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Creatures Great & Small
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Good Friday 25th March 2016 to Friday 8th April 2016
“Join in ‘egg-stra’ activities including lamb bottle feeding, biscuit decorating, an Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Easter Bunny, and meet babies galore from cute chicks, piglets, and bunnies to snakes and lizards in the huge Repile House! You might be lucky enough to see lambs being born too!”
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Maldon Antiques and Collectors Fair
The Quaker Meeting Hall, Butt Lane, Maldon. CM9 7HD
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 9am – 4pm. Free admission.
First Saturday every month. Refreshments available.

Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Saturday 2nd April 2016
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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Venison: Butchery and campfire cooking in the outdoors
Epping Forest
Saturday 2nd April 2016 10am–2pm £50 per person,£50 Lunch provided. Over 18 only.
A beginner’s guide to venison butchery and cookery in the field. We are outdoors all day, please dress for the weather. Places are very limited and must be booked and paid for in advance (020 7332 1911).
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Adventure – Ready Your Knot!
Hadleigh Park Chapel Lane car park,
Sunday 3rd April 2016 2pm. £5 per child Age 8+
Come out in the Park for some fun and adventure with rope and string. Make a shelter, test your aim and balance and learn a few simple knots that will help you in your future outdoor adventures! Booking Essential: phone 0345 603 7624
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Copped Hall Garden Afternoon
Copped Hall, nr Epping
Sunday 3rd April 2016. Entry £5.00 per person. Gates are open for 2.00pm with last entry at 4.00pm.
An opportunity to wander round at leisure in the afternoon and talk to the Copped Hall gardeners. A map with brief descriptions of the gardens is given out on arrival. Refreshments are available in the Raquets Court until 4.00pm. The Trust shop will be open at the same time.
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Sunday 3rd April 2016
One or more Steam locomotives operating.
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Dino Story
Hadleigh Park, Chapel Lane car park
Tuesday 5th April 2016. 1 – 3 p.m Drop in. 3 – 6 years £5 per child, to include a prize.
Hadleigh Park has been invaded by dinosaurs! Can you find the dinosaurs and solve the puzzles?
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Wednesday 6th April 2016
One or more Steam locomotives operating.
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Bushcraft: Fire workshop – What happens when your box of matches gets wet?
Barn Hoppitt, Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Wednesday 6th April 2016 10am, 11.15am or 12.30pm (three 1hr sessions) £2. All participants (6-12yrs) must be accompanied by an adult.
How to light a fire using natural materials. Booking essential (020 7332 1911), places are limited.
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Thursday 7th April 2016
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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The Maldon Society Talks : The Essex Regiment in the First World War Ian Hook
United Reformed Church Hall, Market Hill, Maldon. CM9 4PZ.
Thursday 7th April 2016, 7:45pm, donations on the door.
One of the regular monthly talks from the Maldon Society.
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Sheerluck Holmes Detective Trail
Hadleigh Park, Chapel Lane car park
Thursday 7th April 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm. £5 per child, to include a prize. Suitable for age 6+
Are you a supersleuth? Join Sheerluck Holmes and Doctor Wotsit, working on the clues to solve the case and earn yourself a prize. The game is afoot!
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Bushcraft: Tracking workshop
Barn Hoppitt, Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH £2.All participants (6-12yrs) must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday 8th April 2016 10am, 11.15am or 12.30noon (three 1hr sessions)
Learn to use all your senses to track animals for that all important shot….with a camera. Booking essential (020 7332 1911), places are limited.
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Colchester Town and Country Show
Lower Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1EW
Saturday 9th April 2016 and Sunday 10th April 2016
“The Dog & Duck Show, Living History, The Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Display Team, Ferret Racing, children’s farm and Devilstick Peat childrens’ entertainer, have-a-go Totally Terriers display team, Bottle Feeding Lambs & Kids and Goat Show, Miniature Ponies Display, Birds of Prey Flying Display.”
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Barleylands Farmers Market
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Saturday 9th April 2016, 8.30am – 12:30pm
“Our Farmers Market is held indoors & outdoors, the entrance is from the walkway leading into the Craft Village from the main car park. Enjoy picking up delicious food and handmade treats for the weekend from our Farmers’ Market. This is a great opportunity for you to buy local handmade goods from farmers and small businesses. Free entry and Free Car Park.”
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Vintage, Antique and Retro Fair
Museum of Power, Langford
Sunday 10th April 2016
Antiques Fair with stalls in Museum & Marquee. Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides. “Marshall” the Lilleshall pumping engine and other oil / diesel engines will NOT be running
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Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon
Hadleigh Park, Chapel Lane car park
Sunday 10th April 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm £1 per pot made.
Explore our replica Iron Age roundhouse and learn how your ancestors lived 2000 years ago. Why not try your hand as a potter and make a clay coil pot to take home?
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Sunday 10th April 2016
One or more Steam locomotives operating.
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Invitation to View : Warner Textile Archive
Braintree, Essex CM7 3GB
Tuesday 12th April 2016, 10:30am.
