April events in Essex

PUBLISHED: 11:27 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:22 05 April 2013

Find a fabulous selection of great events for all taking place in Essex during April

1 April


11am-5pm


Its Easter!


Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney"¨Nr. Colchester"¨C05 9US


Fun for all the family; bottle-feeding the lambs, toddler Easter egg hunt, egg & spoon races and Easter trail.Ticket includes entrance to House and Grounds. Gift Shop and Tea Room Open. Dogs on leads welcome.


Admission: Adults 7, Children 4.50 and Family 20


01206 330784





1-2 April


4pm & 7.45pm


Moscow Ballet


Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT


A hugely enjoyable dance-spectacular for the whole family, following previous sell-out shows, the world-renowned Moscow Ballet present this jewel of classical ballet - a beautiful love story infused with passion, charm and comedy.


Admission: 16 child and adult 25


01708 443333





2-3 April


Tuesday 8pm and Wednesday 5pm & 8pm


The Chinese State Circus- Yin Yang


West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea CO15 1LE


Following its premier in the UK in 2012 and the great success it achieved with both audiences and critics the show returns for 2013. Witness the unpredictable and exhilarating twists of foot juggling with drums, the sensational contortionist and the dynamic hoop divers with their amazing somersaults, leaps and jumps which all go towards completing this action packed programme. Suitable for all ages a great family day out.


Admission: Prices vary


01255 474000




2-4 April


Times vary


Easter Holiday Workshop


Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane Hornchurch RM11 1QT


This classic Hansel and Gretel fairy tale comes to live using life music, song and captivating staging for ages 4 8+. If you go down to the woods today, what surprises might you find? Two children los, a trail of breadcrumbs and a bewitching house made of sweets. Follow Hansel & Gretel on an epic journey through the deep dark woods as they try to find their way home.


Admission: 7 adult and 6 child


01708 443333




2 - 7 April


Times vary


The Lost Dragon


The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse SquareTown Centre CM20 1LS


10-year-old Emily is all set to go on holiday with her father, Jim, a reporter on a local Harlow newspaper. Far away in the frozen wastes of Siberia, a strange creature is discovered preserved deep in the ice. As the worlds press gather to see it unveiled, Jim gets the career break of his dreams and Emily embarks on an unforgettable adventure.


Admission: 16-19


01279 431945





3 April


10am-4pm


Easter Trial


Essex Police Museum, HQ, Chelmsford CM2 6DN"¨


Find our hidden Easter objects in the museum to win a chocolate prize! There is no need to book for this indoor event, suitable for ages.


Admission: 1


01245 457 1





6 April


10am-4pm


Discover Pillar Boxes


BPMA Museum Store, Debden, Essex, IG10 3UF


Come and join us on this drop in day, with lots of post boxes, vehicles and other items to interest children of all ages. All in aid for the Chigwell Disabled Group.


Admission: Free


020 7239 2570



21 April


10am-4.30pm


Dragon Hunt


Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ


Join us to celebrate St. Georges day and hunt down our enormous 10ft high, stunning animatronic dragon. Why not come dressed as St. George the brave knight or a Damsel in distress. A themed inflatable park will also be running on the back lawn.


Admission: Cost vary


01245 605500




24 April


10am-4pm


Museum of Power Steam Day


Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford CM9 6QA


Fun for all the family; with a gigantic pumping engine Marshall will be in steam. Miniature steam train rides (fare 1). There is also a tearoom, riverside picnic area and other various activities for you to enjoy with the family.


Admission: Adults 5, concessions 4 and children under 12 go free


01621 843183





28 April


11am-2am


Chris and Pui Roadshow


Townsgate Theatre, St. Martins SquareBasildon SS14 1DL


See Chris and Pui from show me show me live on stage! CBeebies favourite double act is bringing songs, rhymes, comedy sketches and lot of joining in for all the family.


Admission: 12 adult/10 junior


01268 465465



3 April


10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm


Tour of the Post Office Museum


BPMA Museum Store, Unit 7, Imprimo Park, Lenthall Road, Debden IG0 3UF


Join us for behind the scenes tour of the BPMA museum collection store. This event needs to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Also please not that each 30-minute tour will involve standing for this time.


Admission: Free


020 7239 2570



8-14 April


Times unknown


Loughton Festival Art Show


The Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach, Loughton IG10


If youre a fan of paintings, drawings and sculptures, come down to this art show organised by the Epping Art Society.


Admission: Free


020 8508 2512




11 April- 19 May


Times vary


Long Distance Travelled


The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Off Elizabeth Way, Harlow CM20 2HP


Come see Chris Seaber paintings, drawings, collages, assemblages, constructions; the creative journey from observation to abstraction. The starting point for these investigations has been as varied as the work produced. Something seen, heard, read or remembered can spark the initial engagement.


