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Completing the Look: 300 Years of Fashion Accessories
Saffron Walden Museum, Museum, Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JL
Saturday 28th January 2017 to Sunday 30th July 2017
An exhibition which examines how fashion has been affected by politics, social change and popular culture over the past 300 years.
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Minories Bazaar
The Minories Galleries, East Hill, Colchester
Saturday 1st April 2017, 11am to 4pm
“Local makers, food producers, designers, artists and crafts people come together to sell locally grown produce and a range of exciting products from Colchester and the surrounding community.”
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Pruning Plants for Beginners
Cressing Temple, Witham Road, Braintree, CM77 8PD
Saturday 1st April 2017, 10am-4pm
Hosted by Rebecca Ashbey and Frances Strickland the combined experience of caring for manicured and stunning grounds will be passed on to beginners in the garden wishing to learn how to care for their own space.
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Charity Barn Dance
Woodham Walter Village Hall, CM9 6RE
Saturday 1st April 2017, 7.30pm-11.00pm.
“A charity barn dance for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. Live music by Metric Foot Band. Ticket £7 bring own food and drink. Contact 01621 859202.”

Spring into Easter
Royal Gunpowder Mills , Beaulieu Drive , Waltham Abbey , EN9 1JY
Saturday 1st April 2017 to Monday 17th April 2017
“Easter School Holidays explode with fun daily at this all-weather, all-day venue. Science shows with Professor Nitrate set the scene with crashes, bangs and booms in the Mad La – and much more…”
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Easter Egg Hunt
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, nr Colchester
Saturday 1st April 2017 – Sunday 16th April 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
“Come and join the great annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Beth Chatto Gardens! Explore the garden and see signs of spring as you find the hidden eggs. Complete the hunt and collect your Easter treat!”
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Colne Valley at War
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Sunday 2nd April 2017
The Colne Valley Railway played a major part in the war effort as it served many local airfields. This day will feature evacuation trains, bomb trains, military vehicles and staff in period costumes.
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World Autism Awareness Day at Chelmsford Museum
Chelmsford Museum
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 1pm to 4pm
“An afternoon of free, fun activities for everyone, especially those with a family member on the autism spectrum. Handle objects, enjoy a detective trail, and explore the galleries using our ‘Sensory Stimulation’ guide. ”
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Bird Feeder Making (Drop in)
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Sunday 2nd April 2017 10am-12noon
Make a wooden bird feeder to take home and hang in your garden. £3.00 per child. No need to book.
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Copped Hall Garden Afternoon
Copped Hall, nr Epping
Sunday 2nd April 2017
“Garden Afternoons provide an opportunity to wander round at leisure in the afternoon and talk to our gardeners.”
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St Helena Hospice Pier to Pier Walk
Clacton Pier
Sunday 2nd April 2017
“Come together with your friends, family and work colleagues and enjoy the sea air at our Pier to Pier 2017 sponsored walk between Clacton and Walton Piers.”
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Family Nerf & Dodgeball
Fusion Halstead Leisure Centre, Colne Rd, Halstead CO9 2HR
Sunday 2nd April 2017
“Family Nerf Gun Fun & Dodgeball is coming back to Halstead Leisure Centre”
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Hedgehog Club – Spring into Action
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Monday 3rd April 2017, 10am – 12pm
Spring is in the air! Search for wildlife, create some natural crafts and make a bird feeder to take home. This event is for 4 – 8 year olds and children must be accompanied by an adult. £6 per child. Booking Essential.
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Barracudas Activity Day Camps
3rd April 2017 – 13th April 2017: Chelmsford, Chigwell, Hutton, Upminster and Woodford.
After an action packed 2016 we’re ready to have even more fun in 2017 with new camps in Ingatestone and Romford this summer! With 32 camps across the country and 8 camps in Essex, your childcare solution could be right on your door step! We have lots of activities for your child to choose from including motor sports, archery, fencing, sports, arts and crafts. Our popular camps sell out quickly so there’s no better time to book.
