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- 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 -

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- MARCH -

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- 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

- 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
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

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...

- JUNE -

Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th June 2014
Charity Beer & Music Festival
Southend Golf Club Beer & Music Festival in aid of Cancer Research.
BEER LIST: Adnams Ghost Ship 4.5, Black Sheep Bitter 3.8 & Velo 4.2, Caledonian 80 Shilling 4.1, Gadds of Ramsgate Time Ball 3.9 , Dogbolter (Porter) 5.6 & Hop Head 3.8, Georges Wallasea Wench 3.6, HMS Leigh 4.0, Cockle Boats 4.0, Shrimpers 4.0, Broadsword 4.7, Hopmonster 3 CEES 4.2, J Church of Kettering Canon Crisparkle 4.5 & George's Martyr 4.1, Portobello V P A 4.0, Red Fox of Coggleshall Wild Fox 4.2 & Wiley Old Fox 5.2, S&P of Norwich Darkest Hour (Stout) 4.4 & Nasha IPA 5.0, St Austell Spring Brew 4.4, Woodfordes Nelson's Revenge 4.5, Westons Cider Old Rosie plus 2 others.
Time: 5pm till 11pm daily
Admission: See website for details
Venue: Southend Golf Club, Belfairs Park, Leigh on Sea, Essex SS9 4JR
Website: www.southendgolfclub.co.uk

- JULY -

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

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.
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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

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th July 2014
Essex Fest
Essex Fest will showcase the very best of British musically, by infusing all the different genres of British music over a two day period. Essex Fest will be contributing to Prostate Cancer UK.
Time: 11am to 11pm
Admission: £20 - £50
Contact: info@essexfest.co.uk
Venue: Orsett Showground, Rectory Road, Orsett, Grays, Essex RM16 3JU
Website: www.essexfest.co.uk

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

- AUGUST -

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 -

Sunday 7th September 2014
Essex Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run & Harwich Family Festival
The Motorcycle Run attracts around 5,000 bikers from all over the country and Europe. Meet at Ford Dunton Technical Centre where Pre-registered bikes leave at 11am with all other bikes following. Pre-register for your chance with 3 Ways to Win:
1) All pre-registered bikers will be entered into a prize draw to win £2,000 worth of motorcycle kit, plus a runners up prize of a bikers jacket worth £700.
2) Purchase a Motorcycle Run T-shirt and you could win the 'golden ticket' - a motorcycle training course of your choice!
3) Get yourself sponsored for taking part, and anyone sending in their sponsorship money by the specified date goes into a prize draw to win an HJC helmet.
Harwich is closed off to all traffic on the day, except motorcycles and once over the finish line you can enjoy a fantastic family festival, with motorcycle trade stands; merchandise stalls; catering units; children's inflatables and activities; live entertainment throughout the afternoon on the stage plus see the Air Ambulance up close when it lands on the beach! There is also an auction of goodies signed by Moto GP riders including a signed helmet by World Champion Tom Sykes. This really is a fantastic day out for all the family - not to be missed!
Times: Gates open at 8.30am, run starts from 11am
Admission: Pre-registration for bikers £7 single rider; £13 rider & pillion. On the day price £10 single rider; £15 rider & pillion. Harwich Family Festival free of charge. T-shirts £10 plus p&p
To pre-register go to www.essexairambulance.uk.com or call 0345 2417 690. Direct any queries to bikerun@ehaat.uk.com
Website: www.essexairambulance.uk.com/news-events/charity-events/motorcycle-run
Registered Charity No. 1108989

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

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th September 2014
The Norton Cider, Wine & Cheese Festival
The First Cider Festival at the Norton Pub, in Cold Norton Essex. As well as having over 25 Real Ciders, we will have a fine selection of wines and cheeses to taste. Good selection of Real Ales will also be available. Festival opens at noon on each of the three days of the festival. Live Music: Friday from 8.30pm Back Porch - Popular Happy Blues Band, Saturday from 8.30pm The Flying Vees - Irish/Folk Band, Sunday from 2.00pm Where's Spot Band - Folk/Americana/Country/Covers.
Time: 12noon to 11.30pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Cliff Brown - 01621 826948 / cliff.brown3@btinternet.com
Venue: The Norton Community Pub, 54 Latchingdon Road, Cold Norton, Essex CM3 6JJ
Website: www.SaveTheNorton.org

- OCTOBER -

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October 2014
Cressing Temple Barns Autumn Food & Home Fair
The Autumn Food & Home Fair at Cressing Temple Barns, Nr Witham, Essex CM77 8PD, takes place on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October 2014. Show opens 10am and closes each day at 4pm.
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Sunday 19th October 2014
1940s Tea & Dance
The dance group Swing Patrol will be back at the Old Chapel to get us into the 1940s spirit! They will be in 1940s costume with dancing from 2pm-4pm. Tea, coffee and cake will be available throughout the afternoon.
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Admission: £2 per person or free for Friends
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

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

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October 2014
Colchester Mind Body Spirit Festival
We are all looking for something; answers, good health, relationships, insights or well-being. Colchester Mind Body Spirit Festival 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. This event is raising funds for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.
Over 45 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 and demonstrations and many stage performances. We also 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...
From Essex and around the UK we have some of the best psychics, mediums and clairvoyants such as Maureen Flynn, Joylina, Ian Gosling, Demian Allan, Angelcloud.
For more information about the event visit our website where you can download the full weekend programme.
Time: Saturday - 10am to 7.30pm, Sunday - 10am to 5pm
Admission: Adults £3.50, Concessions £2.50, 16 and under FREE (includes talks, workshops and stage performances)
Contact: Life Arts - Chris Cozens chris@lifearts.co.uk
Venue: Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Road, Colchester, Essex CO6 1EJ
Website: www.lifearts.co.uk/colchester-mind-body-spirit-festival-2014

- 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

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 November 2014
Hornchurch Library Craft Fayre
Kick start your Christmas shopping, there will be various stalls offering a wide range of unique handmade gifts and food. Light refreshments also available.
Time: 10am to 3pm
Admission: Free
Contact: 01708 434903 - hornchurch.library@havering.gov.uk
Venue: Hornchurch Library, 44 North Street, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 1TB

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 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 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

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