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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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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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Cliffs Pavilion


Brentwood Theatre


Kidsfest at Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park

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8 - 10 August: Magical fun for the whole family

An amazing family festival of fun. A full lineup from the most popular childrens acts and childrens character shows on the main stage. Vintage fairground rides and inflatable village, learn a new skill at one of the many workshops children can take part in from sports to theatre, circus skills to BMX bikes. Children can make their own masterpiece in the Mister Maker Craft Zone. FUN FUN FUN all day long! An opportunity to make magical memories together.


19 - 20 August: Wildlife Fair at Beth Chatto Gardens

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Visit The Beth Chatto Gardens for 2 days of wildlife discovery and fun. Stalls, demonstrations and guided walks throughout the day.


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.


Clacton Airshow

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21 - 22 August: Clacton seafront

The award winning seafront will be transformed over the two days of the Air Show into a fun filled events site and viewing area. The only two remaining Lancaster Bombers will be appearing for the very first time, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will once again be flying and the Red Arrows will be impressing with their fabulous display.


Dirty Dozen Obstacle Course Race

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16 - 17 August - Barleylands

Challenge your limits. Test yourself on the most gruelling obstacle course races in the UK. Dirty Dozen Races are obstacle course races designed by ex-British Special Forces with military style obstacles strategically combined with challenging terrain to test agility, strength and endurance. Kid's events will also be taking place on each day.

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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