New Dress Making Courses In Colchester

Franklins dress making

When it comes to fabric do you like to upcycle or buy new? Wherever your fabric stash comes from be sure to bring it along to Franklins in Colchester and turn it into something special. The St Botolph’s Street store is encouraging dress makers of all abilities to come along and try out their new…

National Flower Show Returns To Hylands House, Chelmsford on 20, 21, 22 May 2016

Mary Berry at the Flower Show

This year’s National Flower Show is being held in Essex at at Hylands House and Estate on the 20, 21, 22 May 2016. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Tickets to the show includes entry into the event, all the attractions, demonstrations, talks & entertainment: Official ticket page. The show features flower displays, garden design, entertainment with live…

Haven House Christmas Concert

Haven House Christmas Concert 2

A lovely afternoon of Christmas Carols and lots of festivity in aid of Haven House Children’s Hospice. There will be beautiful Carol singing, festive refreshments and the chance to meet Santa in his grotto.

Have You Signed Up To The Essex Outdoor Cinema?

Outdoor Cinema

If you are on Faceook you have probably seen a post about an outdoor cinema that is being held in town – although as yet, full details not announced. According to Facebook, 11,000 are going in Essex, during an event that is running from 5th June until the 30th September. This event is still in…

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Please note – while we endeavour to keep the information up to date, some of these prices may be out of date – please check before visiting, and feel free to update us in the comments below of any changes.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

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…

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…