14 things to do in Essex in November

PUBLISHED: 12:59 15 October 2020 | UPDATED: 11:16 03 November 2020

Beach Huts & Sand Dunes by Chris Wenlock (photo courtesy Hayletts Gallery)

Beach Huts & Sand Dunes by Chris Wenlock (photo courtesy Hayletts Gallery)

Chris Wenlock / Hayletts Gallery

Remember remember... sadly the fireworks are off this year but there are still plenty of Covid-secure events to enjoy in Essex in November

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, due to the second national lockdown, commencing at 00.01 on Thursday 5 November 2020, most of these events have been cancelled. Please double check directly with the organiser before making any plans.


1. Autumn at RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Half term

Sadly, the Little Acorns pre-school gardening and craft club event, scehduled for 4 November, has been canelled, but there’s till plenty of autumnal fun to be had at RHS Garden Hyde Hall this half term. Enjoy an outdoor family adventure with space to play and run free, beautiful gardens full of plants from around the world and woodland full of crunchy leaves and creepy crawlies to explore, all while surrounded by fantastic views of the Essex countryside. Pre-book a time slot in advance. Adults £13.50, kids £6.10 (members free).

Creephedge Lane, Chelmsford CM3 8ET; 01245 402019; rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall



2. Make Your Own Keepsake Warm Glass Christmas Decorations at Hylands House

5 & 21 November

Want to learn a new skill? Enjoy a fun day creating your own unique Christmas decorations for you to treasure or gift to friends and family. You will learn to cut, grind and colour glass as well as applying the decorative features to personalise your beautiful glass decorations. This workshop is the perfect creative start to this year’s festivities. December dates are also available. Tickets £90.

London Road, Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ; 01245 605500; hylandsestate.co.uk



3. Virtual Chris Wenlock Exhibition at Hayletts Gallery

Until 7 November

Missing your art fix? Hayletts Gallery is hosting a special online exhibition of recent paintings by Chris Wenlock. Be mesmerised by his works featuring expanses of wildflowers, beguiling buildings and tranquil river estuaries. Chris uses melting wax and turpentine, mixing it with oils to build up layers of glazes in pure colour, creating detailed images full of softness and warmth.




4. Great Chesterford Jewellery Fair

7-8 November

Looking for innovative gifts for Christmas? It’s a well-known fact that the best presents come in small packages. Support talented, independent artisan jewellers who will be offering jewellery for all kinds of tastes, styles and budgets including antique and vintage. Visitors are asked to wear a face covering. 10am to 4pm.

Great Chesterford, Saffron Walden CB10 1NU; ruralmagpie.co.uk/pages/rural-magpie-fairs



5. Essex Festive Gift and Food Show at The Brentwood Centre 

7-8 November

*Sadly this event has been postponed until 2021*

Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood CM15 9NN; essexfestiveshow.co.uk



6. Museum Explorer Tours of Essex Police Museum

7, 14, 21 & 28 November

Enjoy some family fun time as you explore the Essex Police Museum together and test your detective skills. To become a certified museum explorer the whole family needs to work together to discover the secrets of the museum’s objects and solve the 1970s crime scene. Admission is free, but pre-book via eventbrite

Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 6DN; essex.police.uk/museum



7. The East Anglian Winter Fair at Chelmsford City Racecourse

14-15 November

Are you in need of gift suggestions? Then you will not be disappointed by the huge variety of stalls at this fair. This Christmas event has something for everybody. Show your love for the local community by supporting local and handmade treats as every little helps in these difficult times. 10am to 5pm. Book your place through UK Craft Fairs to enjoy a 10% discount.

Chelmsford CM3 1QP; ukcraftfairs.com



8. The Wedding Show at Hylands House

15 November

One thing the Covid-19 pandemic hit hard was 2020 weddings, but it isn’t all doom and gloom. This wedding show will give you an opportunity to meet a range of quality suppliers to give you lots of inspiration for your big day in 2021 and beyond. 11am to 3pm. Admission is free but you’ll need to pre-register for the show.

London Road, Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ; mainweddingsandevents.co.uk



9. Fascinating Fungi at Beth Chatto Plants and Gardens

15 November

Want to discover something new and exciting? How about the amazing world of fungi? Enjoy this fun day out being introduced to fungi and their vital place in the environment. Enjoy a walk around the beautiful garden, spotting fungi and identifying them where possible. A practical, hands-on session, you will learn what to look for in terms of identification with your leader. 10am to 3.30pm. Admission is £25 or £22 for Gold Friends of the Garden.

Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB; bethchatto.co.uk



10. How Refugees Saved Colchester (online talk)

19 November

Did you know that in the 16th century, large numbers of skilled craftspeople from lowland Europe made their way to Essex. As religious refugees, they sought peace and the opportunity to ply their trades. Join historian and an honorary fellow of the Department of History at The University of Essex, David Grocott, for an interesting talk to discover the economic impact of the arrival of the Dutch, and the enduring contribution immigrants made to the town. 6.30 pm. Tickets £6.




11. Walking Tours of The Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey

21 November

This event is currently under review. Please check facebook.com/events closer to the time

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY; 01992 707370; royalgunpowdermills.com



12. Collectors Fair at The Brentwood Centre 

29 November

This event - one of the largest antiques, retro, vintage and collectors fairs in Essex - may be cancelled. Please check the website closer to the time.

Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood CM15 9NN; gnbfairs.com



13. Indoor Christmas Event at Charter Hall, Colchester

29 November

Discover the perfect way to get in the festive mood by wandering around 100 unique stalls. Expect a wide range of products including clothing, jewellery, beauty, treats, handmade wooden items, pottery and wellness stalls. There will also be refreshments to keep you going while you shop until you drop. 11am to 4pm. Admission: £5 per adult and children go free. Book online here.

Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester CO1 1YH; colchester-events.co.uk



14. Remembrance Sunday Lunch at Kings Oak, Loughton

8 November

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day proving rather difficult to celebrate this year, and having had to cancel planned events to mark both occasions, the Kings Oak has decided to throw a belated double celebration in the form of a special Remembrance Sunday Lunch on November 8. You’ll be able to raise a glass (a peach Bellini will be served upon arrival), before settling down to a delicious three-course dinner, accompanied by a live performance by the legendary crooner Fil Straughan. Tickets cost £45 adult, £20 child, with a 12 noon and a 4pm sitting.

10 High Beech, Waltham Abbey, Loughton IG10 4AE; kingsoakhotel.com





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