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More details - Race Night
8 fantastic races on a big screen with music before and after the races to keep the atmosphere going for a fun filled family evening.
Wick Community Centre, Silvia Island Way, Wickford, Essex
Today

More details - Juke Box Junkies
Live music with the Juke Box Junkies to listen or dance to
Royal British Legion Club Rayleigh 2 London Hill Rayleigh
Today

More details - Clavering Friends of St. Clare Hospice - Spring Fayre - Saturday, 21st April, 2018
The Spring Fayre is held in aid of St. Clare Hospice, Hastingwood. Items for sale include toys, books, CDs/DVDs, jewellery, bric-a-brac, kitchenware, linen, homemade cakes, plants and a selection of ’new and good quality’ clothing and bags.
Clavering Village Hall, Hill Green, Clavering, Saffron Walden
Today

More details - The boy in blue, for Mediums that are serious about their Mediumship
I have discovered that there is ONE BIG HURDLE that nearly everyone comes across, and that is they don’t recognise the difference between psychic energy and mediumship energy. e.g.
The Mystery Chest Ltd 7 Acorn Mews, Bush Fair, Harlow, Essex
Today

More details - Search Light Swing Dance - Witham
Music and dance 1940s style, wartime dance with swing jive and traditional wartime social community dancing, the Memorial Hall has a large dance floor.
Royal British Legion Memorial Hall Newland Street Witham.
Today

More details - 5,6,7,8 - The Steps Experience
"Everybody clap your hands, get on up and dance..." The Brookside Theatre in association with Strictly Theatre Entertainments Ltd. are proud to present the debut performance of 5, 6, 7, 8 - THE STEPS EXPERIENCE.
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Today

More details - Bourne Mill - Bourne Mill Discovery Tour - Fulling and Dying
Join volunteer Richard for a talk and tour about how Bourne Mill was a key part of the textile industry in Colchester. Richard will explain how processes such as fulling were undertaken at the mill. A welcome cup of tea or coffee and a piece of shortbread will be included. Booking Advisable. Phone: 03442491895.
Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester,
Today

More details - East Hanningfield coffee mornings and book sale
We hold a book sale and coffee morning as a fund raising event for our Hanna’s Field Charity which manages the village hall and field. It also helps support our beautiful village church, All Saints.
East Hanningfield village hall off The Tye, East Hanningfield upstairs loft library and meeting room
Today

More details - Crab & Winkle Country Music Club
Live "Country" Bands/Artists once a month for Line & Freestyle Dancers or to just sit & listen & enjoy the music & atmosphere. Everyone Welcome. Tea coffee & rolls available + licensed bar. All proceeds to Charity, This month, we have the popular Duo - "Kalibre"
Brightlingsea Community Centre, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea
Today

More details - Neff Open Day with LIVE cooking demonstrations
Everyone is welcome to come to our open event at our Chelmsford showroom on Saturday 21st April. We welcome Neff’s professional chef Adrienne who will wow you all with the exquisite food she prepares in the Neff appliances we have on display.
2 Navigation Road, Chelmsford
Today

More details - LEGO® Friends House of Heart Tour comes to intu Lakeside
This Spring, LEGO Friends invites children and their families to join them on the House of Heart Tour, which will be travelling to 8 intu shopping centres across the UK in a quest to put more heart into the world.
intu Lakeside, W Thurrock Way, Grays
Today

More details - Beer Festival with Arabian Racing
Arabian racing is back at Chelmsford City Racecourse on 21st April and we will be brewing up some fun at The Arabian Racing Organisation season opener.
Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Essex
Today

More details - Colchester Town & Country Fair
All day entertainment which may include birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.
Lower Castle Park, Lower Castle Park, Colchester
Today and Sun 22 Apr

More details - Pretty Luscious Lippy Pop Up Shop
Following the success of our last pop up shop, we are excited to announce that Pretty Luscious Lippy will be back at Nelly McNally on 21st April. All products are vegan and cruelty free. The make up is long lasting and super water, smudge and kiss resistant. Test it out for yourself!
Nelly McNally Hair, 18 Queens Road, Southend-on-Sea
Today

More details - NCT Nearly New Sale
NCT Nearly New Sale. Ideal opportunity to kit out your babies/children with good quality secondhand items at substantially reduced prices. If you’ve not been to one of our sales before, be prepared for a shopping treat!
Hylands School
Today

More details - At. Clare Hospice Race Night (horse)
A fun evening, in a nice club house. Eight horse races will be flashed on a screen. If a person Sponsors a Race for £30-40, he can Name That Race and his name and logo will appear on race sheets. It will be a very enjoyable evening.
Canons Brook Golf Club, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex, C.
Today

More details - Join Stansted care home for a royal celebration this Care Home Open Day
A care home in Stansted is inviting local people to visit the home to join in its celebrations for Care Home Open Day. On Saturday 21st April, from 10.30am-4.30pm, the Care UK team at Mountfitchet House on Coltsfield will be opening the doors to the care home for a free family-friendly event.
High Ln, Stansted
Today

More details - John Charles - singer, entertainer
An evening of music from the talented John Charles. John will cover music from a variety of genres and generations. You may want to join in with some of the songs and dance to others. Patriotic bunting and head wear to celebrate St George’s day on the 23rd April will decorate the room.
Hadleigh CC, Hadleigh, Benfleet
Today

More details - Favourite Pooches – Needle Felting workshop
Join Lana for this needle felting workshop. Lana will show you how to needle felt a dog using a wire armature. Learn how to felt around wire and form the shape of your pooch prior to adding the all important features to give you dog his own character. You will take home your new little fury-felted friend.
Art & Craft Days, the Butterfly Studio, Flacks Green, Terling, Essex
Today

More details - Egg Heads
Make your own cops and robbers out of polystyrene eggs! Suitable for all ages.
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Today, Sat 28 Apr

More details - Work in Progress; Paintings Past to Present
The first exhibition of the 2018 programme is an exhibition of artwork by local artist Carol Dawson. The exhibition is a series of seascapes, wildlife imagery, farming scenes, and portraits painted in a realist fashion that takes inspiration from historic photos and the nature and communities of Coastal areas.
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Today, Sun 22 Apr, Wed 25 Apr to Sun 29 Apr, Tue 1 May

More details - The Britishness Project
Firstsite, Colchester, is delighted to present The Britishness Project, a groundbreaking exhibition that investigates notions of Britishness through art making.
Firstsite Lewis Gardens High Street Colchester
Today to Tue 15 May

More details - Kidz world
???????????? Come along to the children’s wristband funfair. Where you ride all rides for free for a whole session! ????WRISTBANDS ARE £6.99 24th and 25th march ONLY????
Valentines park, Melbourne road, ilford
Today to Mon 7 May

More details - Two Tree Gallery
Two Tree Gallery is in the main alleyway that links Rectory Grove to Broadway West. Located next to Ten Green Bottles, it is a co-operative of 8 local artists. All the artists live and work locally and share all aspects of running the gallery between them.
11 Rectory Grove, Leigh-on-Sea
Today, Sat 28 Apr, Sat 5 May, Sat 12 May, Sat 19 May, Sat 26 May, Sat 2 Jun, Sat 9 Jun

More details - An Evening of Comedy & Drama
Something for everyone - from the spine-tingling to the farcical!
St George’s Hall, Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill
Today

More details - EHOS Players present 'One Man, Two Guvnors'
EHOS players are proud to launch with a production of this fantastic play. Dubbed as ‘One of the funniest productions in history” by The Daily Telegraph ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ is the critical acclaimed adaptation of the Goldoni classic Servant of Two Masters.
The Victoria Hall Theatre, Bury Rd, Old Harlow
Today

More details - Redefining the Classical Guitar with Gary Ryan
Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and has performed to international critical acclaim for over twenty years, winning praise for his formidable technique, outstanding musicianship and entertainingly diverse programmes.
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester
Sun 22 Apr

More details - Freight House Indoor Boot Sale - Rochford Essex
The Freight House, Rochford (adjacent to Rochford Railway Station) is holding an Indoor Boot Sale on Sunday 22nd April 2018. Come along, grab a bargain and leave the cold outside! Event is open from 10am to 1pm, free entry and free parking. Refreshments available. For sellers, tables must be pre-booked (£10.
The Freight House, Bradley Way, Rochford, ESSEX
Sun 22 Apr

More details - Ulting Wick - Open Garden for NGS
Listed black barns provide backdrop for vibrant and exuberant planting in 8 acres. Thousands of colourful tulips, flowing innovative spring planting, herbaceous borders, pond, mature weeping willows, kitchen garden, dramatic late summer beds with zingy, tender, exotic plant combinations.
Ulting Wick, Maldon
Sun 22 Apr

More details - Cats Protection Cat Homing Show
Please come along and view our cats of all ages and colours. We have many cats needing new safe and forever homes. Home checks apply. We have a stall with products for your cat available to buy. Plus our new goods stall with lots of exciting things to buy. Tea and coffee served.
Smallgains Hall, Creek Rd, Canvey Island, Essex
Sun 22 Apr

More details - Mum2Mum Market Nearly New Sale Harold Hill
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales. At this sale in Harold Hill we will have 25 stalls of high quality, nearly new items and a small selection of businesses offering goods and services of interest to parents. Want to sell?
Harold Hill Community Centre, Gooshays Drive
Sun 22 Apr, Sun 20 May, Sun 17 Jun

More details - Pier to Pier 2018
Enjoy the sea air at our Pier to Pier 2018 sponsored walk! Come together with your friends, family and work colleagues and enjoy the sea air the St Helena Hospice Pier to Pier 2018 sponsored walk between Clacton and Walton Piers.
Clacton Pier, No 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX or Walton Pier, Walton On The Naze
Sun 22 Apr

More details - Cheeki Monkeys Big Baby & Children's Market
POP-UP BABY & CHILDREN’S MARKET AND FAMILY FUN DAY! SAVE up to 90% on quality pre-loved goods PLENTY TO KEEP THE LITTLE ONES ENTERTAINED – A SURPRISE CHARACTER APPEARANCE, FACE PAINTING, BALLOON FUN, ARTS & CRAFTS, AND MORE!
The GPCA, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Sun 22 Apr

More details - Grand Opening Of Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel Chelmsford
Join Claire and The Longcroft Team for Prosecco, cupcakes and a tour of the new luxury cat hotel with special guests on Sunday 22nd April from 2-4pm. With just 6 luxurious private temperature-controlled suites each with their own semi-outdoor spacious play area.
32 Hill Road, Chelmsford, Essex
Sun 22 Apr

More details - St Georges Day at The Gardens of Easton Lodge
Our first main season open day of the season is a chance to enjoy spring leaves and to search for dragons. Locally sourced bacon and cheese rolls will be available until 2.15pm or until they run out! Homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks will be available until 4.30pm.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge
Sun 22 Apr

More details - Hornchurch Jazz Club
Barry Tyler’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band. All the way from Saffron Walden, Barry on drums leads his band, including Bill Gyford on banjo, playing the music of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller and, of course, the O.D.J.B. Old-time jazz at its best.
Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, Hornchurch
Sun 22 Apr

Visit the Vulcan Day More details - Visit the Vulcan Day
Your chance to see former Royal Air Force bomber Avro Vulcan XL426 up close at what is a great day out for aircraft enthusiasts and the general public of all ages. Our team will be on hand to give guided tours of Vulcan XL426 and for an additional fee you can climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit.
London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Sun 22 Apr
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More details - Paycocke's - Spinning Demonstrations
Meet our talented and informative spinners as they demonstrate the skills that built Paycocke’s House. Booking Not Needed.
Paycocke’s, 25 West Street, Coggeshall, Colchester,
Sun 22 Apr, Sun 6 May

SUNDAY MARKET St.OsythBeach Sunday Market SAILOR BOY More details - SUNDAY MARKET St.OsythBeach Sunday Market SAILOR BOY
Held every sunday throughout the summer from the week before Easter untill the end of october,this popular general market selling a vast amount of goods including CLEARANCE BARGAINS ladies and gents fashions,Guns and ammo..
Hutleys Caravan Park, ST.OSYTH BEACH,St.Osyth,Clacton on sea
Sun 22 Apr, Sun 29 Apr, Sun 6 May, Sun 13 May, Sun 20 May
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More details - Rayleigh Philatelic Society Meeting
60th Annual General Meeting. Organised by Rayleigh & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Ray How (Secretary).
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Mon 23 Apr

More details - Frinton & District Philatelic Society Meeting
It’s Only A Cover (Members’ displays). Organised by Frinton & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Geoff Miller (Secretary).
Room 5, Frinton Community Centre, Soken House, Triangle Shopping Centre, Frinton-on-Sea
Mon 23 Apr

More details - Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society Meeting
GB Miscellany (N. Sharpe). Organised by Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Allan Boyce (Secretary).
Christ Church, United Reformed Church, New London Road, Chelmsford
Tue 24 Apr

More details - Braintree & District Philatelic Society Meeting
QV Canada (D.A. Armitage) Organised by Braintree & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: John Birch (Secretary).
Archer Community Centre, 28-32 East Street, Braintree
Tue 24 Apr

More details - Poker Night
John’s poker night
Royal British Legion Club Rayleigh 2 London Hill Rayleigh
Tue 24 Apr

More details - Medium Jeanie Jackson
Come along and enjoy an evening of mediumship with Jeanie Jackson
Wick Community Centre, Silva island Way, Wickford, Essex
Tue 24 Apr

More details - Healing Hearts Spiritual Centre
An Evening of Clairvoyance, Private one-to-one readings £7 (Tarot and Angel cards), Psychic Surgery by donation only with Healing Hearts Psychic Surgeons limited slots between 6-8pm , crystal jewellery & other Stalls, Luxury raffle £1, FREE refreshments including cakes, biscuits and freshly baked sausage rolls .
BULPHAN VILLAGE HALL Church Road, Bulphan, Nr Upminster, London, Essex.
Tue 24 Apr

More details - Terry Pratchett's The Fifth Elephant by Stephen Briggs
Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Fifth Elephant’ by Stephen Briggs 25th – 28th April & 2nd – 5th May 2018 Directed by Mark Preston Sam Vimes, the no-nonsense Commander of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, is sent on a diplomatic mission to the Discworld equivalent of Transylvania, to negotiate with werewolves, dwarves and
The Old Court Theatre 233 Springfield Road Chelmsford
Wed 25 Apr to Sat 28 Apr, Wed 2 May to Sat 5 May

More details - Furzelea - Open Garden for NGS
A Victorian house surrounded by a garden designed, created and maintained by the owners to provide all year round interest. The colour coordinated borders and beds are enhanced with topiary, grasses,and climbers. April starts with thousands of tulips followed by Alliums.
Furzelea, Danbury
Wed 25 Apr

More details - Lunch Club
Sissy’s getogether to chat with like minded people all welcome
Royal British Legion Club Rayleigh 2 London Hill Rayleigh
Wed 25 Apr

More details - Jive Night - 50s Record Hop
Come along and dance Jive and stroll at the 50s Record Hop. Everyone welcome - all types of jive are welcome. Playing rock n roll music from the 50s and current rock n roll bands. Lovely dance floor - car park bring your own drink. Soft drinks provided.
Ashingdon & East Hawkwell Memorial Hall Ashingdon Road Rochford
Wed 25 Apr, Wed 9 May, Wed 23 May

More details - Bingo
Bingo and Hoy Bingo come and join us
Royal British Legion Club Rayleigh 2 London Hill Rayleigh
Wed 25 Apr

More details - Thurstons Funfair Saffron Walden
All the fun of the fair
The Common, Saffron Walden
Thu 26 Apr to Mon 7 May

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
The Sea (Members’ displays). Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 26 Apr

More details - Shoeburyness Philatelic Society Meeting
Paraphernalia Revisited (M. Nunn). Organised by Shoeburyness & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Sue Stacey (Secretary).
St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Road, Shoeburyness
Thu 26 Apr

More details - Healing Hearts Psychic Surgeons . (Located Nr London.)
Healing Hearts Psychic Surgeons are a unique group providing the most powerful spiritual healing available anywhere. Our Psychic Surgeons all have high energy Psychic Surgeon guides who are able to work with them and independently.
BULPHAN VILLAGE HALL Church Road, Bulphan, Nr Upminster, London, Essex.
Thu 26 Apr, Thu 24 May, Thu 7 Jun

More details - Beeleigh Abbey Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
3 acres of secluded gardens in rural historic setting C12 abbey incorporated into private house (not open).
Beeleigh Abbey Gardens, Maldon
Fri 27 Apr

More details - Ulting Wick - Open Garden for NGS
Listed black barns provide backdrop for vibrant and exuberant planting in 8 acres. Thousands of colourful tulips, flowing innovative spring planting, herbaceous borders, pond, mature weeping willows, kitchen garden, dramatic late summer beds with zingy, tender, exotic plant combinations.
Ulting Wick, Maldon
Fri 27 Apr

More details - The Beauty of Frinton-on-Sea Photography Exhibition - Opening Night
Enjoy an evening of beautiful photography from Frinton-on Sea and the surrounding areas, by landscape photographer Marie Davey. Drinks and nibbles provided.
145c Connaught Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea
Fri 27 Apr

BASILDON 30s to 50sPlus PARTY for Singles and Couples - Friday 27th April More details - BASILDON 30s to 50sPlus PARTY for Singles and Couples - Friday 27th April
30s to 50sPlus party nights for singles and couples with top DJ playing your favourite club classics 70s to date. From 8.30pm till 1am at Ye Olde Plough House, in The Monks Barn, Brentwood Road (A128), Bulphan, nr Basildon, RM14 3SR.
Ye Olde Plough House, The Monks Barn, Brentwood Road (A128) Bulphan, nr Basildon
Fri 27 Apr
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More details - Music night on records
Terry will be playing the songs from the 60s 70s 80s with a few other years added
Royal British Legion Club Rayleigh 2 London Hill Rayleigh
Fri 27 Apr

