IF you are not sure what to do today – Sunday, August 6 – then why not go to one of these events?
Open Day at Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, near Ingatestone:
Help the horse sanctuary, based at Little Farm, in Buttsbury, raise much needed funds by attending its open day today, from 1pm to 5pm.
Visitors will be able to meet Blax, the sanctuary’s latest rescue, and learn about many of its other successes.
Children’s entertainer, Magic Dave, will also be there along with various princess characters from children’s films. There will also be a children’s area with two bouncy castles, music from Midnite Blu, competitions and games to entertain the whole family, stalls and a raffle.
Entry to the event will be just £4 for adults and £2 for children, with parking available on-site along with disabled access.
Dogs are welcome on a lead and refreshments will be available including sandwiches and homemade cakes.
The sanctuary provides rehabilitation and care for more than 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, cows, goats, sheep and cats, and its open days are a vital source of fundraising for the charity that, due to its location on greenbelt land, can only open to the public for a limited number of days each year.
For further information visit https://www.remussanctuary.org/event-category/open_days/
1940s Vintage Tea Dance at East Anglian Railway Museum, Colchester:
Head to East Anglian Railway Museum, based at Chappel Station, Colchester, today for a 1940s treat.
Its Vintage Tea Dance will be taking place from 11.30am to 4.40pm and will include entertainment from Fox, Wiggle and Sass, who will be serving up their usual combination of great wartime songs with attitude in the museum’s historic Victorian goods shed. Join them for a bit of dancing, vintage teas and some great live music.
There will be dance workshops, evacuee drama, rifle drills, ’make do and mend’ demos, delicious afternoon teas and steam train rides all day long.
The museum will also be running its ’Taster for a Tenner’ sessions, where you can have a go at driving a diesel locomotive for just £10.
Its delightful miniature pub – quite possibly the smallest pub in Essex – will also be open serving real ale from Colchester Brewery.
Entrance will be £9.50 for adults £9.50, £8.75 for seniors and £4.75 for children aged four to 15, with children under four getting in for free.
Bikemeet at Museum of Power, Langford:
A classic motorcycle show with stalls and entertainment will be taking place at the Museum of Power, at Steam Pumping Station, Hatfield Road, Langford, today from 10am to 4pm.
The event will include classic, vintage, race and touring displays, trial demonstrations, club stands, stalls, a bar and entertainment from a live band.
Mini steam train rides will be on offer for an extra charge, and the steam museum, Astaria model village and tea room will be open.
Marshall the Lilleshall pumping engine will be running by steam, and other oil and diesel engines will also be running.
Entrance will be £6 for adults, £5 for concessions, £2 for children aged five to 12, and free for children under five.
Hylands Farmers’ and Crafts Market at Hylands House and Estate, Chelmsford:
A wide range of products that have been grown, brewed, pickled, baked and crafted in Essex will be on offer at Hyalnds Farmers’ and Crafts Market today at Hylands House and Estate, in London Road, Chelmsford.
The market, which is open from 10am to 4pm, can be found nestled in the beautiful surroundings of The Stables.
Stallholders will be offering a range of specialist foods including locally reared meat and artisan delicacies, freshly baked bread and wonderful sweet pastries, as well as hand crafted gifts.
Waltham Forest Mela, Walthamstow:
A free event will be taking place today from 2pm to 8pm on Chestnuts Field, at Waltham Forest Town Hall, in Forest Road, Walthamstow, where you can enjoy the sights, sounds and spicy aromas of South Asia.
Waltham Forest Mela will include a fashion show, arts and creative workshops with Mehraj Art, a South Asian costume exhibition and a funfair.
It is one of the biggest South Asian festivals in East London and will showcase traditional and modern music, dance, Asian-style street theatre, circus acts and a range of arts and crafts.
Mela-goers can enjoy Asian Kabaddi, a variety of sports taster sessions, drumming workshops with Mbilla Arts, and workshops and performances from Khyal Arts.
Browse market stalls, visit a pop-up art exhibition, decorate your own canvas bag at a block-printing workshop, and enjoy entertainment from a variety of acts.
There will also be a Town Hall Open Day taking place from noon to 4pm offering free family activities, and the chance to tour the historic building and visit a new exhibition showcasing future plans to protect and preserve the site. Take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the town hall.