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August Events Diary

PUBLISHED: 12:08 13 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:37 20 February 2013

Attractions and activities taking place in Essex during August

4th August


From 10.30am


Pollinating Insects (with
Romford Beekeepers)


Cranham Marsh Nature Reserve, Cranham Marsh, End of Park Drive, Upminster


A fascinating talk and demonstration by local experts about pollinating insects.


Admission: 2 donation


01708 440 297



5th August


Noon to 5pm


Farm Day


Chelmsford Museum
Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 9AQ


For fun on the farm, this family event features a Scarecrow Making Competition, mini animal petting area, tractor rides, a nature walk, farm animals and machinery. Tickets include entrance to the tower and grounds. Dogs on leads are welcome.


Admission: 6 adults, 4 children
and 18 for family tickets
01206 330784



13th to 17th August


11am to 4pm


Time Travellers Go... WWII


Audley End House


Saffron Walden CB11 4J
Air raids, rationing and evacuation. Find out how would you have fared during World War II. Discover what life was really like during the 1940s and learn about Audley Ends role during the war. Then take part in an obstacle course and childrens drill and even make your own gas mask box to take with you on your evacuation to the country.


Admission: Adults 13, concessions 11.70, children 7.80 and family tickets 33.80. English Heritage members are free


0870 333 1181



15th August


10am to 4pm


Make your own Walkie Talkies


Essex Police Museum,


Springfield, Chelmsford


CM2 6DA


Essex Police Museum creates classic cup-style Airwave radios. For ages five plus


Admission: 1 per child


01245 457 150



17th August


10am onwards


Teddies in the Woods


Thorndon North, The Avenue, Brentwood CM13 3RZ


Bring your teddy for an adventure in the woods making mini dens and playing games. Booking essential.


Admission: 4 per child


0845 603 7624



18th August


Noon onwards


RYA National Pirate Day


The Yacht Club @ Brandy Hole,


Pooles Lane, Hullbridge,


Hockley SS5 6QB


This is an official fundraising event for the RYA salability. There will be a BBQ, staff dressed as pirates, a treasure hunt and also taster sailing sessions for people of all ages. Please come dressed as a pirate and support this charity.


Admission: Donations welcome


01702 230320



21st to 23rd August


Sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm


Seaside Creatures @ Natural History Museum, Colchester


Natural History Museum,


Castle Park, Colchester


CO1 1TJ


Create a 3D sea creature using a variety of materials. You can make one to take home and another to add to on the special seaside scene which will grow over these three days. These events are popular, so booking is advised.


Admission: 2


01206 282939



23rd to 25th August


Thursday, 5pm 11pm


Friday, 12 noon 11pm


Saturday, 12 noon 11pm


Witham Cricket and Hockey Club Beer Festival


The Park off Maldon Road


There will be more than 30 locally produced beers and ciders from. These will include gold, traditional/brown, mild/black and fruit beers as well as a selection of ciders so there should be something to tickle everyone's taste buds.


Admission: Entrance will be 5, 2 of which is refundable if you return you glass.



23rd August


10am to 4pm


Charity Family Fun Day


The Greenhouse Bar & Restaurant, Leigh on Sea SS94LR


In aid of Endometriosis UK this event includes childrens games and races, inflatables, arts & crafts, childrens characters making appearances throughout the day, face painting, cupcakes, shopping stalls and more


Admission: Free


Email kllymrtn4@aol.com



29th August


10.30am to 12.30pm or


1.30pm to 3.30pm


Circus Skills workshop


Chelmsford Museum,
Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelsmford CM2 9AQ


An event run by Circus4all, where children can enjoy learning how to use a wide range of different professional equipment and learn circus skills.


Admission: 5 (per child)


01245 605700



29th August


10am to noon


Scrapbook Safari


Hylands House,


Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ


Explore the wildlife in the park and then go inside for a craft and scrapbooking session. This event is designed for primary school aged children.


