The Jubilee celebrations bring a long weekend of events and activities across the county. go! editor Darryl Webber
looks at what’s coming up in the next few days…
1 Head over to Hedingham Castle this Sunday and Monday for Medieval thrills and spills with a Royal Joust, archery, falconry and a jester to keep you entertained. There’ll be plenty of refreshments to keep you going too and the grounds are beautiful this time of year with the rhododendrons in bloom
2 There’s a Jubilee Picnic in the Park at Promenade Park, Maldon on Sunday with all sorts of fun and frolics including an It’s A Knockout competition, Punch and Judy show, children’s entertainers, live music, arts and crafts workshops, bouncy castles and fairground rides. Entry is free and it starts at 10am.
3 Hylands House and Park, Chelmsford is holding a Royal Knees Up and Diamond Jubilee Beacon Lighting event on Bank Holiday Monday with an afternoon community event including a 1950s style country fete, workshops and free entertainment, an outdoor big screen showing of Disney’s classic film Robin Hood at dusk then the lighting of the beacon after that. Keeping with the royal theme, Hylands are also holding open air screenings of The Queen on Sunday and The King’s Speech on Tuesday.
4 It’s Restoration time with a Cavaliers Jubilee event at target="_blank">Audley End House and Gardens
target="_blank">Audley End House and Gardensnear Saffron Walden on Monday and Tuesday when the royal court of Charles II comes to north Essex with music, puppet shows, militia demonstrations, a play and a royal procession
5 A four day feast of music is in store with FleeceFest at the Golden Fleece, Chelmsford from Friday through to Monday, with live music every night and during the day on Sunday and Monday. Some great local acts are playing and headlining on Monday night is cricketer-turned-blues musician Mark Butcher with Matt Taylor.
6 Prepare to be scared… Director Ridley Scott’s much anticipated Alien prequel Prometheus finally hits the film on Friday. Shot in 3D, it’s about a group of archaeologists and explorers who travel into deep space to try to find the origins of mankind and find a nasty surprise waiting for them. From the trailers, it looks brilliant and terrifying. Read our review here soon!
7 The http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/attractions/theatres-and-concert-halls/headgate-theatre/business-8525122-detail/business.html in Colchester celebrates its 10th anniversary this week by putting on a production of The Anniversary, appropriately enough. It’s the engrossing tale of a domineering mother and the attempts of hers sons to escape her toxic influence. Runs until Saturday.
8 Wickford four-piece The Milk are a band going places with a single out next month and their debut album due out in September. With their energetic soul and blues sound they put on a great live show and you can see them at Chinnery's, Southend, on Saturday before they head off on a UK tour.
9 If you want to get closer to nature this weekend, take part in the Wild Coast Paddle at Wallasea Island on Sunday. Enjoy the wildlife of this unique stretch of saltmarsh coastline by canoe or cayak on the eight mile route around the island. Find out more at www.rspb.org.uk/wallasea
10 Sparks Will Fly continues across Essex as the two fabled giants continue collecting glass beads on their tour around the county with Boreas Zephyr calling in at Rochford’s brilliant Wild Woods Day on Saturday from 11am-4pm and at Thurrock’s T-Fest on Sunday from noon until 8pm. Find out more at www.sparkswillfly.org.uk