Looking for Things to Do in Essex in July (2017)? Ideas for Days out with the Kids

Things to Do in Essex in June (2017)? Ideas for Days out with the Kids

I don’t know about you but the summer diary is starting to fill up and I’m getting excited about heading off on adventures.  But what about the weekends and those school holidays that are lingering?  Is it possible to squeeze in, even more, fab days out with the kids?  Errrrr, of course it is!!!

If you are ready to plan your next day out, dive into my xx ideas for days out with the kids during July below!

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Day Out With the Kids This July (2017)


Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July – Various

Burnham on Crouch Art Trail – Various, Burnham on Crouch.

For eight days local artists take over Burnham to create an art trail rich in variety and with a range of fun creative events.

A must-do FREE event in the arts’ calendar, the Burnham Art Trail has built an impressive reputation for the quality of work on show, innovative events and its friendly welcome.

More Infohttps://www.burnhamarttrail.co.uk/


Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July – 11 am to 4 pm

Stables Weekend – Audley End House, Saffron Walden

Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and glorious falcons in flight as our expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting on horse back.

More Info – http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/stables-weekend-horse-hawk-audley-end-house-and-gardens-01-07-2017/


Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July – 11 am to 5 pm

Elizabethan Kentwell – Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.

More than 200 Tudors (up to 400 at weekends) at any one time creating the dress, speech, food, drink, music, dance, crafts, activities, pleasures and way of life of the chosen year.

Visitors feel they have been transported back to a whole 16th C. community in which everyone is dependant upon each other. This is how life actually was not just a series of demonstrations.

More Info – http://www.kentwell.co.uk/events/tudor/tudor-midsum


Sunday 2 July – from 10 am

The Maldon Motor Show – Maldon Promenade, Park Drive, Maldon.

Live entertainment all day in this jam packed event with a view.  Vintage , Classic , Sports,  American Cars, Military & Commercial Vehicles, Retro Cars & Motor Bikes and more!!

More Info – http://www.maldonmotorshow.co.uk/


Monday 3 July to Sunday 16 July  – Various timings

Summer Screen: Wimbledon – Colchester Castle Park.

The popular Summer Screen returns to Colchester Castle Park for the third year running.

Why not bring along a picnic, relax and get into the Wimbledon spirit as the tennis tournament will be streamed for free from 3 July to 16 July 2017.

More Info – https://www.colchester-events.co.uk/whats-on/wimbledon/


Saturday 8 July – 8 am to 6 pm

The Tendring Show – Lawford House Park, Near Manningtree

Essex County’s Premier Agricultural Event. Attracting crowds in the region of 20,000 each year.

The Show combines top class entertainment; animals, from Guinea Pigs, Rabbits and Poultry, to Goats, Sheep, Cattle and Horses, together with over 250 trade stands and exhibits, including a beautiful Art & Lifestyle Marquee, and huge Food Pavilion championing local produce, all set in a beautiful parkland setting.

More Info – https://www.tendringshow.co.uk/

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Saturday 8 July – Gates open at 1pm, film at 2pm

Summer Screen: The Jungle Book

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

There will also be face painting and a bouncy castle.

More Info – https://www.colchester-events.co.uk/event/jungle-book/


Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July – 8 am to 6.30 pm

Flying Legends Air Show – Imperial War Museum Duxford

“Take your Seats, sit back and prepare to be enthralled by the Flying Legends Airshow 2017! The 25th Edition of this world famous aerial spectacular will be held at the iconic Duxford airfield on the 8th and 9th July. Enjoy world class, unrivalled, choreographed displays featuring unique aircraft types rarely seen together in the UK skies or anywhere else.”

More Info – https://www.flyinglegends.com/


Sunday 9 July – Gates Open at 1pm, Film starts at 2pm

Summer Screen: ET The Extra-Terrestrial – Colchester Castle Park

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.  There will also be face painting and a bouncy castle.

More Info – https://www.colchester-events.co.uk/event/et-the-extra-terrestrial/


Saturday 10 July to Saturday 17 July – Various timings

Leigh Art Trail – Various locations across Leigh on Sea

A not for profit, volunteer run, community engagement organisation, showcasing the work of local contemporary artists & designers

The annual Leigh Art Trail has become an important part of the town’s cultural calendar. Now in its 20th year, the 2017 event will showcase the talents of over 70 selected artists and designer-makers in around 55 venues.

