Listed below are a wide range of events across Essex in April.
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Andy Warhol Artists Rooms
firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH
Saturday 19th March 2016 – Sunday 12th June 2016
This exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most notable drawings, silkscreen paintings, photographs, films, posters, prints and installations.
Exhibition: Shakespeare and the Forest
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Tuesday 29th March to Sunday 22nd May 2016 During opening hours
Seek, spy and discover our sylvan trail of Shakespearean quotations and narrative about forests, woodlands and what you can find in them. No booking required
Invitation to View : Braxted Park
Witham, Essex CM8 3EN
Monday 25th April 2016, 11:00am.
Mid 18th Century red brick house with earlier features built by Sir Robert Taylor for the cloth merchant, Peter DuCane who lived there 1751-1803. Brick wall of four and a half miles surrounds 500 acres of parkland, lakes, parish church and hermitage.
Invitation to View : Layer Marney Tower
Nr Colchester, Essex
Wednesday 27th April 2016, 11:00am.
Grade I red-brick Tudor gatehouse is decorated with Italianate terracotta. Henry, First Lord Marney, Henry VIII’s Lord Privy Seal started the work to create a magnificent palace but died in 1523 and work stopped two years later. Henry VIII came to stay while it was still being built.
National Gardens Scheme : Furzelea
Bicknacre Road, Danbury CM3 4JR.
Wednesday 27th April 2016, 2pm – 5pm. Adults £4, childre free.
Home-made teas. Renowned for the quality and variety of our home-made cakes. A Victorian country house surrounded by a garden designed, created and maintained by the owners to provide maximum all year round interest. The colour coordinated borders and beds are enhanced with topiary, grasses, climbers and many unusual plants. Spring incl tulips and summer bursts into colour.
National Gardens Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13
Thursday 28th April 2016. 11am to 4pm. Adults £6, children £2.50.
Light refreshments. So much to explore! Climb the belvedere for the wider view or take the train through the woodland. Spring bulbs and blossom, summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, walled vegetable plot. ‘Japanese garden’, sculptures grand and quirky enhance and delight. Barnards Miniature Railway rides (BMR).
National Gardens Scheme : Feeringbury Manor
Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9RB.
Thursday 28th April 2016 and Friday 29th April 2016, 9am to 4pm. Adults £5, children free.
There is always plenty to see in this 10 acre garden with two ponds and the river Blackwater. Jewelled lawn in early April then spectacular tulips and blossom. . For our article, with pictures, about our visit in 2013 click here.
National Gardens Scheme : Ulting Wick
Crouchmans Farm Road, Maldon CM9 6QX.
Friday 29th April 2016, 2pm to 5pm. Admission £5.00.
Light refreshments. Home made soup, filled rolls. Cream teas. Listed black barns provide backdrop for colourful and exuberant planting in 8 acres. Thousands of tulips, flowing innovative spring planting. herbaceous borders, pond, mature weeping willows, kitchen garden.
Spring Talks at the Martello Tower : The People’s Photographer
Jaywick Martello Tower
Friday 29th April 2016, 11am
Malcolm Batty will talk about his family’s local photography business, from the beginnings to recent times.
Essex Craft and Design Show
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Friday 29th April 2016 to BH Monday 2nd May 2016
“Artists, designer makers and craftsmen will be showcasing and selling the very best in fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and many other contemporary crafts.”
Essex Sausage and Cider Festival
Barleylands Farm, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Friday 29th April 2016, 18:00 – 22:00 ; Saturday 30th April 2016 11:00 – 22:00 ; Sunday 1st May 2016 11:00 – 21:00
Sausages, cider, music and much more!
Barleylands Farmers Market
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Saturday 30th April 2016, 8.30am – 12:30pm
Their twice-monthly indoor/outdoor farmers market.
National Gardens Scheme : St Helens
High Street, Stebbing CM6 3SE.
Saturday 30th April 2016, 1pm to 5pm. Adults £4, children free.
A garden of contrasts due to moist and dry conditions, laid out on a gentle Essex slope from a former willow plantation. These contours give rise to changing vistas and unanticipated areas of seclusion framed with hedging and generous planting. Walkways and paths alongside natural springs and still waters.
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Saturday 30th April 2016
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
Invitation to View : Cressing Temple
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Saturday 30th April 2016, 2:00pm.
Cressing Temple is a manor given to the Knights Templar in 1137 by King Stephen. Their successful management of it for the support of their work in the Holy Land is reflected in the construction of the two magnificent 13th century barns, the oldest and best preserved of their kind in the country.
Animal Antics weekend
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Saturday 30th April 2016 to BH Monday 2nd May 2016
“Race to the Farm Park for a ‘baa-rmy’ weekend of animal antics! ”
May Day Celebrations at Kentwell
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, nr Sudbury CO10 9BA
Saturday 30th April 2016 – BH Monday 2nd May 2016
Music, dancing, plays and processions with over 100 of our costumed ‘Tudors’.
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JY
Saturday 30th April 2016 – BH Monday 2nd May 2016, 10am – 5pm (last ticket 3pm)
A Victorian-themed day at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, indoors and outdoors – great for children of all ages plus adults too.