What's on in West Essex

PUBLISHED: 14:09 11 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:51 20 February 2013

Music, theatre, family event, walks, talks gardens, exhibitions, and many more


MUSIC & theatre


3rd - 5th February
Early Doors Productions presents the comedic play, No Sex Please, We're British, at Brentwood Theatre, 8pm.
Admission: 10
01277 200305

4th February
Legendary Folk heroes,
The Phil Beer Band perform at Thameside Theatre, Grays, 8pm.
Admission: 17/12
0845 3005264


5th February
Luther Vandross Tribute Night at Holiday Inn, Brentwood, 8pm, plus enjoy a three-course meal and an after show disco.
Admission: 29.50 (table seating)
01621 890153


5th February
Expect a storming night of sounds from the 60s with The Mod All Star Band at Broadway Theatre, Barking, 8pm.
Admission: Adults 17.50, concessions 15.50
0208 5075607


9th February
Louise Jameson, probably best known as Rosa di Marco in EastEnders, presents Louise Jameson Pulling Faces at Harlow Playhouse, 8pm, where Louise plays 12 different characters in the course of one hour!
Admission: 14.50, concessions 12.50
01279 431945


10th February
Barry Collings Entertainments presents Bubl Fever With Rickie Arthur at Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm. He looks and sounds just like the Grammy award-winning singer, Michael Bubl.
Admission: 17.50, concessions 15,
under 21s 12
01279 431945


12th February
Having spent more than four decades entertaining soul music lovers the world over, The Three Degrees
are welcomed by Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm.
Admission: 29
01279 431945


13th February
Gerry Cross The Mersey at Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm, will take you through a musical journey of the life and times of one of the greatest 60s icons, Gerry Marsden.
Admission: 18.50, concessions 16.50
01279 431945


18th February
Relive the early days of Rock n Roll and the best of the 60s hits with Rock Around The 60s starring The Honeycombs and Vanity Fair at Thameside Theatre, Grays, 7.45pm.
Admission: 17.50/12.50
0845 3005264


18th - 20th February
Staging a classic whodunit plot, The Hollow By Agatha Christie is brought to the Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm, by the award-winning Global Productions.
Admission: 14.50, concessions 12
01279 431945


23rd February
The Kilkennys, Ireland's most exciting young folk and ballad group, come to the Towngate in Basildon, for a special show celebrating the music of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. 7.30pm.
Admission: 16.50
01621 890153


24th February
The Great American Soulbook, starring Gary U.S. Bonds and special guest Ben E. King comes to Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm.
Admission: 29
01279 431945


24th February
Legendary soul group,
The Three Degrees, return to the Towngate, Basildon, 7.30pm.
Admission: 17.50
01621 890153


25th February
Derek Acorah, one of the most time-honoured and respected spirit mediums in the UK today, will be at the Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm.
Admission: 18.50
01279 431945


25th February
It's fun all the way as the Purveyors of Cool bring alive the greatest music of the 20th century with The Rat Pack Show at Thameside Theatre, Grays, 7.30pm.
Admission: 18
0845 3005264



26th February
Miles Jupp, an award-winning standup comedian and actor, will have his audience in stitches at the Harlow Playhouse, 8pm, with his comedy act Fibber In The Heat.
Admission: 13
01279 431945


For the family


19th February
Opening weekend at Lee Valley Park Farms, Waltham Abbey. Meet all the animals, take a tractor and trailer ride and see cows being milked, 10am to 5pm.
Admission: Adults 7, concessions 5.60
08456770600


21st - 25th February
Adventurous activities including kayaking, sailing, climbing, bell boating and caving at Herts Young Mariners Base, Cheshunt, 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Admission: 12 to 23. Booking essential.
08456770600


22nd February
Half-term fun for children aged four to eight years as the Peoples Theatre Company presents How the Koala Learnt to Hug, a charming tale about the magic of family care at Thameside Theatre, Grays, 2pm.
Admission: 4
0845 3005264


22nd February
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford sees families gather for some good old-fashioned fun to make a scarecrow during the half-term. Bring along some old clothes to dress your scarecrow. Pre-bookable sessions at 10.15am, 12.15pm and 2pm
Admission: 7 per scarecrow kit, plus normal garden admission applies on the day. Booking essential.
0845 6121253


27th February
Back by huge popular demand, High School Rocks is a high energy, interactive production at Harlow Playhouse, 2.30pm, featuring tributes to the very best hits from all three High School Musical films, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock
and Glee.
Admission: 14, concessions 12
01279 431945


Walks talks, gardens & exhibitions


6th February
Take a walk in the beautiful 1,000-acre River Lee Country Park and discover a world of lakes, waterways, green open spaces and countryside areas. 10.30am to 12.30pm, meet at Fishers Green Car Park.
Admission: free
08456 770600


6th February
Join the Forest Keeper, Michael Collins on this New Year Walk around Epping Forest, 9.30am to 1pm.
Admission: Free,
booking essential.
0208 5080028


6th February
Celebrate World Wetlands Day with Lee Valley Park's monthly walk, 10.30am to 12.30pm, meeting at Fishers Green Car Park in Waltham Abbey. Suitable for everyone.
Admission: Free
08456770600


10th February
Join the head gardener for a behind the scenes presentation on the progress of the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration programme of the beautiful Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield. The presentation takes place from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Admission: 5.40, concessions 3.80.
Booking essential.
08456770600


12th February
British Iris Society Early Spring Show at the beautiful Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield, From noon to 4pm.
Admission: 5.40, concessions 3.80
08456770600


12th February
Join the senior gardener on a guided snowdrop and hellebore walk through the stunning Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield to discover some of its winter treasures, 1pm to 3pm.
Admission: 5.40, concessions 3.80. Booking essential.
08456770600


Until 20th February
Matrix is an exhibition of prints and their making by Liz Boast at The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow.
Admission: Free
01279 426042


From 24th February
Things I Wouldn't Like to See in the Sky is an exhibition by Chris Roskell
at The Gallery at Parndon Mill in Harlow. Tuesday to Friday
10am to 6pm, Saturday noon to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 4pm.
Admission: Free
01279 426042


25th February
The invention of the printing press transformed 16th and 17th century communication. Find out how books were made and about the book printed 400 years
ago by visiting The Printed Word at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, Waltham Forest.
Admission: Free
0208 5080028


25th February
A talk on Middlesex Vernacular Buildings by Chris Willey at Wesley Hall, Loughton.
Admission: Free
0208 3031452


General Interest


3rd - 5th February
Winter Beer Festival
in Chelmsford Town Centre.
Admission: Free
01245 283 400


13th February
Opened by Olympic ice dance champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in 1984, the Lee Valley Ice Centre in Leyton, will be holding romantically- themed ice skating sessions with a Valentines Disco Skate from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
Admission: 6 per person including skate hire
020 8533 3154


22nd, 23rd & 24th February
As part of the Rochford Council's portfolio of play projects funded by the Big Lottery, a synthetic ice rink is touring the District at Riverside Junior School, Hullbridge and Rayleigh Primary School in Rayleigh. 10am to 4pm.
Admission: Free. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.Ice skates will be provided.
01702 546366


23rd February
Victorian Criminal Photo Shoot at Essex Police Museum, Chelmsford. Drop in from 11am to 4pm to dress up as a Victorian criminal, see a cell and learn about the punishments they would have received back in the 1800s.
Admission: 1 per child taking part (Ages 5+), no need to book
01245 457150


20th February
Enjoy this free Wedding Fair at Gilwell Park in Chingford
from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
Admission: Free
020 8498 5300

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