What’s on in Essex this weekend…


After the Bank Holiday weekend and with the last of the Half Term Activities in Essex it’s a much quieter weekend coming up.

We do send out an email version of the What’s on in Essex this Weekend page each week between Easter and early September. If you sign up, it will save you having to remember to keep checking back on this page.

The biggest, noisiest and highest event this weekend will be the Duxford Summer Air Show: D-Day 80, commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day. We can recommend the Apple TV+ series ‘Masters of the Air’ and Kate Atkinson’s novels ‘Life After Live’ and ‘A God in Ruins’ in you want to immerse yourself in WWII aerial combat.

Colchester Roman and Medieval Festival has historical re-enactments, guided tours, artisan market, and more, in a spectacular celebration that merges the best of both worlds. And you’ve got Colchester Castle and firstsite close by to explore, and the town itself which has *lots* to offer.

The National Garden Scheme is in full swing, and this weekend you can visit : Brookfield in Boreham, which offers “three acres with roses and perennials and a buttercup meadow in summer, pond, shrub bank and vegetable garden”; Isabella’s Garden, an “enchanting garden” in Leigh; 1 Whitehouse Cottages, a secret garden in Woodham Walters; and Furzlea in Danbury, is a country garden of just under an acre designed, planted and maintained by the owner to showcase colour, scent, texture and form over every season.

And if it’s roses you’re after, Daws Hall Nature Reserve’s Summer Open Day : “Old Roses” will have over 150 varieties of Roses across the grounds of Daws Hall as well as activities for families including free drop in pond dipping for both kids and adults (weather permitting!) It’s just a short drive from Sudbury, which isn’t in Essex, but is well worth visiting for an afternoon. Gainsborough House is there, with a lot of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, Sudbury’s most famous son.

Maldon Mud Race in Promenade Park, Maldon, will be heaving with runners and people watching them, and there is a big screen tv to watch the competitors and other events. If you’re travelling a little way to get there, be sure to spend an hour or more at either the nearby Museum of Power or the Combined Military Services Museum.

Have a great weekend!

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