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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 -

Saturday 3rd October 2015
'Christmas at The View' in Person Ticket Sales
Purchase your 'Christmas at The View' tickets for the 12 or 13 December.
Time: 10am
Admission: £12.95 (includes gift) - Booking required
Contact: 020 7332 1911
Venue: The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest

Monday 12th October 2015
'Christmas at The View' Telephone Ticket Sales
Purchase your 'Christmas at The View' tickets for the 12 or 13 December.
Time: 10am
Admission: £12.95 (includes gift) - Booking required
Contact: 020 7332 1911
Venue: The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest

Saturday 17th October 2015
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair
This Fair is an 'early bird' Christmas Craft and Design fair featuring over 30 makers and artists selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired items. This will be the ideal opportunity for shoppers to find those special gifts for loved ones this Christmas.
This event showcases quality handmade crafts, with stallholders selling a range of items to suit all pockets. Stallholders include Capricorn Crafts, makers of wooden toys and gifts; Honeybee Soaps and Scrubs; Glass 'n' Gems; Peter Deans Ceramics and Barbara Russell Antique Bead Jewellery. In addition to selling her work, you can also see artist Julia Tanner painting at her stall.
Visitors can sit down and enjoy some delicious home-made 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
Venue: Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DG
Further information at: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

Friday 23rd October 2015
Early Xmas Charity Shopping Extravaganza and Fashion Show
A variety of charity, craft and gift stalls with a fashion show, showcasing items from Store 21 and also from local charity shops.
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Admission: £5, under 18s £2 before end of Sept or £7, under 18s £4 after or on the door (subject to availability)
Venue: Rayleigh Arts and Leisure Centre, Mill Hall, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7ED
Contact: Tracey 01268 770350 / 07880 858872 - traceypoultney@hotmail.com
Website: www.traceyalloccasions.co.uk

- NOVEMBER -

Sunday 8th November 2015
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair
This Fair will feature 40 makers and artists selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired items. This will be the ideal opportunity for shoppers to find those special gifts for loved ones this Christmas.
This event showcases quality handmade crafts, with stallholders selling a range of items to suit all pockets. Stallholders include Capricorn Crafts, makers of wooden toys and gifts; Honeybee Soaps and Scrubs; Kestrel Glass; Jewellery Maker Dizzy Dizzigns and The White Candle Company.
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

Saturday 14th November 2015
St Helena Hospice Christmas Bazaar
There will be stalls with lots of Christmas gifts, decorations, toys, cakes, books and a Christmas cafe at our annual Christmas Bazaar. There will also be face painting, music and a raffle.
Time: 9.30am to 4pm
Venue: Colchester
Contact: For more information about the bazaar please call the retail team on 01206 890170
Website: www.sthelenahospice.org.uk/event/st-helena-hospice-christmas-bazaar-2015
Registered Charity No. 280919

Thursday 19th November 2015
Christmas Open Evening
There will be lots of themed demonstrations, mulled wine, roast chestnuts and other Christmas food treats, as well as the first chance to visit Santa.
Time: 5pm to 8pm
Contact: 01376 570777 - info@perrywood.co.uk
Venue: Perrywood Garden Centre, Kelvedon Road, Inworth, Tiptree, Essex CO5 9SX
Please visit our website for more information and to book tickets for Santa's Grotto: www.perrywood.co.uk/christmas

From Thursday 19th November 2015
Santa's Grotto
Visit Santa in his magical winter wonderland - open weekends from Saturday 21st November and some weekdays in December. An age-related gift is included in the price.
Contact: 01376 570777 - info@perrywood.co.uk
Venue: Perrywood Garden Centre, Kelvedon Road, Inworth, Tiptree, Essex CO5 9SX
Please visit our website for more information and to book tickets for Santa's Grotto: www.perrywood.co.uk/christmas

Saturday 21st November 2015
Christmas Craft Fair
The Old Chapel will be hosting a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 21st November 2015 from 10am to 4pm. Come along and pick up a unique gift or treat yourself. Free entry, refreshments available.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free entry
Contact: Kerry Jones - kj@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 21st November 2015
Christmas Fair
Time: 10am to 12pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Carole 01206 397283
Venue: Foundry Court Community Centre, Colchester Road, Manningtree, Essex CO11 1EJ

