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Events and Things to Do in Essex this Christmas



Things to do, places to visit and forthcoming local events taking place in Essex leading up to and throughout the Christmas festive season.

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.


- OCTOBER -

Sunday 19th October 2014
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft & Design Fair
This is an 'early bird' Christmas Fair featuring over 35 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. Essex-based artist, Ken Kempley, will be exhibiting and demonstrating his artwork at this event.
The Fair takes place in the beautiful 17th century Greenwoods Hotel, Spa and Retreat in Stock, Essex. There will be the chance for tea and cake in the lounge room.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free entry
Contact: Further information can be found on our website
Venue: Greenwoods Hotel & Spa, Stock, Essex CM4 9BE
Website: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

- NOVEMBER -

Thursday 6th November 2014
Spotlight Christmas Fair
Christmas stalls with crafts and unusual gifts.
Time: 10am to 2.30pm
Admission: £5 (includes coffee and biscuits)
Venue: Greenwoods Hotel Spa and Retreat, Stock Road, Stock, Essex CM4 9BE
Contact: Libby Turner 01206 548196

Saturday 8th November 2014
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft & Design Fair
This event will showcase a wide range of handmade items that are just perfect for Christmas gifts. This is the ideal place to find unique, well-designed handmade presents, and buy directly from the makers - if you are looking for something a bit different this Christmas then you'll be spoilt for choice with over 35 stalls to browse.
Stallholders include Jewellery designers Hawkwood Creations; Driftwood Designs; Honeybee soaps and scrubs; Kestrel Glass Creations and The Mad Owl Company.
There will be Encaustic Art Demonstrations running on the day.
Visitors can also 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: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free entry
Contact: Further information can be found on our website
Venue: Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DG
Website: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th November 2014
Crafts for Christmas - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
Come along and see the work of over 50 talented Artists and Craftsmen in the beautiful setting of Hylands House and Park. You can chat to the craftsmen and buy your Christmas Presents directly from the craftsman/artist.
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Admission: The Hylands Entrance Fee includes this Craft Show
Venue: Hylands House, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Contact: Ann Cuthbert 07817 049432 - ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.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

Saturday 15th November 2014
Christmas Craft Fair - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
The Guild of Essex Craftsman are holding a 'Crafts for Christmas' fair at the Village Hall in Coggeshall. Come along and buy the work of talented artists and craftsmen directly from the maker.
Time: 10am - 4pm
Admission: £3 (accompanied under 16s free)
Venue: Coggeshall Village Hall, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1UH
Contact: Ann Cuthbert 07817 049432 - ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

Saturday 15th November to Wednesday 24th December 2014
Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland
Come and visit Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland at Marsh Farm this Nov/Dec 2014.
Create lifelong memories as elves, reindeer, toy-makers and of course the Big Man himself invite you for an unforgettably magic experience, the whole family is sure to love. Visitors are welcome to stay all day and explore the farm outside of their scheduled experience times.
Time: 9am to 5pm
Admission: £10 - £34.95
Venue: Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 5WP
Contact: 01245 321552 - info@marshfarm.co.uk
Website: www.marshfarm.co.uk/events/father-christmas

Saturday 22nd November 2014
Christmas Bazaar
The Springfield Fundraising Group Christmas Bazaar in aid of HELEN ROLLASON CANCER CHARITY.
Time: 11am
Admission: Free
Venue: St. Augustine's Church Hall, Beardsley Drive, North Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 6GQ
Contact: Steve Morley - 01245 252736
Website: www.helenrollason-sfrg.co.uk

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
Shoestring Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This is a stripped back Christmas Party Night that is only available on 29th November and 10th January. You'll receive a two-course dinner and afterwards you'll dance the night away to our DJ.
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just £25 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


