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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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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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Cliffs Pavilion


Brentwood Theatre


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.


30 August: Southend-on-Sea Fake Festival

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Tributes to Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Blondie. Entertainment zone for kids, food traders and licensed bar. It's a must for all.


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.


Witham International Puppet Festival

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20 September: Witham Town Centre

A fantastic day is planned for you with something for everyone to enjoy, all presented in the area 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.


13 - 14 September: Essex Country Show

Showcasing the best of rural Essex past and present. Meet Peppa Pig, marvel at the Monster Truck show and get involved in a dog agility demonstration. Watch heavy horses at work, jump aboard gigantic steam engines and join in over 100 crafts of yesteryear. Included in this year’s collection of steam engines is the beautifully painted Showman’s Engine, ‘No.1’, the ‘Finem Respice’ Burrell Traction Engine which will be celebrating its anniversary at the show plus ‘Dusty’ the Clayton & Shutleworth traction engine which is believed to be the oldest engine visiting us this year. 

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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