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Music in Essex

Felicitas Chamber Choir presents a programme of music by composers who have lived in, or been influenced by, the county of Essex. Composers will include William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Vaughan Williams (Mass in G Minor), together with those living more recently including Geoffrey and Simon Winters. Conductor: Simon Winters See more >
St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Epping CM16 5DN
Sat 29 Jun

Mikri Ellada - Open Garden for NGS

Mikri Ellada - Open Garden for NGS A small well established town garden with an interesting use of space, creating several garden rooms. Seating areas capture the sun as it moves across the garden. Lush green foliage of palm and cordyline contrast with established ceanothus, olive and fig trees... See more >
Mikri Ellada, Southend-on-Sea SS3 9BE
Sat 29 Jun

18 Pettits Boulevard - Open Garden for NGS

18 Pettits Boulevard - Open Garden for NGS The garden (80ft x 23ft) is on three levels with an ornamental pond, patio area with shrubs and perennials, many in pots. Large eucalyptus tree leads to a woodland themed area with many ferns and hostas. There are agricultural implements and garden ornaments giving a unique and quirky feel to the garden. Tranquil seating areas situated throughout. See more >
18 Pettits Boulevard, Romford RM1 4PL
Sat 29 Jun and Sun 30 Jun


Platform in association with Headgate Studio Sessions This time transferred to the Headgate’s main Auditorium, this is another opportunity to see this gripping, powerfully acted play that was staged in the Headgate Studio to great acclaim earlier this year... See more >
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester CO2 7AT
Sat 29 Jun

1924 Garden Party at Paycockes House, Coggeshall, Essex

The Companye of Merrie Folke are pleased to announce an exciting departure from our usual Medieval and Tudor re-enactments... See more >
Paycockes House, 25 West Street, Coggeshall CO6 1NS
Sat 29 Jun and Sun 30 Jun

Pygmy Goat Yoga

A fun filled yoga class, accompanied by our juvenile pygmy goats. This is a yoga class like no other, our pygmy goats are extremely friendly and interactive and will be wandering and playing amongst the yogi's throughout the session. The goats have access to feed, grass and water throughout... See more >
Blackwater Alpacas & Pygmy Goats, Bradwell Trout Farm, Cut Hedge Lane, Bradwell, Braintree, Essex CM77 8FR
Sat 29 Jun, Sat 13 Jul, Sat 20 Jul

Barnards Farm - Open Garden for NGS

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. See the new Talia-May Avenue and Angel sculptures... See more >
Barnards Farm, West Horndon CM13 3FY
Sun 30 Jun

Chippins - Open Garden for NGS

Chippins - Open Garden for NGS Artists and plantaholics paradise packed with interest. Hostas, iris and Astrantia in spring. Stream and wildlife pond with Horace the Huge! Summer is an explosion of colour with daylilies, rambling roses, salvias and canna. An abundance of tubs, hanging baskets and anything else that can fit a petunia plant. See more >
Chippins, Bradfield CO11 2UZ
Sun 30 Jun

Diesel Day

Unlimited rides on a diesel train. Large model railway layout. Working signal box, Travelling Post Office carriages, shop and large free car park. Sandwiches, snacks and drinks available. See more >
Colne Valley Railway, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Sun 30 Jun

Harwich Festival of the Arts 2024

Join us for 10 days of Arts fun with Live Music (Classical, Indie, Jazz, Folk), Art Exhibitions & Trails, Theatre, Film, Comedy, Drag, Dance, Poetry, Workshops and much more... Thurs 20th June: Art Exhibitions Launch. 6pm @ Ebenezer Chapel Funny Rabbit Comedy Club ft Mark Thomas. 7.30pm @ The Electric Palace... See more >
Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre & across Harwich & Dovercourt CO12 4AJ
Sun 30 Jun

Two Cottages - Open Garden for NGS

Two Cottages - Open Garden for NGS Magic lurks within this charming 1½ acre garden, evolved over 30 years. Many treasures hidden amongst a variety of planting. Over 215 roses showcased in island borders. Meandering lawn paths lead through wisteria walkway to find three miniature Shetland ponies keen to show off to guests... See more >
Two Cottages, Chrishall SG8 8QT
Sun 30 Jun, Sun 7 Jul

Stamp Club Meeting (Basildon)

Flora and Fauna (Members). Meeting of Basildon Philatelic Society. All welcome to visit. Membership subscription plus £1 attendance fee payable for continued participation. Wheelchair accessible. Parking in adjacent public car park. Local contact: Charlie Mead (Secretary). See more >
The Place (Pitsea Leisure Centre), Northlands Pavement, Pitsea SS13 3DU
Mon 1 Jul

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

If you are pondering whether there is a 'pop or gospel choir near me' then you may be interested in the local Leigh on Sea Rock Choir. The local Leigh on Sea choir is run by Essex based musician Chris Burgess... See more >
Leigh on Sea Community Centre, 71 - 73 Elm Road, Leigh on Sea SS9 1SP
Mon 1 Jul

FREE taster session with the Saffron Walden Rock Choir

Do you want to join a choir near you? The Saffron Walden Rock Choir is led by singing teacher Sam Herbert... See more >
Saffron Walden County High School, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
Tue 2 Jul

8 Dene Court - Open Garden for NGS

8 Dene Court - Open Garden for NGS Beautifully maintained and designed as a compact garden. 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. Densely-planted colour coordinated perennials add interest from June to Sept in this immaculate garden. See more >
8 Dene Court, Chelmsford CM1 2JQ
Tue 2 Jul, Tue 16 Jul, Wed 24 Jul

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!