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5 things to do in Essex this weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:21 21 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:21 21 January 2020

Hadleigh Ray (c) Nico Hogg, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Hadleigh Ray (c) Nico Hogg, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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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

Darker Shores at Headgate Theatre, Colchester - January 22 - 25

Looking for family entertainment? This little gem of a theatre is hosting a show for all ages, a tale of terror that is perfect for a winter's night. Gabriel Stokes, who is haunted by his experiences at The Sea House and is hoping to discover the dark truth that dwells there, enlists the help of American psychic Dr Tom Beauregard.

Admission is between £11 and £13.

Living Seas in Essex at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park - January 25

Did you know the Essex coastal and marine wildlife is under pressure and faces threat? Join the Living Seas coordinator at Essex Wildlife Trust, Rachel Langley, who will introduce the Essex coast and some of the species that make it their home as well as give an insight into some of the projects the trust is working on to help protect and restore our marine wildlife, and its threats.

Admission is free.

Winter Birding Day at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre - January 26

Essex boasts some of the best leading conservation charities across the UK, committed to protecting wildlife and inspiring a lifelong love of nature. Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre is one of the many that gives the public an opportunity to see nature at its finest. This month don't miss the Essex Birdwatching Society present free guided walks with Swallow Birding.

Admission is just a suggested donation of £2.

Brentwood Carp Show - January 25 - 26

Considered to be the UK's biggest carp show, lovers of fishing from around the country will be descending on the Brentwood Centre for a fantastic day of presentations and the chance to meet a number of high profile exhibitors.

Tickets start at £10.

Abberton Reservoir Brilliant Birds - January 26

There is always something magical about this time of the year, including animals at winter. So, this January drop in and explore the reserve and learn all about birds. This fulfilling family event lets you enjoy the fresh air, great physical exercise, see a variety of different animals and learn the way they survive during the cold winter months.

Admission is £6 per child.

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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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