Things to do in Essex this month
PUBLISHED: 10:37 26 July 2016
Check out the Essex essential diary for this month. Your guide to what's on in Essex
Wild Beach (1 August, 10am-12.30pm)
Wild Beach Action at Chalkwell Beach is a seashore based wildlife day. Explore the seashore in all weathers, with lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. The day will be outside, so please dress appropriately. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Chalkwell Beach, Chalkwell, Southend SS0 8JQ. 01702 477467
Victorian explorers (1-5 August, 11am-5pm)
Calling all adventurers! Travel back to the Victorian days and see how they explored the globe by creating maps. Uncover the world of ‘cartography’ and see how the Victorians used instruments of navigation to travel the world. Get crafty and make a sun dial and learn how they used them back in the 1800s. Get lost in a world of fun at Audley End this summer.
Audley End, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF. Admission: Adult £18.30, child £11, family £47.60, concession £16.50 and members free. 0370 333 1181
Sail in a traditional Thames Sailing Barge (1-5 August)
In partnership with Essex Youth Services, Sea Change Sailing Trust is offering 10 people aged 14 to 19 the opportunity to spend a week on board a traditional Thames Sailing Barge exploring the Essex coast.
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon CM9 5JQ. Admission: Prices vary. www.seachangesailingtrust.org.uk
RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show (4-7 August, 10am-5pm)
This four-day flagship event is an absolute must for your diary. Be dazzled by the magnificent floral displays and browse a fantastic range of plants, garden sundries and ornaments.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford CM3 8ET. Admission: Prices vary. 0845 265 8071
Southend Pier Puppet Festival (6-7 August, 11am-5pm)
The Southend Pier Puppet Festival returns this August for a weekend of fun and entertainment. With Punch and Judy shows running throughout both days, this event promises to appeal to families and people of all ages.
Southend Pier, Western Esplanade, Southend on Sea SS1 1EE Admission: Prices vary. 01702 215620
Flower & Companion Dog Show (6 August, 1pm)
Flower Show and Companion Dog Show with stalls, beer tent, BBQ and live music from the Chelmsford Silver Band.
Bradwell Village Hall, Church Road, Bradwell, Braintree CM77 8EP. Admission: £1 per person and children under 16 free. Email Teresa Fowler at email@example.com
Bikemeet (7 August, 10am)
See classic, historic and race motorcycles, plus trial riding displays. Also miniature steam train rides, live music and family entertainment. The museum is open with a working steam engine and historic machinery.
Museum of Power Museum of Power, Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road CM9 6QA. Admission: Adults £6, seniors £5 and children (five to 15) £2, under fives free. 01621 843183
My Garden Kitchen (9 August, 10.30am-2pm)
Have a fun-filled activity day for children at the new Beth Chatto Education Trust wildlife garden. It’s all about food and the garden. Make your own pizza planter, try some ‘sun tea’ and create a dish for a creature!
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB. Admission: Booking essential. Prices vary. 01206 822007
Summer Fun (10, 17 & 25 August, 10am-4pm)
Like water pistols? Then you’ll love squirting water using a fire engine. You can also follow a trail round the museum, test your knowledge with an app quiz and enjoy some arts and crafts.
Essex Fire Museum, Grays Fire Station, Hogg Lane, Grays RM17 5QS. Admission: Prices vary. 01376 576205
Vintage Vehicle Rally (13-14 August)
A selection of static and moving steam traction and other vehicles will be on display at North Weald Station in addition to the railway’s usual timetabled service.
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar CM5 9BN. Admission: Prices vary. 01277 365200
Harry Potter week (13 August, 11am-1pm)
Become a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and attend a magical Transfiguration Class conducted by your new head master.
Braintree District Museum, Braintree CM7 3HW. Admission: £7.50 Booking is essential. 01376 328868
Vintage in the Park (20 August, 10am-4pm)
Come and join us at Hollytrees Museum for a celebration of Colchester’s beautiful collection of vintage items. Some activities require booking. Visit website for details.
Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UG. Admission: Prices vary. www.cimuseums.org.uk/vintage
Mersea Week (22-27 August, Times vary)
Mersea Week is a ‘family and friends’ oriented week. The sheltered waters of the River Blackwater provide perfect conditions and space to run daily racing with expert race management and courses for all. The week includes many traditions, not least the Round the Island Race that is a race around Mersea Island for the much-coveted Coconut Trophy.
Dabchicks Sailing Club and West Mersea Yacht Club. Admission: Prices vary. www.merseaweek.org
Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (23-27 August)
Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three... come with us and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination. The red carpet has been rolled out and you are invited to experience a magical tour of the ‘candificated, yumilicious and tastetastically’ themed grounds at Nevendon Manor. You’ll be taken on an outdoor trail around the grounds for approximately one hour to capture the pure imagination of searching for Charlie and meeting the characters along the way.
Nevendon Manor, Borwick Lane, Wickford SS12 0QA Admission: £13.75 per person. www.nevendonmanor.co.uk
Owl Night (25 August)
Join Nigel & Molly King from Imperial Bird of Prey Academy for a talk about our British owls. Nigel has been working with birds of prey for many years and is a font of knowledge! In the first half of the evening he will talk about the owls in his care and what we can do to ensure these beautiful birds are preserved. In the second half Nigel will be flying some of his owls at the nature reserve for everyone to enjoy! Nigel will also answer any questions you may have about owls. A great night for all ages.
Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve, Leigh on Sea SS9 4LR. Admission: Booking is essential. 01702 477467
44th Annual Art Exhibition (26-28 August, Times vary)
Display of paintings by local artists and displays from the children of St John’s C of E Primary, Heathcote and Danbury Park schools. There will also be a couple of talks and activities throughout the weekend and refreshments will be available.
Danbury Sports & Social Centre, Main Road, Danbury CM34NQ. Admission: Prices vary. www.danburysociety.org.uk
Fly Inn (28 August, 10am-5pm)
Celebrating 100 years of aviation history, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome has a full season of commemorative fly ins planned featuring vintage and modern aircraft. You can also visit the Squadron museum and exhibition. This is a great family day out with stalls and refreshments available in the mess room.
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh CM3 6RJ. Admission: Prices vary. www.stowmaries.org.uk
Guild of Essex Craftsmen — Flagship Craft Fair (28-29 August)
This will be the 17th year the Guild of Essex Craftsmen has put on this event in these fine medieval barns, which are a magnificent setting for the highly skilled members to display their range of genuine, handmade crafts. There will be food and drink, live music and other attractions too. So come along and spend a while in these atmospheric surroundings, admire the handmade crafts and chat to the crafters about their work.
Cressing Temple Barns, Nr Braintree CM77 8PD. Admission: Prices vary. www.essexcraftguild.org.uk
Essex women artists (Until 3 September, Open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through to Saturday)
Artists include Alison Stockmarr, Barbara Peirson, Elizabeth Morris, Patricia Price, Jill Desborough, Stephanie Stow, Heidi Jukes, Emma Cameron, Tessa Spencer Pryse, Dione Page, Olwen Jones, Eliza Kentridge and Anne Schwegmann-Fielding. All illustrate the talent and diversity to be found in a county not always associated with a rich cultural presence.
Hayletts Gallery Oakwood House, 2 High Street, Maldon CM9 5PJ. 01621 851669. www.haylettsgallery.com