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Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March 2015
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!
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Thursday 26th March 2015
Ladies Who Lunch - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
Rachels of Hadleigh and Pippin Summer Fashion Show
A delightfully relaxed and fun social event; you will be treated to a reception drink on arrival followed by a sumptuous one course lunch with tea or coffee.
At each Ladies Lunch we also host a special interest feature designed to motivate, educate, or inspire ranging from fashion, health and well-being to cookery demo's from our Executive Head Chef who is a Master Chef of Great Britain.
The perfect excuse for a girls afternoon out, you can either book a table for you and your guests or come alone and join one of the mixed tables where making new acquaintances is guaranteed. Let the elegant and sumptuous surroundings of Stoke by Nayland and relaxed atmosphere make this a luncheon not to miss!
Price: 14.00pp
For more details please visit our website: www.stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ


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!
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- MAY -

Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd & Monday 4th May 2015
The Essex Craft & Design Show
The Essex Craft & Design Show returns to RHS Garden Hyde Hall for its sixth year in 2015.
The show is gaining popularity with exhibitors and the public due to the quality of the work on show and the beautiful venue. Over forty artists, craftspeople and designer makers will be showcasing and selling fine art, photography, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and many more contemporary crafts. With this show taking place in the height of summer this will give you a chance not only to see some fantastic arts and crafts but also to see Hyde Hall in its full bloom. The admission price includes both entry to our show and the gardens.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: 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
Contact: info@essexcraftanddesignshow.com
Venue: RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
Website: www.essexcraftanddesignshow.com

Saturday 9th May 2015
Great Bardfield Village Garage Sale
Everyone is welcome to join us in Great Bardfield for our annual village garage sale.
The garage sale will be held on Saturday 9th May 2015 from 12 noon onwards. Last year there were 89 houses taking part, selling a huge variety of items. You could even buy the kitchen sink! Parking and refreshments are available. A map, showing all the sellers, is available on the day from the After School Club table on the green (outside the primary school, postcode CM7 4RN) or just stroll around the village looking for the red balloons! To find out more just visit: www.greatbardfieldgaragesale.btck.co.uk, www.facebook.com/bardfield.garagesale, https://twitter.com/BardfieldGarage or email: bardfieldgaragesale@gmail.com.
The sale is one of the key fund-raising events for the Great Bardfield After School Club (charity number 1062159) so we hope you can join us on the day. Happy bargain hunting!
Time: 12noon
Venue: Great Bardfield Village, Braintree Road, Great Bardfield, Essex CM7 4RN

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May 2015
Temple at War Military Show
Temple at War is a brand new two day Military and Vintage Show based in the South East of England.
This unique experience will be the biggest indoor and outdoor Military Event in Essex to combine Living History Groups and the General Public. Showcasing the past 100 years of Military History, Temple at War will provide Family Entertainment, Activity and Education against the outstanding backdrop of Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree, Essex.
Visitors to The Show will experience a true taste of the past as Living History Opportunities covering WW1, WW2 and the Cold War era will be revealed and provide your family with a truly memorable day out. Be 'on guard' throughout the day as spontaneous and dramatic scenes will be re-enacted by our enthusiastic Groups from around the UK who are immersed in living the lives of 'characters past'. Join in and experience the lives of a British 'Tommy', Red Cross Nurse, Spitfire Pilot, Land Army Girl and Home Front Volunteer. Many of our groups have provided Historic Guidance, Acting Extras and Film Props to National Television Productions which include ITV's, DOWNTOWN ABBEY, the BBC's WORLD WAR ONE AT HOME live events, and internationally acclaimed Films such as FURY and WAR HORSE. As part of this fantastic show you will be able to see a host of Vintage Uniforms, Artillery, Armoured Vehicles, Cars, Jeeps, Motorbikes, Bicycles, Tents, Equipment, Photographic History and much, much, more! Collectors and Shoppers will have an opportunity to browse the inside and outside stalls packed full of military interest for the Keen Enthusiast or Bargain Hunter. Period Music, Dance and Entertainment will be accompanied by Vintage Refreshment stands including Themed Beverages, Cakes, Sweets and Retro Food at very reasonable prices. The site has free parking and space for over 2,800 vehicles and excellent disabled facilities, so bring your friends and family. From the minute you time warp into "Temple at War" you will be immersed in a bygone world. As soon as you walk on site, history will unfold before your eyes. Why not attend the show in period costume and bring your camera for unprecedented photographic opportunities? You will not only experience Military History as Cressing Temple is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, you will be able to visit Two Grade I listed Medieval Barns housing agricultural exhibitions, one of which is the oldest standing timber-framed Barn in the World. This is a full day's family entertainment with activities from start to finish for you to enjoy. Allow yourself enough time to walk amongst and engage with the Living History Groups, sit and absorb the atmosphere at the many seating areas, or join in and sing along with the Entertainment. Take in the whole experience and be surprised at how history is bound together in this very special event.
Be a real part of history and join us at Temple at War - Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May 2015. Come in Appropriate Vintage Clothing - Bring your Camera - See you there!
Time: Sat 9am till 6pm - Sun 10am till 4pm
Admission: Discounted early bird tickets are now available - Adults: 10.50 (12.50 on the day), Children: 5.50 (7.50 on the day), Family Pass: 28.50 (36 on the day)
Contact: info@templeatwar.co.uk - 07907 594307
Venue: Cressing Temple, Witham Road, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Website: www.templeatwar.co.uk

Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May 2015
May Day Bank Holiday Craft Weekend
Talented artists and craftsmen displaying and selling their wares. Some members demonstrate their craft. Come and buy directly from the craftsmen/artists.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: 3 (accompanied under 16s free, plus free cup of coffee/tea)
Venue: Cromwell Manor, Wat Tyler Lane, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH
Contact: ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May 2015
Late Spring Craft Weekend - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen members will be displaying and selling their work, some are demonstrating. Come and buy directly from the maker.
Time: 10am to 5pm
Admission: 1 car parking fee
Venue: Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Off St Mary's Lane, Cranham RM14 3NS
Contact: ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

- 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

- JULY -

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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
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


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


Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October 2015
Colchester Mind Body Spirit Festival
Still searching? A w/e soon to feed your soul - We are all looking for something; answers, good health, relationships, insights or well being. This event may help you on your path and back on track. We have some of the most gifted, ethical, talented and inspirational people help guide you. Over 50 stands - Many taster treatments available * Aura Photos * Oils & Incense * Mystic Art * Spiritual Gifts * Stage Acts * Healthy Food * Crystals & Gems In addition: 16 inspiring workshops, talks & demonstrations. Plus: Many stage performances We have a wide range of treatments on offer: Indian Head Massage, Healing, Reflexology, Crystal Healing, Reiki, Past Life Regression, Alexander Technique and so much more... 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: Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1EJ
Website: www.lifearts.co.uk/colchester-mind-body-spirit-festival-2015


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