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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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