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STARFEST IV – Astronomy Convention
Creative Arts Live, Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL
Saturday 1st November 2014 – 9.00am – 5pm
Join the North Essex Astronomical Society (NEAS) for a day of astronomy, featuring some of the best astronomy speakers in the UK, plus exhibits, displays and tradestands.
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Brentwood Festive Craft & Gift Show
The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9NN
Saturday 1st November – Sunday 2nd November 2014
Sat 10am-5pm Sun 10am-4pm, Tickets: Adults £5, Concessions £4.50, Children 5-15 £2. Under 5’s free
Find everything you need for Christmas under one roof. There’ll be festive music and carols, lots of food to try and then buy, and a great assortment of free goody-bag treats to take home. Crammed full of amazing, innovative and original festive gifts. There’s something for the entire family!
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Little Monsters Halloween Ball
Harold Hill Community Centre, Gooshays Drive, Romford
Saturday 1st November 2014 6:00pm-8:30pm Adults £2 entry, all children free
Trick or treat, kids disco, reptile handling, balloons, face painting, fancy dress competition, entertainment and a surprise performance from a special ghoul! Fancy dress essential, but be prepared to be spooked!

Toddler Twilight Fireworks
Barleylands Craft Village, Barleylands Road, Billericay,
Sat 1st & Sun 2nd November – 4.30pm to 7pm Tickets – £5 per adult, £2.50 per child.
Plenty of snap, crackle and pop but no scary big bangs! A special evening of colourful quieter fireworks in the
farm park, especially for younger visitors, with a roaring bonfire
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Nuclear Fallout
Kelvedon Hatch
Sunday 2nd November 2014, 10am
60+ natural and man-made obstacles to overcome over 8km or 16km of muddy Essex.
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Forest Adventurers
Rainham Marshes nature reserve New Tank Hill Road Purfleet
Sunday 2nd November 2014 £3.50 (£3 for members)
Play, explore and be creative in our woodland. Hands-on woodland discovery and exploration, building self esteem, communication skills, independence and self confidence. Take part in a range of activities and games like shelter building, learn new woodland skills, and get creative with natural materials to make your own environmental artworks. Contact the reserve on 01708 899840 or email rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk
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Call-ons, containers and (mummified) cats
Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT
Tuesday 4th November 2014 10.30am
A free talk at the ERO by Vicky Holmes, Port & River Archivist entitled Call-ons, containers and (mummified) cats
– the archive of the Port of London Authority at the Museum of London Docklands. Part of the Essex History Group 2014 series of talks.
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Mosaics Workshop
Beth Chatto Gardens Elmstead Market, Essex
Saturday November 8th 2014 10am – 3.30pm £57, £51 for Goldcard holders.
Learn how to apply an image to a board and then how to cut tesserae and apply to image creatively. Finally you will learn how to grout your finished work and how to clean and polish the surface to achieve a well finished piece of art work. Price includes all tuition, materials to create mosaic, handouts and lunch in tearoom
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Witham Round Table Charity Fireworks Display
Witham Rugby Club,Spa Road,Witham,Essex,CM8 1UN.
Saturday 8th November 2014
Gates Open 5pm..Bonfire 6.30pm Fireworks 7.30pm
Pre Sales From Witham Tourist Information Centre(01376 502674) Pre Sale: Adult £5 Child Concession £3 Family(2Adults+2Children)£10. On the Gate:Adult £7.Child/Concession £4.Family(2+2) £15
There will be a fair, refreshments a bar and a stage
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Train Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex
Saturday 8th November 2014 10:30 – 17:00 (last admission 15:30)
Entrance Price: Adults £8, Seniors £6, Child £4 or Family £22 (2 Adults & up to 3 Children), Dogs £2
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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we are handmade contemporary Christmas craft and design fair
Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1DG
Saturday 8th November 2014 10am – 4pm Free Entry
This event will showcase a wide range of handmade items that are just perfect for Christmas gifts. Visitors can also enjoy sumptious cakes and refreshing cups of tea, all served in vintage style crockery, in the Vintage Tearoom run by Plum Fairy.
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Colchester Craft, Vintage & Gift Fair
St John’s Church Community Centre, St.John’s Close, Colchester. CO4 0HP
8th November 2014 10am and close at 3.30pm. £1 and children under 16 are free.
There will be a great mix of over 30 stallholders selling fantastic handmade items, decorative items, household items, gifts and lots more.