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

Saturday 29th November 2014
Really Homemade Christmas Craft Fair
Join us for a day full of Christmas themed stalls - selling all your perfect handmade Christmas gifts and crafts. As the name suggests, the criteria to exhibit at this event is that all products have to be REALLY and TRULY HomeMade. As exhibitors ourselves, we know the disheartening sinking feeling of attending a 'craft' fair where most of the products on the surrounding stalls are bought in and sold on. That's why we are now running Really HomeMade events, to promote homemade craft and talent that we KNOW is out there. With a large footfall of Saturday spring time shoppers in the ever busy town of Leigh on Sea, this high quality event is held at the local towns community centre, a stone's throw away from the busy and bustling high street, guaranteeing a constant influx or shoppers looking for 'Really HomeMade' products. Products include homemade/handmade jewellery, home wares, candles, gifts, smellies and all things nice, so feel free to come along and have a browse of all the gorgeous homemade products on display. There is a local pay and display car park to the rear of the community centre, as well as plenty of road parking in the surrounding roads and areas. Refreshments are also available locally, as there is an abundance of boutique cafes and coffee shops in the high street, as well as a small tea room within the community centre if you fancy something a little closer to home. We really hope to see you all there for a Really Homemade Christmas!
Time: Open to the public from 10am to 3pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh on Sea, Essex SS9 1SP
Contact: Elli at really_homemade@hotmail.co.uk for any further questions or queries
Website: www.reallyhomemadeevents.co.uk

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November 2014
Christmas Craft Weekend - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
Come along and chat to the talented artists and craftsmen, and buy your handcrafted Christmas Presents directly from the craftsmen.
Time: 10.30am - 4pm
Admission: £3 (accompanied under 16s free)
Venue: Cromwell Manor, Wat Tyler Lane, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH
Contact: Ann Cuthbert 07817 049432 - ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

Sunday 30th November 2014
Colchester Christmas Market
Festive Christmas Market, Indoor and Outdoor Stalls, Festive Food & Drink, Crafts and Gifts, Carol Singing.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: FREE Entry & FREE Parking
Venue: Best Western Marks Tey Hotel, London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1DU
Contact: Call Trisha on 07795 363398 or email trisha@champagnemoments.co.uk

- DECEMBER -

Saturday 15th November to Wednesday 24th December 2014
Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland
Come and visit Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland at Marsh Farm this Nov/Dec 2014.
Create lifelong memories as elves, reindeer, toy-makers and of course the Big Man himself invite you for an unforgettably magic experience, the whole family is sure to love. Visitors are welcome to stay all day and explore the farm outside of their scheduled experience times.
Time: 9am to 5pm
Admission: £10 - £34.95
Venue: Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 5WP
Contact: 01245 321552 - info@marshfarm.co.uk
Website: www.marshfarm.co.uk/events/father-christmas

Thursday 4th December 2014
Advent Carols by Candlelight Service
Join Christian Aid at our Carols by Candlelight services to celebrate Advent and learn about our partners' work to improve maternal health in Kenya. We are pleased to welcome Stephen Ngugi from our Nairobi office, who will be sharing stories of our partners' work to bring hope and joy to new mothers in rural areas. Come along to this Carols by Candlelight service for this unique chance to hear how your support can make a difference at the very beginning of life. We are delighted to announce that the UK Government will match pound for pound donations made to this Christmas appeal between 7 November 2014 and 6 February 2015, meaning double the difference for people living in poverty. Mulled wine and festive treats will be served afterwards.
Time: 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Admission: Tickets are free but on a first come, first served basis
Contact: Book your place now on 020 7523 2105 or email LSE@christian-aid.org
Venue: St Leonard's Church, Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 4BL
Website: www.christianaid.org.uk/southeast
Registered Charity No. 1105851

Friday 5th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
• A delicious 3-course festive menu
• A free photobooth to document the night
• A DJ with dancing
• And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just £39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 6th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
• A delicious 3-course festive menu
• A free photobooth to document the night
• A DJ with dancing
• And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just £39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 6th December 2014
Festive Fayre
The Wilderness Foundation are organising a Family Festive Fayre at our site at Chatham Green on Saturday 6th December. The day is aimed at being a fun family event, where children can follow our magical reindeer trail, visit Father Christmas in his Canvas Cabin, meet Farmer Frasier and his friends farm animals, watch bushcraft demonstrations, make a natural Christmas decoration in our Education Centre and enjoy hot and cold refreshments.
Time: 10am to 3pm
Admission: £7 per child including gift / Adults Free
Contact: info@wildernessfoundation.org.uk
Venue: Chatham Green Project, Whitbreads Business Centre, Whitbreads Farm Lane, Chatham Green, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 3LQ
Website: www.wildernessfoundation.org.uk
Registered Charity No. 1118493

