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.

Essex Country Show at Barleylands 12 - 13 September

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Highlights for 2015 will include medieval jousting, breathtaking motorbike displays from Britain's Got Talent semi-finalists Bolddog Lings, plus character sing-a-longs and appearances from the 'Snow Sisters'!

Enjoy the thrills & spills and clamour & clash of authentic medieval jousting! Or if you prefer to hear the rev of engines be wowed by the latest heart stopping tricks, usually only seen on TV, as Bolddog Lings take to centre stage. 

Throughout the weekend, the engines will be back at work; just like they were around 100 years ago. Alongside the monstrous ploughing engines, road laying steam engines and the beautifully decorated showman’s engines, you can explore over 60 model steam engines.

It's great fun for all the faimily. Kids can ride on the vintage horse carousel, jump aboard the 60ft ferris wheel or shout ‘He’s behind you’ in classic Punch and Judy Shows. Combined with more traditional fairground games, there's just so much to do.

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 - 13 September - Chelmsford
As part of this national event 19 properties in Chelmsford will be open to the public over the weekend.

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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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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.