More details - PREVIEW where LIVE MUSIC lives
Each week we feature a Guest Artiste PLUS a Showcase of other great acts in a variety of styles 6th REMEDY Great group playing Rock & Pop classics from the 50s to the 80s.
REAR of THE RNA CLUB (You DO NOT have to be a member of the RNA) 73-79 East Street. Prittlewell, Southend.
Fri 27 Apr

More details - FunDancing in Stratford St Mary
FunDancing - Dance Fitness Shimmy, Shake, Wiggle & Giggle while making new friends and laughing lots. Each class is 60 minutes long Warm Up - Dance Routines - Cool Down Wear comfortable clothing and light flexible shoes (preferably with small heel) Bring water with you.
The Institute, High Road, Stratford St Mary
Fri 27 Apr, Fri 4 May, Fri 11 May

More details - Sylvanian Families World's Smallest Fashion Show
Popular toy brand Sylvanian Families is showcasing a collection of haute couture miniature dresses on the world’s smallest catwalk to celebrate the launch of the new Sylvanian Families Town.
West Thurrock Way, Grays
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Carmina Burana - Classical Choral Concert with Eastwood Chorale & Southend Choral Society
Eastwood Chorale and Southend Choral Society, with the world famous Southend Boys Choir and professional soloists, are performing the fantastic Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, made famous by the Old Spice advert of the 1970’s. We will also be performing several other beautiful choral pieces.
Westcliff High School For Boys, Kenilwoth Gardens, Westcliff on Sea
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers Comedy Dining Event Basil, Sybil and Manuel do their best to look after you in their typical crazy style. A big fun night out in a friendly party atmosphere with some of the finest comedy actors in the land.
The Essex Golf & Country Club, Earls Colne, Colchester
Sat 28 Apr

More details - alpine Garden Socoety Essex Group Show
ALPINE FLOWER SHOW, plant sales including many rare and unusual, refreshments, free entry and good parking Top exhibiters will be showing alpines at their best .
NEW VILLAGE HALL. CHURCH ROAD. RAWRETH.
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Maldon RFU Warrior Camp
Rugby is one of England’s fastest growing female team sports. With the turn of spring bringing longer days and lighter evenings – and the women’s rugby sevens making its first appearance in the Commonwealth Games this April – there’s no better time to give rugby a try.
Maldon Rugby Union Football Club, Drapers Farm Playing Fields, Drapers Chase, Heybridge
Sat 28 Apr

Vulcan Restoration Trust Spring Event featuring ’Flying the SR-71 Blackbird’ More details - Vulcan Restoration Trust Spring Event featuring 'Flying the SR-71 Blackbird'
Come along and hear what it was like to fly the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane at more than three times the speed of sound during the Cold War. Retired US Air Force Colonel Rich Graham who will be speaking about his experiences flying the SR-71.
Hawkwell Village Hall, Main Road, Hockley
Sat 28 Apr
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More details - Chelmsford Food & Drink Festival
Market Square Group is very excited to be hosting the inaugural Chelmsford Food and Drink Festival. Located in Central Park, next to the Can.
Central Park
Sat 28 Apr and Sun 29 Apr

More details - West Essex Modelrail
Large model railway exhibition, both general and fine scale, presented by Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club, featuring 20+ layouts supported by trade, society stands and a Ride on Railway. FULLY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY to all layouts. Refreshments. Large FREE car park.
St. Edward’s Senior School, London Road, Romford
Sat 28 Apr and Sun 29 Apr

More details - Tudor Roost - Open Garden for NGS
An unexpected hidden colourful ¼-acre garden. Well manicured grassy paths wind round island beds and ponds. Densely planted subtropical area with architectural and exotic plants - cannas, bananas, palms, agapanthus, agaves and tree ferns surround a colourful gazebo.
Tudor Roost, Colchester
Sat 28 Apr, Sun 29 Apr, Sun 27 May, Mon 28 May

More details - Social Cycle Rides
Bring you family and join us for a cycle ride in nature! Explore the RSPB Rainham Marshes Riverwall, and discover the wildlife and the amazing views! We will be exploring and enjoy wildlife, and playing lots of games along the way!
Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex
Sat 28 Apr, Sat 26 May, Sat 23 Jun

More details - The Beauty of Frinton-on-Sea Photography Exhibition
Beautiful photography from Frinton-on Sea and the surrounding areas, by landscape photographer Marie Davey.
145c Connaught Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea
Sat 28 Apr to Thu 31 May

More details - Soul At The Wharf
Soul At The Wharf returns on Saturday 28th April. Join DJ Gary Walden (Stomp Radio, Making Memories) for a night of Soul, Funk, Disco & Soulful House, plus a few Club Classics.
The Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road South, Grays
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Cockney Night
Cockney Sovereign play the music with food Prawns/Cockles,/Jellied eels or Mussels £3.50 per portion order with catering team or at the bar before Wednesday 25/04/2018
Royal British Legion Club Rayleigh 2 London Hill Rayleigh
Sat 28 Apr

More details - AEPS & Basildon "Spring StampEssex" Stamp Exhibition and Fair
Stamp Exhibition and Fair. Dealers, displays, charity table, refreshments, parking. Organised by Basildon Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Taylor (Secretary).
James Hornsby School Sports Centre, Leinster Road, Laindon, Basildon
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Loxley House - Open Garden for NGS
On entering the rear garden you will be surprised and delighted by this town garden. A colourful patio with pots and containers. Steps up onto a circular lawn surrounded by hedges, herbaceous borders, trees and climbers. 2 water features, one a Japanese theme and another with ferns in a quiet seating area.
Loxley House, Brentwood
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Mum2Mum Market Southend
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales. At our Southend sale we will have around 40 stalls of high quality, nearly new items (up to 90% off the RRP!) and a small selection of businesses offering goods and services of interest to parents.
St Thomas More School, Kenilworth Gardens, Southend On Sea, Essex
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Open Garden
Open garden Tudor Roost 18 Frere Way Fingringhoe co57bp (5 mile South of Colchester)28th & 29th April 2-00pm -5-00pm Adm £4-00 children free.Teas & home made cakes available,plants for sale.An unexpected hidden colourful ¼-acre garden. Well manicured grassy paths wind round island beds and ponds.
Tudor Roost 18 Frere Way Fingringhoe CO5b7BP
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Antiques Roadshow in Frinton on Sea
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW In aid of Church Funds at St Mary’s Parish Church Old Road, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, CO13 9BX SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018 The Valuers from Colchester’s leading Auctioneers, REEMAN DANSIE (as featured on BBCs Flog it and Antiques Road Trip) Will be on hand to give specialist
St Mary’s Parish Church Old Road, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Cheeki Monkeys Braintree Nearly New Baby & Childrens Market
Pop-up Baby & Children’s Market and Fun Family Day Out The place where "Smart Parents" shop - SAVE up to 90% on quality pre-loved goods! A BOUNTIFUL MARKET WITH HUNDREDS OF PRE-LOVED & HAND MADE GOODS TO CHOOSE FROM.
Rayne Village Hall, 3 Gore Road, Rayne. Braintree
Sun 29 Apr

More details - Hornchurch Jazz Club
The Jack Clifford Swingtette. A wonderful end to the month with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with regulars including Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.
Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, Hornchurch
Sun 29 Apr

More details - Colne Valley Cycle Ride
Join us for our 10th Colne Valley Cycle Ride and raise money for your local Air Ambulance. Whether you are looking for a challenge or a family friendly cycle ride, we have the route for you! The 20 mile, 50 mile and 80 mile routes are on the roads surrounding Earls Colne.
Cricket Pitch, Earls Colne Business Park Earls Colne
Sun 29 Apr

More details - Furzelea - Open Garden for NGS
A Victorian house surrounded by a garden designed, created and maintained by the owners to provide all year round interest. The colour coordinated borders and beds are enhanced with topiary, grasses,and climbers. April starts with thousands of tulips followed by Alliums.
Furzelea, Danbury
Sun 29 Apr, Sun 3 Jun

More details - Family Jam - Sing!
Everybody sing! If you’ve got a voice, you can make music and in this song-packed afternoon for the whole family, the aim is to help you let it all pour out. Workshop leader Jessie Maryon Davies has worked with singers from the Royal Opera House to Goldfrapp.
Saffron Hall Audley End Road Saffron Walden
Sun 29 Apr

More details - South Shoebury Hall - Open Garden for NGS
Delightful, 1-acre established walled garden surrounding Grade II listed house (not open) and bee house. Charming agapanthus and hydrangea beds. April is ablaze with 3000 tulips and fritillaria. July shows 200+ varieties of agapanthus incl ’Queen Mum’ and ’Black Magic’.
South Shoebury Hall, Shoeburyness
Sun 29 Apr

More details - State of Mind & Performance
State of mind and its effects on mental wellbeing and performance is a hot topic. Whether that’s for entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals in business. Or people who just want to do well generally and be happy in life.
The Arlington Ballroom, 905 London Road, Leigh on Sea
Mon 30 Apr

More details - Clacton Philatelic Society Meeting
Stamp auction. Organised by Clacton Philatelic Society. Contact for details: David Hacker (Secretary).
Upstairs function room, The Tavern, 55-57 Frinton Road, Holland-on-Sea
Wed 2 May

More details - Ballet Central
Ballet Central 2018 nationwide tour comes to the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on Wednesday 2nd May, 7.45 pm With a chance to see the rising stars in dance theatre, Ballet Central returns with a brand new programme showcasing the best in international dance.
The Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex
Wed 2 May

More details - Goodmayes Philatelic Society Meeting
Chairman’s Night (G. Mallett). Organised by Goodmayes Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Cliff Cashman (Secretary).
Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Goodmayes
Wed 2 May

More details - Creative Net: May Day Garlands
Free workshops on the first Wednesday of every month. Everybody welcome! Materials, coffee, biscuits and great creative conversations provided. Megan and Amy from S&B Colchester will be here making May Day garlands and flower crowns from fabric and felt.
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Wed 2 May

More details - Work in Progress; Paintings Past to Present
The first exhibition of the 2018 programme is an exhibition of artwork by local artist Carol Dawson. The exhibition is a series of seascapes, wildlife imagery, farming scenes, and portraits painted in a realist fashion that takes inspiration from historic photos and the nature and communities of Coastal areas.
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Wed 2 May

More details - The Wildlife Walk
Come and join us as we take you on a wonderful wildlife walk around the marshes. Every season sees a different suite of wildlife for you to encounter. These regular walks will take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 9.
Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet.
Wed 2 May, Fri 11 May, Sun 20 May

More details - National garden event
There will be something of interest to everyone from beginners to gardening for the more advanced. Meet the garden volunteers who look after the garden and find out more about the plants and produce that we grow. There will be fresh museum grown produce to taste and refreshments provided throughout the event.
Epping Forest District Museum 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey
Wed 2 May

More details - Billericay & District Philatelic Society Meeting
New Acquisitions (Members’ displays). Organised by Billericay & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Jubb (Secretary).
The Fold Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Thu 3 May

More details - Introduction to UK Reptiles
This course is designed to introduce participants to the identification and ecology of British reptiles. This course is aimed at those with little or no experience of reptiles but should also appeal to those with some knowledge of the subject. Led by Katie Rowberry (Froglife) Booking is essential.
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Thu 3 May

More details - Soul Evening with Irie J
Enjoy and evening with soul singer Irie J
The Essex Golf & Country Club, Earls Colne, Colchester
Fri 4 May

More details - Three Years in the Mud: New archaeological Discoveries in the Blackwater estuary
Oliver Hutchinson discusses the work of CITiZAN (Coastal and InterTidal Zone Archaeological Network) in exploring, recording, and preserving the archaeology that has been revealed by the Blackwater estuary.
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Fri 4 May

More details - Tom C. Walker Band
I can’t think of a better opener for our new venue than The Tom C. Walker Band who make a welcome return visit fresh from their storming gig at the British Rock & Blues Festival.
New Crawdaddy Blues Club, Holiday Inn, Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon
Fri 4 May

More details - Counterfeit Sixties Show
Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain’s No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties, with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era.
West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea
Fri 4 May

Celebrating Maison the Miracle More details - Celebrating Maison the Miracle
An Evening with the Angels Seraphisa, International singer/ songwriting Duo, Marcus C Dolan and Georgie G Deyn are opening their national tour here in Essex. Join them as they take you on a heavenly musical journey of nurture, love, joy, messages and inspiration.
The Mill Arts Centre, Mill Hall, Bellingham Lane
Fri 4 May
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More details - Coggeshall Art Group Annual Exhibition
New venue and dates this year for the popular Coggeshall Art Group Exhibition. Come and enjoy art in a wide variety of styles and media, all by local artists, in the beautiful Parish Church of St.Peter ad Vincula. All work available to purchase.
Church of St.Peter ad Vincula, Church Green, Coggeshall
Fri 4 May to Mon 7 May

More details - Great Waltham Art Show
Now in its 46th year, an exhibition of local artist’s work with an opportunity to purchase. The show takes place in the beautiful setting of our parish church with an opportunity to sit and chat over a cup of tea and delightful home-made cakes.
Great Waltham Parish Church Great Waltham Chelmsford
Sat 5 May and Sun 6 May

More details - Honesty Over Silence Conference
Honesty Over Silence is a day conference that seeks to open up conversations around topics that many find difficult such as trusting in God when life is painful, dealing with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, learning to look after ourselves, developing our character, and living with thankful
Skylark Church, Chelmsford
Sat 5 May

More details - Arthur Findlay College Open Week
Open week at the Arthur Findlay College is idea for anyone interested in Mediumship and Psychic Studies.
Arthur Findlay College, Stansted Hall, Stansted, Essex
Sat 5 May to Tue 8 May

More details - Nazeing 1918, A Free Exhibition and book launch.
Nazeing History Workshop present a Free Exhibition to commemorate the end of the Great War. St Giles Hall will be open 2-6 on Saturday, 12 -4 on Sunday, 10 -4 on Monday. Their new book, A Purely Agricultural Parish ? will be launched at the exhibition. This new book complements their previous publications.
St Giles Hall, Nazeing Road, Nazeing
Sat 5 May to Mon 7 May

More details - Flower Festival
• Entitled “The Art of Flowers” the festival will include flower arrangements inspired by local art work which will also be on display in the church. • The event will take place in St Lawrence Church from Saturday May 5th to Monday 7th • At St Lawrence Church, Bradfield Essex CO11 2US. • Open from 10.
St Lawrence Church The Street Bradfield Essex
Sat 5 May, Mon 7 May

More details - Codebreaker Trail
Can you crack the code and solve the crime? Suitable for all ages.
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Sat 5 May, Sat 12 May, Sat 19 May, Sat 26 May, Wed 30 May

More details - Frank Sinatra Tribute
Kevin Fitzsimmons is known for his amazing live Frank Sinatra soundalike vocal performances as he delivers respectful Frank Sinatra tributes. Come and see his tribute to Frank Sinatra at the stadium!
Maldon Stadium, Park Drive, Maldon
Sat 5 May

More details - House of Stand Up Presents Colchester Comedy
Colchester Comedy opens its doors on the first Saturday of each month. This regular comedy night launches on 5th May and we’re bringing you a great lineup of top comedians. Our headliner for this first Colchester Comedy Show is the Host of Balls of Steel - Mark Dolan!
Essex Golf & Country Club Earls Colne Cochester
Sat 5 May

More details - Purple Feather Events MBS Holistic Fair Weeley
Purple Feather Events presents another fab Fair at this popular venue, but this time its a whole weekend!!! ~Another day of pampering , wellbeing & friendship.
Weeley Village Hall, Clacton rd, Weeley. Essex.
Sat 5 May

More details - Tendring Brass 'On Tour in Tendring'
Come and enjoy an afternoon of Musical entertainment, performed by Tendring Brass Band as part of their series of local concerts entitled Tendring Brass- ’On Tour in Tendring’ The Band will be performing a variety of well known, foot tapping pieces for the audience to enjoy.
St James Church, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea
Sun 6 May

More details - The Weald Park Country Show 2018.
The Weald Park Country Show is set to be bigger and better this year with so many new and added attractions including Jonathan Marshall from Game of Thrones, Motorbike Stunts, Heavy Horses, Falconry, Rural Crafters, Celebrity Chef’s and Food Festival, Children’s Festival and so much more
Weald Country Park South Weald, Brentwood
Sun 6 May

More details - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen are holding a Spring Craft Weekend  - Grange Barn , Coggeshall, Essex
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen are holding a Spring Craft Show in the historic Grange Barn Come along and see the talented artists and craftsmen and artists and who will be exhibiting and selling their handmade arts and crafts, some demonstrating .
Grange Barn , Grange Hill, Coggeshall
Sun 6 May and Mon 7 May

More details - Dawn Chorus Walk
There is nothing like hearing birds in full song at this time of the morning! A guided walk with experts will help you to identify what is out there at this time of the year followed by a much needed bacon or sausage bap and a hot drink in the café (which is included in cost).
Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex
Sun 6 May, Sun 13 May

More details - Thames Sailing Barge Trust 70th Anniversary Open days
To celebrate the Trust’s 70th Anniversary we are opeing Centaur and Pudge two historic Thames sailing barges to the public. Homemade cakes, teas and coffees will be available and all Children between the ages of 5 & 11 will receive a Free Activity Pack
Sailing Barge Centaur and Pudge at Hythe Quay
Sun 6 May and Mon 7 May

More details - Hornchurch Jazz Club
The Hugh Rainey Jazz Band. A return visit of one of Essex’s most popular and enduring traditional jazz bands led by Hugh on trumpet. The band plays the music of Bechet, Ellington, Beiderbecke, Morton, Oliver and Basie.
Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, Hornchurch
Sun 6 May

More details - Green Island - Open Garden for NGS
’A garden for all seasons’ A plantsman’s paradise with 20 acres packed with rare and unusual plants. Carved within mature woodland are huge island beds, Japanese garden, terrace, gravel garden, seaside garden, water gardens and extensive woodland plantings.
Green Island, Ardleigh
Sun 6 May