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Get In! City Camp
Various locations in Chelmsford
3rd April 2017 to 13th April 2017
“Chelmsford’s best value activity camps for children aged 4 -12, at seven specialist venues across Chelmsford, full of fun and exciting activities that will keep children coming back for more, whilst providing parents with affordable half day or full day childcare.”
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All Creatures Great and Small
Barleylands Craft Village and Farm Park, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD
Monday 3rd April 2017 to Friday 14th April 2017
“Celebrate the start of spring at Barleylands this Easter. With lots of baby animals, there will be a host of new arrivals to meet and greet.”
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Wildlife Heroes
Essex Wildlife Trust, Squdrons Approach Hornchurch,RM12 6DF
Monday 3rd April 2017, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Test your super powers through outdoor games and challenges. Discover the wildlife super heroes.Superheros costumes optional.Age 3-7 years £6.00 Donation in advance per child siblings £4.00 Booking essential
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Garden Feasts & Mini-beasts!
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, nr Colchester
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 10.30am to 2pm. Go on a busy springtime mini beast hunt, check out some compost and sow your own little veggie plot.
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Make a Bug Hotel
Essex Wildlife Trust, Squadrons Approach Hornchurch,RM12 6DF
Tuesday 4th April 2017, 2.30-4.30pm
Join us to use recycled material to make a mini bug hotel to take home. Drop In Session no need to book.
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Steam with Colin
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Two trains operating, one steam and one diesel railcar. Reduced child entry if bringing a bear to see Colin, the Railway’s own Bear. Children can take part in Colin’s Treasure Hunt.
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Ponds and Planters
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, nr Colchester
Wednesday 5th April 2017, 10.30am to 2pm
“Enjoy a dippy morning delving into our wildlife pond then make your own recycled windowsill salad box!”
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Wildflower Walk
Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, South Ockendon, Aveley, RM15 4XJ
Wednesday 5th April 2017, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Join the expert Mary Smith out looking for fascinating wildflowers and learn to identify those you might see on future walks.
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Young Adventurers
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Wednesday 5th April 2017 10.00am – 2pm
Young Adventurers is for 8-12 year olds who want to get adventurous outdoors. Enjoy making fires, building shelters, tracking animals? Then this is for you! Children may be unaccompanied. £10 per child. Booking essential
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National Gardens Scheme : Feeringbury Manor
Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9RB.
Thursday 6th April 2017, 9am – 4pm.
“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.”
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Dragon Discovery
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Thursday 6th April 2017 10am – 12noon.
Track down all the hidden dragons and collect the dragon eggs. Defeat the beast of the mountains and earn your Viking helmet. This event is for 4-8 year olds, children must be accompanied by an adult. £6 per child. Booking essential.
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Minibeast Madness (Drop-in)
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Friday 7th April 2017 10am – 3pm
Come to Hanningfield for a minibeast safari! Look for bugs in the woods, in the grass, in the trees and in our pond. See what wonders you can find! £3 per child. No need to book
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National Gardens Scheme : Feeringbury Manor
Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9RB.
Friday 7th April 2017, 9am – 4pm.
“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.”
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Easter Family Fun
Zinc, Great Stony, High Street, Chipping Ongar, Essex, CM5 0AD
Friday 7th April 2017
“Come and join us at Zinc with the OMG’s for a Treasure Hunt, arts and crafts, competition and a special Easter themed movie!”
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Know Your Blood Pressure Day
Morrisons Car Park, Hadleigh
Saturday, 8th April, 10am to 4pm
“Have your blood pressure checked FREE by doctors or ambulance personnel. Organised for the community by the Rotary Club of Hadleigh Castle and the Stroke Association.”

Wind in the Willows Family Scavenger Hunt (Drop in)
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Saturday 8th April 2017 10am – 4pm
Mr Toad is off on his spring vacation but he has managed to lose the things he needs in the woods. Can you help him find them? Trail sheets £2 per child. No need to book.
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Essex Jailbreak 2017
HM Prison Chelmsford
Saturday 8th April 2017
Bored of organised challenges? The Essex Jailbreak is different. A race against time to get as far as possible from HM Prison Chelmsford in just 15 hours..
