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Pirate School
Cressing Temple Barns
Tuesday 31st March 2015 and Wednesday 1st April 2015 10am – 3pm
Pirate themed arts and crafts and activities. Attend Pirate school, learn the skills needed to be a pirate, tie knots, walk the plank, and throw ropes and complete team challenges. Work out as a pirate from the Carribbean. Go on a treaure hunt, follow the trail and solve the clues. Design your own flag, your own pirate outfit and make your own treasure map. Listen to the tales of the bold.
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Operating Day – with Steam.
Colne Valley Railway
Wednesday 1st April 2015
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Clay Sundials
Hollytrees Museum, Colchester
Wednesday 1st April 2015 and Thursday 2nd April 2015 Sessions: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. £3 per person. Booking required.
“So to celebrate the clock collection in Hollytrees, and the coming of the sun, make your own sundial out of clay, so you can tell the time just like our ancestors”.
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In my element by Karen Pert
The View, 6. Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH.
Friday 3rd April 2015 to Thursday 30th April 2015 10am–5pm
A collection of works inspired by the elements, solitude and the light created within ancient woodlands at dawn and dusk.
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Operating Day – with Steam.
Colne Valley Railway
Friday 3rd April 2015
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Day Out with Thomas
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel, nr Colchester
Good Friday 3rd April to Easter Monday 6th April 2015
Thomas the Tank Engine and friends!
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‘Walton at War’ Part 2
Walton Maritime Museum
Good Friday 3rd April to Easter Monday 6th April 2015, 2pm-4pm
The Napoleonic and two world wars.
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Eastertide
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk
Good Friday 3rd April to Easter Monday 6th April 2015
“See 100 Tudors about the manor, under cover and in the grounds, celebrating Easter Tudor-style with music, dancing, hot cross bun making and more. Attempt our infamous Great Easter Quiz challenge for the whole family, for a chance to win a giant chocolate egg. For children, we have an Easter Egg Hunt Trail – find all the eggs and crack the code to win a prize!”
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Operating Day – diesel
Colne Valley Railway
Saturday 4th April 2015
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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Chelmsford Antiques & Collectables Fairs
Chelmsford City Football Club, Salerno Way, off Melbourne Ave, Chelmsford CM1 2EH
Sunday 5th April 2015 Entry £1
A monthly antiques & collectables fair
Items include stamps, coins, postcards, china, glass, pottery, jewellery, ephemera, etc.

Operating Day – with Steam.
Colne Valley Railway
Easter Sunday 5th April 2015
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Copped Hall Open Gardens / Easter Egg Hunt
Copped Hall, nr. Epping
Easter Sunday 5th April 2015, 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm)
A historic country house that has been saved from demolition and is being painstakingly renovated. An opportunity to wander round the gardens at leisure in the afternoon and talk to the gardeners. Children can see the Easter bunny and join in an Easter egg hunt while adults enjoy the spring flowers. Read our article, with pix, about our visit to Copped Hall Apple Day in 2012.
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Farmers and Craft Market
Hylands House, Stables Visitors Centre
Sunday 5th April 2015
Many specialist foods including : freshly baked breads, homemade cakes, pies, Indian foods, specialist wines, coffee, fine sausages and a growing number of craft stalls.
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Medieval Siege and Fair
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham
Easter Sunday 5th April 2015, and Easter Monday 6th April 2015
The Medieval Siege Society returns to give battle before the ancient castle of the Earls of Oxford! After the Arming of the Knights there’s a set piece battle, skirmishes and a working trebuchet – and much, much more! The Keep will be open to explore, with guided tours available.
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Operating Day – with Steam.
Colne Valley Railway
Easter Monday 6th April 2015
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Cave painting
Natural History Museum, Colchester, Essex
Tuesday 7th April 2015 Drop-in: 10.30 – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. £2 per person
Do some cave painting just like our long-ago ancestors, using sandpaper and chalk.
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Victorian Explorer’s Book
Natural History Museum, Colchester,
Hollytrees Museum, Colchester
Tuesday 7th April 2015 and Wednesday 8th April 2015 Sessions: 10.30, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. £3 per person. Booking required.
“Victorian explorer’s book Victorians loved exploring! Make your own notebook with themed cover and pencil,
then explore the museum to find your favourite things.”
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Operating Day – with Steam.
Colne Valley Railway
Wednesday 8th April 2015
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Feasts and fairs – High days and holidays through the ages
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge/The View
Wednesday 8th April 2015 1pm–4pm £1 per person
Find out how people celebrated their holidays in Epping Forest and join in our holiday making activities!
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Operating Day – diesel
Colne Valley Railway
Thursday 9th April 2015
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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Play in the Forest
High Beach, Loughton
Friday 10th April 2015 10am–12noon £2 per child
Discover, explore and enjoy the Forest through wild play, arts and craft activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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The earliest Britons – Stone Age to Bronze Age
Colchester Castle, Colchester, Essex
Friday 10th April 2015 Sessions: 10.30am, 11.30pm, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Free after normal Castle admission.
