October events in Essex

Discover things to do in Essex during October


Until 9 January 2013


Maldon’s Big Sing

The Plume School, Fambridge Road, Maldon CM9 6AB

Every Monday, the Maldon community choir is open to everyone - young and old! No auditions and no experience needed - just bring your enthusiasm! Singing funky, modern pop, gospel and contemporary songs that will leave you feeling uplifted!

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Admission: �5 a week 

01375 512292

Until 13 October

Time Varies


Queen�s Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane, RM11 QT

Welcome to the liveliest bar in town for a wickedly funny peek behind the pina coladas and plastic palms at Shakers Cocktail Bar. Meet Carol, Adele, Nicky and Mel on a night out to remember as our four long- suffering waitresses take you on a hilariou heart-warming journey through their lives, hopes, loves and dreams.


01708 443333


3 October


Kevin Bloody Wilson

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea

After first bringing his unique brand of Aussie humour to our shores more than 25 years ago, Kevin Bloody Wilson returns in 2012 for his Final concert tour of the UK & Ireland. Kevs top up tour will showcase the best of the little blokes 20+ albums and give the fans just what they've come to expect (and love) from their favourite Australian export; an irreverent, bawdy, politically incorrect night of Kev at his hilarious best.

Admission: �20.50

01702 351135


3 October


An Evening with Michael Pennington

Southend Central Library, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-sea, SS2 6EX

In his acclaimed one man show leading classical actor of Stage; Screen takes you on a vivid journey through the life work of William Shakespeare. His career has spanned 40 years of performing with The RSC, the National Theatre & his own English Shakespeare Company. Includes refreshments.

Admission: �10

01702 534 100


5 October


Anne Boleyn

The Old Court Theatre, 233 Springfield Road  Town Centre, Chelmsford, CM2 6JT

Compelling, witty and often laugh-out-loud funny, this celebration of a great English heroine, Anne Boleyn leaps cunningly between generations to the life and legacy of Henry VIIIs notorious second wife.

Admission: Prices Vary

01245 606 505

5 October


Des O’Connor

Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1SE

One night only, World-class star, ultimate entertainer, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a true show business legend live on stage for a wonderful evening of comedy, laughter and music.  Today established as one of the world’s most popular and best loved entertainers he has starred in his own mainstream television show every year since 1963 – longer than anyone anywhere in the world.

Admission: Adults �20, concessions �19

01255 686633


10 October


Al Lewis

High Barn,The Bardfield Centre, Great Bardfield, Essex, CM7 4SL

Al Lewis, is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter from North Wales whose sound is reminiscent of the classic singer-songwriters of the 70's delivered with a modern twist.

Admission:  �8.50

01371 811291


10 October


Off the Ball

The Towngate Theatre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL.

Hosted by Will Buckley with football-mad comedians Bob Mills and Ian Stone - stars of BBC Five Live's award-winning Fighting Talk programme. Off the Ball is a panel-show chat format that puts the boot into the beautiful game and has a laugh about it. Whatever fans are talking about, we'll be talking about it too. It's football punditry, for the fans and by the fans.Admission: Tickets �18, concessions �16.5001268 465465

11-13 October


Doubt – A Parable

Brentwood Theatre, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AG

Heads First Theatre feature In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Play by John Patrick Shanley, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.

Admission: �10

01277 200305

12 October


Barrull, A Flamenco Legacy

The Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1NF

‘Barrull, A Flamenco Legacy’ is a show that reflects Jairo’s unique gypsy flamenco upbringing and his very unique personal style of footwork.  A style that was pioneered by his father Ram�n Barrull at the end of the 70s and later adopted and extended by Jairo into his own style, a dance style that is followed by many young contemporary flamenco dancers today.   

Admission:  �15, concessions-�13

01206 500900


20 October


Bootleg Blondie

Holiday Inn, The Forest Suite, Brook Street, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5NF

Bootleg Blondie as Blondie - plus enjoy a 3-course meal and an after show disco!

Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original Blondie Bombshell and like her heroine is typically outrageous on stage.

Admission:  �32

0871 942 9012


25 October


Comedy Club in the Foyer

Queen�s Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane, RM11 QT

The funniest night out in town, with three of the very best stand-up comics in the country every month. Ivo Graham, John Robbins, Ben Norris. Acts contain strong language. Bars open at 6.30.