More details - Celebrity Football Match and Family Fun Day in Aid of Guide Dogs UNITED FOR CHARITY
The Charity Family fun day and Celebrity Football match is on Monday 7th may 2018 at BOWERS AND PITSEA F.
Bowers and Pitsea F.C. Len Salmon Stadium, 24 Crown Ave, Basildon
Mon 7 May

More details - Hangar Dance
1940’s style Hangar Dance and Vintage afternoon tea, featuring the Glenn Miller Weald orchestra! To celebrate 100yrs of the RAF. Tickets £18.50 pp.
North Weald Airfield
Mon 7 May

More details - Community Fun Day
Looking for a free and fun, family day out this May Bank Holiday? Then come down to Hutton and Shenfield Union Church for a Community Fun Day! There will be bouncy castles, live music, jungle animal hunt, games, prizes, ice cream and treats all for free! Plus, for a small cost, there is an all day BBQ!
Hutton and Shenfield Union Church, Roundwood Ave, Brentwood
Mon 7 May

More details - Ingatestone Antiques & Collectors Fair
We are pleased to announce another fair at Ingatestone Community Centre, (near Budgens and the Co-op). Items we hope to have are china, glass, stamps, militaria, coins, ephemera, pottery, postcards, jewellery and lots more vintage, collectable items. Entry only £1.
Ingatestone Comm.Ctr, 7 High St, Ingatestone, Essex
Mon 7 May

More details - Hangar Dance New Date Bank Holiday Monday 7th May
www.airfieldfireworks.co.uk
The Squadron Hangar, North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, Epping. Essex
Mon 7 May

More details - Thaxted Craft  Market
Margaret Gardens, Thaxted. Crafts, , plants etc., etc., In aid of Thaxted Scouts. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. FREE ENTRY Stallholders welcome to apply
Margaret Gardens, Margaret Street, Thaxted
Mon 7 May

More details - Fairwinds - Open Garden for NGS
Gravelled front garden and three differently styled back garden spaces with planting changes every year. Places for you to sit, relax and enjoy. Start with themed flower borders - planting influenced by Beth Chatto, Penelope Hobhouse and Christopher Lloyd.
Fairwinds, Chigwell Row
Mon 7 May

More details - Braintree & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Competition and Chairmans Cup Organised by Braintree & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: John Birch (Secretary).
Archer Community Centre, 28-32 East Street, Braintree
Tue 8 May

More details - Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Czechoslovakia (Mrs. L. Bosworth). Organised by Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Allan Boyce (Secretary).
Christ Church, United Reformed Church, New London Road, Chelmsford
Tue 8 May

More details - Epping Forest & District Stamp Club Meeting
Annual General Meeting. Organised by Epping Forest & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Roger Pearce(Secretary).
The Dining Hall, Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill (entry from Brook Road), Loughton
Tue 8 May

More details - The Cold War 1945-1989
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this exhibition by Epping Forest District Museum explores one of the most important ideological and political conflicts of the twentieth century.
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Wed 9 May to Sun 13 May, Wed 16 May to Sun 20 May, Wed 23 May to Sun 27 May, Wed 30 May to Sun 3 Jun, Wed 6 Jun to Sun 10 Jun, Wed 13 Jun to Sun 17 Jun, Wed 20 Jun to Sun 24 Jun

More details - Guided Walk at Gunners Park
Come down to Gunners Park and enjoy spring migration. We will walk through the park exploring the habitats and hopefully find some migratory birds. Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and Garden Warbler can be seen during this time as they make their way north to their summer breeding grounds.
Gunners Park Nature Reserve
Wed 9 May and Thu 10 May

More details - Enlightenment  by Shelagh Stephenson
Lia and Nick have not heard from their son for six months. He was travelling in his gap year and they fear he has been killed in a terrorist bombing. Anxious for any news, the couple turn to whatever means possible to find out what has happened to their son.
Headgate Theatre 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester
Wed 9 May to Sat 12 May

More details - Wedding Open Evening
Come and view our beautiful Venue and see how the function rooms could be set for your special day and benefit from exclusive offers on the night Reserve tickets today on 01787 224466 to receive complimentary Prosecco and Canapes on arrival.
The Essex Golf & Country Club, Earls Colne, Colchester
Thu 10 May

More details - Art and the New Town - A Guided Tour
A guided tour – Art and the New Town With an expert guide, you will visit: • The Gibberd Gallery to see Sir Frederick Gibberd’s important 20th Century watercolour collection, including Piper, Bawden and Nash • Harlow’s sculpture including Moore and Rodin • The former home of Sir Frederick and Lady Gibberd • The
The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Gilden Way, Harlow
Thu 10 May

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
Railways – British Rail Hotels & Steamers (Mrs. L. Roberts). Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 10 May

More details - Fellowship Meeting 2pm - 3.30pm
ALL welcome to attend. May’s meeting will be "Baz & Harv" (Music duo) followed by tea/coffee and time to chat with others. Come along to the main hall at the United Reformed Church, Kelvedon and join us. Tel: Gwyn Pegram 07875 109472
United Reformed Church, 89 High Street, Kelvedon
Thu 10 May

More details - Tom Jones Tribute
Martin Jarvis as Tom Jones, a tribute unlike any other, performing songs from a career that spans six decades, hits including “Delilah” “She’s a Lady” and everyones favourite “It’s Not Unusual.” Book tickets online now at: boxoffice.maldonstadium.
Maldon Stadium, Park Drive, Maldon
Fri 11 May

More details - Bach to Baby Family Concerts in Chelmsford
Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers. Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow.
Christ Church 164 New London Road Chelmsford
Fri 11 May, Fri 8 Jun

More details - Chris King Robinson Band
In 2012, Chris was given the ultimate accolade of being one of the top undiscovered guitarists worldwide by the acclaimed international music photographer Robert Knight, who in partnership with guitar manufacturer Fender was searching the globe to find the next great guitarist.
Holiday Inn, Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon.
Fri 11 May

More details - Basildon & Billericay French Circle
Talk in French by John Dixon on Andre Citroen, one of the pioneers of the modern automobile. Discover this extraordinary man and his private and professional life.
The Fold (Billericay Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Fri 11 May

More details - The Alter Eagles
The Alter Eagles are a six piece Eagles tribute band based in the south of England. Since their debut gig in January 2004, they’ve established themselves as one of the top UK tribute acts, playing numerous theatre shows across the UK and at festivals such as The Chichester Real Ale and Jazz Festival and...
Touchline Live Music, Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley
Fri 11 May

More details - Plant Sale
Plant Sale with other stalls i.e. Refreshments, Cakes, jams and pickles, Tombola, Bric-a-brac, Raffle etc.
St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Lane, Stapleford Abbotts, Romford
Sat 12 May

More details - Mum2mum Market Baby and Children's Nearly New Sale Chelmsford
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales. At our Chelmsford sale we will have around 40 stalls of high quality, nearly new items and a small selection of businesses offering goods and services of interest to parents.
Hylands School, Hatfield Grove, Chelmsford
Sat 12 May

More details - Great Bardfield Village Garage Sale
Join us Bargain Hunting on May 12th 2018 Everyone is welcome to join us in Great Bardfield for our annual village garage sale. The garage sale will be held on Saturday 12th May 2018 from 12 noon onwards.
Great Bardfield
Sat 12 May

More details - Tarot Gathering
Birds of a feather flock together as they say, and people who are drawn to reading the tarot will truly love this workshop. Delivered by Beverley, herself a respected and accurate Tarot reader with 20 years experience, (you can see for yourself by reading her reviews on www.facebook.
The Mystery Chest Ltd 7 Acorn Mews, Bush Fair, Harlow, Essex
Sat 12 May

More details - Tudor Weekend - Meet the Royals
The year is 1533, and with Royal Wedding Fever in the air, our group of Tudor Reenactors "The Companye of Merrie Folke" will be setting up camp in the beautiful grounds of Ingatestone Hall.
Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane
Sat 12 May and Sun 13 May

More details - Ardleigh Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
Two lovely, large country gardens set in the beautiful setting of nearby Constable country of north east Essex. Refreshments, and parking in paddock at Mayfield Farm. Mayfield Farm a 3 acre garden which 3 years ago was largely a field with a huge glass house on 46 tonnes of concrete footings.
Ardleigh Gardens, Colchester
Sat 12 May and Sun 13 May

More details - Jenny Hammerton: Eating and drinking like the stars of yesteryear...
Columbo super-fan, Jenny Hammerton, will give an entertaining presentation about the food and drink which are so prominently sprinkled throughout the greatest television detective series ever made.
The Forum Southend, Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea
Sat 12 May

More details - Concert to Commemorate the Centenary of the End of WW1
A unique opportunity to hear the combined talents of the Band of the Parachute Regiment, Colchester Military Wives’ and Essex Police Choirs, performing numbers both old and new - with some audience participation!
St Botolphs Church, Colchester
Sat 12 May

More details - Kids’ birdwatching club
One for the young wildlife lovers - join us on these special days held once a month to explore the reserve through the seasons, watching and learning about the birds that visit and live here. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book - just turn up and we’ll see you there!
Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex
Sat 12 May

More details - Temple at War
Temple at War is a unique experience which combines Living History Groups with the General public. The two day extravaganza showcases the last 100 years of Military history, from the Great War to the Cold War.
Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree, Essex CM2
Sat 12 May and Sun 13 May

Basildon Mayfest More details - Basildon Mayfest
This is the third year of the Basildon Mayfest event. The purpose of the event is to showcase Basildon Borough’s Community/Charity groups and the work they do in the local community. In creating more awareness people can then join, help or whatever to assist these groups.
Basildon Town Square
Sat 12 May
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More details - SESAW £1 Sale
Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare (SESAW) is holding a Sale to raise funds for the animals. No change required, only £1 coins or bigger! Lots of bargain toys, games, puzzles, china, glass, jewellery, books, pictures, cds, dvds and pet products.
St. Lukes Church Extension Hall, Church Road, Tiptree
Sat 12 May

More details - Braintree Organic Gardening Club
The Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month with interesting speakers from the gardening world. From May to August we organise trips to local open gardens. On Saturday 12 May we will be selling plants from our market stall outside the Town Hall in Braintree from 8 until 3.
Braintree & Bocking Community Centre 19 - 21 Bocking End, Braintree
Sat 12 May

More details - Spring Plant Fair & Umbellifer Talk
A wonderful and historic location of Layer Marney Tower makes this a great venue to host a special event to celebrate the Umbellifer and this will be the basis of a talk by Nursery owner, writer and wildlife expert Marina Christopher.
Layer Marney Tower Nr Colchester Essex
Sun 13 May

More details - Havens to Havens Walk
Join us this Spring for our annual Havens to Havens Walk. Starting from Little Havens, you will walk through the beautiful grounds of Hadleigh Castle, down to Old Leigh and along Chalkwell’s coastline to Fair Havens Hospice.
From Little Havens Hospice to Fair Havens Hospice
Sun 13 May

More details - Hatfield Peverel Bowling Club Open Day
Come and try Bowling, indoor in our purpose built Pavilion or outside on our six rink Bowling Green. Plenty of room to sit and watch or join in with equipment provided. All we ask is that you bring flat soled shoes or slippers in which to bowl. There will be experienced members on hand to give tuition and information.
The Bob Gammie Pavilion, Hatfield Peverel Sports Ground, Wickham Bishops Road
Sun 13 May

More details - Elwy Lodge - Open Garden for NGS
Tucked away in the gentle Essex countryside, the glorious garden at Elwy Lodge offers a welcome that is hard to beat.
Elwy Lodge, Woodham Walter
Sun 13 May, Sun 17 Jun

More details - Harlow Race for Life
On Sunday 13th May 2018, Harlow Race for Life will bring thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters. Race for Life 5k is great for all ages.
Harlow Town Park, Fifth Avenue, Harlow
Sun 13 May

More details - Homage to Segovia : Concert and Workshop with Morgan Szymanski
Born in Mexico City in 1979, Morgan Szymanski started playing guitar at the age of six. After studying in Mexico and Europe, he now travels all over the world playing a wide range of guitar music.
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester
Sun 13 May

More details - Hornchurch Jazz Club
Ollie Benson’s Hot Club Group. Another group back because they were liked so much. It features Ollie Benson guitar, Peter Sellars violin and Tim Huskisson clarinet. The group plays jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli reminiscent of The Hot Club of France.
Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, Hornchurch
Sun 13 May

More details - Frinton & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Annual General Meeting. Organised by Frinton & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Geoff Miller (Secretary).
Room 5, Frinton Community Centre, Soken House, Triangle Shopping Centre, Frinton-on-Sea
Mon 14 May

More details - Rayleigh Philatelic Society Meeting
Victorian 2d Blue (A. Davis). Organised by Rayleigh & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Ray How (Secretary).
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Mon 14 May

More details - Oklahoma!
This well known and loved musical is brought to you by talented local people. A creative production team, enthusiastic chorus and young very talented leads means for a great night out that won’t disappoint.
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Tue 15 May to Sat 19 May

More details - Saffron Walden "Emporium"
Upstairs in Saffron Walden Town Hall. Market Day. FREE ENTRY. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Crafts, collectables, Fossils, etc., etc., "You never know what you might find".
Saffron Walden Town Hall.
Tue 15 May

More details - Spring Bird Identifiaction
A practical session discovering spring birds in the North East Essex at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve and Abberton Reservoir. The day will be largely spent outside looking for, listening to and identifying our spring and summer birds.
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Tue 15 May

More details - Brighton Fringe Festival Previews, Think Outside The Box, Press Start to Play, T*ts, Teeth & Tw*t
University Centre Colchester BA (Hons) Acting & Creative Performance Think Outside The Box - a show exploring the limits at each end of the spectrum, from the mundane to the absurd Press Start To Play - Three rounds. Two teams. One prize.
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester
Tue 15 May

More details - A Doll's House
The Helmers are an iconic power couple. They excel at work, staying on top, they excel at excelling. But as his autobiography rolls out, it seems there are a few things that Mr. Helmer did not mention.
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester
Wed 16 May

More details - Hatfield Forest - Introduction to Photography 2018
Join us for an introduction to photography in the great outdoors. Learn the basics of camera control and composition as well as picking up some pro-tricks from an award winning photographer, Helen Hooker.
Hatfield Forest, near Bishop’s, Stortford,
Wed 16 May

More details - Goodmayes Philatelic Society Meeting
The Eurovision area (Members’ displays). Organised by Goodmayes Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Cliff Cashman (Secretary).
Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Goodmayes
Wed 16 May

More details - The Britishness Project
Firstsite, Colchester, is delighted to present The Britishness Project, a groundbreaking exhibition that investigates notions of Britishness through art making.
Firstsite Lewis Gardens High Street Colchester
Wed 16 May

More details - Avro Vulcan and the Cold War
An illustrated talk by Richard Clarkson, secretary of the Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT) covering the design and development of the famous delta-wing bomber, as well as its role as part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent in the Cold War from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Wed 16 May

More details - 8 Dene Court - Open Garden for NGS
Beautifully maintained and designed compact garden (250sq yds). Owner is well-known RHS gold medal-winning exhibitor (now retired). Circular lawn, long pergola and walls festooned with roses and climbers. Large selection of unusual clematis.
8 Dene Court, Chelmsford
Thu 17 May, Tue 29 May, Thu 7 Jun, Tue 19 Jun, Thu 28 Jun, Tue 10 Jul

More details - Billericay & District Philatelic Society Meeting
The British and Foreign Treaty Ports in China (J.J. Gaskell). Organised by Billericay & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Jubb (Secretary).
The Fold Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Thu 17 May

More details - Comedy Club
Our Comedy Club is sure to have you laughing all night long. Get all of your friends together for a night of top quality entertainment! Food Available from the Menu Licensed Bar Serving Drinks Free Parking
Maldon Stadium, Park Drive, Maldon
Thu 17 May

More details - Essex Gardens Trust: Introduction to Garden History Day led by Dr Twigs Way
Essex Gardens Trust are offering an Introduction to Garden History Day run by renowned garden historian, Dr Twigs Way.
Little Easton Village Hall, Manor Road, Little Easton
Fri 18 May

More details - Rainbreakers
Rainbreakers, a four piece outfit from Shrewsbury, have been hailed as one of the freshest new sounds on the UK Blues Rock and Soul circuit. The band have developed a distinctive sound that embodies a fusion of dynamic musical elements that bridges the gap between Blues, Rock, Pop and Soul.
Holiday Inn Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon, Essex
Fri 18 May

More details - Chantel McGregor
Chantel McGregor + CONNOR SELBY BAND + JOE ANDERTON. Artists performing: Chantel McGregor.: Tickets avaiable.
Chinnerys, Southend, Southend on Sea
Fri 18 May

More details - Wycke Farm - Open Garden for NGS
Large cottage style farmhouse garden situated in the peaceful Essex countryside with mature trees, mixed borders, vegetables, greenhouses and a small flock of sheep. Developed from a neglected state over 12 years ago with a fine view of the Blackwater Estuary.
Wycke Farm, Maldon
Fri 18 May, Sun 20 May

More details - Sparkle Walk
Get your glitter on for our brand new women’s 10k walk and be part of the sparkliest event in town! Grab a team of friends and family, add some glitter and sequins, and walk in our ’sparkle parade’ of local women for an unforgettable night out.
Haven House Children’s Hospice
Fri 18 May

More details - Paycocke's - Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers Discovery Weekend
Discover and learn about the traditional crafts that built Paycocke’s House. Join the Guild as they demonstrate how to spin fleece into threads throughout the house and garden. Booking Not Needed. Suitable for children. Assistance Dogs only are welcome.
Paycocke’s, 25 West Street, Coggeshall, Colchester,
Fri 18 May to Sun 20 May

More details - Charity Evening of Clairvoyance with Mediums Tom Flynn and Gale Moris
The Oakes Spiritual Centre, a charity evening of clairvoyance with Mediums Tom Flynn and Gale Morris, doors open 7.00pm for 7.
emerson park community centre, slewins lane, hornchurch, essex
Fri 18 May

