Things to in Essex this week

PUBLISHED: 11:59 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:00 06 February 2017

'Snowdrops', Tejvan Pettinger, Flickr CC 2.0

'Snowdrops', Tejvan Pettinger, Flickr CC 2.0


Looking for things to do this week? We’ve got a selection of great events to visit that you definitely won’t want to miss

3-5 February

FolkEast Weekend— Sandlings Sessions

FolkEast is delighted to host a weekend of workshops, intimate performances and dance at Snape Maltings in the heart of the Suffolk Sandlings. There will be the opportunity to work and play with some of the UK’s leading folk artists over the full weekend. In the evening, take time to enjoy intimate and unique performances with the odd session thrown in and a splash of FolkEast frolics.

Admission: Weekend tickets only will be available for this gathering priced £140

10 February, 10am to 3.30pm

Snow Drops in Focus

Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester CO7 7DB

Take a chance to get out in the fresh air of early spring and photograph the wonderful show of colour in the garden. Philip Smith, founder of IGPOTY, will take you on a photographic snowdrop tour, sharing ideas, tips and techniques with the group. The emphasis will be on creating artistic compositions and how to make best use of your camera. You will then have an opportunity to work on your own images under Philip’s expert one-to-one guidance.

Admission: A set seasonal lunch is included in the price. £59 or £54

for Gold Friends of the Garden

and RHS members.

01206 822007

11-19 February, from 10am

Professor Nitrate’s Mission To Mars

Royal Gunpowder Mills,

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey


It’s February half-term at the Royal Gunpowder Mills and Professor

Nitrate is on a Mission to Mars. Join him as he tries to complete his mission into outer space! There are fun science shows with the Professor, space-themed activities and fun for all the family. Join in to make space sand, make your own spaceman suit and try foods that astronauts eat, launch a rocket and even dress up at the space window where you can take a selfie to amaze your friends. The 175 acre site is open to explore too, with a fantastic land train tour, exhibitions, the theatre and armoury, wildlife tower and ample play space. This is a much-loved, all-weather, all-day venue combining fun and learning.

Admission: Prices vary

01992 707 375

12 February, 10am

Valentine’s Day themed crafts

Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea SS9 4LR

Enjoy Valentine’s Day fun for the whole family. This is a drop-in crafts day to come and make a Valentine gift for someone you love or to make heart related crafts just for fun! Join the friendly team at the Belfairs Woodland Centre. There will be crafts for all ages.

Admission: No booking required

01702 477467

12 February, noon to 4pm

Daws Hall Snowdrop Celebration

The Daws Hall Nature Reserve and Gardens Henny Rd, Bures CO8 5EX

Following the huge success of their first ever Snowdrop Celebration last year, the Daws Hall Nature Reserve and Gardens at Lamarsh (near Bures) will open for another Snowdrop Celebration.The main attraction will again be the thousands of snowdrops and other spring bulbs.

Admission: £5 a head to include soup and sausage roll.

01787 269213

12 February, from 10am

Valentines Afternoon Tea

Museum of Power, Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road, Langford CM9 6QA

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with a classic combination of finger sandwiches, savoury pastries, scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of CJ Catering’s wonderful cakes. It is the perfect way to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea with family or a loved one within the magnificent seven-acre site as the piano and accordion music fills the air.

Admission: £12.95 and children £6.95

12-15 February, times vary

Young Artists

Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA

A very special exhibition showcasing the incredible artwork by a very talented group of young artists aged between six and 16 years.

Admission: Free Entry

020 8708 8100

12 February, 2pm

Valentines Tea Dance

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Hackmans Lane, Purleigh,

Chelmsford CM3 6RN

Spend a romantic afternoon at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome’s annual Valentine’s Tea Dance, dancing to music from times gone by. Professional dance instructors will be available to teach you the dance moves and refreshments are served in the atmospheric Mess Hall.

Admission: Prices vary

01245 329358

13-17 February, 11am to 4pm

Spy School

Audley End House and Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF

Calling all super sleuths, secret agents and intrepid investigators! Sharpen your detective skills with hands-on training in cracking codes and solving clues this half term.

Admission: Prices vary

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