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Essex Fairs and Shows



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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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.





- JANUARY -

Friday 31st January 2014
Chinese New Year at Festival Leisure Park
Join Festival Leisure Park to celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday 31st January 2014!
Between 4pm and 8pm, you can be amazed by exclusive lion dancing and many more activities including fortunes cookies with lots of prizes to be won inside them, Chinese arts as well as craft workshops. Plus, the event is completely FREE!
Join our event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/254783888020394. See you there!
Time: 4pm to 8pm
Admission: FREE for all
Contact: info@festivalleisure.co.uk - 01268 330599
Venue: Festival Leisure Park, Festival Way, Basildon, Essex SS14 3WB
Website: www.festivalleisure.co.uk

- FEBRUARY -

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February 2014
The Brentwood Spring Craft & Gift Show
The show will display a broad variety of over 100 stands - foods, shabby chic home-ware, handmade cards, kitsch cottage gifts and much more and is a unique and welcoming shopping experience set in the warm indoor hall of the Brentwood Centre.
Please click here for more information and for your chance to win tickets to the show...

Sunday 23rd February 2014
South Hanningfield Indoor Table Top Sale
Various stalls include bric-a-brac, second hand goods and some new goods. Refreshments will be available.
Time: Doors open at 10am
Admission: Adults 20p, children free
Contact: For further information and to book a table from £5, contact Clive on 07891 653238
Venue: South Hanningfield Village Hall, South Hanningfield Road, South Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8HL
Website: www.essexinfo.net/south-hanningfield-village/village-hall

- MARCH -

Saturday 1st March 2014
Colchester Craft, Vintage & Gift Fair
After the success of the previous fairs, the Colchester Craft, Vintage & Gift Fair is back again in the spring of 2014.
As always there will be a great mix of stalls selling fantastic handmade items, vintage fashion, household items and gifts. There will be over 30 stallholders in the amazing venue in the North of Colchester, which is within a few minutes of the A12 Colchester North exit. Hot & cold refreshments will be available all day. If you are driving then follow the many yellow signs to St.John's Close where you will find plenty of parking next to the venue and in St.John's Close.
Time: 10am to 3.30pm
Admission: Adults £1, Children under 16 are free!
Contact: Jon Betts - 07887 480241
Venue: St Johns Church Community Centre, St John's Close, Colchester, Essex CO4 0HP
Website: www.priscusevents.co.uk

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd March 2014
Spring Food & Home Fair at Cressing Temple Barns
A celebration of all that is good to eat and drink from across the Region and far beyond!
Please click here for more information...

- APRIL -

Various Dates Throughout April & May 2014
The Loughton Festival
The Loughton Festival includes walks, talks, concerts and many other events throughout May. You can pick up a flyer from Loughton Library in April, or look online for the programme: www.loughtonfestival.org.uk

Saturday 5th April 2014
Spring Craft Fair
The Old Chapel will host a Spring Craft Fair from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 5t April. There will be 20 stalls from local craftspeople with a variety of unique goods for sale. Come and treat yourself, or pick up that perfect gift! Tea, coffee and cake will also be available.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Entrance is Free
Contact: Gemma Smith 01708 222660 - gsmith@mary.havering.sch.uk
Venue: The Old Chapel, St Mary's Lane, Upminster, Essex RM14 2QR
Website: www.theoldchapelupminster.co.uk/spring-craft-fair

Saturday 12th April 2014
Dunmow Spring Fair
The fair will showcase a number of hand-picked pop up boutiques offering stylish and unusual fashion, food, beauty and home interiors along with accessories, vintage collectables and gifts. There will also be a pop up cafe offering great food.
Time: 11am to 4pm
Admission: Free
Contact: 0844 502 0010 - hi@latticeevents.com
Venue: Foakes Hall, Stortford Road, Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DG
Website: www.latticeevents.com

Saturday 12th April 2014
A Vintage Affair
A Vintage Affair is bringing vintage to Braintree!
Come and join us at Braintree museum from 10.30am - 4pm on 12th April. We will have an array of vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery and home-ware! A trip down memory lane or a browse and soak up the atmosphere.
Time: 10.30am to 4pm
Admission: £1 entry, NUS go free!
Contact: ava@avintagefair.co.uk
Venue: Baintree District museum, Manor Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 3HW
Website: www.avintagefair.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 & 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

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April 2014
Colchester Town & Country Show
Thousands are expected to flock to Lower Castle Park right in the heart of Colchester over the weekend of 26 and 27 April 2014 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 -

Various Dates Throughout April & May 2014
The Loughton Festival
The Loughton Festival includes walks, talks, concerts and many other events throughout May. You can pick up a flyer from Loughton Library in April, or look online for the programme: www.loughtonfestival.org.uk

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
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...

