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National Garden Scheme : Miraflores
5 Rowan Way, Witham. Access is ONLY by rear gate off Forest Road – postcode CM8 2TP
Monday 21st May 2018, 2 – 5pm.
“An award-winning, medium-sized garden described by one visitor as a ‘‘Little Bit of Heaven’.”
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National Garden Scheme : Jericho Cottage (Megarry’s Antiques & Teashop)
The Green, Blackmore, Ingatestone, CM4 0RR.
Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 2pm to 5pm.
“Small walled wildlife, woodland garden with mature trees, shrubs, bamboos, palms and ponds, and a historic Romany Vardo and Victorian Glasshouse.”
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Essex and Herts Air Ambulance – An Evening of Celebration
Chelmsford Cathedral
Tuesday 22nd May 2018, 7:00pm for 7:30pm start.
“The New Hall School choir will keep guests entertained, and there will be an opportunity to meet and chat to the EHAAT Crew, Staff and Volunteers.”
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Brentwood Road, West Horndon, Brentwood CM13
Thursday 24th May 2018, 11am to 4:30pm.
“Summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, walled vegetable plot, ‘Japanese garden’, sculptures grand and quirky, and a miniature train!
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National Garden Scheme : Writtle University College
Writtle, CM1 3RR.
Thursday 24th May 2018, 10am – 3:30pm.
“15 acres; informal lawns with naturalised bulbs and wild flowers, landscaped gardens designed and built by students.”
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National Garden Scheme : Feeringbury Manor
Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9RB.
Thursday 24th May 2018 and Friday 25th 2018, 9am to 4pm.
“There is always plenty to see in this 10 acre garden with two ponds and the river Blackwater.”
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Beeleigh Abbey Garden Open Day
Abbey Turning, nr Maldon, CM9 6LL
Friday 25th May 2018
“A delightful series of gardens in three acres, with plenty to explore.”
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Barleylands’ Farmers Markets
Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay, CM11 2UD
Saturday 26th May 2018, 8:30am to 12:30pm
“Enjoy picking up delicious food and handmade treats for the weekend from our Farmers’ Market. Free entry and car parking.
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National Animal Welfare Trust – Fun Day & Dog Show
Parish Fields, Plough Corner, Harwich Road, Little Clacton, Essex, CO16 9ND
Saturday 26th May 2018
“Our biggest event yet with over 30 stalls including refreshments, raffle, tombola’s. Display and have-a-go by Tendring Agility Group. Fun dog show with 14 categories – classes for everyone – rosettes and prizes to be won. A pawsome day out!”
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham
Saturday 26th May 2018
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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Marconi Sailing Club Open Day
Stansgate Road, Steeple CM0 7NU
Saturday 26th May 2018
“A fantastic opportunity for anyone to experience a safe introduction to sailing and water based activities for free.”
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Spectrum Screen : Paddington 2
Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens
Saturday 26th May 2018, 4pm
Bring your own food, drink and seating and settle in for an outdoor film!
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Spectrum Screen : Pitch Perfect 3
Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens
Saturday 26th May 2018, 8pm
Bring your own food, drink and seating and settle in for an outdoor film!
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Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival
Essex Outdoors Mersea, Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea CO5 8SX
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018, 11am to 5pm
“Savour the Flavour of Island Life! A celebration of local food & drink; a showcase for talented artists/local performers. Fun for all the family with free craft activities & workshops.”
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Duxford Air Festival 2018
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Saturday 26th May 2018 to Sunday 27th May 2018
“Experience the thrills in the sky above, and enjoy the fun on the showground below at the Spring Bank Holiday weekend Duxford Air Festival.”
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Do You Believe in Fairies?
Nevendon Manor, Borwick Lane, Wickford SS12 0QA
Saturday 26th May 2018 to BH Monday 28th May 2018
“Do you Believe in Fairies? This is an original adaption inspired by a young girl, who truly wanted to believe.”
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Little Farmer
Barleylands, Billericay CM11 2UD
Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018
“Get outdoors and enjoy all the fun of the farm this May half term holiday – from farm animals big and small to majestic birds of prey as well as the region’s largest collection of reptiles.”
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Spy Kids Half Term
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey
Saturday 26th May 2018 to Sunday 3rd June 2018
“Calling wannabe spies – Agent Nitrate and team have a mission for you! The mission (if you choose to accept it) is to join us as open DAILY between May 26 and June 3 for spytastic family fun.”
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Spring Craft Fair
Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Sunday 27th May 2018
“Free to attend, and with plenty of parking, there will be many craft studios, shops and boutiques to explore, as well as crafting demonstrations, extra exhibitors and plenty of activities going on.”
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Resorting to the Coast: Clacton – Seaside Heritage Walk
Venetian Bridge, Pier Gap, Clacton-on-Sea
Sunday 27th May 2018 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
“Didn’t we have a lovely time those days we spent at Clacton.” Join one half of Essex Days Out on a guided walk around the seaside tow of Clacton
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Resorting to the Coast: Frinton – Seaside Heritage Walk
Frinton Gates, Frinton-on-Sea
Sunday 27th May 2018. 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
“Such jolly times and fun we had at lovely Frinton-on-Sea.” Join one half of Essex Days Out on a guided walk of the seaside town of Frinton
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National Garden Scheme : Langley Village Gardens
Langley Upper Green, Saffron Walden, CB11 4RY.
Sunday 27th May 2018, 11am to 5pm.
Five gardens open in and near the village.
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Coalhouse Fort Open Day
Coalhouse Fort Project, East Tilbury RM18 8PB
Sunday 27th May 2018
A monthly open day for the under restoration 19th century coast fort.
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Open Day
Copped Hall, Epping
Sunday 27th May 2018, 11am to 4pm
“There will be access to the whole of the gardens, parts of the mansion (with room stewards present), the cellars and the stables.”
