Things to do in Essex this month
PUBLISHED: 09:37 22 May 2017
Get your calendars at the ready because it's going to be a busy couple of months in Essex
26 May, 4pm to 9.30pm
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Billericay CM11 1WT
An opportunity to learn about the fascinating world of bats. The course will focus on the ecology of UK bats and is suitable for complete beginners or those who wish to know more about bats. Different survey techniques employed to studying bats are considered with case studies as examples. Analysing bat calls through the use of bat detectors and computer software will also be covered. In the evening there will be an opportunity to carry out a bat survey using bat detectors around the Hanningfield nature reserve.
Admission: £30 donation.
27-28 May, 10am to 5pm
Brightlingsea Regatta, Boatshow & Fireworks
Brightlingsea Sailing Club, The Clubhouse, Brightlingsea CO7 0BA
This annual fun event is now in its 12th year. Hosted by Brightlingsea Sailing Club, The Colne Yacht Club, Brightlingsea Harbour, Morgan Marine and many other local businesses, the event will be located all the way from the Western Promenade to Brightlingsea Boatyard with the focal point around the sailing club, yacht club and the hard. Enjoy this fantastic family weekend relaxing in the sun while watching boat races, displays, rescue demonstrations, competitions and lots of fun on the water. There will be plenty of boats on display plus many yachts dressed especially for the weekend.
28-29 May, 2pm to 5pm
Open Garden weekend
Tendring Hall, School Road,
Tendring, Clacton on Sea CO16 0BP
A fabulous opportunity to visit the splendid gardens of a private house with rhodedenrons, azaleas, lawns and a small lake on show to the public for a special weekend. All proceeds for the weekend go to Clacton on Sea Lifeboat.
Admission: By donation.
29 May to 1 June, 11am to 5pm
Kings and Queens
Audley End House & Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF
Put on a right royal welcome at Audley End as the team teach you to avoid the pitfalls of palace life and impress your regal rulers. Uncover the ultimate curtsey, bow like a pro and entertain without being a fool. Find out how to be the King’s right-hand man or the Queen’s favourite lady in waiting at this school for novice nobles. But get it wrong, and it’ll be off with your head!
Admission: Prices vary.
30 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Upminster Windmill, The Mill Field, Saint Marys Lane, Upminster RM14 2QL
Come to the Old Chapel for a decoupage craft session. There will be gluing, sticking and decorating trinket boxes and other items, which you can keep.
Admission: £3 per child (drop in session)