Here are some of picks from what is happening in Essex this coming Bank Holiday weekend.
Start the weekend off early on Friday by heading off to Maldon for the Beeleigh Abbey Garden Open Day – and then drive into town for a walk around Promenade Park and a bit of retail therapy and something to eat.
There are lots of dog shows scheduled for this summer. Little Clacton has the National Animal Welfare Trust – Fun Day & Dog Show on Saturday. Sunday and Monday see the big All About Dogs show at Hylands Park.
The weather look set fair, why not try an open air cinema? The Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens are showing Paddington 2 this Saturday afternoon, followed by Pitch Perfect 3.
The Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival at Essex Outdoors Mersea has lots of food and drink to eat there or to buy to take home.
The Duxford Air Festival 2018 will be packed with crowds looking skywards.
Kentwell’s Through the Ages Special Event takes you from Neolithic times to the twentieth century.
The Coalhouse Fort Open Day is a monthly open day for the under restoration 19th century coast fort.
It’s also the monthly Copped Hall Open Day with access to the whole of the gardens, parts of the mansion (with room stewards present), the cellars and the stables.
The East Anglian Railway Museum have a Transport Extravaganza.
Open Gardens in aid of Clacton on Sea Lifeboat promise “Magnificent Gardens, Classic Cars, Music, Dancing, Wildlife Displays, Country Craft Stalls, Refreshments (including a Beer Tent), Children’s activities.”
Jousting! The Knights of Royal England at Hedingham Castle sees the exciting and ever popular Knights return to give battle on the lawns in front of the Castle, with falconry, have a go archery, jesters, musicians, guided tours and reenactors, a great family day out.
There is lots more happening this weekend – for more ideas visit our May Events in Essex page.
Or how about a visit 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 links to several independent cinemas across Essex.
Or why not visit to a Country Park?
And check out our Museums in Essex page – there are probably a lot more than you know about!