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5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:14 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 20 August 2018

Hedingham Castle (c) Pete Webb, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Hedingham Castle (c) Pete Webb, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


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

Contemporary Craft Fair at RHS Garden Hyde Hall – August 24 - 27

Craft in Focus is delighted to be staging its contemporary craft and design, which will showcase 140 of the very best contemporary craft makers and artists in the UK. Also included is a food village and a varied selection of live music throughout the event.

The event runs from 10am to 5pm.

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Peter Pan at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum – August 25

Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure! Set in the stunning gardens at Marks Hall, the performance is filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a-minute script, and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show.

The show starts at 5pm.

Now That’s A Festival at Central Park, Dagenham – August 24 – 26

Each day of this festival has a different theme and so there’s likely to be something for you over the three days no matter what sort of music you fancy. On Friday the theme is dance and garage with General Levy and The Artful Dodger, on Saturday it’s 90s cheese with The Vengaboys and 5ive while Sunday will be focused on R&B with Blackstreet and Sisqo performing.

Tickets start at £22 on Friday and £29 for Saturday or Sunday.

Jousting! Destrier 2018 at Hedingham Castle – August 26 – 27

This authentic jousting tournament will feel like something straight out of Game of Thrones as knights in genuine armour clash while atop of powerful, majestic horses. As well as the jousting, you’ll be able to see various other activities from the period including falconry, have-a-go archery and donkey rides.

It runs from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are £14 for adults, £10 for under-18s and under-fives are free.

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Fambridge River Festival 2018 – August 26

Whether you’re a sailor or not, there will be something for you to do at this wonderful river-based festival on the Crouch near South Woodham Ferrers. On show this year are classic and historic boats, demonstrations and taster sessions, an international food fair, live music and much more.

The festival runs from 10am to 4pm and entry is free.


For more information about any of the events listed above; how to get there, how to book tickets and prices, please follow the links in the event name.

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