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Ride for Life
East Anglia
Friday 29th September 2017 to Sunday 1st October 2017
Spend three days in the saddle, biking approximately 200 miles through our three counties.
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PJ Masks at Marsh Farm
Marsh Farm Country Park, Marsh Farm Rd, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5WP
Saturday 30th September 2017 and Sunday 1st October 2017
Gekko, Catboy & Owlette will be making regular appearances over the weekend.
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West Street Vineyard, West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NS
Saturday 30th September 2017 and Sunday 1st October 2017
Food and drink, cookery studio, wine and beer tasting, children’s area.
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Days Out with Thomas
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Saturday 30th September 2017 and Sunday 1st October 2017
This favourite engine and his friends visit the railway again on four weekends this year.
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National Gardens Scheme : Beth Chatto Gardens
Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB.
Sunday 1st October 2017 (10am – 5pm)
Internationally famous gardens, including dry, damp and woodland areas. The result of over 50 years of hard work and application of the huge body of plant knowledge possessed by Beth Chatto and her late husband Andrew.
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Dormouse Ecology & Surveying
Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sunday 1st October 2017, 10am-4pm
An Essex Wildlife Trust course.
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The Geological history of Essex
The Naze Visitor Centre
Sunday 1st October 2017, 10am-4pm
An Essex Wildlife Trust course.
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Family bike ride
Epping Forest Bury Road car park, Chingford, E4 7QJ
Sunday 1st October 2017, 11am–4pm
Join Forest Keeper Ian Greer for a led family bike ride. All riders must be competent cyclists and helmets are essential. £3.50 pp. Booking required.
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Exhibition: The garden and beyond
The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH
Sunday 1st October 2017 to Sunday 29th October 2017
Exhibition of paintings inspired by the forest by Barbara Sampson. Free. No booking required.
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RHS Free Tuesday
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, nr Chelmsford
Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 10am to 5pm
“Come and check out our beautiful garden with all the glorious colours of autumn, completely free of charge.”
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Minories Bazaar
The Minories Galleries, East Hill, Colchester
Saturday 7th October 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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AJ Fairs Antiques & Collectors Fair
Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, CM16 7ER
Saturday 7th October 2017, 10am to 3.30pm
Entry £1. Homemade refreshments. Free Parking
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Essex Game & Country Show
Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD
Saturday 7th October 2017 and Sunday 8th October 2017, 10am-6pm
“Three dedicated arenas with a whole variety of exciting and informative displays, from traditional countryside pursuits such as ferreting and angling, to exhilarating horseboarding.”
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Days Out with Thomas
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Saturday 7th October 2017 and Sunday 8th October 2017
This favourite engine and his friends visit the railway again on four weekends this year.
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Taste of Autumn Food Festival
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Saturday 7th October 2017 and Sunday 8th October 2017
A weekend showcasing an amazing array of regional produce, cookery demonstrations, growing advice, talks from food and drink experts, family fun and our very own RHS Hyde Hall chilli pepper and vegetable display.
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Model Exhibition & Steam Day
Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon CM9 6QA
Sunday 8th October 2017
“See the world in miniature with model railway layouts, model boats and more. Watch Marshall our giant steam engine work under steam. Miniature steam engine rides available. Tea room and Astaria village open.”
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Annual Open Day
Canvey Island Transport Museum
Sunday 8th October 2017
Vintage buses and coaches, classic cars and commercials, model railway, trade stalls and refreshments, free parking at Labworth Cark Park, Western Esplanade.
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Deer walk – sights and signs
Lodge Road car park, Epping Forest, CM16 5HW
Sunday 8th October 2017, 9.30am–1.30pm
Join Forest Keeper Michael Collins on a super walk looking out for evidence of the Forest’s deer. Booking required.
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Exploring Bowers Marsh
RSPB Bowers Marsh
Sunday 8th October 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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Brainwave ’10th Anniversary Quiz Night’
Benton Hall Golf & Country Club, Wickham Hill, Witham, Essex CM8 3LH
Tuesday 10th October 2017, 6pm
Teams of up to 6 people at £12.50 per person, includes a hot meal and free prize draw. Raising funds for Brainwave Children’s Charity, helping those with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence.
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Invitation to View : Mercury Theatre
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Wednesday 11th October 2017, 2:00pm
Tour features – set-building workshop, costume and props department and set for current show.
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Lunchtime music recital
St Andrews Church, Park Lane, Earls Colne
Thursday 12th October 2017, 1pm to 1.45pm
Jane Bellingham playing piano with Kate Paxley. Refreshments available beforehand. Free event.

Baby bushcraft
Epping Forest Warren Pond car park, Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH
Thursday 12th October 10am–12pm
Wrap up warm for pre-school Bushcraft fun. 0–5 year olds. £4.50 per child. Booking required: 020 7332 1911
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Charity Concert
All Saints Church, Maldon CM9 4PY
Friday 13th October 2017, 7pm
Chelmsford Male Voice Choir and Maldon Court School Choir are joining with All Saints Handbell Ringers to perform a lively concert in support of Maldon Citizens Advice.

Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival
Various locations across Harwich (and on the sea me hearties!)
Friday 13th October 2017 Sunday 15th October 2017.
For three days Harwich becomes the sea shanty centre of the world.
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Dedham Vale Vineyard Walnut and Wine Festival
Dedham Vale Vineyard, Green Lane, Boxted CO4 5TS
Saturday 14th October 2017, 11am to 5pm
“Celebrate the grape and Boxted Wet Walnut harvest with tastings, nutty games and more!”
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Art Exhibition
Writtle Village Hall, CM1 3DU
Saturday 14th October 2017 and Sunday 15th October 2017, 11am to 5pm
Admission 50p. Picture sales, teas, refreshments, crafts.

Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Sunday 15th October 2017
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Copped Hall Guided Tour and Open Day
Copped Hall, nr Epping
Sunday 15th October 2017
Tours cover the whole of the gardens, a large part of the Georgian mansion, the cellars and the stables.
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Burnham on Crouch Farmers and Artisan Market
Village Hall, Devonshire Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8EF
Sunday 15th October 2017, 9am – 12:30pm
Fresh local farm produce direct from the producers.
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Halloween Themed Open Day at the Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge
Gardens of Easton Lodge, nr Great Dunmow, CM6 2BB (follow brown signs on roads)
Sunday 15th October 2017
“Monthly Open Day for a garden being rescued from dereliction. Hot food at lunchtime, take and cakes, dogs on lead welcome. Guided tours. There will be plenty of spooky childrens activities for our younger guests!”
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National Garden Scheme : Green Island Gardens
Park Road, Ardleigh CO7 7SP.
Sunday 15th October 2017, 10am to 5pm.
‘A garden for all seasons’ A plantsman’s paradise with 20 acres packed with rare and unusual plants.
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Fungus ID & Recording
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Sunday 15th October 2017, 10.30am-3pm
An Essex Wildlife Trust course.
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Invitation to View : Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Ilford IG1 4XA
Monday 16th October 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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Cheeki Monkeys BIG Baby and Children’s Event
Runnymede Hall, Kiln Road, Thundersley SS7 1TF
Saturday 21st October 2017, 2pm to 4pm
BUY or SELL quality preloved items at our fantastic family events and pop up markets! Enjoy afternoon tea, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Supporting local charities with our community raffle. Don’t miss this MASSIVE pop up event!!
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Colchester Mind Body Spirit Festival
Marks Tey Parish Hall, Colchester CO6 1EJ
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2017
A weekend packed full of wellbeing therapies, mindfulness tuition, workshops and talks, live music on stage, and much more.
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Apple Weekend at Thames Chase Forest Centre
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster RM14 3NS
Saturday 21st October 2017 and Sunday 22nd October 2017, 10am to 4pm
Apples, apple juice, honey, preserves, willow weaving, coppicing, wildlife skeletons, morris dancing, children’s activities and treasture hunt.
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Dr Gore’s Spooky Mad Lab
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey
Saturday 21st October 2017 to Sunday 29th October 2017
Things are starting to get spooky at the Royal Gunpowder Mills as Dr Gore moves in to creep up the Mad Lab with great Half Term Horrors.
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Operating Day with Steam
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Sunday 22nd October 2017
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
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Castalian String Quartet
St Mary the Virgin Church, The Street, E Bergholt CO7 6TG
Sunday 22nd October 2017, 4pm.
Haydn’s Quartet op20 no2, Schumann’s Quartet in A minor op41 no1, Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor op132.
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Get In! City Camps
Various locations in Chelmsford
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 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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The Lancaster Experience
Imperial War Museum Duxford, nr Cambridge
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017, 11:00am – 3:30pm
“Join us this Half Term for family friendly sessions to learn and hear the amazing stories of Bomber Command as you peer into the legendary Lancaster Bomber.”
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Autumn Creepers – Activity Morning for Children
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market nr Colchester
Tuesday 24th October 10.00am -12.00pm
“An outdoor morning of hunting for creepy crawly creatures under water and over land in our wild garden.”
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Tuesday 24th October 2017 to Thursday 26th October 2017
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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Creature Feature! – Activity Day for Children
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market nr Colchester
Thursday 26th October 2017, 10.30am – 2.00pm
“All about amazing wild creatures as they get ready for winter, with challenges, games and fantastic outdoor Autumn art.”
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Museums at Night: Audley by Lantern Light
Audley End House and Gardens, nr Saffron Walden
Friday 27th October 2017 and Saturday 28th October 2017, 6pm and 8pm
“Explore the rooms after dark and hear the tales of the house’s fascinating history brought to life.”
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Barleylands Farmers Market
Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Saturday 28th October 2017, 8:30am to 12:30pm
“Free entry and cark park. Enjoy picking up delicious food and handmade treats for the weekend from our Farmers’ Market.”
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Operating Day
Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Saturday 28th October 2017 and Sunday 29th October 2017
Heritage Diesel Railcar or Diesel hauled passenger trains.
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Classic Vehicle and Static Engine Day
Coalhouse Fort Project, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury RM18 8PB
Sunday 29th October 2017
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Invitation to View : Talliston
Talliston, Great Dunmow, CM6 1DU.
Sunday 29th October 2017, 3:00 pm (includes light supper)
“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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