What’s on in Essex this weekend…

It’s the August Bank Holiday weekend coming up, with lots to do! We’ve highlighted some of our picks below, but do head over to our August Events in Essex page for more details of what’s happening across Essex this weekend.

Running all week and over the weekend is Tudor High Summer – Hands On History Days at Kentwell Hall takes the manor back to Tudor times with some 200+ costumed Tudors, with the house, gardens and farm open.

Make the weekend even longer by going to the Clacton Airshow on either Thursday or Friday. Or go to the Beeleigh Abbey Garden Open Day on the Friday.

Starting on Friday is the Contemporary Craft & Design Fair at RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Fingers crossed for fine weather for outdoor cinema! You can watch Dirty Dancing at Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens, there is Deadpool at Maldon Promenade Park, Mamma Mia at Maldon Promenade Park, The Goonies at Stubbers Activity Park in Upminster, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at Capel Manor College

Food For Thorpe is being held in the beautiful grounds of Springfield in Thorpe le Soken

Dedham Vale Vineyard has their annual Cider & Wine Festival (they do also have real ale and food)

The Countess of Warwick’s Country Show includes a big arena with lots of performances, animal marquee, horticultural show, classic car show (on the Sunday), ploughing competition, and much, much more.

It’s Mangapps 2017 August Gala which will have diesel trains all three days, and steam trains on Sunday and Monday.

Colne Valley Railway has their annual Bus & Commercial Vehicle Rally and, making a change from planes, IWM Duxford has their big Duxford Car Shows

Dog lovers should head off to the massively popular Essex Dog Day at Crix near Hatfield Peverel

We went to a Copped Hall Open Day a few years ago and can recommend it.

In the south of the county Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey have a Big Bank Weekend and in the north of the country Audley End House and Gardens have a WWII Weekend

Hedingham Castle have Jousting with Destrier! with jousting, archery, a jester, musicians, falconry, real ale, crafts and much more.

And to close the weekend there is a Harwich Redoubt Fort Open Day on the Monday.

As as the weather is going to be nice, which not a trip to the Essex Coast – the longest coast in England (on account of all those fiddly in and out bits!) – check out our Essex Coast page for some ideas.

And why not tie in a visit somewhere with a trip to the cinema – we have listings for some independent cinemas across Essex, in some interesting locations across the county, from Manningtree in the north to Rainham Marshes in the sarf.

Or why not take advantage of the weather for a visit to a Country Park?

And check out our Museums in Essex page – there are probably a lot more than you know about!

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