The Essex Diary
Events and attractions from across the county
4 October, 8pm to 9pm LIVING WITH LUKE
Braintree Arts Theatre, Notley Road, Braintree CM7 1WY Danson Thunderbolt is no ordinary dad and his teenage son Luke is autistic. The Autistic Shadow gets between them every single day, making communication and their relationship a struggle.
Join them in a real wrestling ring as The Thunderbolt battles The Shadow in a fight to the finish as he tries to maintain contact with Luke while the Ref tries to keep control. Funny, poignant and real, this play is adapted from the blog Living with Luke and fuses wrestling and theatre to show what life is like living with an autistic child.
01376 556 354
5 & 12 Octobe, 6pm to 9pm ASTARIA CANDLELIT EVENINGS
Museum of Power, Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road, Langford CM9 6QA
This is a magical evening in the Model Village as the children enjoy more than 400 candlelit lanterns with fairies and elves. The tea room will be open for refreshments and there will be free entry to the Model Village and Museum too.
Admission: Prices vary museumofpower.org.uk
6 and 7 October, 10am to 6pm THE ESSEX GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR
Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD
Come and enjoy a second year of fun entertainment and activities at the Game and Country Fair. Enjoy three main arenas supported by a host of smaller country sports arenas and workshops, plus the very best in countryside fun. Organised and run by Living Heritage Events, this is a great family day out. Admission: Prices vary livingheritagecountryshows.com
7 October, 11am HAROLD WOOD 5 MILE CHARITY FUN
Get your running shoes on and join The Harold Wood Charity Run. Back for its third year, it will be supporting, Mind and Alzheimer’s Society. Run through the beautiful Harold Wood Park, the charity run begins and ends in a carnival atmosphere. haroldwoodrunning.club/ charity-run-2018-2
7 October, 7pm STEALING TIME
Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel St North, Colchester CO2 7AT
Come and enjoy a beautiful evening of a duo singing and playing laid back tunes. Stealing Time are playing to raise funds for Colchester Gateway Charity who provide essential services for people with learning disabilities in the local area.
Admission: Prices vary headgatetheatre.co.uk
7 October, 7.30pm STEELEYE SPAN
Fairfield Road. Chelmsford CM1 1JG
With their 15th anniversary approaching, Steeleye Span (featuring their new seven-piece line up) return to the road for an extensive UK autumn tour in support of last year’s Dodgy Bastards album, their eighth album in 12 years. The show will also see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British folk rock bands ever. Admission: Prices vary 01245 606505
10 & 24 October, 10am to 12pm THE LADYBIRDERS
Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre, South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester CO5 7DN
Visit Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre and join a friendly group of ladies, led by guide Liz, for a walk around the reserve. Aimed at ladies who would like to improve their bird knowledge or would like to join like-minded people to explore the reserve. Admission: Donation £6 01206 729678
10 October, 7.30pm ALEX MENDHAM & HIS ORCHESTRA
Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff on Sea SS0 9LA
Step back into the exciting and glamorous world of the 1920s/30s and hear the hits of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and more, performed in the orchestra’s immersive silver screen spectacle show. Leave the cares of the 21st century behind you as Alex Mendham and his Orchestra take you back on a musical journey. Admission: Prices vary southendtheatres.org.uk
13 October, 10am to 4pm ‘EARLY BIRD’ CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
Coggeshall Village Hall, Coggeshall CO6 1HU
Featuring 30 makers and artists selling the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired items, including Capricorn Crafts, Mrs Button’s Chocolates, makers of wooden toys and gifts and much more. This will be the ideal place for shoppers to find those special gifts for loved ones this Christmas, with opportunities to discuss commissioned pieces with the stallholders.
Admission: Free wearehandmade.co.uk
13 October, 7.30pm ROCK FOR HEROES
Harlow Playhouse Theatre, Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS Immerse yourself in this incredible new live music experience with Rock for Heroes. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite rock and pop artists across the eras, in celebration of an incredible cause Help for Heroes.
17 October, 7.30pm AN EVENING WITH PROFESSOR ROBERT WINSTON
Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
Does decoding the human genome herald new opportunities for medicine or is there a darker side? Will ethics prevent us from manufacturing stronger, more gifted children? Or will our imperfect knowledge of genetics result in some major surprises? Join legendary scientist, politician and writer Robert Winston to discover more. Admission: £12.50. Under 18s half price saffronhall.com
20 October, from 7pm QUIZ NIGHT
Beaulieu Community Centre, Beaulieu Square, Centenary Way, Chelmsford CM1 6AU
In aid of the Mayor of Chelmsford’s charities, come and support this fabulous event that will be full of entertainment. Bring friends and family with you to create teams of eight plus your own food and drink. Admission: £7.50pp 07764 515033
20 October, 10am to 4pm COLCHESTER RECORD FAIR
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens,
High Street, Colchester
Colchester’s Record Fair returns to Firstsite – a treat for both enthusiasts and casual collectors alike. Come browse through stall holders’ collections of vinyl and CDs from a vast range of genres. Grab yourself a bargain – or perhaps something a little rarer. Admission: 50p firstsite.uk
20 to 28 October, times vary DR GORES SPOOKY MAD LAB
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY Head to see Royal Gunpowder Mills with lots of spooky fun for visitors to enjoy.
Admission: Prices vary 01992 707370
20 to 31 October, times vary HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4JB
Experience a spooky Halloween Train Ride deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate to visit the witches. Receive a special treat and watch them perform their wonderful witchy dance. Admission: £11/£13 01799 542134
25 October, 10am to 12pm PUMPKIN CARVING AND GOBLINS
Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Clacton Rd, Elmstead, Colchester CO7 7DB
Come and enjoy this great garden activity morning for children. Carve your own character pumpkin to take home and create a brilliant wild goblin for Halloween! A great fun morning for all to enjoy!
Admission: £6 per child bethchatto.co.uk
26 October, times vary FANCY DRESS PARTY AND HALLOWEEN DISCO
Expect musical games, Sally Squiggle Kid’s Entertainer, two discos, face painting, a licensed bar and much more. Admission: Children £ 7.50 and adults £ 6.50 chingfordvillagefestival.info
26 October, 7.30pm TOTAL 80S
Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays RM175DX
It's time to back comb that hair and slip on the shell suit as Thameside Theatre take you back to the eighties with an all new production of Total 80s. Admission: Prices vary www.thurrock.gov.uk/ thameside-theatre
26-27 October OKTOBERFEST COLCHESTER
Lower Castle Park, Colchester Park and Gardens, High Street, Colchester
The world-famous Oktoberfest returns to Colchester for another huge weekend of traditional Bavarian entertainment, food, drink and fun.
Admission: £10 oktoberfestcolchester.co.uk
28 October, 5pm FAURÉ’S REQUIEM AT REMEMBRANCE-TIDE
Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Danbury
Come and be welcomed into the peace, calm and tranquility of St John’s in Danbury cradled in candlelight. If you are a passionate singer and would like to join the choir for this service, please get in touch.
01245 400079 stjohnbaptistchurch.org.uk