It was 410 years ago when a plot was hatched to kill King James I. Four centuries later we still celebrate the foiling of the gunpowder plot with fireworks and bonfires.
Here is a round-up of this year’s events.

Horrible Histories

October half-term also includes Hallowe’en. ABIGAIL WEAVING has compiled a useful diary of events.

Apple Day

There will be an Apple Festival at Audley End this weekend, September 26 and 27. The fruit-themed activities include games, falconry, music, gardening tips, demonstrations, country crafts, stalls and refreshments and seasonal cookery.


It is known as one of the most frightening films ever made by Alfred Hitchcock, the master of horror.

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Sam Smith announces on Twitter he will sing Bond theme

Singer Sam Smith, whose singing teacher, Joanna Eden is celebrated in Saffron Walden, will perform the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie Spectre.


Braintree Museum has Heritage Open Days on Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12.

Soldiers and Spies

Second World War Soldiers and Spies returns to Audley End House and Gardens on Sunday and Monday, August 30 and 31.

Saffron Walden Museum Battle of Waterloo commemoration. Picture: Joe Higham.

School is out, but the British weather is here to stay, and keeping the kids entertained while it is raining can be tricky.


The Flying Legends Air Show is at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford over the weekend of July 11 and 12.

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Secret Garden and Sherlock Holmes

The Kast off Kinks, former members of the band, a play about Sherlock Holmes, another based on The Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s novel The Secret Garden, English National Opera performing Bizet’s opera Carmen and comedy on its way to the Edinburgh Festival. These are some of the highlights of this year’s Haverhill Festival between June 12 and July 5.

Half term activities

Stuck for half term ideas for entertaining children? Here’s a run down of some treats on offer.

David Suchet as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest

David Suchet, one of Britain’s best loved actors, especially for his television role as Agatha Christie’s dectective Poirot, will be putting on a frock to play Lady Bracknell.

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