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- MARCH -

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- APRIL -

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

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

- 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

Sunday 3rd May 2015
Steam Day & Garden Show
The Museum of Power will be running its first ever garden show on Sunday the 3rd of May. 'Marshall' our huge triple expansion pumping engine will be running and we will have some lovely old engines on show too. There will be plant and craft stalls, and educational displays, plus a look back into history with a large display of heritage horticultural equipment. During the day there will be a programme of horticultural talks by speakers from local societies, as well as a display of art works by local artists featuring flowers and gardens. Bring the kids along to participate in our 'Get Growing' garden craft activities and sunflower growing competition as well as to see our 'Astaria' Model Village. The Steam Pump Tea Room will be open as usual and in May we also have a lovely big show of bluebells around the museum grounds!
Time: 10am to 4pm
Admission: Adult £6.00, Senior £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £2.00, Children under 5 FREE
Venue: Museum of Power, Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Contact: 01621 843184 - enquiries@museumofpower.org.uk
Website: www.museumofpower.org.uk

Sunday 3rd & Monday 4th May 2015
Purple Feather Events Holistic Weekend Fair
A weekend of pampering & relaxation. Taster sessions in various therapies. One to one readings with our palm, tarot or clairvoyant readers. Various retail stalls. FREE workshops all weekend. Food & Drinks. Supporting The Robin Cancer Trust. Everyone welcome!
Time: Sat 10am to 4.30pm, Sun 11am to 3.30pm
Admission: £2,50 per day or £3.50 both days
Contact: Val purplefeatherevents@live.co.uk / 07864 978742
Venue: Weeley Village Hall, Clacton Road, Weeley, Essex CO16 9DN
Website: www.purplefeatherevents.co.uk

Sunday 3rd & Monday 4th 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

Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May 2015
Open Gardens at The Hall, Tendring
Spectacular Gardens, Art Display and Demonstration, Country Craft Stalls, Classic Cars, Entertainment, Teas and Homemade Cakes in the Village Hall.
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Admission: £4.00 per Adult, Children Free
Venue: The Hall, School Lane, Tendring, Essex CO16 0BP
Contact: stevencole733@btinternet.com

- JUNE -

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

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

- JULY -

Sunday 5th July 2015
Table Top Sale
Come along to an Indoor and Outdoor Table Top Sale on Sunday 5th July 2015 at Downham Village Hall, School Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM11 1QN.
Doors are open to buyers at 10am and sellers can set up from 9am. Tables are from £5 each. Free entry for buyers. Food and refreshments are available and a variety of second hand, craft, bric-a-brac and new goods stalls.
Those interested in having a stall are asked to call Clive on 07891 653238 to book a table (from only £5 each) or to contact for further information.

Saturday 11th July 2015
'Made for You' a Hand Made Sale
This regular event is designed to showcase local hand made goods ranging from Maldon soap, wood work, textiles, shabby chic, interiors, bags, cards, jewellery, designer clothing, personalised gifts, baby gifts, chocolate, plants and lots more. Come along and shop in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the provided refreshments.
Time: 10am to 3pm
Admission: Free entry
Contact: Teresa Drury - Elegancebyteresa@btinternet.com - 01621 859157
Venue: Swan Hotel, High Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 5EP

Friday 17th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July 2015
Brentwood Festival 2015
Back for its 5th year, the Brentwood Festival has its biggest line up yet, featuring 40 bands including headliners The Human League, Pixie Lott, Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge, Rebecca Ferguson, Alexander O'Neal, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel Jack Pack.
A dedicated food area will offer a hog roast, gourmet burgers, Caribbean jerk chicken, fresh burritos, healthy wraps, noodles, roasted Italian Coffee and lots more. Shop our festival market for vintage clothes, floral garlands, upcycled clothing, and rock 'n roll onesies. Children will be entertained by free "have-a-go" activities, whilst teenagers will enjoy the funfair rides on offer. Families are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and deck chairs but please note that all food and drink must be bought on site. FREE water is provided throughout the festival and there is plenty of free parking as well.
NEW for 2015 are 'luxury loos', provided by When Nature Calls, which are included as part of the VIP ticket upgrade, which also features a private bar and seating areas.
Charity is at the heart of the Brentwood Festival, having raised £150,000 since it started. For further details visit our website.
Time: Friday 17 July (4pm-11.30pm), Saturday 18 July (12pm-11.30pm), Sunday 19 July (12pm-11.30pm)
Admission: Tickets from £25
Venue: The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9NN
Contact: info@brentwoodfestival.co.uk
Website: www.brentwoodfestival.co.uk

- AUGUST -

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

Sunday 9th August 2015
Kidsfest
Kidsfest returns with this fun family festival!
Time: 10am
Admission: £19.99 In Advance (Children under 2 go free), £25.00 On the Gate (subject to availability)
Venue: Marsh Farm, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 5WP
Website: www.essex-live.co.uk/tickets/d6726/kidsfest-2015/chelmsford-marsh-farm

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

- SEPTEMBER -

Sunday 6th September 2015
Motorcycle Run & Harwich Family Festival
The Motorcycle Run is the biggest and longest running event in the Charity's fundraising calendar and is now in its 16th year. Over 5,000 bikers take part every year and more than 2,000 visitors descend on Harwich. This ever popular event raises vital funds to keep the emergency helicopter flying and saving lives. Gates open at 8am - the 60 mile run starts at Ford Dunton Technical Centre in Laindon where bikers will be entertained by motorcycle stunt shows and more! At 11am they then follow a police-approved route finishing in Harwich for the fantastic Family Festival on Harwich Green with live entertainment.
Time: 8am
Admission: Pre reg - £7 single rider, £13 rider & pillion. Pay on day - £10 single rider, £15 rider & pillion
Contact: Wendy Marcon-Knightley - 0345 2417 690
Venue: Ford Dunton Technical Centre, Laindon, Essex SS15 6EE
Website: www.ehaat.uk.com
Registered Charity No. 1108989

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

- OCTOBER -

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

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

- 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

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