Admission: 6 per child, maximum of three children per adult


01245 605523



4th August


9am to 5pm


Sudbury Rowing Clubs Annual Regatta


Friars Meadow, accessed via Edgworth Road, C010 2TG


Sudbury Regatta is a great day out for all the family. Come and enjoy a day out for all the family including racing, a stroll along the riverbank and other entertainment.


Admission: Free to spectators


07808 156958



5th August


10am to 4.30pm


War on the Line with Dads Army


East Anglian Railway Museum,


Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne CO6 2DS


Come in 1940s costume and receive a free ration. This is a special event to capture the spirit of Dads Army featuring some of the original cast from the popular BBC Television Series.


Admission: 10 adults, 5 children


01206 242524



9th to 22nd August


10.30am to 1.30pm


Growing Gourmets Down on the Farm


Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD


Get your kids into the kitchen this summer, using straightforward techniques designed for a summer cookery class to teach keen young chefs basic skills needed to make their favourite sorts of food. Children will find out the journey of the food they cook from field to fork including a trip by tractor and trailer to growing wheat. The class includes eating their creation for lunch.


Admission: 40 each or buy two places and get 10% discount


01268 532253



10th August


10am to 4pm


Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Magazine Roadshow


The Arena, Crowne Plaza Resort, Five Lakes, Maldon CM9 8HX


This event with the UKs leading diet and fitness expert Rosemary Conley will give you the opportunity to work out with the lady herself. With personal motivational tips, techniques for successful slimming and a healthy lifestyle all included, there is also a delicious two-course lunch plus a free bag of health and fitness goodies.


Admission: 40


0870 050 7727



11th August


1pm to 5pm


Craft and Produce Show


Keene Hall, Watchouse Road, Galleywood CM28PT


Farleigh Hospice Craft Group is holding a Craft and Produce Show, with beautiful work from craft room to garden. Includes light refreshments.


Admission: 1 donation


01621 816084



13th August


6.30pm to 9pm


Food Frenzy Drizzles and Dressings


Hylands House,


Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ


Dawn Shell of Pilgrims Pantry returns to show you different drizzles and dressings, for savoury and sweet foods. Dawn will be making and demonstrating these techniques. Bring jars to take home your samples.


Admission: 5 Booking essential


01245 605555

15th to 27th August
10am to 3pm
Rayleigh Heritage Exhibition
Rayleigh Town Council Chamber, The Pavilion, King Georges Playing Field
An exhibition of historical photographs, models, maps and postcards recording the heritage of Rayleigh and the surrounding area.
Admission: Free


Visit www.rayleighhistory.co.uk


17th to 19th August


9.30am to 5pm


The Southend All About


Gardening Show


Garon Park, Eastern Avenue,


Southend SS2 4FA


Summer is the best time to enjoy your garden at its most vibrant and alluring. Why not treat your garden with a visit to the Southend All About Gardening Show? With a vast selection of flowers, plants, shrubs and trees, as well as garden furniture, ornaments, water features and much more, you will be overwhelmed by choice.


Admission: Adult 5, concessions 4.50, children 2


01702 549623



23rd to 24th August


11am to 5pm


Clacton Air Show


West Greensward, Clacton Seafront


21 years of the Clacton Airshow offers an award-winning seafront and greensward that are transformed over the two days into a fun-filled events site and viewing area. Impressive aerobatic displays take to the skies while a whole host of exhibition, trade stands, food court and on-site entertainment are available at ground level. Each day will have a full flying programme and BBC Essex will be providing Radio Airshow on 729am throughout the flying displays as well as providing live commentary.


Admission: Free


01255 686633



26th August


1pm onwards


Bell Meadow Day


Bell Meadow, Churchill Hill,


Woodham Walter CM9 6RP


A family event that offers various activities of stalls, pets corner, pony rides, hog roast and live music throughout the day. Evening includes 70s/80s disco band, For Funk Sake.


Admission: Adults 3, children free.


