The Diary for January from Essex Life

PUBLISHED: 10:57 25 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:40 20 February 2013

The Diary for January from Essex Life

The Diary for January from Essex Life

Whats happening in Essex this January


Top 10 music

12th January Rhythm-A-Thing at Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, sees drummer Richard Rayner lead his own outfit, 8pm.
Admission: 9 01245 606505

12th January
The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, presents Travels with my Cello Julian Lloyd Webber with Pam Chowhan at the Piano, 7.30pm.
Admission: 16 to 21.50 01206 573948

15th January
Motowns Greatest Hits How Sweet It Is, takes place at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm.
Admission: 13 to 18.50 01206 573948

22nd January
Pluck The Titanic Show at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 7.45pm sees a classical string trio pay tribute to the musicians
who played on until the end. Featuring a real iceberg!
Admission: Adults 14.50 01245 606505

26th January
Sweeney Todd the musical at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.
Admission: 12 to 18 01206 573948

Must see
27th January
With the seal of approval from Jimmy Page himself, dont miss Whole Lotta Led, a Led Zeppelin tribute band playing
at the Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm. The first act of this fantastic show is a mixture of Zep classics and more, while the
second set is made up of the whole Led Zeppelin IV album. Admission: Adults 16, children and concessions 14
01279 431945

28th January
Witness one of the worlds greatest pianists and singers with Fever at the Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm.
Admission: 20, concessions 18 01279 431945

29th January
The Barron Knights 50th Anniversary Tour visits Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 7.45pm.
Admission: 16 01245 606505

30th January
Clacton Concert Orchestra at Princes Theatre, Clacton, 3pm.
Admission: Adults 12 01621 890153

30th January
Everybody Dance, the annual show of the Chelmsford Dance Centre, at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 2pm.
Admission: 12 01245 606505


Top 10 theatre

13th January
The Mercury Theatre, Colchester presents A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 7.30pm. Admission: Adults 13 to 18.50 01206 573948

14th January
Punt & Dennis at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 8pm. Expect ridiculous mimes, great impressions, political satire and maybe the odd nursery rhyme.
Admission: 17.50 01206 573948

14th & 15th January
Abba Mania at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, is a great excuse to party to well-known favourites.
Admission: 15 to 20 01245 606505

14th 16th January
Clavering Players present Robinson Crusoe at Clavering Village Hall, 7.30pm on Friday 14, 2pm and 6pm on Saturday 15 and 2pm on Saturday 16.
Admission: 14 01279 431945

18th 22nd January
The Wedding Singer at Brentwood Theatre, 8pm (Saturday matinee 3pm). Set in 1985, when hair was big and greed was good.
Admission: 13 to 16 01277 200305

18th 23rd January
The classic French fairy story, Beauty and the Beast, can be seen at The Headgate Theatre, Colchester. January 18 to 22 at 7.30pm with weekend matinees.
Admission: 8, concessions 6
01206 366000

22nd January
Masquerade at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm, is a witty and inventive new dance theatre piece which challenges how we see ourselves and others and asks if all is as it appears.
Admission: 10.50 to 15 01206 573948

27th January
Good evening Stanford le Hope - an evening with Phill Jupitus at the Stanford le Hope library, reading passages from
his book, followed by questions and answers with the audience. Thameside Theatre, Grays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Admission: Adults 5 0845 300 5264

Must see
29th January The Harlow Playhouse welcomes John Walker to perform The Walker Brothers many classics, 7.30pm.
Admission: 20, concessions 18 01279 431945

General Interest

13th 15th January
Viva Variety is a variety show of song, dance and comedy at Theydon Bois Village Hall, 8pm.
Admission: 8 01992 812250

21st & 22nd January
One day Mosaic Workshops at Making Mosaics, Saffron
Walden, 10am to 4pm.
Admission: from 65 01799 501137

23rd January
David Evans Haunting Ghost Stories at St Johns Arc, Old Harlow, 5pm. Based on The House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe.
Admission: 12, concessions 10 01279 442447

26th January
Saffron Walden Historical Society presents Standsted, that unfortunate village the great scandal of 1822, at the Friends Meeting House, Saffron Walden, 7.45pm.
Admission: Members free, non-members 1.50 01799 500844

Dont Miss
26th January
Brentwood Borough Councils popular Afternoon Tea Dance will take place at Bardswell Social Club, 2pm to 4pm. Enjoy plenty of tea, cake and dancing (with tuition).
Admission: 4.50 01277 312801

28th 30th January
Super Exclusive Tango Extravaganza is a full weekend of tango at the modern Fowlmere Hall, near Royston. In aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance
Admission: Prices vary depending on level. Please book in advance 07983 514021

29th & 30th January
Textile Fair at Warner Textile Archive, Warners Mill, Braintree,
11am to 4pm. Find vintage textiles, beads, patchwork, trimmings, arts, crafts and gifts. Refreshments
available. Admission: 2 01376 557803

Walks, talks gardens & exhibitions

13th January
Opening of Matrix at The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow.
Admission: Free
01279 426042

15th January
Opening of Antarctic Photographs of Herbert Ponting at Braintree District Museum.
Admission: Adults 3, children free, concessions 1.50
01376 325266

15th January
Constable Country Ramble: Lawford and Dedham, 10am.
Admission: 6 per person, booking essential
01206 298260

15th & 29th January
Open days at Mersea Museums in Colchester, 10am to 3pm.
Admission: Free
01206 385191

21st January
Andrew Phillips enlightens an audience at Mersea Museum, Colchester, 7.30pm.
Admission: Members 3,
non-members 5
01206 385191

29th January
Constable Country Ramble, 10.30am to 1pm.
Admission: 6, please book
01206 298260

Dont Miss
Until 30th January
Colchester Castle presents Medieval Treasures: Art Treasures from East Anglia Part 2. Showcasing stunning objects including jewellery, coins, illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, exquisite examples of church art to personal items owned by ordinary individuals. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
Admission: Free (after normal castle admission: adults 5.70, children 3.60, under 5s free)
01206 282939

Until 30th January
As part of A History of the World, in partnership with the BBC, the Relic Medieval Trail at Colchester Castle gives visitors a chance to explore the medieval parts of the castle and displays. Challenge yourself in memory, physically, in discovery, by reasoning and by riddle! Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
Admission: 1 per trail (after normal castle admission: adults 5.70, children 3.60)
01206 282939

For the family

14th 22nd January
Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed by Saffron Players in Saffron Walden Town Hall on January 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 at 7.30pm.
Admission: 6 (discounts available)
01799 524002

22nd January
A Little Bird Told Me at Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 11.30am and 2pm. Wizards, witches and magical animals join boys and girls on crazy quests and wacky adventures. Each of the five short stories has been created by children from UK primary schools and adapted by professional storytellers.
Admission: Adults 7, concessions 5
01245 606505

28th - 30th January
Puss in Boots is performed by local drama group Stane Street Players at Empire Theatre, Halstead, 7.30pm.
Admission: 8
01621 890153

29th January
Join Fireman Sam and all his friends for a music festival at Princes Theatre, Clacton, 2pm.
Admission: Adults 13,
children 11
01621 890153


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