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What's on in Essex

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 & festivals in Essex, concertstheatre, 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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Punch and Judy performance on Southend Pier.

If you are not sure where to go and what to see why not browse all our events taking place in Essex. This is perhaps the best way to find out What’s On in Essex and which events best suit you.


Twilight Spectacle - South Woodham Ferrers

Firebirds from Titanick Theatre on a weird contraption the spews fires.

20 September: Wandering performers through the gathering crowds and an imaginative journey of flight with the show 'Firebirds' presented by Theatre Titanick from Germany will delight you with their antics and outrageous flying attempts.


CITYdiversions - Chelmsford City & Anglia Ruskin Uni

Colourfully dressed drummers with neon lighting.

27 September: For a full day of family fun enjoy the Festival both in Chelmsford City Centre and at Anglia Ruskin University. The city centre will be awash with a variety of shows from street bands and theatre companies from across the UK and Europe.


28 September: Classic cars at Southend Seafront

Classic cars at Southend Seafront.

Owners of these icons of historic car design and many other marques are gearing up for the first in a series of classic vehicle events.


Barmy Britain Show - WIN a family ticket worth £50

Picture colourful historic characters.

Win one of two Family Tickets to see Horrible Histories Barmy Britain at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford and prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with all new amazing 3D effects! It’s the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

Image of two little girls dressed in spooky outfits.

Halloween events in Essex

From Pumpkin festivals, slithery snakes and creepy crawlies galore to chilling encounters in the new heart-pounding Haze Maze at Barleylands; Wizards and Witches Week at Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park; an array of frightfully fantastic activities at various Country Parks; experience scary haunted Royal Gunpowder Mills at night and learn about the gory past of the 'Spooky Secret Island'; or go on a candle-lit trail on the scariest night of the year at Hatfield Forest. There are plenty more ways to celebrate Halloween in Essex this year. So whatever you chose to do, you’ll be in for a treat (or trick).

Browse our Halloween events and start making your plans for a fright-night or day out.

Cliffs Pavilion


Brentwood Theatre


2014 Essex Summer of Art

This year's sixth Summer of Art is showcasing artists from across the county between May and September. Five new art trails are joining the celebration of the Essex creative scene. Taking in painting, photography, ceramics, textile and sculpture, the art events feature a wide variety of talent. So why not visit an art event near you and awaken your creative mind.


International Puppet Festival

Picture of a puppet in the street.

20 September: Witham Town Centre

A fantastic day with something for everyone to enjoy, all presented in  and around the two shopping precincts of the Grove and Newlands. New for this year are puppets 'Meeting and Greeting' visitors along the High Street. Join in the scarecrow puppet making workshops throughout the day in the Grove Centre.


Russian State Ballet & Opera House

The Russian State Ballet performing Swan Lake.

17 October: Swan Lake at Harlow Playhouse

Featuring an impressive cast, The Russian State Ballet and Opera House will burst onto the stage again with another magical season of Classical Ballets, and will bring with them all the colour, enthusiasm and vibrancy that one would expect from this Company.

Link to the Essex-Live website for tickets and special offers for theatre, music, comedy, special events and more all year round.

Essex County Council
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