Diary in May

What's happening in Essex this May? <br/>compiled by Alex Herron

May Events

May 20thNoon to 6pmOpen DayGardens of Easton Lodge, Great DunmowThis month the Gardens of Easton Lodge warmly welcomes the members of the Saffron Walden Town Band who will be playing for visitors during the afternoon. These wonderful gardens are only open to the public on a few Sundays each year so don’t miss this opportunity to experience their unique atmosphere and enjoy some fantastic music.  Sample our tasty homemade soup and bacon rolls at lunchtime or be tempted by homemade cakes or a cream tea throughout the afternoon. There are always children’s activities including scavenger hunts and plenty of space to run around.   Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.  Admission: Adults �2.50 Children Free of Charge01371 876979May 6th11.30am to 3.30pmFamily Sunday - FairtradeValentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XACome along to find out more information about Fairtrade and have the chance to win some Fairtrade goodies. Information on recycling, in Redbridge, composting at home and the real nappy scheme will also be available. The Recycling Team in partnership with Enterprise will be holding fun recycling activities for the whole family.Admission: Free020 8708 8100May 8th11am to 11.45amIntroductory Tour of Valentines Mansion Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XAJoin our friendly guide for this introductory tour to the mansion and its fascinating 300 year history. Admission: �3 020 8708 8100May 9th10.30am to 12.30pmMonsoon Traders: Britain, Asia and the East India CompanyValentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XAThis lecture by National Maritime Museum curator John Mc Aleer will tell the story of the East India Company, one of the most powerful commercial endeavours the world has ever seen. The story if one of wealth, power and the pursuit of fortune, and also conflict, conquest and piracy on the high seas. The scale and impact of the Company’s activities changed the lives of millions of people in Britain and Asia: it changed what people ate and drank, how they dressed, their attitudes to other people and societies, and it laid the foundations for Britain’s nineteenth-century empire in India. Booking essential.Admission: �5 020 8708 8100May 15th11.30am to 12.30pmGardens Guided Tours of Valentines GardensValentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XAJoin resident horticulturalist Simon Litt for a tour of the gorgeous Valentines Gardens and learn about the seasonal flowers and plants.Admission: �3020 8708 8100May 16th1.30pm to 4.30pmHand-felting at the Mansion Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XALearn to create handmade felt art using the architectural features, garden space and interior design of Valentines Mansion as inspiration.  You will create simple drawings and collages, developing these into a beautiful and original piece of art ready for hanging at home. Bring along a sketchbook and scrap textile pieces to incorporate into your art. All other materials provided, but if you prefer please wear an apron and rubber gloves. Lead by artist educator, Avigail Ochert, who has been running felt making workshops for over ten years and her recent work includes a project exhibited at Kew Gardens. Pre-booking essential. Bookings will be taken from Monday 5 March.Admission: �29.  020 8708 8100May 19th11am to 4pmMay Fair Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XAThe popular May Fair organised by the Friends of Valentines Mansion is back with craft stalls, activities, performances and much more.Admission: �2020 8708 8100May 22nd11am to 2pmUnder 5’s Explore, Make & Do – Move It!Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XACome along and get ready for The Big Dance with Cranbrook Children's Centre. We'll be making music and moving to the beat! Plus lots of other activities, toys and dressing up.020 8708 8100May 25th7pmFilm Screening – The Wind Will Carry Us by Abbas KiarostamiValentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XAIrreverent city engineer Behzad comes to a rural village in Iran to keep vigil for a dying relative. In the meanwhile the film follows his efforts to fit in with the local community and how he changes his own attitudes as a result. This screening is part of the Artist in Residence 2012 programme, Phenomena by artists Juri Nishi and Tania Moreira.  Admission: Free020 8708 8100May 27th11.30am to 12.30pmFarmers’ MarketsValentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XAThe ever popular and crowd pleasing farmers’ markets are packed with a variety of stalls including delicious fresh foods and make a great day out at Valentines.Admission: Free020 8708 8100May 22nd to 29thArtist in Residence 2012 – PhenomenaValentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XAPhenomena is a site specific project that merges Architecture, Dance, Film and Visual Art revealing the memory of the movements of previous Mansion inhabitants. The project explores the relationship between the body and the architectural landscape, questioning memories and the sense of belonging.  The exhibition features a short experimental art film and drawing, plus a collection of preparatory and explanatory work illuminating the process of making of and thinking behind the project.  020 8708 8100May 19th to 26thMade by Hand Selling ExhibitionKatrina Grahame, formerly an art dealer from London, is relaunching with an inaugural selling exhibition entitled Made by Hand.  Based on the North Essex salt marshes, Katrina has renovated a 16th century barn as her permanent gallery where she will operate 'by appointment only' throughout the year.  The exhibition will feature an interesting mix of antique and modern hand made objects appealing to private customers & collectors, designers & decorators alike.  Primitive pieces of country furniture selected for their style and strength of design will sit alongside folk and tribal art.  A good selection of decorative objects will also be on show including wood turned bowls, hand woven textiles, basketry, pottery and stained glass panels. Katrina will also be showcasing studio ceramics by Paul Philp and a selection of 20th century modern British art.01206 735330May 26thNoon to 6pmWivenhoe May Fair Community Arts and Music EventKing George V Playing Field, WivenhoeTo celebrate its 30th anniversary the Wivenhoe May Fair is set to turn back the clock on Saturday, 26 May when it stages this year’s famous free community arts and music event. Aimed at all ages, this year’s family friendly charity fund raiser will bring back some of the highlights of its past and promises to be a fantastic afternoon.  