The Diary for March
PUBLISHED: 00:16 16 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:00 20 February 2013
The top music and theatre events and lots more happening in Essex <br/><br/>this March. Compiled by Nikki Dickens
Top 5 music
London Festival Opera present A Night at the Opera at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, 8pm.
Admission: 19.50 to 23.50
The Searchers at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 7.30pm.
Piccadilly Dance Orchestra featuring special guest Angela Rippon at the Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm.
Alan Barnes with Digby Fairweather and Friends at Loughton Methodist Church, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
020 8502 0181
Essence of Ireland at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm.
Admission: 16.50 to 22.15
Des OConner is live at Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 7.30pm.
22nd to 26th March
The Dracula Spectacular weaves its creepy magic spell at Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 3pm.
Admission: 9 to 12
Colin Fry The Peoples Medium, at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, 8pm.
An Evening With Neil Morrissey. Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm.
29th & 30th March
Derren Brown: Svengali, at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, 8pm.
Admission: 31, 28.50
20th & 27th March
Visit the Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, as the Joem locomotive returns after 16 years.
Admission: Adults 10,
Ingatestone Hall Wedding Fayre, Ingatestone, offers the chance to peruse the grounds and speak to more than 30 suppliers.
Famous football manager Tommy Docherty will be entertaining the audience with highlights, funny stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from his fantastic career with On The Ball at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 7.45pm.
Guess whodunit over a delicious two-course dinner at the Hylands House Murder Mystery Evening, Chelmsford, 7pm to 11pm.
25th & 26th March
The Count of Monte Cristo is the ultimate tale of vigilante justice. Presented by Myriad Productions Ltd at Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, 7.30pm.
Admission: 12, concessions 10
A Live Bollywood Night at the Chelmsford County High School for Girls in aid of The Js Hospice.
Themed decor and authentic Indian cuisine, 7pm to 11pm.
Walks, talks, gardens
Wave Goodbye to Winter at River Lee Country Park, 9.30 to 12pm.
19th & 20th March
Bird watching, sail and walk with Top Sail Charters, 10.30am.
Admission: 27.50 including light lunch
Join artist-in-residence Sadia Ur-Rehman for Tea at Valentines Mansion, Ilford, 2pm to 3.30pm.
Admission: Free (please book)
020 8708 8100
Drop in Guided Tour of Valentines Mansion, Ilford, 11am to 11.45am.
020 8708 8100
The National Trust's Constable Country Ramble: Stour Valley Views, 10.30am to 1pm.
March 25th to 27th
The Mersea Island Art Group holds its annual art exhibition in the Mersea Museum.
Admission: Open 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday
16th to 19th March
The Tales of Beatrix Potter, presented by The Chelmsford Ballet Company at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 3pm.
Admission: 11 to 13.75
Londons Science Museum takes to the stage for a live show at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, 7pm.
The Way Back Home. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 11.30am and 1.30pm.
Lambing Night Watch at Marsh Farm Country Park, near Chelmsford.Admission: Adults 7.50
Friday Fives at Chelmsford Museum, 10.30am to 11.30pm
and 1.30pm to 2.30pm.
The Elves and The Shoemaker at Colchester Arts Centre, 1.30pm.
26th & 27th March
Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, stage Barleylands Craft Adventure.
Admission: 8.50, children 7.50