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5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 15:07 16 September 2019

Maldon (c) David Fisher, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Maldon (c) David Fisher, 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

The National Country Show at Hylands Park - September 21 - 22

Featuring a range of rural-themed activities, this two-day festival is one of the biggest family events in the county. Highlights include horse stunt displays, petting zoos, games for you and the dog, lots of food options, craft stalls and much more.

Tickets are £12 for adults, £5 for children aged between 5 and 16 or £10 for concessions.

Autumn Walk at Chafford Gorges Nature Park - September 22

One of Essex Wildlife Reserves finest, The Chafford Gorges Nature Park is a beautiful 200-acre nature reserve. So take advantage of its stunning surroundings and have a walk with one of the rangers to learn about autumn management of the reserve.

Admission is £6 per person.

Heritage Open Days in Essex - September 13 - 22

Many of the county's most notable historic and cultural sites will be open to visit for free throughout this fantastic festival of Britain's heritage. The link above contains all of the events that will be happening in Essex throughout its ten-day run.

Read our write-up about some festival highlights here.

Autumn Plant Fair at RHS Hyde Hall - September 21 - 22

Get your gardens or green areas ready for when the temperatures start to go down with this two-day fair. Around 30 different specialists will be on hand throughout the event to give you plenty of advice for the tricky upcoming period.

Normal garden admission applies for the fair.

Maldon Regatta - September 21

Essex's sailing heritage will be celebrated this Saturday with a number of fantastic water-based events and a number of activities back on land. Smacks, old gaffers and yachts of all ages will race from West Mersea to Osea while there will also be a model boat display in the Boating Lake.

Entry is free.


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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