May Events in Essex

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Great Chesterford Antiques Fair
The Chesterfords Community Centre, Newmarket Road, Great Chesterford, Saffron Walden CB10 1NS
Sunday 5th May 2024, 9am to 3 pm
“20 stalls packed full of antiques, collectables and vintage items to entice Dealers, TV & Film Prop Buyers, Collectors and the General Public. From Clarice Cliff to Moorcroft, glass to jewellery we aim to provide a wide range of quality items for our Visitors.”
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Flying Days: VE Day
IWM Duxford
Sunday 5th May 2024
Celebrates the role aviation made in the path to victory during World War Two.

All About Dogs 2024
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Sunday 5th May 2024 and BH Monday 6th May 2024
“Bring your dog for two days full of exciting arena displays, expert advice, shopping and lots of fun have-a-go activities including the popular Fun Dog Shows, K9 Aqua Sports, talent competitions and moreā€¦”
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ERO Presents : Beach Hut People.
Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford CM2 6YT
Tuesday 7th May 2024, 10.45am to midday.
Reflects upon beach hut culture in Essex and explore the stories collected for her book Beach Hut People.
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Temple at War
Cressing Temple Barns, near Braintree
Saturday 11th May 2024 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 12th May 2024 10am to 4pm
“Temple at War is a two-day military (WWI WWII and Cold War) and vintage event packed full of everything to create one of the largest interactive and immersive historic re-enactment events in the south east of England.”
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Ride for Helen 2024
The Crix, Hatfield Peverel
Sunday 12th May 2024
“Choose from six cycling routes to suit all capabilities, including; 6 miles, 15 miles, 30 miles, 50 miles, 65 miles and the new 100 miles!”
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Pier to Pier 2024
Clacton Pier to Walton Pier (or vice versa) (or there and back)
Sunday 12th May 2024, 10am
“Pier to Pier is open to all ages, plus the route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Many people walk on their own or in groups to remember their loved ones, or simply take part to support St Helena Hospice.”
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Sparkle Walk
St Mary with Christ Church, Wanstead Place, Wanstead E11 2SW
Friday 17th May 2024, 6pm
“Grab your friends and family and walk 10k for your local children’s hospice. Every step you make will help care for seriously ill children.”
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May Open Day : Art and Nature in the Garden
The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Dunmow CM6 2BD
Sunday 19th May 2024, 11am to 5pm
“With spring in the air, there will be a pop up art exhibition and lots of nature activities for visitors, lead by an experienced biologist. Local artist Jane Frederick will be presenting her work from her time as Artist in Residence at Essex Gardens Trust.”
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Guided Tour Day
Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS
Sunday 19th May 2024
Guided tours last 2.5 to 3 hours and visit the Georgian mansion, the cellars and the garden. Tea, coffee and cakes half way through the tour!
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Hard Hat Tours
Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS
Sunday 19th May 2024
Two tours with only six spaces – visit the second and third floors of this Georgian mansion which are undergoing major renovation.
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Tour de Tendring
Start in either Dovercourt or Clacton
Sunday 19th May 2024
20 or 60 mile options, with route signage, marshals, refreshment stop and first aiders.
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Festival in the Gardens
Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens
Saturday 25th May 2024 and Sunday 26th May 2024
Early bird tickets available now. More info when available.
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Barleylands Gourmet Food & Craft Village Market
Barleylands Farm Park, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Sunday 26th May 2024, 10am to 3pm
Expect local fresh produce, crafts and hot food amongst the artisan craft studios and boutiques.
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Ford RideLondon
London – Essex
Sunday 26th May 2024
30, 60 and 100-mile routes going further and further into Essex from That London.
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Wings and Wheels 2024
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh CM3 6RN
Sunday 26th May 2024, 10am to 4pm
“Weather permitting, our own and guest aircraft will entertain and amaze in the skies above us, just like they did in 1918. On the ground, hundreds of cars will gleam in the sun as you wander amongst them.”
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Spring Country Fair
Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Sunday 26th May 2024 and BH Monday 27th May 2024
“The Barleylands Spring Country Show is an exciting day out for all the family. There will be so much to see and do, including thrills with stunt shows featuring Cars, Stunt Motorcycles and fire, Sheep Dog Displays and Birds of Prey Displays.”
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Essex Bus Rally
Garon Park Southend SS2 4FA
BH Monday 27th May 2024
“Along with a good number of buses on show there will be a great array of food and drink offerings alongside other attractions by way of trade stands and entertainment.”
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