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November 2015
Christmas Fair
'Raising funds for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity by offering a great day out for everyone'
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is holding it's annual Christmas Fair at Cressing Temple Barns on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November.
The fair will be a great chance to get some early shopping under way, and to get into the Christmas spirit. There will be a large range of stalls including Christmas decorations, crafts, handmade gifts, winter clothing, jewellery along with food and drink from around the world, plus entertainment, with more being added daily. The fair will be open both days from 10am until 4pm, with Adults £5.00, Concessions £4.00 and Under 16's going FREE. Tickets can be bought on the day, or in advance - www.ticketsource.co.uk/helenrollasoncancercharity.
If you are a stallholder and would like to book to attend this year's fair please contact the HRCC Fundraising Team on 01245 380719, or email fundraising at helenrollason. Praise from stallholders for the annual HRCC Vintage Fayre held in September: "I have never been to such a well organised and smooth running event. Wonderful amount of money made!" - "Another brilliant event and once again the team were amazing. Look forward to seeing you all again at Christmas." - "What a fabulous day. It stands as out one of the most enjoyable events I've had the pleasure of being part of. From early morning, 'til leaving many hours later, I can't praise the organisers enough. The most friendly and approachable people to help with the smooth running of the day." - "Thank you for a wonderful event. It was the first time that I have exhibited at one of your events and I must say that it was an absolute pleasure. The event was extremely well organised and, in turn, was very well attended by the public and a very successful day for myself."
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: £5 Adults, £4 Concessions, Under 16s Free
Contact: The Fundraising Team at the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity on 01245 380719 or fundraising@helenrollason.org.uk
Venue: Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
Website: www.helenrollason.org.uk
Registered Charity No. 1052861

Wednesday 25th November 2015
Workshop: Felt Christmas Tree Baubles
A fun, seasonal workshop to enable you to make your own set of unique felted Christmas tree baubles. Bring a towel. (over 16s only)
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Admission: £15 per person (over 16s only) - Booking required
Contact: 020 7332 1911
Venue: The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest

Friday 27th November 2015
Christmas Wine Tasting
Peter Watts Wines invite you to our ever popular Christmas Wine Tasting.
A chance to try over 20 wines, all picked to be enjoyed this festive season. Buffet from Blackwells, live music, competition and 15% discount on 12 bottles or more purchased. Tickets only £20!
**SPECIAL OFFER**
Mention Essex Tourist Guide when booking and receive 10% discount off your tickets!
Time: From 6.30pm
Admission: £20 per person
Venue: Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering, Essex CO5 9QB
Contact: Peter Watts Wines 01376 561130 - sales@peterwattswines.co.uk
Website: www.peterwattswines.co.uk

Sunday 29th November 2015
We are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair
A relaxed environment for shoppers to find those special gifts for loved ones this Christmas.
This Christmas Fair will feature over 25 makers selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade crafts, including jewellery, clothes, bags, glass, soaps, cards, decorations, home-wares and much more. Stallholders include Driftwood Designs: Honeybee Natural Beauty, Fantasia Textiles, Nordic Charm, specialising in Scandinavian decorations and gifts, Angela Warwick Jewellery and much more. A full list of makers will be on our website shortly.
Visitors can enjoy light refreshments in the beautiful Bar and Café areas of The Warren Golf & Country Club.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: The Warren Golf & Country Club, Nr Maldon, Essex CM9 6RW
Further information at: www.wearehandmade.co.uk

