Five things to do this Saturday...

By Liz Wade in Events

IF you are not sure what to do today – Saturday, July 15 – then why not go to one of these events?

Essex Festival of Food and Drink at Cressing Temple Barns, near Witham:

Both today and tomorrow, the Essex Festival of Food and Drink will be taking place at Cressing Temple Barns, in Witham Road, Cressing, near Witham.

Visit more than 160 stands of the best quality food and drink from across the county and pick up tips from three cookery theatres.

There will be a free kids’ cookery school, free wine talks, an adult cookery school, live music and more.

Celebrity chefs have been announced as British Bake Off winner Nadiya Begum, Gizzi Erskine and James Martin – who is returning for the third year running.

The event runs from 10am to 5pm on both days and entrance on the gate will be £9 for adults, £8 for those age 65 and over and £8 for children aged 13 to 16. Children under the age of 13 get in for free. Please be aware there are additional charges for the cookery theatre and masterclasses.


Walthamstow Garden Party:

The Barbican and Create will once again join forces this weekend to present the fourth Walthamstow Garden Party.

The event, which takes place today from noon to 9pm, and tomorrow from noon to 8pm, celebrates Waltham Forest’s creative and cultural communities.

Set in beautiful Lloyd Park, off Forest Road, Walthamstow, the free event offers two days of music, theatre, dance, film, spoken word, arts and crafts, food and family activities, delivered in partnership with local organisations.


Reptiles Rule Event at Hanningfield Reservoir, Billericay:

Celebrate World Snake Day at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, in Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, both today and tomorrow.

The drop-in event, which runs from 10am to 3pm on both days, costs just £2 per child.

The reptiles are ruling the reserve so follow the trail to discover and learn all about them. Once children have finished they can claim a sticky, stretchy prize.

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Colchester Garrison Show at Abbey Field, Colchester:

The soldiers of the British Army’s rapid reaction force will be the stars of The 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show today at Abbey Field, off Circular Road North, Colchester, today.

It is the flagship community event for the army in Essex and offers free entry and fun military-themed activities for the whole family.

Building up to the dramatic finale of an air assault demonstration, the event will showcase the equipment and skills of 16 Air Assault Brigade, which is the British Army’s rapid reaction force.


Spirit of the Corn Festival at Museum of Power, Maldon:

Head to the Museum of Power, at the Steam Pumping Station, in Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, this weekend for its Spirit of the Corn Festival.

The event, which takes place from 10am to 7pm today, and from 10am to 4pm tomorrow, includes live bands, talks and workshops, a traditional music session, nature and spirituality stalls, and country crafts, as well as real ale and food.

The museum’s Astaria model village will be open throughout the weekend and Marshall the Lilleshall pumping engine will be running on air, while over oil and diesel engines will be running.

Its miniature steam train will be open for rides on Sunday only, for an additional charge.

Entrance will be £5 for adults per day or £8 for the weekend, and £2 for children, with those under five getting in for free.

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