Admission: Free


01279 426042





13 April- 11 May


10am-5pm


Paintings silkscreens and linocuts


Hayletts Gallery Oakwood House, 2 High Street, Maldon CM9 5PJ


The main theme of Angela Hardings work is British birds combined with the British countryside.Colour is such an important element as she employs soft greens, greys, blues & lilacs, which work hand in hand with her beautiful birds and flower forms.


Admission:


01621 851669






13 April


8pm


Gardeners Question Time


BPMA Museum Store, Unit 7, Imprimo Park, Lenthall Road, Debden IG0 3UF


Last years Gardening Question Time was so appreciated that we thought we would do it all again! The panel will include horticulturalists, a tree expert and an allotment expert.


Admission: 5


020 7239 2570







17 April


2.00pm


Garden Tour


Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney"¨Nr. Colchester"¨C05 9US


Start the gardening season with a guided tour from our head gardener. As part RHS Gardening Week. Ticket includes entrance to Tower and Grounds. Gift shop and tea room Open. Dogs on leads welcome too.


Admission: Adults 7.00, children 4.50 and family 20.00


01206 330784





20 April


8am-7.30pm


Bird Watching Day Sail


Hythe Quay, Maldon CM9 5HN


Thames Barge Sailing Trip is hosting a full day sail with Essex Wildlife Trust. The fully catered event will take you on a full day bird watching sail on the Blackwater.


Admission: 55


01621 857567




25 April


11am-4pm


Planting to look good all year round


Green Island, Park Road, Ardleigh C07 8SP


Come down for this exciting opportunity with Fiona Edmond as she talks about how to keep you garden looking fresh and colourful all year round. Includes coffee, light lunch and after tea, booking is required.


Admission: 50


01206 230455








27 April


10pm-12am


Wildflower Walk


Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ


Spring is a great time to see wild flowers at Hylands. Join our Education Officer for a walk out to the woods to learn more about our fascinating plant life. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Sorry, no dogs. Suitable for adults and older children 10 years plus and all visitors must meet at the Stables Centre.


Admission: 6


01245 605523 (Booking essential)




28 April


2.00pm


Wellie Walk!


Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney"¨Nr. Colchester"¨C05 9US


Blow away the winter cobwebs with a Guided Family Walk around the Estate. In association with Essex Wildlife Trust, these tickets include entrance to the tower and grounds. Dogs are welcome for this event.


Admission: Adults 7.00, children 4.50 and family 20.00


01206 330784



Till 27th April


7.30pm


Events On A Hotel Terrace


Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT


Events on a Hotel Terrace is part of Intimate Exchanges, a series of plays by Alan Ayckbourn, in which just two actors play every single character exploring how even the tiniest, careless choices we make in our lives can have enormous consequences.


Admission: 10-25


01206 573948





1-2 April


4pm-7.45pm


Coppelia


Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane Hornchurch RM11 1QT


A hugely enjoyable dance spectacular for all ages! Following previous sell-out shows, the world-renowned Moscow Ballet present this jewel of classical ballet - a beautiful love story infused with passion, charm and comedy.


Admission: 25 and child 16


01708 443333





6 April


7.30pm


Saffron Walden and District Music Club Concert


Saffron Walden Baptist Church, High St,Saffron Walden CB10


Come down and enjoy this great musical programme, which includes works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach, Brahms, and Prokoviev.


Admission: 10 (Under 18s free if accompanied by an adult)


01799 524347



12 April


7.30pm


I Love To Boogie


Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT


The tour will comprise of two sets of electric boogie. The band will not have any support and it promises to be glam rock at it's very authentic best!


Admission: 10-22


01206 573948









13 April


7.30pm


The Twist


Princes Theatre, 820, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea C015 1SE


This exciting cast brings you an American Diner right into the theatre where 'Big' Tony Tremendo, the diner owner, delivers a show packed with authentic vocals, a live band and comedy. Relive the fabulous songs of a great Rock 'n' Roll era with the amazing, critically acclaimed house band, The Twisters.


Admission: 18.50-19.50


01621 890153





14 April


7.30pm


M&G Civic Concert: European Union Chamber Orchestra












Civic CentreDuke St, Chelmsford CM1 1JG



Soloist soprano Lesley Garrett and Trumpet player Crispian Steele-Perkins will join the European Union Chamber Orchestra in a programme of classical music.


