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


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


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


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


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


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


The Sword in the Stone

Marks Hall,
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,



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


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)


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

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


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


Great British Summer Fun at Lakeside


West Thurrock

Way Grays



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.



17th-19th August


All About Gardening at Garons Park

Garon Park

Eastern Avenue,




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


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

18th-19th August


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



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.


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,



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

5th-6th August

11am to 1.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm

Inflatable Park

Hylands House

Hylands Park

London Road




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


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!


Contact: 01708 723593

1st- 2nd August


Childrens Garden Friends


Creephedge Lane




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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