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A selection of Essex Fairs and Shows, from Arts & Craft, Country or Fashion through to Wedding Fayres and everything in between.

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- JANUARY -

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- FEBRUARY -

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- MARCH -

Saturday 5th March 2016
Spring Fayre
Come along to Sacred Heart's Spring Fayre where there will be something for everyone - including luxury food items, treats and treatments, teddies and tombola's and lots more including 60 second Mayhem!!!!
Time: 12pm to 3pm
Admission: Adults £1, Concessions 50p
Contact: garyredmond@btinternet.com
Venue: The Old Chapel, Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School, St Mary's Lane, Upminster, Essex RM14 2QR
Website: www.theoldchapelupminster.co.uk

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Monday 28th March 2016
PECKISH@Harlow StrEAT Food Market
Welcome to PECKISH@Harlow, the new and exciting street food market to come to Harlow this Easter weekend, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10.00 - 16.00, with some of the very best in street food from around the country along with buskers and street musicians playing for your pleasure.
Come down for a tasty treat and experience some fresh cooked salt beef or Texan style pulled brisket, cookies and cheesecakes, gourmet burgers and gourmet German sausages served in brioche buns with freshly made toppings; we also have Churros, fresh ice creams, along with spicy wings, buttermilk fried chicken, veggie and vegan delights and these are just to name a few! Bring yourself, your friends and the family for an all day treat.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free to enter, just pay to eat
Contact: Neil Bellham - 07530 665969
Venue: Market Square, Harlow Town Centre, Harlow, Essex CM20 1BE
Website: www.peckishcateringservices.com

- APRIL -

Saturday 4th April 2015
Spring Craft Fair
Craft Fair selling unique and hand-crafted gifts. The Old Chapel will be holding its 4th Craft Fair on Saturday 4th April from 10am to 5pm. Come along and treat yourself.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Gemma Smith 01708 222660 - gsmith@mary.havering.sch.uk
Venue: The Old Chapel, Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School, St Mary's Lane, Upminster, Essex RM14 2QR
Website: www.theoldchapelupminster.co.uk/spring-craft-fair-2

Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April 2015
The Clavering Arts & Craft Show
Original Art will be exhibited and available to purchase in the main hall from Saturday 4th April to Monday 6th April 2015 from 11am to 5pm.
The Craft Marquee Saturday 4th April 11am - 5pm for the first time this year we will be hosting a Producers Village. Meet traditional farmers, kitchen table bakers, artisan chocolatiers, brewers and wine makers, and of course, sample their delicious offerings before you buy them to take home, perfect preparation for an indulgent Easter Sunday.
Sunday 5th April to Monday 6th April 11am - 5pm we will be celebrating the wonderful variety of makers, crafters, designers and producers that our area has to offer from companies that cannot be found on the high street. We believe that handmade items are keepsakes that should be treasured year after year and that the quality of craftsmanship is truly invaluable. There will also be an Easter egg hunt and other activities held for the children over the weekend, more details to follow.
If you are interested in exhibiting art with us or would like to have a stall please contact Joanna Harris - kidd77_66@hotmail.com
Admission: £2 per Adult, Kids Free!
Venue: Clavering Village Hall, Hill Green, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4QS

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April 2015
Spring Craft Show
Spring Craft Weekend - Our event is staged under cover in the 14th Century Barn. Talented craftsmen and artists, some demonstrating, will be displaying and selling their wares. Come and buy directly from the maker.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: £3 (accompanied under 16s free)
Venue: Grange Barn, Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1RE
Contact: ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April 2015
Colchester Town & Country Show
Thousands are expected to flock to Lower Castle Park right in the heart of Colchester over the weekend of 18 and 19 April 2015 for the annual Town & Country Show and Oakleigh Fairs, who organise the event, say that this year the show is offering even more family entertainment than ever, including a children's farm where your little ones can meet lots of Spring baby animals!
Please click here for more information...