01245 227297



3rd-5th August


11am to 5pm


Southend Puppet Festival
Southend Pier, Western Esplanade, Southend on Sea SS1 1EE


Southend Pier, the worlds longest pleasure pier hosts its 24th Annual Puppet Festival. Bring a picnic or eat in the new Cultural Centre Caf and let Punch and Judy, marionettes and glove puppets put on a show for children of all ages kids, and adults who want to
re-live their childhood.


Admission: Pier admission charge


01903 200364



3rd August


Gates open at 4pm for a 7.30pm start


Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with special guests


Audley End House,
Audley End, Saffron Walden
CB11 4JF


The Spring/Summer Tour is now in full swing and Jools is sure to have you up and dancing with his awesome boogie-woogie band featuring Gilson Lavis, plus special guests Chris Difford from Squeeze and stunning vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.


Admission: 32 (No booking fee)


01799 524002



4th August


7.30pm onwards


Steven Miller Piano Recital Impressionism


Maldon United Reformed Church, Market Hill


CM9 4PZ


BBC TVs Young Musician of the Year, finalist, pianist Steven Miller, will be returning to Maldon once again to entertain audiences. He will be
joined by The French Recital
and complimentary interval refreshments will be included.


Admission: Tickets on the door are priced 14 for adults and 12 for concessions. Advance tickets are available for 11


01621 856503


4th August


7.30pm onwards


An Evening of Dirty Dancing


West Cliff Theatre,


Tower Road, Clacton on Sea


CO15 1LE


An Evening of Dirty Dancing is a box office smash hit tribute to one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time and has been wowing audiences all over the UK. Featuring all the hits of the iconic movie Dirty Dancing, this sell out sensation is a sexy song and dance spectacular with a dynamic cast sure to show you the time of your life.


Admission: Adults 17.50, concessions 16 and groups
of eight plus 15.50 each


01255 474000



5th August


6pm


The Sword in the Stone


Marks Hall,
Coggleshall,
Colchester CO6 1TG


Cambridge Touring Theatre are back again this time with Arthur, Merlin and a unique production of The Sword in the Stone. Curtains up at 6pm with workshop at 4.30pm for children aged five to 10.


Admission: Adults 12, concessions 9, family tickets 35. Workshop tickets cost 2.50


01376 563796



16th August


7.30pm onwards


Motowns Greatest Hits


How Sweet It Is


Mercury Theatre,


Balkerne Gate,


Colchester


C011PT


Combining first class music together with the slickest choreography and an amazing band, this show delivers the best Motown experience you will ever have.


Admission: Tickets cost 15 to 21


01206 573948


17th August


Open from 5.30pm, starts 7.30pm


She Stoops to Conquer


The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow CM17 0NA.


An open-air performance of the popular restoration comedy She Stoops to Conquer. Visitors are allowed to enjoy a picnic on the Barn Lawn and look around the garden before the show begins.


Admission: 10 advance or 12 on the door, accompanied children cost 8 in advance (10 on the door)


01279 442112



22nd August


10am to 3pm


Music Day


Southchurch Hall,
Southchurch Hall Gardens,


Park Lane, Southend on Sea SS1 2TE


Get closer to the music and try your hand at the electric guitar or the violin. Enjoy rock music in the morning and classical music in the afternoon.


Admission: Free


01702 434449



26th August


7.30pm onwards


Jim Davidson


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


The incomparable Jim Davidson live, dangerous and as uncompromising as ever. A hysterical evening of stand up comedy, that features one of Britains greatest ever comedians.


Admission: 20


Visit www.jimdavidson.org.uk



26th- 27th August


7.30pm onwards


Blake Love Lifts Us Up


The Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT


The greatest love songs of all time sung in perfect harmony by four Brit Award-winning superstars.


Admission: 21.50


01708 443333



Until 2 September


10am onwards


Summer Childrens Explorer Trek


Belhus Woods Country Park,


Romford Road, Aveley, South Ockendon RM15 4XJ


Become an intrepid explorer at Belhus Woods Country Park and collect lots of exciting objects and facts from around the park on this self-guided trail.


