Things to do in Essex February 2022
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From fun things to do with the kids during half term to jazz, here's our guide to the best events and things to do in Essex in February...
1. Miraiker's World of Puppets, Brentwood
After closing for a short while after the festive season, this farm and fun park is back with a half-term event for the children with Miraiker's World of Puppets. Amongst special guests who are all waiting to meet you, there will be lots of other fulfilling activities too!
Date: February 12-20
Time: Time varies
Address: Old MacDonald’s Farm and Fun Park, Brentwood, CM14 5AY
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2. Half Term Explorer Quest, Saffron Walden
Looking for something exciting to entertain the kids this February Half Term? Audley End House and Gardens in Saffron Walden could be the ideal place for a day of fun.
From Saturday February 12 to Sunday February 20 (10am-5pm) this spectacular mansion is hosting its brand-new Half Term Explorer Quest event.
What can you expect? Well, here you ‘will track down the clues and solve the puzzles as you follow the family trail through the gardens of Audley End.’
Date: February 12-20
Tickets: £13.90/£8.40/£36.20 adult/child/family
Address: Off London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF
3. Hylands Estate Open Day and Farmers’ and Crafts Market
Looking for an event for everyone to enjoy? Add Hylands House to your must-do this February. The Grade II*-listed house will open its doors to reveal ‘its secrets behind its interesting history’.
Also, a market located at The Stables will have fabulous displays from its resident artists, designers and makers.
Date: Sunday, February 20
Time: 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm)
Address: Hylands House, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ
4. Hannah Horton Quartet, Colchester
Lose yourself in a beautiful night of jazz at the Colchester Arts Centre on February 27. Catch saxophonist Hannah Horton, a rising star on the UK jazz scene, for a night to remember.
Colchester Arts Centre says, ‘Hannah’s music is rooted in jazz, funk and folk. Honest and authentic, she connects with her audience naturally, both through her personal warmth and her engaging musicianship.
'Her saxes are Hannah's creative voice, drawing her audience in with emotion, making them smile with positive vibes and tapping their feet throughout her set!’
Date: Sunday, February 27
Tickets: £16/£14/£6 adult/concession/student
Address: Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF
5. Flea Market, Maldon
Who doesn’t love a flea market? Not only is it a great way to source fabulous vintage and second-hand goods but you are helping the environment too. Explore the stalls filled with antiques, collectables, arts and crafts and much more – who knows what you will find!
Date: Saturday, February 5
Address: Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon, CM9 4RL
Contact: 01621 857 373
6. Snowdrops & Hellebores, Harlow
Snowdrop season is here and The Gibbered Garden in Harlow is offering you a chance to capture these stunning flowers in all their glory.
Across a variety of dates this month on Wednesdays and Sundays from February (13, 16, 20, 23 and 27), the garden will showcase its event, Snowdrops and Hellebores.
As you witness these delights, you can enjoy a fresh winter stroll around the beautiful garden, and afterwards, enjoy homemade soup, bread and refreshments at its Barn Tea Room.
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Date: Wednesday & Sunday, February 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
Tickets: £5/£4 adult/concessions
Address: The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow CM17 0NA
7. Saffron Opera Group: Così fan tutte, Saffron Walden
Looking to do something a little spontaneous before Valentine's Day? Saffron Opera Group Orchestra and Saffron Opera Group Chorus are hosting a late-afternoon performance of beautiful music at Saffron Hall. A great way to relax and get lost in the music.
Date: Sunday, February 13
Tickets: From £20
Address: Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH
8. Creative Courses , Epping
We are never too old to start learning something new. If you want to test your skills, the Epping District Council is offering something rather exciting for adults with its various events throughout February and March.
Try beginners drawing on February 26 at the Epping Forest District Museum, where you can learn basic shading techniques to transform your flat sketches into life-like images.
The Museum is also hosting a two-hour workshop on bath bomb-making on February 9. Or perhaps you want to test your culinary skills with truffle making on February 22 at the Civic Offices?
Date: Time varies
Time: Time varies
Cost: From £16.50
Address: Locations vary, however most classes are held at the Civic Offices, 323 High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ or the Epping Forest District Museum, 39–41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
9. Family Felt Picture Workshop
This award-winning garden has an event for all ages. Its family felt picture workshop gives you and the kids an opportunity to experience making and creating together. For those aged 8 and above, you can learn how to make a wet felt picture from vibrantly coloured wool tops.
Date: Tuesday, February 15
Address: Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens, Colchester, C07 7DB