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May events

FREE taster session with the Leigh-on-Sea/Southend Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Leigh-on-Sea/Southend Rock Choir If you are wanting to find a choir you'll find just what you were looking for with us in the Rock Choir... See more >
Leigh on Sea Community Centre, 71 - 73 Elm Road, Leigh on Sea SS9 1SP
Mon 11 Mar, Mon 6 May

FREE taster session with the Wickford Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Wickford Rock Choir Ever wondered if there is a 'local ladies choir near me or nearby'? The local Wickford choir is run by..... See more >
The Bromfords School, Grange Avenue, Wickford SS12 0LZ
Tue 12 Mar, Tue 23 Apr, Tue 7 May

FREE taster session with the Braintree Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Braintree Rock Choir Do you want to find a local choir to join near you? The Braintree Rock Choir is led by local singing teacher Hollie..... See more >
Marks Farm Community Centre, Dunstable Drive, Braintree CM7 3LT
Tue 19 Mar, Tue 23 Apr, Tue 30 Apr, Tue 7 May

Stamp Club Meeting (Colchester)

Details and date/time of this meeting were not available at the time of writing. Please contact society before..... See more >
Room 7, Wilson Marriage Centre, Barrack Street, Colchester CO1 2LR
Thu 21 Mar, Thu 18 Apr, Thu 16 May

Plants Past and Present

Dig deep into the history of plants and people from fossil fronds and the 19th Century flora of Essex, to roadside... See more >
Saffron Walden Museum Museum Street CB10 1BN
Sat 30 Mar to Tue 28 May

Saturday Social Ballroom/Latin/Sequence Dance

CM13 3TP - Saturday Social Ballroom Dance with mix of Latin, Ballroom and Sequence tracks played on strict tempo cd... See more >
West Horndon Village Hall,cnr of Station Road and Thorndon Avenue,West Horndon CM13 3TP
Sat 30 Mar, Sat 27 Apr, Sat 25 May

FREE taster session with the Brentwood Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Brentwood Rock Choir If you are wanting to find a local choir to join you'll find just what you were looking for with us in the Rock... See more >
Becket Keys Church of England School, Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood CM15 9DA
Thu 25 Apr, Thu 16 May, Thu 6 Jun, Thu 13 Jun, Thu 20 Jun

Stamp Club Meeting (Goodmayes)

Details and date/time of this meeting were not available at the time of writing. Please contact society before..... See more >
Methodist Church Hall, Percy Road, Goodmayes, IG3 8UA
Wed 1 May, Wed 5 Jun

Stamp Club Meeting (Clacton)

Stamp Auction. Meeting of Clacton Philatelic Society. All welcome to visit. Membership subscription payable for..... See more >
Clacton Indoor Bowls Club, Valley Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6NA
Wed 1 May

Stamp Club Meeting (Benfleet)

Iceland Part 2 (D.J. Church). Meeting of Benfleet & District Philatelic Society. All welcome to visit... See more >
Jubilee Hall, St Barnabas Church, Church Road, Hadleigh, Benfleet SS7 2EJ
Wed 1 May

Stamp Club Meeting (Witham)

The Ross Dependency (C. Evans). Meeting of Witham Philatelic Society. All welcome to visit. Membership subscription..... See more >
Spring Lodge Community Centre, Powers Hall End, Witham CM8 2HE
Thu 2 May

Anglian Potters Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing the best in East Anglian ceramics from domestic ware to studio pottery and sculpture... See more >
RHS Garden Hyde Hall Creephedge Lane, Rettendon CM3 8RA
Fri 3 May to Mon 6 May

Spring Craft Fair

Pick up unique handcrafted items for your home and garden at this four-day craft fair showcasing around 60 artists,... See more >
RHS Garden Hyde Hall Creephedge Lane, Rettendon CM3 8ET
Fri 3 May to Mon 6 May

Bank Holiday Market & Artisan Craft Fair

Crafty Cow Markets is excited to announce we are back in Upminster this May bank holiday weekend. A Market & Artisan..... See more >
St Laurence Church Hall, Corbets Tey Road RM14 2BB
Sat 4 May

The Mount - Open Garden for NGS

The Mount - Open Garden for NGS The garden is set in a total of eight acres. Three acres of formal gardens and five acres woodland planted in 2003... See more >
The Mount, Harlow CM19 5HT
Sun 5 May, Sun 23 Jun
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Things to do around Essex

Essex, a county in the East of England, offers a diverse range of activities for a memorable day out. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or family-friendly adventures, there's something for everyone. Let's explore some of the best things to do in Essex:

1. Colchester Zoo:
- Colchester Zoo is a must-visit for animal lovers. With over 270 species set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, it's constantly developing and has won many awards for its conservation work. Explore enclosures like the walk-through butterfly enclosure and the Rainbow Lorikeet area. Don't miss the state-of-the-art "Bears of the Rising Sun" enclosure housing sun bears Jo Jo and Srey Ya. Encounter Komodo Dragons, white rhinos, giraffes, and more at the "Kingdom of the Wild" exhibit¹.

2. Tours of Colchester:
- Join historical tours of Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town. Explore its rich heritage, including Roman ruins, medieval architecture, and charming streets. Visit the Colchester Castle, a Norman keep with fascinating exhibits. Don't miss the historic walking tours and outdoor escape games.

3. Explore Southend-on-Sea:
- Head to Southend-on-Sea for a classic British seaside experience. Enjoy the sandy beaches, stroll along the promenade, and visit the iconic Southend Pier, the longest pleasure pier in the world. Explore Adventure Island amusement park and try the thrilling rides.

4. Discover Green Island Gardens:
- Green Island Gardens in Ardleigh is a hidden gem. Explore the enchanting gardens, featuring exotic plants, sculptures, and tranquil ponds. It's a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle.

5. Partyman World of Play:
- If you're with kids, visit Partyman World of Play in Basildon. This indoor play center offers slides, ball pits, and climbing frames. It's perfect for a fun-filled family day out.

6. Bridge End Garden in Saffron Walden:
- Bridge End Garden in Saffron Walden is a restored Victorian garden. Admire the colorful flowerbeds, ornamental hedges, and historic features. It's a tranquil spot for a leisurely walk.

7. Imperial Bird of Prey Academy:
- Experience the thrill of falconry at the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy in Billericay. Get up close to majestic birds of prey and learn about their behavior and conservation. Enjoy flying displays and photo opportunities.

8. Go Bananas:
- For active fun, visit Go Bananas in Colchester. This indoor soft play center has slides, climbing frames, and a separate area for toddlers. It's a great option for families with young children.

9. Thames & Medway Estuary Helicopter Tour:
- Take to the skies on a helicopter tour from Southend-on-Sea. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Thames and Medway Estuary, spotting landmarks from above. It's a unique way to explore the coastline.

10. Historic Walking Tour of Colchester:
- Join a guided walking tour of historic Colchester. Learn about its Roman past, medieval architecture, and fascinating stories. Combine it with a visit to the local farmers' market for a complete experience.

Remember to check opening hours and any booking requirements for these attractions. Whether you're interested in wildlife, history, or family fun, Essex promises an enjoyable and diverse day out!