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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!

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

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  • Halloween
  • Country Show.
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  • Jester at Hedingham Castle.
  • Concert at Colchester Castle Park.

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Search for events, from fairs and festivals, to shows and concerts, and discover more great reasons to enjoy Essex. You can search by event type or by location.


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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.

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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.


Britten Sinfonia at Saffron Hall

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2 November: Saffron Hall

When the brilliant and intense British composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès is on stage, a concert of his own music becomes a major event. Hear him explore his extraordinary soundscapes with the help of Britten Sinfonia and the charismatic performance of violinist Pekka Kuusisto.


Firework displays

Firework display.

Browse an array of amazing firework displays and events in Essex.

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

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