More details - Pink Tribute
Vicky Jackson’s Tribute to Pink has been a run-away success and has consistently been her most booked act since 2008, this will be a evening you wont want to miss! Food Available from the Menu Licensed Bar Serving Drinks Free Parking
Maldon Stadium, Park Drive, Maldon
Fri 18 May

More details - Soul Of Santana
Arguably one of the UK’s best tribute acts return to Touchline Live Music, Hockley. Soul of Santana the UK Santana Tribute Show. Soul of Santana with their meticulously crafted instrumentals and tight arrangements, bring back to the masses the classic songs of the legendary guitarist Carlos Santana.
Touchline Live Music, Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley
Fri 18 May

More details - Colchester & District Philatelic Society Meeting
North East Africa (D. Hacker). Organised by Colchester & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Christine Stroud (Secretary).
Wilson Marriage Centre, Barrack Street, Colchester
Fri 18 May

More details - Jiangsu Performing Arts Puppet Troupe
Join the Colchester Chinese Culture Society for an afternoon of Chinese culture outside Jaywick Martello Tower. There will be puppetry delights performed for you by Jiangsu Puppet Troupe, part of China’s largest performing arts company, for the first time ever in the UK!
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Sat 19 May

CHARITY CONCERT in aid of MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT More details - CHARITY CONCERT in aid of MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
Three Valleys Male Voice Choir will present an evening of much loved Music with a few surprises, the evening will include a grand raffle and you will be able to enjoy a drink or two while you listen to the music and song as there is a licensed bar available.
Paringdon Sports & Social Club, Paringdon Rd, Great Parndon, Harlow
Sat 19 May
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More details - MEN2SING concert at CHELMSFORD CATHEDRAL
MEN2SING..the county’s top " Show Stopper" harmony singing team bring their light-hearted repertoire to the "Grand Venue" again in May at the Chelmsford Cathedral...Saturday May 19th at 7.30pm. New songs...Ben.E.King...Freddie ( Mercury )...Elton...Africa...Simon and G...
Chelmsford Cathedral ( )
Sat 19 May

More details - Richard Digance
RICHARD DIGANCE makes a very welcome return to Touchline. His previous Touchline shows sold out in advance, so please don’t leave it too late to book - especially for this, his "Not Bad For His Age" Tour.
Touchline Live Music, Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley
Sat 19 May

More details - Checking Out
Welcome to Hotel Purgatory. Our very special guests are dying to meet you! You’ll find sorts here in the lobby of the lost. But should they take the lift up to the executive suite? Or down to the infernal pit of the basement? YOU decide!
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester
Sat 19 May

More details - Crab & Winkle Country Music Club
Live "Country" Bands/Artists once a month for Line & Freestyle Dancers or to just sit & listen & enjoy the music & atmosphere. Everyone Welcome. Tea coffee & rolls available + licensed bar. All proceeds to Charity, This month, we have the popular artists -" Ridgeway Country"
Brightlingsea Community Centre, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea
Sat 19 May

More details - Bourne Mill - Bourne Mill Discovery Tour - The Secret History of the Mill
Join volunteer Joan for a short talk and tour looking at the quirky history of Bourne Mill, including its early role as a fishing lodge and rumours of ducking stools in Bourne Pond! A welcome cup of tea or coffee and a piece of shortbread is included. Booking Advisable. Phone: 03442491895.
Bourne Mill, Bourne Road, Colchester,
Sat 19 May

More details - a vintage affair
Back by popular demand A Vintage Affair something for everyone, all things vintage, Big Band, dancers, singers, vintage stalls, (around 60) and of course those classic cars, such a fantastic day out for all the family, dogs are welcome on leads only
Hedingham Castle
Sun 20 May

More details - Hornchurch Jazz Club
Marius Rudnick Band. Appearing for the first time at the club and playing jazz in the styles of John Coltrane and Miles Davis. As well as tributes to these two giants of jazz expect an evening of swing standards from the tenor saxophone, clarinet and flute of Marius Rudnick.
Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, Hornchurch
Sun 20 May

More details - Walk for Life
Join our sponsored Walk for Life taking in the beautiful Essex countryside whilst raising vital funds for people affected by life limiting illness.
Paper Mill Lock/Heybridge to Chelmsford e2v
Sun 20 May

More details - A Vintage Affair
A Vintage Affair, now in its 6th year, arranged by Anne of Juniper Flowers, Sudbury,, thats florist with a vintage twist, all vintage stalls, Big band, singers, dancing, classic cars, a real day out for all the family, dogs welcome on leads.
Hedingham Castle Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex C09 3DJ
Sun 20 May

More details - Southend-on-Sea Race for Life
On Sunday 20th May 2018, Southend-on-Sea Race for Life will bring thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters. Race for Life 5k is great for all ages.
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea
Sun 20 May

More details - The White Garden - Open Garden for NGS
A delightful white garden with 100 David Austin roses, unusual perennials and shrubs nestled into a tiny plot. Shady fernery walk with white hydrangeas, waterfalls, pond and blooms surrounding a lush lawn provide interest all summer long.
The White Garden, Essex
Sun 20 May, Sun 10 Jun

More details - Sandy Lodge - Open Garden for NGS
A garden for all seasons. ¾ acre created over the last 5 years. Minutes from Halstead Town centre yet a very peaceful garden with stunning views over the countryside. Enter to a two-tier gravel Bee Border; wander to our Winter Wedding border then the Woodlands Walk.
Sandy Lodge, Halstead
Sun 20 May

More details - Peacocks - Open Garden for NGS
5-acre garden with mature native and specimen trees. Restored horticultural buildings. Series of garden rooms including Paradise Garden, Garden of Reconciliation, Alhambra fusion. Long herbaceous/mixed border. Temple of Antheia on the banks of a lily lake.
Peacocks, Margaretting
Sun 20 May

More details - Main Season Open Day
Come and join us for this main season open day. We will be holding a Dog show competition for more information visit our website. Locally sourced bacon and cheese rolls will be available until 2.15pm or until they run out! Homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks will be available until 4.30pm.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge
Sun 20 May

More details - Plastic Pollution – Shoreline to Storyline
A workshop-based event by local artist/writer Wendy Constance, starting with a beach clean at Jaywick Sands leading to the Tower.
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Sun 20 May

More details - Miraflores - Open Garden for NGS
An award-winning, medium-sized garden described by one visitor as a ’Little Bit of Heaven. A blaze of colour with roses, clematis, pergola, rose arch, triple fountain with box hedging and deep herbaceous borders. See our ’Folly’, exuberant and cascading hanging baskets...find our Secret Door.
Miraflores, Witham
Mon 21 May, Fri 15 Jun, Sun 24 Jun

More details - Frinton & District Philatelic Society Meeting
I Collect Because ... (Members’ displays). Organised by Frinton & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Geoff Miller (Secretary).
Room 5, Frinton Community Centre, Soken House, Triangle Shopping Centre, Frinton-on-Sea
Mon 21 May

More details - Tendring Activity Day
A Great Day Out! 3 Speakers . Craft Stalls, Home Baked Goodies and More! Refreshments and Lunches available on the day. Ample Parking. Pre-booking is advisable to reserve your seat for the speakers and lunch. Group bookings welcome.
Bradfield Community Centre, The Street, Bradfield, Manningtree
Tue 22 May

More details - An Evening of Celebration
As part of our celebrations marking 20 years of saving lives across Essex, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas we would like to invite you to An Evening of Celebration at Chelmsford Cathedral.
Chelmsford Cathedral Duke Street Chelmsford
Tue 22 May

More details - Springtime floral art workshop
Learn how to make springtime floral art arrangements. You will gain the confidence to bring lovely floral bloom arrangements indoors.For more details about this event contact Victoria Robertson Community engagement officer email vrobertson@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
EFDC training room 25 Hemnall street Epping Essex
Tue 22 May

More details - Jericho Cottage (Megarry's Antiques & Teashop) - Open Garden for NGS
Small walled wildlife, woodland garden with mature trees, shrubs, bamboos, palms and ponds. Historic Romany Vardo and Victorian Glasshouse.
Jericho Cottage (Megarry’s Antiques & Teashop), Ingatestone
Tue 22 May

More details - Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society Meeting
History of the Dunmow Flitch (S. & Mrs P. Schorah). Organised by Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Allan Boyce (Secretary).
Christ Church, United Reformed Church, New London Road, Chelmsford
Tue 22 May

More details - Golf Day
Join us for what promises to be a terrific day of golfing and networking in the beautiful setting of Abridge Golf & Country Club in the heart of the Essex countryside. Why not bring your clients or colleagues for a day of hospitality whilst supporting your local children’s hospice?
Abridge Golf & Country Club Epping Lane, Stapleford Tawney
Wed 23 May

More details - The Foreigner
What does a shy Englishman do when visiting a fishing lodge in Georgia? In this hilarious farce, Charlie, proofreader by day and boring husband by night, pretends to be a foreigner who doesn’t understand English.
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester
Wed 23 May to Sat 26 May

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
General discussion and activity. Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 24 May

More details - Colne Engaine Dramatic Society presents:  Spirit Level a play by Pam Valentine
at Colne Engaine village hall at 8 p.m. - doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are all £9.00 and available from Box Office cedsboxoffice@gmail.
Colne Engaine Village hall
Thu 24 May to Sat 26 May

More details - Writtle University College - Open Garden for NGS
15 acres; informal lawns with naturalised bulbs and wild flowers. Large tree collection, mixed shrubs, herbaceous borders. Landscaped gardens designed and built by students. Landscaped glasshouses and wide range of seasonal bedding displays.
Writtle University College, Writtle
Thu 24 May

More details - Storm Warning
Storm Warning are one of Britain’s most talented and well respected Blues acts and have earned a reputation as one of the UK’s best and individual blues bands.
Holiday Inn Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon, Essex
Fri 25 May

More details - The Public Interest
An exciting world premiere of a dramatic new play by Kenton Hall. It is 1965 and Winston Churchill is dead.
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Fri 25 May and Sat 26 May

More details - Camera Obscura
The reading room on the roof of the Tower will become a camera obscura for the weekend, come and see what it is like to be inside a camera. Understand how the renaissance painters discovered perspective and how Fox Talbot created photography.
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Sat 26 May and Sun 27 May

More details - Brentwood Race for Life
On Saturday 26th May 2018, Brentwood Race for Life will bring thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters. Race for Life 5k is great for all ages.
Weald Country Park, South Weald, Brentwood
Sat 26 May

Do You Believe in Fairies? More details - Do You Believe in Fairies?
Do you Believe in Fairies? After popular demand we have decided to re launch this coming May holidays, This is an original adaption inspired by a young girl, who truly wanted to believe. You will embark on a journey with Nanny Violets Grandaughter Lily, who has lost the ability to believe in Fairies.
Nevendon Manor Events, Borwick Lane, Wickford, Essex
Sat 26 May to Mon 28 May
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More details - Wormingford Flower Festival
Wormingford, Annual Flower Festival at St Andrew’s Church which takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, May 26th, 27th and 28th this year. Our subject this year is ‘Up London Town’ celebrating things connected with Londion, which gives our team of flower arrangers lots of scope!
Saint Andrew’s Church, Wormingford (off B1508 between Colchester and Sudbury)
Sat 26 May to Mon 28 May

More details - Epping Forest Museum ghost hunt
Experience a night of ghost hunting at Epping Forest Museum, Waltham Abbey with Ghost Hunt Events on 26th May 2018. Participate in Séances, Vigils, Table tilting, Glass moving, Ouija boards, EVP Experiments, Automatic writing and much more.
Epping Forest District Museum
Sat 26 May

More details - Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival
FREE parking and entry. Savour the Flavour of Island Life! The Festival is a celebration of local food and drink; a showcase for talented artists and local performers. It’s fun for all the family with free craft activities and workshops.
Essex Outdoors Mersea, Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea
Sat 26 May and Sun 27 May

More details - National Animal Welfare Trust - Fun Day & Dog Show
Our biggest event yet raising funds for our cat & dog rehoming centre - National Animal Welfare Trust, Clacton. Displays & Have-a-go by Tendring Agility Group. Fun Dog show with 14 classes - rosettes & prizes to be won.
Parish Fields, Plough Corner, Harwich Road, Little Clacton
Sat 26 May

More details - Southend: 1914-1918
Our Museums Education Lecturer will study three key themes surrounding Southend during the war: women, air raids, and POWs & "aliens". We will analyse the cause, nature and consequences, of these themes in detail.
Beecroft Art Gallery, Beecroft Centre, Victoria Avenue
Sat 26 May

More details - Hornchurch Jazz Club
The Jack Clifford Swingtette. A wonderful end to the month with an evening of traditional and jazz standards from the Swingtette. Jack blowing clarinet and alto sax leads his ensemble with regulars including Tim Huskisson on piano, Alan Clarke drums and Roger Curphy bass.
Hornchurch Conservative Club, 25 North Street, Hornchurch
Sun 27 May

More details - Charity Open Gardens in Aid of RNLI
Magnificent Gardens, with displays of Azaleas, Rhododendrons, woodland walks, a formal rose garden, a pond with waterfall and water lilies, a sensory garden and a walled kitchen garden.
The Hall, Tendring
Sun 27 May and Mon 28 May
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More details - Chippins - Open Garden for NGS
Artist’s garden and plantaholics’ paradise packed with interest. Springtime heralds irises, hostas and alliums. Stream, with wildlife pond and Horace the Huge! Summer hosts an explosion of colour with daylilies and rambling roses. Later dahlias, salvias and exotics.
Chippins, Bradfield
Sun 27 May, Sun 24 Jun

More details - Langley Village Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
April Cottage, Sheepcote Green 2m from Langley. Charming thatched cottage, with well established, colourful garden with unusual plants; old fashioned roses, clematis, wildlife and ornamental ponds, damp garden, hosta collection.
Langley Village Gardens, Saffron Walden
Sun 27 May

More details - Artist's Exhibition & Food Market
Sunday 27th May. 11am - 3pm. FREE ENTRY. This event will host a variety of local artist’s stalls inside. I welcome all types of artistic media from the traditional acrylic artists to the modern digital design work. Outside will see a variety of food stalls.
Hadleigh Old Fire Station, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex
Sun 27 May

More details - Little Brown Mouse
Join the Little Brown Mouse as she takes on a journey of epic proportions on her way to her best friends wedding. I wonder who she will meet along the way? A fun filled play with familiar songs performed by a very energetic group of children.
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester
Sun 27 May

More details - Thaxted Craft Market
Margaret Gardens, Thaxted, Essex. CM6 2QN In aid of Thaxted Scouts. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. FREE ENTRY. Crafts, plants, etc., etc.,
Margaret Gardens, Margaret Street, Thaxted
Mon 28 May

More details - Washlands - Open Garden for NGS
Charming one-acre country garden surrounding a former farmhouse,with good views over rolling countryside. A former horse pond features a beach with landing stage. Rose garden, wide herbaceous, shrub and woodland borders, hidden walks and opportunities to sit and relax. Alpines, grasses and alliums.
Washlands, Sible Hedingham
Mon 28 May, Sun 10 Jun, Sun 8 Jul

More details - Rookwoods - Open Garden for NGS
Rookwoods is a tranquil garden. The herbaceous borders feature columns of tumbling roses, Pleached hornbeam rooms lead to a wild flower bed, buttercup meadow and ancient oak wood. There is no need to walk far, you can come and linger over tea, under a dreamy wisteria canopy, while enjoying the garden view.
Rookwoods, Sible Hedingham
Mon 28 May

More details - Base Camp at Leisure World Colchester
A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 7-11. Ideal for working parents.Different activities everyday including fun in the Leisure Pool, trips to Ten Pin, Escape Rooms and Rollerworld, multi sports and trampolining. 8am-5.30pm (£31).
Leisure World Colchester Cowdray Avenue Colchester
Tue 29 May to Fri 1 Jun

More details - Dragons - Open Garden for NGS
A plantswoman’s ¾ acre garden, planted to encourage wildlife. Sumptuous colour-themed borders with striking plant combinations, featuring specimen plants, fernery, clematis,and grasses. Meandering paths lead to ponds, patio, scree garden and small vegetable garden.
Dragons, Chelmsford
Tue 29 May, Tue 10 Jul

More details - Hatfield Forest - Magical Woodland Elves and Fairies
Explore the forest looking for elves and fairies and make your very own woodland wand. Come and join the learning team and search for magical elves and fairies. Try and find all the secret doors and finish off by making your own woodland wand to take home. Booking Essential. Phone: 0344 2491895.
Hatfield Forest, near Bishop’s, Stortford,
Tue 29 May to Thu 31 May

More details - Kids Camp at Leisure World Colchester
A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 1-6, which includes swimming as a core part of the day’s activities. Ideal for working parents.?9am-3pm (£26) or 8am-5.30pm (from £31). Book before 29 April to get the Early Bird Discount 8am-5.30pm (£25).
Leisure World Colchester Cowdray Avenue Colchester
Tue 29 May to Fri 1 Jun

More details - Trampolining at Leisure World Colchester
Get jumping and learn trampoline basic moves. Suitable for 3-11yrs. Online booking is now available colchesterleisureworld.co.uk/colchester/kids/17176-2/
Leisure World Colchester Cowdray Avenue Colchester
Tue 29 May

More details - The Rise and Fall of Little Voice  by 	Jim Cartwright
This Olivier award-winning comedy written by Jim Cartwright tells the story of a shy, reclusive girl named Little Voice and her larger-than-life mother Mari.
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester
Wed 30 May to Sat 2 Jun

More details - Shoeburyness Philatelic Society Meeting
Irish Life (P. Wood). Organised by Shoeburyness & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Sue Stacey (Secretary).
St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Road, Shoeburyness
Thu 31 May

More details - Greg Coulson Band
An accomplished Pianist and Hammond player, Greg is also a gifted guitarist and singer/songwriter specialising in Rhythm & Blues. In 2010, at the age of 19, he joined the legendary two- tone band The Selecter.
Holiday Inn Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon. Basildon, Essex
Fri 1 Jun