May 19thThe Feeling Good Tour - Clare TealBraintree Arts Centre, Braintree, EssexClare Teal returns to the UK live arena with her The Feeling Good Tour, a new set of UK wide dates for 2012 in preparation for a brand new studio album later this year. Last year saw the award winning songstress celebrate her most successful year professionally and it’s easy to see why when the likes of The Observer described this troubadour as “…bright and adventurous” and endorsed by Sir Michael Parkinson amongst others due to the sheer warmth and flawless nature of Clare’s stunning voice. Admission: �17.50 �16.50 Conc.01376 556398 May 267.30pmChoral Foundation present music from the Queen's CoronationChelmsford Cathedral, 53 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1TYA celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee performed by Chelmsford Cathedral Choir and Consort. Conductor: Oliver Waterer. Chelmsford Cathedral is no vast, vaulted hall. Its qualities are more jewel like: small, light, colourful, precious and cherished. Although we receive many visitors, we are not tourist led. When you walk in you usually find people at prayer. The candlestand never goes out. Admission: �20.00, �15.00, �10.00 Concessions on 2nd and 3rd price tickets01245 294492May 7th and 25thOpen DayBeeleigh Abbey Gardens, Maldon, Essex Three acres of riverside gardens in a picturesque and historic setting dating from the 13th century. Light lunches and refreshments, plant sales, free parking. The three acres of grounds are surrounded by mature trees which on the northern boundary give way to a tidal stretch of the River Chelmer. May has spring bedding plants and bulbs displayed in the mixed borders, along with magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons. Bluebells lead down to the tranquil river, and later the wisteria lines the walk beyond the rose garden.07779 223321April 21st to May 19th10am to 5pm Tuesdays through to SaturdaysExhibition of Watercolours by Essex Artist – Olwen JonesHayletts Gallery, Oakwood House, 2 High Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 5PJOwen Jones expresses her passion for the natural world with simply knock out watercolours. Drawn to conservatories and green houses full of flowers, foliage and an abundance of natural sunlight, she creates a wonderful world of colour and light sharing the wonders of her vision with the viewer. Inspired by the intricate shapes and forms of plants flowers birds and the occasional cat accentuated against the geometric shapes of manmade structures, makes one appreciate with incredulity our natural world. 01621 851669May 26th to June 23rdEncapsulating The Swinging 60’s and 70’sHayletts Gallery, Oakwood House, 2 High Street, Maldon, Essex CM9 5PJBill Orchard was a major part of the Pop scene in 1960’s and 1970’s all be it behind the lens of a camera. During the swinging1960s, all the bands and pop singers wanted to be seen out with photographers. There was a tremendous buzz around musicians and London was ‘hip’, so it made his job both fun and a little easier than it might be today. Orchard worked for major publications like ‘Today’, The Telegraph, The Mail  ‘The Mirror’, and for TV companies especially as the weekly photographer for ‘Ready Steady Go’. He had the privilege of touring alongside many A list bands including two years with The Beatles, and regularly with The Rolling Stones.  This unique time give him the opportunity to capture an artist/group whilst relaxing, portraying the very essence of their personalities in addition to creating exciting iconic photographs.01621 851669May 5th Open dayPedlars WoodMay 5th to 7th9.30am to 7pmThe Southend Spring Garden ShowGaron Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend, Essex SS2 4FALike a Garden Centre sprung to life, the Southend Garden Show is alive with activity and splendour. Plant yourself amongst the outdoor shopping zone or festival of food and drink. Green fingered enthusiasts and occasional gardeners alike will find plenty of inspiration here, from the landscape design zone to the floral arrangement marquee.Admission: Adults �6.50, Concessions �5.00 Children �3 Under 5s FREE01702 549623May 12th and 13th10am to 7pmEssex Robin Hood Game and Country ShowThe Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9NNThe Robin Hood Game and Country show celebrates everything outdoors in a weekend stocked with falconry & owl displays, jousting shows, firing ranges, ferret races, archery training and even a medieval village! With something to please every member of the family - even the dog in the All About Dogs section.Admission: Adults �10.00 Concessions �7.50 Children �3 Under 5s FREE01702 549623May 18th to 20th9.30am to 5pmThe Essex Garden ShowThe Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9NNWhether you have an established garden, small balcony or shady courtyard in need of a little something extra, this show will offer lots of new ideas to ensure you create the perfect sanctuary. Find all your garden essentials at especially low show prices, plants, flowers, equipment, furniture and our beautiful floral display marquee.Admission: Adults �6.50, Concessions �5.00 Children �3 Under 5s FREE01702 549623May 3rd to 7thSouthend Film FestivalSouthend-on-Sea A week of film focus for all the family returns across a number of different venues in and around Southend-on-Sea. More than 30 films including premieres, classics, shorts and international films form part of the programme, with guest question and answer sessions at many of the screenings. Whether you are interested in seeing an all time classic on the big screen, a popular family film event or a cult classic with a chance to participate in questions and answers with one of the actors, Southend-on-Sea Film Festival has it all.01702 618747May 5th to 7th AZTEC Southend Spring Garden ShowGaron Park, Southend-on-SeaWhether you have an established garden, small balcony or shady courtyard in need of a little something extra, this show will offer lots of new ideas to ensure you create the perfect sanctuary. Can't tell your begonias from your bougainvillea? Not to worry there will be plenty of experts on hand to point you in the right direction and offer tips and advice. Visitors can purchase a selection of beautiful plants, shrubs, trees, garden furniture, water features, pots, containers and much more at special