“Meet one of Britain’s very earliest inhabitants as he talks about what life was like long, long ago. You will also get a chance to see objects from this amazing time.”
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Farmers’ Market
Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village
Saturday 11th April 2015 8.30am – 12.30pm
Now in it’s new home indoors, enjoy a morning out wandering round and picking up delicious food for the weekend.
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Volunteer task: Earl’s Path Pond
Earl’s Path Pond car park
Saturday 11th April 2015 10am–2pm
Help open up the water by removing some of the excess aquatic plants.
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Iron Age at Dusk
Jacks Hill Car Park
Saturday 11th April 2015 6.30pm–9.30pm
A walk in the Forest exploring the Iron Age camps as the light fades. Wet weather clothes and boots needed.
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Operating Day – diesel
Colne Valley Railway
Saturday 11th April 2015
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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Operating Day – with Steam.
Colne Valley Railway
Sunday 12th April 2015
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Invitation to View: Braxted Park
Witham, Essex
Monday 13th April 2015 11:00am £15.00
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.
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Invitation to View: Ingatestone Hall
Ingatestone, Essex
Wednesday 15th April 2015 10:00am £15.00
Ingatestone Hall is a 16th century manor house surrounded by approximately 11 acres of grounds. The house was built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and is still occupied by his descendants.
It contains furniture, pictures and family memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.
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Invitation to View: Hoses Hall
Halstead, Essex
Thursday 16th April 2015 11:30am £28.00
Originally a Saxon manor given to Sir Roger Huse (also spelled Husee, Hose or Hosey) in 1312 by John de Buick, hence the name Hoses Hall.
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Elf and fairy
The View 6 Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH.
Thursday 16th April 2015 10.15–11.15am £4.95 per child
Join our storytelling event and imagine what it would be like to be a fairy or elf in Epping Forest.
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Vintage Vehicle Rally
Colne Valley Railway
18th April 2015 and 19th April 2015
A wide selection of vintage vehicles will be on display. Trains of all ages also feature.
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Colchester Town & Country Show
Lower Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1YG
Saturday 18th April 2015 and Sunday 19th April 2015
“With something for everyone from Galloping Acrobatics Equestrian Display, Medieval Village and fighting Knights, as well as other living history displays, Ferret Racing, children’s farm and childrens’ entertainers and much more.
On Sunday it includes the Companion Dog Show – so bring along a canine friend and have a go! (And all proceeds from entries will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care)”.
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Tudor stuff
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge
Sunday 19th April 2015 2pm–4pm £1.00
Costumed guides bring the Hunting Lodge alive! Have a chat or try out a simple Tudor art or craft activity.
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Copped Hall Monthly Guided Tour
Copped Hall, nr. Epping
Sunday 19th April 2015
A historic country house that has been saved from demolition and is being painstakingly renovated. Tours last about 2 hours 30 min – 3 hours and cover the whole of the gardens, a large part of the mansion, the cellars and the stables. Read our article, with pix, about our visit to Copped Hall Apple Day in 2012.
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Farmers’ Market
Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village
Saturday 25th April 2015 8.30am – 12.30pm
Now in it’s new home indoors, enjoy a morning out wandering round and picking up delicious food for the weekend.
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Open Day and Rock Choir
The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge
Sunday 29th April 2015
Their first open day of the main season and Dunmow Rock Choir will be performing.
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The Maldon Mud Race
Promenade Park, Maldon
Sunday 26th April 2015
The famous Maldon Mud Race takes place again this year. Are you brave – or mad enough to take part? Or will you enjoy the muddy spectacle from the shore? I know what I will do!
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Operating Day – with Steam.
Colne Valley Railway
Sunday 26th April 2015
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Spains Hall
Braintree, Essex
Tuesday 28th April 2015 2:00pm £15.00
There has been a house on the site of Spains Hall for nearly ten centuries. The Grade I building was named after Norman owner, Herve de Ispania, who held the Manor at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, but was built c1570. Spains Hall has been in continuous occupation by only three families ever since.
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Invitation to View: Finchingfield Guild Hall
Finchingfield, Essex
Tuesday 28th April 2015 2:30pm £14.50
Once ‘at risk’, this Grade I guildhall from the 15th and 17th centuries owned by the village has been restored for £1.8m (completed 2013) and is now a museum, library and hall.
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Invitation to View: Layer Marney Tower
Layer Marney, Nr Colchester, Essex
Wednesday 29th April 2015 11:00am £18.00
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.
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Invitation to View: Hyde Hall Gardens
Chelmsford, Essex
Wednesday 29th April 2015 2:00pm £17.00
With sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views, this 360-acre Royal Horticultural Society garden just outside Chelmsford is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. The garden has an eclectic range of inspirational styles, from traditional rose gardens and herbaceous borders to sweeping beds of grasses and perennials.
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Warner Textile Archive
Braintree, Essex
Thursday 30th April 2015 10:30am £16.00
Situated in part of the original mid-nineteenth century mill buildings, the archive has nearly 100,000 samples, designs and documents showing the history of Warner & Sons.
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