Admission: �11.50, �10 Concession

01708 443333


26 October


‘Frank Sinatra Tribute Night

Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester

Known as Britain's Number One Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes, David has toured Britain and beyond with his show. 'Frank Sinatra - His Way' and visited Denmark and Sweden with the 'Salute To Sinatra'

Admission:  �25 ticket & Meal Package, �12 Ticket Only

01206 755104


27 October


Autumn Concert

All Saints Church, Purleigh, CM3 6QJA mix choir, known as the C Dot Choir, will sing a large variety of songs for everybody. All proceeds will go to Essex Air Ambulance and in aid of the Purleigh Church. Includes light refreshments.Admission: Adults �8, concessions �701621 828727


28 October


The Jungle Book

Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1SE

Polka Dot Pantomimes (As seen on BBC's Dragons Den) presents... The Jungle Book.

Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louis and all your favourite characters in this perfect half term adventure that is suitable for children of all ages. This action packed show includes lots of audience participation, great songs to sing-a-long to and a wonderful story as Mowgli makes his way from being a man cub to a man.

Admission:  �40.00 Family of 4, �12.00 Full Price, concession, �10.00

01255 686633


Until 26 January

Times Vary

Reflections of the past

Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

Join us at Epping Forest District Museum for an exhibition of historic photographs of Waltham Abbey, collected by Raymond Sears. Ray was born and has lived in Waltham Abbey all his life and his collection of photographs came out of a desire to celebrate and share the photographic history of the town. Today, Ray stages exhibitions regularly in the town, and has published a number of books based on his collection.

Admission: Free



27 October


Autumn Fair

Mersea Island Museum Trust, c/o 54 Upland Road, Colchester C05 8DG

Come down to Mersea Museum fair with a variety of stalls, including general craft goods, gifts, Christmas cards and decorations. Also refreshments will be available too.



21 October

From 7.30pm

Richard DiganceWest Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-On-Sea, CO15 1LEMany people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin, Robin Williams or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen, Richard Digance has, and he's still doing it!

Admission: �16.50 Concessions �15.50

01255 474000


23-27 October


White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

It is often said of theatre that each performance is a unique event. Never will that have been more true than in the Mercury Studio Theatre. By Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, each performance will see a different Company actor do the bravest thing of their professional lives and step on to the stage to perform a script they have never seen before!

Admission: From �6.50

01206 573948

4 October

From 7.30pm

Roy “Chubby” BrownWest Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-On-Sea, CO15 1LERoy "Chubby" Brown returns with his bluest show yet! He’s still rude, he’s still crude and this time he’s turning headlines into punch lines as his rip-roaring brand of banter continues to burst bellies across the country. Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views and sailing so close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked! If easily offended please stay away!

Admission: �20

01255 474000

Until 6 October

Time Varies

Thames Titanics; Wrecks from the Estuary

Central Museum and Planetarium, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on- Sea, SS2 6EX

An exhibition featuring artifacts from the bed of the Thames telling the story of vessels lost to the treacherous waters.

Admission: Free


Until 7 October

Time Varies

Roman River Festival 2012

South Green Farmhouse Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex CO5 7DP

55 world class musicians, 32 composers, 14 concerts and a world premiere. Our very first orchestral concert, a Festival Choir, family concerts, and the wonderful Philharmonia Voices, along with our traditional offering of international quality chamber music.

Admission: Price varies

01206 729 356

Until 19 December


Boot Camp

Eastwood School, Leigh-on-Sea

Want to get fit, but bored of the gym and fancy something different? Try boot camp, a fun fitness club every Wednesday, for those aged 16 and above.

Contact for details



3 October


Wartime Murders

Essex Police Headquarters, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6DA

A talk on the war time murders, in Essex by Martyn Lockwood. With murders such as the Rayleigh bath chair and  Pamela Coventry, with many more stories. Includes light refreshments, booking is required,  also this is an adult event.

Admission: �3

01245 457 150


6 October


Barn Dance in aid of Helen Rollason

Woodham Walter Village Hall, CM9 6RF

Please join us for a great cause in aid of Helen Rollason, to help raise money for cancer.  The evening with include a live band, The Metric Footband, raffle and a night full of entertainment. Also bring your own food and drink.

Admission: �7

01621 859202


6-7 October

Time Varies

The Essex Food Show

Five Lakes Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester

Over 130 stalls, this is your opportunity to check out a vast range of really good food and drink, not usually available in your local supermarket. Rare breed meat producers, game, speciality sausages, smoked foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pickles, preserves and sauces, cakes, chocolates, locally brewed beers and cider, plus a wide selection of wines, spirits and lots, lots more.