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th December 2014
Hylands Christmas Fair
After the success of the previous year's the very popular Hylands Christmas Fair returns and is now extended to run over two full days. 160 stalls are sprawled across the Stables Visitor Centre, Grand Pavilion, outdoor areas and within Hylands House offering free entry to crafts, gifts, decorations, clothes, jewellery, fine foods and drink, something for everyone! As well as this they'll be entertainment for the whole family provided throughout both day's, including traditional fairground rides, carol singing by candlelight, brass bands, Queen Elza, live acoustic music, Snow Globe family photo booth, horse carriage rides, and of course the all important Santa's Grotto.
Time: 11am to 7pm
Admission: Free entry
Contact: Marc.miller@chelmsford.gov.uk
Venue: Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8WQ
Website: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/christmasfair


Sunday 7th December 2014
Steam with Santa - Colne Valley Railway
Santa travels on board our luxurious Pullman train, with a present for every child!
Advanced Booking Prices: Adult from £10.00 per person, Child from £9 per person, Under 3s £3.50. Sorry no dogs
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Friday 12th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
• A delicious 3-course festive menu
• A free photobooth to document the night
• A DJ with dancing
• And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just £39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 13th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
• A delicious 3-course festive menu
• A free photobooth to document the night
• A DJ with dancing
• And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just £39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 13th December 2014
Christmas Craft Fair - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen is holding a one day 'Christmas Craft Fair' at St Mary Magdalen Church in Billericay, Essex. 16 talented artists and craftsmen will be selling their art/craft, some demonstrating. Come and buy your handcrafted Christmas Gifts directly from the maker.
Time: 10am - 5pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: St Mary Magdalen Church, High Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9BQ
Contact: Ann Cuthbert 07817 049432 - ann.cuthbert@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.essexcraftguild.org.uk

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December 2014
Steam with Santa - Colne Valley Railway
Santa travels on board our luxurious Pullman train, with a present for every child!
Advanced Booking Prices: Adult from £10.00 per person, Child from £9 per person, Under 3s £3.50. Sorry no dogs
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Sunday 14th December 2014
Vintage Christmas Fun
The Old Chapel will be getting into the 1940s Christmas spirit! There will be 1940s singing at 2.30 and 3.30, hair and make-up artists to help complete the vintage look and activities for the family. Festive refreshments will also be available. Free entry! Come along and have some vintage Christmas fun!
Time: 2pm 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

Friday 19th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
• A delicious 3-course festive menu
• A free photobooth to document the night
• A DJ with dancing
• And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just £39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 20th December 2014
Classic Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This year we are opening up our Classic Party Nights in two rooms - double the space for double the festive fun!
The evening will include:
• A delicious 3-course festive menu
• A free photobooth to document the night
• A DJ with dancing
• And entry into a free prize draw to win a Pippin hamper full of goodies!
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just £39.95 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st December 2014
Steam with Santa - Colne Valley Railway
Santa travels on board our luxurious Pullman train, with a present for every child!
Advanced Booking Prices: Adult from £10.00 per person, Child from £9 per person, Under 3s £3.50. Sorry no dogs
Please visit our website for more information...
Venue: Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex CO9 3DZ
Website: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

- JANUARY -

Saturday 10th January 2015
Shoestring Christmas Party Night - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
This Christmas season celebrate in style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. Whether you are planning a corporate bash, a family get-together or celebrating the festive season with close friends, we are sure to have the perfect night of revelry for you.
This is a stripped back Christmas Party Night that is only available on 29th November and 10th January. You'll receive a two-course dinner and afterwards you'll dance the night away to our DJ.
Time: Arrive at 7.00pm for dinner at 7.45pm
Price: Just £25 per person!
Contact: For more information or to request a hard-copy of our Christmas brochure, please call 01206 262836 or email sales@stokebynayland.com
Venue: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ
Website: www.stokebynayland.com


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