Family Day Out: Things To Do in Essex This Weekend – 9th and 10th July

Family Day Out Things to Do in Essex

Whilst there are lots of things to do in Essex this weekend, I can’t spend Sunday afternoon any other way but glued to my TV cheering on Andy Murray at Wimbledon.  Even though I clearly have some bias towards Andy, as a Scot, there is something so memorising about watching tennis and the skill that the players bring to the game.

Andy himself has certainly taken a large amount of criticism over the years due to his style but I love his honest and simple approach.    One of my favourite Andy Murray quotes is:

 “In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach.”

I can certainly resonate with those thoughts and ever through blogging, every time I hit the publish button I suddenly think “but what if no-one finds it useful” or even worse “no-one reads it”.  Sometimes you just need to put your fears aside and keep going.   What’s the worst that can happen?

Now back to the weekend,  I’ll have the Pimms ready on Sunday, just remember to bring the strawberries. … you can pick them up on route back from these great options for your family day out in Essex this weekend!


Family Day Out Things to Do in Essex

This is of course.. not Andy Murray



Friday 8 July to Sunday 10 July – from 6.30pm on friday night

Castaway on Northey Island – nr Maldon

If you are very quick, you may be in luck and secure tickets for this weekend wild camping adventure on Northey Island.   Join us on the island for our annual camping weekend on 8 – 10 July 2016. As a Castaway you’ll be cut off from the world, in a unique opportunity to visit Northey Island at high tide and experience this special place as a true island. There will be stalls and activities to enjoy all day on Saturday, with a beer tent and hot food all weekend and live music on Saturday night.

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Now to Sunday 10 July – 11am to 8.30pm

Summer Screen at Castle Park, Colchester

Following last weekends movie showings, the Summer Screen remains up showing all Wimbledon matches free of charge.  Pack up a picnic and enjoy the great atmosphere in Castle Park.

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Saturday 9 July – 8am to 6pm

The Tendring Show – Lawford nr Manningtree

The shows 101st year, attracting nearly 25,000 visitors.  This is a family show that brings together rural and urban communities in the Essex region. While still maintaining its agricultural roots through large displays of farm machinery and a focus on rural pastimes, the Show offers challenging and informative displays, an open air shopping experience with over 200 tradestands, as well as a wide range of exhibitions and much more.

The Show is always a fun family day out – full of interest, entertainment, education, and local country colour and one of the most populare things to do in Essex this weekend.

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Sunday 10 July – 11am to 4pm

Essex County Car and Motorcycle Show – Cressing Temple

Having lived just a few minutes from Cressing Temple for several years, I’ve always been a regular at the several shows they host during the year.

The 10 year anniversary of the ever-growing and widely popular Essex County Car and Motorcycle Show presents a selection of vintage, classic and modern vehicles.  With dancing from A2 Jive and performances from the Rhythm and Blues Brothers! Also including a variety of commercial and agricultural displays.

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Saturday 9 July to Sunday 10 July – 8am to 6pm with flying display from 2pm.

Flying Legends Air Show – Imperial War Museum Duxford

The Flying Legends Air Show takes place over the two days and is well known for its unique presentations of historic piston engine aircraft in rare combinations and remarkable flying displays.   The flying display promises to be BIG with power, sound, excitement and nostalgia!

The whole of IWM Duxford, including all exhibitions, is open on air show days for you to explore. You can also enjoy a great shopping experience at the trade stands and take part in other activities across the museum.

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Saturday 9 July – see programme for various times

Dunmow Flitch Trails – Great Dunmow

I’m a romantic at heart and love the story behind the Dunmow Flitch Trails.  The Dunmow Flitch Trials exist to award a flitch of bacon to married couples from anywhere in the world, if they can satisfy the Judge and Jury of 6 maidens and 6 bachelors that in ‘twelvemonth and a day’, they have ‘not wisht themselves unmarried again’.  They only take place every four years, so well worth a visit.

You’ll also find the We are Handmade Contemporary Summer Craft and Design Fair in Great Dunmow as part of the day –

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Saturday 9 July  – 1pm to 5pm

Summer Butterflies Walk at Belfairs Park and Nature Reserve (age 10 upwards)

Join Woodland Ranger Ashley for a walk through the reserve to spot and identify summer butterflies. Meet at the Belfairs Woodland Centre to join Ashley on a walk through the Belfairs reserve and hear about the conservation work being undertaken to promote butterflies in this area. You may even see a variety of woodland species. Ideal for age 10 upwards. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

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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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