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5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:42 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 21 May 2018

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For those still figuring out how to spend your Friday through Sunday, we’ve rounded up 5 of Essex’s best things to do to ensure no second of your weekend is wasted

Ginlicious Gin & Champagne Festival at Colchester Town Hall – May 25 – 26

Gin lovers and champagne connoisseurs get this one from Ginlicious in your diary. With over 50 gins and over 20 champagnes on offer, there’ll be an ample selection of beverages for you to try over this two-day festival. As well as the enormous choice of drinks, there will be live music throughout each of the three sessions.

Tickets are £15 – includes entry and a free glass with festival book OR two free drink tokens – while costs for extra tokens can be found in the links above.

All Saint’s Arts Festival at All Saint’s Church, Maldon – May 25 – 29

Promising to bring together arts, crafts and community, there will be lots of local artists and creators showing off what they’ve made. As well as the chance to pick up fantastic unique ceramics, textiles, glasswork, china and prints, there are several other events and talks from experts taking place throughout the festival.

Entry is free and it runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm each day apart from Sunday when it opens at 1pm and closes at 4.30pm.

The Three Elms Real Ale & Cider Festival in Chelmsford – May 25 – 28

This pub near Chelmsford was voted as Essex Camra’s cider pub of the year for 2015 and 2016 so you can be sure that the 20+ ciders on offer for the festival will all be top notch. The 20+ real ales available will also go down exceptionally well as you enjoy live music from a variety of different bands.

Entry is free and there will also be a BBQ to keep you well fed.

Mersea Island Food, Drink & Leisure Festival – May 26 – 27

Held at Essex Outdoors in Rewsalls Lane, the food stands are populated by some of the county’s best producers of smoked foods, fresh fish, ice cream, cakes or just about any other sort of food product you could think of. As well as the food stalls, many artists and craftspeople from Essex will be showing off their work while there will also be live entertainment throughout.

Admission is free and it runs from 11am to 5pm each day.

Spy Kids Half Term at Royal Gunpowder Mills – May 26 – June 3

Bring the kids along to this family-friendly attraction near Waltham Abbey to start them on the path to becoming a swashbuckling secret agent. In the Mad Lab they can try their hand at dusting for fingerprints or take a photography memory test while they can also have a go at making their own disguise in the creative zone.

Adult entry is £10.50 while children are £8.50.

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