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5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:47 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 15 October 2018

Upper Lake at Marks Hall Gardens (c) Marc Pether-Longman, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Upper Lake at Marks Hall Gardens (c) Marc Pether-Longman, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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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

Quiz Night at Beaulieu Community Centre – October 20

In aid of the Mayor of Chelmsford’s charities, come and support this fabulous event that will be full of entertainment. Bring friends and family with you to create teams of eight plus your own food and drink.

Admission is £7.50 per person and it starts at 7pm.

Colchester Record Fair at Firstsite – October 20

Colchester’s Record Fair returns to Firstsite – a treat for both enthusiasts and casual collectors alike. Come browse through stall holders’ collections of vinyl and CDs from a vast range of genres. Grab yourself a bargain – or perhaps something a little rarer.

Admission is just 50p and it runs between 10am and 4pm.

Halloween Events across Essex for October half term

Many of Essex’s best attractions have put together special Halloween events that will delight both kids and adults. Such attractions putting on events include Foxes Farm Produce, Mountfitchet Castle, Audley End Railway, Marks Hall Gardens and more.

For our full listing of Halloween events, click the link above.

Knightzzz at the Museum in Colchester – October 20

Spend the evening within the walls of Colchester Castle for this unique B&B experience in Britain’s oldest recorded town. With such a long and tumultuous history, there is a good chance you might spot one of the castle’s spooks.

Tickets are £30 per person or £25 per person for groups of four or more.

Seal Trips from Burnham Quay – October 20 – 21

Get up close and personal with the wildlife that call the Crouch and Roach estuaries home on one of these brilliantly informative trips. Over the two-hour trip you’ll likely see seals as well as lots of other bird species that thrive on this rich environment.

Tickets are £25 for adults and £10 for under-12s.


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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