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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 - 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 - 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

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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
Sat 21 Apr and Sun 22 Apr

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 - 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 - 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 - Rosedale - Open Garden for NGS
Approx one-third of an acre plantsman’s garden developed over the last 24 years, containing many unusual plants, herbaceous borders and pond. For the May opening see a super collection of peonies and for the July opening a stunning collection of approx 60 Agapanthus in full flower.
Rosedale, Bures
Sun 6 May

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,
Sat 21 Apr

More details - Join Halstead care home for celebrations this Care Home Open Day
Colne View on Dame Mary Walk will be opening the doors to the public for a free family-friendly event, in celebration of Care Home Open Day, a countrywide initiative to create lasting relationships between care homes and their local communities.
Colne View Care Home, Colchester Road, Halstead, Essex
Today

More details - Colchester & District Philatelic Society Meeting
Display by Braintree P.S. Organised by Colchester & District Philatelic Society. Contact for details: Christine Stroud (Secretary).
Wilson Marriage Centre, Barrack Street, Colchester
Today

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 - 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

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.
Sat 21 Apr

More details - Spring Forage and Wild Cooking Demo
Suffolk Market Events is delighted to have teamed up with The Foragers Feast to bring you even more fabulous foraging workshops with Carl Shillingford (expert forager and a Michel Roux trained chef) and Matthew Rooney (hugely knowledgable ecologist and mushroom grower).
Arger Fen
Sun 22 Apr, Sun 6 May

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Art Exhibition by The Assington Group of Artists
Art Exhibition by the Assington Group of Artists. Sat 28th April 10am - 5pm & Sun 29th April 10am-4pm. Free entry.
Village Hall, The Street, Assington
Sat 28 Apr and Sun 29 Apr

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 - 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 - 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

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 - Susan Clare – Impressionistic Landscapes Mixed Media workshop
After a demonstration by tutor, Susan Clare, and guidance to try mixed media textural effects with ‘tools’ like cling film, gesso, masking fluid, Inktense pencils and acrylic inks, you will be painting banks of colourful flowers in an impressionistic style.
Art & Craft Days, the Butterfly Studio, Flacks Green, Terling, Essex
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
Sat 21 Apr

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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
Sat 21 Apr

More details - Michael Jackson Tribute
’Forever Jackson’ is the ultimate tribute to Michael Jackson setting the industry alight and selling out venues wherever he goes. Come and see him at Maldon stadium! Book tickets online now at: boxoffice.maldonstadium.
Maldon Stadium, Park Drive, Maldon
Today

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