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. It’s a bumper bank holiday edition!
I can’t quite believe its the end of August already! Having booked nearly a year ago, I’m spending this weekend at Thunder in the Glens in Aviemore in Scotland. I’m not convinced the weather will quite be up to Essex standards but it’s my first experience of the largest Harley Davidson rally in the UK.
Bikers from all around the world descend on the MacDonald Resort in Aviemore for the event. Along with ride outs, there is lots of entertainment and the whole of Aviemore gets involved.
I’ll be blogging over the weekend and sharing my experience (along with Millie’s dog friendly tips too) and may even explain how on earth a beach hut owner ended up at a bikers rally!!
If you are staying closer to home, enjoy the beautiful sunshine and do let me know if you try any of my suggested things to do in Essex this weekend.
Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August – 11am to 9pm (Thurs), 11am to 5pm (Friday)
Clacton Air Show
The 25th year of the Clacton air shows promises two days of all round family fun. Around 220,000 visitors attend with impressive aerobatic displays whilst a whole host of exhibition stands, food court and on-site entertainment are available at ground level.
Evening flights will take place on Thursday (displays will start from around 7.55pm) along with Friday’s normal programme.
More Info – http://www.clactonairshow.com/
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August – 10am to 7pm (Sat), 10.30 to 5pm (Sun)
Food and Drink Festival in Clacton-on-Sea
Over 100 different stalls with local and international food and drink. There will be so much to see and try. Whether you are looking for something to drink and eat on the spot or take home, there will plenty to choose from.
More Info – http://www.foodanddrinkfestivalsuk.co.uk/events/
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August – 12 noon to late
Cider and Wine Festival at Dedham Vale Vineyard
This weekend see’s the 4th year of the Cider and Wine festival situated around the lake. You can sample the Dedham Vale Wines, over 25 ciders & perries from across the UK and real ale from local brewers. Camping is available.
There are lots of food options from local suppliers and the chance to indulge in our Pop-Up Tasting Barn Tea Room by The Case Deli. Out in the Vineyard, a bouncy castle and games to keep kids entertained plus an eclectic range of live music throughout the weekend from jazz to country, pop and morris dancing.
Saturday 27 to Saturday 3 September – Various Timings
Noted as the longest running annual yacht regatta on the mainland of the UK, Burnham Week raises funds for and supports Essex Air Ambulance and RNLI.
Lots of racing during the week and Bank Holiday Monday is the annual ‘Quay Day’.
More Info – http://www.burnhamweek.com/
Friday 26 to Monday 29 August – 11 to 5pm
Tudor High Summer at Kentwell
Tudor High Summer is a very popular re-creation with Tudor activity in the House, Moat House, Gardens and Farm. With approximately 250 costumed Tudors, it carries through as many of the Great Annual Re-Creation’s themes and activities as possible.
You can try your hand at being at Tudor and also visit the house. Both the gardens and farm are open so you can bring along a picnic and enjoy the stunning views.
More Info – http://www.kentwell.co.uk/Tudor%20High%20Summer
Sunday 28 August – 2pm to 4pm
Beatrix Potter on the Black Lawn at Hylands House
Hear the tale of naughty Peter and his cousin Benjamin as they venture into Mr MacGregor’s garden. Bring a picnic and enjoy Michael Whitemore’s delightful retelling of Beatrix Potter’s best-loved tales – a treat for all the family!
Note that n the event of bad weather this event will move into the Grand Pavilion.
Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August – 10am to 5pm
Jousting with Destrier at Hedingham Castle
The Knights of Destrier appear at Hedingham Castle for the very first time.
Clad in classic 15th-century armour and mounted on feisty warhorses, the Knights are ready for the ultimate test – the tournament! Wearing real steel, they do battle as did the knights of old. At closing speeds of up to 40 mph, they shatter their lances, wood on metal!
With craft stalls, a variety of food vendors, Donkey Rides, Face Painting and the Castle Bar, it’s a full day of family fun.
Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August -10.30am to 5pm
WWII Weekend at Audley End House and Gardens
An action packed bank holiday weekend propelling you into wartime Britain.
Put on your dancing shoes for 1940s music, fashion and food, dig for victory and be blown away at the spectacle of the explosive wartime assault.
Saturday 27 to Monday 29 August – see venue for details
Big Bang Weekend at Royal Gunpowder Mills
A show of pyrotechnic demonstrations and display of explosive special effects will take place at 3pm. Spend the day, enjoying the historic site and landscape, guided tours and exhibitions.
Families can see mad science shows, test their skills on the target ranges, spot wildlife, get crafty. Indoors or outdoors, with ample playspace, the Royal Gunpowder Mills is an all-weather venue providing fantastic opportunities for families to explore together, experience nature, and learn about the secret history that went on here.
Saturday 27 August – 9am to 7pm
Filipino Barrio Fiesta at Castle Park
A Filipino British community gathering to celebrate and explore Philippine culture, music, food, entertainment & opportunities. A time to have fun the Filipino way!
Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August – 10am to 5pm
Flagship Craft Weekend at Cressing Temple
The Guild of Essex Craftsmen are exhibiting at Cressing Temple Barns. Pop along to see some genuine handmade crafts, many being demonstrated, in this historic setting.
More Info – http://www.essexcraftguild.org.uk/
Sunday 28 August – 10am to 5pm
Fly In at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
A great family day out in Essex, where you can see both vintage and modern aircraft flying into this unique WW1 aerodrome.
Sunday 28 August – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Pirates of the Naze at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
A great chance to visit the Naze and follow a pirate treasure trail – will you find the gold? All of the crew will get the chance to do some pirate craft activities too! £5 per child, booking essential, children must be accompanied.
Monday 29 August – 12noon to 4pm
Debden Barns Food and Drink Festival
Hog Roasts, BBQ and real ale and cider options will have you drooling. Along with food and drink and live music, you’ll find a bouncy castle and activities for the whole family
More Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/260529860986624/
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