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May 2014
The Essex Robin Hood Country Show 2014
Bring the whole family and even the dog along to this great 2-day family fun event, set outdoors at the Brentwood Centre.
Please click here for more information and for your chance to win tickets to the show...

Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th May 2014
The Essex Garden Show
The Essex Garden Show will return to the Brentwood Centre this 16-18 May for 3 days of Gardening inspiration and quality family fun.
Please click here for more information and for your chance to win tickets to the show...

Sunday 18th May 2014
Vintage Fair
A Vintage Affair returns, bigger and better than ever before! Live music, stalls of all descriptions, dancers, hair styling, classic cars - a triumph of style and glamour!
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Normal entry pricing
Venue: Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3DJ
Website: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

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
Strawberry Fayre at Orsett Hall
The sun will hopefully be shining here at Orsett Hall this Bank Holiday Monday, as we have an event that will help put a smile on everyone's faces!
Please click here for more information...
Venue: Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS
Website: www.orsetthall.co.uk


Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June 2014
Cressing Temple Barns Country Fair
Cressing Temple Barns near Witham is to host a Family Country Show in its beautiful grounds over the weekend of Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014!
Please click here for more information...

- JUNE -

Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June 2014
Cressing Temple Barns Country Fair
Cressing Temple Barns near Witham is to host a Family Country Show in its beautiful grounds over the weekend of Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014!
Please click here for more information...

Saturday 14th June 2014
New Art Fair
Do you have a love of art? Why not visit our exciting new Art Fair? 20 artists in various media displaying their unique art for you to view and buy.
Entrance cost includes donation of 50p to St. Helena Hospice, Colchester.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: £1.50
Contact: 07765 966787
Venue: The Assembly Rooms, High Street, Dedham, Essex CO7 6HJ
Website: www.arcadyinspirations.com

Sunday 22nd June 2014
Gardens Open Day
The Friends of St Lawrence Church, Bradfield, will be holding a 'Gardens Open Day' to be held on Sunday 22nd June 2014 at Bradfield from 11am to 5pm. There will be 13+ gardens open to visit. 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: The Street, Bradfield, Nr Manningtree, Essex CO11 2US
Website: www.fslbradfield.org

- JULY -

Saturday 5th July 2014
Traditional Summer Fayre
A traditional summer fete. The attractions include Classic Car Display, Bale tossing, Coconut Shy, Mini-Zoo, Dog competitions (best dressed, looks like owner, tricks, etc), Children's Races (three-legged, egg and spoon etc.), Children's Tug of War, Bouncy Castle, Scarecrow Competition, Beer & Pimms tent, refreshments including a BBQ and a grand raffle.
Time: 2pm
Admission: Free
Contact: David - 01621 891164
Venue: Great Totham Village Hall and Cricket Field, Maldon Road, Great Totham, Maldon, Essex CM9 8NH

Saturday 5th July 2014
Summer Party on the Green
A sparkling event for all the family with live music, BBQ, Pimms Bar, strawberries and cakes as well lots of thing to do for the kids such as Human Fruit machine, Hook a Duck, Face Painting, Portraits, Dog DNA, Photo Booth. All proceeds will go to the Free the Quay fighting fund.
Time: 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Contact: nancyfabricrehab@talktalk.net
Venue: Mistley Green, Mistley, Essex CO11 3EU
Website: www.freethequay.org

Sunday 6th July 2014
Haven House Children's Hospice Summer Fayre
A great day out whatever your age! There will be a bouncy castle, rodeo bull, lots of fun stalls, tasty food and drink, live music at the Haven House Bandstand, tennis themed activities to celebrate the Wimbledon final and lots, lots more!
Time: 11am to 5pm
Admission: Suggested donation of £2 (under 3s free)
Contact: events@havenhouse.org.uk / 020 8506 3637
Venue: Haven House Children's Hospice, High Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 9LB
Website: http://havenhouse.org.uk/news-events/events
Registered Charity No. 1044296

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th July 2014
Dukes Polo Weekend
Set for the weekend of 12th and 13th July, the event just got that little bit bigger. Alongside two days of top grade international polo, family fun and a VIP enclosure fit for a King, The Dukes Polo are delighted to announce that legendary soul sensations Earth, Wind and Fire The Experience featuring Al McKay's will be performing live on stage on Saturday 12th July.
Please click here for more information...

