There was a lot happening in Essex in November – check out the menus across the top of the page, and the right hand column for ideas about what to do in Essex!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Christmas Shopping
Blake House Craft Centre Blake End, Rayne, Braintree,
Monday 29th November, 6-10pm.
Craft marquee & festivities plus a hog roast
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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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