Admission: Adults �4, children free

01621 773403


6– 28 October

Time varies

Jaywick Coastal Open

Jaywick Martello Tower, Jaywick, CO15 2LF

Jaywick is a small unique coastal village celebrated for its golden untouched beaches. The town was developed in the 1930's as a holiday resort for Londoners. The mixture of unique architecture and stunning coastline has inspired local and international artists creating an active arts scene. The Coastal Open is a celebration of local artists, giving a chance to display their talent in arts and crafts.

Admission: Adults �1, children free

01255 822783

13 October


Barleylands Farmers Market

Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD

Meet our local farmers selling a delicious range of fresh produce. From Bread, French pastries, Beef and wild boar, Pork, Lamb, Sausages, Fruit and vegetables, spices and plants. With many more fresh produce on offer.

Admission:  Free

01268 532253


19 -26 October

Times Vary

Adult Fright Night

Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EE

Enjoy ghostly tales after dark when the special Pier train will take you to the Pier head for some ghostly stories. Watch out behind you! You are invited to come in fancy dress!

01702 618747


20 – 21 October

Time varies

Grow Your Own Autumn Festival

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET

Celebrate everything that is autumn – wonderful colours in the garden, fresh fruit and vegetables and traditional country crafts. Admire colourful displays of pumpkins and apples; pick up gardening tips at our advice desk and stock up on locally produced food. Normal garden admission applies. Booking not required.

01245 400256

21 October


Wedding Fayre

Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney"�Nr. Colchester"�Essex C05 9USA

A great selection of exhibitors showcasing a wide range of professional wedding products and services - lots of inspiration for your special day!

Admission: Adult �1.50, children free

01787 269030


24 – 25 October

Time varies

Christmas Craft Festival Weekend

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET

Organised 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.

01245 400256

26 – 31 October



Cressing Temple Barns, Witham, CM7 8PD

Live action horror mazes. Booking essential. Not suitable for under 12's.Start time: various timeslots throughout from 6.30pm

Admission: Friday �13.95, Saturday until Tuesday �14.95, Wednesday �15.95

0845 603 7624


27 October


Vintage and Handmade Fayre

Maldon United Reformed Church, CM9 5PZ

Stalls of vintage clothing, accessories and home wares plus vintage inspired crafts. Authentic vintage tearoom serving homemade cakes all day.

Admission:  Free



27 October- 4  November


Mrs Crocombe, Audley’s End resident cook

Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Essex - CB11 4JF

This half term, come to Audley End and watch Mrs Crocombe – Audley End’s resident cook – make the most of the hunting season with her amazing recipes. Visitors can see the entire process of gaming, from the sky to the skillet as our falconers provide you with incredible arena displays that will teach you about the Victorian art of hunting and our cooks will show you how it would have been prepared.

Admission: All prices vary

01799 522842


Until 28 October

Times Vary

The Fry Menagerie  co-curated by artist Mark Hearld

The Fry Art Gallery, Castle Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1BD

This exhibition will focus on the creatures that appear in the artwork of a collection of about 12 or so artists including Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, Michael Rothenstein and others. Significantly, the exhibition will feature some of the artwork of the North West Collection that is rarely seen, and that is both more playful and colourful than some of the more "serious" exhibitions that have taken place in the past.  

Admission: Free

07956 195186


Until 31 October


Maldon Ghost Walks

Meet at All Saints' Church by the War Memorial

An evening of terrifying tales, from the tormented ghosts of former residents to the mysterious creatures dragged out of the estuary. For those who are not afraid of what goes bump in the night. Not suitable for disabled. Walk lasts one and three quarter hours. 

Admission: Adult �5, children (under 16) �3, under 5s free

07972 746078 

Until 4 November

Times Varies

Glasshaus VII

The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Off Elizabeth Way, Harlow CM20 2HP

An exhibition of works of art in glass, by distinguished artists including Peter Layton and the London Glassblowing team plus newcomers, recent graduates from the RCA and exhibitors at New Designers.

Admission: Free

01279 426042                                                                                                                 

Until 17 November

Times Vary

James Dodds RCA

Hayletts Gallery, Oakwood House, 2 High Street Maldon, Essex. CM9 5PJ

Sweeping lines, panoramic coastal views, boat building, seaside towns, myths and legends all feature in this artist’s pictures. However it is his passion for boats how they are made and their alluring shape, which really draws the viewer in.