- MAY -

Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd May 2016
The Weald Country and Craft Show
The Weald Country and Craft Show will be bringing many new and exciting attractions this year from the amazing Stunt Monkeys with top British Riding Team to the wonderful World of Birds demonstrating flying with vultures, storks and parakeets.
We will again be supporting small producers and adding to our Food and Drink Markets, the Classic British Bake Off and most importantly our children's Horticultural Tent. Throughout the day there are many exciting cookery demonstrations from some fantastic Chefs and a talk area packed full of interesting talks. The show that will be attractions, professionals and celebrities, fantastic talks and demonstrations, and don't forget to buy yourself a little something special from all our fabulous trade stands. Demonstrations from Rural Crafters and supporting local and handmade.
The FESTIVALS OF DOGS will be there again this year with many new and exciting things. With over 25 classes daily which you can enter throughout the day as well as Dog Agility and two main rings, so much for all our four legged friends.
The show, taking place on the 1st and 2nd May will host live demonstrations across five rings which will have an array of interesting, different and fun displays, including performances by many professionals, celebrities, trainers and experts.
You can find us on www.classicfestivals.co.uk, www.festivalsofdogs.co.uk, www.facebook.com/ShowOrganiser or https://twitter.com/SuffolkFoodFest
We hope to see you there!
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: £7.50
Venue: Weald Country Park, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5QS
Contact: office@classicfestivals.co.uk
Website: www.wealdcountryshow.co.uk

Monday 2nd May 2016
Community Fun Day and Fete
For the second year we are teaming up with Colchester Rugby Club for our fun day and fete!
Come along to the club on Mill Road, Colchester where you will find lots of stalls, activities, face painting, live music, performances by the club and food!
It was really popular last year with friends and families and we would love to see you all back again this year.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Colchester Rugby Club, Mill Road, Mile End, Colchester, Essex CO4 5JF
Please visit our website for more information: www.sthelenahospice.org.uk/event/community-fun-day-and-fet
Registered Charity No. 280919

Thursday 26th May 2016
Ladies Who Lunch: Spring/Summer Fashion Show
Get the girls together and head to SbN for an exceptional day out.
Join us for a 2-course lunch followed by a Fashion Show hosted by a local boutique, The Gift Room (Great Horkesley). The focus of the Fashion Show will be Spring/Summer trends - so come eat, drink and plan your Summer wardrobe!
There will be an opportunity to shop the collection after the show!
Call 01206 265837 to book your tickets now!
Just £19.95 per person!
Time: 12.30pm
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Please visit our website for more information: www.stokebynayland.com


- JUNE -

Saturday 13th June 2015
Break a World Record Fun Day!
Help us break the Guinness World Record for Most People Dressed as Superheroes as previously held by the USA! We will have a fun day including fairground rides, inflatables, food, entertainment, activities and market stalls.
Time: 11am to 7pm
Admission: Adult £5, children under 12 free
Contact: Jade Foster - facethefunparties@yahoo.co.uk
Venue: Forest Farm, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HN
Website: www.mitchellhuthfund.org.uk

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 2015
Chelmsford Mind Body Spirit Festival
This event is in aid of Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Over 70 stands at this huge event; plus 21 talks & workshops, many stage performances too bringing all that's best in MBS UK to Essex. With International TV Psychics & Clairvoyants Sue Hudd, Maureen Flynn, Melayne Stone. Many free workshops & talks by inspirational speakers Lucinda Drayton, Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, Stephanie King & others.
In addition: Meditation Room / Aura Photos / Wellbeing therapies; Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Reiki, Crystal healing / Stage Performances / Empowered Healing Space / Oils & Incense / Mystic Art / Spiritual Gifts / Food & Refreshments / Crystals & Gems The main stage will play host to demonstrations and performances from, Lucinda Drayton, Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, Kula Tribal Belly Dance and composer and pianist Ian Haywood, to name but a few.
Unique to this event is our Empowered Healing Space and Empowered Meditation Room run by the European Buddhist-Hammi Association.
Admission includes most talks, workshops and stage performances.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Adults £3.50, Concessions, £2.50, 16 and under FREE
For further information contact Chris Cozens: E-mail - chris@lifearts.co.uk
Venue: Marconi Social Club, Tydemans, off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9FH
Website: www.lifearts.co.uk/chelmsford-mind-body-spirit-festival-2015

Sunday 14th June 2015
Magna Carta Celebration Event
To commemorate 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta, and the close involvement with the rebel Barons of Robert de Vere, third Earl of Oxford and Lord of Hedingham Castle, we will be staging a spectacular day full of history, rebellion and battles! Knights on horseback, close quarter fighting, excommunications! Amongst all the action, the inner bailey surrounding the castle will be a medieval camp-site giving an insight into the lives of ordinary people, traders and craftsmen. Food stalls aplenty! Fascinating Guided Tours of the Norman Keep! And Riotous Assembly provide a musical documentary! History Happening!
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Please see website for prices
Venue: Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ
Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Friday 19th June 2015
Dovercourt Fashion Show
Models will showcase a range of on-trend fashion items which will be available to purchase before and after the show.
Time: 7pm
Admission: Tickets are £8.50 including a chicken and chips supper
Venue: The Cliff Hotel, 22 Marine Parade, Dovercourt, Essex CO12 3RE
Contact: Call 01206 890165 to get your tickets
Website: www.sthelenahospice.org.uk/event/fashion-show-dovercour
Registered Charity No. 280919