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The Passion of Christ
Great Waltham village, CM3 1DF
Sunday 9th April 2017, Thursday 13th April 2017, Good Friday 14th April 2017, Easter Sunday 16th April 2017
“A cycle of 4 plays telling the Easter story up to the resurrection on Easter Sunday.”
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Sunday 9th April 2017
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Farleigh Bubbles
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ
Sunday 9th April 2017
Family friendly 5km has four bubble stations situated around the route. Cannons will be blowing out heaps of bubbles to cover you in colourful foam!
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St Clare 10k 2017
St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Harlow, Essex CM17 9JX
Sunday 9th April 2017, 10:30am to 1pm
Limber up for the St Clare 10k! Hundreds of runners are expected to jostle at the starting line once again for the yearly Essex 10k road race, which last year raised an amazing £8,000 for the Hospice.
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Hedgehog Club – Fantastic Foxes
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Monday 10th April 2017 10am – 12noon
Become a fox for the day: hunt for food in the woods, play games and make a fox mask to take home. This event is for 4-8 year olds, children must be accompanied by an adult. £6 per child. Booking essential
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Historical Ecology
Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough, nr Colchester CO5 7RZ
Monday 10th April 2017, 10am-4pm
Unravelling the clues as to how our countryside has evolved over the centuries. £30 donation
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Spring Fingers
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, nr Colchester
Tuesday 11th April 2017, 10am to 12pm
“For all you mini gardeners out there! Lots of green activities including potting, wild potions and cloch making!”
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Wild Water
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, nr Colchester
Tuesday 11th April 2017, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
“Is all wild water the same? Try the wild water trail and enjoy some spring pond dipping to find your own collection of wild water life. ”
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‘Oz’ … the search for Toto
Nevendon Manor Events, Borwick Lane, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0QA
Tuesday 11th April 2017 to Saturday 15th April 2017
“Award winning ‘Oz’. Truly immersive …Dorothy has woken from her dream in Oz but where is Toto? Come with us as we follow the yellow brick road on an adventure that will bring the world of Oz to life.”
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Wednesday 12th April 2017
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Young Adventurers
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Wednesday 12th April 2017 10am- 2pm
Young Adventurers is for 8-12 year olds who want to get adventurous outdoors. Enjoy making fires, building shelters, tracking animals? Then this is for you! Children may be unaccompanied. £10 per child. Booking essential
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Wednesday 12th April 2017
Good Friday 14th April to Easter Monday 17th April 2017
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Peter Pan on Ice
Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, Chelmsford
Wednesday 12th April 2017 to Sunday 16th April 2017
Combining pantomime, ice dance and theatre, the talented local cast from Chelmsford Riverside Ice Skating Club will be showcasing their skating skills to entertain you.
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My Garden Kitchen
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, nr Colchester
Thursday 13th April 2017, 10.30am to 2pm
All about food and the garden. Make your own pizza planter, brew some ‘sun tea’ and find out about wild menus!
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National Gardens Scheme : Feeringbury Manor
Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9RB.
Thursday 13th April 2017, 9am – 4pm.
“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.”
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Easter Bunny Trail
Danbury Country Park, Woodhill Road, Danbury, CM3 4AW
Thursday 13th April 2017, 11:00am- 2:00pm
Follow an Easter themed trail through the park, paint a hens egg meet the Easter Bunny. Each child will get a chocolate egg and the chance to take photos with the bunny.
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Birds of Prey Evening
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Thursday 13th April 2017 7pm-9pm
A popular talk about Birds of Prey presented by the Kent Owl Academy. Falcons and Hawks will be displayed in the centre with a talk on these magnificent birds.
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Minibeast Madness (Drop-in)
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Thursday 13th April 2017 10am – 3pm
Come to Hanningfield for a minibeast safari! Look for bugs in the woods, in the grass, in the trees and in our pond. See what wonders you can find! £3 per child. No need to book.
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National Gardens Scheme : Feeringbury Manor
Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9RB.
Friday 14th April 2017, 9am – 4pm.
“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.”
