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Barracudas Summer Activity Day Camps
Various locations across Essex
Summer 2019
Offering fun activity weeks and days across Essex during the summer holidays for children aged 4½-14 years – action packed programmes with over 80 activities including aquaslide, motorsports, fencing, sports, arts and crafts and more.
With camps in Chelmsford, Chigwell, Harlow, Hutton, Romford, Upminster, Woodford and a brand new summer camp in Colchester for 2019 they have plenty to keep your children entertained.
With prices from as little as £3.64 and flexible hours from 8am-6pm, our Ofsted registered camps offer a great choice during the school holidays.
These popular camps sell out fast, so to secure your child’s place visit the Barracudas website or call 01480 467567.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, nr Chelmsford
Saturday 20th July 2019 to Sunday 1st September 2019
“Eric Carle’s much-loved classic will be brought to life with giant willow sculptures and fruits, craft activities & storytelling.”
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The Original Great Maze
Blake House Craft Centre, Blake House, nr Braintree
Saturday 20th July 2019 to Sunday 8th September 2019
“Celebrating our 20th Birthday, discover a great new ‘maize maze’ challenge at The Original Great Maze. Weave your way through the corn in search of the scarecrows in our great new competition.”
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Hyde Hall Flower Show
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon nr Chelmsford
Wednesday 31st July 2019 to Sunday 4th August 2019
“Join us for the 10th Anniversary Show and be dazzled by the magnificent floral displays, and browse and buy from a fantastic range of plants, garden sundries and ornaments at this five-day floral extravaganza.”
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13
Thursday 1st August 2019 11am to 4:30pm.
“So much to explore in the gardens, and Barnards Miniature Railway rides.”
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Saturday 3rd August 2019, 10:30am to 5pm.
‘Operating Days’ have Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains. Other days have steam trains and special guest trains.
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Canvey Island Transport Museum Open Day
Canvey Island Transport Museum, 105 Point Road, Canvey Island SS8 7TD
Sunday 4th August 2019, 10am to 5pm
“There is no charge for entry, though donations are very welcome. Museum volunteers will be on hand to show you around and answer your questions. Our museum shop and model railway display will be open (subject to staff availability).”
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5 Parishes Country Show
Fingringhoe Ranges, nr Colchester CO5 7LX
Sunday 4th August 2019
Lovely country show just off the Mersea Road between Colchester and Mersea.
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Hylands House – Open Day and Farmers’ & Crafts Market
Hylands House, Chelmsford
Sunday 4th August 2019, 10:00am – 4:00 pm
Free entry to the house and gardens, a special exhibition, and their Farmers and Craft Market. This month’s exhibition is ‘Twenty Years at Hylands – 1966 – 1986’
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Operating Days with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Sunday 4th August 2019
One or more steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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National Garden Scheme : 8 Dene Court
Chignall Road, Chelmsford CM1 2JQ.
Tuesday 6th August 2019, 2pm to 5pm.
Beautifully maintained and designed compact garden.
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Growing Wild Holiday Club
Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite, Nazeing New Road, Broxbourne EN10 6TD
Tuesday 6th August 2019 9am – 5pm
“Fire lighting, den building, discovering nature, making and using primitive and modern tools, arts and crafts.”
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Invitation to View : The Abbey, Coggeshall
The Abbey, Abbey Lane, Coggeshall
Wednesday 7th August 2019
“The Abbey was founded in 1142 on land given by King Stephen and his wife Matilda. Visitors view the abbot’s house, chapel, cloister, guest house and riverside courtyard.”
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Operating Days with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Wednesday 7th August 2019
One or more steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13
Thursday 8th August 2019 11am to 4:30pm.
“So much to explore in the gardens, and Barnards Miniature Railway rides.”
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Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Day
Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon CM9 6LL
Friday 9th August 2019, 10:30am to 4:30pm (last entry 3:30pm)
“The grounds of Beeleigh Abbey include three acres of spacious and peaceful gardens in an historic rural setting, beautifully extended and revived in the last few years.”
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Saturday 10th August 2019, 10:30am to 5pm.
‘Operating Days’ have Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains. Other days have steam trains and special guest trains.
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Open Air Theatre – Sense and Sensibility
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon nr Chelmsford
Saturday 10th August 2019
“This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak.”
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National Garden Scheme : Tudor Roost.
18 Frere Way, Fingringhoe, Colchester, CO5 7BP.
Saturday 10th August 2019 and Sunday 11th August 2019, 2pm to 5pm.
