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Things to do in Essex this April

PUBLISHED: 12:12 27 March 2017

EXG APR 17 Events

EXG APR 17 Events


Get your calendars at the ready because it’s going to be a busy month in Essex this April

1 April, 8.30am-3pm

Flea Market

Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill,

Maldon CM9 4RL

Come along and enjoy stalls including vintage and secondhand goods, antiques, collectables and crafts. You never know what you may find!

Admission: Free

01621 850940

1 April, 10am

Jack and The Beanstalk Play

Queens Theatre, Billet Lane RM11 1QT

Led by a professional storyteller, these brilliant interactive sessions bring popular stories to life, encouraging imagination and creativity through structured play, while exploring the themes and characters in each story.

Admission: £5 per child

01708 443333

1 April, 10am-4pm

Pruning Plants for Beginners

Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Nr Witham CM77 8PD

Hosted by Rebecca Ashbey, horticulturist at Cressing Temple Barns and responsible for the beautiful gardens on site, and Frances Strickland, previous head gardener at Braxted Park, this event lets you benefit from their combined experience of caring for manicured and stunning grounds, especially for beginners in the garden wishing to learn how to care for their own space.

Learn what to prune, how to prune and when to prune plants. The day will be part practical and part taught.

Admission: £45

0333 013 2738

1-15 April, times vary

Lost and Found, Journey to a Forgotten Railway

Flitch Picture Framing & Gallery,

23 High Street, Great Dunmow,

Dunmow CM6 1AD

Come and take a look at a collection of 20 beautiful original drawings and photographs taken from the artist’s journey along the old Bishop’s Stortford to Braintree Railway.

Admission: Free

07890 764683

1-2 April, times vary

Essex Big Weekend

Calling all Essex residents! We’re all guilty of overlooking what’s on our own doorsteps, but for one weekend in April, Essex attractions giving you the opportunity to enjoy all that our county has to offer with some fantastic offers. Check out the website for further details!

Admission: Free entry


2 April

Antiques Fair

Museum of Power, Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road,

Langford CM9 6QA

Come and discover some rare finds at a variety of antiques stalls inside and outside of the museum this spring.

Admission: Prices vary


4 April, 10.30am-2pm

Garden feats and mini beasts

Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB

Go on a busy springtime mini beast hunt, check out some compost and sow your own little veggie plot. Enjoy a fantastic few hours to be spent with your little one and learning together!

Admission: Accompanied children £8 and one adult free per child, additional adults £3. Booking essential.

01206 822007

5-7 April, 11am-2pm

The Tiger Who Came For Tea

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood based on the book by Judith Kerr. Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! This stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem also has quite a surprise! David Wood OBE is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. His many successes include Fantastic Mr Fox, The Gingerbread Man, BFG, The Witches, Meg and Mog, Spot and Babe the Sheep Pig.

Admission: Tickets are £13.50

01206 573948

6 April to 14 May, times vary

The New Hampshire Grids

The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Off Elizabeth Way, Hawlow CM20 2HP

Calling all art lovers! Don’t miss this beautiful but informative exhibition of drawings and constructions from 1968-1974 by Graham Boyd, it is a visit worth travelling for.

Admission: Prices vary

01279 426042

9 April, 10.30am-1pm

St Clare 10k 2017

St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Harlow CM17 9JX

Limber up for the St Clare 10k! Hundreds of runners are expected to jostle at the starting line once again for the yearly Essex 10k road race, which last year raised an amazing £8,000 for the hospice. There will be a tombola and cafe refreshments available after the race.

Admission: Advance entry is £12

or an additional £3 on the day.


13 April, 11am-2pm

Easter Bunny Trial

Danbury Country Park,

Woodhill Road,

Danbury CM3 4AW

Enjoy an Easter-themed adventure in the park as you follow an Easter-themed trail through the park, paint a hen’s egg and meet the Easter Bunny. Each child will get a chocolate egg and the chance to take photos with the bunny.

This event is deal for families with children aged two to eight and groups set off every 20 minutes.

Admission: £5

07740 180145

14-16 April, 10am-5pm

Easter Hunt

Green Island Gardens, Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester CO7 7SP

Green Island Gardens will be open over the Easter Weekend. Bring the family out to the gardens to enjoy a special Easter Hunt for the kids.

Admission: Adults £6.50 and child £2.50


16 April

TransportFest – Easter Classic Car Show

Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon CM9 6QA

Discover all forms of pre-1985 transport with live music, craft stalls and a giant steam engine ‘Marshall’ working under steam. Also expect heritage engine exhibits, a miniature steam railway, model village and the tearoom will be open.

Admission: Prices vary

01621 843183

18 & 28 April 10.30am-4.30pm

Open Gardens

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens,

Abbey Turning, London Road,

Maldon CM9 6LL

The three acres of garden are surrounded by mature trees, which on the northern boundary give way to a tidal stretch of the River Chelmer. Within this area, a range of different individual gardens and water features can be found. April starts the season with primroses, daffodils and tulips, together with camellias, magnolias and fruit blossom — this is a garden worth visiting.

Admission: Adults £6, children 5-16 £2.50 and children under 5 free

07506 867122

22 April11am & 1.45pm

A Mummers’ Play

Billericay High Street CM12 9BG,

Come and enjoy the celebrations with the Mayflower Morris Men who will perform their Mummers’ play twice on April 22. Remember to boo the dragon, too!

Admission: Free


22-23 April, 10am-4pm

Spring Plant Fair

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford CM3 8ET

A weekend all about plants! Join RHS Garden Hyde Hall for specialist nurseries selling rare and unusual plants, guest speakers, gardening advice and garden tours. It’s a perfect opportunity to get your garden set up for the season ahead. This event is in conjunction with Essex Plant Heritage. A plant crèche will also be available.

Admission: Normal garden admission applies.


26 April, 8pm-9.30pm

Evening Bat Walk

Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea SS9 4LR

Join the woodland ranger Ashley Pinnock on an evening walk through the reserve to look and listen for bats. Meet at the Belfairs Woodland Centre to join Ashley on a walk through the Belfairs reserve and hear about the conservation work being undertaken to promote and conserve these wonderful animals. You can also use bat detectors to ‘listen’ for the bats calls!

Admission: £6 per person and

booking is essential

01702 477467

27 April, 6.30pm

Great British Beef Week

Deersbrook Farm, Shalford Green, Braintree CM7 5AZ

Celebrate Great British Beef Week at Deersbrook Farm with chef Alan Paton who will be serving a delicious three-course meal in the meadows of Deersbrook Farm, celebrating the Great British Beef Week and St George’s day, in conjunction with Ladies in Beef and raising money for RABI agricultural charity.

Admission: £38 per person, including arrival drinks and a three course meal

01371 850671

28 April to 1 May, 10am-5pm

The Essex Craft and Design Show

RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon CM38ET

Celebrate the best in contemporary craft, art and locally produced food. A fantastic day out for all.

Admission: Prices vary

07944 806340


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