Family Day Out: Things To Do in Essex This Weekend – 6th and 7th August

Things to do in Essex with Ice-Cream

Well, it’s that time of the week where I round up my favourites from the huge range of things to do in Essex this weekend.

I’m personally looking forward to a weekend of spontaneity.  For once, I have managed to get through a big to-do list which leaves this weekend free for fun. I’m starting that tonight with a huge pizza and ice-cream! I may even indulge in some more ice-cream over the weekend.  it is summer after all and plenty of time to work off those calories whilst out and about.   Millie will be after some large dog walks!

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine and do let me know if you try any of my suggested things to do in Essex this weekend.

Things to do in essex with Ice-Cream


Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August – 10am to 5pm

Kidz Fest

Featured in our best kids festivals in Essex blog,  One of the only kids festivals in Essex that offers the opportunity to camp at the showground (pitch for £10).

The Kidz Fest also takes on the form of a village with themed areas hosting interactive activities and performances throughout the day.    You’ll even find a Story Lane, where fairytales come to life or if you prefer a bit of adventure head to Jungle Drive to explore the wilderness.

You’ll find all of the normal entertainment on site including live music, face painting, and soft play, making it a great day out for kids of all ages.

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Saturday 6 August  – 11am to 11pm

Wrabfest 2016, near Manningtree

In August 2015 Wrabness hosted the very first WrabFest. A joyful occasion where villagers and visitors came together to enjoy a day of musical entertainment and a traditional Country Feté.  2016 promises to be just as much food with food, bands, children’s entertainment and school sports day favourites.

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Sunday 7 August – 10am to 4pm

Custom/Classic Car & Bike Show Roadzsta 4 at Weeley

Another weekend with lots of car shows featured.  This one promises to be a great family day out with

Think custom cars, hot rods, choppers, live bands, vintage barbers and kids rides and entertainment.   A great day out.

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Sunday 6 August and Sunday 7 August – 10am to 5pm

RHS Flower Show

The well-established Hyde Hall Flower Show, a must for gardeners of all abilities.   Running through until Sunday, with more than 60 stalls to browse.  There will be plenty of experts on hand this is the perfect opportunity to buy new plants for your garden. Live music, talks, demonstrations and floral art will also feature with an all new artist’s pavilion featuring pieces not to be missed.


Saturday 6 August – 12 to 5pm

Toot Hill Show

The 63rd annual Toot Hill Show, promises to be a popular one as the sun shines this weekend.   A quintessential country show with a dog show, bird of prey displays, horticultural marquee, Morris dancers and a classic car show rolled into one.

You’ll even meet Peter Rabbit and friends.

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Saturday 6 August – 10am to 4pm

Art and Craft Show at Ingatestone Hall

The Guild of Essex Craftsmen’s annual exhibition of work with brush and pen.  Demonstrations and works for sale.

Entrance is included in the normal Hall entrance charges.

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Saturday 6 August – 2.30pm to 5pm

East Mersea Village Fete

Taking place in the beautiful gardens of the historic East Mersea Hall, the house is surrounded by a thousand-year-old moat and stands beside East Mersea’s stunning medieval church.

Featuring Falconry displays, food, bands, stalls and a wide variety of side shows.   Lots of entertainment for al the family with free parking.

There will be an Art Show running across both Saturday and Sunday, along with The Flower Festival.

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Saturday 6 August  – 2pm to 4pm

Mayors Cream Tea Party at Porters, Southend

An event


on behalf of the amazing Havens Hospice.  Tickets include a cream tea, meeting the mayor, a tour of the mayor’s parlour, live music from the talented Annie Humphrey. There will be a raffle available on the day.

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Saturday 6 August -first screening at 1pm

On-Pitch Cinema at Essex County Cricket Club, Chelmsford

The first screening starts at 1pm with Despicable Me 2 and ends at 4pm.  Following an interval, Dirty Dancing starts at 7pm.    The On-Pitch Cinema at The E.C.G begins at 1pm with a great day in prospect and the sun set to shine!Timings:Pack up a picnic or indulge in the food and drink available at the venue.

Saturday 6 August -1.30pm to 3pm

Mini Beast Hunt at The Naze Education and Visitor CentreHead along to the Naze to have a go at mini-beast hunting.  See what creatures creep and crawl in the habitats on top of the cliff. Donation £4 per child, children must be accompanied. Booking essential.

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Saturday 6 August and Sunday 7 August – 10am to 4pm

Sandford Mill Big Weekend at Sanford Mill, Chelmsford

BBC Essex will be onsite cover this interactive weekend.   A great chance to try out archery, canoeing with talks and Trebuchet demonstrations.   An interactive historical extravaganza for all the family to enjoy between 10am and 4pm:

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Sunday 7 August – 2pm to 4pm

Pirate Puppets at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre

Make some sea-going characters for the pirate ship and learn a pirate song! Children must be accompanied.

Donation of £7 per child

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Sunday 7 August – entrance from 5pm

Gullivers Travels at Hedingham Castle 

The performance will take place in the open air in front of the stunning Castle.   Join Lemuel Gulliver on a fantastical and hilarious voyage into the unknown.  A brand new, adventurous and delightfully innovative adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s classic satirical story loved by adults and children alike.

Pack up some low camping chairs and picnics.  Hot, cold and alcoholic drinks will be available.   Note whilst entrance is from 5pm, tickets allow access to the grounds and castle throughout the day.

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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 and Best Kids Festivals in Essex.

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