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School’s out and here are our top tips for summer fun for the first 10 days of the holidays. Braintree Museum has a Witches and Wizards School through the six weeks. Children can graduate with a diploma. Book sessions on 01376 328868. There’s a free fun day in Haverhill on July 26,

British director Guy Ritchie returns with this fantasy epic based on the legend of King Arthur.

After the incredible success of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2014, writer/director James Gunn returns for this sequel to continue the story of Marvel’s most disfunctional team of super heroes.

Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal tells the story of Gloria, played by Anne Hathaway, who after breaking up with her boyfriend, is forced to leave her hedonistic lifestyle in New York and return to her home town to start again.

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Alien: Covenant sees acclaimed director Ridley Scott return to the Alien franchise with a follow up to his divisive 2012 prequel Prometheus.

Memories of the 1970s and 1980s are being called for by Braintree Museum which is seeking stories and objects relating to times gone by in Dunmow. Braintree and the district. Your memories will be recorded, become a part of the museum’s collection and the history of the area for future generations to enjoy.

Our top tips for the weekend: bag a cultural bargain at the Fry Gallery art sale, see Cambridge Footlights, go to Thaxted and enjoy Morris Men dancing all evening as well as music at the Thaxted Festival.

Michael Rothenstein

The story of how in 1599, Will Kemp, an actor in Shakespeare’s company danced his way from London to Norwich will be told as part of Haverhill Festival, which is running until July 1.

Co-written by stars Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, Mindhorn tells the tale of Richard Thorncroft (Barratt), a washed up actor best known for his role as Detective Mindhorn in a popular 1980s TV show.

Our top tips for the weekend. Join a musical picnic on Saffon Walden Common in memory of Jo Cox, Hear George Harliono play at Saffron Hall and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cambridge Corn Exchange. See Cambridge Footlights at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.

Michael Rothenstein

Gardens in the village of Clavering will be opening under the National Garden Scheme on Sunday, June 11 with the gardens of Chestnut Cottage, Piercewebbs and Hawthorns all open for visitors.

There will be music and other entertainment across Saffron Walden on Saturday, June 3 for the town’s Festival of Buskers.

Peter Riding

Here are our top tips for this weekend. A Buskers’ Festival on the streets of Saffron Walden. You can see Argentinian Tango from Sadler’s Wells at Saffron Hall. There is a Morris Dancing weekend in Thaxted and a scarecrow festival in Manuden.

Michael Rothenstein

Our top tips for places to go over the holiday weekend. See a David Bowie tribute at Cambridge Corn Exchange. Anne Reid and James Boland are in a new play at Cambridge Arts Theatre, There are free films in the square in Saffron Walden.

Joanna Eden

Chelmsford Museum will open its doors on Saturday, June 3 to give all those who have ever wanted to explore their creative side a chance to have a go at arts and crafts.

There will be a free musical picnic on Saffron Walden Common on Saturday, June 17, to mark the first anniversary of the death of Jo Cox MP, who died on June 16 last year.

Joanna Eden

Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga and much loved anime, this live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell arrived with a negative online buzz due in part to a whitewashing scandal that surrounded its casting.

Our top tips for this weekend. See the Emperor’s New Clothes, a children’s play at Cambridge Junction. Take a torch to explore Saffron Walden Museum at night. See Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, starring Imelda Staunton without having to go to the West End, it’s showing at Saffron Screen, enjoy the Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge.

Joanna Eden

A film by French director Olivier Assaya, Personal Shopper stars Kristen Stewart, who after rising to fame in the Twilight movies has been excelling in much less mainstream fare of late.

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