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Beeleigh Abbey Garden Open Day
Abbey Turning, Maldon CM9 6LL
Good Friday 14th April 2017 (10.30am to 4.30pm, last admission 3.30 pm)
Three acres of lovely gardens, which we can highly recommend you visit.
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Eastertide at Kentwell
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA
Good Friday 14th April 2017 to Easter Monday 17th April 2017
“See 100 Tudors about Kentwell, most under cover, celebrating Easter in Tudor-style with music and dancing, hot cross bun making and more. Plenty of indoor activities, so the event goes on whatever the weather!
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Easter Eggstravaganza – Easter Egg Hunt (Drop-in)
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Friday 14th April 2017 10am-4pm
The Easter Bunny has been to Hanningfield Reserve and has left some chocolatey treats behind, can you find them? Make an Easter themed craft to take away with you and have a go at some pond dipping. £7 per child.
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The Great Dedham Vale Easter Egg Hunt
Dedham Vale Vineyard, Green Lane, Boxted, nr Colchester, C04 5TS
Good Friday, 14th April 2017
Get a timeslot in the ‘EggZone’ and there is tea and coffee, food, live music and Easter Games will be on hand at the Tasting Barn.
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The Passion of Christ
Great Waltham village, CM3 1DF
Good Friday 14th April 2017
“A cycle of 4 plays telling the Easter story up to the resurrection on Easter Sunday.”
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Easter Eggsplorer Trail (Drop-in)
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Saturday 15th April 2017 10am-4pm
Follow the eggsplorer trail around the reserve, crack the clues and earn your eggy reward. £5 per child
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CKB Easter Craft Event
William de Ferrers School, Queen Elizabeth II Square, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5JU
Saturday 15th April 2017
A number of confirmed stall holders as well as a welcome return of the Animal Zoo Workshop where there will be rabbits – and very possibly sheep – and chickens – (tbc nearer the day)
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Easter Egg Hunt
Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End, nr Braintree CM77 6RA
Easter Saturday 15th April 2017 to Easter Monday 17th April 2017, 10am to 4pm
“Egg Hunt, Bouncy Castle & lots of activities for the kids every day.”
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Clavering Arts & Craft Show
Clavering Village Hall, CB11 4QS
Saturday 15th April 2017 to Monday 17th April 2017, 11am until 5pm
Original Art and Photography will be exhibited and available to purchase in the main hall. We will also be celebrating the wonderful variety of makers, crafters, designers, bakers and butchers that our area
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Easter Eggstravaganza – Easter Egg Hunt
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Sunday 16th April 2017 10am-4pm
The Easter Bunny has been to Hanningfield Reserve and has left some chocolatey treats behind, can you find them? Make an Easter themed craft to take away with you and have a go at some pond dipping. £7 per child.
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Gilwell Park Easter Egg Hunt
Gilwell Park, Bury Road, Chingford, London E4 7QW
Sunday 16th April 2017
Where has the Gilwell Easter bunny been hiding all the chocolate?
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National Garden Scheme : Tudor Roost
18 Frere Way, Fingringhoe, Colchester CO5 7BP.
Sunday 16th April 2017, (2 – 5pm).
“An unexpected hidden colourful 1/4 -acre garden, ell manicured grassy paths wind round island beds and ponds, and densely planted subtropical area with architectural and exotic plants.”
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Jousting with the Knights of Middle England!
Hedingham Castle
Sunday 16th April 2017 and Monday 17th April 2017
“The astounding Knights of Middle England! Bold and bright costumes accompanied by stunts such as saddle falls, drags and rearing horses make this a show to remember! ”
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Copped Hall Guided Tour and Open Day
Copped Hall, nr Epping
Sunday 16th April 2017
Tours cover the whole of the gardens, a large part of the Georgian mansion, the cellars and the stables.
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East Egg Hunt at Copped Hall
Copped Hall, nr Epping
Easter Sunday 16th April 2017. Gates open 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Children can see the Easter bunny and join in the Easter egg hunt while adults enjoy the spring flowers.