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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Invitation to View : Spains Hall
nr Finchingfield, CM7 4NJ
Tuesday 12th April 2016, 10:00 am.
Grade I listed building named after its 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.
Tour (£15) features : Extended guided tour led by a member of the Ruggles-Brise family.
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Invitation to View : Ingatestone Hall
Ingatestone, Essex CM4 9NR
Wednesday 13th April 2016, 10:00 am.
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 CO9 4LZ
Friday 15th April 2016, 11:30am.
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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Essex Jailbreak 2016
Chelmsford
Saturday 16th April 2016, 8am til midnight.
For the 36th year, Chelmsford’s favourite prison break is now open for entries! The Essex Jailbreak is a race against time to get as far as possible from HM Prison Chelmsford in just 15 hours, without spending any money or breaking the law! Creative, fun, challenging and always an adventure!
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Guided bike ride
The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Saturday 16th April 2016 10.45am-4pm £tba.
Join one of our Forest Keepers for cycle ride through the Forest. Helmets must be worn and please bring water and check your bike over before the start of the ride. Booking required (020 7332 1911)
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Pier to Pier Walk 2016
Clacton Pier, No 1 North Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1QX or Walton Pier, Walton On The Naze CO14 8ES
Sunday 17th April 2016 10:0am
Come together with your friends, family and work colleagues and enjoy the sea air at the St Helena Hospice Pier to Pier 2016 sponsored walk between Clacton and Walton Piers This year you can start your walk from either Clacton or Walton and have a choice to walk 7 or 14 miles. It’s free to register!
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Invitation to View : Copped Hall
Epping, Essex CM16 5HS
Sunday 17th April 2015, 2:00 pm
A chance to see restoration in progress: Palladian mansion of 1753-8, burnt in 1917, asset stripped in 1950. From 1986 to 1995 a prolonged campaign was fought to save the mansion and its Conservation Area from repeated large-scale development proposals.
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Copped Hall Guided Tours and Open Days
Copped Hall, Epping
Sunday 17th April 2016
Copped Hall is a lovely Georgian mansion which has been saved from dereliction and from the threat of development. Tours start at 10.00am and last about 2.5 – 3 hours. They cover the whole of the gardens, a large part of the mansion, the cellars and the stables. Refreshments and a gift shop are available.
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The Queen – 90 Glorious Years
Basildon Towngate Theatre
Monday 18th April 2016 @ 2:30pm Matinee
“Come and enjoy a regal and patriotic afternoon, as we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday”
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Invitation to View : Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Ilford, IG1 4XA
Monday 18th April 2016, 11:30 am;
Valentines Mansion is a Grade II* country house with historic gardens, built c1696 for Elizabeth Tillotson and her family, after the death of her husband, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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Invitation to View : Spains Hall
nr Finchingfield, CM7 4NJ
Tuesday 19th April 2016, 10:00 am.
Grade I listed building named after its Norman owner, Herve de Ispania, who held the Manor at the time of te Domesday Book in 1086, but was built c1570. Spains Hall has been in continuous occupation by only three families ever since.
Tour (£15) features : Extended guided tour led by a member of the Ruggles-Brise family.
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Open Day + Braintree Music School
Gardens of Easton Lodge, Great Dunmow CM6 2BB
Sunday 24th April 2016, 11:30am – 5:00pm (last entry 4pm)
Adult entry £4.00, children free. Braintree Music School will give two performances over the course of the afternoon. Refreshments available. Guided tours at 12.30pm and 2.30pm
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Sunday 24th April 2016
One or more Steam locomotives operating.
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Walk: Deer walk
Lodge Road car park, Epping Forest, CM16 5HW
Sunday 24th April 2016 10am-1pm £3.50
Join one of our Forest Keepers, responsible for the management of the Forest’s deer, for a stroll looking for signs of deer. Booking required (020 7332 1911)
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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.
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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.
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Ulting Wick Garden Open Days
Ulting Wick, Crouchman’s Farm Road, Ulting, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QX
Friday 29th April 2016, 2pm – 5pm
Eleven acre gardens centered around three listed black Essex barns and a 17th century farmhouse. Open under the NGS.
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Essex Craft and Design Show
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Friday 29th April 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.”
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Barleylands Farmers Market
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Saturday 30th April 2016, 8.30am – 12:30pm
“Our Farmers Market is held indoors & outdoors, the entrance is from the walkway leading into the Craft Village from the main car park. Enjoy picking up delicious food and handmade treats for the weekend from our Farmers’ Market. This is a great opportunity for you to buy local handmade goods from farmers and small businesses. Free entry and Free Car Park.”
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Saturday 30th April 2016
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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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.
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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! ”
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May Day Celebrations at Kentwell
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, nr Sudbury CO10 9BA
Saturday 30th April 2016 – Monday 2nd May 2016
Music, dancing, plays and processions with over 100 of our costumed ‘Tudors’.
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