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December events in Essex

PUBLISHED: 08:39 03 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:27 20 February 2013

All the latest events for getting out and about in Essex this December

9 January


8pm


Vincere


Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon, CM9 4RL.


The Maldon Film Club works on a membership basis and is run by a committee that selects and screens shows from the best of recent release English and foreign language films. On this day you will see a drama creation, directed by Marco Bellochio, in Italian and French. (15)


Admission: 3 (non members)


01621 788233



13 January


7.30pm


Circus of Horrors


Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT


Dr Haze rolls into town with his NEW vampire vaudeville spectacular, featuring bizarre dare-devil circus acts from all four corners of the world! 17 years after its conception at Glastonbury Festival the show has gone on to tour the world achieving cult status and dragging circus screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond!


Admission: 23 and concessions 19


01708 443333



17-18 January


7.30pm


Jackson Live in Concert


Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT


Jackson Live in concert sees long-time fan and hugely talented Ben recreate the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs.


Admission: 10.50- 21


01206 573948



18 20 January


Horror-on-Sea Film Festival


Southend Pier, SS1 1EE


Local filmmaker Pat Higgins Amicus tribute Nazi Zombie Death Tales; is a weekend of horror you will not want to miss. From INBRED, Alex (Cradle of Fear/Pervirella) and Chandon are amongst many acts who will be making an appearance, will many more to be revealed.


Admission: Free


01702 618747



18 January


8pm


Gottlieb Wallisch- Piano


Stour Valley Arts and Music, Constable Hall East Bergholt, COL7 6TP


Born into a family of musicians, Gottlieb Wallisch is a talent that shouldnt be missed. Expect all the delights of Mozart, Piano Sonata in F major K 332"¨Schubert, Piano Sonata in A minor D 845"¨Schumann, Drei Fantasiestcke op 111"¨Beethoven and many more delights.


Admission: Adults 12.50, Children under 16 accompanied by adults are free and students are half price.


info@svam.org.uk



19 January


From 7.30pm


An evening with Davey Arthur & friends


The High Barn, 28 The Bardfield Centre, Great Bardfield, Essex CM7 4SL


Davey Arthur is famous for being one of Ireland's most successful, talented and influential working musicians with over 40 of his compositions being recorded and performed by some of the finest artists and bands ever to grace the world stage. Dont miss out on this rare opportunity.


Admission: 10.50


01371 811 291



21 January


7.30pm


Swan Lake


Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS0 7RA


Raymond Gubbay presents the greatest romantic ballet of all time. Its brought to life by Tchaikovskys haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendor of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all; exquisite ensemble pieces, memorable pas de deux and breath-taking solos.


Admission: 16.50-35


01702 351135



22 January


2.30pm


The Nutcracker


Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS0 7RA


Raymond Gubbay presents the most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family. As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems; toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse King and his army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins


Admission: 16.50-35


01702 351135



24 January


8pm


Ken Colyer Legacy New Orleans Jazz Band


Electric Palace Cinema, King's Quay Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER


The Legacy Band plays the music that Ken Colyer sought out in 1952/3 on his historic trip to New Orleans. It was here, where jazz began, that Ken felt he would hear the ensemble playing of a Golden Age. Expect the attraction and artiste specializing in jazz and blues.


Admission: From 9


01255 553 333



25 January


7.30pm


Rock Around The Sixties with The New Honeycombs and The Foundations


The Towngate Theatre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS1


Four great musicians and vocalists, The New Honeycombs, recreating the silver sounds of the sixties, including the worldwide Number One 'Have I the Right' and Top 10 Success 'That's the Way'. As well as, The Foundations, whowere the first multi-racial group to have a UK Number One - 'Baby Now That I've Found You'.


Admission: 16


01268 465465



Throughout January


3.30pm-5pm


Colchester Market


Colchester Town Centre, Colchester CO1 2PG


Colchester's Charter Market has a long history having been established in 1189. Today the vibrant market can be found at the heart of Britain's oldest recorded town with stalls located throughout Culver Street West, Long Wyre Street and Culver Street East every Friday and Saturday. With fresh groceries, hot and cold snacks, clothes, home wares and much more, you'll find great value and choice when you visit Colchester Market.