show prices. With crafts for the home and garden, tempting food court and children’s activities, there really is something for everyone making this an ideal family day out.01702 549622May 5th to 7th Royal Flying Corps – Centenary Fly InStow Maries Aerodrome, PurleighFly in on this historic WW1 aerodrome in the heart of the Essex countryside. Vintage and modern aircraft, Large scale models, vintage cars, vintage farm machinery and motor cycles. Guided Tours, food and drink on site. Plentiful parking. No pets, Guide Dogs only.01245 808744May 5th to 7thSix Island Bird Watching CruiseBurnham-on-Crouch Town QuayBoarding the boat 'Merlin' on a rising tide we are able to navigate the narrow creeks between the Islands. Enjoy, probably the most tranquil part of Essex with sightings of seals, and 1000,s of overwintering ducks and geese, many different waders, grebes, birds of prey. Full onboard commentary, duration 3 to 4 hours' includes tea/coffee & toilet.01268 491540May 6th to 7thWoolly WeekendBarleylands Farm Park & Craft Village, BillericayWatch sheep shearing demonstrations, see how wool is spun and take part in our woolly adventure trail!01268 290213May 6th to 7thKite FestivalLayer Marney Tower, ColchesterBring them, build them and fly them.01206 330784May 6thSummer ShowMuseum of Power, LangfordClassic vehicle displays, craft stalls, music and family entertainment. Museum entry is included with several historic engines running & the giant pumping engine in steam. Miniature steam train rides around the grounds (fare �1.00)01621 843183May 11thBat ExperienceWeald Country Park, South WealdDiscover the bats at weald using detectors to help you locate these fascinating creatures. No dogs. Booking essential.0845 603 7624May 12th and 13th Audley End Steam GalaAudley End House & Gardens, Saffron WaldenThis Gala has something for everyone, fair rides, the railways entertainment for the kids, vintage motors, tractors, craft stalls, food and to top this all off a fantastic beer tent boasting real ale and cider. Whether you are a steam enthusiast, vintage car fanatic, collector or you just enjoy relaxing in the glorious countryside and iconic location of Audley End, this Gala will be an ideal weekend.01799 542134May 12thMedieval Archery for AdultsColchester Castle Museum You will have a hands-on experience involving an introduction into the type of person that became a medieval archer and a look at equipment based around an archer on campaign during the early stages of the Hundred Years War. Get a close look at armor, weaponry and camp materials and then have a go at shooting an English Longbow!01206 282940May 13th Steam with ColinColne Valley Railway, Castle HedinghamCome and meet Colin, the railways own bear.01787 461174May 20thTour de TendringDovercourt Swimming Pool, HarwichHelp raise money for the RNLI as part of the Essex Legacy 2012 Olympic celebrations! Cycle on one of three circular routes around the picturesque district of Tendring - perfect cycling country with quiet roads, low hills and views to the sea.01255 508266May 26th and 27th Southend Air FestivalSouthend-on-sea 2012 will be the 27th year that Southend-on-Sea has staged one of Europe's largest free Airshows. The two day Southend Air Festival is undoubtedly the most spectacular event in Southend's calendar. Staged against the backdrop of the Thames Estuary along almost 2 miles of seafront, aircraft displays will be featured from across the ages. We've also provided a huge range of ground entertainment back on terra firma. There will be the RAF, Army, Navy and Royal Marine Town Shows, trade stands, rides, simulators, giant inflatable's and a packed arena programme of entertainment, to keep all of the family amused all day long.01702 618747May 19th7.30pmVienna Festival Ballet - Swan LakePrinces Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 1SESwan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It's the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions - from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy. An evening not to be missed. "Vienna Festival Ballet, with its talented array of young artistes, ensures you won't see dancers going through the motions" OXFORD TIMESAdmission: �18.50, concs �16.50, child �12.00, ballet school �10.0001255 68 66 33 May 26th7.30pmMagic of MotownPrinces Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 1SEHere it comes - authentically recreating the harmonies, slick moves, stylish looks and legendary musicianship that were the making of Motown. It's on its way - a super-talented cast, fresh from sell-out shows in London's O2, perform hits from The Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves, Lionel Richie. . .Admission: �2001255 68 66 33May 5th7.30pmDominic Kirwan Towngate Main AuditoriumTaking a refreshingly new look at the finest country, pop and traditional Irish music, all of course complimented with his show stopping ballads. This is a show with something for music lovers of all ages. Come and join Dominic and his fabulous band on an unforgettable journey.May 10th to 12thTimes VaryAnnie Amateur Youth Musical Towngate Main AuditoriumDeserted in an orphanage run by the wicked Miss Hannigan, Annie escapes to an easier life outside during the Great Depression where tomorrow is always brighter because of hope - and a certain stray dog, Sandy, who tags along for the fun. When she is returned to the orphanage she escapes again and her life is changed when she enters into the world of the millionaire Daddy Warbucks.Admission: �13, concessions �11May 12th7.30pmPeter Knight's Gigspanner Wat Tyler Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, PitseaHailed by 'Songlines' Magazine as 'another milestone in folk's rebirth of cool moment', Peter Knight's Gigspanner is rapidly gaining a reputation for leaving audiences completely spellbound with life enriching takes on British traditional and world music.Admission: Advance booking �10, on the door, all tickets �1201268 550 088May 26th 11am to 4pmCanvey Island Wildlife DayRSPB West Canvey MarshCanvey Island Town Council in partnership with the RSPB are having their annual Wildlife Day in May.  Mike Dilger (from BBC’s The One Show) will lead walk and talk trails around the marshes.  There will be a display of local wildlife, conservation and arts and craft stalls.  Activities for the children include pond dipping and bug hunting. Refreshments available.  Limited car parking.  Free entry and free bouncy castle and face painting - a fun day for everyone!  