May Events in Essex

We’ve just starting adding 2021 events to the site! Please be aware many events will be running on reduced visitor numbers and may well be advance tickets only, and tickets for timed entries – the days of rocking up when you want, and paying on the door may well have to wait until next year!

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Barleylands Farm Park, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Saturday 1st May 2021 to BH Monday 3rd May 2021
“Bring your teddy along for some Bank Holiday weekend family fun! Enjoy competitions for you and your teddy, puppet shows, a teddy bear trail and a fun craft activity.”
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon CM13 3LX
Thursday 6th May 2021, 11am – 4:30pm
“Climb the Belvedere for the wider view and take the train for a woodland adventure. Spring bulbs and blossom, summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, walled vegetable plot. ‘Japanese garden’, sculptures grand and quirky enhance and delight.”
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Open Day – Gardens of Easton Lodge
The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Dunmow CM6 2BD
Thursday 6th May 2021.
A Historic England, Grade II registered garden, partially restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers and the owners of Warwick House.
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Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Days
Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon CM9 6LL
Friday 7th May 2021, 10.30am to 4.30 pm, last admission 3.30 pm.
“The grounds of Beeleigh Abbey include three acres of spacious and peaceful gardens in a historic rural setting, beautifully extended and revived in the last few years.”
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National Garden Scheme : Bassetts
Bassetts Lane, Little Baddow, Chelmsford CM3 4BZ
Friday 7th May 2021, 10:30am to 5pm
Sunday 9th May 2021, 10:30am to 5pm
“Two acre garden, tennis court, swimming pool surrounding an early C17 house with plants for all year round interest set on gently sloping ground with lovely distant views of the Essex countryside.”
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon CM13 3LX
Thursday 13th May 2021, 11am – 4:30pm
“Climb the Belvedere for the wider view and take the train for a woodland adventure. Spring bulbs and blossom, summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, walled vegetable plot. ‘Japanese garden’, sculptures grand and quirky enhance and delight.”
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Open Day – Gardens of Easton Lodge
The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Dunmow CM6 2BD
Thursday 13th May 2021.
A Historic England, Grade II registered garden, partially restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers and the owners of Warwick House.
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Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Days
Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon CM9 6LL
Friday 14th May 2021, 10.30am to 4.30 pm, last admission 3.30 pm.
“The grounds of Beeleigh Abbey include three acres of spacious and peaceful gardens in a historic rural setting, beautifully extended and revived in the last few years.”
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Ride for Helen
Sunday 16th May 2021
Crix, Hatfield Peverel
The Helen Rollason Charity’s annual bike ride, with 6 miles, 15 miles, 30 miles and 65 miles all starting and finishing at Hatfield Peverel.
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon CM13 3LX
Thursday 20th May 2021, 11am – 4:30pm
“Climb the Belvedere for the wider view and take the train for a woodland adventure. Spring bulbs and blossom, summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, walled vegetable plot. ‘Japanese garden’, sculptures grand and quirky enhance and delight.”
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Open Day – Gardens of Easton Lodge
The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Dunmow CM6 2BD
Thursday 20th May 2021.
A Historic England, Grade II registered garden, partially restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers and the owners of Warwick House.
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National Flower Show
Hylands House, Chelmsford
Friday 21st May 2021 to Sunday 23rd May 2021
“Inspiration, flowers, plants and everything you need for your home and garden, including the popular Outdoor Plant Village, a magnificent Floral Pavilion, a Food & Drinks Pavilion as well as a Home and Country Pavilion filled with a selection of original handmade giftware, jewellery and more.”
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The Weald Park Country Show 2021
Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5QS.
Saturday 22nd May 2021 and Sunday 23rd May 2021, 10am to 5pm.
Shopping, children’s areas, dog areas, main ring attractions and so much more.
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Outdoor Auto Jumble Market
The Museum of Power, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Sunday 23rd May 2021, 10am – 4pm Entry £3, children free.
Come to one of the first in this season’s auto jumbles, browse a great variety of stalls to find your spare parts for your restoration project, or just general motor and bike maintenance.
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Open Day – Gardens of Easton Lodge
The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Dunmow CM6 2BD
Sunday 23rd May 2021
A day to commemorate the Countess. Story-tellers for the children, a folk duo, history of the gardens presented by volunteers, coppicing and wood turning demonstrations, stalls and much more.