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th July 2014
The Healthy Lifestyle Show
A two day fun packed event for the family promoting living a happier and healthier lifestyle. Interactive workshops featuring fitness and nutritional advice, healthy cooking demonstrations, organic gardening, children's activity days, organic skincare, locally produced food, vintage tea room, natural products - in fact anything that makes you feel happier and healthier!
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: £4 single adult, £3 concessions, £2 child (5-16), £10 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children), under 5's free
Venue: Nine Acres, Flemings Farm Road, Eastwood, Leigh on Sea, Essex SS9 5QT
Website: www.limeeventsessex.co.uk

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th July 2014
2014 Brentwood Festival
3 days of music, food and beer, featuring headliners UB40, Alexander O'Neal, Simon & Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene, The Dualers and Missing Andy.
NEW FOR 2014: Acoustic stage, VIP lounge, kids zone, street food village, and festival market. In support of Helen Rollason Cancer Charity and Hopefield Animal Sanctuary.
Time: Doors open 6pm on the 18th, and 12noon on the 19th & 20th
Admission: From £20 for day passes. Children under 10 attend for FREE
Contact: info@brentwoodfestival.co.uk
Venue: Brentwood Centre Grounds, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9NN
Website: www.brentwoodfestival.co.uk

Sunday 20th July 2014
Antiques & Collectables Roadshow
TimeLine Auctions and The Old Chapel Upminster are pleased to announce that they will be offering free evaluations for Coins, Books, Antiques, Medals, Collectables and Antiquities at an open day at The Old Chapel, Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School, St Mary's Lane, Upminster. This is a free, no-obligation service offered for the benefit of local people with heirlooms that they would like to have identified, or collections they would like to have valued. Three members of the TimeLine team, who are based in East Horndon and Upminster, will be available to examine and evaluate your treasured items on the day: Christopher Wren (Medals, books and antiques), Brett Hammond (Coins and antiquities), Damir Radic (Collectables). Just drop in with your items and discover something new about the past. There will also be a display of genuine antiquities of various historical periods, from Egyptian to Mediaeval. The day will operate on a first come first served basis and sadly we cannot guarantee to see everyone.
Time: 2pm to 5pm
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

Saturday 26th July 2014
Army Barracks Open Day
Carver Barracks in Wimbish, Saffron Walden, will hold its annual open day on Saturday 26th July.
The event is organised by 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) and 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD). All the family favourites of previous years will be there including the military diving underwater demonstration, children's assault course and climbing wall. New events this year will include an impressive aerobatic display by a Red Bull stunt plane pilot at 2pm and a Fast Rope demonstration by Commando and Para trained soldiers at 12.15pm. Music will fill the air at 12.45pm when the Band of the Royal Corps of Engineers enter the arena to play a range of modern and traditional military music. The Military Working Dogs will showcase their capabilities when they enter the arena at 2.15pm.
Time: 11am to 4pm
Admission: Free entry! Parking will be available on the airfield at a cost of £3 per car. All profits raised will be donated to SSAFA (Lifelong Support to out Soldiers and their Families)
Contact: Captain Waz Khan - 01223 203628 (during office/working hours)
Venue: Carver Barracks, Wimbish, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 2YA