More details - Saffron Walden French Market
The Fabulous Market returns to Saffron Walden for their annual visit, for the celebration of its 10th anniversary. The ever popular French market and Friends organised by Savoir Fayre Ltd will be accompanied by stalls from around the world, with the possibility of other additions to the event.
The Commun, Saffron walden
Fri 1 Jun

More details - Foretelling the future with ribbons, seriously? Well yes you can actually.
Most people expect that you dish out the tarot cards when reading someone’s present and future, but for some the tarot cards do not sit happily with them. Absolutely nothing wrong in that, each to his/her own, but did you know you can use just about anything to tell the future with?
The Mystery Chest Ltd 7 Acorn Mews, Bush Fair, Harlow Essex
Sat 2 Jun

More details - Tracking & Field Signs
Turn wildlife detective to learn how to spot the tell-tale signs of elusive wildlife in a variety of habitats.
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 2 Jun

More details - Boreham Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
Four stunning, inspirational and different gardens in the lovely village of Boreham. At Brookfield a rose covered wall and perennial border greets you, a raised bed vegetable garden, perennial island beds and pond with shrub bank. A buttercup meadow, bordered by a camellia and rhododendron woodland walk.
Boreham Gardens, Chelmsford
Sat 2 Jun and Sun 3 Jun

More details - Thaxted Craft  Market
Margaret Gardens, Thaxted. FREE ENTRY In aid of Thaxted Scouts. Crafts, collectables, plants bric-a-brac etc., etc. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Morris Weekend Stallholders welcome to apply
Margaret Gardens, Margaret Street, Thaxted
Sat 2 Jun

More details - Companion Dog Show with Obedience & GSD Rally
Hastingwood & Little Heath DTCS are holding a Companion Dog Show in aid of GSD Rescue (West Essex) on Sunday 3th June 2018 at Town Mead Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 1HU. Show opens 10am Judging starts 11am. Entries on the field. 8 Pedigree Classes, 18 Novelty Classes, 5 Obedience Classes. 10 GSD Classes.
Town Mead Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex
Sun 3 Jun
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More details - Coggeshall Open Gardens - Ponds, Pools & Puddles
This year Coggeshall’s gardeners invite you to share the magic of "Ponds, Pools and Puddles" when we open our gardens on Sunday, 3rd June from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Come and explore woodland gardens, riverside gardens, tiny gardens and formal gardens.
Coggeshall
Sun 3 Jun

More details - Two Cottages - Open Garden for NGS
Magic lurks within this charming 1½ acre garden, which has evolved over 30 yrs. Many treasures hidden amongst a variety of planting. Over 215 roses showcased in island borders.
Two Cottages, Saffron Walden
Sun 3 Jun, Sun 17 Jun

More details - OAE TOTS - The Apple Tree
A friendly old apple tree, and the source of a tasty, juicy snack! But a month later, the tree is bare. Icicles suddenly appear, followed by leaves, then blossom, and then birds and bees. But will there ever be any more juicy apples to eat?
Saffron Hall Audley End Road Saffron Walden
Sun 3 Jun

More details - Live Steam Open Day (Ride on Railway)
Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club is holding it’s usual monthly open day with train rides (sometimes steam) for all the family. The train rides will be on our 7¼ inch outside railway for 50p a ride (£3 all day pass) and refreshments available. Children positively encouraged.
Ilford & West Essex MRC premises adjacent to the north side of Chadwell Heath TFL Rail station
Sun 3 Jun

More details - Clavering Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
Popular village with many C16/17 timber-framed dwellings. Beautiful C14 church, village green with thatched cricket pavilion and pitch. Chestnut Cottage is 1 acre cottage garden with sweeping lawns and wide flower borders, opposite Clavering Ford.
Clavering Gardens, Clavering
Sun 3 Jun

More details - Spencers - Open Garden for NGS
Romantic C18 walled garden laid out by Lady Anne Spencer, overflowing with blooms following Tom Stuart-Smiths renovation. Huge wisteria, armies of Lord Butler delphiniums (Rab lived at Spencers). Spectacular rose and herbaceous borders. Parkland with many specimen trees including Armada Oaks.
Spencers, Great Yeldham
Sun 3 Jun

More details - Waltham Abbey Group - Open Garden for NGS
Historic Waltham Abbey is near Epping Forest. The Abbey is purported to be last resting place of King Harold. Lee Valley Regional Park is nearby. Silver Birches boasts 3 lawns on 2 levels. This surprisingly secluded garden has many mixed borders packed with all year interest.
Waltham Abbey Group, Waltham Abbey
Sun 3 Jun

More details - Frinton & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Display by Bury St. Edmunds P.S. Organised by Frinton & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Geoff Miller (Secretary).
Room 5, Frinton Community Centre, Soken House, Triangle Shopping Centre, Frinton-on-Sea
Mon 4 Jun

More details - Basildon Philatelic Society Meeting
Annual General Meeting. Organised by Basildon Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Taylor (Secretary).
George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon
Mon 4 Jun

More details - Home Educator Events - Summer
Come and learn about the changes taking place on the reserve throughout the seasons at our sessions designed especially for those educating their children at home.
Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex
Tue 5 Jun

More details - Ladies Day by Amanda Whittington
Ladies’ Day by Amanda Whittington June 5th – 9th June 2018 Directed by Christine Davidson Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot! It conjures images the world over of glamour, culture and sporting excitement, but now four fish packers from Hull have decided they want in on the action.
The Old Court Theatre 233 Springfield Road Chelmsford
Tue 5 Jun to Sat 9 Jun

More details - Understanding Heathland Management
Characteristics, history and development over the centuries of lowland heath habitat, in particular of Essex heaths, will be described. The related wildlife will be summarised. Attention will be paid to succession, positive and negative influences and the resulting need for continual management.
Abbotts Hall Farm
Tue 5 Jun

More details - Braxted Park Estate - Open Garden for NGS
At 12 noon, the celebrated garden designer, Tom Stuart-Smith will be giving an exclusive talk. Tickets for the talk must be purchased in advance and will support Horatios Garden charity. To book please visit www.horatiosgarden.org.uk/Braxted or ring 01722 326 834.
Braxted Park Estate, Witham
Tue 5 Jun

More details - Creative Net: Fluidic Acrylics
Free workshops on the first Wednesday of every month. Everybody welcome! Materials, coffee, biscuits and great creative conversations provided. Liquid acrylics and surprising additives; with dirty pours, string pulls, and finishings advice. Make stunning art without a paintbrush!
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Wed 6 Jun

More details - Agatha Christie's Murder On The Nile
Following last year’s hugely successful production of ’The Ghost Train’, the Brookside Theatre are proud to present a stylish and exciting new production of the Queen of Crime’s classic thriller, MURDER ON THE NILE.
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Wed 6 Jun to Sat 9 Jun

Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn More details - Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn
A writers’ circle meets for mutual support ... what help they are to each other is doubtful. But what emerges in a fantasy collaboration of their writing styles leads to a wild and wacky ride ... hold on to your hats!
The Little Theatre Methodist Church The Drive Harold Wood
Wed 6 Jun to Sat 9 Jun
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More details - Clacton Philatelic Society Meeting
Display by Steve Alpe. Organised by Clacton Philatelic Society. Contact for details: David Hacker (Secretary).
Upstairs function room, The Tavern, 55-57 Frinton Road, Holland-on-Sea
Wed 6 Jun

More details - Goodmayes Philatelic Society Meeting
Stamp auction. Organised by Goodmayes Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Cliff Cashman (Secretary).
Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Goodmayes
Wed 6 Jun

More details - Much Ado About Nothing
Show - by William Shakespeare Probably Shakespeare’s most sparkling comedy. Claudio and Benedick return home from the Great War. Claudio has been pining for his love Hero.
Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois
Thu 7 Jun to Sat 9 Jun

More details - Billericay & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Food & Drinks (Members’ displays). Organised by Billericay & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Jubb (Secretary).
The Fold Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Thu 7 Jun

More details - Basildon & Billericay French Circle
Talk in French by Thierry Viennois "un petit tour de certaines expressions a la mode". Hear about expressions which are an important part of the French language, how they develop, evolve, and disappear.
The Fold (Billericay Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Fri 8 Jun

More details - Ancient & Veteran Trees
This course looks at ancient & veteran trees- why they matter, what they are and how to care for them. Led by Macbraden Bones at Abbotts Hall Farm. One day course in identification , importance and conservation of veteran/heritage trees and their unique place in the British landscape.
Abbotts Hall Farm
Fri 8 Jun

More details - Elwy Lodge - Open Garden for NGS
Tucked away in the gentle Essex countryside, the glorious garden at Elwy Lodge offers a welcome that is hard to beat.
Elwy Lodge, Woodham Walter
Fri 8 Jun, Fri 13 Jul

More details - Ash Wilson Band
Drawn to the Blues music his parents introduced him to, artists such as Muddy Waters, Son House, Eric Clapton and Albert King, it became obvious to Ash that his ambition as a 14 year old was to become a great Artist like his heroes. Early in his career he co-founded East Midlands based Blues band The Melt aged 16.
Holiday Inn Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon, Essex
Fri 8 Jun

More details - Skamite
SKA-MITE an Essex Based (Old) Boy Band. The clue is in the Name. Covering the Traditional to the Modern SKA as they see it! As 70s Kids the Two Tone movement had a huge influence on the "Magnificent Eight". This experienced 8 Piece have a blend of sound that fills the room and makes you want to dance.
Touchline Live Music, Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley
Fri 8 Jun

More details - Shuggie Otis
Shuggie Otis. Artists performing: Shuggie Otis.: Tickets avaiable.
Chinnerys, Southend, Southend on Sea
Fri 8 Jun

More details - Fathers' Day Craft Fair
Come along and pick out that perfect Fathers’ Day card and gift from our range of stallholders.
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Sat 9 Jun

More details - Bubble Rush 2018
St Helena Hospice Bubble Rush event promises a fun-filled bubbly day for the whole family! This run features a 5k course with four Bubble Stations along the route where our cannons pump out coloured bubbles.
High Woods Country Park, Turner Road, Colchester
Sat 9 Jun

More details - Chelmsford Mind Body Spirit Festival weekend 9th & 10th June 2018
5 years running. With 100 stands and a new venue for 2018 - Chelmsford City Racecourse. There are lots of extra, exciting things happening! An uplifting, enlightening weekend brought to you once again by Life Arts.
Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford
Sat 9 Jun and Sun 10 Jun

More details - Spring Cottage - Open Garden for NGS
From Acteas to Zauschenerias and Aressima to Zebra grass we hope our large variety of plants will please. Our award winning garden features a range of styles and habitats e.g. woodland dell, stumpery, Mediterranean area, perennial borders and pond.
Spring Cottage, Colchester
Sat 9 Jun and Sun 10 Jun

More details - Two Cottages - Open Garden for NGS
Magic lurks within this charming 1½ acre garden, which has evolved over 30 yrs. Many treasures hidden amongst a variety of planting. Over 215 roses showcased in island borders.
Two Cottages, Saffron Walden
Sat 9 Jun

More details - Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale Colchester
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales where parents sell their preloved toys, clothes and equipment for babies and children under 6.
St Helena School, Sheepen Road
Sat 9 Jun

More details - One Day Happenista Retreat - Renew and Re-imagine
Want to renew your energy? Goals feeling a little stale? Want to take stock of what you’ve achieved 6 months into the year? That’s exactly why we created the mid-year one- day Happenista retreat – to refresh, renew and recalibrate your goals for the second half of the year.
Down Hall Country House Hotel, Matching Road, Hatfield Heath
Sat 9 Jun

More details - Aldham Open Gardens
Approx. 15 Gardens Open, large and small. Dedham Arts Group holding an arts exhibition in Aldham Church. Light refreshments in The Village Hall from 12.30 p.m. plus teas served in certain gardens, and cake and plant stalls. There will also be a Free Minibus around the Gardens.
Aldham, Colcester
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Wychwood - Open Garden for NGS
A garden of around ¾ of an acre with a large pond, attracting much wildlife, as well as the owners resident ducks. Free ranging chickens roam in the shrubbery and budgerigar aviary.
Wychwood, Harlow
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Ongar Antiques & Collectables Fair
We will have 30+ tables in this Victorian Building which houses the charity Zinc Arts. We are using four rooms and the central area for china, glass, figurines, stamps, coins, ephemera, die-cast vehicles,jewellery, mirrors, brassware, pottery, ceramics, silver, knick-knacks militaria, vintage goods, retro, quirky...
Zinc Arts, Great Stony, High Street, Ongar, Essex
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Wing Walk
A great event for the Daredevil at Heart Take part in the experience of a lifetime where you will take to the skies on the wings of a plane reaching speeds of up to 130mph, whilst raising funds for vital care in the community.
Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster, Essex
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Praise in the Park
Games and free picnic followed by a time of worship suitable for all the family.
The Recreation Ground, The Chase, Kelvedon, Colchester
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Writtle Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
Four contrasting, colourful and interesting gardens to enjoy in the delightful village of Writtle. 8 The Green offers creatively planted borders and a tapestry of colour, texture and form, with perennials, shrubs, ornamental trees, annuals and alpines, and a south-facing summerhouse.
Writtle Gardens, Chelmsford
Sun 10 Jun

More details - 30 Sandford Road - Open Garden for NGS
A surprising acre town garden which is divided into 3 areas. A formal garden with lawn, monkey puzzle tree, flowering borders, fishpond, pergola with wisteria and a large patio. Enter through the rose arbour into a shaded area with a variety of specimen fruit and ornamental trees.
30 Sandford Road, Chelmsford
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Blake Hall - Open Garden for NGS
25 acres of mature gardens within the historic setting of Blake Hall (not open). Arboretum with broad variety of specimen trees. Spectacular rambling roses clamber up ancient trees. Traditional formal rose garden and herbaceous border. Sweeping lawns.
Blake Hall, Bobbingworth
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Horkesley Hall - Open Garden for NGS
8 acres of romantic garden surrounding classical house in mature parkland setting. 2 lakes, one with jungle walk. Unusual, ancient and enormous trees. Largest ginkgo tree outside Kew. Walled garden, snowdrops, wild flower garden, blossom, spring bulbs, roses, hydrangeas.
Horkesley Hall, Colchester
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Havendell - Open Garden for NGS
Set in acre, this garden lends itself to a cottage style. A garden of many surprises from the glory of roses including the rambling rector ( a must to see) to a vast collection of Hostas and a sub-tropical section. Don’t miss the mini stumpery in this ever evolving garden.
Havendell, Maldon
Sun 10 Jun

More details - Rayleigh Philatelic Society Meeting
The Saar 1935-1948 (Mrs M.A. Thompson). Organised by Rayleigh & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Ray How (Secretary).
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Mon 11 Jun

More details - Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Display by Witham P.S. Organised by Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Allan Boyce (Secretary).
Christ Church, United Reformed Church, New London Road, Chelmsford
Tue 12 Jun

More details - Long House Plants - Open Garden for NGS
A beautiful garden - yes, but one with a purpose. Long House Plants has been producing home grown plants for more than 10 years - here is a chance to see where it all begins! With wide paths and plenty of seats carefully placed to enjoy the plants and views.
Long House Plants, Romford
Wed 13 Jun, Wed 11 Jul

More details - The Jeff Short Big Band & Singers 'Swing Into Summer'
The Queen’s Theatre presents a special musical matinee of music from Glenn Miller through songs from Hollywood Classic Film Musicals, to tunes from the 40’s 50’s 60’ & 70’s.
Queen’s Theatre Billet Lane, Hornchurch
Wed 13 Jun

More details - Fellowship Meeting 2pm - 3.30pm
ALL welcome to attend. June’s meeting will be our AGM followed by a strawberry tea/coffee and time to chat with others. Come along to the main hall at the United Reformed Church, Kelvedon and join us. Tel: Gwyn Pegram 07875 109472
United Reformed Church, 89 High Street, Kelvedon
Thu 14 Jun

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
Talk by a member. Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 14 Jun

More details - The Feelgood Band
These guys have been causing a real stir on the circuit with their raw energy and very authentic take on the early Dr. Feelgood years. They are becoming one of the most sort after acts on the circuit, in particular in the South East where Dr.
Holiday Inn Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon, Essex
Fri 15 Jun

More details - Make a Copperfoiled Glass Heart Panel or Mirror
On this course you will learn to make a copper foiled Heart. Make a patchwork glass heart panel or mirror. You will learn how to cut & prepare glass, copper foiling, soldering and finishing. All the tools and materials required for the course will be supplied.
Art & Craft Days, the Butterfly Studio, Flacks Green, Terling, Essex
Fri 15 Jun

More details - Colchester & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Displays by Steve Clayton and Maureen Evans. Organised by Colchester & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Christine Stroud (Secretary).
Wilson Marriage Centre, Barrack Street, Colchester
Fri 15 Jun

More details - Declan McKenna
Declan McKenna plus Feet. Artists performing: Declan McKenna.: Tickets avaiable.
Chinnerys, Southend, Southend on Sea
Fri 15 Jun

More details - Fathers' Day Crafts
Make your own Fathers’ Day card, badge and fingerprint pictures! Suitable for all ages.
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Sat 16 Jun

More details - Brantham Annual Garage Sale 2018
Benefiting Nepal Children’s Trust and the St Elizabeth Hospice Saturday Jun-16th 9.30am – 3.00pm Open garages selling items throughout the village. Look for the balloons and signs throughout Brantham the A137.
New Village, Brantham, Suffolk , UK
Sat 16 Jun

More details - Late Spring Craft Fair - Guild of Essex Craftsmen - Thames Chase, Upminster
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen are holding a Late Spring Craft Show in The Thames Chase, Forest Centre, Upminster Come along and see the talented artists and craftsmen and artists and who will be exhibiting and selling their handmade arts and crafts, some demonstrating .
Thames Chase Forest Centre Pike Lane, Cranham, Upminster
Sat 16 Jun and Sun 17 Jun

