November Events

PUBLISHED: 16:22 23 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:07 20 February 2013

A round up of events to enjoy from across Essex this November

Until 22 December

Times Vary

Italian Masquerade

Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD

You are invited to the Royal Masquerade Ball at the Doge's Palace, Venice and a night of indulgence, illusion and intrigue awaits you from behind your glamorous mask. Arrive in the moonlit St Mark's Square and as dinner is called, glimpse the gondolas as you cross the magnificent Rialto Bridge. A sumptuous five course dinner is served amidst the palatial splendour of silk drapes, gilded mirrors and Venetian chandeliers. Authentic entertainment, dance and costumes is interwoven with thrilling displays of aerial acrobatics as the dancers tumble from our starlit ceiling. After dinner, jump on our famously exhilarating dodgem cars, head to the casino or slip back behind your mask and dance the night away!
0844 4994040

3 November
End of Season Open Day at Maldon Museum
Maldon Museum,47 Mill Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 5HX
Don't miss out, on the last opportunity of the season to visit Maldon Museum. Normal admission fee will be waived but donations will be welcome.
Admission: Free
01621 842688

1 November


Hatfield Forest

The National Trust say : Can you survive in the wild with only the bare necessities? Learn the basics for surviving in the wild with only the bare essentials. An introduction to shelter building, fire lighting, foraging and water collection. Perfect for the man/men in your life, pack them off with a safari jacket and they can pretend they are Ray Mears or Rambo!

Admission: Adult 10, Group 18 (two persons), Group 26 (three persons), Group 34 (four persons).

01279 870678

3 November

From 7.00pm

Murder Mystery Dinner

County Hotel, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford Essex CM1 2PZ

Fancy an evening with excitement? Why not try a murder mystery with three course meal and entertainment. Prices are 34.95 Table seating (per person), 129.00 Table Seating & Hotel Package (per couple). For more information please call number advised.

01245 455700

7 & 21 November


Horse Clinic

Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Essex, 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. Booking is essential.

Admission: 70

0870 333 1183

17 November

From 3pm


Hylands House, Chelmsford

The British Red Cross at Chelmsford are very pleased to announce that following their previous successful Literary Afternoon Tea, they are again putting on a similar event. Their speaker will be the acclaimed historical author, Michael Jecks who will talk about his life, work and thrillers which are centered around the Middle Ages and the fascinating history of the Knights Templar. Will include a delicious afternoon tea and the opportunity to look around the beautifully renovated House.

Admission: 25

01245 291014

17 November

From 8pm

Quiz Night

West Maldon Community Centre, Sunbury Way, Keeble Park, CM9 6YH

Come join in on the fun and get your thinking caps ready for, West Maldon Community Centre quiz night. Teams of around 6, bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

Admission: 3.50

01621 840951

24 November


Christmas Fayre

Plantation Hall, Colchester Road, Heybridgem CM9 4AL

Avoid the rush of the last minute shoppers and get ahead of your Christmas shopping with Heybridgem Christmas Fayre. Expect Christmas cards, gifts, knitted, sewn crafts, raffle, cakes, tombola, hug-a-mugs. All in aid of Farleigh Hospice.

Admission: Free

01245 457408

24-25 November


Christmas Food and Craft Fayre

Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Braintree CM77 8PD

Shop here for all things Christmas from food, drink and decorations to furnishings, jewellery, toys and gifts. There will be live music plus donkey rides, zorbing and reindeer for the children. All proceeds to Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.

Admission: 5 adults, 4 concessions and children free


24-25 November

(Saturday) 11am 7.30pm (Sunday) 12pm 5pm

Grape Passions Christmas Tasting Weekend.

Langford Village Hall, Maldon Road, CM9 4SS

Come and enjoy festive food and wine matching sessions throughout the weekend. Over 60 different wines and champagne available for tasting in a friendly and informal environment. Special offers all weekend, over 20% off champagne, ideal chance to try before you buy and stock up for the festive season! No booking required, 5 admission fully refundable on all orders over 25.

01621 892381

29 November

From 8pm

Charity Ladies Night- Change of a dress,pamper evening and Christmas gift fair

Saffron Walden Town Hall, Market Place, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1HR

Evening includes a glass of wine or detox cocktail, wardrobe swap party, and a chance to have a free or bargain therapy sample/pampering experience. An opportunity to relax and unwind, sample beauty and holistic treatments,buy unusual Christmas gifts and charity Christmas cards.