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July 2014
Hylands House Country & Craft Show
and The Hylands House Food, Drink & Music Festival
There will be a wonderful array of attractions at this year's show including the fun and fascinating Horse and Scurry Trials, Dance Africa, Dance Africa has been seen at many venue's around the UK including the Royal Albert Hall with their fun Zulu and Gumboot dancing at its best. Along with Dance Africa we have the wonderful sheep and dog herding, our fabulous Falconry, the must have Shire Horses and their display, Keith's sheep racing and so much more.
Both days will be packed with Cookery Demonstrations thanks to many wonderful Chefs such as the fabulous Claudio Bincoletto, Italian Chef and Forager who also lectures at Writtle College who will also be doing foraging walks, talks by Suffolk Forager Julie Foster as well cookery demonstrations and so many more.
We are delighted to announce that this year we have the very exciting Terrier and Lurcher racing - a first for Essex, Paddy and Chris Weaver have a long and proud tradition of offering high quality terrier and lurcher events. Fun Dog Shows run by the Charity Shamans legacy, have a go dog agility and flyball and so many other wonderful things for your three legged friends to do. We will have a Rural Crafters avenue with some extremely talented and special Rural Crafters such as sticksmakers, blacksmiths, willow weaving, potters, furniture making and so much more. An opportunity to see the time and dedication all these crafters have.
You will have the opportunity to hold a snake, bearded dragon or tortoise with Amazing Reptiles and the Foolhardy Circus, as seen at Glastonbury, will be there with Circus Shows and workshops throughout the day or why not visit Gemma at Gemma's Farm and hold one of their new born lambs.
We have some fantastic shopping; meet food producers and find out where your food comes from.
So many wonderful things to do in a day. We will once again have our very talented and amazing musicians playing throughout the day which will come courtesy of the County's most up and coming talent.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Please see website for ticket prices and to book
Venue: Hylands House, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Website: www.hylandscountryshow.co.uk

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July 2014
Marks Hall Country & Garden Show
Marks Hall will be hosting a Country & Garden Show in July as a fundraising event in conjunction with ABF Soldiers' Charity, Essex Air Ambulance and Rotary Club.
It will involve: Garden & country talks, country pursuits and displays, specialist plant nurseries, gift stalls and brass bands.
A fun day out for the family, come along and support these local charities.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Adults £8.00, under 15's free, Advance Purchase by Groups of over 20 £5.00
Venue: Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1TG
For more information please visit our website: www.markshall.org.uk

- AUGUST -

Saturday 2nd August 2014
Bradwell on Sea Flower Show & Companion Dog Show
Flower Show with flowers, cakes, handicraft, art and vegetable's etc. Dog show in the playing field; teas, stalls, beer tent, barbecue etc.
Time: Dog Show 12.30pm, Flower Show 2pm
Admission: £1 admission, children and parking free
Contact: David Thorpe - bradwellflowershow@btinternet.com
Venue: Bradwell Village Hall, South Street, Bradwell on Sea, Essex CM0

Sunday 3rd August 2014
Collier Row Carnival & Family Fun Day
Collier Row Community Groups 3rd Annual Summer Carnival & Family Fun Day. Parade starts at 12noon from Clockhouse Lane & will finish up in Forest Row Centre, Lodge Lane where the Family Fun Day will take place with games, bouncy castles, dog show, 5-aside football, craft fair, face painting, animal petting stations, food & drink and much more!
Time: 12noon to 5pm
Admission: £1
Contact: CollierRowCommunityGroup@yahoo.co.uk - 07958 462154
Venue: Collier Row & Forest Row Centre, Lodge Lane, Collier Row, Romford, Essex RM5 2LD
Website: www.collierrowcommunitygroup.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CollierRowCommunityGroup

Sunday 24th August 2014
Essex Dog Day
The fourth Essex Dog Day will be held on Bank Holiday Sunday 24th August 2014 opening to the public at 10.00am until 5.00pm in the beautiful grounds of Crix, Hatfield Peverel, a privately owned Georgian house accessed directly off the A12. It's easy to get to from all over Essex and parking is free!
Please click here for more information...

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

Sunday 24th & Monday 25th August 2014
Guild of Essex Craftsmen Flagship Craft Show
Craft Fair - The a Guild of Essex Craftsmen Flagship event CELEBRATING 30 years of crafting! Up to 100 talented craftsmen and artists, some demonstrating, displaying and selling their handmade crafts. Live music, food and entertainment. A great day out for all the family SUPPORTING ESSEX AIR AMBULANCE.
Time: 10.30am to 5.30pm
Admission: £4.50
Contact: Ann Cuthbert - 07827 049432
Venue: Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Nr. Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

Monday 25th August 2014
Dedham Country Show
Country show and fair featuring fun fairs, bouncy castles, bungee jumps, donkey derby rides, BBQ, farmers market, craft stalls and much, much more!
Time: 10.30am
Admission: Free entry
Contact: Mr Stephen Ellis 01206 231087
Venue: Dedham Recreational Fields, Dedham Playing Fields, High Street, Dedham, Colchester, Essex CO7 3DT

- SEPTEMBER -

Saturday 6th September 2014
Orsett Show 2014
Set in 30 acres of countryside, the annual Orsett, Essex County Show is always a great day out for all the family with lots to see and do. The Show is one of the oldest one-day Country Shows in England and last year attracted a very impressive 12,000 visitors.
Please click here for more information...