More details - Orienteering for families
Have a go at orienteering for all the family. Essex Stragglers Orienteering Society are organising a family-friendly event which is free for the children. You will be given a map and have to find as many controls around the park as you can in 30 minutes.
Admirals Park, Chelmsford, starting from car park opposite Tower Avenue, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford.
Sat 16 Jun

More details - Epping Forest & District Stamp Club Meeting
Stamp auction. Organised by Epping Forest & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Roger Pearce(Secretary).
The Dining Hall, Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill (entry from Brook Road), Loughton
Sat 16 Jun

More details - Crab & Winkle Country Music Club
Live "Country" Bands/Artists once a month for Line & Freestyle Dancers or to just sit & listen & enjoy the music & atmosphere. Everyone Welcome. Tea coffee & rolls available + licensed bar. All proceeds to Charity, This month, we have the popular Duo - "Kickin’ Country"
Brightlingsea Community Centre, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea
Sat 16 Jun

More details - The Total 60's & 70's Show by Johnny Warman's Magic Bus
Experience the two greatest decades in rock… with the Total 60s and 70s Show by Johnny Warman’s Magic Bus.
Touchline Live Music, Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley
Sat 16 Jun

More details - Fathers Day MotorFest + Family Fun Day
DADS GO FREE WHEN YOU BOOK ONLINE Around every corner Father’s Day goers can expect to find those little unexpected touches that truly make it a special day out.
Barleylands Rd, Billericay
Sun 17 Jun

More details - Basildon Race for Life
On Sunday 17th June 2018, Basildon Race for Life will bring thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters. Race for Life 5k is great for all ages.
Gloucester Park, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon
Sun 17 Jun

More details - 37 Turpins Lane - Open Garden for NGS
An unexpected hidden, magical, part-walled garden showing how much can be achieved in a small space. An oasis of calm with densely planted rich, lush foliage, tree ferns, hostas, topiary and an abundance of well maintained shrubs complemented by a small pond and 3 water features designed for yr round interest.
37 Turpins Lane, Chigwell
Sun 17 Jun, Sun 1 Jul, Sun 29 Jul

More details - Visit the Vulcan Day
A chance to see former Royal Air Force bomber Avro Vulcan XL426 up close at what is a great day out for aircraft enthusiasts and the general public of all ages. Our team will be on hand to give guided tours of Vulcan XL426 and for an additional fee you can climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit.
London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Sun 17 Jun

More details - Parsonage House - Open Garden for NGS
C15 house (not open) surrounded by 3 acres of formal gardens with mixed borders, topiary, pond, potager and greenhouse. Further 3-acre wild flower meadow with orchids and rare trees and further 3 acre orchard of old East Anglian apple varieties in two small fields across the lane.
Parsonage House, Haverhill
Sun 17 Jun

More details - Peacocks - Open Garden for NGS
5-acre garden with mature native and specimen trees. Restored horticultural buildings. Series of garden rooms including Paradise Garden, Garden of Reconciliation, Alhambra fusion. Long herbaceous/mixed border. Temple of Antheia on the banks of a lily lake.
Peacocks, Margaretting
Sun 17 Jun

More details - Blackwater Country Show
FROM FERRIS WHEEL TO FURRY FRIENDS the Blackwater Country Show in its 13th year will stimulate the senses whether you try paddling a canoe on the lake, handle birds of prey or drive mini landrovers.
Rook Hall, Chigborough Road, Heybridge
Sun 17 Jun

More details - Snares Hill Cottage - Open Garden for NGS
A ’quintessential English Garden’ - Gardeners World. Our quirky 1½ acre garden has surprises round every corner and many interesting sculptures. A natural swimming pool is bordered by romantic flower beds, herb garden and Victorian folly.
Snares Hill Cottage, Stebbing
Sun 17 Jun

More details - Wildflower Identification
A training session learning how to identify wildflowers with the aid of books and keys. The day will include time for a field visit to look at varying habitats. The day is suitable for complete beginners who wish to know more about the wildflowers around them, and for those who want to improve their skills.
Abbotts Hall Farm
Tue 19 Jun

More details - Saffron Walden "Emporium"
Upstairs in Saffron Walden Town Hall, Market Day. FREE ENTRY. Crafts, collectables, fossils etc., etc., "You never know what you might find".
Saffron Walden Town Hall.
Tue 19 Jun

More details - Basildon Philatelic Society Meeting
Competitions. Organised by Basildon Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Taylor (Secretary).
George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon
Tue 19 Jun

More details - Goodmayes Philatelic Society Meeting
Annual General Meeting. Organised by Goodmayes Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Cliff Cashman (Secretary).
Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Goodmayes
Wed 20 Jun

More details - Giovanni Pernice - Born To Win
After the huge success of ‘Dance is Life’ in 2017, Giovanni is once again set to get your hearts beating a little faster, showcasing a story of love and passion, with even more heat, even more energy, and even more drama than ever before!
West Cliff Theatre, Clacton
Thu 21 Jun

More details - Billericay & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Fiji (C.W. Mead). Organised by Billericay & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Jubb (Secretary).
The Fold Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Thu 21 Jun

More details - Midnight Walk 2018
Everybody loves a good party, the bigger the better, that’s why we thought St Helena Hospice are inviting ladies and GENTLEMEN to help us celebrate 10 years of Midnight Walking! In previous years many of our participants have chosen to walk 3 or 7.
Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester
Fri 22 Jun

More details - Glow-worms: Ecology, Habitat Management & Surveying
Glow-worms are one of the most intriguing beetles, with their green glow a magical feature of summer evenings throughout the UK. Come and learn about the lifecycle and ecology of Glow-worms and find out how to actively manage habitats to increase their numbers.
Chafford Gorges Nature Park
Fri 22 Jun

More details - Richard Digance - Not Bad For His Age Tour 2018
Following last years ’sell out’ Golden Anniversary Tour, Richard is back on the road again with a brand new show, telling stories and singing songs from his new album, Once Upon A Time.
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Fri 22 Jun

More details - Europe in Harmony
A concert celebrating the diversity of European choral music whilst illustrating the influence of Italian 16th and 17th century music, in particular the madrigal, and a shared love of the Partsong by British and other European composers.
St John’s Church, Church Lane, Loughton
Sat 23 Jun

More details - An Introduction to the Study of Bumblebees
Bumblebees are an appealing, small group of insects that often attract those not otherwise drawn to the study of insects. Species diversity can be used as an indicator of habitat quality and several species are of conservation concern nationally.
Abbotts Hall Farm
Sat 23 Jun

More details - The Blues Brothers Experience
Attention theatre-goers... Local law enforcement are on the look out for two men dressed in black suits, hats, ties and sunglasses... They’re here and they’re on a mission, the incredible BLUES BROTHERS EXPERIENCE - one of the UK’s No.
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Sat 23 Jun

More details - 3 Pound Gate - Open Garden for NGS
Third of an acre plant lovers garden reinvented in 2010 and an ongoing project. Borders packed with an eclectic mix of perennials and shrubs for all year round interest including Iris, hemerocallis and hostas in abundance. All punctuated by numerous shrub roses.
3 Pound Gate, near Great Dunmow
Sat 23 Jun

More details - St Helens - Open Garden for NGS
A garden of contrasts due to moist and dry conditions, laid out on a gentle Essex slope from a former willow plantation. These contours give rise to changing vistas and unanticipated areas of seclusion framed with hedging and generous planting. Walkways and paths alongside natural springs and still waters.
St Helens, Stebbing
Sat 23 Jun

More details - Nature in the Gardens
Another of our main season open days, come and Join us to learn about the wildlife in the Gardens. Locally sourced bacon and cheese rolls will be available until 2.15pm or until they run out! Homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks will be available until 4.30pm.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge
Sun 24 Jun

More details - Fudlers Hall - Open Garden for NGS
An award winning, romantic 2 acre garden surrounding C17 farmhouse with lovely pastoral views, across the Chelmer Valley. Old walls divide garden into many rooms, each having a different character, featuring long herbaceous borders, ropes and pergolas festooned with rambling old fashioned roses.
Fudlers Hall, Chelmsford
Sun 24 Jun, Sun 8 Jul

More details - 73 Layer Road - Open Garden for NGS
A town garden approx 27 ft x 125 ft with a winding gravel path dissecting the area into smaller spaces. Mature trees and shrubs provide areas of deep shade, opening into brightness. Colour themed borders contain a wide selection of perennials including phlox, day lilies, clematis,salvias and veronicas.
73 Layer Road, Colchester
Sun 24 Jun

More details - Barnards Farm - Open Garden for NGS
So much to explore! Climb the Belvedere for the wider view and take the train for a woodland adventure. Spring bulbs and blossom, summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, walled vegetable plot. ’Japanese garden’, sculptures grand and quirky enhance and delight.
Barnards Farm, Brentwood
Sun 24 Jun

More details - Rayleigh Philatelic Society Meeting
An Evening with Mac Nunn. Organised by Rayleigh & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Ray How (Secretary).
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Mon 25 Jun

More details - 3Foot People Festival
Chelmsford City Council is delighted to announce that the hugely popular 3foot People Festival will make a return to Chelmsford this summer. Three days of fun will descend onto the scenic grounds of Hylands Park, Chelmsford, on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June 2018.
Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford
Tue 26 Jun to Thu 28 Jun

More details - Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Up to 16 sheets (Members’ displays). Organised by Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Allan Boyce (Secretary).
Christ Church, United Reformed Church, New London Road, Chelmsford
Tue 26 Jun

More details - Wedding Open Evening
Come to our wedding open evening and experience all that Maylands Golf Club has to offer. We welcome you with a glass of bubbles and you will be free to explore our grounds, meet our wedding planner and other fantastic suppliers who can enhance your big day! This free event is not to be missed!
Maylands Golf Club, Colchester Road, Romford
Wed 27 Jun

More details - Butterfly Identification & Recording
This course is aimed at people who are interested in volunteering to take part in butterfly monitoring in Essex as part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. The course will cover butterfly ecology, identification of common Essex species and butterfly surveying using the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme methodology.
Abbotts Hall Farm
Thu 28 Jun

More details - Shoeburyness Philatelic Society Meeting
Harry Sheldrake Competition – Letters U and V. Organised by Shoeburyness & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Sue Stacey (Secretary).
St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Road, Shoeburyness
Thu 28 Jun

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
Letter V (Members’ displays). Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 28 Jun

More details - The Essex Soul Collective
60’s & 70’s Northern Soul Motown & RnB
Ambleside Social Club Ambleside Drive Southend on Sea Essex
Fri 29 Jun

More details - Keeway - Open Garden for NGS
Large, mature country garden with stunning views over the R Crouch. Formal terraces surround the house with steps leading to sweeping lawns, mixed borders packed full of bulbs and perennials, formal rose and herb garden with interesting water feature. Further afield there are wilder areas, paddocks and lake.
Keeway, nr Burnham-on-Crouch
Fri 29 Jun, Wed 4 Jul

More details - The Story of Guitar Heroes
“If you like music and guitars you will LOVE this show!” Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have chance to experience in one amazing show!
West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
Fri 29 Jun

More details - The Buster James Band
Formed in the Early ’70’s, Buster James Band came out of the British rock and blues scene. Playing to great crowd reaction, they supported many top name groups from that era.
Touchline Live Music, Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley
Fri 29 Jun

More details - Ron Sayer Jr with Charlotte Joyce
Ron Sayer Jr. is the consummate ‘Guitarist’s guitarist’. As a trained music teacher, having influenced the learning curves of the likes of Oli Brown, Sol Philcox, The Sharps & Mark Howes of Dove & Boweevil, he’s now a mainstay on the UK blues circuit.
Holiday Inn Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon, Essex
Fri 29 Jun

More details - Colour5k Colchester
Whether you’re a casual walker or regular runner, want some fun or just to raise money for charity, you will love this event. Runners come from all different backgrounds and have one thing in common, they love fun! It’s the most colourful fun run you’ll ever do, with a different colour zones at each kilometre.
Ardleigh Showground Old Ipswich Road, Ardleigh, Colchester
Sat 30 Jun

More details - East Hanningfield annual summer village fete
Lots of family fun to be had at our traditional village fete. There will be entertainment from the village children, a live band, a children’s entertainer and lots of games. We will also have archery and judo for you to try.
East Hanningfield village hall and field , off the Chase, The Tye ,East Hanningfield
Sat 30 Jun

More details - An Audience With Jeffrey Holland
Jeffrey is probably best known for his portrayals of Spike in BBC TV’s Hi-De-Hi! and stuffy footman, James Twelvetrees in the hugely successful, You Rang M’Lord. Other television credits have included such greats as Dixon of Dock Green, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Are You Being Served?
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Sat 30 Jun

More details - Hilldrop - Open Garden for NGS
This garden is not all about roses! It is a wild flower and wildlife paradise. Since building our turf roof house in 1995 we have trialled waste materials to grow plants and mimic brownfield habitats as well as getting plants and soils onto buildings and urban infrastructure.
Hilldrop, Stanford-le-Hope
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Live Steam Open Day (Ride on Railway)
Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club is holding it’s usual monthly open day. This open day has train rides (usually steam) for all the family. The train rides will be on our 7¼ inch outside railway for 50p a ride (£3 all day pass) and refreshments available. Children positively encouraged.
Adjacent to North Side of Chadwell Heath Station, Station Road, Chadwell Heath, Essex
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Wendens Ambo Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
3 Church Path, quintessential cottage garden adjacent to historic church set behind a chocolate box thatched cottage. Terraced garden with mixed shrubs, perennials, beautiful clematis and roses. Hidden vegetable garden and fruit trees. Katies Millennium Wood, 10,000 trees planted as whips in 2000 2001.
Wendens Ambo Gardens, Saffron Walden
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Little Myles - Open Garden for NGS
A romantic, naturalistic garden full of hidden features, set in 3 acres. Full borders, meandering paths to Beach Garden, Perennial Prairie border, Exotic Jungle around elephant, monkeys and giraffe. Fountains, sculptures and tranquil benches.
Little Myles, Brentwood
Sun 1 Jul

More details - Basildon Philatelic Society Meeting
Basildon v. Billericay Quiz (at Basildon). Organised by Basildon Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Taylor (Secretary).
George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon
Mon 2 Jul

More details - Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
Seen by over 22 million people worldwide; book now for the most successful rock and roll show of all time! ‘The show you will never forget’ - Daily Mail ‘Joyous! I love this show’ - Sunday Express ‘This show is an absolute must. If you haven’t seen the brilliant musical Buddy yet, buy your ticket now!
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Tue 3 Jul to Sat 7 Jul

More details - The Punchbowl Restaurant - Open Garden for NGS
Found in the village centre next to the church, this garden offers a mixture of mature shrubs and trees and coloured themed herbaceous borders. Lawns and paths lead through entertainment spaces littered with animal sculptures. With a small pond and plenty of seating the garden is accessible to wheelchairs.
The Punchbowl Restaurant, Chelmsford
Wed 4 Jul, Sat 7 Jul

More details - Beginners Guide to Dragonflies & Damselflies
Aimed at those of you that wish to know more about these fascinating species that are proving increasingly popular. You will be able to understand the life of dragonflies and their importance as an indicator of a healthy environment.
Abbotts Hall Farm
Wed 4 Jul

More details - Goodmayes Philatelic Society Meeting
By Sea and Air (Members’ displays). Organised by Goodmayes Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Cliff Cashman (Secretary).
Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Goodmayes
Wed 4 Jul

More details - Jericho Cottage (Megarry's Antiques & Teashop) - Open Garden for NGS
Small walled wildlife, woodland garden with mature trees, shrubs, bamboos, palms and ponds. Historic Romany Vardo and Victorian Glasshouse.
Jericho Cottage (Megarry’s Antiques & Teashop), Ingatestone
Thu 5 Jul, Thu 19 Jul

More details - Billericay & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Art & Artists (Members’ displays). Organised by Billericay & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Jubb (Secretary).
The Fold Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Thu 5 Jul

More details - Circle Trail
Can you answer all 10 questions and find all the circle-shaped objects? Suitable for all ages.
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Sat 7 Jul, Sat 14 Jul, Thu 19 Jul to Sat 21 Jul, Wed 25 Jul, Sat 28 Jul

More details - Tudor Roost - Open Garden for NGS
An unexpected hidden colourful ¼-acre garden. Well manicured grassy paths wind round island beds and ponds. Densely planted subtropical area with architectural and exotic plants - cannas, bananas, palms, agapanthus, agaves and tree ferns surround a colourful gazebo.
Tudor Roost, Colchester
Sat 7 Jul, Sun 8 Jul, Sat 11 Aug, Sun 12 Aug

More details - Summer Market
Annual Summer Market 1pm-4pm. Range of stalls including gifts, avon, bbq, Face painting and Bouncy castle. Licensed bar and tea counter on site. Fun for all the family.
Wick Community Centre, Silva island Way, Wickford, Essex
Sat 7 Jul

Summer Evening Jazz in the gardens of Ingatestone Hall More details - Summer Evening Jazz in the gardens of Ingatestone Hall
Rotary Club of Ingatestone is holding this popular Open Air Jazz Concert - now in its 22nd year. In aid of Alzheimer’s Society and The Not Forgotten Association and Rotary causes. Featuring The Jive Aces - The U.K.’s No 1. Jive & Swing Band and The Salty Town Six.
Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Ingatestone
Sat 7 Jul
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More details - Trinity Road Primary School Summer Fete
FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY! Have unlimited goes in our Inflatables Area featuring Fun Fair assault course, Pole Joust, Mega Drop Slide & Bouncy Castle’s. Visit & explore the Fire Engine.
Trinity Road Primary School, Trinity Road, Chelmsford
Sat 7 Jul

More details - 262 Hatch Road - Open Garden for NGS
A formal frontage with lavender. An eclectic rear garden of around an acre divided into ’rooms’ with themed borders, several ponds, three green houses, fruit and vegetable plots and oriental garden.
262 Hatch Road, Brentwood
Sun 8 Jul, Sun 22 Jul