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Southend Festive Food & Gift Show
Southend Tennis & Leisure Centre, Eastern Avenue, Southend, Essex SS2 4FA
Saturday 8th November -Sunday 9th November 2014 Sat 10am-5pm Sun 10am-4pm, Tickets: Adults £5, Concessions £4.50, Children 5-15 £2. Under 5’s free
Find everything you need for Christmas under one roof. There’ll be festive music and carols, lots of food to try and then buy, and a great assortment of free goody-bag treats to take home. Crammed full of amazing, innovative and original festive gifts There’s something for the entire family!
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Crafts for Christmas – The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
Hyland House, Chelmsford
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November 2014
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen are holding their Fair in the stunning setting of Hylands House. The new pavilion is now open so you can see the work of up to 70 talented artists and craftsmen exhibiting both traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. Many exhibitors will be demonstrating .Chat to the crafts people, and buy an original piece directly from the craftsmen/artists
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Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, Essex
Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th November 2014
See fireworks go off with a bang than at a Gunpowder Factory. The event will feature the gunpowder plot story with re-enactors from the period, engaging craft activities and the ‘Ghost of Guy Fawkes’ children’s play all culminating in a fabulous 15 minute fireworks display.
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Forest Adventurers
Rainham Marshes nature reserve New Tank Hill Road Purfleet
Sunday 9th November 2014 £3.50 (£3 for members)
Play, explore and be creative in our woodland. Hands-on woodland discovery and exploration, building self esteem, communication skills, independence and self confidence. Take part in a range of activities and games like shelter building, learn new woodland skills, and get creative with natural materials to make your own environmental artworks. Contact the reserve on 01708 899840 or email rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk
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The Magic Porridge Pot and other tasty tales
The Mill Arts & Events Centre , Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh SS6 7ED
Sunday 9th November 2014 Age 3+
On today’s menu, a trio of tradional and tasty tales to tantalize and tease.For starters,the magic pot which won’t stop producing porridge. Main course is a delicious soup made from the scummiest stone in the world.For pudding- if you can catch it! A walking talking Gingerbread Man, who is asking to be munched! Three yummy yarns served with ingredients of puppets, pop up seats and original music. Perfect face for fussy foodies and discerning diners.
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Christmas Craft Fair -The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
Coggeshall Village Hall, Coggeshall
Saturday 15th November 2014
Visit the fair in beautiful Coggeshall, and see the work of talented artists and craftsmen (both traditional and Contemporary) and buy an original work of art directly from the craftsmen
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Flatford Ramble – Constable’s Footsteps
Bridge Cottage, Flatford
Saturday 15th November 2014 10:30am. : Adult £6.50
Join an experienced guide for a 3 hour (4 mile) ramble, visiting the views that inspired the artist John Constable.
The tour will also visit East Bergholt and Dedham. Then maybe visit Constable: the Making of a Master exhibition at the V&A
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Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers
15th November – 24th December 2014
Visit the Winter Wonderland with elves, reindeer, toy-makers and of course the Big Man himself. You can stay all day and explore the farm after you.v met Father Christmas Each Christmas Experience lasts approx. 2.5 hours.
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Medieval Christmas Market
Grange Barn, Grange Hill, Coggeshall.
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November 2014 11:00am – 5:00pm Adults £4, Children £2
A real Medieval Christmas, with traders market, re-enactors, and the Colne and Colchester Embroiderers Guild Hand Crafted Stall
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Christmas Fair
Platform 3 Club (aka Wickford Railway Club) Market Avenue Wickford
Sunday 16th November 1:00pm – 5:00pm
A Fun Day for children and adults. Items to purchase as well as fun stalls for the children and adults. Refreshments available.
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Monthly Guided Tour
Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS
Sunday 16th November 2014 Tours start from 10.00am and entry gates close at 11.00am. Cost £7.00
The tours last about 2 hours 30 min – 3 hours and cover the whole of the gardens, part of the mansion, the cellars and the stables.
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Christmas Fayre
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch Essex CM0 8AX
Sunday 16th November 2014 11:00 to 15:00 Free entry
There will be an array of Christmas stalls upstairs from local people. If you are looking to pick up a unique Christmas Gift then this is the place to come. From wines, to chocolate, trinkets & wrapping paper there is sure to be something for everyone. Mulled wine and Christmas cakes will be available to purchase, there will also be a raffle with all proceeds going to charity.

World War 1 Living History Day
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel
Sunday November 16th 2014 Adults: £5.50 Seniors: £5.00 Children: £2.75
“A day of commemoration and education. marking the centenary of world war 1 with a living history theme. With re-enactors, memorabilia, displays, Period refreshments along with unlimited train rides, this will be a day to remember.”
