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What’s On - Issue 119

By Shannon Lynch - 24 October 2016

Find events in Essex for the whole family to enjoy.  Here are our highlights of things to do in the area over the next couple of weeks.

Events 25th October – 8th November

  • Halloween Sleepover at Layer Marney Tower, Colchester, 25th & 26th October

Not since Tudor times have people slept the night in the Long Gallery at Layer Marney Tower.  But now they are offering you the opportunity to do so.  Once the stables for Lord Marney’s horses with those looking after them bedding down on the floor above, it’s now transformed for 21st century use, with oak sprung floor and Tudor panelling. As you drop off to sleep will you hear the stamping of the horses’ hooves, the rustle of straw, or a distant neigh? Was that just the wind in the roof, or was it the creaking of a knight’s armour???

For more information click here.

  • Chilling Tales of Chelmsford at Chelmsford High Street, 27th & 28th October

This walking tour of the City describes the more unpleasant side of its history, featuring murders, ghosts, hangings, witchcraft and much more. An evening event not for the faint hearted! So what happened in Chelmsford to the wealthy landowner on his way to London? How did a protestant preacher end up facing a traitor’s death? If you would like to know more about the dark side of the history of Chelmsford and find the answers to these questions, then join them on this walk.

A word of warning though if you do not like stories of hangings, murders and of course ghosts then this walk is not for you!

For more information click here.

  • Halloween Movie Night and Bat Walk at Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Romford, 28th October

The family friendly cinema and bat walk evening is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. Bring along your carved pumpkin to enter into their pumpkin competition, and put on your scariest outfit to take part in the costume competition. The evening will begin with a spooky stroll through the park in search of bats. Afterwards you will make our way back to the visitor centre for the Halloween movie and popcorn!

For more information click here.

  • Billericay Fireworks at Lake Meadows Park, 5th November

The Billericay Fireworks event is organised by the Billericay Round Table each year in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Meadows. Attracting around 19,500 people from across Essex and beyond, it is an event for all the family with live entertainment, bonfire, fairground rides, delicious food, coffee outlets and even a mulled wine and mulled cider tent. They have two fantastic displays for you provided by inspirational professional fireworks company Spyrotechnics, runners-up in the 2015 national championships.

For more information click here.

  • Autumn Festival at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, 5th - 6th November

Head along to the RHS Garden at Hyde Hall to experience the best of autumn! You can enjoy many different demonstrations including horse logging, willow weaving, pole lathe turning and wood carving as well as woodland walks, live music and tasty food treats. It would make the perfect autumn day for all the family!

For more information click here.