“An unexpected hidden colourful ¼-acre garden.”
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The Essex HMVA Echoes of History Show
Barons Lane, Purleigh, Essex CM9 6PF
Saturday 10th August 2019 and Sunday 11th August 2019, 10am to 5pm
Formerly The Military and Flying Machines Show – more details when available.
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The Meadow Croft Food and Drink Festival
Meadow Croft Garden Centre – Battlesbridge
Saturday 10th August 2019 and Sunday 11th August 2019
“A weekend of local fine and artisan foods, wines, beers, gins & more. Plus a weekend of live music and craft activities for children and our garden centre & mini golf course will be open too.”
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Operating Days with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Sunday 11th August 2019
One or more steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Festival and Family Fun Day
Sunday 11th August 2019, 11am to 7pm
The Cricket Green, Herongate, Brentwood CM13 4NY
“Live entertainment all day, bands, craft stalls, childrens entertainments, dog competitions, food, drink, licensed bar, raffles – top of the bill this year – ELVIS TRIBUTE – £5 per adult donation, children free.”

Layer Marney Cup
RHS Hyde Hall to Layer Marney Tower
Sunday 11th August 2019 – see the cars returning from 3.00 pm
“Our 5th Layer Marney Cup, is a fuel trial, which will go from RHS Hyde Hall to Layer Marney Tower, with cars from every decade over the last 100 years”.
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Growing Wild Holiday Club
Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite, Nazeing New Road, Broxbourne EN10 6TD
Tuesday 13th August 2019 9am – 5pm
“Fire lighting, den building, discovering nature, making and using primitive and modern tools, arts and crafts.”
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Operating Days with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Wednesday 14th August 2019
One or more steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13
Thursday 15th August 2019 11am to 4:30pm.
“So much to explore in the gardens, and Barnards Miniature Railway rides.”
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National Garden Scheme : 8 Dene Court
Chignall Road, Chelmsford CM1 2JQ.
Thursday 16th August 2019, 2pm to 5pm.
Beautifully maintained and designed compact garden.
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Smoke & Fire Festival 2019
Promenade Park Maldon CM9 5JQ
Friday 16th August 2019 to Sunday 18th August 2019
“For one weekend in August, Promenade Park Maldon on the bank of the black water sizzles with the smell and smoke of barbecue.”
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Ukulele Festival South Woodham Ferrers
Village Hall, Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5PLl
Saturday 17th August 2019, 10.30 am until 5pm
“A continuous free drop-by Festival featuring ukulele bands from around the County and beyond. Also Ukulele workshops for beginners and regular players.”
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Charity Ukulele Concert
Village Hall, Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5PL
Saturday 17th August 2019, 7pm to 11pm
“A great evenings entertainment featuring professional ukulele performers Phil Doleman, Opera-lele, The Hedge Inspectors and Plastic Jeezus. Bar, (bring your own nibbles) All profits to the Alzeimer`s Society.”
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Kids Run The Railway!
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel, nr Colchester
Saturday 17th August 2019
“Let off steam at these great new kids’ activity days! Under supervision from our friendly volunteers, have a go at operating the crossing gates, be a train guard for a day or learn how the signals work in the signal box. You can ride on our vintage diesel train as well.”
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Ardleigh Annual Horticultural Show
Ardleigh Village Hall, Station Road, Ardleigh CO7 7RS
Saturday 17th August 2019, 2pm onwards.
There are classes for Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Dahlias, Flower Arranging, Homemade Wine, Cookery, Handicraft, Photographs and Childrens exhibits. Refreshments & raffle.
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Saturday 17th August 2019, 10:30am to 5pm.
‘Operating Days’ have Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains. Other days have steam trains and special guest trains.
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Association of Essex photographers Exhibition
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon nr Chelmsford
Saturday 17th August 2019 to BH Monday 26th August 2019
The Association of Essex Photographers will be showcasing the very best of their work.
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Copped Hall Trust Monthly Guided Tours
Copped Hall, Epping
Sunday 18th August 2019
“Tours cover the whole of the gardens, a large part of the mansion, the cellars and the stables and take up to 3 hours.”
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Visit the Vulcan Day
London Southend Airport
Sunday 18th August 2019
“You can get close-up to Vulcan XL426 and will have the chance to climb inside XL426’s cockpit.”
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Classic Car Day
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon nr Chelmsford
Sunday 18th August 2019
“A great day out for car enthusiasts. View a range of classic cars amidst the backdrop of a beautiful lakeside setting where owners will be on hand to answer any questions or queries.”