Admission: Free

01621 851669


5 October


RHS Gardens Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane Rettendon Common, CM3 8ET

Enjoy the rich autumn tones of the garden for free!

Admission: Free

01245 400256


5-15 October


Basildon Art Trail

Basildon Town Centre, SS14

This year's Basildon Art Trail will be located across Basildon, Laindon and Pitsea, showcasing work by amateur and professional artists in prime retail, business and leisure venues throughout the borough. During the Art Trail visitors will have the opportunity to watch resident artists at work, fringe events and workshops across a variety of locations.

07970 332097


14-20 October

Times Vary

Royal Opera House Thurrock presents Exposure!

The Barns, High House Production Park, Purfleet, Essex RM19 1AF

On the 20th October, a new documentary by filmmaker Philippe Monnet, about the celebrated British photographer Clive Barda and followed by Q&A with Philippe Monnet. Also a film screening of Clive Barda, on 16th October is worth a view.

Admission: �3 (�2 concessions)

01708 892620


10 October

Times Varies

Thorpe Hall Garden

Thorpe Road, Longthorpe, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, PE3 6LW

Early c20th garden by Viscountess Byng, inspired by William Robinson. Viscount ‘Bungo’ Byng of Vimy became Governor General of Canada in 1921 and his wife plant-hunted through North America. Her tender plants and water gardens, his eccentric brickwork, Col Gavin Jones’ rock gardens, the tour is 1.5-2 hours and includes tea/coffee and cake.

Admission: �15

01206 573948

11-13 October


Illustrated Talk - 'Old Photographs of Purleigh and District'

Purleigh Village Hall CM3 6PB

Talk by local historian Michael Head in aid of Purleigh Church.

Admission: �4

01621 850739

17 October

7.30 pm

Our Mutual Friend

Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane, Ingatestone CM4 9NR

Myriad Productions return to Ingatestone Hall with their stunning new stage adaptation of Dickens' last completed novel, in honour of his double centenary.

Admission: �12/�10 Concessions

08444 771 000


19 October


Wood Carving 

Braintree District Museum, Silks Way, Braintree

Try your hand with wood carving with Peter Benson. This event is suitable for all, with the expectation of a finished piece at the end of the day!

Admission: �25

01376 557741

27 October


Off The Ball

The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Off Elizabeth Way, Harlow CM20 2HP

An exhibition of works of art in glass by distinguished artists including Peter Layton and the London Glassblowing team. As well as newcomers that includes recent graduates from the RCA.

Admission:  �17.50


27 October

9am- 3pm

Thames Barge Sailing Trip - Birdwatching Walk and Cruise

TOPSAIL CHARTERS Ltd"�Cooks Yard"�The Hythe"�Maldon"�Essex "�CM9 5HN

Fancy something different? Try this sailing adventure, which includes a light lunch with Essex Wildlife Trust. Join the barge for coffee, two-hour sail, lunch on board, optional guided walk along the sea-wall.

Admission: �30

01621 857567


29 – 31 October

Times Vary

Haunted Hedingham

Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ

How brave are you? Do you dare to attempt Hedingham's haunted walk? Can you make it round without waking the resident ghosts and ghouls? Will the scares be too much? Not for the faint hearted. Meet up with other survivors in the Keep for our true ghost stories. Booking is essential. Price includes a glass of Mulled Wine or soft drink.

Admission: �10 adult �8 children

01787 460261

31 October


Lantern Tour

Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney"�Nr. Colchester"�Essex C05 9US

Why not explore the Tower, Church and Grounds at night? Warm up with a complimentary glass of mulled wine or soft drink, before the fun begins…

Admission:  adults �8, children �5

01206 330784

Until 24 November


Jester’s Drama Club

Queen�s Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane, RM11 QT

Come join in on the fun with this weekly drop in drama workshops for ages 7-11.  All Saturday’s from 8th September till 24th November. Excludes 27th October.

Admission: �6

01245 457 150

2 October


Caterpillar Club

Langdon Nature Reserve 3rd Avenue Lower Dunton Road, Essex  SS16 6EB

A fun morning of outdoor activities, messy play and games for pre-schoolers.

With free playtime, with a walk on the reserve and the topic of the session will be Halloween. 

Admission:  �5 per child, �3 for additional siblings

01268 419103


5-7 October


Baby and Toddler Show- Glow

Blue Water

This fresh and exciting event will provide both new and expectant parents with everything they need to ensure they are informed and prepared for every aspect of parenthood. From the complete range of baby essential and unique useful products to free expert advice, The Baby & Toddler Show will provide plenty of inspiration.

