Read and Count with me by the sea

For the Essex Year of Numbers we have something exciting planned.

This Summer we have events planned across Essex to launch the Read and Count with Me by the Sea bags.

Talk, Listen and Cuddle are working in partnership with Essex Libraries, Adult Community Learning (ACL), Active Essex, Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS) and Home Start Harwich.

These events will be based in a variety of different locations in Essex with the Read and Count with me by the Sea theme. The events will have a range of activities available and a chance for you to explore the bags


  • Wednesday 10th July, 10am-11.30am Walton-on-the-Naze CO14 8ES. The beach hut is on South Cliff promenade, No 73 Middle row. Click here for location:    Car park on Mill Lane CO14 8PE, roughly a 10 minute walk away - £2 for 2 hours 
  • Thursday 18th July, 10.30am-11.45am Dunmow Library 47 White Hart Way Great Dunmow CM6 1FS White Street Car Park CM6 1BD, roughly a 1 minute walk away
  • Wednesday 7th August, 10am-12pm Home Start Harwich Green (also known as St Helens Green) CO12 3NH  (please note this is a bookable event Please contact Home Start Harwich) Small car park in Wellington Road  CO12 3DL, roughly a 1 minute walk away
  • Wednesday 7th August, 11am to 2.30pm Harlow Town Park Park Lane CM20 2QQ Netteswell Cross Car Park (on site) CM20 2QB 
  • Friday 16th August, 11am-4pm Promenade Park Park Drive Maldon CM9 5JQ Promenade Park Car Park
  • Wednesday 21st August, 10am-2pm Tewkes Creek Canvey Island 170 Smallgains Avenue, SS8 8NB 
  • Wednesday 28th  August, Hazelwood Family Hub delivery site (within Hillhouse School site)  Waltham Abbey EN9 3EL  Free parking around the area.  Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre, Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey,  EN9 3EL, roughly a 4 minute walk away   

The bags can be borrowed from Essex libraries. You can request a bag by clicking here:

Image of a little girl enjoying the Read Under a Tree bags. These can be borrowed from Essex County Parks.


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