Admission: Free01268 683971May 5th to 7th10am to 5pmCraft WeekendRHS Garden, Hyde Hall, Rettendon, CM3 8ATEstablished in 1984, The Guild of Essex Craftsmen is a voluntary non-profit making organisation, which aims to promote and support local hand made crafts. Members are selected for the outstanding quality and originality of their work. All Craft Exhibitors at our events are Guild Members. Admission: Normal RHS Entrance Fee includes this Event01245 400 256Top Dog, 10.00 – 15.00, everyone welcome, FREEDrop into our free dog handling clinic for advice and hands-on training. Areas covered include obedience, noise control, aggression management and general poor behaviour.Gunpowder Park, Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3GPMay 23rd to 26thThe MikadoDeaton Theatre in Forest School, E17 3PYIn 1972 a young couple arrived in Waltham Forest from Yorkshire and were horrified to discover that there was no regular Gilbert and Sullivan Society in the area. They set about organising one.     Every year since then they have presented at least one Gilbert & Sullivan production, together with many concerts of songs from the shows and Olde Tyme Music Halls. For their ruby anniversary production have chosen what for many is the duo’s finest work, The Mikado.All throughout May10am to 5pmSpring Exhibition Naze Tower, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8LEThis year we have three fantastic exhibitions to enjoy at the Naze Tower. Throughout the season over 40 artists from the Eastern region will be showing their work. Lots of the artists are new to the Tower, some are returning after a break and some are old favourites who are too popular to leave out! You will see some of the best art from the region with a good mix of established well-known artists and upcoming talent. Due to the location of the Tower the coast and the natural environment often but not exclusively inspires the art. 01255 852519All throughout MaySouthend Film Festival Photographic ExhibitionBeecroft Art Gallery01702 347418May 5th and 6thMay Art Railings at Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea 01702 618747May 6thGreat Pier Walk Southend Pier 01702 385337May 6th3pm to 5pmChenenko JazzSouthend Bandstand, Priory Park 01702 215624May 7th1pm to 4pmMay DayStrand Wharf, Leigh-on-Sea Crowning of the May Queen, maypole dancing by local brownies, Mummings plays, Morris dancing and Folk Music.  01702 716288May 8th6.30pmFireflySerenity at Central Museum, Southend-on-Sea.  Joss Wheldon’s conclusion of Firefly, or for the casual viewer an enjoyable space jaunt.  Cert 15 Admission: �4 01702 434449May 12thFarmers MarketSouthend High Street 01702 447031May 12th6.15pmNight of the MuseumCentral Museum and Planetarium, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea.  Behind the scenes at the museum revealed.  Visit the bug man, watch local artist Hashim Akib create a work of art infront of your eyes it will commemorate the restoration work soon to be completed at Prittlewell Priory.  Enjoy some hands on history, free Planetarium sessions, free craft and much more.  Admission: Free01702 434449May 12th and 13thWacky Weekend at Adventure IslandSouthend-on-Sea  A weekend of fun and laughter, Adventure Island will have some truly wacky entertainment throughout the day and all for free!   Admission: Free01702 443400May 13th3pm to 5pmSouthend Jazz Co-operative Southend Bandstand, Priory Park 01702 215624May 14th, 21st and 28th6pm to 8pmDisability Club Various sports for 9-19 year oldsSouthend Leisure and Tennis Centre, Garon Park, Southend-on-Sea 01702 613000May 20th8am to NoonSummer Migrants – Walks and Bird ringing display.  Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea 01702 557971May 25th7.15pmMinstrel’s Gallery – Music for a Golden QueenSouthchurch Hall Museum, Southend-on-Sea.  As Queen Elizabeth II prepares to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee this special concert will look back to the first Elizabethan era, with readings and music that would have been regularly heard at court. Pre booking essential.Admission: �12.50 01702 467671May 1st and 2ndTimes VaryThe GruffaloMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PT Adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined...?Admission: Adults �14, Children �10.50, Family of four �4101206 573 948 May 3rd 7.30pmAlan PriceMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTOne of the most talented and enduring musical artists to have emerged from the 1960s British Beat Boom takes us through his hits.Admission: �15 - �2101206 573 948 May 4th 7.30pmThe WestendersMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTA night in London’s West End at your local theatre!Admission: �20 - �2501206 573 948 May 5th 7.30pmT.RextasyMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTA celebration of one of the most flamboyant and charismatic bands of the original glam rock era!Admission: �15 - �2101206 573 948 May 8th and 9th 7.30pmWithering Looks by Peter GordonMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTLipService - Britain’s favourite literary lunatics, present their cult Bront� spoof.Admission: �11.50 - �18.5001206 573 948 May 10th and 11thTimes VaryScience Museum Live on TourMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTBack by popular demand, the Science Museum returns with more spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments designed to blow your mind and challenge your brain!Admission: �1301206 573 948 May 12th 7.30pmRoald Dahl’s Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding HoodMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTAward winning Ballet Cymru, bring to life two of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, danced to outstanding and internationally recognised musical scores, commissioned by The Dahl Foundation.Admission: Adults �15 / Children �1001206 573 948 May 16th to 19th 2.30pm and 7.30pmIt’s Time to Go…Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTColchester Gang Show presents another energetic show full of songs and sketches, all hung around a story, guaranteed to entertain.Admission: �801206 573 948 May 22nd and 23rdTimes VaryRaison d’�tre: Compositions, Choreography and CollaborationsMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTThis performance featuring ballet, jazz, contemporary, urban and physical theatre showcases the ‘best’ from each year group in the Centre of Music and Performing Arts at Colchester Institute.Admission: �12 / �8 concessions (School Matinee �2 per student)01206 573 948 May 24th7.30pmGlenn Miller OrchestraMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTRay McVay leads the official Glenn Miller Orchestra through a wonderful evening of big band memories. Catherine Sykes and Colin Anthony on vocals get together with the Moonlight Serenaders and The Uptown Hall Gang.Admission: �20 - �2501206 573 948May 25th and 26th2.30pm and 7.30pmEssence of Ireland – Bigger and Better!Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTBack by popular demand and now with their biggest and most talented cast of dancers, singers, and musicians, Essence of Ireland combines breathtaking dance routines with the very best of Irish music and a touch of Irish craic, all cleverly woven into a heart-warming tale.Admission: �20 - �2501206 573 948 From May 31stTimes VaryDancing at Lughnasa by Brian FrielMercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate  Colchester, Essex CO1 1PTIn the Summer of 1936, in rural County Donegal, seven-year old Michael lives with his mother, her four sisters and their older brother Jack, a missionary priest returned from Africa. Life is simple, making ends meet is hard, but when the sisters acquire their first wireless radio, what dreams do they dare to dream?Admission: �9.50 - �2101206 573 948May 6thFrom 10amSummer ShowMuseum of Power, Hatfield Road Langford near Maldon CM9 6QAClassic vehicle displays, craft stalls, a Jazz band and family entertainment. Museum entry is included with several historic engines running & the giant pumping engine in steam. Miniature steam train rides around the grounds (fare �1.00)Admission: Adults �6.00 Seniors �5.00 Children under 16 free. 01621 843 183May 20thNoon to 6pmGardens of Easton LodgeGardens of Easton Lodge, Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6Admission: Adults �2.50 Children FreeAll Month10am to 5pmDavid Watkinson Sculpture ExhibitionRHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM2 6DEJoin us for the launch of this truly enchanting kinetic sculpture exhibition depicting seed heads and leaves.Admission: Normal garden admission applies.0845 612 1253May 2nd11am to 12.30pmPlants for Difficult Places WorkshopRHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM2 6DEMaster the techniques of how to plant for shady, boggy and dry conditions and your garden will never disappoint you again! Booking essential. Admission: Members �9.50, Non-members �15.00. 0845 612 1253May 5th to 7th10am to 4pmSpring Bank Holiday Weekend Craft FairRHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM2 6DEOrganised by the Guild of Essex Craftsmen this weekend is an ideal opportunity to obtain those special and individually hand made presents for family and friends at reasonable prices. Normal garden admission applies. Booking not required.0845 612 1253 May 17th11am to 12.30pmSummer Hanging Baskets WorkshopRHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, CM2 6DEGet ideas and inspiration for your baskets.  Learn the basics of design, planting and aftercare.  Demonstration baskets will be available to purchase. Booking essential. Admission: Members �9.50, Non-members �15.00. 0845 612 1253   May 1st7pmRizzle KicksCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RATechnically, Rizzle Kicks was founded in about 1996, when both members, in their miniature form, used to play together round Rizzle's auntie’s house. It wasn't until eight years later that the pair reunited after both moving to Brighton and facing each other head-on in a Sunday league football match. Four years later, they ended up going to the same college and one day Rizzle got Sylvester to 'Lalala' all over a track. They soon realised how nicely their styles fitted together. Rizzle was just finishing off his own mixtape, rapping over samples of some of their favourite artists (Gorillaz, Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys etc) when they officially became Rizzle Kicks.01702 351135May 3rd7.30pm            Stewart FrancisCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RAThe star of 'Mock The Week', 'Michael McIntyre's Roadshow' and 'Live At The Apollo', embarks on a brand new tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show!01702 351135May 4th8pmRamin in ConcertCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RALeading West End artist Ramin Karimloo received global acclaim starring in The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary concert; performed at the Royal Albert Hall and broadcast around the world; and is one of Sony’s most exciting new signings, with a much anticipated new album released in February 2012.01702 351135May 9th to 12thTimes VaryI Dreamed a DreamCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RAStarring Elaine C Smith, best known as Mary Doll in BBC TV’s Rab C Nesbitt, the musical follows Susan Boyle’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to global icon and features signature songs from her multi-platinum selling albums.01702 351135May 13th5pm & 8pmDancing QueenCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RACelebrating timeless hits from the pop phenomenon Abba and hot on the heels of the huge success of the Broadway Musical “Mamma Mia” this outrageous glittering production is a fun filled party for everyone.01702 351135May 14th2.30pm We’ll meet againCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RAThe record breaking touring show presented by DUGGIE CHAPMAN MBE, We’ll Meet Again clocks up an amazing 10th year on the road in 2011. ACCLAIMED Britain’s best matinee show this Wartime Cavalcade celebration show is once again on it’s annual nationwide tour.and includes a celebration of the Music around the time of the Queens Coronation, to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.01702 351135May 17th8pmBuddy Holly: A Legend RebornCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RAStar of stage and screen, Jess joins the UK’s number one Buddy, Marc Robinson, plus from West End Buddy The Big Bopper. Completing the all-star line-up is a superb Connie Francis revue.01702 351135May 19th8pm    The Counterfeit StonesCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RAThe Counterfeit Stones celebrate their 21st anniversary with yet another “sham rock” experience, 19th BOGUS BREAKDOWN. Their skillfully mixed cocktail of classic hits, retro costume and humour continues to intoxicate young and old alike.01702 351135May 20th7.30pm    A Night at the OperaCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RALondon Festival Opera returns with a new production of  A Night at the Opera.    