Events

October Half Term – Kids Activities

Half term halloween fun

There are many fun things to do with your kids this October half-term. As always, many are linked to Halloween events (Halloween falls at the end of the October half-term break this year. Here is a selection of events that we have been posted by our readers and local community groups. Halloween themed events are…

Enjoy a Fireworks Display in 2014

Essex fireworks display on bonfire night

As summer leaves us, children head back to school and the nights are drawing in many people start to feel a little down as the joy of summer is replaced with the gloom of autumn. So, what better way to overcome the gloom than to attend one of Essex’s fireworks displays on Bonfire Night?

May Half Term Activities and Events

The May / Spring half-term week is from to Monday 27th May until Friday 31st May 2013. There are many things to do in Essex during the May half term break. Most council sports centres have a wide range of activities on offer for children of all ages. Also remember to check your local notice…

Maldon Mud Race – Sunday 5th May at 3pm

Maldon Mud Race

The Maldon Mud Race really needs no introduction. Every year the bravest (and probably maddest) people of Essex race across a 400m stretch of the River Blackwater mud flats in Maldon. A lot of money is raised for various charities each year. A lot of people have a lot of fun. This year money is…

The 3foot People Festival – Chelmsford

3foot people in Chelmsford Central Park

The 3foot People Festival is Three Days of Wonder for Under 5s. After last years success it is being held in Chelmsford’s Central Park again in Central Park, Chelmsford. The popular 3-day festival, exclusively for under 5 year olds. Now entering its sixth year, this unique event features activities specially selected for the very young. These…

Easter Holiday Activities For Kids

As usual there are many excellent activities for children over the Easter Holiday. Always call to check availability. This year the Easter holidays are from Saturday 30th March 2013 until Sunday 14th April 2013. See also: Essex Days Out With Kids

Snog, Marry Avoid Are In Chelmsford On Saturday

Snog Marry Avoid

If you want to appear on the BBC3 TV show Snog, Marry Avoid then get yourself along to Chelmsford this Saturday. The producers of the show are in town seeking people to appear in the reality TV show. Auditions Closed. This was on 2nd March 2013. The show strips women of their make-up, hair-dos and…

Leigh Folk Festival

Leigh Folk Festival

The Leigh Folk Festival is widely recognised as the largest free event of its type in the UK, across a range of venues around Leigh-on-Sea (and Southend).

V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford

V Festival 2013

Once again the Chelmsford V Festival will be held at Hylands Park. Tickets have sold out already though. You may be able to get tickets from 3rd party agencies though.

This year’s V Festival has some great acts. On Saturday the headliners are The Stone Roses and Noel Gallager’s High Flying Birds. On the Sunday the feature acts are Killers and Snow Patrol.

Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival

Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival

This year’s Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival is held over several days every July. The festival opens at noon every day and closes at 11pm. 5 days of beer, food, music, fun and games! What more could you as for? Well, we could ask for some sun.

Colchester Comedy Festival – 18th to 30th April 2013

Colchester Comedy Festival

Colchester is to host a festival of comedy, a first for Essex. It will run from the 18th to 30th April 2013. Many well known comedians have already agreed to stand up in Colchester, including Jimmy Carr, Richard Herring, Mitch Benn and Mark Steel. As well as stand up acts there will be comedy workshops and comedy films shown at…

Fairport Convention at the Colchester Arts Centre

Fairport Convention at Colchester Arts Centre

Last night I had the pleasure of watching the classic British fold-rock band Fairport Convention play at the Colchester Arts Centre. They were supported by Fake Thackray (real name John Watterson). Their visit to the Colchester Arts Centre on Sunday 17th February 2013 was part of their 2013 Winter Tour, which started on 31st Jan in…

Essex Comedy Clubs and Venues

Laughing elderly man drinking glass of beer

If you enjoy a good laugh then get along to one of Essex’s comedy venues! This list is “work in progress” so more venues will be added shortly. Always contact that venue first to check that the show is still on. Information correct at time going to press.

Christmas Lights Switch On Around Essex

Fireworks after Chelmsford Christmas lights

Soon High Streets across Essex will be switching on their Christmas Lights to mark the official start to the Christmas shopping season. Many of the events include celebrities and music and have a real carnival atmosphere.

Halloween Events in Essex for Children

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

There are many fun activities for children of all ages this Halloween. This year Halloween falls on Wednesday 31st October and most events for children start during the half term break from 29 October to Friday 2 November 2011

Essex Beer Festival Diary

Pint of Real Ale

Essex has a proud history of brewing and many of its excellent pubs organise regular beer festivals. A pub beer festival is a great excuse the check out a pub a little further from home. Here we list the beer festivals in Essex (that we have been made aware of!) in reverse chronological order. Hopefully there is one happening near you tonight!

Essex Folk Music – Information, Gigs and Venues in Essex

Martin Carthy MBE

Essex has quite a vibrant folk scene. There are many small folk clubs tucked away in Essex, most are run in pubs on a weekly or monthly basis. Essex is also host to one of the country’s best free folk festivals, the annual Old Leigh Folk Festival that takes place each summer.

These details were correct at the time of publication but you should always double check with the venues before leaving home. The have split the venues / events out by day of the week. There are no folk events on Fridays or Saturdays that we are aware of.

Diamond Jubilee Tour to Visit Essex Towns

Waltham Forest Town Hall

The first stop in Essex will be on the 29th March. The Queen will first visit Valentines Mansion and Gardens in Ilford, the Duke of Edinburgh is expected to join here there at 10.25am. The Queen will be in Walthamstow for lunch at Waltham Forest Town Hall on Forest Road, Walthamstow.

Essex Car Boot Sales

a busy car boot sale somewhere in Essex

Essex seems to be a haven for car boot sales. Some car boot sales are seasonal, only on fields in the drier months, and some are all year. Here we list some of the most popular car boot sales around Essex.

Please note – while we endeavour to keep the information up to date, some of these prices may be out of date – please check before visiting, and feel free to update us in the comments below of any changes. Also check the comments below for some one off boot sales in Essex.

Christmas Events in Maldon

There are two main Christmas Carol services in Maldon this Christmas. The Annual Civic Carol Service is held at St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday 14th December 2011 at 7.30pm. There will be festive refreshments in the Octagon room in the rear of the Church. You can find out more from the Maldon Tourist Board.

Essex Pantomimes

Pantomime season is fast approaching, and the theatres have already announced the dates, plays, casts and pantos all across Essex. So it is time to start booking your tickets for a great family day out!