Admission: Suggestion donation of 10


November 10 and 11

10am to 5pm

Christmas Craft Open Weekend and Farmers Market

Barleylands Farm and Craft Village, Billericay

An opportunity to commission something special or have something personalised. Enjoy demonstrations, taster sessions and mulled wine.

Admission: Free

01268 532253

24 November 2012

Noon to 6pm

Christmas Lights Switch On

Town Centre on Furtherwick Road, Canvey Island

Christmas festivities with a variety of activities to get people into the spirit of Christmas including the Christmas lights switch on.

Admission: Free entry

01268 683971

22 November

9.30am to 3.30pm

St Elizabeth Hospice Christmas Fayre

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

Enjoy a fantastic shopping day with lunches and refreshments available all day.

Admission: Free

01206 262836

Until 17 November

From 7.30pm

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Queen's Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sees, the greatest Sherlock Holmes murder mystery as a hysterical, fast-paced romp. On his foggy Dartmoor estate, Sir Charles is found dead with a look of terror on his face and gigantic paw prints next to his body. It looks like the legendary curse of Baskerville Hall has struck again!

Can Holmes and Doctor Watson solve the mystery of the demon hound before another Baskerville comes to a gruesome end?

Admission: 16-24

01708 443333

Until 17 November

Times Vary

Top Girls

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT

Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party? For Marlene, the newly appointed MD of Top Girls Employment Agency, the guest list includes an intrepid Victorian adventurer, a Japanese Concubine, Pope Joan and a Flemish hell-raiser. As the famous historical women raise a toast to the hard-nosed businesswoman, it becomes clear that for Marlene, as well as all the women around the table, success has come at a startling cost. Caryl Churchills provocative play about ambition, success and what happens to those who get left behind, is still as strikingly relevant today as when it was written 30 years ago.

Admission: 9-21

01206 573948

2 November


An Evening of Burlesque

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

Tantalising yet tasteful, camp and colourful, elegant showgirls combine Parisian charm with Vegas glamour. Its all tease, no sleaze with corsets, killer heels and stockings aplenty. Sultry vocals, breathtaking choreography, mischief, magic, frivolity and fun collide.

Admission: 19.50

01245 244 620

8 November

From 8pm

Brig Society

West Cliff Theatre,Tower RoadClacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1LE

One of Britains finest comedians and broadcasters, Marcus Brigstocke, will be taking his hotly anticipated new show The Brig Society out on tour this autumn. The award-winning comedian is a firm favourite with comedy fans and his new show promises to be as quick-witted as his much loved catalogue of work.

Admission: 15

01255 474000

17 November

From 7.30pm

Gala Concert

Chigwell School (New Hall), IG7 6QF

Gala Concert by the Chigwell Choir to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee. The choir, conducted by Alexander Campkin, will be performing, Jubilee Mass (Weber), Regina Coeli in C major (Mozart) and Donna Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams) with orchestral accompaniment and soloists.The Chigwell School Chapel Choir will be joining us for the Mozart as well as singing two Mealor madrigals.We also expect a surprise item to open the concert.

Admission: Adults 12, Concessions 10, Under 16 5

020 8504 8443

18 November


Charity Jazz Concert

The Marconi Social Club, Beehive Lane, Chelmsford CM2 9FH

Please come and join us for this good cause, with a charity jazz concert featuring The Pete Allen Seven Piece Traditional Jazz Band in aid of Registered Charity Ehlers and Danlos Support UK.

Admission: 12.50

01245 224644

18 November


The Blue Boar Hotel, Silver St, Maldon, CM9 4QE

Huw Williams and Maartin Allcock have come together with a performance of stories about life on the road promising an evening of foot tapping tunes, beautiful songs with anecdotes both funny and captivating. Huw is a singer/songwriter whose songs have been covered by artists across Europe and America. While Maartin is a multi-instrumentalists who has been touring and recording since 1976, with a wide range of artistes including Jethro Tull and Robert Plant.

Admission: 10 (advance), 12 (on the door)

01621 856503

23 November

From 7.30pm

Comedy Club

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

Five Lakes welcomes the famous Comedy Club back after another year. It hosts a live stand-up comedy from three guest comedians. Come join in on the fun and laughs, it will be a night to remember.