Admission: 3


0845 603 7624



Until 12th August


10am to 5pm (Tuesday to Friday)


2pm to 4pm (Sundays)


STRUCTURE


The Gallery at Parndon Mill


off Elizabeth Way, Harlow CM20 2HP


An exhibition which gives insight into how artists can be inspired by structure, how they depict it and how they work with designers, architects and engineers to create constructions which are beautiful as well as functional.


Admission: Free


01279 426042



From 3rd August


10.30am to 3.30pm


Beeleigh Abbey Gardens


Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon CM9 6LL


Set across three private acres are varied types of gardens and water features in this historic rural setting which looks particularly lush after recent rains. Enjoy burgeoning mixed borders, productive kitchen gardens, cottage gardens, formal bedding and rose beds, all surrounded by mature trees and the river. Plus plants and produce sales, light lunches and refreshments, and free parking.


Admission: 4 adults, 2 children


07779 223321



5th August 2012


Noon to 4.30pm


Wildlife Trip Foulness


Cruise and Walk


Departing from Burnham on Crouch town quay CM0 8AT


Short boat transfer followed by a two-hour guided walk to the Heritage Centre on Foulness for a fun-packed afternoon. Booking essential.


Admission: 19 per person or 180 for full boat charter (max 12 persons)


01268 491540



9th August 2012


7pm to 9pm


Journeys Through the Victorian Convict System


The Essex Police Museum,


Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 6DA


Essex Police Museum organises Journeys Through the Victorian Convict System by Linda Rhodes and Kathy Abnett.


Admission: 3 (Booking required)


01245 457150



18th August


2pm to 5pm


Charity Tea Party


Tea Party at Green Island Gardens, Ardleigh, Colchester C077SP


A tea party in the gardens in aid of Canine Partners to help train more assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. The afternoon includes afternoon tea in 20 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands.


Admission: 13


0845 2090 750



19th August


Strictly noon to 6pm


with last entry at 5pm


The Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge


Little Easton, Great Dunmow
CM6 2BB


Visit these historic gardens and enjoy the hidden delights of this once-forgotten but now partially-restored 23-acre haven. Discover the Italian Garden, the Peto Pavilion, the Living Sundial and Shakespeares Border. Stay all afternoon and sample the delicious homemade refreshments. There are nature activities and long swings for our younger visitors.


Admission: Adults 2.50,


children free


Visit www.eastenlodge.co.uk



22nd August 2012


10am to 4pm


The Beth Chatto Gardens Wildlife Fair


The Beth Chatto Gardens,


Elmstead Market,


Colchester CO7 7DB


A family day of fun and discovery with stalls, demonstrations and guided walks available all day from your local wildlife groups, charities and volunteers. There is no charge to visit the stalls, but people pay to go round the garden.


Admission: 6 per head for adults while accompanied children
under 14 are free


01206 822007



24 to 26th August


Times vary


Danbury Society 40th Art Exhibition


Danbury Village Hall,


Main Road, Danbury,


Chelmsford CM3 4NQ


A highly regarded exhibition with both framed and unframed pieces and pictures for sale, many by local artists or from those further afield in Essex. Work shown covers different media and a variety of subjects. Money raised will help to promote the general charitable benefit of the inhabitants of the Danbury area.


Admission: Free


01245 223106



26th August


10am onwards


Historical Walk with Stephen Nunn Maritime Maldon


Meet at Fullbridge CM9 4PY


Organised by Fitsteps, this guided walk with local author and historian Stephen Nunn includes historic boat building sites and stories associated with traditional crafts.


Admission: 3


07960 168859






1st-31st August


10am-6pm


Great British Summer Fun at Lakeside


Lakeside


West Thurrock


Way Grays


Essex


Thurrock


RM20 2ZP


Join in the FREE fun at Lakeside this summer. Meet our Little Lake Monsters and take part in our Great British Summer! Theres something different taking place each week From British Sports and Games, Art and Drama and many activities.