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TransportFest – Easter Classic Car Show
Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon CM9 6QA
Sunday 16th April 2017
All forms of pre-1985 transport. Live Music. Craft Stalls. Our giant steam engine ‘Marshall’ working under steam. Heritage engine exhibits. Miniature steam railway, model village and tea room open.
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Easter Sunday Bunny Hunt
Central Park, Chelmsford
Sunday 16th April 2017
“Hop along to Central Park this Easter to raise money for charity, where Bunny Hunters search for the 15-year-old wooden bunnies, each named after a different famous rabbit, to earn their chocolatey prize.”
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Hedgehog Club – Easter Explorer
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Monday 17th April 2017 10am-12noon
Come and be an eggsplorer! Search for the Easter Bunny, explore the woods and make some Easter crafts. This event is for 4-8 year olds, children must be accompanied by an adult. £6 per child. Booking essential.
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National Garden Scheme : Fairwinds
Chapel Lane, Chigwell Row IG7 6JJ.
Monday 17th April 2017, 2pm-5pm.
“Gravelled front garden and three differently styled back garden spaces with something different every year.”
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National Garden Scheme : Tudor Roost
18 Frere Way, Fingringhoe, Colchester CO5 7BP.
Monday 17th April 2017, (2 – 5pm).
“An unexpected hidden colourful 1/4 -acre garden, ell manicured grassy paths wind round island beds and ponds, and densely planted subtropical area with architectural and exotic plants.”
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Skylarks 3k Race
The Wick Country Park, Tresco Way, Wickford, SS12 9LD.
Wednesday 19th April 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
“Run for the Skylarks” through the delightful Wick Country Park: all proceeds towards the further development of the Park.
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13
Thursday 20th April 2017, 11am-4pm.
“So much to explore! Climb the belvedere for the wider view or take the train through the woodland. And Barnards Miniature Railway rides.”
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National Gardens Scheme : Feeringbury Manor
Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9RB.
Thursday 20th April 2017, 9am – 4pm.
Friday 21st April 2017, 9am – 4pm.
“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.”
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National Garden Scheme : 30 Glenwood Avenue
30 Glenwood Avenue, Leigh-On-Sea SS9 5EB.
Friday 21st April 2017, 11am – 4pm
Nestled next to the busy A127, lies a beautifully transformed town garden in the English country garden style.
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A Mummers’ Play : St. George and The Dragon
Billericay High Street
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Mayflower Morris Men will perform their Mummers’ play twice at 11.00 a.m. and 1.45 p.m. on Saturday 22nd April on the corner of Billericay High St. and St. Edith’s Lane. TOTALLY FREE. For all ages. Remember to boo the Dragon!
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Invitation to View : Royal Gunpowder Mills
Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JX.
Saturday 22nd April 2017, 2:00 pm
“Described by Historic England as the ‘most important site for the history of explosives in Europe’ this remarkable and beautiful landscape chronicles the development of explosives, propellants and finally rocket motors and fuels from the Civil War to the Cold War, including rare surviving WW1 factory buildings, and intriguing structures and earthworks.”
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Spring Plant Fair
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, nr Chelmsford
Saturday 22nd April 2017 to Sunday 23rd April 2017, 10am – 4pm.
“A weekend all about plants, in conjunction with Essex Plant Heritage.”
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Westwood Art Group Spring Exhibition
Hadleigh Old Fire Station, High Street, Hadleigh SS7 2PA
Saturday 22nd April 2017 to Sunday 23rd April 2017
40 Years Old – 40 Members. Showing 200 paintings in all mediums for sale at affordable prices. Painting demonstrations will take place during the exhibition by members. Tea and cakes are available to purchase whilst browsing the art. Parking and Free Entry. Wheelchair Access.
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Spring Diesel Gala
Epping Ongar Railway, Station Road, off High Street, Ongar Parking : CM5 9AB
Saturday 22nd April 2017 and Sunday 23rd April 2017
“The first of two diesel galas for 2017. Last year saw Royal Highland Fusilier 55019 grace our rails, this year we hope to delight in equal measures. Watch our main Diesel Gala webpages and Facebook for updates. Tickets on sale soon.”