The company brings together world class artists who have appeared with major opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. A Night at the Opera is a thrilling programme of works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Offenbach and more.01702 351135May 25th8pmHooked on ClassicsCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RAWith over 13 million units sold worldwide, Louis Clark’s Hooked On Classics is one of the most successful album series of the last 30 years, and now it’s back with a new live production. The legendary Louis Clark will be conducting the English Pops Orchestra recreating the original Hooked On Classics live in concert.01702 351135May 27th7.30pm    Berlin Symphony OrchestraCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RAResident orchestra in Berlin’s famous Konzerthaus and a specialist in the Classical repertoire, their programme includes Mozart’s most popular piano concerto, the one known as the Elvira Madigan performed by Kit Armstrong.01702 351135May 31st8pm    History of the Big BandsCliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RAThe History of the Big Bands features a 13 piece big band and vocals from the incredible Andy Abraham.  Audiences will be transported on a magical musical journey revisiting the very best of the swing era.01702 351135May 4th1pmFilm: Pennies from Heaven – Cert UPalace Theatre, Southend on Sea, EssexThis is one of the most endearing of the Depression-era films that consolidated the star power of Bing Crosby, giving him the chance to croon the title song into posterity and an Oscar nomination. The plot sees Bing befriending an orphaned little girl: in true movie ‘odd couple’ style they wander through a series of life’s incidents together, learning from each other as they go.01702 351135May 4th3pmFilm: Swing Time – Cert UPalace Theatre, Southend on Sea, EssexUndoubtedly the finest of the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musical comedies. Working with a major director in George Stevens, twice an Oscar winner, Fred and Ginger reach such heights that to single out a particular instance might seem invidious. But the climactic ‘Never Gonna Dance’ provides the perfect example of the effortless style that Astaire conveyed, and the dialogue between the pair that precedes the dance is among their most poignant.01702 351135May 6th7.30pm                Cavaleri QuartetPalace Theatre, Southend on Sea, EssexClarinettist Emma Johnson performs with the Cavaleri Quartet to give performances of Mozarts Clarinet Quintet and Brahm’s Clarinet Quintet.01702 351135May 9th to 12thTimes VaryLODS present Elton John & Tim Rice’s AidaPalace Theatre, Southend on Sea, EssexWith a pop-rock score that features stirring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier.01702 351135May 13th8pmMiles JuppPalace Theatre, Southend on Sea, EssexAfter pulling a few strings and telling some little lies, an unprepared and unqualified Jupp heads to India with the English press to embark on a month long, sun-soaked disaster (and some minor triumphs).A sorry tale of how he attempted to become a cricket journalist by the unlikely, ill –thought out and dishonest method of pretending to be one.01702 351135May 16th8pm    The MagnetsPalace Theatre, Southend on Sea, EssexA cappella stars The Magnets are one of the must see acts on the current British music scene. Literally a ‘six-man sound machine’, they bring their glorious harmonies and jaw-dropping beatboxing to Southend for the first time this spring.01702 351135May 17th to 19thTimes VaryKiss ChasePalace Theatre, Southend on Sea, EssexWhen he was sixteen, John Dean slammed out of the school gates, glad to be free of the bullying. Thirty years later, just like everyone else, he goes to a school reunion looking for the chance to show everyone how he’s changed.01702 351135May 20th8pm                Snowboy and the Latin SectionPalace Theatre, Southend on Sea, EssexAn evening of hot and sweaty Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa rhythms from Europe’s major Latin group. Truly international, they have played festivals, concerts and clubs all over the world in 32 countries so far.01702 351135May 24th7.30pm    Variety NightPalace Theatre, Southend on Sea, EssexIn aid of The Pat Smith Memorial Fund for Southend Hospital Oncology Unit. Featuring Bob’s Barbershop Boys, Fred Schofield, Ed Lice and the Nits, Star Struck Dance Club, Trillogy, RODS and Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir.01702 351135May 26th8pmBarry and StuartPalace TheatreStars of BBC1’s ‘The Magicians’ and winners of the World Magic Awards: Best Comedy Illusionists, twisted warlocks Barry & Stuart will be stunning audiences with their amazing new show, Show & Tell.  May 7th10.30am to 4pmHave a go at archeryHatfield Forest, near Bishop's StortfordJoin History Blooms and have a go at medieval archery.  Children aged 8 years and over and adults welcome to join in.  Happening on the arena, near the caf� and shop. Cost is �2 for 4 arrows.  No booking necessary.01279 870678 May 26th 11am to 4pmCar Boot SaleHatfield Forest, near Bishop's StortfordFamily friendly car boot sale for late risers.  Held in the heart of the Forest, near the lake and other facilities, no commercial sellers please. �10 car, �12 small van, �14 large van.  Booking essential for traders. 0844 259 1895 May 6th and 7th10am to 5pmSiege at Hedingham Castle Hedingham Castle, Hedingham, CO9 3DJThe Medieval Siege Society will again be laying siege to Hedingham Castle to recreate the medieval age. On both days there will be displays of medieval martial skills such as swordsmanship and archery, culminating in dramatic battle re-enactments. All through the day visitors will be able to walk around the battle camps and see what it would have been like to live on campaign; it will show all areas of military life. Hedingham’s court jester will be on hand to bring a smile to young visitors and you might even get a chance to test your coordination skills, The Royal Norfolk Longbowmen will be giving you the chance to try your arm at Archery and Lavenham falconry will be in the arena with their amazing birds. Admission: Adults � 10, Concessions �9, Children �8, Family Ticket �3601787 460261May 12th11am to 5pmThe Great British Cucumber FestivalWaltham Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1XQCelebrate local foods with all things cucumber! There’ll be local producers of jams, sausages, bread, cakes and a whole host of tasty goodies to try and things to do.Admission: Free May 19th11am to 4pmSailing Club Open DayKing George