IF you are not sure what to do today – Saturday, August 12 – then why not go to one of these events?
Essex HMVA Military and Flying machines show, Maldon:
Now in its 11th year, the Essex HMVA Military and Flying machines show, which has moved to a new location in Maldon, features hundreds of military vehicles to see from push bikes to tanks.
The event, which takes place both today and tomorrow, from 10am to 5pm, will give you the chance to see army life in a series of dioramas, as well as mock battles.
Try to escape the guards from the prison camp, enjoy entertainment and a 40s fashion show in the marquee, and see living history displays depicting military life from many periods and nationalities.
Head to the arena area to see The Tank Parade and other activities taking place all day and join a guided tour of the show, which will include a talk on different events in history.
Veterans and the Chelsea Pensioners will be visiting the show, which will also include some great fly-pasts, recreating the sense of the skies during the Second World War, and other displays on the ground for aircraft enthusiasts.
Children can try to escape the POW camp, watch remote-controlled tanks, try the assault course and climbing wall, and learn about history from veterans who will be happy to tell their own stories.
Entrance will be £10 for adults, £8 for concession and £6 for children aged five to 15, with children under five getting in for free. Family tickets are available for £30 along with souvenir programmes for £1, which will include a map of the site and show schedule.
Medieval Fair and Tudor Weekend at Coggeshall Grange Barn and Paycocke’s House, Coggeshall:
Two National Trust properties in Coggeshall are taking part in a special event this weekend.
Visit Coggeshall Grange Barn in Grange Hill and discover the rich and complex world of Medieval Coggeshall. Step back in time during the weekend and experience the tastes and sounds of living history while you browse stalls of local crafts.
You can also head to Paycocke’s House and Gardens in West Street and meet the people of Tudor Coggeshall and experience the smells, tastes and lives of the 16th century.
The event takes place from 11am to 4pm at the barn, and 11am to 5pm at Paycocke’s House, on both days.
Entrance will be £7 for adults and £3.50 for children, with family entry available for £20, and tickets include entry to both properties.
Belhus Woods Community Fun Day, Aveley:
Enjoy a day of picnics, games and much more at Belhus Woods’ annual community fun day.
The event, which takes place today from 11am to 3pm, will be joined by a selection of crafts stalls and food vendors.
Take along a picnic and enjoy the Fun Family Dog Show and music from the DISCOvery events vehicle. Classes in the dog show include Best Puppy, Young Handler and Best Veteran and all classes can be entered for just £1 on the day. Winners of each class will receive a rosette and the overall Best in Show will be given an engraved trophy to take home and keep.
Meet the local sea cadets, join Tom the ranger on a guided woodland walk and take some photos with larger than life characters.
The South Essex Bowmen will be offering free have-a-go archery throughout the event and a huge selection of outdoor toys and games will be available for you to use on the events field.
Stalls will be offering a range of goods including handmade hair bows, nature photography, gemstone jewellery, sweet cones and books, and there will also be a tombola.
Children can make sand art and have their faces painted, and all the family can have a hand drawn caricature created by an onsite artist.
Meet the volunteers from the Essex Bat Group and South Essex Wildlife hospital and find out more about what they do and the wildlife they care for.
The event is free to enter and if you are going by car there will be a reduced parking fee of £2 all day on the event’s parking field.
Chingfest in Chingford:
A free event is taking place today at Ridgeway Park, in Old Church Road, Chingford, providing entertainment for all the family.
Chingfest, which runs from 1pm to 8pm, will include performances from the likes of
Rebecca Ferguson, N-Trance, Gwen Dickie, Kenny Thomas, DJ Ernie and many more.
There will also be a wide variety of food and drink outlets selling delicious food and refreshing alcoholic and soft drinks.
Free Toy Story screening, Southend:
A free outdoor screening of Toy Story will be taking place outside The Forum, in Elmer Square, Elmer Avenue, Southend, today from 6pm to 8pm.
It has been 22 years since Toy Story, the first ever computer generated feature-length film, was first released in 1995. With an ambitious undertaking from Pixar Animation Studios, producers created their own software and hardware as they went along to imagine a new kind of movie that changed our experience of films together.
To continue on the success of last year’s Summer of Sci-fi programme, Big Screen Southend is presenting a summer of free outdoor cinema screenings outside The Forum, every Saturday in August from 6pm.
This film selection, focusing on key milestones in the development of computer generated imagery and animatronics in cinema, also includes Labyrinth on August 19 and Finding Dory on August 26.
Just take along a chair and join them.