Admission: Free


01206 282920


7 January


7.30pm


Plough Monday


Hythe Quay, Maldon. CM9 5HN


Join the black faced Molly dancers as they parade the white plough up the High Street to the Blue Boar Hotel. This annual tradition celebrates our agricultural heritage, when the local workers in disguise would extort money from the residents when work was scarce. If gifts were not forthcoming, your garden might be ploughed up!


Admission: Free


01621 840925



9 January


7pm-9pm


Medieval Archery


Coggeshall Grange Barn, Coggeshall, CO6 1RE


Learn the techniques of shooting a traditional medieval longbow and try your skills at Fletching! From ages 12+ booking is required for this once a week school of archery. The school will be held in the beautiful setting of Coggeshall Grange Barn, a fanstaic way to practice, amongst the scenery.


Admission: Prices vary (With discounts for booking more than one course)


01376 562226



12 January


8.30am-12.30pm


Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD


Enjoy a morning out wandering round and picking up delicious food for the weekend from the Farmers Market. This is a great opportunity for you to buy all of your fresh, local produce from farmers and growers. Some stalls stay open till 5pm and this event happens every second and last Saturday


Admission: Free


sue@barleylands.co.uk.



20 January


7pm-9pm


Dragon Wine and Cheese Tasting Event


Dragon Enterprise Centre, 28 Stephenson Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 5LY


Network and meet other local business owners whilst learning from wine experts Majestic Wine and take part in the fantastic short wine and cheese quiz! Impress your friends with your newly acquired wine and cheese knowledge, and you can even order your favourite wines at the end of the evening


Admission: 10


01702 511222



20 January


3.30pm-5pm


Bittern Roost Watch


Fishers Green Lane, Waltham Abbey EN92EF


A short guided walk followed by a roost watch in the Bittern Information Point, with hot drinks and biscuits, We may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an elusive Bittern coming into roost. We will start with a short-guided walk overlooking Seventy Acres Lake and the Old River Lee.


Admission: Free


08456 770 600.


23 January


11.45am-1.15pm


Winter Lunch


Great Baddow Parish Hall, 19 Maldon Road, Chelmsford CM2 7DW


Come and join us for a three- course lunch: Soup, Ploughmans dessert and other refreshments. You will be helping us to raise funds for the parish hall and also meet new friends.


Admission: 5.70


01245 474500



From 24 January


7pm-9pm


Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy launches In Brentwood


Brentwood Hard Court Tennis Club, Childeritch Lane, CM13 3FD


The Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy is a very special"¨place for children with big dreams. Our classes are taught by our specialist instructors who will gently"¨introduce your child to the world of dance and performance, through the fun, stories and music. Classes in ballet, tap, modern, street Dance, Acro and many more for all ages for competitions, exams and fun.


Admission: Prices vary


07539218216



25 27 January


Winter Folk & Ale Festival


Southend Pier, SS1 1EE


The new cultural centre on Southend Pier becomes the venue for a weekend of Folk and winter ales. A Friday night Ceilidh with the Famous Potatoes sets the weekend off followed on Saturday afternoon with folk and acoustic music from 1pm. Saturday evening brings a performance of Jack Forbes Rolling Down the River show with other maritime folk. At the same time there will be a selection of Essex and other English ales available all a mile out to sea


Admission: Prices vary


01702 618747



27 January


10am-4pm


Beginners photography course


The George Hotel, 116 High Street, Colchester CO1 1TD


Get the most out of your camera by coming on a fun one-day beginners photography course. "¨On this course you will learn;"¨The fastest way to access your camera's features"¨To get off Auto mode & use aperture priority mode."¨How to control what's in focus in your images and create attractive compositions"¨and many more skills. You'll get lots of hands on practice, exercises and detailed handouts to use later to perfect your skills.


Admission: 75


07783 272696



Until 5 January


Times Vary


PINOKEYO!


