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5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:09 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 10 December 2018

Chelmsford Cathedral under snow (c) fourthandfifteen, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Chelmsford Cathedral under snow (c) fourthandfifteen, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


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

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Cars at the Museum of Power – December 14

Come along and join The Museum of Power for a deliciously festive themed afternoon tea from the museum’s fantastic on-site café. It’ll feature gingerbread men, mince pies, brandy butter and many other Christmassy treats.

The tea is £16.95 for adults or £8.95 for children. Sitting times at 2pm or 3.30pm.

Terrifying Tales from the Tea Shop at Jacqueline’s Tea Room – December 12 – 16

Enjoy a set of ghost stories from two different performers while the tea room provides you with a range of festive treats and delights in their vintage upstairs parlour room.

Tickets are £12 or £10 for concessions. Food and drink is sold separately.

Santa’s Castle Grotto at Colchester Castle Museum – December 15 – 16

After the little ones have met Saint Nick and told him what they want for Christmas, take the opportunity to explore the rest of the castle and even perhaps have a go at the festive trail. There’s also a chance to win a VIP guided tour of the castle’s major exhibition by entering the special prize draw.

Tickets are £6.50 per child with a maximum of two accompanying adults.

Christmas Special at Audley End Miniature Railway – December 15 – 24

Take the Santa Express deep into the woods surrounding Audley End to discover a Winter Wonderland waiting for you and the family. Once here you’ll find Santa waiting to give you a gift and help you with some brilliant craft activities.

Tickets are £13.50 to £15.

Carols at Chelmsford Cathedral – December 15 – 16

Come join in with some festive classics this weekend with a couple of carol services at Chelmsford’s cathedral. The first is in support of the Alzheimer’s Society on Saturday and is followed by the Ceremony of Carols and Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday.

It starts at 4pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.


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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