Saturday 13th September 2014
Art, Craft & Design Pop-Up Market and Cafe
Browse and buy original arts, crafts and design and meet local artists over a cuppa at our pop-up cafe. This event is part of the award-winning Rochford Art Trail, which runs from 18th to 27th September.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free
Venue: Rochford WI Hall, 19 West Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BE
Contact: 01702 318171 - Arts@rochford.gov.uk
Website: www.rochford.gov.uk/arttrail

Thursday 18th to Saturday 27th September 2014
Rochford Art Trail
Rochford's award-winning Art Trail returns for a fifth year this September.
Artworks will be on display in shop windows, businesses and public buildings around the beautiful town of Rochford for ten days from Thursday 18th to Saturday 27th September.
The medieval market town will once again play host to a diverse selection of art, craft and design and this year organisers have arranged extra opportunities to explore the art on show and meet the artists behind the work.
The Pavilion at the Rochford Hotel will play host to a four-day group exhibition featuring Rochford artists alongside artists from Leigh-on-Sea. The Rochford WI Hall is the venue for a pre-trail art and craft market and an end-of-trail event featuring demos, tasters and workshops. The Guided Walks which were so popular in 2013, return this year and will run every day except Sunday 21st. Plus there's a screen-print workshop from The Print Wagon, film showings and live theatre from Open Arts and a launch event that everyone is invited to on Thursday 18 September, 10am at Rochford Library. All the details and 'dates for your diary' can be found in the Art Trail map, available to download from our website. Like the Trail on Facebook (facebook.com/Rocharttrail) or follow us on Twitter (@rochford) for news, updates and special Art Trail deals offered by Rochford businesses.
Rochford Art Trail dates for your diary: Entry is FREE to the following events and activities Saturday 13 September, 10am-4pm Art, Craft & Design Pop-Up Market and Café at Rochford WI Hall. Thursday 18 September, 10am-12pm Launch Event at Rochford Library. Monday 22 to Thursday 25 September (Mon: 11.30am-4pm, Tues-Thurs: 10am-4pm) Group Exhibition in the Pavilion at The Rochford Hotel. Saturday 27 September, 10am-4pm Workshops, demonstrations and tasters & Pop-Up Café at Rochford WI Hall.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free
Venue: Various venues around Rochford
Contact: 01702 318171 - Arts@rochford.gov.uk
Website: www.rochford.gov.uk/arttrail

Sunday 21st September 2014
Family 'Fun' Extravaganza
This is going to be a fun packed day for all the family with inflatable fun, rides, reptiles, pony rides, face painting, characters, craft and food stalls and so much more... within 4 acres. Even if it rains it won't bring us down!! So why not get your friends and family together for a big day out. This event is to also help raise money to for special girls, Cassie and Ava, who have a rare brain development as well as other health conditions with only a handful of cases in the world. Treatment is only available in Slovakia where funding has to be made by the families themselves. To find out more, check out www.cassieswishingwell.com
Time: 11am to 5pm
Admission: Adults £3, Children under 14 Free. FREE PARKING!
Venue: Crouch Valley Showground, Just off the A127 on the A1245, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7FQ
Contact: Dy*verse Events (Gill & Kay) 07508 409634 / 07545 784366 - Email dyverse-events@hotmail.com
Event can be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1502920479938027/?source=1
Website: www.dyverse-events-rayleigh.co.uk

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th September 2014
The Essex Craft & Design Show
The Essex Craft & Design Show will be hosting its annual event at Cressing Temple barns during the last weekend 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: Adults £3.50, Concessions £2.50, Children under 16 free
Contact: 07944 806340 - info@essexcraftanddesignshow.com
Venue: Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Nr. Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Website: www.essexcraftanddesignshow.com

