Family Day Out: Things To Do in Essex This Weekend – 2nd and 3rd July

Family Day Out Things to Do in Essex

Wow!!! Where did June go? I thought summer arrived a few weeks ago but having spent a lot of time in wellies walking Millie this week, I’m starting to doubt it will come back.  Fingers crossed that the sun will be making a little appearance soon to help you enjoy my list of things to do in Essex this weekend.

You can, however, start to feel summer getting into its flow now in other ways.   People starting to go on holiday and kids climbing up the wall pre-school term ending and exam fever.  My facebook feed seems to have erupted with lots of posts with ideas for teachers gifts.   I suspect many have spent hours deliberating what gift to choose/make/order!!   If they are a fan of the beach – you may want to check out our previous blog on Beach Hut Decor Ideas for under £20.  A few of these may be great to double up as a gift.

So here we are, in ‘sunny’ July and we’ve made it to Friday! As always, I’ve found plenty of options for your family day out in Essex this weekend – it’s a busy one with lots of choices!


Family Day Out Things to Do in Essex



Friday 1 July to Sunday 3rd July – See Programme for Screening Times

Summer Screen

A weekend of outdoor movie screening kicks off on Friday evening with The Rocky Horror Show.  However, over Saturday and Sunday, you’ll find more family friendly movies including Singalong Beauty and the Beast and Finding Nemo.    Tickets still available to book.

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Saturday 2 July to Sunday 3rd July – 11am to 5pm

Tudor Midsummer at Kentwell Hall 

The second weekend running for this huge event. Noted as being the biggest event of its type in the UK, you can expect up to 400 Tudors at weekends creating the dress, speech, food, drink, music, dance and lots more of the chosen year!   You’ll definitely feel transported back to that period of time.

A really informative website telling you all about the day and if the weather fails, there are lots of indoor activities planned along with outdoor activities that will be moved indoors (one very well planned event!).

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Saturday 2nd July – 5.45pm to 10pm

Summer Evening Jazz – Ingatestone Hall

The annual Rotary Jazz Concert in aid of local charities.  This is an open-air promenade concert which takes place in the gardens of Ingatestone Hall.   You’ll have the chance to take part in the Grand Parade of Decorated Umbrellas and the organisers have their fingers crossed that no other umbrellas will be required.

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Saturday 2 July to Sunday 3 July – 11am to 4pm

Stables Weekend – Horse & Hawk – Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden 

Graceful hawks, elegant owls and fearsome falcons in flight as expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting on horseback.

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Friday 24 June to Sun  3 July – see programme for various times

Harwich Festival, Harwich

It’s the last few days of the Harwich Festival with a wide range of activities from music to public performances to tea dances.  The weekend includes the Harwich Dance Collective at Ha’penny Pier on Saturday and closes on Sunday with The Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Society with the Colchester Bach Ensemble.  The full programme of events can be found on the website.More Info –

Sunday 3rd July – 10am entry

Maldon Motor Show – Promenade Park, Maldon

With vintage, classic, sports, American cars, military & commercial vehicles, retro cars, and motorbikes. Vintage fair and craft fair, auto-jumble and auto trade stands and live entertainment presented by Saint FM.

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Sunday 3rd July – 11am to 6pm

USA Day at Weald Country Park, Brentwood (FREE EVENT)

A free event celebrating independence day of the United States.  Expect red, white and blue fun at Weald Country Park.   There is live music from American themed bands, cheerleaders, and line dancing.   You ‘ll also find lots of activities including bucking broncho, giant bowling and USA Gladiator Dual.  I will admit to being desperate to try the Gladiator Dual.  (ooooh, can I try please!!?!?).

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Still Looking for Things to Do in Essex this weekend?

If you are still in need of some inspiration, why not have a look at our previous blog on 15 Free Family Days Out in Essex?

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