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.
Legendary Folk heroes,
The Phil Beer Band perform at Thameside Theatre, Grays, 8pm.
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)
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
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
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
Having spent more than four decades entertaining soul music lovers the world over, The Three Degrees
are welcomed by Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm.
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
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.
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
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.
The Great American Soulbook, starring Gary U.S. Bonds and special guest Ben E. King comes to Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm.
Legendary soul group,
The Three Degrees, return to the Towngate, Basildon, 7.30pm.
Derek Acorah, one of the most time-honoured and respected spirit mediums in the UK today, will be at the Harlow Playhouse, 7.30pm.
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.
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.
For the family
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Admission: 14, concessions 12
Walks talks, gardens & exhibitions
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.
Join the Forest Keeper, Michael Collins on this New Year Walk around Epping Forest, 9.30am to 1pm.
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.
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.
British Iris Society Early Spring Show at the beautiful Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield, From noon to 4pm.
Admission: 5.40, concessions 3.80
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.
Until 20th February
Matrix is an exhibition of prints and their making by Liz Boast at The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow.
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.
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.
A talk on Middlesex Vernacular Buildings by Chris Willey at Wesley Hall, Loughton.
3rd - 5th February
Winter Beer Festival
in Chelmsford Town Centre.
01245 283 400
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.
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
Enjoy this free Wedding Fair at Gilwell Park in Chingford
from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
020 8498 5300