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Forest Adventurers
Rainham Marshes nature reserve New Tank Hill Road Purfleet
Sunday 16th November 2014 £3.50 (£3 for members)
Play, explore and be creative in our woodland. Hands-on woodland discovery and exploration, building self esteem, communication skills, independence and self confidence. Take part in a range of activities and games like shelter building, learn new woodland skills, and get creative with natural materials to make your own environmental artworks. Contact the reserve on 01708 899840 or email rainham.marshes@rspb.org.uk
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we are handmade contemporary Christmas craft and design fair
The Old School, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9AA
Saturday 22nd November 2014 10am – 4pm
Long Melford is a beautiful village. Hall Street is full of old, historic buildings which house restaurants and pubs and a range of shops selling antiques, clothes, homewares and more. With over 45 stalls, this event will offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas. Makers will be showcasing the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items including jewellery, clothes, bags, prints, soaps, cards, soft furnishings and home wares, pottery and much more. Visitors can also enjoy tea and cakes, served in vintage style crockery, at Plum Fairy’s Vintage Tearoom.
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Nature Club
Danbury Country Park
Saturday 22nd November 2014 10am Children aged from 7 to 11. £3 a child
Nature Club is a monthly club run by Andrea the Ranger at Danbury Country Park.
Each month there is a different outdoor activity ranging from den building to toasting damper bread, making bird feeders and Christmas decorations.
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Silk Painting
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Essex
Saturday November 22nd 2014 10am- 3.30pm. £57, £51 for Goldcard holders,
Produce an original piece of art work using basic silk painting techniques. By the end of the day you will have learnt how to attach silk to a frame, apply resist and dyeing. Includes al materials and lunch in Tea Room.
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Stratford st Mary’s ‘Not From The High Street’ Christmas Fayre
The Institute Hall, Higham Road, Stratford St Mary, CO7 6YQ
Saturday 22nd November 10.30am-3pm Adults £1.50, Children go free
Stalls selling unique locally made Christmas gifts and stocking fillers. Children’s activities and crafts, Santa’s Grotto, refreshments and cakes, and much more. Proceeds go towards the abc preschool.Find the perfect Christmas gift here! For more info: Laurie on 07817683360, abc.preschool@tesco.net

Christmas Craft Fair
Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon. CM9 4PZ.
Saturday 22nd November 2014 9:30am – 3:00pm FREE
Handmade gifts, Christmas cards and decorations, basketry, ceramics, handmade jewellery, textiles, painting, silk painting, cross stitch, homemade cakes and preserves.
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Jumble Sale
Salcott Village Hall, The Street, Salcott, CM9 8HL.
Saturday 22nd November 2014 13:00 Free
A proper old fashioned village jumble sale. Not vintage or retro. Enquiries: Jeremy or Ed 869723
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Bazaar
St. Lukes Centre, Imperial Avenue, Mayland. CM3 6AH
Saturday 22nd November 2014 10:00 – 14:00 Free
In aid of St Barnabas Church. Stalls, cards, gifts and jewellery, tombola, raffle, refreshments. For Enquiries Lynda 01621 741415
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Christmas Bazaar
Purleigh Village Hall, CM3 6PB.
Saturday 22nd November 2014 12:00 FREE
In aid of NSPCC and Embrace. Gifts, cakes, tombola, raffle, books, games, & refreshments. Enquiries: 01621 850739
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The Essex Craft and Design Show
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Essex, CM3 8ET
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November 2014
An ideal opportunity to buy that unique Christmas gift. Over forty artists, craftspeople and designer makers will be showcasing and selling fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and many more contemporary crafts.
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Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Grotto
Tyndall’s Garden Centre,Sedge Green,Hamlet Hill, Nazeing, EN9 2PA
Saturday 22nd November – 24th December 2014 Check website for opening times
A magical Winter Wonderland Walk that consists of around 10 Magical Scenes with animals, Santa’s Band, trains through Christmas towns, penguins in the ice. The walk takes you all the way to Santa’s log cabin, to meet Santa and then the gift area .
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Burnham Indoor Christmas Market
The Carnival Hall, Arcadia Road, Burnham-on-Crouch. CM0 8EF.
Sunday 23rd November 2014. 10:00 – 14:00 FREE
A range of Christmas gifts and refreshments all under one roof.
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Dogigami – Winter Dog Event
Norton Heath Equestrian Centre, Fingrith Hall Lane, Blackmore,
Sunday 23rd November 2014
The Dogigami Winter Dog Show, a show unlike any other. Featuring Agility display and have a go Trade stands, Dogtalk seminars Fun dog show, and fun for all the family!