Admission: 15 or 25 ( including buffet)

01621 868888

23 November

From 7.30pm

La Bohme: The Concert (Opera Novella)

The Queen's Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT

Dont miss this glittering concert of one of the worlds most popular operas performed by the multi-award-winning singers and chamber orchestra of Opera Novella. Puccinis masterpiece comes to life in a beautiful new English translation and is performed in full traditional costume. Youll be dazzled by some of classical musics most beautiful tunes, a passionate story and world-class singing.

Admission: 22, child 16

01708 443333

29 November

From 4.30pm

A Soldiers Song

The Hunt Theatre, Felsted School, Felsted, Essex, CM6 3LL

Written & performed by Ken Lukowiak, Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War,

A Soldiers Song is the real deal. A true story of conflict told by the guy who was there, bringing the battlefield to the stage in an extraordinary piece of theatre. To kill or be killed, to cower from the shells: war in all its facets, invoking the horror, terror, shame, black humour, futility and tedium of a soldiers life on the front line and the lingering effects of Post Traumatic Stress. Warning: Contains strong language.

Admission: 12 (plus 1.50 booking fee)

01371 822600

Until 2 December

Times Vary

Studio Arts Show

Valentines Mansion and Garden, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG14XA

A number of local artists and crafts people work from our studios on the top floor of the mansion. This annual exhibition gives them all a chance to showcase their incredible talent, with paintings, stained glass, sculpture and so much more.

Admission: Free

020 8708 8100

Until 22 December

Times Vary


Redbridge Museum, 1st floor exhibition area, Ilford Central Library, Clements Road IG1 1EA

Classical dance drama of Kerala, south India. This exhibition explores the world of Kathakali, the male classical dance drama from Kerala, south India. Kathakali (meaning story-play) was developed to make ancient Hindu religious stories accessible to ordinary people. On display in this exhibition are a range of stunning costumes, loaned by Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, whose designs have changed little in 500 years. Through film, photography and music, visitors will enter a world of sacred theatre that continues to thrive in the 21st century.

Admission: Free

020 8708 2317

1 November


Invitation to View

Layer Marney, Colchester CO5 9US

Candlelit tour of this Grade I red-brick Tudor gatehouse where Henry VIII stayed whilst it was being built. The tallest in Britain, decorated with Italianate terracotta, is something that any historian needs to visit.

Admission: 16 including mulled wine


1 November


Fungi Walk

Claybury Park entrance on Ravensbourne Gardens & Wedmore Ave, Clayhall Essex IG5 0XG

Join local fungi expert Tricia Moxley to learn about the wonderful world of fungi at Claybury Park. Family friendly event but walk will not be suitable for pushchairs.

Admission: 1 ( Booking is essential)

020 8559 2316

1 November


Fairlop Waters Walk

Fairlop Waters, Main Entrance of Pavilion, Forest Road, Barkingside Essex IG6 3HN

Steady pace, some gentle slopes and uneven terrain. Organised weekly walks as part of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme. Organised by the Redbridge Sport & Health team. All welcome, no booking required, just turn up and enjoy the company!

Admission: Free

020 8708 0954

3-25 November


Around and About

Chappel Galleries 15 Colchester Road Chappel Essex CO6 2DE

Wladyslaw Mirecki, New Watecolours , is a solo show, once again at Chappel Galleries after three years exhibiting in London. Open every day for the duration of the exhibition and each painting has a separate title and price ranging from the 250 to 9000.

Admission: free

01206 240326

11 November


Ancient Tree Hunt

Hainault Forest Country Park, Romford Road, Chigwell Essex IG7 4QN

A gentle guided walk to learn about and discover some of the mighty and mysteriously beautiful ancient trees within Hainault Forest. Free of charge although a donation/contribution towards costs is very much appreciated. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Admission: Free ( Book in advance)

07985 069800

15 November


Seychelles and Galapagos Islands of Paradise

Shenfield Parish Hall 60 Hutton Road Shenfield Essex CM15 8LB

An illustrated talk by John Buckingham, who is a widely published and popular presenter, visits two island habitats, both equally fascinating and with very special wildlife. Also, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie to kick-off the Festive Season!

Admission: 1-2

01277 355541.

