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Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope
Firstsite, Colchester
Saturday 18th November 2017 to 18th February 2018
“Grayson Perry: The Life of Julie Cope is a unique presentation consisting of tapestries, woodcuts, ceramics and tiles designed by the Turner Prize-winning artist for A House for Essex”
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DemonXtreme Ice Slider
Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1UG
Friday 1st December 2017 – Wednesday 3rd January 2018
This is the first sled ride in Essex for this Christmas and its on real ice. Fun and laughter for all ages.
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Minories Bazaar
The Minories Galleries, East Hill, Colchester
Saturday 2nd December 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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Light Up A Life
Methodist Church, Loughton
Saturday 2nd December 2017,4:30pm
Light Up A Life is a very special annual event, full of the warmth and love that St Clare Hospice has been providing to local people’s lives for over 25 years. It is a chance to pause and remember the lives of our loved ones, in the company of others who understand.
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Christmas Afternoon Tea
Braintree Town Hall
Saturday 2nd December 2017
“Enjoy a festive afternoon tea in historic surroundings and a chance to chat, admire the arts and crafts on display, and so some shopping in the town too.”
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National Garden Scheme : 14 Una Road
Bowers Gifford, Basildon SS13 2HU
Saturday 2nd December 2017, 4.30pm to 8.30pm
A beautiful ½ acre garden featuring 2 ponds, divided into ‘rooms’ each with an interesting view, drawing you on to the next room.
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Crafts for Christmas
Hylands House, nr Chelmsford CM2 8WQ
Saturday 2nd December 2017 and Sunday 3rd December 2017
“The Guild of Essex Craftsmen are exhibiting at Hylands House. Come along and see some genuine hand made crafts, many being demonstrated and buy some Christmas gifts.”
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AJ Fairs Antiques & Collectors Fair
Ingatestone Community Centre, 7 High St, Ingatestone, CM4 9ED
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Entry £1. Homemade Refreshments. Free parking
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Run Santa Run
Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon, SS16 4UH
Sunday 3rd December 2017.
“Get in the Christmas spirit and join us for our annual festive event raising funds for Little Havens Hospice. The day includes a 2.5k Reindeer Run, a 5k Santa Run, Santa’s Grotto, live music and choirs and much more! ”
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Invitation to View : Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Ilford IG1 4XA
Monday 4th December 2017, 11:30am
“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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Wreath Making
Cressing Temple, Witham Road, Braintree, CM77 8PD
Wednesday 6th December 2017 5:30pm-7pm or 7:30pm-9pm
Book in to make your very own festive wreath with fresh greenery, berries and decorations- perfect to take home and hang up on your front door! We provide full instructions and all the wreath ingredients that you need… we just ask that you bring along your own gloves and secateurs. £15 per adult – please phone 03330132738
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Yuletide Stride 2017
Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
Thursday 7th December 2017, 7pm prompt start.
To help you get in the Christmas spirit, walk leaders will guide you along the River Chelmer before hitting the twinkly lights of Chelmsford High Street and Moulsham Street.
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Light Up A Life
St Martin’s Church, Ongar
Thursday 7th December 2017, 4:30pm
Light Up A Life is a very special annual event, full of the warmth and love that St Clare Hospice has been providing to local people’s lives for over 25 years. It is a chance to pause and remember the lives of our loved ones, in the company of others who understand.
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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Christmas Concert
St Botolph’s Church, Colchester CO1 1HE
Thursday 7th December 2017, 7:30pm
Join ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for a festive evening of music provided by The Band of The Parachute Regiment at the annual Christmas Concert.
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Christmas Concert
Main Hall, St. Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1LF
Thursday 7th December 2017, 8pm to 10pm
John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group present an evening of Jazz, Popular and Christmas tunes
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Wreath Making
Visitor Centre, Weald Country Park, Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 5QS.
Thursday 7th December 2017, 5:30pm-7pm or 7:30pm-9pm
Book in to make your very own festive wreath with fresh greenery, berries and decorations- perfect to take home and hang up on your front door! We provide full instructions and all the wreath ingredients that you need… we just ask that you bring along your own gloves and secateurs. £15 per adult – please phone 03330132738
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Frozen
Stock Street Farm Barn, Coggeshall, CO6 1NX
Friday 8th December 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
“Settle into our comfy bean bags or deck chairs, snuggle up with a blanket (provided) and buy some reasonably priced popcorn, mulled wine, pint of beer and many more offerings and soak up the twinkly lights, festive music and watch the movie.”
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Film Chosen By You
Stock Street Farm Barn, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NX
Friday 8th December 2017, 7:30 pm –
“Settle into our comfy bean bags or deck chairs, snuggle up with a blanket (provided) and buy some reasonably priced popcorn, mulled wine, pint of beer and many more offerings and soak up the twinkly lights, festive music and watch the movie.”
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Braintree Male Voice Choir and Bocking Concert Brass
Braintree Arts Theatre
Friday 8th December 2017, 7:30pm
“Braintree’s very own and much-acclaimed Male Voice Choir revives, after a gap of several years, a previously well-established tradition. They are once more teaming up with Bocking Concert Brass to perform seasonal songs and other music to get us in the mood for the festive season.”
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Elf
Stock Street Farm Barn, Coggeshall,CO6 1NX
Saturday 9th December 2017, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
“Settle into our comfy bean bags or deck chairs, snuggle up with a blanket (provided) and buy some reasonably priced popcorn, mulled wine, pint of beer and many more offerings and soak up the twinkly lights, festive music and watch the movie.”
