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Bank Holiday in Essex



Let Essex Tourist Guide help you find something exciting to do or somewhere interesting to visit this Bank holiday weekend.

How about a day trip to one of the many beaches that can be found up and down the Essex coastline? A day at the beach can be lots of fun, especially for families with children. If the weather is on your side why not pack a picnic in the cool box and set off early. Alternatively if you would rather travel light, when hunger sets in visit one of the many pubs and restaurants that can be found in the coastal towns and villages of Essex.

There are also plenty of hotels, guest houses, B&B's and self catering accommodation throughout our county, so maybe a relaxing weekend away would be more to your liking.

Campsites, caravan and holiday parks are also a popular choice when it comes to Bank Holiday weekends away and Essex has a huge variety so you are sure to find one that suits your needs.

Letís not forget the many tourist attractions, parklands and places of historical interest that can also make for an adventurous day out.

Whatever you decide to do, you are sure to have a great time this Bank Holiday in EssexÖ

Although not Bank Holidays you will also find events associated St. George's Day and the Chinese New Year etc. within this page.

Where available there are direct links and contact details for the event organisers who we recommend should be contacted directly for further information on any particular event before travelling.
Although accurate at the time of being entered, the information contained within maybe subject to change and as such Essex Tourist Guide does not accept responsibility for any omissions or errors to this content.




- APRIL -

Saturday 5th to Monday 21st April 2014
Easter Treasure Hunt at Marks Hall
The Easter Bunnies have been busy at Marks Hall, can you follow their clues and find the Easter Egg?
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Admission: Normal admission applies / Treasure Hunt is £1.50
Venue: Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1TG
For more information please visit our website: www.markshall.org.uk

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th April 2014
Operating Day with Steam - Colne Valley Railway
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
Times: 10.30am to 5pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Entrance Price: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £28 (2 Adults & up to 3 Children), Dogs £2
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Friday 18th to Monday 21st April 2014
Day Out with Thomas - East Anglian Railway Museum
Thomas the Tank Engine and his Friends will be at the East Anglian Railway Museum over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend offering unlimited rides on at least four character trains. Thomas of course, Daisy, Toby and Henrietta, the Troublesome Trucks with Toad will all be there. The miniature railway will also be running at least two trains all day (subject to weather).
Times: We open at 10.00am, with trains running from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex CO6 2DS
Website: www.earm.co.uk

Saturday 19th April 2014
Easter Eggs-Travaganza Toy & Craft Fair
An afternoon of fun for all the family. With soft play area, confectionery corner, Easter grotto, mad hatter appearance, sand art, face painting and over 30 arts and craft stalls! All free entry.
Time: 11am to 3pm
Admission: Free
Venue: Harold Hill Community Centre, Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex RM3 9DJ
Contact: Jade 07800 563932 - facethefunparties@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.facethefunpartiesandevents.co.uk

Sunday 20th April 2014
Celebrate Easter Day at Orsett Hall
Come along with family and friends for an enjoyable Easter Day Lunch in our Whitmore Suite!
£20.95 per person, Children 2 - 12 years £9.50 per child, Under 2 years Free
We will have a colouring competition for all children and a little treat!
To book, please call the Events Team on 01375 891402 or email events@orsetthall.co.uk
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS
Website: www.orsetthall.co.uk


Sunday 20th & Monday 21st April 2014
Medieval Siege & Fair
In amongst the bustle of the camp - a snapshot of life in the high medieval period - there's Archery, Birds of Prey, a Maypole, Donkey Rides, The Dragons of Wye-Ten with a Dragon's Egg Hunt and Puppet Theatre Shows, the Jester, Musicians and Coconut Shies! A Trebuchet in action! A set piece Battle! The Arming of the Knights! There'll be craft stalls and traders, and lots of food stalls! The Keep will be open to explore - come early and enjoy a full day, packed with spectacle and fun!
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Adults £12.50, Children £9.00, Families £37.00
Venue: Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ
Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Monday 21st April 2014
Operating Day with Steam - Colne Valley Railway
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
Times: 10.30am to 5pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Entrance Price: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £28 (2 Adults & up to 3 Children), Dogs £2
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

- MAY -

Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May 2014
The Southend Spring Garden Show 2014
Discover a World of gardening inspiration at Garon Park this 3-5 May - a fantastic day out the whole family can enjoy. Your family is sure to love the World-class entertainment, attractions and shopping villages at the Show.
Please click here for more information and for your chance to win tickets to the show...

Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May 2014
The Essex Craft & Design Show
In 2014 we will be returning to the stunning venue that is RHS Garden Hyde Hall but instead of the usual July show there will now be two shows at different times of the year. The first will be held over the three day May Bank Holiday weekend and the second will have more of a festive feel towards the end of November. Although these are new dates for The Essex craft and design show they are already established in the Hyde Hall event calendar as there have been craft shows on these weekends in previous years including 2013. The ethos of the shows has always been to create events that provide a showcase for both established artists/designer makers and new emerging talent. A new objective for 2014 is to focus on outdoor crafts and exhibitors that can demonstrate their work. RHS Hyde Hall provides a unique backdrop for this contemporary craft show. With not a hint of fake tan or a false eyelash in sight The Essex craft and design show continues to promote the venue and creative talent of this underestimated County.
The admission price includes both entry to our show and the gardens. The show is free for all RHS members. For more details for Hyde Hall and the admission prices visit www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Hyde-Hall
Time: 10am to 5pm
Contact: 07944 806340 - info@essexcraftanddesignshow.com
Venue: RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Essex CM3 8ET
Website: www.essexcraftanddesignshow.com

Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May 2014
Flower Festival
The floral arrangements located within the church will be depicting 'The Saints'. Refreshments and light lunches will be available. Bell Ringing and Organ Recitals will take place during the event.
Time: 11am to 5pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Sue Lucas - 01621 891861
Venue: St Peter's Church, Church Road, Great Totham, Maldon, Essex CM9 8NP

Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May 2014
Jousting with Destrier!
For the very first time at Hedingham Castle, the Knights of Destrier! Clad in classic 15th century armour and mounted on feisty warhorses, the Knights are ready for the ultimate test - the tournament! Wearing real steel, they do battle as did the knights of old. At closing speeds of up to 40 mph, they shatter their lances, wood on metal! And among them, all the bustle and excitement of a medieval fair, with Archery, Jonathan de Hadleigh, Jester to the Castle, The Medieval Archer, Musicians, the Maypole and the Birds of Prey! With craft stalls, a variety of food vendors, Donkey Rides, Face Painting and the Castle Bar, it's a full day of excitement, involvement and thrilling spectacle!
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Adults £12.50, Children £9.00, Families £37.00
Venue: Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ
Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May 2014
Peppa Pig at Colne Valley Railway
Popular pig Peppa and her brother George make their first ever appearance at the Colne Valley Railway.
Times: 10.30am to 5pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Entrance Price: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £28 (2 Adults & up to 3 Children), Dogs £2
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May 2014
The Weald Country Show 2014
Now in its third year and a great visitor attendance in 2013, the show is set to be even bigger and better this year. The only large public event held in the beautiful setting of Weald Country Park with it's resident deer.
Please click here for more information...

Sunday 25th & Monday 26th May 2014
Jousting with The Knights of Royal England!
The ever exciting and popular Knights of Royal England return to Hedingham to recreate the classic Tourney in front of the Keep, an awesome spectacle of chivalry, hand to hand combat, mounted challenges and dark deeds! Surrounding it all will be a bustling arena full of craft stalls, a range of food and a host of entertainment! The Dragons of Wye-Ten Puppet Theatre Show will be back, performing throughout the day! The Norfolk Longbowmen will be demonstrating the art of Archery - have a go! Lavenham Falconry will be displaying their Birds of Prey! Our Official Jester, Jonathan de Hadleigh, will cause his usual mayhem! Musicians, Donkey Rides, a Maypole, Coconut Shies and Face Painting provide constant entertainment throughout the day! Something for all the family in a great day out!
No dogs are allowed at this event because the birds of prey may attack them.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Adults £12.50, Children £9.00, Families £37.00
Venue: Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ
Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Monday 26th May 2014
Operating Day with Steam - Colne Valley Railway
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
Times: 10.30am to 5pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Entrance Price: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £28 (2 Adults & up to 3 Children), Dogs £2
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

- AUGUST -

Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th August 2014
Day Out with Thomas - East Anglian Railway Museum
Thomas the Tank Engine and his Friends will be at the East Anglian Railway Museum over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend offering unlimited rides on at least four character trains. Thomas of course, Daisy, Toby and Henrietta, the Troublesome Trucks with Toad will all be there. The miniature railway will also be running at least two trains all day (subject to weather).
Times: We open at 10.00am, with trains running from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex CO6 2DS
Website: www.earm.co.uk

Sunday 24th & Monday 25th August 2014
Jousting with The Knights of Middle England!
Hedingham is pleased to welcome, for the first time, the astounding Knights of Middle England! Bold and bright costumes accompanied with stunts such as saddle falls, drags and rearing horses make this a show to remember! The evil Black Knight and his trusty fool cause havoc against the Earl of Warwick and his team of chivalrous Knights! Surrounding it all will be a bustling arena full of craft stalls, a range of food and a host of entertainment! The Norfolk Longbowmen will be demonstrating the art of Archery - have a go! Lavenham Falconry will be displaying their Birds of Prey! Our Official Jester, Jonathan de Hadleigh, will cause his usual mayhem! Musicians, Donkey Rides, a Maypole, Coconut Shies and Face Painting provide constant entertainment throughout the day! Something for all the family in a great day out!
No dogs are allowed at this event because the birds of prey may attack them.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Adults £12.50, Children £9.00, Families £37.00
Venue: Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ
Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Monday 25th August 2014
Operating Day with Steam - Colne Valley Railway
One or more Steam locomotives operating. This may also include Heritage Diesel Trains.
Times: 10.30am to 5pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Entrance Price: Adults £9, Seniors £7, Child £5 or Family £28 (2 Adults & up to 3 Children), Dogs £2
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

- DECEMBER -

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