Clifftown Theatre & Studios"¨Nelson Street, Southend on Sea"¨ SS11EF


Inspired by the much loved children's classic, our adventure begins in a magical junkyard watched over by a fairy who brings Professor Gepetto's hopes to life, creating for him an apprentice made out of recycled pots and tins. Join PinokeYo on his journey as he learns about his new world. But, as his group of friends grows, so inevitably, does his nose!


Admission: Prices Vary


01702 328335



Until 6 January


Times vary


Peter Pan Panto


The Towngate Theatre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, SS14 1DL. 1DL


Join the boy who never grew up in this high flying adventure. This Christmas everyone can be a child as they take the second star to the right and fly far far away to Neverland with Peter Pan and his friends. JM Barrie's Peter Pan is undoubtedly one of the most famous and best-loved stories for children; an unforgettable magical fantasy that has been enjoyed by generations for over a hundred years.


Admission: Prices vary


01268 465465



Until 6 January


Times Vary


Jack and the Beanstalk


Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow Essex, CM20 1LS


Starring Pui from CBEEBIES Show Me Show Me! Harlow Playhouses biggest pantomime to date! Join Jack, Jill, Billy and Dame Trot on a colossal adventure into the clouds, as they race to save their cow Daisy and friends


Admission: 8 and concessions 5


01279 431945



Until 6 January


Times Vary


Cinderella


Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA


Shane Richie returns to Cinderella for the most popular and most magical pantomime of them all returns to the stage of the Cliffs Pavilion this Christmas. The enchanting rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella will be transformed from page to stage in a production complete with an abundance of comedy, stunning sets, fabulous costumes and the magical pantomime moment when Cinderella swaps her rags for a ball gown and heads to the Ball!"¨


Admission: From 23.00- 33.00 ( Booking free applies)


01702 351135



Until 12 January


Times vary


Jack and the Beanstalk


Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT


Boys and girls of all ages can join brave Jack on a thrilling adventure as he climbs the gigantic magic beanstalk to battle the dreaded Giant Thunderskull in his castle in the clouds. Will Jack save the day and win the treasure?


Admission: Tickets are 14 - 23, with discounts for groups and families


01708 443333



Until 31 January


10am-4pm


Old MacDonald's Farm"¨Weald Road"¨Brentwood"¨Essex"¨CM14 5AY


Come down and enjoy a family fun packed day out, with lots of activities to choose from. Seeing the animals, carousel and train rides, Wacky Worm Roller Coaster, inflatables, trampolines, horses and pony rides and many more outdoor events.


Admission: 3.99 (must book online for this deal)


01277 375 177



Throughout January


10.30am-12.30pm


Wildlife Explorers Club


RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ


Discover nature in a fun and exciting way withthe new Rainham & Purfleet Wildlife Explorers at Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve.Get the chance to experience nature and thereserve through activities, games, walks and much more.So if you're 8-12 years old, come down and join us.


Admission: Prices vary


01708 899840



9 and 23 January


10am-1pm


Horse Clinic


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


Join our Stables Manager, Rebecca Holland, at Audley End this winter for one of our dedicated horse clinics dealing with a variety of subjects. Participants will be able to work with one of our horses or bring their own for the day.


Admission: 70


01223 582700



18-19 January


Times vary


Robin Hood featuring Babes in the Wood


Maldon Town Hall CM9 4RL


Perfect day out with the family, with this perennial favourite mixed with an amateur twist, really needs to be seen all. Production by Paul Reakes directed by Vickie Cumbers, they offer more than a bundle of laughs.


Admission Adult 10, Concession 6, Balcony 10, Family 27


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24-26 January


Times vary


Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves


The Centre, East Street, Tollesbury, Maldon, Essex. CM9 8QD


Everyone loves a pantomime and after Christmas will have the blues. So come and try this fun traditional show, run by Tollesbury Amateur Players, which will guarantee entertainment for the whole family.


Admission Adult 10, concession 8


07547 566811



Until 4 January


9am-5pm


Watercolours and Oils


Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Billericay CM11 1WT


A fantastic art exhibition of Watercolours & Oils by local artist Doreen Higgs, will all be on display in the Visitor Centre. A chance to purchase an original painting in a picturesque setting!


