Find out what's on in Essex and have a great day out.

If you want to discover what's on in Essex then browse the Essex events diary, it's jam packed full of ideas for all to enjoy throughout the year. The choice of entertainment on offer is tremendous, from fairs and festivals, concerts and theatre, water festivals to air shows and sporting events. See what's on at the museums, the theatres or our historic attractions. There are so many events in Essex and so much to see and do, all year round, year in and year out, you will be spoilt for choice!

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There are so many events in Essex and so much to see and do, all year round, year in and year out you, will be spoilt for choice!

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From fairs and festivals, to shows and concerts. You can search by event date, type or by location.
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If you are not sure which event to go to, why not browse all our events taking place in Essex.

Touring Film Festival 8 - 14 August

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Find out more about the Touring Film Festival

Picturehouse Cinemas and Film Hub Central East will bring you an exciting programme of film screenings and events to unique locations across the county.

You will be able to enjoy classics such as Casablanca and Blade Runner, recent blockbusters including Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World, plus family favourite Minions and Asif Kapadia’s heart-breaking documentary Amy.

To match the iconic status of the selected movies, the venues in which they will be shown are equally cinematic. Stow Maries Aerodrome – the world’s last-remaining Great War air field; Hedingham Castle’s famous Norman keep will become a huge, historic film screen for projections; Cressing Temple Barns, near Braintree and Promenade Park in Maldon will welcome the newly refurbished Cinemobile. This innovative mobile cinema, on its first outing in England, will at the push of a button, transform into a plush 100-seat cinema, to bring movie magic to even the furthest flung corners of the country. 

Featured events

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The Essex Summer of Art is back and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2015 programme with lots of new things for you to get inspired.
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10 - 14 August: Barleylands
Part of the Six Weeks of Summer activities, youngsters can dress up in bee keeper suits and gloves to explore a real hive.

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9 August: Marsh Farm
It's like Glastonbury for Kids! Your whole family is certain to love it, featuring Mr Bloom, entertainers and fun and games everywhere you look.

23 August
Join the Jazz Summer Season festivities on Southend Pier's Royal Pavilion and dance along to these awesome jazz artists.

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27 - 28 August
Impressive aerobatic displays take to the skies whilst a whole host of exhibition and entertainment are available at ground level.

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30 - 31 August
Bold and bright costumes accompanied with stunts such as saddle falls, drags and rearing horses make this a show to remember!
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30 - 31 August: Little Easton
A range of family spectacles like egg & spoon races, archery, equestrian displays and musical entertainment as well local food and drink.
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12 - 13 September: Barleylands
Large scale family entertainment showcasing the very best of rural Essex past and present. 

This month's feature

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The Layer Marney Cup

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16 August 2015
Come and join in the Layer Marney Cup Re-Run – a car fuel consumption trial first run 101 years ago. The trial will be from Southend-on Sea to Layer Marney Tower, via Stow Maries Airfield, where lunch will be served to the participants. The cars will be in various decade categories; from pre 1915 to the present day. It isn’t a race, but rather, best fuel consumption on the day.

If you would like to take part, the entrance for a Trial Car (including lunch for 2 at Stow Maries) is £50. For non trial cars it is £20. Visit the Layer Marney website to download your application form.

For spectators who would just like to enjoy seeing the cars, the anticipated timings are – the cars will leave Southend at 10.30 and arrive at Stow Maries Aerodrome at about 12 noon. The cars will leave Stow Maries at about 2.00 p.m. and arrive at Maldon Promenade at about 2.30 – 3.30. They will end up at Layer Marney Tower at about 3.00 p.m. onwards.

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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.