Events happening over the weekend
Saturday 18 August
3D Cocoon Making at Firstsite
11am – 1pm & 2 – 5pm
Creative Session inspired by ESCALA’s Siron Franco exhibition. Drop in and help make some giant 3D cocoons.
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UE
ELVIS at West Cliff Theatre & Arts Centre
Marshall King is the UK's greatest Elvis impersonator - it's official! See him shake his hips and judge for yourself.
West Cliff Theatre & Arts Centre, Tower Road, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, CO15 1LE
Pet the Animals Weekend at Old MacDonald’s Farm
10am – 5pm
Opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your farmyard favourites and more exotic animal friends at Old Macdonald's Pet the Animals weekend.
Old MacDonald’s Farm, Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY
Wildflower Walk with Marion Miller at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
2pm – 4pm
Join Marion for a walk through the nature reserve identifying and learning about the wildflowers as you go and finishing up at the Fishing Lodge where there are quite a few wildflower species if you know where to look! You can then stop for some refreshment at the Café on the Water or wander back at your own pace to the visitor centre.
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT
Half Hand Hoodoo at Witham Public Hall
Hand Hoodoo are a three piece Chicago blues band comprising Dave Smith on vocals and
guitar, Mike Jackson on double bass and Dave Cook on drums. They play material by the likes of Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers and Elmore James. The band have been playing the North of England blues circuit for over 15 years with numerous appearances at the Burnley and Colne blues festivals. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see them in a rare local appearance.
Sunday 19th August
A Grand Day Out at Hadleigh Country Park
Wallace and Gromit want you and your pooch to join them at Hadleigh Country Park in Essex on Sunday the 19th August! Wallace & Gromit and The Kennel Club Charitable Trust are asking people from across Essex to join them for a cracking charity dog walk around the beautiful grounds of this country park! A Grand Day Out is a fun way for dog lovers of all ages and abilities to help sick children in hospitals and hospices, and support dogs in need. Remember you can take part without a dog, just bring your family and friends! All they ask is that you collect sponsorship and then take part in a walk to help them raise as much money as possible for these great charities. Each dog will receive an award at the end of the walk and there will be lots of fun and games at the finish line!
Hadleigh Country Park, Chapel Lane Car Park, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP
Bandstand Concert- Sweeting Swing Band at Castle Park
3pm to 5pm
Enjoy a summer afternoon listening to the sounds of the Sweeting Swing Band.
Castle Park, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Engine House Afternoons at Chelmsford Museum
2pm to 5pm
Come and see the industrial collections and radio displays, with family activities.
Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9AQ
Picnic and open air cinema presents A Knights Tale at Layer Marney Tower
Now in its third year, Flix in the Stix Picnic and Open Air Cinema has proved to be a popular evening event in the annual calendar, attracting young and not so young alike. The charity fundraiser will take place on Sunday 19th August and this year they are delighted to be showing A Knight's Tale as the feature film.
The film starts at 8.15pm but gates open at 5.30pm, so picnickers will have plenty of time to relax in the beautiful gardens of the venue, Layer Marney Tower. Past picnickers have ranged from those who like to wine and dine, bringing the full works including candelabras, to those who tuck into fish and chips acquired on route!
So come along with a picnic and enjoy a summer's evening entertainment at one of Essex's most majestic attractions, Layer Marney Tower, England's tallest Tudor gatehouse.
Open Day at The Gardens of Easton Lodge
12pm to 6pm
Come and visit the historic Gardens of Easton Lodge. Take your time to discover the hidden delights of this 23-acre forgotten haven. Take in the Italian Garden, the Peto Pavilion, the Sundial and Shakespeare's Border amongst others. You can bring a picnic and stay all day or stop and sample the home-made refreshments overlooking the croquet lawn. There are nature activities for younger visitors to enjoy.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge, Warwick House, Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Essex, CM6 2BB