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

Christmas lights

Christmas gift & food fair – 27 & 28 November, Chelmsford City Racecourse

This fair is one of the best in the county. Shoppers can enjoy a variety of different stalls from homemade crafts, food stalls, Christmas gifts, toys and more. You can also enjoy a mulled wine or two along the way. Book your tickets here.

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.



Glow 2021– 10 November – 18 December, Hyde Hall

Take a journey through a twilight trail of Christmas lights around RHS Garden Hyde Hall. You can warm yourself up on route with a delicious treat from the food and drink stalls. This enchanting experience is perfect for a family evening out. Find out more and book here.

Omid Djalili – 27 November, Cliffs Pavillion Theatre, Southend-on-Sea

From Hollywood films to appearing on our screens every day on quiz show Winning Combination the talented multi-award-winning comedian, Omid Djalili is back on stage bringing us laughs a minute in his latest show The Good Times Tour. Tickets are available here.

Russel Watson – 28 November, Cliffs Pavillion Theatre, Southend-on-Sea

Celebrating 20 years since his debut album THE VOICE was released, Russel Watson brings a selection of his most-loved songs to the stage. Accompanied by a choir and orchestra and featuring Caruso, O Sole Mio, Il Gladiatore, Nessun Dorma, You Are So Beautiful, Someone to Remember Me and Faith of the Heart you’re certainly in for a treat. Book tickets here.


Something different

Forest sky at night

Tim Peake, My Journey to Space –  12 November, Cliffs Pavillion Theatre, Southend-on-Sea

Join world-famous European Space Agency astronaut Sir Tim Peake for the evening as he shares insights about his life as an astronaut and being the first British man to visit the International Space Station to conduct a spacewalk. He’ll share breath-taking photographs and never-before-seen footage, it’s a night not to be missed – but if do miss it, worry not, he’ll be back at the theatre again on 1 March 2022. Find tickets 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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