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What’s on in Essex (8)

14 May 2015

What’s on in Essex

Are you looking for something to spruce up the next month? Here’s our roundup of things to see and do.

Volunteering Day

Thursday 21st May

Bedfords Park Walled Garden, Havering atte Bower

Volunteer 'members' help grow food, keep fit and improve their health and wellbeing through being in a natural environment and part of a small community.  The aim of the project is to restore the Georgian garden and turn it into a community food growing hub. Volunteer gardeners help to grow food on the site in the polytunnel and in growing beds. All work is assessed specifically to the individual. No experience necessary. 

Bedfords Park Walled Garden has developed over the last 2 years with a Lottery Food Grant which ended in March 2014. Now secured is also a new Big Lottery Reaching Communities Grant up to the end of 2017. 
To find out more, click here.

Essex Outdoor Cinema – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Saturday 23rd May

RHS Hyde Hall, Chelmsford

Essex Outdoor Cinema brings the cinematic classic E.T. to the beautiful surroundings of RHS Hyde Hall.

Bring a blanket, a picnic, and your friends and join the crowds for a magical evening under the stars. There will also be wonderful pre-show entertainment. Tickets £12.

This night is brought to you in partnership with Essex Outdoor Cinema and RHS Hyde Hall.

For more information or to book tickets, please click here.

Give a Hand for Conservation

Saturday 23rd May – Sunday 31st May

Colchester Zoo, Colchester

Celebrate the achievements of breeding programmes and give a big hand for conservation!

Join the fun this half term for a series of events all about animal babies and the breeding of endangered species. Find out about some of Colchester Zoo's own breeding success stories at keeper encounters, take part in the 'Zoo Babies Trail' and visit the Nature Area! Stop by the Zoo Babies hub, where you can take part in lots of games and activities about breeding programmes and animal babies!

For more information, click here.

Jester School at Cressing Temple Barns

Wednesday 27th May – Thursday 28th May

Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree

Take part in all the fun at Cressing Temple Barns. You can attend Jester School and learn the skills needed to be a Jester; develop your juggling, spin plates and throw a club. Learn from the best with an international Jester. Watch him spin a tale and work the crowd; listen to the tales from the castle. During your time at Cressing Temple Barns, you can partake in Jester themed crafts, make a scratch art magnet, a mask, a hat and Jester prop and even follow Cressing Temple Barns Jester trail. There is also a themed shop on site.

For more information, please click here.

Learn to Stand Up Paddle (SUP)

May 30th, June 7th, June 13th

Various locations in Essex

Frangipani SUP will teach you how to stand up on a paddle board for the very first time and then get paddling on the beautiful and tranquil River Chelmer, part of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation running from Chelmsford to Heybridge Basin, in Essex.  Frangipani SUP lives on its banks, paddle on it all the time and know it all extremely well!  

Frangipani SUP are proud to be a recognised British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) paddle board school. They strive professionally to promote the sport and have very high safety standards, plus are qualified to teach, assess and award riders with the BSUPA Level 1 Certificate, ‘Ready to Ride'.

Stand up paddle (SUP) board riding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the UK.  You stand on a specially designed board, put on a lightweight, easily detachable velcro ankle or calf leash and you hold a single paddle in both hands. You change the paddle from one side of the board to the other as you paddle and steer your board through the water.  Most people can master the basic strokes in just an hour or two!

For more information, just click here