If you're struggling to decide how to spend your free time this weekend, then why not take go along to one of our favourite activities and events taking place across Essex!
GRAND MEDIEVAL JOUST, LEEDS CASTLE
With mighty clashes and thrilling entertainment for all ages, the Grand Medieval Joust is one of the biggest events in the Kent calendar and returns to Leeds Castle this Bank Holiday Weekend (26th – 28th May). New for 2018, watch England compete against France in four new competitions. See the squires arm the English and French knights in full plate armour, before they battle it out to become victors in foot combat, skill-at-arms, melee and jousting challenges.
After a successful event last weekeend at the Brentwood Centre, All About Dogs will return to Essex at the end of May. The All About Dogs Show is about your dog having a great day out! Get them involved with a whole array of Have A Go activities. Let the dog experts and curators entertain you, with a weekend packed with world class arena displays and demonstrations. Every dogs a winner at All About Dogs, so prepare for your dog to be spoiled rotten with a vast array of canine products and services on offer. From gadgets to treats, this is a dog shopping paradise!
When: 27th - 28th May 2018
Where: London Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ, Tel: 01245 605500.
If you didn't know already, Essex is home to the UK's No.1 Free Admission Fun Park! And, this Bank Holiday it will be hosting a family fun fairytale dress-up weekend. Hubble bubble, toil and trouble, where the fairies dance and the wizard chuckles. Experience the magic, stay all day, enjoy the fun the Adventure Island way!
When: 26th - 27th May 2018
Where: Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, Tel: 01702 443400.
Winner of Best New Festival, Best Medium Sized Festival and Best International Festival, the dance, techno and house event, We Are FSTVL returns once more this summer after another record breaking sell-out success in 2017! Having grown year upon year, We Are FSTVL is now one of the biggest players on the dance festival circuit since its inception in 2013. With an incredible line-up consisting of Eric Prydz, DJ EZ, Mistajam, Bongo Ben and Spooky - get ready for biggest Essex rave of the year! Tickets still available.
Come with the family and experience the family favourite Paddington 2, which will be shown in Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens on their outdoor screen. Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop — the perfect present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy’s big celebration.