Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity`s Never Far Away: Essex Launch

NFA charityDate of event: 29th January 2019 at 6.30pm- 8.30pm
Venue: Cedd`s Hall, Chelmsford Cathedral, CM1 1EH (a few minutes
walk from Chelmsford train station and there are car parks located

Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (GOSH) will be launching its
Never Far Away: Essex Appeal on 29th January in Chelmsford. This
exciting new appeal aims to fund patient and family accommodation at
GOSH, helping to keep families from Essex and across the UK together
at often difficult times.

More than 53% of the children treated at GOSH come from outside
London. Because the care they receive is so specialist, some need to
stay for several months. Having a child in hospital is stressful
enough without the added pressure of paying for hotels or train fares.
So, we want to make sure that parents and carers can stay in nearby
accommodation free of charge.

Join us at Cedd`s Hall, Chelmsford Cathedral on Tuesday 29th January
at 6.30pm to hear more about the work of Great Ormond Street Hospital
and how you and your community can get involved with Never Far Away:

To find out more, visit or contact

National Flower Returns To Chelmsford on 20, 21, 22 May 2016

Flower Show 2016This year’s National Flower Show is being held at Hylands House and Estate on the 20th, 21st, 22nd May 2016, with special guest, Mary Berry, on Friday 20th.

Tickets for the show are on sale now with discounts for advance bookings. Adult tickets are £8 advance, £10 on the day, and children are free with advance tickets, but £5 on the day. Under-5s enter free. See the tickets page for full details.

Tickets to the show includes entry into the event, all the attractions, demonstrations, talks & entertainment.

The show features flower displays, garden design, entertainment with live music, cream teas, craft and gift stalls, a food festival and numerous talks. There will also be face painting for the kids. If you like flowers, you must get along to Hylands!

Dogs are allowed too. There is some limited disabled car parking at the venue; most of the car park is on grass at some distance from the main area.

See the official website for show highlights and details of exhibitors:

Last Year’s Poster:
Hylands Flower Show

Chelmsford Fireworks – Saturday 7th Nov 2015

Chelmsford Fireworks - Saturday 7th Nov 2015The Chelmsford Round Table Fireworks is the largest charity fireworks event in Essex, raising money for many local causes. This event is now over 40 years old. This year, VIP ticket holders get extended entertainment until 9.30pm!

  • When? Saturday 7th Nov, 2015
  • Where? Admirals Park, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2PJ
  • Time? Doors opening at 4.30pm –  rides, food and bar
  • 7.30pm Firework Display (entrance closes)
  • Tickets: Adults £7, child £4, family of four £16, VIP £12 (VIP tent)
  • VIP Tickets: £14 adult, £7 kids – VIP tent – Access to private toilets and bar (increased VIP capacity this year, due to high demand
  • FREE for Under 5’s
  • Fastrack entrance for pre-sold tickets
  • Chelmsford Bus Station

One of the event sponsors is Beaulieu Chelmsford.

Chelmsford Beer Festival Celebrates 40th Year

Beer and Cider Festival Celebrating 40th Anniversary in Style

Chelmsford beer festival facebook page

From Tuesday 7th until Saturday the 11th of July, Chelmsford Summer Beer and Cider Festival will be celebrating it’s 40th year. Admiral’s Park will play host to Essex’s biggest beer garden for a Ruby Anniversary not to be missed.

Something for everyone

Whether you’re a beer and cider enthusiast or just looking for a fun day or evening out, with a wide range of food, drink and entertainment it will be sure to cater for everyone.

The festival will be open in the day time to families and children accompanied by adults; the evenings will be for adults only to come down and enjoy some music and have a few drinks.

Saturday will be a family day, which will be offering children’s entertainment so it will be the perfect day out for you and your loved ones.

The festival boasts a massive selection of over 300 real ales, 80 real ciders, perries, pyders, as well as a range of international beers and local wines. With such a large variety of drinks there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

The wide selection of food available will be perfect to keep you going well into the evening for some music and entertainment. Be sure to check out the full list of beers and ciders, as well as some more information on the brewery bars involved with this year’s event.


There is a huge selection of food on offer, including jacket potatoes, burgers, giant hotdogs, curry, pasties, fish and chip, fresh doughnuts and bar snacks.