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Vintage Vehicle Rally
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Saturday 22nd April 2017 and Sunday 23rd April 2017.
A wide selection of vintage vehicles will be on display. Trains of all ages also feature.
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Spring Plant Festival
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, nr Colchester
Saturday 22nd April 2017 and Sunday 23rd April 2017, 10am to 4pm
The Gardens will be open to ALL during this special plant festival weekend. Come and enjoy FREE talks on gardening, plants, the gardens, and special behind-the-scenes tours. Meet the gardeners who manage the beautiful gardens of one of the world’s most influential plantswomen, 10-time Chelsea Gold Medal winner, and author Beth Chatto.
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Open Day at the Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge
Gardens of Easton Lodge, nr Great Dunmow, CM6 2BB (follow brown signs on roads)
Sunday 23rd April 2017
Monthly Open Day for a garden being rescued from dereliction. Hot food at lunchtime, take and cakes, dogs on lead welcome. Guided tours.
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National Garden Scheme : Peacocks
Main Road, Margaretting CM4 9HY.
Sunday 23rd April 2017, 1pm to 4pm.
“A 5-acre garden surrounding a Regency house with mature native and specimen trees, restored horticultural buildings and a series of garden ‘rooms’ including 2 formal walled gardens.”
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Invitation to View : Talliston
Talliston, Great Dunmow, CM6 1DU.
Sunday 23rd April 2017, 12:00pm and 3pm
“Once an ordinary house in an ordinary street, Talliston House and Gardens have been transformed into a series of inspiring locations, each set in a different time and place.”
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National Garden Scheme : 30 Glenwood Avenue
30 Glenwood Avenue, Leigh-On-Sea SS9 5EB.
Sunday 23rd April 2017, 11am – 4pm
Nestled next to the busy A127, lies a beautifully transformed town garden in the English country garden style.
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Southend Festival of Wheels
Southend High Street and seafront
Sunday 23rd April 2017, 11am to 5pm
Lots of two and four wheel vehicles and bikes on show, and being demonstrated.
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Drive It Day
Layer Marney Tower, nr Colchester
Sunday 23rd April 2017
“Drive It Day sees classic cars take part in local runs all over the country, and one of these groups of cars will be coming to Layer Marney Tower.”
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Photo Level 3 – Close up and Macro Nature Photography
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Sunday 23rd April 2017, 10am – 4pm
Learn how to use your camera to make fantastic pictures from the tiniest details – on this one-day workshop with Daniel Bridge we look at techniques, lenses, flash, and how to find subjects. £60 per person. Booking Essential.
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Photo Level 1 – Know the Basics
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay CM11 1WT
Monday 24th April 2017 10am – 4pm
Confused by aperture, shutter speed and ISO? Don’t know your Program Mode from your White Balance? This one-day workshop with Daniel Bridge guides you through the basics of photography, allowing you to take full control of your camera. £50 per person. Booking Essential.
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Bird Song
Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough, nr Colchester CO5 7RZ
Wednesday 26th April 2017, 10am-4pm
A classroom session looking at how and why birds sing, aids to learning to recognise birdsong, alarm and contact calls, followed by a short walk to put the theory into practice and then a longer guided walk after lunch. £30 donation
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National Garden Scheme : Furzelea
Bicknacre Road, Danbury CM3 4JR.
Wednesday 26th April 2017, 2pm to 6pm
“A Victorian country house surrounded by a garden designed, created and maintained by the owners to provide maximum all year round interest.”
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13
Thursday 27th April 2017, 11am-4pm.
“So much to explore! Climb the belvedere for the wider view or take the train through the woodland. And Barnards Miniature Railway rides.”
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National Gardens Scheme : Feeringbury Manor
Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9RB.
Thursday 27th April 2017, 9am – 4pm.
Friday 28th April 2017, 9am – 4pm.
“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.”
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Beeleigh Abbey Garden Open Day
Abbey Turning, Maldon CM9 6LL
Friday 28th April 2017 (10.30am to 4.30pm, last admission 3.30 pm)
Three acres of lovely gardens, which we can highly recommend you visit.