- OCTOBER -

Saturday 18th October 2014
Autumn Craft Fair
The Old Chapel will host its third Craft Fair on Saturday 18 October from 10am - 5pm. There will be 20 stalls selling cakes, gifts, jewellery, fabric craft, Christmas decorations, cards and more! Entrance is free and refreshments will be served all day.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: Entrance is Free
Contact: Gemma Smith 01708 222660 - gsmith@mary.havering.sch.uk
Venue: The Old Chapel, St Mary's Lane, Upminster, Essex RM14 2QR
Website: www.theoldchapelupminster.co.uk/autumn-craft-fair-2

Sunday 26th October 2014
Brand New Baby & Toddler Event - Tiny Toes Show
The Tiny Toes Show is a brand new Baby & Toddler Event which is coming to Thurrock in October 2014. Taking place at Orsett Hall on Sunday 26 October 2014 between 10am - 4pm, with lots of free parking, over 50 fantastic exhibitors, special offers, competitions, entertainment, drinks and light snacks available, baby change areas, breast feeding facilities and much, much more this is an event not to be missed!
Please click here for more information...
Venue: Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex RM16 3HS
Website: www.orsetthall.co.uk


- NOVEMBER -

Saturday 8th November 2014
Colchester Craft, Vintage & Gift Fair
After the success of the previous fairs, the Colchester Craft, Vintage & Gift Fair is back in November 2014. There will be a great mix of over 30 stalls selling fantastic handmade items including vintage fashion, art, jewellery, silver items, antiques, household items, all sorts of gifts and more! This amazing modern venue in the North of Colchester is within a few minutes of the A12 Colchester North exit. If you are driving then follow the yellow signs to St.John's Close where you will find plenty of free parking next to the venue and in St.John's Close. It's just a minute from the Rover's Tye Roundabout. Great value hot & cold refreshments will be available and a seating area to enjoy them.
Time: 10am to 3.30pm
Admission: Adults £1, Children under 16 are free!
Contact: Jon - 07887 480241
Venue: St Johns Church Community Centre, St John's Close, Colchester, Essex CO4 0HP
Website: www.priscusevents.co.uk

Thursday 13th November 2014
Christmas Shopping Extravaganza
A festive shopping event for you to discover fabulous gifts for Christmas. Some of the gifts available for you to purchase include Christmas flowers & bouquets, silver jewellery, fashion accessories, handbags, scarves, colourful shoelaces, gifts for the home, greetings cards, beautifully decorated glass products, artwork, health & beauty products, children's gifts, gifts for your dogs and not forgetting some tasty Spanish treats!!
Time: 10am to 3pm
Admission: £4 per person (includes coffee and cake)
Contact: Debbie de Boltz - 0300 123 3073 / debbie@wildernessfoundation.org.uk
Venue: Little Baddow Memorial Hall, North Hill, Little Baddow, Essex CM3 4TA
Website: www.wildernessfoundation.org.uk
Registered Charity No. 1118493

Sunday 23rd November 2014
Christmas Shopping & Chill Out
Come and discover a relaxed Christmas Shopping event in the heart of Broomfield while boosting your health and well being!!
We are offering over 25 stalls of Hand-crafted Delights, Well Being Products and Luxury Beauty & Complementary Health Treatments so far including a selection of the following: Hand-crafted Items, Jewellery, Aromatherapy Products, Beauty Treatments and Products, Handmade cards, Arbonne, Magnetic Jewellery & Products, Crystals, Shabby Chic, Home Accessories, Reiki, Manicures & Hand Massages, Indian Head Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Natural Lift Facial Massage, Reflexology and an amazing Raffle to raise funds for Kids Inspire, our local charity.
Treatments are from £5 and can be pre-bookable as well as some availability on the day. Please come along to support us and a percentage of the proceeds are being donated to a local Charity 'Inspire Kids'.
Time: 11am to 4pm
Admission: £2 (free for children under 16)
Contact: Please call Samantha on 07958 719342 or email to book treatments and for further information info@happyholistichealing.co.uk
Venue: Broomfield Community Centre, 158 Main Road (behind The Angel Pub), Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 7AH
Website: www.happyholistichealing.co.uk

Saturday 29th November 2014
Canvey Island Christmas Event
Christmas Festive Fun including entertainment hosted by Heart Essex Radio, real reindeer's, children's games, funfair, stalls, Christmas lights switch on and much more!
Time: 12noon to 5pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: Canvey Island Town Centre, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 7RB
Contact: 01268 683971
Website: www.canveyisland-tc.gov.uk

- DECEMBER -

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