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Brentwood Custom Culture Show
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood CM15 9NN
Sunday 18th August 2019, 10am to 5pm
“Returning for it’s 7th year. Classic and Custom Cars, Bikes & Scooters – Large Vintage Fair – Live Rockin’ Bands and more.”
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Canvey Island Transport Museum Open Day
Canvey Island Transport Museum, 105 Point Road, Canvey Island SS8 7TD
Sunday 18th August 2019, 10am to 5pm
“There is no charge for entry, though donations are very welcome. Museum volunteers will be on hand to show you around and answer your questions. Our museum shop and model railway display will be open (subject to staff availability).”
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Meet Wallace & Gromit
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Sunday 18th August 2019.
Wallace & Grommit will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day.
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Open-air Theatre: The Secret Garden
Cressing Temple Barns
Wednesday 21st August 2019, 2pm
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for an open-air theatre production of The Secret Garden. Where is the secret garden? Mary Lennox must find the key…
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Operating Days with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Wednesday 21st August 2019
One or more steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13
Thursday 22nd August 2019 11am to 4:30pm.
“So much to explore in the gardens, and Barnards Miniature Railway rides.”
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National Garden Scheme : 8 Dene Court
Chignall Road, Chelmsford CM1 2JQ.
Friday 23rd August 2019, 2pm to 5pm.
Beautifully maintained and designed compact garden.
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Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Day
Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon CM9 6LL
Friday 23rd August 2019, 10:30am to 4:30pm (last entry 3:30pm)
“The grounds of Beeleigh Abbey include three acres of spacious and peaceful gardens in an historic rural setting, beautifully extended and revived in the last few years.”
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Contemporary Craft & Design Fair
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, nr Chelmsford
Friday 23rd August 2019 to BH Monday 26th August 2019
“A stunning treasure trove of original and affordable designs including textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, ceramics, jewellery, glass, and much more. Includes a food village & music.”
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Saturday 24th August 2019, 10:30am to 5pm.
‘Operating Days’ have Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains. Other days have steam trains and special guest trains.
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Burnham Week
Burnham on Crouch
Sunday 24th August 2019 to Sunday 31st August 2019
Arguably the longest running annual yacht regatta on the mainland of the UK. And watch out for the Burnham Quay Day on the Bank Holiday Monday.
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Colne Valley Railway Transport Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Sunday 25th August 2019.
Heritage and Modern buses and Commercial Vehicles will be on display. Trains of all ages also feature.
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Coalhouse Fort Open Day
Coalhouse Fort Project, East Tilbury RM18 8PB
Sunday 25th August 2019, 11am to 5pm.
Guided tours available throughout the day (depending on demand and weather).
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The Countess of Warwick’s Show
Little Easton, Dunmow
Sunday 25th August 2019 and BH Monday 26th August 2019
“Craft stalls, arena events, a classic car show and displays, a dog show, art exhibition, ploughing match and vintage tractor show, horticultural show, equestrian displays and much more.”
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National Garden Scheme : Ulting Wick
Crouchmans Farm Road, Maldon CM9 6QX.
BH Monday 26th August 2019, 2pm to 5pm.
Listed black barns provide backdrop for colourful and exuberant planting in 8 acres.
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Growing Wild Holiday Club
Lee Valley Almost Wild Campsite, Nazeing New Road, Broxbourne EN10 6TD
Tuesday 27th August 2019 9am – 5pm
“Fire lighting, den building, discovering nature, making and using primitive and modern tools, arts and crafts.”
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Operating Days with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Wednesday 28th August 2019
One or more steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13
Thursday 29th August 2019 11am to 4:30pm.
“So much to explore in the gardens, and Barnards Miniature Railway rides.”
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Open-air Theatre: Treasure Island
National Trust Flatford
Saturday 31st August 2019, 2pm
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for a brand-new open-air production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island! Secrets, pirates, gold: will young Jim Hawkins discover Treasure Island?
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DZ
Saturday 31st August 2019, 10:30am to 5pm.
‘Operating Days’ have Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains. Other days have steam trains and special guest trains.
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Open Air Cinema – Grease
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, nr Chelmsford
Saturday 31st August 2019, 7pm
Bring a picnic and a blanket and join us for a magical evening under the stars.
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  1. Susan

    This is such a great website. We have been to loads of events advertised here which we would otherwise not have known about.
    Fab – thank youfor all the tIps.

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