays
  • Open Sundays 25 March - 29 August 2016
  • 10 am - 5 pm (last entry 3 pm)

Suggested length of visit is four to five hours

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What's On & Events

Spooky Secret Island

Spooky Secret Island

Spooky Secret Island: Half Term 22 - 30 October Things are starting to get rather spooky at the Royal Gunpowder Mills as we get ready for the arrival of Dr Gore and SPOOKY SECRET ISLAND! Dr Gore is looking for some willing volunteers this October Half Te…Read More
Guy Fawkes Fireworks

Guy Fawkes Fireworks

Guy Fawkes Festival and Fireworks: 5 - 6 November Where better to see fireworks for go off with a bang than somewhere that really knows its saltpetre from its sulphur?  Learn about 17th century life, meet the ghost of Guy Fawkes and celebrate with a spe…Read More

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.