April Events in Essex

PUBLISHED: 16:29 12 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:02 20 February 2013

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Music and dance

18th April
M&G Civic Concert: London Mozart Players
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford Featuring Thomas Carroll on cello and conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes. There is also a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.
Admission: 5 to 22
01245 606505

22nd April
Syd Lawrence Orchestra
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford Featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
Admission: 5 to 17.50
01245 606505

22nd April
Trevor Watts and
Peter Knight
The Electric Palace, Harwich
An evening of great jazz. Admission: 1 per person
or 4 for membership
01255 553333

24th April
Sing Sinatra
10am to 4pm
Victory Hall, Mundon Enjoy three classic Frank Sinatra hits; Ive Got You Under My Skin, The Lady Is A Tramp, New York, New York. Singing workshop for singers of all abilities and complete beginners.
Admission: 32 including music, refreshments and high tea
01621 776788

24th April
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford This ingenious new musical has won critical acclaim and many awards and now comes to Chelmsford to delighted audiences.
Admission: 5 to 14
01245 606505


13th to 18th April
The Wizard of Oz
2.30pm and 7.30pm
Harlow Playhouse, Harlow
A spectacular, all-new professional production of the classic story starring the hilarious Joe Pasquale as the Scarecrow and Tracy Beakers Dani Harmer as Dorothy.
Admission: 17 adults, 15 children
01279 431945

17th April
Rabbit Faced Story Soup
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
Perrier Award winner Laura Solon brings her multi-character narrative comedy to Chelmsford.
Admission: 5 to 10
01245 606505

19th to 24th April
Little Shop of Horrors
3pm Saturday matinee, 7.30pm
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
One of the longest-running Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the song writing team behind Disneys The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
Admission: 13 to 14
01245 352211

20th April
An Evening with
Gervase Phinn
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford An evening with Gervase Phinn will have you in stitches, as he shares his hilarious tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales.
Admission: 5 to 16.50
01245 606505

23rd and 24th April
Hell is Empty and All the Devils Are Here!
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
If you are a lover of the gruesome, macabre and grotesque or just a hopeless romantic with a taste for a sentimental ballad, come and join the Mercury Theatre Community Acting Company as they take you to bygone London in this Jacobean inspired Cabaret.
Admission: 5
01206 573948

27th April to 1st May
Gang Show Tell
the World
3pm with Saturday matinee, 7.30pm
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford Gang Show is a review with music, dance and drama performed and run entirely by members of the Scout and Guide movements in Chelmsford.
Admission: 6 to 10
01245 352211

29th April
The Long Way Home
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
A traditional folk tale from the heart of old Europe brought to life through storytelling, music and magic.
Admission: 5 to 11.50
01245 606505

Childrens Events

3rd to 18th April
Half-term Easter Egg Trail
10am to 4.30pm
Oaklands Park, Chelmsford
Follow the trail to
win an Easter egg.
Admission: Free, but donations are welcome
01245 605700

13th to 17th April
Georges Marvellous Medicine
2pm and 6pm
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
If youre looking for fizz-tickling fun and whizz-popping magic for all the family, then dont miss this presentation of Roald Dahls classic, George and his Marvellous Medicine.
Admission: 10 to 14
01245 606505

15th April to 1st May
Under Milk Wood
2.30pm and 7.30pm
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
A extremely funny and yet touching tale about events during a day and night in the life of the strange and extraordinary residents of Llareggub (read it backwards!), an imaginary, small Welsh fishing village by the sea.
Admission: 8.50 to 19.50
01206 573948

Gardens & Wildlife

14th to 15th April
Illuminated Spring Flowers
10am to 4pm
Natural History Museum, Colchester
Cut and decorate a recycled bottle to make a flower.
Admission: 1.50
01206 282940

15th April
Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
Farmland Birds and their Survival, by Simon Tomkin.
Admission: 3 adults, 1 children
01621 892045

20th April
Spring Gardening Workshop
9.30am to 4pm
Copped Hall, Epping
Advice on planting baskets. Admission: 30
07778 423615

25th April
The Country Gardener
North End, Great Dunmow
Charity plant swap all in aid of the charity the National Garden Scheme.
Admission: 4 adults, free entry for children

General Interest

15th April
Athena Meeting
12pm to 2pm
The Swan, Felsted
A networking event.
Admission: 20 members, 25 guests
01371 811108

16th April
Chelmsfords Golden Girls
Admission: Free, but donations are welcome
01245 605700

24 and 25 April
Jousting Tournament
Cressing Temple, Cressing
Admission: Adults 10, children 5
0845 603 7624


18th March to 2nd May
Sea Nature Exhibition
10am to 5pm
Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare
Work by bird photographer, Rebecca Nason.
01787 2790424

8th April to 16th May
Elemental Light
Parndon Mill Gallery, Harlow
Paintings by Neil Robbins based on landscape.
01279 426042

12th to 16th April
Medieval Pottery
11am to 4pm
Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester
Inspired by the Medieval Mind exhibition, this is a chance to get messy with some clay to create medieval faces in relief in tiles.
Admission: 1.50
01206 282940

17th to 25th April
Westcliff Art Trail
10am to 5pm
Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend
A great opportunity to catch a sneak preview of work by all the artists who will be featured in the trail throughout the Westcliff area later in the year.
01702 347418

23rd to 25th April
34th Open Art Exhibition
Friday noon to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm
Boreham Village Hall
Opened by artist Paul Karslake.

24th April
Marconi Day
10am to 5pm
Sandford Mill,
Hands-on family fun activities help celebrate the birthday of radio innovator and treasured icon of Chelmsford, Guglielmo Marconi.
Admission: Free, but donations are welcome
01245 475498

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