What’s on in Essex this weekend…

Here are our picks for this weekend. For more ideas on what to do visit our July Events in Essex page.

Stow at War at the Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome sees this national-level living-history event focussing on the British Armed Forces of the Great War returnig in all its glory for its third year.”

The Summer Reading Challenge is talking place at all libraries across Essex (whilst we still have them) to the end of the school summer holidays. To celebrate 50 years since man first stepped on to the moon, this years challenge has a space theme.

Now open and celebrating it’s 20th birthday The Original Great Maze at the Blake House Craft Centre, near Braintree has a “great new ‘maize maze’ challenge -weave your way through the corn in search of the scarecrows in our great new competition.”

All summer long, Eric Carle’s much loved classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be brought to life at RHS Garden Hyde Hall with giant willow sculptures and fruits, craft activities & storytelling.

It’s the last Friday opening of Feeringbury Manor garden under the National Garden Scheme before their August break, so get along there to see it in peak bloom! It’s also one of the regular Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Days, and like Feeringbury Manor, it’s a garden we can recommend from our own visits.

The Harwich Maritime Festival will reflect both the town’s rich maritime history and its vibrant creative community. It will also incorporate the RNLI’s National Lifeboat day.

Also opening on Saturday is Adorn, the first major exhibition hosted at Colchester Castle since it’s major refurb in 2014.

Belhus Woods Country Park hosts an open air performance of Wuthering Heights – will it be more Kate Bush or Sir Laurence Olivier?

The weather looks perfect for cyclists, so see if you can book in late to the Essex Road Sportive at the Secret Nuclear BUnker, which has route options ranging from 14 to 101 miles.

This month’s Coalhouse Fort Open Day also features a Classic Vehicle Day.

South Shoebury Hall garden is open as part of the National Garden Scheme – check our July listings for other NGS opportunities (nothing like a good nose around someone else’s garden!)

The weather is looking very promising – 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. There’s a wide range of options from traditional seaside to more remote and quieter areas.

Or why not visit a Country Park?

And why not tie in a visit somewhere with a trip to the cinema – we have links to several independent cinemas across Essex.

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

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