Essex events for June

The What's On Diary for June

Music and Dance

10th JuneLunchtime Concert, 1pmUnited Reformed Church, Market HillIan Kelleher and Sue Wlliams entertain on the guitar, with works by William Lawes, Carulli, Debussy and Koshkin.Admission: Free, but donations welcome01621 858178

12th June Sing A CapellaSt Peter’s Church, Bradwell on SeaA singing workshop covering a variety of uplifting songs in a beautiful church setting.Admission: �29 including refreshments, music and high tea. 01621 776788

12th JunePeople of the Green7.30pmHoly Trinity Church, Pleshy Summer concert, in aid of The Retreat featuring a variety of music and songs for a relaxed evening. Admission: �8 for adults, including wine. �5 children.

19th JuneMusic For a Summer’s Evening7.30pmThe Cliff’s Pavilion, SouthendThe Essex Federation of Women’s Institutes presents an amazing concert featuring the world-renown performer, Aled Jones, along with The Southend Band and The Southend Festival Chorus. Admission: �28.5001702 291203

24th JuneBlack Umfolosi 5, 8pmQueens Theatre, HornchurchThis internationally-acclaimed dance sensation from Zimbabwe have been wowing audiences for 25 years and now arrive in Essex. Similar to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, they bring you sweet sounds of a cappella and gospel, dispersed with energetic African dance.Admission: �15 for adults, �12.50 for children01708 443333

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24th, 25th, 26thand 27th JuneLeigh Folk Festival.Various timesLibrary Gardens andOld LeighThis spectactular four-day event is the largest free folk festival in the UK. Taking place in various locations, more than 53 acts will entertain the crowds and children can learn Morris dancing on the Saturday.Admission: Free01702 715111

26th JunePianist Ivan Llevelyn-JonesGates open 6pm for a 7pm start Copped Hall, EppingIvan was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music and has won many awards for music and piano excellence. He comes to Copped Hall with a wide repertoire, including keyboard music from the Baroque Era to the present day.Admission: �12.5001992 571657

26th JuneClub Classic ConcertGates open 5.30pm Hylands Park, ChelmsfordA fantastic evening of the very best of 80s and 90s popular music. Including The Gibson Brothers, Sonique and Billy Ocean.Admission: �28 adult,�15 children 08712 2241113


8th to 12th JuneSweet Charity8pm (3pm matinee)Brentwood TheatreA funny recollection of memories of a girl trying to find love filled with upbeat songs that are reminiscent of the 1960s.Admission: �13 to �1601708 700625

10 JuneMacbeth7.30pmBridge End Gardens, Saffron WaldenCritically-acclaimed touring company The Pantaloons present Shakespeare’s famous tale of murder and madness. Fun for all ages is on offer during this open-air performance with live music, audience interaction and puppetry.Admission: Free01799 528406

13th JuneRomeo and JulietGates open 5pm, play 6pm-9pmThe Temple Enclosure, Wanstead ParkThis Shakespearian classic involving the renown lovebirds is performed in a beautiful venue. Just relax with a picnic and enjoy the show.Admission: �9.95 adults, �4.95 children 3 to 16, �1.95 children under 30208 508002813th JuneRobin Hood6pm to 8pmMarks Hall Gardens, CoggeshallThe Cambridge Touring Theatre shows its production of Robin Hood in the beautiful Marks Hall Gardens, telling this classic story through song, dance, music and comedy. Children will also get the chance to participate in a 45-minute workshop to run alongside the show. Bring a picnic and enjoy a family day out. Admission: Adults �10, children/concessions �8, family tickets �3001376 563796

14th to 19th JuneInside Job7.30pmMercury Theatre, ColchesterA luxury lifestyle on the Costa Del Sol is swept away for a man after he meets a beautiful women, who throws him into a murky world of murder, diamonds and deceit.Admission: �9.50-�20.5001206 577006

20th JuneTheatre in the Garden present Wind in the Willows performed by the Chameleons web theatre companyGates open at 6pm for a 6.30pm startLayer Marney Tower, near ColchesterCome and join Mole, Ratty, Gruff Badger and Toad in this outdoor production that will surely be a family favouriteAdmission: �10 adults, �8 children, �30 family01206 330784

20th JuneGreek Theatre Players present Henry VI part 2Gates open at 3pm for a 4pm startCopped Hall, EppingThe story of the young king starts with his arranged marriage to Margaret D’Anjou, allowing a series of unruly events. An exciting and rare performance of this Shakespearean classic.Admission: �10 01992 571657

27th May until 12th JuneKing David – Man of Blood7.30pmMercrury Theatre, ColchesterThis play rejuvenates a Biblical tale with a modern twist where horror, tragedy and humour co-exist with love and beauty.Admission: �8.50-�19.50 with concessions available01206 577006