Sailing Club, Lea Valley Road, Chingford, Essex E4 7PXCome and try some of the exciting water sports on offer. For more information visit www.kgsc.org.uk.Admission: FreeMay 20thFrom 10amLee Valley 10k and Family Fun RunRiver Lee Country Park, Showground Site, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1ABAn event for all ages and abilities through the scenic pathways of River Lee Country Park. Why not challenge yourself to a 10k or come for a jog with the entire family.May 5th to 7th10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm)VE Weekend Secret Island-Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY May bank holiday sees our popular annual Second World War event with historical re-enactors, military vehicles, and spectacular air displays by a Hurricane on Sunday and the legendary Spitfire on Monday (both weather permitting). The Home Front during the war is also brought to life with music, dancing, theatrical performances, and foods of the period. Sunday and Monday afternoons will also features a noisy skirmish between the German and Allied re-enactors. 01992 707370 May 12th and 13th10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm)English Civil War Weekend Secret Island-Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JYTravel back to era of Cavaliers and Roundheads as the period of the English Civil War is brought to life by re-enactment groups. In addition to a skirmish battle there will also be the chance to find out about all aspects of the Seventeenth Century, home life, food, and music. There will also be lots for the children to do with craft activities and interactive shows and games. 01992 707370 May 19th and 20th10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm)Steam and Empire Weekend Secret Island-Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY The Gunpowder Mills reached world-wide importance during Queen Victoria’s reign. This weekend event explores the technology of steam power with live steam engine exhibits, as well as giving a taste of Victorian life both here at home and around the Empire through military and civilian re-enactment groups and entertainers. Meet Queen Victoria, or join in with a range of interactive shows and activities for both adults and children. 01992 707370May 26th and 27th10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm)Military Vehicle Secret Island-Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JYThis weekend the Mills are taken over by the clank and roar of the historic military vehicles of the North London Barmy Army. A wide range of military vehicles both wheeled and tracked from jeeps to tanks will be on display. Rides in some of the vehicles will also be available. 01992 707370April 20th to May 12thThe Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Queens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTEnter a crazy, funny world where people gamble everything in the pursuit of love! Competing to win fair Portia’s hand in marriage, handsome Bassanio must rely on a loan from the notorious Shylock. But love is a risky game when you can’t pay your debts. Will Shylock demand his pound of flesh? Admission: �15 - �24 or �14 for jump the Q season ticket holders01708 443333May 26th to June 16thPeter PanQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTEveryone will enjoy this enchanting new staging of J M Barrie’s timeless story, which has delighted children and adults for generations. Far beyond London’s starlit sky, a wondrous epic adventure awaits! Peter Pan and playful Tinker Bell whisk Wendy, John and Michael off to Neverland. In a magical world of eternal fun and games, they join The Lost Boys in battle against the villainous Captain Hook and his bumbling sidekick Smee. Join us on a thrilling journey to a place where imagination takes flight and dreams come true! A fantasy land of blue lagoons, swashbuckling pirates, tick-tocking crocodiles, mystical mermaids,  mischievous fairies and boys who never grow up.Admission: �14 - �2101708 443333May 5thTimes VaryAliens Love UnderpantsQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTStory Play by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. Part of a series of storytelling workshops based on popular children’s stories – packed full of fun and games kids will love. 9am: ages 5-6, 9.50am: ages 6-7Admission: �5 per session 01708 443333May 5th11.30amThe Magic and Mayhem Show!      Queens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QT                                                      Join Mister Magic and Miss Mayhem for an hour of crazy comedy, fast-moving magic and barmy balloon modelling.Admission: �5 adult, �5 child01708 443333Saturday 5 May 2.30pm Forces SweetheartsQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTSing along with our sweethearts! Everyone’s favourite songs from the wartime 40s made famous by Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields, Marlene Dietrich, Carmen Miranda, Anne Shelton and many more. Admission: �12.50 01708 443333May 6th7.30pmWorbey and FarrellQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTWell Strung! One of the world's most entertaining and unique comedy double acts, the internationally-acclaimed Worbey and Farrell (formerly known as Katzenjammer) as they make their exciting Queen’s debut. With FOUR hands on ONE grand piano, expect exquisite musical virtuosity, utter stupidity and razor-sharp wit, combined with a breathtaking display of gymnastic piano-playing talent. Admission:  �15, �14 concessions01708 443333May 7th7.30pmThe SearchersQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTThe legendary 60s band perform their classic hits and reminisce about a remarkable career now spanning five decades. Includes Sugar and Spice, Sweets for My Sweet, Needles and Pins and many more. Admission: �1801708 443333May 13th and 14th7.30pmUnforgettable Queens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTA back-to-back tribute to the musical legends of the 50s and 60s performed live by world-class singers and musicians! Relive the greatest hits of Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli, Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, The Carpenters, The Beatles, Patsy Cline and many more.Admission: �18, �16.50 concessions 01708 443333May 15th8pmThe Burlesque Show Queens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTWelcome to a stunning show of sophisticated tease, classic comedy, daring magic, and melodious music from the country’s finest artistes. This highly-regarded production will delight, excite and is guaranteed to refresh parts you never knew you had! With special guest, the amazing Channel 4 TV magician Paul Zenon.Admission: �18.5001708 443333May 17th8pm100 Years of Jazz Queens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTRichard Pite, Nick Dawson, Enrico Tomasso, Pete Long, Georgina Jackson and Dave Chamberlain take you on a journey from New Orleans to bebop, swing to Latin and hot to cool. Don’t miss this A to Z of jazz from Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller through Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.Admission: �1001708 443333May 18th3pmBallroom Blitz Tea DanceQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTWe welcome the Jeff Short Swing Band for a special Tea Dance with local choir Dawn Chorus, school children showcasing their talents and a few professional dancers to show you some steps!  