What’s On In Essex This May Day?

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As another Bank Holiday approaches, are you stuck for something to do?  If the weather is good, it’s easy to plan outdoor activities with the family.  Go for a walk, have a BBQ or even just have friends over and enjoy spending time in the garden.  But what to do if the English weather takes a nose dive and brings us a long wet weekend instead? Keep calm and grab a brolly of course!

With a little help from www.essexdaysout.com here is a list of the best places to visit in Essex this weekend.

1.  VE Day Celebrations Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Road, Waltham Abbery Sat 2nd May 2015 – Mon 4th May 2015

VE Day celebrationsA weekend of re-enactments, remembrance and celebration for Victory in Europe, with historical 1940’s re-enactors, military vehicles and incredible air displays, a Hurricane on Sunday, and the legendary Spitfire on Monday (weather permitting). Plus street parties, music, dancing, theatrical performances and foods from the Home Front. On Sunday and Monday each afternoon enjoy a noisy skirmish between the German and Allied re-enactors. Meet the soldiers and civilians, who will be happy to give an insight into life during wartime.

2.  May Day Celebrations Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Essex Saturday 2nd May to BH Monday 4th May 2015 11am – 5pm

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May Day was the most popular holiday in Tudor times with lots of merrymaking. Expect processions, plays and pageantry with lots of music and dancing. At Kentwell, we hold traditional May Day celebrations – music, dancing, plays and processions with over 100 of our costumed ‘Tudors’. We have a host of activities for families to join in with – don’t just visit, be part of the event.

3. Life Above and Below Stairs Audley End House and Gardens Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May 2015 11am-4pm


Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready at Audley End as it’s brought to life this weekend. Meet Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hand while they’re grooming the horses,
and meet Governess Miss Dormer and other members of staff as they organise the children for the day.

4. Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon Hadleigh Park Chapel Lane car park, Hadleigh, Sun 3rd May 2015 1- 4pm


Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon Hadleigh Park Chapel Lane car park, Hadleigh SS7 2PP Sun 3rd May 2015 1:00pm 4:00pm.
Explore the replica Iron Age roundhouse and learn how your ancestors lived 2000 years ago. Find out about their many uses for the humble stinging nettle, and try your hand at making nettle string!

5. Jousting with Destrier Hedingham Castle Sun 3rd May 2015 and Mon 4th May 2015.

Hedingham Castle welcomes back the Knights of Destrier! In custom-made suits of authentic solid steel armour, with an impact speed of over 40mph in a Tournament as close to the real thing as you will ever experience!

Whatever you chose to do over the weekend, we hope the rain holds off and you have a great time.  If you would like to enjoy your bank holiday all the more for knowing that you don’t need to worry about the housework next week, call us on 01277 812220 or click here to contact us by email.

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