28th and 29th JuneShakespeare’s Globe on Tour presents Comedy of Errors, 7pmHedingham CastlePerformed on an Elizabethan-inspired stage, the famous theatre go on the road to put new life into this anarchic and funny play.Admission: �5-�25 dependent on seat


1st JuneForest Explorers –Minibeasts Family Event1pmEpping Forest Field CentreA wide range of exploratory fun that will teach children everything there is to know about nature through fun and sensory games and activities.Admission: �4 per person020 8502 8500

1st JuneMagic Master Class and Magic ShowMaster Class 9.30am and 3.15pm, magic show 2pm and 4pmHylands ParkLearn balloon modelling and close up magic to dazzle family and friends Ideal for children aged eight to 11.Admission: �19 for workshop, �6 for show 01245 605555

2nd JuneMinibeast Clay Worshop10am to 12.30pmStables Visitor Centre, Hylands ParkMake your own clay minibeast to take home and paint.Admission: �901245 605555

2nd to 6th JuneTime Travellers Go......Horsing Around!10am to 5pmAudley End HouseLearn about horses down the centuries through hobby horses, a gymkhana, chivalry drill and designing your own horse brass, as well as other activities.Admission: Adult �11.90, child �6, concessions �10.10, family �29.8001799 522399 

3rd JuneJewellery workshop10am to 3pmStable Visitor Centre, Hylands ParkBring a packed lunch and enjoy making many different sparkly pieces. For children eight to 16 years.Admission: �3001245 605555

3rd JuneSafaris – Holiday Activities10am to noon and 2pm to 4pmEpping Forest Field CentreA chance for children to be entertained during half-term to learn about different animals through lots of different activities.Admission: �6 per child0208 5028500

4th JuneMaking Faces –Arcimboldo Art 1pm to 4pmQueen Elizabeth Hunting LodgeLearn about the XVI artist and make your own ‘veggie face’ using the decoupage technique.Admission: Free 0208 5080028

4th JuneNewts, Frogs and Toads 2.30pmEpping Forest Field CentreA chance to get to know all about the amphibians through activities and investigation.Admission: �4 per person0208 5028500

5th JuneWildlife Fun day10am to 5pmChelmsford MuseumA chance to catch up with all the animals and activities in a lively family fun day.Admission: Free, but donations welcome.01245 475498

12th, 13th, 19th and 20th JuneA Day Out With ThomasColne Valley RailwayA chance to ride on everyone’s favourite blue train and meet the other Thomas characters. Also includes games, face painting and souvenirs.Admission: �12 adult, �9 child, family �4501787 461174

13th JuneOpen Day – Petunia’s Pick of the Month10am to 5pmLee Valley Park FarmsA free day with all the animals, plus a chance to see cows being milked, take a tractor ride, see ferret and pig racing and see the piglets in the tractor barn.Admission: Free01992 892781

20th JuneFather’s DayColchester ZooCome and celebrate dad’s day at Colchester Zoo, where Eddie the Eagle will be challenging the zoo’s Polly the Parrot to a football match. You can also make a card for dad and learn about the dads of the animal kingdom.Admission: Adults �15.99, children �9.50, seniors �11.99 01206 331292

27th JuneThe Squire and Princess Parade10am to 5pmHedingham CastleThe Lord and Company of Saint Joseph come to the castle. Children have the chance to meet the court jester, learn to be a squire or be a princess for the day. Come in fancy dress for the chance to win a prize.Admission: Adults �8, children �6, concessions �7 01787 460261

General Interest

5th and 6th JuneWeekend Special: Movement of the Spheres1pm to 4pmQueen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, Epping ForestCraft activities based on Copernicus’s new vision of the Solar System, published in 1543, the year the hunting lodge was built.Admission: Free0208 5080028

5th and 6th June Little Bentley Hall Waterways & Garden Show10am to 6pmLittle Bentley Hall, near Colchester off A120/A133Attractions include open gardens, an art exhibition and the chance to have antiques valued. Hot and cold food available and afternoon teas in some of the gardens.Admission: Adults �7, children under 15 free07802 282193

13 JuneBlackwater Country Show10am to 5pmRook Hall, MaldonCelebrating its fifth year, the Blackwater Country Show has become one of the highlights of the Essex calendar. Two picturesque lakes within 30 acres of land provide the ideal setting for this country show.  Admission: Adults �8, concession �6, children �4 01621 858150

18th June-11th July (weekends)Thaxted FestivalThaxted ChurchThis year Thaxted Festival takes on the theme of ‘Victorians and their contemporaries’ with a collection of composers and concerts including Chopin, Stanford, Sullivan, Tchaikovsky and Stainer as well as Victoria’s favourite composer Mendelssohn opening festivities.Admission: Prices vary 01371 831421

26th JuneSpecial Senses DayColchester ZooAll displays will be signed for the deaf with special meet and greet staff for the lesser able guests. Admission: Adults �15.99, children �9.50, seniors �9.5001206 331292

