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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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BP Portrait Award 2016
Firstsite, Colchester
Saturday 8th April 2017 to Sunday 18th June 2017
Firstsite is exhibiting the finalists and winners of the BP Portrait Award 2016, won by 38-year-old Cambridgeshire-based artist Clara Drummond, for ‘Girl in a Liberty Dress’.
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Invitation to View : Braxted Park
Braxted Park, nr Witham, CM8 3NE
Monday 24th April 2017, 11:00am
A mid-18th Century red brick house with earlier features, and a brick wall of four and a half miles surrounding 500 acres of parkland, lakes, parish church and a hermitage.
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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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Invitation to View : Layer Marney Tower
Layer Marney Tower, nr Colchester
Wednesday 26th April 2017, 11:00 am
A behind-the-scenes tour of the tallest Tudor gatehouse in the country.
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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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Alpine Garden Society Essex Group Show
New Village Hall, Church Road, Rawreth SS11 8SH.
Saturday 29th April 2017, 11:30 to 3:45.
Rare plant Sales, refreshments and free entry.

Off the Beaten Track
Hedingham Road, Halstead, Essex
Saturday 29th 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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National Garden Scheme : Ulting Wick
Crouchmans Farm Road, Maldon CM9 6QX.
Sunday 30th April 2017 (11-5)
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.
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Kelvedon Singers Concert
St Andrews Church, Earls Colne
Sunday 30th April 2017, 6:30pm
Kelvedon Singers concert featuring Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Durufle’s Requiem. Tickets £10 in advance from Sara – 01376 561719 or £12 on the door.

Duxford Car Shows
IWM Duxford
Sunday 30th April 2017
“A fantastic day out for the whole family, explore hundreds of contemporary and classic cars.”
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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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Horses Through History
Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden
Sunday 30th April 2017 and BH Monday 1st May 2017, 10.30am-5pm
“Meet merry monarch Charles II for a horse race with a difference, greet our Georgian hounds, and be in the audience for a lively Victorian gymkhana.”
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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! In amongst the bustle you’ll be able to try your hand at archery, watch a fascinating and exhilarating falconry display from Coda, dance round a maypole and ride a donkey! The Jester will jest, and there’ll be music from Blondel, with craft stalls, real ale and food. The Keep will be open, with guided tours available, and there’s something going on all day!”
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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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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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