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National Garden Scheme : Barnards Farm
Barnards Farm, Brentwood Road, West Horndon CM13 3LX
Thursday 27th May 2021, 11am – 4:30pm
“Climb the Belvedere for the wider view and take the train for a woodland adventure. Spring bulbs and blossom, summer beds and borders, ponds, lakes and streams, walled vegetable plot. ‘Japanese garden’, sculptures grand and quirky enhance and delight.”
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Open Day – Gardens of Easton Lodge
Sunday 23rd May 2021
The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Dunmow CM6 2BD
A day to commemorate the Countess. Story-tellers for the children, a folk duo, history of the gardens presented by volunteers, coppicing and wood turning demonstrations, stalls and much more.
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Open Day – Gardens of Easton Lodge
The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Dunmow CM6 2BD
Thursday 27th May 2021.
A Historic England, Grade II registered garden, partially restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers and the owners of Warwick House.
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Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Days
Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon CM9 6LL
Friday 28th May 2021, 10.30am to 4.30 pm, last admission 3.30 pm.
“The grounds of Beeleigh Abbey include three acres of spacious and peaceful gardens in a historic rural setting, beautifully extended and revived in the last few years.”
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Kids Rule! at Half Term
Audley End House and Gardens
Saturday 29th May 2021 to Sunday 6th June 2021, 10am – 5pm
“Kids rule at Audley End this May half term! Join us in the grounds of the house to watch performances, listen to storytellers and spend time as a family in the great outdoors.”
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Transport Extravaganza
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station, Colchester CO6 2DS
Saturday 29th May 2021 to BH Monday 31st May 2021, 10am to 5pm.
Lots of vintage vehicles, steam loco, restoration shed, goods shed, cafe, heritage centre and more.
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History Festival
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford CO10 9BA
Saturday 29th May 2021 to BH Monday 31st May 2021, 11am to 5pm
“Explore pockets of history from a range of different eras brought to life by Kentwell’s skilled living historians, spread throughout the house, gardens, farm and woodlands. Spend a whole day immersed in history at Kentwell and travel through time.”
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Nature Explorer Family Trail
Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1TG
Saturday 29th May 2021 to Sunday 6th June 2021
Explore the Markshall Estate Arboretum, discover interesting facts about the unusual natural world around us, answer quiz questions, and receive a sunflower prize to grow at home.
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Superheroes and Princesses
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Marsh Farm Rd, South Woodham Ferrers CM3 5WP
Saturday 29th May 2021 to Sunday 6th June 2021
“Join us for a magical & exciting day as Superheroes and Princesses take over Marsh Farm!”
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Get Up and Grow
RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common CM3 8ET.
Saturday 29th May 2021 to Sunday 6th June 2021
Get Up and Grow this half term at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, with fun family activities and a daily garden trail.
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Dinosaurs Unleashed
Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun Park, Weald Road, Brentwood CM14 5AY
Saturday 29th June 2021 to Sunday 6th June 2021
Meet Baxter, the incredibly realistic 4metre long T-Rex, meet the dino babies, spot the other dinos, and watch the shows!
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Fun for Kids Community Day
Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon CM9 6QA
Sunday 30th May 2021
Fun Day full of Childrens activities and entertainment plus Science Shows with Mad Professor Dean.
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All About Dogs
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Sunday 30th May 2021 and BH Monday 31st May 2021
“Two days of exciting arena displays, expert advice, shopping and lots of have-a-go activities – and if you don’t have a dog, there’s plenty of fun for humans too!”
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Wings & Wheels
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh CM3 6RN
Sunday 30th May 2021, 10am-4pm
“Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome’s signature Wings & Wheels event is set to return for its 5th year!”
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May Gardens Day
Copped Hall, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS
Sunday 30th May 2021, 11am to 4pm
Access to the gardens only, with some stalls, and refreshments.
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National Garden Scheme : Bradfield Gardens
Heath Road, Bradfield, Manningtree CO11 2UZ
Sunday 30th May 2021, 11am to 4:30pm
“Two beautiful, but very contrasting gardens in the village of Bradfield, bordering on the Stour Estuary in north east Essex.
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Woodwind of Stortford
The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow CM17 0NA
BH Monday 31st May 2021, 2:30pm to 5pm.
Music and outside refreshments.
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