The temperature is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, but there is still plenty to get you out and about in Essex this Autumn. Whether it’s fun pursuits with your grandchildren or hitting the dancefloor of an evening you’re sure to find something on the calendar to suit your taste.

Food & markets

Chelmsford preloved vintage Kilo – 23 October, Chelmsford Cathedral

Shop for preloved retro and vintage clothes at this unique event at Chelmsford Cathedral. You pay for items by the Kilogram and at £15 per Kg not only could you get some great bargains, but you’re also helping the environment by giving clothes a new lease of life. Entry is £1.50 (or £2 for a ‘green’ ticket which also plants a tree), book here. Book here or pay at the door.

Essex vegan festival –  27 November, Colchester Charter Hall 

Including 60+ vegan stalls, this event is £4 or £15 for a VIP ticket which includes fast-track entry and a goody bag with vegan products, samples and discounts. Find out more and book here.

Essex Festive Gift & Food Show 2021 – 6 & 7 November, Brentwood Centre
The biggest and best Christmas shopping fair in Essex’ was postponed last year but it’s back this year with two days of festive shopping and fun. Packed with Christmas gift ideas for all the family and delicious festive treats it’ll get your Christmas shopping off to a head start. Find out more here.


Barn Dance – 15 October, Bocking

If a country-style ‘hoe-down showdown’ sounds good, don your checked shirt and head to Bocking hall. There will also be food, a bar and a raffle, all in the name or raising money for Home-Start Essex. Book here.

24 October – Jason Donovan – Charter Hall, Colchester 

Performing some of his biggest hits and songs from musicals, accompanied by a live band, the ‘Even more good reasons to tour’ is sure to be a great evening of entertainment from the multi-talented star. Book tickets here

Halloween fun

Creepy Crown Street – 30 October, Brentwood

Chicken & Frog bookshop on Crown Street are hosting a family-friendly Halloween party from 10am to 4pm which includes spooky storytime, face painting, crafts, games and refreshments. Attendees are strongly encouraged to adorn a spooky outfit and take part in their fancy dress parade. Find out more here.

Pumpkin picking

We’re lucky to have some great local farms growing pumpkins this year for picking. Hatters farm has over 25 different varieties and is opening some evenings for ‘pumpkin nights’ to pick your pumpkins and experience their maize maze in the dark (don’t forget a torch!) – they also have a pumpkin cannon! Cammas Hall has scary Halloween characters, a craft tent and a ‘wicked walkway’,  meanwhile, Marsh Farm’s Pumpkin village has various events throughout October including a funfair, dog-friendly dates and days dedicated for those with special educational needs. If you prefer something a little quieter, you’ll also fund pumpkins at Foxes Farm, cobbs farm and Hurleys Pumpkin Forest.


Family Fireworks night – 5 November, Holly Trees Primary School, Brentwood.

Head to Holly Trees Primary school for their annual fireworks display. Featuring a 15-minute firework extravaganza from Fireworks Crazy. Food, hot drinks, face painting and glow toys will also be available to purchase on the night. Discount advance tickets are available or pay at the door.

Fireworks Extravaganza – 5 November, The Woodford Wells Club, Woodford

The Woodford Wells Club are hosting a fireworks extravaganza with a professional display by The UK Fireworks Company. Food and drinks will be available along with entertainment for children. Book here.

Something different

Stargazing Evening – 29 October, Markshall Estate, Coggeshall

Get ready for a night under the stars. Learn how to use astronomical equipment with experts from the North Essex Astronomical Society who will be on hand to answer questions and provide interesting talks throughout the evening. Find out more and book here.

November concert – 13 November, Brentwood Cathedral

Attend this evening concert to enjoy Gjeilo – Sunrise Mass, Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine and Fauré – Requiem in the surroundings of the beautiful Brentwood Cathedral, presented by The Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society. For booking information see here.

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