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Pamper Evening & Christmas Fayre
Frances Barsdley Academy for Girls, Brentwood Rd, Romford, RM1 2RR
Friday 28th November 2014 6.30pm – 9.30pm Tickets £3.00 incl. free glass of wine or orange
£1.50 for under 18’s
Many exhibitors including, Handbags, Purses, Greetings Cards and Stationery, Handmade Gifts and Jewellery, Chocolate Lollies, Candles, Creams, Cosmetics, Cat Rescue Charity Stall, Nickel Free Jewellery, Forever Living Products and much more

Christmas Market
The Swan Public House, Swan Lodge, School Road, Little Totham, Maldon. CM9 8LB.
Friday 28th November – Saturday 29th November 2014
A lovely pub, with good beer and food. Local produce and craft stalls.
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Christmas Shopping
Blake House Craft Centre Blake End, Rayne, Braintree,
Saturday 29th November, 6-10pm.
Craft marquee & festivities plus a hog roast
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Canvey Island Christmas Event
Saturday, 29th November 2014
Canvey Island town centre 12noon-5pm. Free entry.
Christmas Festive Fun including local entertainment hosted by Heart Essex Radio, real reindeer, children’s games, funfair, stalls, Christmas lights switch on and much more!
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Christmas Fair
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Essex
Saturday November 29th 2014
Browse stalls of festive crafts and gifts.
Pick up tasty treats from local food and drink producers
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Christmas Gift & Craft Fair
The Ivory Rooms – Billericay
Saturday 29th November 2014 10:30am – 2:30pm
A fair with aprox. 20 stalls, all selling wonderful items across a variety of different crafts and a selection of Christmas themed merchandise. Car parking is plentiful and free. There is a bar area available for refreshments and snacks.
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Barleylands Craft Village Festive Fair
Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November 2014 Free 10:00am to 4:00pm
Christmas shopping inspiration, demonstrations, live family entertainment
and a lovely festive atmosphere across the weekend! Plus explore the Farmers Market on both the Saturday & Sunday morning.
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A Victorian Christmas
Audley End House and Gardens
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November 2014 10am-6pm Families
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Christmas. Step back in time to the 1800s and experience the spirit and magic of a traditional yuletide celebration. Meet the family as they prepare the house for Christmas, and step into the hustle and bustle of the kitchens as Mrs Crocombe and the Gamekeeper organise the hunt for Christmas dinner. Experience all the fun of the fayre as traditional stalls, Victorian street theatre, music and rides take over the lawn. Price notes – additional charge applies to visit Father Christmas’ workshop. A present is included.
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Valley Farm Christmas
Flatford, Suffolk
Saturday 29th Sunday 30th November 2014 11am-3pm
Join us for a traditional Christmas at Valley Farm with hanging garlands and a blazing fire. Festive food in the tearoom and the shop are putting on a food tasting too.
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Christmas Craft Fair -The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
Cromwell Manor, Wat Tyler Way, Pitsea
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 2014
Visit the Guild of Essex Craftsmen show and see the work of talented traditional and contemporary artists and craftsmen, then buy an original work of art directly from the crafts people.
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Meet Father Christmas at Barleylands
Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Saturday 29th November to Wednesday 24th December 2014
Meet Father Christmas in his festive grotto and choose a special gift from his toy shop. Plus there’s lotseasonal fun including a snowman gift making activity, snowball games, dressing the Barleylands ‘snowmen’ and all the fun of the farm including the daily animal sessions.
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Memorial Day
Calhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, Tilbury,
Sunday 30th November 2014. 11:00am Free
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Christmas Craft and Design Fair
The Warren Golf and Country Club, Nr Maldon. CM9 6RW
Sunday 30th November 2014 Time: 10:00 – 16:00 Free
30 makers and artist selling a range of contemporary and vintage-inspired hand made items from ‘We are handmade’. Refreshments available.
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Coalhouse Fort Open Day
Coalhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8PB
Sunday 30th November 2014
The Coalhouse Fort Project was set up in 1983 by a dedicated team of volunteers. Leased from Thurrock Council, with the aim of restoring the fort. The Fort is set within several acres of Green Flag parkland next to the River Thames and is currently undergoing refurbishment.
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Story Telling for Children
Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS
Sunday 30th November 2014
A chance for children to hear seasonal tales in the atmospheric surroundings of the mansion. It might be chilly – so wrap up warm!
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