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!

The event information is supplied by third parties and we can therefore not accept any liability for errors or inaccuracies in the information provided.

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.

Capturing the culture of our county - #InstaEssex photography competition

What best describes Essex culture to you? Is it some of our buildings and architecture; our artwork and theatres; local street and contemporary social culture; or perhaps there is an iconic image you think sums up the county? Maybe it’s a museum you have been to recently; maybe you’ve seen a local band play or maybe it’s just something you’ve seen on your street? Whatever it is, the Essex County Council's Culture team wants to capture it through their #InstaEssex campaign.

The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. 15 winning images will be displayed at London Liverpool Street station and at branch line stations across Essex. From these winners the top three will be awarded cash prizes of £1000 (first prize), £500 (second prize) and £250 (third prize).

The deadline for submitting your photos is 15 February 2016 so there's plenty of time to get snapping!

For more information visit the website.

Highlights for Half term

Join RHS Garden Hyde Hall for fun, insect themed art and craft activities.
Grab your goggles and take hold of your test tubes at Barleylands!
Take part in an exciting range of creative activities.
A host of fun activities in the woods to brighten up February half term.

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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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.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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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.