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st June 2015
Little Waltham Open Gardens for Farleigh Hospice
This pretty village on the outskirts of Chelmsford will be opening its gates to a wide range of garden experiences. Many of the villagers are giving their support and including their gardens in the tour. In the heart of the village 'Cairnsworths', our new village tea room/delicatessen, will be offering refreshments. Saturday 20th is the day of the Little Waltham School Fete and at 142 The Street will be a cake stall and craft stalls in the marquee, so a visit to the village will offer a wide range of activities for you to come and enjoy.
Gardens will be open from 11am to 5pm.
Entry to all the gardens is by programme with map of participating gardens, £4.50 per person (under 16s free when accompanied by an adult).
Programmes available from Farleigh Hospice; Farleigh Hospice shops in Moulsham Street, Galleywood, Gloucester Avenue and Braintree; The Picture Finish Shop, 142B The Street, Little Waltham; and 'Cairnsworth', 100 The Street, Little Waltham.
Further details please contact Hazel Clements on 01245 360804 or 07831 662712, or via email at picturefinish@yahoo.com
Website: www.farleighhospice.org/event/open-gardens-little-waltham

Sunday 21st June 2015
Medieval Mid-Summer Picnic & De Vere School Pageant
A special event for the villagers of Castle and Sible Hedingham. Fancy dress competition, re-enactments and medieval music and dance.
Time: 12pm to 5pm
Admission: Please see website for further information
Venue: Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ
Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Sunday 21st June 2015
Gardens Open Day
Refreshments and lunches available. Cakes and plants stalls. Admission by Programme available from the village shop in advance and also on the day at St Lawrence Church, Bradfield CO11 2US
Time: 11am to 5pm
Admission: Adults £3.00 each with accompanied children Free
Contact: 01255 870681
Venue: Bradfield Village, Nr Manningtree CO11 2US
Website: www.foslbradfield.org

Saturday 27th June 2015
Great Bentley Carnival & Fete
Village carnival with procession through village streets followed by entertainment on green, stalls, refreshments, tug of war contest, performing dogs. Something for all ages. All proceeds donated to children's village organisations.
Time: Procession starts 12.30pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Brenda Eyers 01206 250594 - brenda.eyers2@btinternet.com
Venue: The Village Green, Great Bentley, Essex CO7 8LS
Website: www.facebook.com/GreatBentleyCarnival

Saturday 27th June 2015
St Peter's Summer Fete
Summer Fete with classic cars, scarecrow competition, dog show, children's races and tug of war, art exhibition, beer tent, BBQ, refreshments and many other attractions.
Time: 2pm
Venue: Cricket Field & Village Hall, Maldon Road, Great Totham, Maldon, Essex CM9 8NH
Contact: David Barclay - 01621 891164

- JULY -

Sunday 3rd July 2016
Dog Show: Paws at The View
Fun activities for dogs and their owners, including have-a-go agility, displays, tombola, stalls and a dog show including various categories.
Time: 11am to 4pm
Admission: Free - £1 entry per category for dog show. All dogs must be kept on a lead
Contact: 020 7332 1911
Venue: The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest

Saturday 9th July 2016
We are Handmade Contemporary Summer Craft and Design Fair
This Fair will be part of the Dunmow Flitch Trials, an event which takes place every 4 years in the town: www.dunmowflitchtrials.co.uk. The Craft Fair will feature over 30 makers and artists selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired items. Whether you're looking for a wedding gift; a new ornament or well-designed practical item for the home or a piece of quality handmade jewellery.
This event showcases quality handmade crafts, with makers selling a range of items to suit all pockets. Makers include textile designer Onz@Home; Gail's Glass; Barbara Russell Antique Bead Jewellery; Photographer MJB Images plus many more.
Visitors can sit down and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes with a cup of tea, all served in lovely vintage style crockery, courtesy of Plum Fairy who will be running the tearoom.
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DG
Further information at: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