Admission: Free


01268 711001



Until 4 January


9am-5pm


Treasures of China


Colchester Castle, Castle Park C01 1TJ


This exciting exhibition will showcase 70 treasures from Nanjing Museum China; go on a journey across 8000 years of Chinese history. Exploring the rise of Imperial China from Stone Age tombs to the last Emperor. See all of the rest of the"¨castle and the best of 2000 years British history.


Admission: Adult 6.25, Child (5-15)/Concessions/Senior 4, Saver ticket 16.75, Under 5s free


01206 282939



Until 4 January


7.30pm-9.30pm


Candlelit Tours


Eastbury Manor House, Eastbury Square, Barking, Essex IG11 9SN


Explore the atmospheric historic rooms and walled garden either at your leisure or on a tour led by one of our knowledgeable Tudor-costumed guides. Enjoy refreshments in the Garden Tea Room and browse in our Old Buttery Gift Shop.


Admission: 8


02087241002



Until 24 February


Times Vary


In Conversation with


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


Come down to see a fantastic display of new paintings by Barry Andrews and complemented by ceramics from Nigel Earle.


Admission: Free


01279 426042



8 January


7pm-9pm


Eels: A fleeting Heybridge trade


Friends Meeting House, Butt Lane, Maldon CM9 7HD


Come down and enjoy another Winter Heritage talk with David Williams. David is currently the Chairman of Maldon District Council and will talk about one of the many aspects of local history in which he is interested in; the trade in live eels over the course of 40 years at Heybridge Basin.


Admission: Free


01621 854477



12 January


12pm-1pm


One hour sail from Maldon Quay


Hythe Quay, Maldon Essex CM9 5HN


Fancy something different after the festive season, come join us on a one hour sail from Maldon Quay, with a mug of hot chocolate, then a seated lunch once back at the Quay of bangers and mash the jam roly- poly.


Admission: Adults 28 Children 16


01621 857567



13 January


11am-4pm


Wedding Fayre


Smeetham Hall LaneBulmer, Suffolk CO10 7EU


The 14th fabulous annual wedding fayre is always a treat at the start of the year, with some of the very best wedding suppliers available. Live music with talented pianist, samples to taste, make up demonstrations and real experts to share your ideas with. Free wedding magazine, goody bag, parking and refreshments.


Admission: 1.50, children free


01787 269030



18 January


7.30pm


The Hythe and its industries


Mersea Island Museum Trust, c/o 54 Upland Road, Colchester, C05 8DG


Come down and enjoy this interesting and illustrated talk by Patrick Denny. All part of the winter series of talks and donations are all in aid for the museum.


Admission: 5 for non-members or 3 for members including refreshments


01206 385191



19 January


From 2pm


Public Master Class with Gottlieb Wallisch


Swinburne Hall, Colchester, CO3 3LL


"¨Always fancied learning the piano, well now is your chance. The Piano Master Class for advanced students is organised jointly by Stour Valley Arts & Music and the Centre for Music and Performing Arts, Colchester Institute.Deadline for participants is 2 December.


Admission: 5


www.svam.org.uk



24 January


11am-12.30pm


Collection Store Tour


Audley End House, Audley End, Saffron WaldenCB11 4JF


Become a member and enjoy a special chance to see some of the hidden treasures from the English Heritage collection not on display to the public, with Collections Curator Tom Boggis. Light refreshmentsof hot drinks and cake are included.


Admission: Member (20)


01799 522842



1-24 December


Times Vary


Santa Land


Marsh Farm Road, Chelmsford CM3 5WP


Come and visit our new reindeers and see Santa in his grotto. After taking a tractor and trailer ride to Santas Grotto, visitors will be greeted by the two new reindeer that have taken up residency at the Farm, before entering into the impressive grotto with atmospheric falling snow.In keeping with festive tradition, children can select a present from Santas Toy Shop, before re-entering the farm to enjoy Christmas craft activity and have access to the farm trail.