24 November


Tree Trail

Hanningfield Reservoir, CM11 1WT

Come celebrate National Tree Week, with a self guided tree trail. Throughout your walk you can see lots of different kinds of trees on your way. This event is suitable for all ages and overall a great day out with the family.

Admission: 5 (Donation)

01268 711 001

29 November


Wildlife Walk

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, SS17 0RN

A transformed former landfill site, rich in many protected and nationally important species, with a low carbon visitor centre offering superb views of the Thames Estuary. Please meet in the car park beforehand at 10am.

Admission: 5 ( Donation)

01277 355541

Until 2 November


Hockey Camp

Felsted School, Essex, CM63LL

These camps are held over five days; Monday and Tuesday are for ages 6 to 8 years and Wednesday to Friday are for older children from 9 years and above. The content of the course will be based around introducing a variety of basic skills of hockey, practicing them using a number of different games, then looking to use them in an actual hockey match. All levels of experience are welcome. Refreshments will be provided and a hot meal at lunchtime.

Price Varies

01371 822634

1 November


Owl Evening

Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, DownhamCM11 1WT

An evening talk run by Phil Eckett to be enjoyed by all ages. Come and find out about owls and see them in the visitor centre. Booking essential.

Admission: Adults 6 and Child 4 (Booking Essential)

01268 711001

1-2 November


Spooky Nights

Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay, CM11 2UD

Exciting, scary and fun, delve into the world of Fright Farm. Experience live actors, dark creatures of the night, the thrilling train of terror and special effect. Watch out for witches and ghauls down the Spooky Walk, join the ghosts at their annual disco, trick or treat your way around the Craft Village and win prizes in the Ghastly Games. Snakes alive will be here every night, are you brave enough to handle the creepy crawlies? We also have Skittleman, the children's entertainerhere all three nights.

Admission: 8.50 (Both adult and child)

01268 532253

3 November

From 5.30pm

Guy Fawkes Night Bonfire and Fireworks

Promenade Park, Maldon CM9 5JQ

Come down for this fun family evening event hosted by Ray Clark BBC Essex. Expect fire works, huge bonfire and generally a night filled with entertainment. Tickets can be brought before for reduced price.

Admission: Adult 6, Child 4, Family Price 20 ( on the door)


3 November

From 10am

Story Playroom on the Broom Halloween Special

Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT

For ages 5-7, kids will love these storytelling workshops packed full of fun and games, based on a different popular childrens story each month. Part of the Story Play series.

Admission: 5

01708 443333

3 November


Firework Frenzy

Essex Police Museum, Essex Police Headquarters, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

Be safe and have fun ready for bonfire night by making your own indoor rocket! All ages welcome. Museum admission is free. No need to book.

Admission: 1

01245 457150

3 November

From 5.30pm

Danbury Fireworks

Danbury Outdoors, A414 Danbury, Essex CM3 4AT

Come join in on the fun with this fun family day, perfect for all ages. Including a fun fair, giant bonfire, firework display, food and drink stalls, beer tent and BBC Essex Stage. Also a huge 20/30 minute display to music.

07792 963498

4 November


Horse and Carriage Rides

Hylands Park, Chelmsford

Take a ride around Hylands Park in a horse drawn carriage. What better way to experience life as it was back in the 1700s! Carriage leaves from the front of the house every 15 minutes.Only run every Sunday till the 2nd December.

Admission: 2 ( Payable at carriage only)

01245 606606

24 November


There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

I dont know why she swallowed a flybut The Peoples Theatre Company do! And now you can too as they bring one of the worlds best loved nursery rhymes to life. Its a perfect treat for anyone aged 4 to 104!

Admission: 11 / Children 8 / Family of four 32

01206 573948

24-25 November


Victorian Christmas

Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JF

Wander around the beautifully decorated rooms of the house and encounter a range of costumed characters along the way as they prepare the house for the upcoming festivities. Children will get to meet Father Christmas, enjoy carol singing and take part in a festive fun trail around the house and grounds. There will also be traditional music, decoration making and a variety of seasonal gifts available to purchase from one of our two shops along with festive fayre from the tearooms.

Admission: Adult: 14.50 / Concession: 13.10 / Child: 8.70/ Family: 36.90. EH members different price

01799 522842

15-17 November



Brentwood Theatre, 15 Shenfield RoadBrentwood, Essex CM15 8AG

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal,

takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students."