Admission: Prices vary


01245 606505







18 April


8pm


Yolanda Brown


West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton on Sea CO15 1LE


Double MOBO Award Winning Saxophonist Yolanda Brown is widely regarded as the emerging voice of mainstream Jazz in the UK. She is one of the most exciting, in-demand live performers. Her music is a wonderful mix of jazz, soul and reggae, all of which combined on her 2012 debut album April Showers May Flowers, peaking at #1 on the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts.
Admission: 17.50 and concessions 16.50
01255 474000



19 April


8.30pm


Bourgeois & Maurice


The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse SquareTown Centre CM20 1LS


Hold on to your morals, Bourgeois & Maurice are coming to the Playhouse with their critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe hit Sugartits. Their original songs blend catchy pop hooks with bitingly satirical lyrics, taking on a vast range of important human issues, from reptilian conspiracy theories to the eroticisation of the finance sector.


Admission: 13


01279 431945


21 April


7pm


Aurora Voices and Jazz Friends


The Headgate Theatre, 14, Chapel Street North Colchester CO2 7AT


Come along and enjoy a fun evening of Jazz standards including Beyond the Sea, Fly me to the moon, Everytime we say Goodbye and many more expertly sung by Aurora Voices and Jazz Friends. Accompanied by fantastic live jazz group from Colchester Institute and Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra.


Admission: 6-8


01206366000





30 April


7.30pm


Billy Ocean


Townsgate Theatre, St. Martins SquareBasildon SS14 1DL


Dont miss this once in a lifetime to see the man himself Billy Ocean. He is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30million records in his lifetime.


Admission: 25


01268 465465



4 April


2pm-5pm


Flower Demonstration with Afternoon Tea


Keene Hall, Watchouse Road, Galleywood, Chelmsford CM2 8PT


Friends of Farleigh Hospice are holding a Flower Demonstration by David Thomson with afternoon tea. Towards the end of the afternoon flowers will be raffled.


Admission: 10 including afternoon tea


01245 258067




6, 7 & 20, 21 April


2pm-5pm


Upminster Windmill Open Days


Upminster Windmill Mill Field, St. Marys Lane, Upminster RM14 2QL


Come down and join friends of Upminster Windmill, who give visitors free conducted tours of this 200-year-old windmill. As well it still has most of its original wooden machinery in place.


Admission: Free (Donations are welcome)


03000301803






12 April


3pm-5pm


Tea Dance


Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane Hornchurch RM11 1QT


Singer Paul Rhodes leads local choir Dawn Chorus in an afternoon of popular melodies and swing hits. Includes a donation to St Francis Hospice.


Admission: 5


01708 443333





12 April


11am-3pm


Easter Family Fun Day/ Recycling Road Show


King Georges Park CM14 5AE


Lots of Easter fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including face painting, bouncy castles, arts and crafts and lots more. The recycling road show will also be at the event to promote dry recycling across the borough. Pop in and see us about local recycling services. The Skate park association will also be holding a scooter jam in the new skate park.


Admission: Free


events@brentwood.gov.uk






13 April


10am-4pm


Sing Day


Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton IG10 1RB


Have you always wanted to sing but too scared to join a choir? Now is your chance to try something different! Please join The Chigwell Choir for a Sing Day as part of the Loughton Festival led by conductor/composer Alexander Campkin. We welcome new singers as well as more experienced ones for a fun day.


Admission: 5 students and adults 15


020 8508 6004





13 April


7.30pm


Meridian Opera


United Free Church, High Elms, Woodford Green IG8 OUP


RNLI Loughton and Woodford Branch present an evening of nautical scenes from popular operas and operettas including HMS Pinafore, Cosi fan tutti, Idomeneo, Pirates of Penzance and more.


Admission: 8 advance and 10 on the door


020 8502 1788




17 April


7.30pm


Epping Society


St Johns Church, St Johns Road, Epping CM16 5DN


Our speaker will be Ben Cowell, the new Regional Director for the East of England at the National Trust will talk about the new planning policy. Please bring anyone to this open meeting for this interesting and informative event.


Admission: Free


01992 57719







17 April


6pm-9pm


Great British Charity Shopping Evening


Quadrant Department Store, 2220 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 OLS


Join us for a fun evening including; a free glass of wine, goodie bag, a new season fashion guide, free demonstrations, charity raffle and more. All funds raised will be donated to Friends at Broomfield Hospital and Canine Partners Essex.


Admission: 6


events@chelmsfordstar.coop





18 April


7.45pm


The 2013 Ballet Central nationwide tour


Civic Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford CM1 1JG


Come down and enjoy something beautiful with the Ballet Central group. They attract huge interest indicating there is a real interest in live dance in Essex and its something not to be missed. This event is ideal for families, dance enthusiasts and those new to ballet.