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Love Actually
Stock Street Farm Barn, Coggeshall,CO6 1NX
Saturday 9th December 2017, 7:30 pm
“Settle into our comfy bean bags or deck chairs, snuggle up with a blanket (provided) and buy some reasonably priced popcorn, mulled wine, pint of beer and many more offerings and soak up the twinkly lights, festive music and watch the movie.”
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Guild of Essex Craftsmen Christmas craft fair
St Mary Magdalen Church, High Street, Billericay
Saturday 9th December 2017, 10am to 4pm
Come along and see some genuine hand made crafts, some being demonstrated and buy some gifts for Christmas Free entry.

Daggers Dash in aid of Saint Francis Hospice
Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club
Sunday 10th December 2017
A fun and family friendly 5k run (or walk) starting and finishing at Dagenham & Redbridge FC.
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Light Up A Life
St John’s Church, Epping
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 7:00pm
Light Up A Life is a very special annual event, full of the warmth and love that St Clare Hospice has been providing to local people’s lives for over 25 years. It is a chance to pause and remember the lives of our loved ones, in the company of others who understand.
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Wreath Making
Cressing Temple, Witham Road, Braintree, CM77 8PD
Wednesday 13th December 2017, 5:30pm-7pm or 7:30pm-9pm
Book in to make your very own festive wreath with fresh greenery, berries and decorations- perfect to take home and hang up on your front door! We provide full instructions and all the wreath ingredients that you need… we just ask that you bring along your own gloves and secateurs. £15 per adult – please phone 03330132738
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Light Up A Life
St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood
Wednesday 13th December 2017, 7:00pm
Light Up A Life is a very special annual event, full of the warmth and love that St Clare Hospice has been providing to local people’s lives for over 25 years. It is a chance to pause and remember the lives of our loved ones, in the company of others who understand.
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NHS Christmas Concert
Braintree Arts Theatre
Wednesday 13th December 2017, 7:30pm
“The evening will include a variety of performances from the Jazz Band, Woodwind Ensemble, Choir and Soloists.”
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Wreath Making
Visitor Centre, Weald Country Park, Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 5QS.
Thursday 14th December 2017, 5:30pm-7pm or 7:30pm-9pm
Book in to make your very own festive wreath with fresh greenery, berries and decorations- perfect to take home and hang up on your front door! We provide full instructions and all the wreath ingredients that you need… we just ask that you bring along your own gloves and secateurs. £15 per adult – please phone 03330132738
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Wild Bird ID
Abberton Reservoir Visitor centre & Fingringhoe wick visitor centre
Thursday 14th December 2017, 10am-4pm
An Essex Wildlife Trust course.
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Enchanted Audley End
Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden
Friday 15th December 2017 to Saturday 23rd December 2017, 4:30pm to 9pm
“This Christmastime join with friends and family to explore the grounds of Audley End after dark as we open up a winter fairy-tale of light, colour and sound”
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Light Up A Life
St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood
Saturday 16th December 2017, 4:30pm
Light Up A Life is a very special annual event, full of the warmth and love that St Clare Hospice has been providing to local people’s lives for over 25 years. It is a chance to pause and remember the lives of our loved ones, in the company of others who understand.
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Arthur
Hylands House, nr Chelmsford
Saturday 16th December 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:40 pm
“Drive in movie : sit back, enjoy some tunes, have a burger and chips with a sneaky tipple and watch the movie.”
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The Holiday
Hylands House, nr Chelmsford
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:00 pm – 10:50 pm
“Drive in movie : sit back, enjoy some tunes, have a burger and chips with a sneaky tipple and watch the movie.”
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Burnham on Crouch Farmers and Artisan Market
Village Hall, Devonshire Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8EF
Sunday 17th December 2017, 9am – 12:30pm
Fresh local farm produce direct from the producers.
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Invitation to View : Talliston
Talliston, Great Dunmow, CM6 1DU.
Sunday 17th December 2017, 3:00 pm (includes festive food and drink)
“Once an ordinary house in an ordinary street, Talliston House and Gardens have been transformed into a series of inspiring locations, each set in a different time and place.”
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Light Up A Life
St Michael’s Church, Bishops Stortford
Sunday 17th December 2017, 6:00pm
Light Up A Life is a very special annual event, full of the warmth and love that St Clare Hospice has been providing to local people’s lives for over 25 years. It is a chance to pause and remember the lives of our loved ones, in the company of others who understand.
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Exploring Bowers Marsh
RSPB Bowers Marsh
Sunday 19th December 2017, 10am to 12pm
Each season brings something different down to the reserve. Join our expert guides in searching for for the highlights of the month ranging from melodious birds to amazing dragonflies. Also an opportunity to discover the history of Bowers Marsh and what we hope for the future.
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Get In! City Camps
Various locations in Chelmsford
Thursday 21st December 2017 to Friday 29th December 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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Frozen Drive In Movie
Hylands House, nr Chelmsford
Thursday 21st December 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm
“Drive in movie : sit back, enjoy some tunes, have a burger and chips with a sneaky tipple and watch the movie.”
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Gremlins Drive In Movie
Hylands House, nr Chelmsford
Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
“Drive in movie : sit back, enjoy some tunes, have a burger and chips with a sneaky tipple and watch the movie.”
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Christmas Crew – Activity Morning for Children
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, nr Colchester
Friday 22nd December 2017, 10am to midday
“Wrap up for a winter wonderland walk, then get gluey and glittery at the decoration station!”
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Festive Falconry
Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden
Wednesday 27th December 2017 to Friday 29th December 2017, 11am-3pm
“Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and glorious falcons in flight as our expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds.”
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