- DECEMBER -

Sunday 6th December 2015
Santa Run
From Lapland to London - Skyline and Essex Air Ambulance are set to bring thousands of Father Christmas's to the capital in the annual Charity Santa Run. Over 3,500 Santa's from up and down the country will descend on Victoria Park, London on Sunday 6th December in a Christmas mission to raise in excess of £400,000 for hundreds of UK charities, including Essex Air Ambulance. Now the Essex Air Ambulance is appealing to Essex residents to tackle the 5km and 10km courses to help keep the local Air Ambulance flying and delivering its highly skilled Pre-hospital Care Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics to provide advanced clinical care to the most critically ill and injured patients. Everyone who takes part for Essex Air Ambulance will receive a free costume to bring a flash of red and Christmas cheer to Victoria Park, London.
Admission: £22, which includes your free Santa suit!
Time: 11am
Venue: Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, LondonE3 5TB
Contact: www.doitforcharity.com/difc-santa-run-2015.aspx
Website: www.essexairambulance.uk.com
Registered Charity No. 1108989

Thursday 10th December 2015
Workshop: Making Christmas Greenery
Enjoy a festive evening making a Christmas greenery display or wreath for your home. Ticket price includes lots of fresh holly, ivy and pine cones (and an oasis base) for you to create your own green delight.
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Admission: £15 per person (includes a drink and materials) - Booking required
Contact: 020 7332 1911
Venue: The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest

Saturday 12th December 2015
Haven House Christmas Concert
A lovely afternoon of Christmas Carols and lots of festivity in aid of Haven House Children's Hospice.
There will be beautiful Carol singing, festive refreshments and the chance to meet Santa in his grotto.
Time: 3.30pm
Admission: £20 for a family (four people; maximum two adults), £7 for adults and £5 for children (ages 3-15), under 3s are free
Venue: Woodford Baptist Church, 32 George Lane, South Woodford E18 1LN
Contact: events@havenhouse.org.uk - 020 8506 3638
Website: www.havenhouse.org.uk/christmasconcert
Registered Charity No. 1044296

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December 2015
Christmas Grotto at The View
Book your tickets to our magical Christmas weekend. Not to be missed!
Time: 10am to 3pm
Ticket Sales: In person - Saturday 10th October / Phone - Monday 19th October
Admission: £12.95 per child (includes gift) - Booking required
Contact: 020 7332 1911
Venue: The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest

Sunday 13th December 2015
Reindeer Dash 2015
After the success of our first Reindeer Dash, it is back for its second year. Take a 'dash' around Colchester Castle Park in your reindeer antlers and noses. This is a family-friendly event to get you ready for Christmas where you can even meet Father Christmas himself.
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Castle Park, Colchester, Essex
Contact: For more information call the events team on 01206 931450 or email events@sthelenahospice.org.uk
Website: www.sthelenahospice.org.uk/event/reindeer-dash-2015
Registered Charity No. 280919

Thursday 17th December 2015
Children's Event (Pre-School): Christmas is Coming
Festive rhymes and storytelling for little people. Light refreshments included. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 10.15am to 11.15am
Admission: £4.95 per child (babes in arms free) - Booking required
Contact: 020 7332 1911
Venue: The View, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest

Thursday 17th to Sunday 27th December 2015
Rapunzel
This Christmas it's time to let your hair down and join the fun in our all-new production of 'Rapunzel' at the Victoria Hall Theatre, Old Harlow.
This re-imagining of the original Brother Grimm fairy tale has all the best traditions of our highly praised previous Christmas productions, but with a new tangled twist and written especially for the whole family to enjoy. Rapunzel, kidnapped as a child by the wicked witch Gothel, is freed from her tower prison, by the handsome Prince who promises to show her the world. Their plans change when Gothel finds out and banishes Rapunzel to the Land of Eternal Winter. The Prince, his page Brian, and Rapunzel's friend Pandora (the cat), ever pursued by the witch's Goblins, set off on an adventure to find her once again.
This year's production will run from the 17th until 27th December, with tickets on sale via www.ticketsource.co.uk/victoriahalltheatre.
Time: Evening Performances - 7.30pm December 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 27th / Matinee Performances - 3.00pm December 19th, 20th & 27th
Admission: Adults (16+) £12, Child/OAP £10
Contact: enquiries@victoriahalltheatre.co.uk
Venue: Victoria Hall Theatre, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0ED
Website: www.victoriahalltheatre.co.uk

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