What’s on in Essex this weekend…

It’s the May Day Bank Holiday this weekend, and there’s lots happening across Essex this weekend. Listed below are some of our top picks. Visit our May Events in Essex page for a fuller listing.

The Andy Warhol Artists Rooms at firstsite in Colchester, which brings together some of the artist’s most notable drawings, silkscreen paintings, photographs, films, posters, prints and installations – more details. You can read our article with pix, and a video, to get a flavour of what’s on offer!

The Essex Craft and Design Show is at RHS Garden Hyde Hall – more details

There is the ​Weald Country & Craft Show & The Festival of Dogs more details

The Colne Valley Railway have a heritage diesel day on Saturday – more details, and a steam day on Monday – more details

There is an Essex Sausage and Cider Festival at Barleylands Farm with sausages, cider, music and much more – more details

And for younger children Barleylands have an Animal Antics Weekend – more details

There are May Day Celebrations at Kentwell Hall, with music, dancing, plays and processions with over 100 costumed ‘Tudors’ – more details

Royal Gunpowder Mills have a Victorian Days theme – more details

It’s the annual Maldon Mud Race, which brings over 15,000 spectators and 300 muddy competitors to Maldon – more details

If you have ever trudged up the steep North Hill to get to Colchester High Street, why not try the Slide Rider on Bank Holiday Monday – a 250m water slide which will get you from the top to the bottom in double quick time – more details

There the All about Dogs show at the Brentwood Centre – more details, which is part of the Robin Hood Game and Country Show more details

There are May Day Trains at East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel – more details

Theres a Medieval Siege at Hedingham Castle – more details

Theres 500cc Solo and Sidecar Grasstrack Racing at Writtle – more details

And the Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury is having one of their regular Open Daymore details

There are eight beer festivals across Essex this weekend – head over to our sister site’s Essex Real Ale for their Beer Festivals in Essex listing.

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