Admission: Prices vary


01245 606505




28 April


11am-1.30pm


Nature Break- Seal Watching Cruise


Burnham-On-Crouch, Town Quay CM0 8AT


Come and enjoy something different with your day with this nature break of seal watching.


Admission: 23


01268 491540



10 April


1pm-3.30pm


Teddy Bears Picnic Trail


Hadleigh Country Park"¨Chapel Lane"¨Hadleigh"¨Essex"¨SS7 2PP


If you go down to the woods today follow the self-led trail and there will be a big surprise - just what are those teddy bears up to? Bring your own teddy, and see what you can spot to earn yourself a prize.


Admission: 4 per child


0845 603 7624



Till 14 April


11am-3pm


Easter Egg Extravaganza


South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS


Self-guided trails are popular events at Weald Country Park and for this Easter the rangers have planned an Easter Egg Extravaganza with rewards for everyone that takes part.


Admission: 3 per trail guide


0845 603 7624



Till 2 November


Times vary


New Season at the Museum in the Park


47 Mill Road, Maldon CM9 5HX


The museum opens the new seasonwith 'A Brush with the Past - Maldon Connections', featuring artists who have lived in, or visited Maldon during the 19th and 20th centuries.Artists include Robert Nightingale, Eric Hebborn, artist and master forger and Sir Edwin Landseer.


Admission: Adults 2 and children 50p


01621 842688



20 April


6pm-9pm


Discovery Centre Stargazing


Great Notley Country Park, Braintree CM77 7FS


Ever wondered what could be out there? Join the free monthly stargazing event with North Essex Astronomy Group and discover the Waxing Gibbous Moon, Saturn (late rising) and Jupiter. The event is subject to clear weather.


Admission: Free, 1 car parking


0845 603 7624



20-21 April


10am-5pm


Colchester Town and Country Show


Lower Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1UN


A traditional family event based on country, animal and rural activities and military re-enactment with craft, food and trade stands, full catering and a bar.


Admission: Adult 6, concession 5 and child 3


01206 263 088



21 April


1pm-4pm


Scouts Association Renewal of Promise


Hollytrees Meadow, Castle Park, Colchester


Come join us for our Annual St Georges Day parade and civic ceremony to witness the renewal of promises by members of the Scouts and Guides in Colchester.


Admission: Free


07761 352175



6 April


2pm


Spring Talks at The National Jazz Archive


The National Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton 1G10 1HD


Come down and enjoy an illustrated talk, looking at British jazz on film with Dr Nicolas Pillai from Warwick University. Please book to avoid disappointment.


Admission: 5 per talk or 15 for all four


02095024701



13 April


2pm


Spring Talks at The National Jazz Archive


The National Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton 1G10 1HD


Explore the influence of King of Swing, Benny Goodman, on the British jazz scene with bandleader Chris Walker.


Admission: 5 per talk or 15 for all four


02095024701



20 April


2pm


Spring Talks at The National Jazz Archive


The National Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton 1G10 1HD


Researcher Jasmin Taylor looks at"¨the fascinating life of legendary American blues singer Billie Holiday. This talk includes an exclusive hands-on session with archive material.


Admission: 5 per talk or 15 for all four


02095024701



13 April


1.45pm-4.30pm


East at the Warner Archive


Balmoral Centre, Ground Floor Lounge, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff on Sea SS0 7AU


June Carroll, Julie Topsfield and Susan Canfield are members of East Anglian Stitch Textiles (EAST). Theywill give an illustrated talk to the South & East Essex Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild about the work created byEAST membersinspired by the collection at the Warner Textile Archive.


Admission: 5


07910 093650



24 April


6:45am to 8:30am


Networking Visitors day


Crowne Plaza Resort- Five Lakes Colchester Road, Colchester CM9 8HX


Do you want more business? Come and meet over 50 like-minded businesses for you to do more business with.


Admission: 10 for breakfast


Contact: Alan Skinner 07806 939999



27th April


4.45am-9am


Dawn Chorus Walk


The Visitor Centre, Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall CO6 1TG


Early birds can enjoy the sights and sounds of Marks Hall in the company of our Curator, Jonathan Jukes, followed by a hearty breakfast in the Visitor Centre afterwards!


Admission: 15 per person includes breakfast


01376 563796



Sunday 21 April


10am-4.30pm


Dragon Hunt


Hylands House, London Rd, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ


Join us to celebrate St. Georges Day and hunt down our enormous 10ft high, stunning animatronic dragon.


Admission: Cost: 10 per family or 3 per person


www.chelmsford.gov.uk/dragonhunt

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