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Southend Art Club Spring Exhibition
Rochford WI Hall, West Street, Rochford, SS4 1BE
Friday 28th April 2017 to Sunday 30th April 2017 (Fri : 12pm to 7pm, Sat & Sun 10am to 6pm)
The largest Art Club in Essex will show 250 paintings in all mediums on
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Spring Craft Fair
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, nr Chelmsford
Friday 28th April 2017 to BH Monday 1st May 2017
“This spectacular four-day event showcasing local crafts, with over 40 exhibitors, as well as demonstrations, music and food is something not to be missed.”
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Saturday 29th April 2017
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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Off the Beaten Track
Hedingham Road, Halstead, Essex
Saturday 29 April 2017
A new event aimed at all Mountain Bike enthusiasts whatever your level. There will be two aspects to the event, the ‘Mountain Bike Challenge’ and the ‘Family Explorer Trail’.
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Peppa Pig and George Visit the Epping Ongar Railway
Epping Ongar Railway, Station Road, off High Street, Ongar Parking : CM5 9AB
Saturday 29th April 2017 and Sunday 30th April 2017
“The first of our character visits for 2017 when Peppa Pig and George return to the Epping Ongar Railway.”
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Animal Antics
Barleylands Craft Village and Farm Park, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD
Saturday 29th April 2017 to BH Monday 1st May 2017
“Have you heard about our famous and colourful ‘woolly jumpers’ who compete in our ‘Lamb National’? Our crazy, brightly dyed sheep flock to the race course from this weekend, right through until September in dry weather. Join in the fun and cheer on your favourite!
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Barleylands Farmers Market
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Saturday 29th April 2017, 8:30am to 12:30pm
“Free entry and cark park. Enjoy picking up delicious food and handmade treats for the weekend from our Farmers’ Market.”
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VE Weekend 2017
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Saturday 29th April 2017 to BH Monday 1st May 2017
“A fantastic array of living history set in 170 acres of spectacular woodland, with various WW2 battle re-enactments, a 1940’s street party with fantastic food and spitfire display!”
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Tudor May Day Celebrations
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, CO10 9BA
Saturday 29th April 2017 to BH Monday 1st May 2017
“Celebrate May Day at our liveliest event of the year. Music, dancing, plays and processions with over 100 of our costumed ‘Tudors’ and activities for the whole family to join in with. House, Gardens and Farm also open.”
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Medieval Siege
Hedingham Castle
Sunday 30th April 2017 and BH Monday 1st May 2017, 10am to 5pm
“The Medieval Siege Society make a very welcome return to Hedingham with armed men, archers, siege engines, living history camps and bloodthirsty mayhem!”
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Sunday 30th April and BH Monday 1st May 2017
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Pedal for The J’s 2017
Admirals Park, Chelmsford
Sunday 30th April 2017
Three circular routes through the beautiful Essex countryside : 15, 35 and 50 miles, plus the New Pedal in the Park 2 mile route for children.
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Military Open Day
Coalhouse Fort Project, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury RM18 8PB
Sunday 30th April 2017
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Third Annual Bulldog Bonanza
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre, Muggeridge Road, Battlesbridge
Sunday 30th April, 2017, 11:00 – 16:00
“BBQ & Bar | Bouncy Castle | KC Companion Dog Show | Breed Rescues | Tombola | Various Stalls | Antiques Shops ”
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National Garden Scheme : Peppers Farm
Forry Green, Sible Hedingham CO9 3RP.
Sunday 30th April 2017, 2pm to 5pm.
“Half acre country garden set high on quiet rural green with farmland views. Hedges divide informal borders featuring flowering shrubs, fruit and specimen trees, many grown from seed.”
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Essex Robin Hood Country Show
Brentwood Centre, Brentwood CM15 9NN
Sunday 30th April 2017 and BH Monday 1st May 2017
“Featuring a vast selection of entertainment, shopping and displays for all the family to enjoy – we even have fun and games for your dog in the All About Dogs section!
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