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! Don't forget to take up our SPECIAL OFFERS for a great day out.
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Essex Summer of Art and ENAS events
Essex Summer of Art and ENAS events, the county’s largest annual visual festival, will again showcase artists from across the county. An exciting programme of exhibitions, workshops and activities, offering something for all the family will take place from June to October.
Radical Essex is a project aiming to re-examine the history of the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture, though a series of exhibitions, commissions, events and festivals. Programming under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’, the project will assess the crucial role the county has played in the history of British Modernism, and the utopian ideologies in unique living practices and innovative thinking in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
‘Radical Essex’ is a project led by Focal Point Gallery in partnership with Visit Essex and Firstsite, taking place throughout Essex in 2016 to 17. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.
For more information please visit: www.radicalessex.uk
Heritage Open Days
From 8th - 11th September, thousands of volunteers invite you to explore and experience local history, culture and architecture in celebration of Heritage Open Days. Many Essex venues are opening their doors free of charge including the Rayleigh Town Museum, Warner Textile Archive, Essex Fire museum, Hylands House and the newly refurbished Epping Forest District Museum; visit the website for a full list.
Radical Essex will also present a weekend-long programme of events to celebrate the county's pioneering role in the 20th century architecture. Visitors will have access to three key sites - the Bata Estate in East Tilbury, Frinton-on-Sea and Silver End village - travelling from one to the other on dedicated buses.
Explore our county
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.