Admission: One adult goes free with a full-paying child (aged 2-15) Costs vary


01245 321552



1 December


2.30pm & 7.30pm


What the Dickens!


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


Twas the night before advent, a stormy, dark night on the 200th celebration birth of Charles Dickens. Mr. Dickens is brought back to earth to relieve his life. He comes face to face with characters from his own novels


Admission: Adults 5, children 3


01255 474000





2 December


1.00pm


Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon


Hadleigh Country Park, Chapel LaBenfleet SS7 2PP


Come and meet the Chieftain's family round the fire to learn how your ancestors lived 2000 years ago. Find out about the battle techniques of the ancient Britons and Romans, see their armor and weapons and learn to use a sling.


Admission: Free


01702 551072




3 December


8pm


David Essex


Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend, Essex, SS0 7RA


Legendary, singer, actor and composer, David Essex is back on the road in an eagerly awaited concert tour. He will take a candid journey through his amazing forty-year career in his over the moon stage concert tour. Performing all his classic hits from 19 Top 40 UK singles, Thatll be the day and Stardust.


Admission: From 26.50-30.50


01702 351135




7 December


8pm


Ruth Jenkins, Soprano and Matthew Fletcher-Piano


Constable Hall, Gandish Road, East Bergholt, CO7 6TP


Come join this young soprano who has made a brilliant start to her professional career, receiving much praise from the critics for Mozart roles at Garsington and the Royal Scottish Opera. Matthew Fletcher, another star for the evening, will also join her; so dont miss out on this rare event.


Admission: Adults 12.50, children under 16 are free and students half price


www.svam.org.uk





8-9 December


11am-4pm


Cressing Unwrapped


Cressing Temple"¨Witham Road, Cressing, Braintree, CM77 8PD


A magical Christmas experience for all the family, meet Father Christmas and listen to his festive stories from his launch pad grotto, before selecting a present from the elfs toy shop.Activities will be running throughout the day for all the family to enjoy, including traditional fairground games, a gingerbread man trail and art and craft activities. Adults can enjoy mulled wine and everyone can sample some free chestnuts, while a traditional sweet shop will serve all the family favourites.


Admission: All adults go free! Children 10, includes a free gift


0845 603 7624






9 December


Santa Fun Run


Central Park, Chelmsford, Essex


Farleigh Hospice is delighted to invite you to join their Santa Fun Run. The 5km route is ideal for all ages and, with adults dressed in full Santa suits and children with their Santa hats (or their own special outfits if they prefer!), this fun run is absolutely guaranteed to get you in the festive mood whilst supporting your local hospice at the same time!


Admission: Adults 10 registration and children under 16 5


01245 457408








9 December


10am-1pm


Christmas Walk


Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Billericay CM11 1WT


Join us for an approx 6-mile walk starting and finishing at Hanningfield Visitor Centre. We will be walking through lovely local countryside and returning to the centre for home made soup, a roll and mince pies.


Admission: 7


01268 711001





9 December


4pm


Forces Sweetheart at Christmas


Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT


Our three Sweethearts - Beryl, Carolyn and Jenny will recreate the magic of the 40s with favourites from Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields, Marlene Dietrich, The Andrews Sisters and many more, all neatly packaged with some Christmas surprises. Many of the great Christmas songs were written during the 40s and early 50s, so get ready to sing along to all your Festive favourites as sung by the great artists of the era.


Admission: Adults 12.50


01708 443333






20-23 December


10am-1pm


Farm-tastic Santa


Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF


Get in the festive mood and book your two-hour session to celebrate Christmas at the farms. Visit Santa's Grotto and take home a special present. Meet our reindeers and check out the amazing husky dogs, have a sliding good time on the toboggan run and enjoy Christmas-themed arts and crafts.


Admission: First child 15, additional children 10, Adults Free.


08456 770600



28 December


From 8.30pm


Christmas Unplugged


High Barn, 28 Bardfield Centre, Great Bardfield CM7 4SL


Come join us for the perfect way to celebrate Christmas and the coming of the New Year. The incredible character and acoustics of the building offer a great ambiance to enjoy an evening full of entertainment.


Admission: 6.50


01371 811291




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