More details - Rayleigh Philatelic Society Meeting
Sokol (A.J. and Mrs. L. Bosworth). Organised by Rayleigh & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Ray How (Secretary).
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Mon 9 Jul

More details - Epping Race for Life
On Wednesday 11th July 2018, Epping Race for Life will bring thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters. Race for Life 5k is great for all ages.
North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Epping
Wed 11 Jul

More details - Bach to Baby Family Concerts in Chelmsford
Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers. Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow.
Christ Church 164 New London Road Chelmsford
Fri 13 Jul

More details - Heritage Live presents Here and Now: Back to the 80's! at Audley End
Here And Now – Back To The 80s - at Audley End House & Gardens on Friday 13th July brings together icons of the 80’s for back to back performances of their best loved hits. The line up is as follows: Jason Donovan, Midge Ure, Five Star, Hot Chocolate, Altered Images, T’Pau and Toyah Wilcox.
Audley End House & Gardens, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden
Fri 13 Jul

More details - Sense and Sensibility
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society.
National Trust Flatford, East Bergholt, Colchester
Fri 13 Jul

More details - Bad Influence
Bad Influence bring their gutsy R&B style of blues back to the club for another very welcome return visit.
Holiday Inn Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon Basildon, Essex
Fri 13 Jul

More details - Our Native Trees
Native woodlands and the way they have been managed are an often-overlooked aspect of our history. The course will begin with an introduction to and history of native woodlands, looking at what defines a native tree and moving on to the state of our woodlands in the present day.
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sat 14 Jul

More details - Summer Birds Guided Walk
There will be a walk which will include the shingle ridge and at least one hide which overlooks a creek and a scrape, where we may expect to see both small and shore birds. Led by Bob Seago at Colne Point Booking is essential. To book a place please contact us on 01621 862960 or Reception@essexwt.org.uk
Colne Point
Sat 14 Jul

More details - Heritage Live presents Jess Glynne, Ella Eyre + Louisa at Audley End
Together on one stage, Girl Power comes to Historic Audley End House & Gardens - Jess Glynne, Ella Eyre And Louisa on Saturday 14th July. 14th July is a red-letter day for all fans of pop as Audley End hosts a sensational triple bill featuring Jess Glynne, Ella Eyre, and Louisa.
Audley End House & Gardens, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden
Sat 14 Jul

More details - 69 Rundells - Open Garden for NGS
As featured on Alan Tichmarsh’s first ’Love Your Garden’ series (’The Secret Garden’) 69, Rundells is a very colourful, small town garden packed with a wide variety of shrubs, perennials, herbaceous and bedding plants in over 200 assorted containers.
69 Rundells, Harlow
Sat 14 Jul

More details - Loxley House - Open Garden for NGS
On entering the rear garden you will be surprised and delighted by this town garden. A colourful patio with pots and containers. Steps up onto a circular lawn surrounded by hedges, herbaceous borders, trees and climbers. 2 water features, one a Japanese theme and another with ferns in a quiet seating area.
Loxley House, Brentwood
Sat 14 Jul

More details - CRAFT SHOW  at Tendring Hundred Show.  The GUILD OF ESSEX CRAFTSMEN MARQUEE
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen are delighted to have their own marquee at The Tendring Show, Manningtree, Essex Come along and see the talented artists and craftsmen and artists and who will be exhibiting and selling their handmade arts and crafts, some demonstrating .
Tendring Hundred Show, Lawford House Park, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex
Sat 14 Jul

More details - Colchester Race for Life
On Sunday 15th July 2018, Colchester Race for Life will bring thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters. Race for Life 5k is great for all ages.
Lower Castle Park, High Street, Colchester
Sun 15 Jul

More details - Heritage Live presents 2Cellos + special guest Tokio Myers at Audley End
Superstar Croatian cellists 2CELLOS will deliver a very special performance at Audley End House & Gardens on Sunday 15th July 2018. The event will culminate in a spectacular fireworks finale. Very special guest for the show will be winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2017, Tokio Myers.
Audley End House & Gardens, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden
Sun 15 Jul

More details - 262 Main Road - Open Garden for NGS
The garden comprises of 185 metres of island beds and borders sited on acre. Some of the borders are elevated from the house resulting in steep banks which provide a different and interesting aspect. Salvia, dahlia, hedychium, brugmansia peak in the summer months.
262 Main Road, Hockley
Sun 15 Jul, Sun 19 Aug

More details - 24 Hyde Lane - Open Garden for NGS
Nestled in a leafy lane you will find a little piece of Asia, which has been developed over last 3 years. We wanted the same feel that we had experienced on our holidays to Bali, as we had fallen in love with Architectural forms of the type of plants that we saw there.
24 Hyde Lane, Chelmsford
Sun 15 Jul

More details - Elwy Lodge - Open Garden for NGS
Tucked away in the gentle Essex countryside, the glorious garden at Elwy Lodge offers a welcome that is hard to beat.
Elwy Lodge, Woodham Walter
Sun 15 Jul

More details - Mum2Mum Market Nearly New Sale Harold Hill
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales. At this sale in Harold Hill we will have 25 stalls of high quality, nearly new items and a small selection of businesses offering goods and services of interest to parents. Want to sell?
Harold Hill Community Centre, Gooshays Drive
Sun 15 Jul

More details - Saffron Walden "Emporium"
Upstairs in the Town Hall, FREE ENTRY. Crafts, collectables, fossils, etc., etc., "You never know what you might find". 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saffron Walden Town Hall.
Tue 17 Jul

More details - Basildon Philatelic Society Meeting
An Evening with a Founding Member (J. Snoding). Organised by Basildon Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Taylor (Secretary).
George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon
Tue 17 Jul

More details - 8 Dene Court - Open Garden for NGS
Beautifully maintained and designed compact garden (250sq yds). Owner is well-known RHS gold medal-winning exhibitor (now retired). Circular lawn, long pergola and walls festooned with roses and climbers. Large selection of unusual clematis.
8 Dene Court, Chelmsford
Thu 19 Jul, Tue 31 Jul, Tue 7 Aug

More details - Second-hand Book and DVD Sale
Our popular second-hand DVD and Book Sale returns! Books are 50p each or 3 for £1 and DVDs start from just £1! Our stock covers most genres, including books and DVDs for children.
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Thu 19 Jul to Sat 21 Jul

More details - Billericay & District Philatelic Society Meeting
The History of an Irish Family (J. Rawlins). Organised by Billericay & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Jubb (Secretary).
The Fold Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Thu 19 Jul

More details - Rapture Gaming Festival
Rapture Gaming Festival. Artists performing: Rapture Gaming Festival.: Tickets avaiable.
Charter Hall, Colchester
Fri 20 Jul

More details - Aynsley Lister
We are very fortunate to have secured the services of one of he most sought after acts on the circuit, ahead of extensive European dates later in the year. One of the finest acts to have graced our stage, we welcome back Aynsley Lister for his sixth visit to the club.
Holiday Inn Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon, Essex
Fri 20 Jul

More details - Colchester & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Annual General Meeting and Competition. Organised by Colchester & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Christine Stroud (Secretary).
Wilson Marriage Centre, Barrack Street, Colchester
Fri 20 Jul

More details - Purple Zeppelin
New Show for 2018! They blow the roof off every time we have them, so we can’t wait to have them back again!
Touchline Live Music, Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley
Fri 20 Jul

More details - Introduction to Insects
Do you know your insects from your arachnids? Or your molluscs from your earthworms? Invertebrates are incredibly diverse and sometimes difficult to identify. Join Rory Dimond on this beginner’s course outlining the major groups of invertebrates in the UK and how to separate them.
Chafford Gorges Nature Park
Sat 21 Jul

More details - Animal Aid Festival
Very popular family festival with live bands, singers, craft stalls, kids entertainments, rides, dance troupes, craft stalls, dog competitions , raffles, auction, food outlets, drink, licensed bar .........and more
Herongate Cricket Green, Brentwood, Essex
Sat 21 Jul and Sun 22 Jul

More details - Marks Hall Garden and Country Show 2018
If you go down to the woods at Marks Hall, Coggeshall you are sure of a big surprise. On 21 and 22 of July 2018 the arboretum, gardens and grounds will be transformed into a huge venue for the Garden and Country show.
Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum Coggeshall
Sat 21 Jul and Sun 22 Jul

More details - Orienteering
Come and try orienteering for all the family. Essex Stragglers Orienteering Society are organising a fun event for all the family, suitable for all ages from 0-90. You will be given a map and 30 minutes to find as many controls in the park as you can.
Castle Park, Colchester (look for the banner near the cafe)
Sat 21 Jul

More details - Crab & Winkle Country Music Club
Live "Country" Bands/Artists once a month for Line & Freestyle Dancers or to just sit & listen & enjoy the music & atmosphere. Everyone Welcome. Tea coffee & rolls available + licensed bar. All proceeds to Charity, This month, we have the popular duo -" Jonny & Lynnette"
Brightlingsea Community Centre, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea
Sat 21 Jul

Havering Tribute FEST! 2018 More details - Havering Tribute FEST! 2018
Local mental health charity Havering Mind is proud to announce a brand new music experience for ESSEX: The Havering Tribute FEST 2018!
Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster
Sat 21 Jul
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More details - Traditional New Orleans Jazz
Concert of tradional New Orleans Jazz played by "NEW ORLEANS HEAT"
St. Margarets Church, Toppesfield, Halstead
Sat 21 Jul

Wings & Wheels Family FESTIVAL 2018 More details - Wings & Wheels Family FESTIVAL 2018
We are very thrilled to see the return of our Wings & Wheels event for its 4th year! Loads of things to see and do including: -100s of classic and interesting cars & bikes on display -Military Vehicles and exhibits on display -Light aircraft flying in and on display -Children’s funfair and other...
Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster
Sun 22 Jul
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More details - Chelmsford Race for Life
On Sunday 22nd July, Chelmsford Race for Life will bring thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters. Race for Life 5k is great for all ages.
Hylands Park, Greenbury Way, Chelmsford
Sun 22 Jul

More details - Band in the Park
Halstead Town Council are hosting a free event. Come and see the Essex Concert Band, bring a chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy a pleasant Sunday afternoon
Halstead Public Gardens, Trinity Street Halstead
Sun 22 Jul

More details - Brightlingsea Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
Three very interesting and contrasting gardens to enjoy in the unique and ancient maritime town of Brightlingsea. Sandy Hook boasts a raised rose bed, dahlias, penstemons and salvias, with a small woodland stream and a sheltered White Garden.
Brightlingsea Gardens, Colchester
Sun 22 Jul

More details - World War II Open Day at the Gardens of Easton Lodge
An opportunity to explore the World War II history of the Gardens and estate; and commemorate the men and women who lost their lives. There will be a variety of historical displays and stalls and we will be welcoming back "Perfect Vintage" a 1940’s vocal duo who are a firm favourite of the gardens.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge
Sun 22 Jul

More details - Rayleigh Philatelic Society Meeting
Acquired in 2017 (Members’ displays). Organised by Rayleigh & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Ray How (Secretary).
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Mon 23 Jul

More details - The Good Intent
One ordinary man. One heroic action. One community that will never forget. Romford’s Brookside Theatre offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy this major theatrical experience in their first Community Production.
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Tue 24 Jul to Sat 28 Jul

More details - More Dragonflies & Damselflies - 1/2 day course
A follow on course aimed at past participants on the ‘Beginners Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies’ course . Led by Alan Shearring at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre Booking is essential. To book a place please contact us on 01621 862960 or Reception@essexwt.org.uk
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre
Tue 24 Jul

More details - Introduction to Barn Owls
Wild Barn Owls in the UK are affectionately associated with open spaces of the rural environment, often glimpsed as majestic or ghostly figures swooping to pluck small mammals from amongst the tufts of grass below with their talons.
Abbotts Hall Farm
Wed 25 Jul

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
Display by a member. Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 26 Jul

More details - Shoeburyness Philatelic Society Meeting
Aspects of French Aviation (L. Barnes). Organised by Shoeburyness & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Sue Stacey (Secretary).
St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Road, Shoeburyness
Thu 26 Jul

More details - Crayfish Ecology & Identifiaction
The native crayfish has suffered a dramatic decline in Essex in recent decades, reflecting its demise across much of the country, primarily at the hands of the alien American Signal Crayfish and the disease which they carry – Crayfish Plague.
Stebbing Village Hall (Great Dunmow)
Fri 27 Jul

More details - The Spikedrivers
One of the most original, innovative and exciting bands around, The Spikedrivers combine gutsy slide guitar with rock-solid bass, infectious grooves and highly distinctive vocals to create a sound that is uniquely their own.
Holiday Inn Festival Leisure Park, Waterfront Walk, Basildon, Essex
Fri 27 Jul

More details - Revolution Pro Wrestling: Live in Great Baddow, Chelmsford
Revolution Pro Wrestling: Live in Great Baddow, Chelmsford: Tickets avaiable.
Hamptons Sports & Leisure Ltd. (Formerly Marconi Social Club), Essex
Sat 28 Jul

More details - A Steamy Vintage Encounter
A Steamy Vintage Encounter, the name says it all! come and have a Vintage day out at this just amazing venue, the steam trains will be running, give the kids a real step back in time, there will be re-enactments of days gone by, singers, dancers, vintage stalls, classic cars. You will just love it!
East Anglian Railway Museum Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex, C06 2DS
Sun 29 Jul

More details - South Shoebury Hall - Open Garden for NGS
Delightful, 1-acre established walled garden surrounding Grade II listed house (not open) and bee house. Charming agapanthus and hydrangea beds. April is ablaze with 3000 tulips and fritillaria. July shows 200+ varieties of agapanthus incl ’Queen Mum’ and ’Black Magic’.
South Shoebury Hall, Shoeburyness
Sun 29 Jul

More details - Make Your Own Police Station - Part 1
Build your own police station, helicopter and police bike from card! Can you make up a story using what you’ve made? Suitable for all ages.
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Wed 1 Aug, Sat 4 Aug, Wed 8 Aug, Sat 11 Aug

More details - Sense and Sensibility
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society.
Audley End House and Gardens, Audley End Road, Saffron Waldon
Wed 1 Aug

More details - Creative Net: Mixed Medium Art
Free workshops on the first Wednesday of every month. Everybody welcome! Materials, coffee, biscuits and great creative conversations provided. Selecting from a broad range of reclaimed materials, you will be able to create a mixed medium piece of art.
Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Avenue, Jaywick Sands
Wed 1 Aug

More details - Babe, The Sheep-Pig
When Farmer Hoggett wins Babe, an orphaned piglet, at the village fair he has no idea of the incredible series of events he has begun. Adopted by Hoggett’s faithful sheepdog, Fly, the little pig soon settles into farmyard life.
Mercury Theatre Balkerne Gate Colchester
Wed 1 Aug to Sat 4 Aug, Wed 8 Aug to Sat 11 Aug, Wed 15 Aug to Sun 19 Aug, Wed 22 Aug to Sun 26 Aug

More details - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Showdown
The Brookside Theatre are proud to announce THE GREAT ROCK N ROLL SHOWDOWN, a one-off, exhilarating evening of the very best rock ‘n’ roll hits performed by several of the theatre’s favourite tribute artists and staged in aid of the Brookside Theatre Seating Appeal.
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Thu 2 Aug

More details - CRAFT FAIR - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen - CRESSING TEMPLE BARNS, Braintree
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen are holding a Summer Craft Weekend in the historic Cressing Temple Barns Braintree. Come along and see upto 50 talented artists and craftsmen and artists and who will be exhibiting and selling their handmade arts and crafts, some demonstrating .
Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Braintree, Essex
Sat 4 Aug and Sun 5 Aug

More details - Live Steam Open Day (Ride on Railway)
Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club is holding it’s usual monthly open day. This open day has train rides (usually steam) for all the family. The train rides will be on our 7¼ inch outside railway for 50p a ride (£3 all day pass) and refreshments available. Children positively encouraged.
Adjacent to North Side of Chadwell Heath Station, Station Road, Chadwell Heath, Essex
Sun 5 Aug

More details - Band in the Park
Halstead Town Council are hosting a free event. Come and see Route 66 Band, bring a chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy a pleasant Sunday afternoon
Halstead Public Gardens, Trinity Street Halstead
Sun 5 Aug

More details - 30 Glenwood Avenue - Open Garden for NGS
Nestled next to the busy A127 lies a beautifully transformed town garden. Homemade raised beds with tulips in spring, dahlias and roses in the summer. From a corridor of Cyprus trees and grass emerges an open garden giving a vista of colour, inspiration and peaceful harmony, with many different scents to savour.
30 Glenwood Avenue, Leigh-On-Sea
Sun 5 Aug

More details - Dragons - Open Garden for NGS
A plantswoman’s ¾ acre garden, planted to encourage wildlife. Sumptuous colour-themed borders with striking plant combinations, featuring specimen plants, fernery, clematis,and grasses. Meandering paths lead to ponds, patio, scree garden and small vegetable garden.
Dragons, Chelmsford
Tue 7 Aug, Wed 19 Sep

More details - The Gruffalo's Child
Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell out tour and his monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourselves by joining her on tour this autumn.
Billet Lane Hornchurch
Tue 7 Aug to Fri 10 Aug

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
General discussion and activity. Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 9 Aug

More details - Inside Out Dance Unity
WE ALL DANCE UNITED Don’t miss our very first dance show, which includes a flavour from many different cultures and styles of dance including - Irish Dancing, Pole Dancing, Down Syndrome Dancers, Salsa Dancers, Contemporary and many more...
The Civic Hall Blackshots Lane Grays
Fri 10 Aug

More details - The Phil Hilborne Band
Phil Hilborne is one of the UK’s most legendary and respected guitarists. A true master guitarist who has performed with some of the most influential musicians in the business.
Touchline Live Music, Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley
Fri 10 Aug

More details - Rayleigh Philatelic Society Meeting
Not So Boring Booklets (N. Emeny). Organised by Rayleigh & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Ray How (Secretary).
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Mon 13 Aug

