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5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:14 19 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:14 19 August 2019

Audley End House (c) John Fielding, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Audley End House (c) John Fielding, 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

Contemporary Craft & Design Fair at RHS Garden Hyde Hall - August 23 - 26

Come and see some of the very best professional designers, artists and craftsmen for their individuality and innovation in contemporary design. Purchase from a stunning treasure trove of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists in the UK, including textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, ceramics, jewellery, glass and much more. This event also includes a food village and live music.

The event runs from 10am to 5pm each day.

Jousting at Hedingham Castle - August 25 - 26

Be transported back to medieval times as two armoured knights face off in the grounds of this historic location. Before the jousting in the afternoon you can enjoy a falconry display, have a go at archery, listen to music from the period and much more.

The event runs between 10am and 5pm.

Total Pop Party at Thameside Theatre - August 24

Total Pop Party is the ultimate dream for your kids. These incredible girl performers celebrate the modern-day pop legends from Little Mix to The Spice Girls. Expect incredible choreography, entertainment and a non-stop pop party from start to finish. Singing and dancing all the way, Total Pop Party is an excellent introduction for kids who are too young to go to the big concerts but don't want to miss out on seeing their favourite stars!

Admission is £13.

WWII Weekend at Audley End House and Gardens - August 25 - 26

From Trooper of the D-Day landings to the kitchen maid dishing out meagre wartime rations, prepare yourself as you're drawn into the theatre of war at Station 43. You will be taught how to be a soldier, dance away to 1940s music, dig for victory and be blown away at the spectacle of wartime assault.

The stories behind the battles will be told during this evocative weekend, from the sadness and injury of the battlefield to the make-do-and-mend lifestyle of the home front.

The Countess of Warwick's Show at Little Easton Church - August 25 - 26

This country fair has something for everyone and is guaranteed to keep everyone entertained with its variety of activities. With craft stalls, arena events, a classic car show and displays, a dog show, art exhibition, ploughing match, vintage tractor show, horticultural show, equestrian displays and much more.

This event aims to raise funds for The Five Parishes charity, which helps to cover the increasing costs of the upkeep of the local churches. Entry to the car park is £10 per car with a programme included.


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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