Admission: Price varies


6 October


Down Memory Lane

Essex Police Museum, P0 BOX 2, Headquarters, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM26DA

Can you help us identity our photographs? We are looking to identify people, places and buildings to enhance the museum’s collection and need your help. Refreshments available.

Admission:  free

01245 457 150


6 October


Day Out With Thomas

Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DZ

This favourite engine and his friends visit the Colne Valley Railway. Entertainment includes: Ride in another Friend of Thomas, 'Daisy', 'Percy', 'Mavis', 'Toad', 'Terence', 'Mail Coach', Road Roller 'Trevor ',and 'Diesel'. Amongst other amazing actitives throughout the day.

Admission: Pre advance adult �12, concession �11, children �9

01787 461174

14 October

Victorian Sunday

Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DZ

Meet Queen Victoria on the Royal Train, sit in a Victorian classroom and take part in the music hall. All staff in costume and a reduced rate entry price for visitors in costume.

Admission:  Pre advance, adult �10, concessions  �9, children �6

01787 461174

16-17 October

Times Vary

The Sleeping Beauty

Queen�s Theatre Hornchurch, Billet Lane, RM11 QT

The Moscow Ballet introduces enchanting fairytale characters spring to life and Tchaikovsky’s rousing score fills the air as Russia’s finest dancers return for another glorious ballet that all ages will enjoy.

Admission:  �25 adult, child �16

01708 443333

20 & 27 October


Children’s Fright Night

Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EE

Enjoy ghostly tales after dark when the special Pier train will take you to the Pier head for some ghostly stories. Watch out behind you! You are invited to come in fancy dress!

Admission: Free

01702 618747

20 October – 3 November

Till 8pm

Children’s Ghost Train

Southend Pier, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea

Enjoy ghostly tales after dark when the special Pier train will take you to the Pier head for some ghostly stories. Watch out behind you! You are invited to come in fancy dress!

01702 618747


27 October

Fright Fantastic

Adventure Island, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea

Celebrate Halloween in style with us here at Adventure Island, activities include a Trick or Treat Door for the little ones and for those daring individuals you can enter our live action Scare Zone. Be sure to join in with the Halloween spirit by coming in Fancy Dress, it is an event not to be missed.

Admission:  Free

01702 618747

27 October


Wizards Evening

Colne Valley Railway"�Castle Hedingham"�CO9 3DZ

Ride the "Wizard Wanderer", if you dare!

Admission:  Entrance Price: Adults �5, Seniors �4, Child �3 or Family �16 (2 Adults & up to 3 Children)



27 October


Halloween Annual Family Event

Langdon Nature Reserve, 3rd Avenue Lower Dunton Road, Essex,SS16 6EB

Explore the woods after dark but look out for things that go bump in the night! Please come in fancy dress. Donation �6 per person, includes hot drink and biscuits. Booking is essential

Admission:  �6

01268 419103


29 October – 2 November

Times Vary

Barleylands October Half Term Spooky Animal Antics

As well as the normal activities in the Farm Park we will also have extra fun activities for the children to take part in. Cooking in the Barleylands kitchen. 3pm every day. Monday - Pumpkin Soup Tuesday - Scary Face Pizzas Wednesday - Autumn Muffins Thursday - Pumpkin Soup Friday - Scary Face Pizzas, Spooky trails with prizes. Make Spooky Masks and snakes alive.

Admission:  �8 children and �9 Adults

01268 532 353


31 October

10am- 4pm

Which Witch?

Essex Police Headquarters, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6DA

The which witch will use copies of an original 1970s identikit to help create photo fits - children can design any face they like by choosing eyes, noses and other facial features! This event is suitable for all ages and involves choosing and sticking (no cutting) and colouring in if you wish!

Design your very own witch or wizard from our spooky ID kit!

Admission:  �1

01245 457 150

31 October – 2 November


Barleylands Spooky Night

Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD

Exciting, scary and fun... Delve into the world of “Fright Farm”.

Experience live actors, dark creatures of the night, the thrilling train of terror and special effects. Watch out for witches and ghauls down the Spooky Walk, join the ghosts at their annual disco, trick or treat your way around the Craft Village and win prizes in the Ghastly Games. Snakes alive will be here every night, are you brave enough to handle the creepy crawlies!!!!

Admission:  �8.50

01268 532 353


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