- AUGUST -

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August 2015
Working Art & Craft Show - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen guild members demonstrating and displaying their work within this beautiful Tudor Manor House and grounds. Free parking - House entrance charges include this event.
Time: 11am to 5pm
Admission: Entry to house includes this event
Venue: Ingatestone Hall, off B1003, 5 mins from the A12, Ingatestone, Essex CM4 9NR
Contact: ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August 2015
Jousting with The Knights of Middle England!
Great news! They’re back! The astounding Knights of Middle England! Bold and bright costumes accompanied by 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!
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Please see website for prices
Venue: Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ
Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August 2015
Guild of Essex Craftsmen Flagship Craft Weekend
Up to 90 talented craftsmen and artists displaying and selling their works. Many working craft displays live music and other attractions. Hot food and refreshments. Unlimited Free Parking - Coach Parties Welcome by Arrangement.
Time: 10.30am to 5.30pm
Admission: Entrance fees are no more than £5. Accompanied under 16s free
Venue: Cressing Temple Barns, on B1018 between Braintree and Witham, Cressing, Essex CM4 9NR
Contact: ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

- SEPTEMBER -

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2015
European Woodworking Show 2015
Welcome to the 6th European Woodworking Show (EWS 2015) at Cressing Temple Barns, Essex. The show is a mix of woodworking demonstrations backed by trade stands. The focus is primarily on hand tool skills although some small workshop machinery will also be on sale at the show. This historic venue is an attraction in itself and with good quality food & drink outlets dotted throughout the site for visitors to enjoy. EWS 2015 boasts the widest range of demonstrators to be found at any woodworking show in Europe. So if your interest is woodworking then come along to the show. Most visitors enjoy a full day (or even 2) as there is a lot to see as well as competitions to enter and judge, master-classes and timed demonstrations to attend, story telling for the youngsters, things to try and things to buy. We hope to see you at EWS 2015.
Time: Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm
Admission: See website for advance and on the gate prices
Contact: 01473 785946
Venue: Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Essex CM77 8PD
Website: www.ews2015.com

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September 2015
The Essex Craft & Design Show
The Essex Craft & Design Show will be hosting its annual event at Cressing Temple barns at the end of September.
Craftsmen and designer makers will be showcasing and selling their work which will include fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics and many other contemporary crafts. Not only is this an opportunity to view and buy work direct from the craftsman or designer maker, it is also a chance to visit these wonderful 13th century barns. The admission also includes entrance to the barns, grounds and Tudor walled gardens.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: £3.50, £2.50 (concessions), Children under 16 free
Contact: info@essexcraftanddesignshow.com
Venue: Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Essex CM77 8PD
Website: www.essexcraftanddesignshow.com

- OCTOBER -

Sunday 16th October 2016
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair
This Fair is an 'early bird' Christmas Craft & Design Fair featuring 40 makers and artists selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired items. This will be the ideal place for shoppers to find those special gifts for loved ones this Christmas, with opportunities to discuss commissioned pieces with the stallholders.
This event showcases quality handmade crafts, with stallholders selling a range of items to suit all pockets. Stallholders include Jewellery designer, Hawkwood Creations; Gail's Glass; photographer MJB Images and Cathy Russell, who will be demonstrating the art of quilling. A full list of makers will be on our website nearer the event date.
Visitors can enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful Lounge and Bar area of Greenwoods Hotel.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: Greenwoods Hotel & Spa, Stock, Essex CM4 9BE
Further information at: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

- NOVEMBER -

Saturday 5th November 2016
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair
This Fair will feature over 30 makers and artists selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired items. This will be the ideal place for shoppers to find those special gifts for loved ones this Christmas, with opportunities to discuss commissioned pieces with the stallholders.
This event showcases quality handmade crafts, with makes selling a range of items to suit all pockets. Makers include Capricorn Crafts, makers of wooden toys and gifts; Honeybee Natural Beauty; The Mad Owl Company; Peter Deans Ceramics and HKT Jewellery. In addition to selling their work, you can also see Cathy Russell, a member of The Guild of Essex Craftsmen, demonstrating the art of quilling while Toni Peers of Curly-Girly Crafts will also be doing craft demonstrations.
Truly Scrumptious will be running the tearoom so visitors can sit down and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes with a cup of tea.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DG
Further information at: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

Sunday 27th November 2016
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair
This Christmas Fair will feature over 30 makers selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade crafts. A relaxed environment for shoppers to find those special gifts for loved ones this Christmas.
Makers will be showcasing the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items, including jewellery, clothes, bags, pottery, soaps, cards, soft furnishings, home & garden-wares and much more.
A full list of makers will be on our website nearer the event.
Potter, Linda Luckin, will be demonstrating and chatting about her work as a studio potter. We are also looking at holding other demonstrations on the day.
Visitors can sit down and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes with a cup of tea, all served in lovely vintage style crockery, courtesy of Plum Fairy who will be running the tearoom.
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: Wickham Bishops Village Hall, Wickham Bishops, Essex CM8 3JZ
Further information at: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

- DECEMBER -

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