Admission: 10

01277 200305

20th to 24th November

8pm plus Saturday matinee

Stock Village Hall, Common Road, Stock,

Stock Drama Group from the village of Stock in Essex, perform Calendar Girls based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth.

Admission: Tickets are priced at 9 per adult or 8 for concessions, 2 from each ticket sold will go to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

01277 840737

21 November

From 7.30pm

Vencice in 18th Century London

Brentwood Art Society, Ingatestone Community Hall, Ingatestone High Street, CM4 9NR

Come join us for an imaginative illustrated talk with Peter Medhurs. Expect a musical and artistic partnership.

Admission: Students 6, under 25 1

01277 353457

8-10 November

From 7.45pm

Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester C01 1PT

Against a backdrop of Indian revolutionary fervour, two players compete for a place in the team for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Now their descendents wrestle to win favour once more.

Admission: 11/ concessions 6.50

01206 573948

22 November

From 7.30pm

Worlds AIDS Day Festival

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester C01 1PT

Come and support an evening of dance, drama, and entertainment inspired by the issues around HIV and AIDS presented by local schools and community groups.

Admission: 4

01206 573948

1 November

From 7.30pm

An Audience with Jack the Ripper

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

Trevor Marriott is a retired British Police murder squad detective, who since 2002 has been conducting a cold case investigation into The Whitechapel Murders of 1888 which were attributed to a fearsome killer who came to be known as Jack the Ripper

Admission: 12

01268 465465

21 November

From 7.30pm

The Bootleg Sixties

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

The Sixties were without doubt the most dynamic and innovative of decades, and their impact upon society is still being felt throughout the world even now. The huge changes in music, fashion and culture, which the Sixties brought, have left an indelible mark on the world, one that will probably never be equaled.

Admission: From 17.50

01268 465465

21 November

National Jazz Archive Winter Celebrity Event

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

An afternoon of memories and live music with the legendary BUDDY GRECO and his musicians and also featuring the sensational voice of LEZLIE ANDERS GRECO

Admission: 15

020 8502 8988

16 November


Farleigh Hospice Quiz Night

Chelmer Valley High School, Court Road, Broomfield, CM1 7ER

Come along and give your brain a workout but still have a fun evening. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. Nibbles are provided.

Admission: 6

01245 457346

23 November

From 7pm

The Big Auction

Wickham Bishops Village Hall, Church Road, Wickham Bishops, CM8 3JZ

Charles Lodge & Friends are raising money for Farleigh Hospice. Come join in on the fun with tea & coffee. Please bring your own drinks and nibbles.

Admission: 5

01621 891252

3 November

Bonfire Night

The Yacht Club@ Brandy hole, Pooles Lane, Hullbridge, Hockley, Essex, England SS5 6QB

Come join in on the family fun with a bonfire night celebration. Expect a free winter Pimms, food and many more exciting things.

Admission: Unknown

01702 230 320

3 November


Guy Fawkes Night Bonfire and Fireworks

Promenade Park, Maldon CM9 5JQ

Come celebrate Guy Fawkes night with us and the family. All proceeds go to Rotary charities.

Admission: Adult 5, child 3, on the gate adult 6, child 4

01621 856503

6 November


The Maldon Film Club Incendies

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

Director: Denis Villeneuve, Language: French / Arabic (15), Length: 139 minutes, Genre: Drama. The Maldon Film Club works on a membership basis and is run by a committee that selects and screens programme from the best of recent release English and foreign language films at the Maldon TownHall.

Admission: 3 Non members

01621 788233

3-4 November

Times Vary

An Autumn Gala

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

A celebration of the long standing collaboration between Harlow Ballet and the Playhouse and the newly revived collaboration with the deMerc Choir.

Admission: 9-13

01279 431945

21 November

Times Vary

Silver Bells- Christmas Show

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

Combining the music of Christmas present with the delightful spirit of Christmas past, Silver Bells celebrates the most wonderful time of year with a feel good show full of festive entertainment.

Admission: 11- 17

01279 431945

1-3 November

Times Vary


Clifftown Theatre, Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF

Presented by our resident East 15 World Performance company, come see this Two unique one-act pieces of political theatre, performed as a double-bill.

Admission: Adults 8, concession 5

01702 325335

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