Admission:Free


Contact: www.lakeside.uk.com



17th-19th August


9:30am-17:00pm


All About Gardening at Garons Park


Garon Park


Eastern Avenue,


Southend,


Essex


SS2 4FA


Whether you have an established garden, small balcony or shady courtyard in need of a little something extra, this show will offer lots of new ideas to ensure you create the perfect sanctuary. Visitors can purchase a selection of beautiful plants, shrubs, trees, garden furniture, water features, pots, containers and much more at special show prices. With crafts for the home and garden, tempting food court and childrens activities, there really is something for everyone making this an ideal family day out.


Admission: Adults - Gate Price 9, Online Price - 6"¨Concessions - Gate Price 7, Online Price - 5"¨Children (under 16) - Gate Price 3, Online Price - 1.00
Contact: 01702 549622


18th-19th August


10am-5.00pm


Pet the Animals Weekend


For a fun day out with a difference this summer, come down to our petting farm, where you can stroke and pet our animals. Meet some of our unusual animals, such as Bob the Tortoise and Annie the Owl.


Admission:Adults - Gate Price 9, Online Price - 6"¨Concessions - Gate Price 7, Online Price - 5"¨Children (under 16) - Gate Price 3, Online Price - 1.00
Contact: www.omdfarm.co.uk


18th-19th August


10am-4.00pm


Motor Show


Field Farm Drive,


Great Chesterford,


Saffron Walden


CB10 1RP


Presenting their biggest event ever with attractions including traction engines plus classic and vintage vehicles of all types (cars, bikes and trucks). There will also be an air display on Sunday, with live bands Auto Jumble, trade stands, fun fair and much more.


Admission:5 adults , 2.50 children free for exhibitors


Contact: 07871 197915



Through to 2 December 2012


Tue-Sat 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm


2000 years of immigration @ Hollytrees Museum


Holly Trees Museum


Castle Park


High Street


Colchester


CO1 1UG


From the Romans to the present day, many people have chosen to make Colchester their home. From Roman walls, a Norman castle, the Dutch Quarter and the Garrison, these are just some of the landmarks of Colchesters settlers. Including objects in the exhibition are an amphora used by the Romans, bay cloths, made famous by Dutch weavers and many more factual belongings.


Admission:Free


Contact: 01206 282940



13th- 17th August


10-12.30am & 2-4.30pm


Royal Opera House Thurrock - Community Summer Workshops


Royal Opera House Thurrock


High House Production Park,


Purfleet


Essex


RM19 1RJ


Technical and creative workshops, that will help create an installation for display at the Orsett Show. Choose from week long technical workshops or daily creative workshops. Technical workshop is open to those aged 12 plus. Creative workshops are open to those aged 7 and above. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


Admission: Creative workshops 10 per day for adults, 5 for children and students. Technical workshops 20 for the week 10 for students


Contact: 01708 891 200 or email getinvolved@roh.org.uk



5th-6th August


11am to 1.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm


Inflatable Park


Hylands House


Hylands Park


London Road


Chelmsford


Essex


CM2 8WQ


MGM inflatables bring this fabulously bouncy park to the back lawn of Hylands House. There will be a huge selection of inflatables for the kids to play on, why not bring a picnic and relax whilst they burn off all that energy.


Admission: Wristbands: 6 per session, 3.50 under 3s. Wristbands available for purchase on the day only.


Contact: 01245605500



17th August


8pm start


The BIG yellow Q-2


The Brentwood Centre


Doddinghurst Road


Brentwood


CM15 9NN


Join us for another record-breaking quiz night and support your hospice. All proceed to support Saint Francais Hospice and please bring your own drinks and nibbles will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Barry Simmons, BBC Egghead will be available if you need him!


Admission:10


Contact: 01708 723593



1st- 2nd August


10am-3pm


Childrens Garden Friends


RHS GARDEN HYDE HALL


Creephedge Lane


Rettendon


Chelmsford


CM3 8ET


A chance for children to find out about the bugs and beasties. Enjoy bug hunts and falconry displays and then make ugly bug hats to take home.


Kids Go Free, normal garden admission applies for adults. Booking not required.


Admission:Children are free


Contact: 0845 265 8071


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