Gardens & Wildlife 

4th June and 6th JuneThe Limes for NGS6pm to 9pm on 4th June2pm to 6pm on 6th JuneEast HanningfieldAdmission: �3, child free01799 550553

6th JuneEast Bergholt Open Gardens11amEast BergholtVarious gardens around East BergholtStunning gardens open to the public, with homemade teas, plant sales and a lucky draw available, among other attractions.Admission: �501206 298954

6th JuneFriary Walled Garden Open Day, Maldon 10am to 4pmHosted by Maldon & Heybridge Horticultural Society, this is a chance to view the recently restored garden in the centre of the town. This year it supports Christian Aid.Admission: Free01621 741234

Weekends in JuneThe Old School House 2pm to 6pmGreat BentleyAdmission: �3, chid free6th JuneFriary Walled Garden open day 10am-4pmFriary Walled GardenHosted by Maldon & Heybridge Horticultural Society, a chance to view the recently restored beautiful garden in the centre of the town. This year it supports Christian AidAdmission: Free01621 741234

6th JuneGarden Open day “Through the Seasons”2pm-5pmCopped Hall, EppingA chance to look around the beautiful garden  and to talk to the gardeners with tea, coffee and homemade refreshments available in the Raquets Court.Admission: �3.50 per person 01992 571657

11th JuneGuided Twilight Walk8pm-10pmMeet at the Knighton Wood Car Park, Epping ForestJoin the senior forest keeper for a walk around Knighton Wood and Lord Bushes to find out about all the wildlife and conservation.Admission: Free020 85080028

12th and 13th JuneIdentification of ecology of grasses, sedges and rushes9.30am onwardsEpping forest field centreWork through the many different types of growth that appear alongside riverbanks and in fields. (Adults only)Admission: �90 for the weekend0208 5028500

19th JunePond Invertebrates9.30am onwardsEpping Forest field centreFind out more about pond invertebrates with activities, viewings and talk to the experts. (adults only)Admission: �390208 5028500

19th and 20th JuneGreat Totham Open gardens weekend11am-5pmGardens around Great Totham, MaldonA variety of well kept gardens, with light refreshments, cream teas and a treasure hunt for the children. Admission: �4 adults, children free01621 891513

20th JuneDiscovering Wild Flowers9.30am onwardsEpping Forest field centreFind out more about the many varieties and species of the forest in this special workshop. (adults only)Admission: �350208 5028500

20th JuneSpecial Sunday OpeningsNoon to 6pmGardens of Easton Lodge Little Easton near Great DunmowA 23-acre haven, notable for its natural beauty and ever-changing landscape. Picnics are welcome with homemade refreshments on sale during opening hours.Admission: Adults �2.50, children free 01371 876979

21st JuneThe Longest Day guided walk7pm-9pmMeet at Lodge Road Car Park, Epping forestA leisurely walk around Epping Forest at the beautiful time of midsummer.Admission: Free0208 5080028

27th JuneTheydon Bois Open Day11am-5pmVarious gardens in Theydon BoisMany beautiful gardens will be open for the public to look at. With Ploughmans lunches and cream teas being served in the village hall. With songs of praise held in grounds of the village hall at 5pmAdmission: Adults �401992 815982


5th to 27th June1886 – Watercolours For A Temple VisitNormal opening hoursThe Temple, Epping ForestA charming look at an album full of forest prints.0208 5080028

6th JuneClassic and Vintage Car Show 10am to 5pmHedingham CastleA day out for all the family.Admission: Adults �8, children �6, concessions �7, family �2801787 460261

7th to 26th JuneSilver Event During opening hoursThe Gowan Gallery, SawbrideworthA superb selection of silver jewellery as part of National Silver Week 2010 at the contemporary design studio and contemporary jewellery store. 01279 600004

12th June until 4th JulyMaldon Arts FestivalVarious venues in MaldonA celebration of visual arts, music, dance, theatre, vocalists and artworks in venues across Maldon.Some attractions require admission. Prices vary 01621 856526 12th and 13th JunePop-Up Exhibitionof Fine Art 10am to 6pmDedham Assembly RoomsAn exhibition bringing together the finest contemporary artistic talent in the East of England. 01206 322 025

16 JuneHoliday Delights and Postcard Memories2pm to 3.30pmAn interesting collection of pictures and postcards, celebrating how people enjoyed themselves in Epping Forest 100 years ago.0207 3323851

20th May to 27th JuneDrawing From LifeNormal opening timesParndon Mill GalleryA collection of works involving life and living things.Admission: Free01279 426042

20th JuneEast Essex Heavy Horse Show10am to 5pmLangford Museum of PowerAn exhibition of the heavy horse breeds.Admission: Adults �5, senior citizens �4.50, children �301621 843183

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