More details - Long House Plants - Open Garden for NGS
A beautiful garden - yes, but one with a purpose. Long House Plants has been producing home grown plants for more than 10 years - here is a chance to see where it all begins! With wide paths and plenty of seats carefully placed to enjoy the plants and views.
Long House Plants, Romford
Wed 15 Aug, Wed 12 Sep

More details - Make Your Own Police Station - Part 2
Make your own police car, police dog, police horse and 1960s police box from card! Can you make up a story using what you’ve made? Suitable for all ages.
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Wed 15 Aug, Sat 18 Aug, Wed 22 Aug, Sat 25 Aug, Wed 29 Aug

More details - RiZE Festival
RiZE Festival. Artists performing: Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, James Bay, Plan B, Manic Street Preachers, Dave , Circa Waves, Disciples, Jacob Banks, MNEK, Sinead Harnett, Bastille, Years & Years, Rag n Bone Man, Rita Ora, Maximo Park, Example, Tokio Myers , Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker, Raye,...
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Fri 17 Aug

More details - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters.
Audley End House and Gardens, Audley End Road, Saffron Waldon
Fri 17 Aug

More details - Visit the Vulcan Day
A chance to see former Royal Air Force bomber Avro Vulcan XL426 up close at what is a great day out for aircraft enthusiasts and the general public of all ages. Our team will be on hand to give guided tours of Vulcan XL426 and for an additional fee you can climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit.
London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Sun 19 Aug

More details - Pirates in the gardens
A fun family day out, with prizes for the best dressed young pirates. Essex bat group will have a display so you can get up close and find out all there is to know about bats. Woodwind of Stortford will be performing and we are delighted to be able to welcome them back to the gardens.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge
Sun 19 Aug

More details - Saffron Walden "Emporium"
Upstairs in Saffron Walden Town Hall. FREE ENTRY. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Crafts, collectables, Fossils, etc., etc. "You never know what you might find".
Saffron Walden Town Hall.
Tue 21 Aug

More details - Basildon Philatelic Society Meeting
Golden Jubilees (Members’ displays). Organised by Basildon Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Taylor (Secretary).
George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon
Tue 21 Aug

More details - Prehistoric Britain
Is your child starting prehistory in school in September? Explore the fascinating world of prehistoric Britain! Learn about life in the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. Look at and handle early technology, including original and replica hand tools, weapons and a quern stone.
Beecroft Art Gallery, Beecroft Centre, Victoria Avenue
Wed 22 Aug

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
Stamps of the Reign of King George VI (Members’ displays). Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 23 Aug

More details - Contemporary Craft and Design Fair
Purchase direct from around 140 of the finest professional craftmakers in the UK
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Chelmsford
Fri 24 Aug to Mon 27 Aug

More details - Robin Hood and His Merry Men
Robin Hood and his band of merry men are feared by the richest of the land as they travel through Sherwood Forest stealing from the rich to give to the poor.
National Trust Flatford, East Bergholt, Colchester
Sat 25 Aug

More details - Fun Day
Great Burstead and South Green Village Council are hosting another Fun Day. Family event with Bouncy Castles, Brass Band, Bird of Prey display and much more There are still pitches for craft stalls etc. so please contact us for further details Web site: greatbursteadsouthgreenparishcouncil.gov.uk
The Green, Southend Road, Billericay, Essex
Sun 26 Aug

More details - Southend-on-Sea Athletic Club 113th Birthday Open Meeting & Club Championships 27th August 2017
Following the success of our post-London-2012-Olympic Open and supported by "Join In" in from 2013, Southend-on-Sea AC, founded in 1905, is once again hosting its annual Athletic Festival - an all-day meeting with a full range of Olympic track and field events from sprints to 5000m, sprint hurdles & the 8 field
Garon Park Athletic Arena, Eastern Avenue, Southend-on-Sea,
Mon 27 Aug

More details - Thaxted Craft Market
Margaret Gardens, Margaret Street Thaxted. In aid of Thaxted Scouts. Crafts, , plants, etc., etc., FREE ENTRY 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stallholders welcome to apply
Margaret Gardens, Margaret Street, Thaxted
Mon 27 Aug

More details - Ulting Wick - Open Garden for NGS
Listed black barns provide backdrop for vibrant and exuberant planting in 8 acres. Thousands of colourful tulips, flowing innovative spring planting, herbaceous borders, pond, mature weeping willows, kitchen garden, dramatic late summer beds with zingy, tender, exotic plant combinations.
Ulting Wick, Maldon
Mon 27 Aug

More details - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players.
Layer Marney Tower, Colchester
Wed 29 Aug

More details - PC Gutteridge Trail
can you solve the murder of PC Gutteridge - a real crime from 1927?
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Sat 1 Sep, Sat 8 Sep, Sat 15 Sep, Sat 22 Sep, Sat 29 Sep

More details - Barnards Farm - Open Garden for NGS
So much to explore! Climb the Belvedere for the wider view and take the train for a woodland adventure. Spring bulbs and blossom, summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, walled vegetable plot. ’Japanese garden’, sculptures grand and quirky enhance and delight.
Barnards Farm, Brentwood
Sun 2 Sep

More details - Live Steam Open Day (Ride on Railway)
Ilford & West Essex Model Railway Club is holding it’s usual monthly open day. This open day has train rides (usually steam) for all the family. The train rides will be on our 7¼ inch outside railway for 50p a ride (£3 all day pass) and refreshments available. Children positively encouraged.
Adjacent to North Side of Chadwell Heath Station, Station Road, Chadwell Heath, Essex
Sun 2 Sep

More details - Writtle University College - Open Garden for NGS
15 acres; informal lawns with naturalised bulbs and wild flowers. Large tree collection, mixed shrubs, herbaceous borders. Landscaped gardens designed and built by students. Landscaped glasshouses and wide range of seasonal bedding displays.
Writtle University College, Writtle
Sun 2 Sep

More details - Spencers - Open Garden for NGS
Romantic C18 walled garden laid out by Lady Anne Spencer, overflowing with blooms following Tom Stuart-Smiths renovation. Huge wisteria, armies of Lord Butler delphiniums (Rab lived at Spencers). Spectacular rose and herbaceous borders. Parkland with many specimen trees including Armada Oaks.
Spencers, Great Yeldham
Sun 2 Sep

More details - Frinton & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Details of this meeting will be announced as soon as possible. Organised by Frinton & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Geoff Miller (Secretary).
Room 5, Frinton Community Centre, Soken House, Triangle Shopping Centre, Frinton-on-Sea
Mon 3 Sep, Mon 17 Sep, Mon 1 Oct, Mon 15 Oct

More details - Basildon Philatelic Society Meeting
The Committee Entertains. Organised by Basildon Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Taylor (Secretary).
George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon
Mon 3 Sep

More details - Goodmayes Philatelic Society Meeting
Details of this meeting will be announced as soon as possible. Organised by Goodmayes Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Cliff Cashman (Secretary).
Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Goodmayes
Wed 5 Sep, Wed 19 Sep, Wed 3 Oct, Tue 23 Oct

More details - Clacton Philatelic Society Meeting
Details of this meeting will be announced as soon as possible. Organised by Clacton Philatelic Society. Contact for details: David Hacker (Secretary).
Upstairs function room, The Tavern, 55-57 Frinton Road, Holland-on-Sea
Wed 5 Sep, Wed 3 Oct

More details - Billericay & District Philatelic Society Meeting
South West Africa (M.K. Roberts). Organised by Billericay & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Jubb (Secretary).
The Fold Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Thu 6 Sep

More details - The Essex Soul Collective
60’s & 70’s Northern Soul Motown & RnB
Ambleside Social Club Ambleside Drive Southend on Sea Essex
Fri 7 Sep

More details - Parsonage House - Open Garden for NGS
C15 house (not open) surrounded by 3 acres of formal gardens with mixed borders, topiary, pond, potager and greenhouse. Further 3-acre wild flower meadow with orchids and rare trees and further 3 acre orchard of old East Anglian apple varieties in two small fields across the lane.
Parsonage House, Haverhill
Sun 9 Sep

More details - Snares Hill Cottage - Open Garden for NGS
A ’quintessential English Garden’ - Gardeners World. Our quirky 1½ acre garden has surprises round every corner and many interesting sculptures. A natural swimming pool is bordered by romantic flower beds, herb garden and Victorian folly.
Snares Hill Cottage, Stebbing
Sun 9 Sep

More details - Furzelea - Open Garden for NGS
A Victorian house surrounded by a garden designed, created and maintained by the owners to provide all year round interest. The colour coordinated borders and beds are enhanced with topiary, grasses,and climbers. April starts with thousands of tulips followed by Alliums.
Furzelea, Danbury
Sun 9 Sep

More details - Waltham Abbey Group - Open Garden for NGS
Historic Waltham Abbey is near Epping Forest. The Abbey is purported to be last resting place of King Harold. Lee Valley Regional Park is nearby. Silver Birches boasts 3 lawns on 2 levels. This surprisingly secluded garden has many mixed borders packed with all year interest.
Waltham Abbey Group, Waltham Abbey
Sun 9 Sep

More details - Rayleigh Philatelic Society Meeting
I Also Collect This (Members’ displays). Organised by Rayleigh & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Ray How (Secretary).
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Mon 10 Sep

More details - Braintree & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Details of this meeting will be announced as soon as possible. Organised by Braintree & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: John Birch (Secretary).
Archer Community Centre, 28-32 East Street, Braintree
Tue 11 Sep, Tue 25 Sep, Tue 9 Oct, Tue 23 Oct

More details - Epping Forest & District Stamp Club Meeting
Details of this meeting will be announced as soon as possible. Organised by Epping Forest & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Roger Pearce(Secretary).
The Dining Hall, Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill (entry from Brook Road), Loughton
Tue 11 Sep, Tue 9 Oct

More details - Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Display by Ipswich P.S. Organised by Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Allan Boyce (Secretary).
Christ Church, United Reformed Church, New London Road, Chelmsford
Tue 11 Sep

More details - Goodnight Sweetheart The Musical
By kind and special arrangement with authors Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the Brookside Theatre are proud to present the world premiere of GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART: THE MUSICAL, a brand new musical comedy based on the award-winning BBC TV series.
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Wed 12 Sep to Sat 22 Sep

More details - Furzelea - Open Garden for NGS
A Victorian house surrounded by a garden designed, created and maintained by the owners to provide all year round interest. The colour coordinated borders and beds are enhanced with topiary, grasses,and climbers. April starts with thousands of tulips followed by Alliums.
Furzelea, Danbury
Wed 12 Sep

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
Letter W (Members’ displays). Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 13 Sep

More details - Great Dunmow Carnival
The Great Dunmow Carnival is on the 15th September 2018 and it will be bigger than ever Last year something like 10,000 people gathered to see the 17 acts on the ‘Rec including Bruno Mars & Little Mix tributes and the party atmosphere was incredible. The Carnival Procession leaves at 1pm.
The Recreation Ground
Sat 15 Sep

More details - Ongar Antiques & Collectables Fair
Once again we’re at the lovely Victorian building used by Zinc Arts. We will have 30+ tables in four rooms and the central area.
Zinc Art, Gt Stony, High St, Ongar, Essex
Sun 16 Sep

More details - Essex Classic Vehicle Show
Whether you are a classic car enthusiast or a vintage motorbike fanatic the Essex Classic Vehicle Show is the perfect event for any petrol heads and is the only event of its type to be hitting Castle Park this summer.
Castle Park, Colchester
Sun 16 Sep

More details - Visit the Vulcan Day
A chance to see former Royal Air Force bomber Avro Vulcan XL426 up close at what is a great day out for aircraft enthusiasts and the general public of all ages. Our team will be on hand to give guided tours of Vulcan XL426 and for an additional fee you can climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit.
London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Sun 16 Sep

More details - Sandy Lodge - Open Garden for NGS
A garden for all seasons. ¾ acre created over the last 5 years. Minutes from Halstead Town centre yet a very peaceful garden with stunning views over the countryside. Enter to a two-tier gravel Bee Border; wander to our Winter Wedding border then the Woodlands Walk.
Sandy Lodge, Halstead
Sun 16 Sep

More details - Apple Day
Our celebration of apples and orchard produce. We invite visitors to press juice, taste apples and honey and enjoy the early autumn warmth in the Walled Kitchen garden.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge
Sun 16 Sep

More details - SESAW Autumn Fair
Shop early for Christmas - huge selection of goods and gifts for all the family including jewellery, toiletries, bric a brac, books, sports, pet stall, electrical items, toys and DVD/CDs. Quality knitwear, crochet and hand sewn items made to a high standard. Homemade snacks and refreshments. Free parking.
Village Hall, Plough Road, Great Bentley
Sun 16 Sep

More details - Saffron Walden "Emporium"
Upstairs in Saffron Walden Town Hall, CRafts, collectables & antiques "You never know what you might find" FREE ENTRY 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Stallholders welcome to apply
Saffron Walden Town Hall.
Tue 18 Sep

More details - Basildon Philatelic Society Meeting
Falklands Islands & Newfoundland (T. Hoad). Organised by Basildon Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Taylor (Secretary).
George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon
Tue 18 Sep

More details - Billericay & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Letter W (Members’ displays). Organised by Billericay & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Jubb (Secretary).
The Fold Arts Centre, 72 Laindon Road, Billericay
Thu 20 Sep

More details - Colchester & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Details of this meeting will be announced as soon as possible. Organised by Colchester & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Christine Stroud (Secretary).
Wilson Marriage Centre, Barrack Street, Colchester
Fri 21 Sep, Fri 19 Oct, Fri 16 Nov

More details - Mum2Mum Market Nearly New Sale Harold Hill
Mum2mum Markets are award winning indoor nearly new sales. At this sale in Harold Hill we will have 25 stalls of high quality, nearly new items and a small selection of businesses offering goods and services of interest to parents. Want to sell?
Harold Hill Community Centre, Gooshays Drive
Sun 23 Sep, Sun 4 Nov

More details - Essex MrBead Bead Show
Bead & Pearl Supplies For the Home Jewellery Maker. Many new semi-precious beads. Like pearl, amethyst, turquoise, agate, coral, amber etc. Plus original semi-precious & pearl necklaces designed by MiMi. Free Entry, Free Gifts & Free Refreshments!
Great Bromley Village Hall, Parsons Hill, Great Bromley
Sun 23 Sep

More details - Wychwood - Open Garden for NGS
A garden of around ¾ of an acre with a large pond, attracting much wildlife, as well as the owners resident ducks. Free ranging chickens roam in the shrubbery and budgerigar aviary.
Wychwood, Harlow
Sun 23 Sep

More details - Rayleigh Philatelic Society Meeting
An Evening With Mark Routh. Organised by Rayleigh & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Ray How (Secretary).
Parish Rooms, Rectory Garth, Hockley Road, Rayleigh
Mon 24 Sep

More details - Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Christmas Island & Tokolau (R. Barnes). Organised by Chelmsford & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Allan Boyce (Secretary).
Christ Church, United Reformed Church, New London Road, Chelmsford
Tue 25 Sep

More details - Shoeburyness Philatelic Society Meeting
Len Stanway FRPSL displays "The United Nations". Organised by Shoeburyness & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Sue Stacey (Secretary).
St Andrew’s Church Hall, Church Road, Shoeburyness
Thu 27 Sep

More details - Harlow Philatelic Society Meeting
Display by Brian Cooper. Organised by Harlow Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Brian Cooper (Chairman).
Maidmoore Room, Great Parndon Centre, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Thu 27 Sep

More details - Cressing Autumn Food, Home & Lifestyle Fair
A wide range of food and food related products plus cookery demonstrations from headline and other chefs, art and craft stalls
Cressing Temple Barns, nr. Witham, Essex
Sat 29 Sep and Sun 30 Sep

More details - The Mods & Rockers Show
THE MODS & ROCKERS SHOW... Which side were you on? Remember the Brighton riots? Lambrettas, Nortons, parkas and leathers? When you had to choose between being a Mod or a Rocker? Celebrate that magical period in the 60’s and 70’s with THE MODS & ROCKERS SHOW.
Brookside Theatre, 21a Eastern Road, Romford
Sat 29 Sep

More details - Beth Chatto Gardens - Open Garden for NGS
Internationally famous gardens, including dry, damp, shade, reservoir and woodland areas. The result of over 50 years of hard work and application of the huge body of plant knowledge possessed by Beth Chatto and her late husband Andrew. Visitors cannot fail to be affected by the peace and beauty of the garden.
Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester
Sun 30 Sep

More details - Basildon Philatelic Society Meeting
Stamp auction. Organised by Basildon Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Alan Taylor (Secretary).
George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon
Mon 1 Oct

More details - Halloween Crafts
Make a spooky mask and decorations!
Essex Police Museum, Headquarters, Chelmsford (SAT NAV: CM2 6DN, Kingston Crescent)
Sat 6 Oct, Sat 13 Oct, Sat 20 Oct, Wed 24 Oct, Sat 27 Oct

More details - Theydon Bois Antiques & Collectables Fair
We have tables in two halls at this is a lovely modern venue with great access. We hope to have glass, china, postcards, pottery, militaria, barometers, records, gramophones, jewellery, die-cast vehicles, stamps, coins, ephemera and lots more. If you’re looking for specifics please call us.
Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois
Sat 6 Oct

More details - charity barn dance raising funds for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
Charity Barn Dance raising funds for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity at Woodham Walter Village Hall CM9 6RE. Raffle also roll £l coin to win bottle of whiskey and bottle wine. Ticket £7 bring own food & drink. 7.30-11.00pm Live music by Maldon group Metric Foot Band.
woodham walter village hall the street woodham walter
Sat 6 Oct

More details - Lee Valley Race for Life
On Sunday 7th October 2018, Lee Valley Race for Life will bring thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Just by signing up you’ll make a difference and whether you raise £10 or £200, every penny matters. Race for Life 5k is great for all ages.
Lee Valley, The Showground, River Lee Country Park, Station Road, Waltham Cross
Sun 7 Oct