There's lots going on around Essex this weekend,take a look at our pick of 10 things to do...
1. Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival takes place at the Colchester Arts Centre 12noon – 11pm every day until Saturday. More than 140 beers, real ciders and perries from around the country.
Entry free to card-carrying CAMRA Members, others Free 12 noon-3pm, £3 thereafter.
Accompanied children welcome until 6.30pm.
2 Alex Horne brings his Seven Years In The Bathroom show to the Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford
The award-winning star and co-creator of BBC Four’s comedy quiz show We Need Answers, has established a reputation among critics, comics and audiences as a thoughtful and original stand-up, writer and solo performer. Expect the ultimate stat-based, fun-packed thought-provoking experimentaland-
sometimes-stupid hour-long comedy show in which Alex aims to recreate your entire life in one hour. Starts 8pm. Tickets £12 on 01245 606505 or at www.chelmsford.gov.uk
3 Dancing At Lughnasa at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Until Saturday, June 16.
In the summer of 1936, in rural County Donegal, seven year old Michael lives with his mother, her four sisters and their older brother Jack, a missionary priest returned from Africa. Life is simple, making ends meet is hard, but when the sisters acquire their first wireless radio, what dreams do they dare to dream? Sue Lefton directs the Mercury Theatre Company in Brian Friel’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning play which premiered in 1990 and has been produced in the West End and on Broadway. This production contains smoking. Tickets from £9.50. For more information on performance times and to book call 01206 573948 or go to www.chelmsford.gov.uk.
4 Peter Pan, Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch Until Saturday, June 16.
JM Barrie’s timeless story, which has delighted generations, stars the Queen’s own actor-musicians, Cut to the Chase, in this new stage adaptation by celebrated children’s writer and former kids’ TV presenter Vicky Ireland MBE. Far beyond London’s starlit sky, a wondrous epic adventure awaits! Peter Pan and playful Tinker Bell whisk Wendy, John and Michael off to Neverland. In a magical world of eternal fun and games, they join The Lost Boys in battle against the villainous Captain Hook and his bumbling sidekick Smee. Performances at various times, tickets from £12, for more details call 01708 443333 or go to www.queens-theatre.co.uk
5 Kissing Angels at the Brentwood Theatre, Friday.
Purple Dreams Productions present Tobias Nicholls new comedy with a heart-warming climax in The Audrey Longman Studio. Angel has the perfect life. She has fame, fortune and a very wealthy fiancé. But when her uber-wealthy husband-to-be is killed off under suspicious circumstances, Angel finds herself penniless - and nobody wants to know! Only the school friend she used to bully relentlessly, a slightly crazed stalker, and a mysterious stranger will give her the time of day - but will they help her get her life back on track? Starts 8pm. Tickets £11 and £12 on 01277 200305 or go to www.brentwood- theatre.co.uk
6. Derren Brown at Cliffs Pavilion , Station Road, Westcliffe-on-Sea
Activity/attraction: Live performance
When: June 5, 7, 8
Highlights: Hypnotism and illusion by the world famous showman
Tickets/price: Various but selling out fast - check website
7. Join the Spy Academy at Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey daily until Sunday, half term fun for kids focusing on the top secret world of espionage, with special activitiesfor children of all ages, including spy trails and secret codes. Learn the skills required to be a secret agent, from secret writing to airsoft rifle shooting and take a ride on our military truck!
10am - 5pm (last entry 3.30pm). Call 01992 707370 for more information.
8. Visit the Marconi and the Sea Exhibition at Chelmsford Museum, today until June 12.
One of Chelmsford’s prime industrial landmarks, Marconi’s New Street factory, was opened one hundred years ago. It was the year of the Titantic disaster, when, on 14 April, some 700 people were saved thanks to the help summoned by Marconi wireless operators John George Phillips and Harold Bride. ’Marconi and the Sea’ marks this double centenary. It unravels the connections between Guglielmo Marconi’s early company and the needs of communication at sea and traces the story of the Marconi wireless operators of the Morse code era, and of the Chelmsford factories which manufactured their equipment.
9. Still want more Jubilee? 5212 - The Queens Diamond Jubilee Show at Harlow Leisure Zone brings over 150 performers together to sing and dance their way through six decades of music from 1952 to 2012.
10. House of Stand Up Charity Comedy Night at Hullbridge Sports and Social Club.
In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and featuring...Jim Smallman, Joe Rowntree, Matthew Osborn, Pete Beckley, Jo Public. Friday.