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Transport Extravaganza
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel nr Colchester
Sunday 27th May 2018 and BH Monday 28th May
“Soak up the atmosphere and feast your eyes on some great classic cars, vintage motorbikes and modern head turners, we have over one hundred and fifty classic vehicles at this great family day out.”
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All About Dogs
Hylands Park, nr Chelmsford
Sunday 27th May 2018 and BH Monday 28th May 2018, 9.30am – 5pm
Arena displays, fun dog shows, have a go activities, shopping, Main Stage & Village Green, and more.
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Coffee and Cars at the Museum of Power
Museum of Power, Langford Road, nr Maldon
Sunday 27th May 2018, 9am to 1pm
“Come along and join our monthly enthusiasts meet. Bring along your classic or modern vehicles together with anything of interest. Steam Pump Tea Room OPEN serving breakfasts, hot/cold food, home make cakes and refreshments.”
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National Garden Scheme : Chippins
Heath Road, Bradfield CO11 2UZ.
Sunday 27th May 2018, 11am to 4.30pm.
“Artist’s garden and plantaholics paradise packed with interest.”
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham
Sunday 27th May 2018 and BH Monday 28th May
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Open Gardens in aid of Clacton on Sea Lifeboat
The Hall, Tendring, CO16 0BP
Sunday 27th May 2018 and BH Monday 28th May 2018
“Magnificent Gardens, Classic Cars, Music, Dancing, Wildlife Displays, Country Craft Stalls, Refreshments (including a Beer Tent), Children’s activities.”
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National Garden Scheme : Tudor Roost
18 Frere Way, Fingringhoe, Colchester, CO5 7BP.
Sunday 27th May 2018 and BH Monday 28th May 2018, 2pm to 5pm.
“An unexpected hidden colourful ¼-acre garden.”
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Jousting! The Knights of Royal England
Hedingham Castle
Sunday 27th May 2018 and BH Monday 28th May 2018, 10am to 5pm
“The exciting and ever popular Knights return to give battle on the lawns in front of the Castle, with falconry, have a go archery, jesters, musicians, guided tours and reenactors, a great family day out.”
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Dance Troupe: Morris Dancing
Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone
BH Monday 28th May, 2018
“The Mayflower Morris Men will dance from 1:30pm and again at 2:30pm. There will be an opportunity, if you so wish, for you to have a go under the tutelage of the Mayflower Men.”
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National Garden Scheme : Rookwoods
Yeldham Road, Sible Hedingham CO9 3QG.
BH Monday 28th May 2018, 10.30am to 4.30pm.
“Rookwoods is a tranquil garden with a mix of mature and young trees and shrubs.”
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Hospital Radio Colchester Family Fun Day
Lower Castle Park, Colchester
BH Monday 28th May 2018, 11am to 4pm
Dog agility display dancing, Rotary 2018 Duck Race, donkey rides, fairground rides, crafts, bouncy castles and more.

National Garden Scheme : Washlands
Prayors Hill, Sible Hedingham, CO9 3LE.
BH Monday 28th May 2018, 2pm to 5pm.
“Charming one-acre country garden surrounding a former farmhouse, with good views over rolling countryside.”
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Charity Rock Day
Southend Rugby Club, Warners Bridge Park, Sumpters Way, Southend SS2 5RR
Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018
“Fabulous charity rock day featuring tributes to Oasis (Shoasis), Bon Jovi (Just Jovi) and Muse (Musek) and support acts, all in support of HARP – Southend’s local homeless charity.”
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Meet the Toymakers
Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden
BH Monday 28th May 2018 to Thursday 31st May 2018
“Take part in some good old fashioned fun. Play with Victorian toys and meet the toymakers that made them.”
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National Garden Scheme : 8 Dene Court
Chignall Road, Chelmsford CM1 2JQ.
Tuesday 29th May 2018, 2pm to 5pm.
“Beautifully maintained and designed compact garden whose owner is a well-known RHS gold medal-winning exhibitor.”
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National Garden Scheme : Dragons
Boyton Cross, Chelmsford, CM1 4LS.
Tuesday 29th May 2018, 2pm to 5pm.
“A plantswoman’s ¾ acre garden, planted to encourage wildlife.”
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Trampolining
Leisure World Colchester
Tuesday 29th May, 11.30am-12.30pm and 12.30-1.30pm
Get jumping and learn trampoline basic moves. Suitable for 3-11yrs. £5.80
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Base Camp
Leisure World Colchester
Tuesday 29th May 2018 to Friday 1st June 2018, 8am-5.30pm
“A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 7-11, with different activities everyday including fun in the Leisure Pool, trips to Ten Pin, Escape Rooms and Rollerworld, multi sports and trampolining.”
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Kids Camp
Leisure World Colchester
Tuesday 29th May 2018 to Friday 1st June 2018, 9am-3pm or 8am-5.30pm
“A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 1-6, which includes swimming as a core part of the day’s activities.”
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham
Wednesday 30th May 2018
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Zinc Arts Half Term Pizza and Games Party, and Holiday Cinema Club
Zinc Centre, Great Stony, High Street, Chipping Ongar CM5 0AD
Wednesday 30th May 2018.
Pizza and games, followed by the cinema club.
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London History Day trail: The 1870s ‘Passion for preservation’ and how it saved Epping Forest
The View & Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH
Thursday 31st May 2018, 11am to 4.30pm
“A self-guided indoor trail with something for all ages. ”
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National Garden Scheme : Feeringbury Manor
Coggeshall Road, Feering, Colchester CO5 9RB.
Thursday 31st May 2018 and Friday 1st June 2018, 9am to 4pm.
“There is always plenty to see in this 10 acre garden with two ponds and the river Blackwater.”
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