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5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:43 11 November 2019

Willows in Dedham Vale (c) Tim Abbott, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Willows in Dedham Vale (c) Tim Abbott, 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

Ramble at Dedham and Flatford Mill - November 16

Join one of the National Trust's experienced guides for a three-hour (4 mile) ramble, visiting the views that inspired the artist John Constable. This historic tour will also visit East Bergholt and Dedham, where Constable was born and where he lived for the first part of his life. Also, you'll get the chance to see the location of his parent's house and his first studio.

Admission is £7.

Festive Afternoon Tea at Stow Maries Aerodrome - November 15 - 17

Enjoy a variety of themed finger sandwiches, cakes and sweet treats in the surrounds of this historic aerodrome near Maldon. If you can't make it this weekend they are also offering it at weekends throughout November and December.

The tea is £19.50 per person.

East Anglian Winter Fair at Chelmsford City Racecourse - November 16 - 17

Browse the stalls, watch some incredible horse displays, watch a cooking demonstration or enjoy a fun dog show - whatever sort of thing takes your fancy it'll be at this fantastic winter fair (within reason of course).

It runs from 10am to 5pm each day.

Braintree Christmas Lights Switch On - November 16

Welcome in the beginning of the festive season as Radio Essex and a number of other special guests lead the entertainment. There will also be an enormous Christmas market in the town centre with 100 stalls to browse.

The event starts at 12pm with the first lights switch on at 5pm.

Christmas Craft Fair at Cliffs Pavilion Theatre, Southend - November 16 - 17

Between 10am and 3pm each day explore 40 separate stalls and get ahead on your Christmas shopping. All exhibitors involved are local and will have a variety of different items to show off.

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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