Tickets are limited so please book in advance.Admission: �501708 443333May 19th6pmBackgammon for BeginnersQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTSo & So Circus tell the true story an extraordinary man and his life lived without a safety net.November 1976. A military jet arrives in London and a bemused looking Iranian man in flares steps on to the tarmac. He holds a single suitcase and blinks in this new land. Over the next few years his attempt to understand the differences between his past and present will lead to broken hearts, secret loves and multiple children. All this whilst jumping out of hotel windows, introducing backgammon to London bars and stopping trains with his bare hands.Admission: �12, �10 concessions, �10 under 26s and students01708 443333May 20th6pm and 8pmFirst Feat Queens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTTwo performances celebrating the creativity and diversity of young dancers in East London and Essex. If you are a dance group and want to perform then please contact 01708 462373 or email education@queens-theatre.co.ukAdmission: �601708 443333May 22nd8pm  Modeste HughesQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTBeautiful haunting melodies and sparkling guitar riffs from this award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist from Africa. Born in Madagascar and inspired by his mother’s singing as a child, Modeste’s infectious sounds have seen him featured on BBC Radio and perform to thousands at the famous Womad festival.Admission: �1001708 443333May 23rd8pmA Thorn in MidsummerQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTBy Philip AyckbournA semi-staged rehearsed reading performed by members of cut to the chase… Crop circles, Celtic rituals and midsummer passions fuel the drama in this new play by Philip Ayckbourn, son of celebrated playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Admission: �6 01708 443333May 24th8.30pmComedy Club in the FoyerQueens Theatre, Billet Lane  Hornchurch, RM11 1QTIvan Brackenbury * Josh Howie * Joe BorSide-splitting stand-up every month in the foyer with a top line-up of the best acts on the comedy circuit.Admission: �1101708 443333May 6th and 7th11am to 5pmKite FestivalLayer Marney Tower, Near Colchester CO5 9BB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fun for all the family. Why not bring along your kite and join in the day? Kite displays and workshops throughout the afternoon. No need to book. 01206 330784May 13th2pmTower TourLayer Marney Tower, Near Colchester CO5 9BB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Learn more about Layer Marney Tower and its history with an informal guided tour. Lasts approximately one hour. For all the family. No need to book. 01206 330784May 20th10.30am to 12.30pmTrail RunLayer Marney Tower, Near Colchester CO5 9BB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Family event. Walkers welcome. Open to all comers. In association with Colchester Harriers. No need to book. Tea Room open. Free with entrance ticket.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             01206 330784May 20thNoon to 5pmMusic and Beer FestivalFamily day out with music in the Courtyard and a fine selection of local beers and soft drinks in the Barn. Tea Room open. Free with entrance ticket. Layer Marney Tower                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Near Colchester                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CO5 9BB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       01206330784www.layermarneytower.co.uk Sunday 27th May,  12.00pm-5.00pmGARDEN DAYAn enjoyable day out for all the family with summer walks, garden tours and a special floral themed Tea Room. Free with entrance ticket. Adults �6.00, Children �4.00, Family 18.00    Kaffe Fassett Talk, 15th April - �10 Kaffe Fassett is one of the world’s leading textile designers. The Warner Textile Archive is very excited to announce his appearance in Braintree for a guest lecture titled ‘Concentrate on Colour’. Kaffe’s talk (at Bocking Arts Centre) is designed to inspire and motivate anyone with an interest in textile design. The presentation will showcase a selection of Kaffe’s latest projects, including patchwork quilt, fabric, needlepoint, mosaic, painting and knitting designs. Drawing great influence from his wide travels, Kaffe aims to empower others to develop their “mind’s eye”; his unique sense of colour is sure to rub off on all who attend.BOX OFFICE: please call us on 01376 557741 to place your booking.Festival of Britain 195114th September 2011 – 25th April 2012 (cabinet display)Warner & Sons wove and printed many of the fabrics for the Festival of Britain in 1951, and were proud to be chosen to design and produce the fabrics for the Regatta restaurant next to the Royal Festival Hall. 60 years on, this temporary display celebrates the company’s role in that vibrant cultural event.Talks on TuesdaysOnce a month the Warner Textile Archive will play host to a series of informal illustrated talks on artistic and historical topics. Admission will be �5 (including tea or coffee), and each talk will take place between 6:30pm and 7:30pm (doors open at 6:15pm) on the following dates:3rd April – The Festival of Britain and Warner & Sons in the 1950s (Charlotte Harding)1st May – Crittalls in Braintree (Robert Rose)12th June – The Jubilee Line: Designs for Coronations and Royal Occasions (Kate Wigley)Please call 01376 557741 to reserve your place.Our website and social media pages are another excellent way for people to stay in touch:www.warnertextilearchive.co.uk

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