More Info – http://www.leigharttrail.com/


Wednesday 12 July to Sunday 16 July – two shows per days

The Moscow State Circus (GOSTINITSA) – Abbey Fields, Circular Rd East, Colchester

One of the world’s most glorious and illustrious circuses will be paying a visit to the UK. The Moscow State Circus opens with its new production GOSTINITSA – Hotel of Curiosities this year with dates across the country.

GOSTINITSA combines the best of the Circus art forms, adds the glitz and glamour of the art deco period and the sparkle of 1930s Hollywood to create a real landmark production for The Moscow State Circus.

More Info – http://moscowstatecircus.com/the-show/


Friday 14 July – 11 am and 1 pm

Little Red Riding Hood (Under 5s Concert) –

Venture into the story of Little Red Riding Hood in this interactive music-making concert for the under-fives. You and your little ones will explore the wonderful sounds and rhythms woven into the story, inventing and discovering the characters through music. Dance and sing your way through the concert as the instruments bring the tale to life!

More Info – http://www.eventgoat.co.uk/colchester/under-5s-concert-little-red-riding-hood/


Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July – 10 am to 7 pm

Spirit of the Corn Festival – Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon.

Bringing in the folk side of Summer, we will have country crafts, folk music in the acoustic area and country craft demonstrations.

There will be workshops and talks on a variety of subjects throughout the weekend.

More Info – https://www.evensi.uk/spirit-of-the-corn-festival-museum-of-power/191183210


Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July –

London Transport Weekend – Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar.

The Railway has a long association with the Underground and London Transport stemming from its time as a part of the Central Line. We celebrate this in 2017 with a new event when we join with the London Transport Museum with two days of heritage train rides, family activities and lots of fun.

Visiting steam locomotive “Metropolitan number 1” features alongside an LT liveried class 20 locomotive.

More Info – http://eorailway.co.uk/events/ltweekend/


Sunday 16 July – Various timings

Fireman Sam – Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham.

The Hero Next Door will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day. Fire vehicles will also be attending.

More Info – http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk/?ID=31


Sunday 16 July – 10 am to 5 pm

Wings & Wheels Car, Bike and Military Show – Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Upminster

This event is organized by Havering Mind, the local mental health charity in Havering. All monies raised will go towards providing support and services to local people who may be experiencing problems with their mental wellbeing.

A wide range of cars and vehicles, funfair, beer tent, music, food, trial flights and helicopter rides and much more.

More Info – http://wingsandwheels.haveringmind.org.uk/Home


Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 July – Various timings

Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival – Various Locations in Brentwood

“Join us for a week of amazing author and illustrator events, from a journalism workshop to a murder mystery. There’s an event to suit all ages, between pre-schoolers and teens, as well as adults who love kid’s lit.”

More Info – http://brentwoodlitfest.com/


Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July – 11 am to 5 pm

Magic Weekend – Ketnwell Hall, Long Melford.

“A weekend of magic and mystery in all its guises and surprises, presented in true Kentwell style. Come and be enchanted!”

More Info – http://www.kentwell.co.uk/events/costume-all/magic-weekend


Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July – Various timings

Weekend of Kites – Walton-on-the-Naze

We have an exciting weekend of displays by the East Anglian Kite Flyers. The displays will run from 10:00 am until 4:00pm on both days. There is no need to book for the displays.

There is also an opportunity to take part in a kite workshop so you can decorate your own kite and take to the Naze to fly it.

The workshops will run from 12:00 to 4:00pm on both days and booking is essential for the workshop.

More Info – http://www.eventsinuk.net/event-kite-weekend-walton-on-the-naze-2254804


Saturday 29 July – 7.30pm

Harwich Sea Shanty Festival Fundraiser Barn Dance – Park Pavillion, Dovercourt.

A barn dance, suitable for all the family.

More Info – http://harwichshantyfestival.co.uk/



Still Looking for Things to Do in Essex this July?

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?  I’ve also pulled together a Pinterest board which may help with some indoor inspiration which you will find the blog too. Perfect for those days when the weather decides to spoil our fun.

Though it is the season to start thinking about booking up to attend the Best Kids Festivals in Essex (2017): Days Out with the Kids and Best Country Shows in Essex (2017): A Dog-Friendly Family Day Out Otherwise you may be disappointed nearer the time.

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