A great location

It will cover around 5 acres of Admiral’s Park, turning the popular town centre park into a brilliant summer beer and cider festival.

The large open space is perfect to accommodate all of the marquees comfortably, each with plenty of room to check out all of different bars and stalls, as well as a separate tent for the music.

The large fenced off area of the park will have marquees around the outside in a circle leaving a centre space for people to get to and from each tent, as well as being a perfect space to socialise and have a few drinks.

The organisers recognise the importance of maintaining Admiral’s Park throughout the event, so that when it’s over the park isn’t left in a bad state or damaged in anyway. The park has lots of landscaped gardening and natural areas so keeping that in good condition is a priority. A track way has been installed, supplied by All Weather Access, to protect the grass from damage caused by the heavy vehicles needed to set up the event.

The entire venue is also kept illuminated by floodlights (supplied by Essex-based Templant, who supply all the power to the festival), to allow drinkers to relax in the park until late in the evening. This year there is also dedicated cycle parking, which is also well illuminated – great news if you are cycling to the event.

In its 40th year, the Summer Beer and Cider Festival is set to be 5 days of good food, great music and of course plenty of drinks. The layout is the same as previous years, with ciders and perries first, some local wines, lagers, Essex breweries and then beers from the rest of the UK. Orkney Skullspitter is back too – best to have just a half though!

There is something to suit everyone you will be sure to have a nice day out with the family, or an evening of music and drinks with friends. To catch up on what has been going on with the event or to check for updates you can go to their Facebook page, or for some more details about the event and it’s history you can visit their website.

Cinelove Open Air Cinema – Grease @ Montpeliers Farm

Cinelove GreaseThe first Open Air Cinema (which may be related to the Essex Outdoor Cinema – we need to check) will be showing Grease at Montpelier Farm, Chelmsford, on Saturday, 1 August 2015 from 19:00 to 23:00.

Chop Bloc are providing burgers with champagne or beer. Plus  Ice cream, popcorn and snacks. Rock n roll songs will be played from opening time until the film starts at 9pm. Tickets can be purchased through EventBrite at £16.50 plus fees, or on


  • Montpeliers Farm
  • Margaretting Road
  • Writtle
  • Chelmsford CM1 3PL


Mind Body Spirit Festival

mbs-show-2015-721x1024On Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 2015, Chelmsford is hosting a Mind, Body & Spirit festival at the Marconi Club on Beehive Lane. Entry fee is £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for concessions and free for under 16s.

The event will feature 70 stands, nanny stage performances, 26 talks, workshops and demonstrations by some of the most influential speakers from around the world.

At the event you will be able to hear Lucinda Drayton, Barabara Meiklejohn-Free, Flavia Kate Peters and others. There will also be TV psychics, readers and clairvoyants, including Sue Hudd, Demian Allan, Melayne Stone an Maureen Flynn.

Wellbeing Therapies

The event will feature Indian Head massage, reflexology, crystal healing, Reiki, massage, meditation and there will be healing rooms and empowered healing spaces.

Also at the event you will be able to buy oil and incense, mystic art, aura photos, spiritual gifts, crystals, gems and jewellery, and of course food and drink.

Money raised at the event is being raised to support the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. The event is being organised by Life Arts, in association with the European Buddhist-Hanmi Association.


Gabrielle Ducomble at the Chelmsford French Circle – Friday 22nd May

gabrielle ducombleA very special event is going to be held at the Chelmsford French Circle on Friday 22nd May, held at Sandon Village Hall. It is a musical evening with a superb singer called Gabrielle Ducomble along with two of her band members.

Soirée Musicale – Friday 22nd May
Gabrielle Ducomble.
Members £10, guests & visitors £12, students £6

An astonishingly beautiful voice’ – Emma Freud, BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends

‘Her voice is exquisitely groomed, sumptuously powerful and buttery, like a fine Meursault’ – London Jazz News

Tickets are available from Martine Compton on 01245 697051.

October Half Term Activities

This October Half Term there are many fun things to do for children of all ages in and around Chelmsford. Here is a list of of a few activities you can take your children along to. We include arts & crafts, educational and sports activities. Some are Halloween themed – Halloween falls on the Friday this year.

Bikeability Level 2 (3-day)

  • Date: — until —
  • Location: Melbourne Park, Salerno Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2EH
  • A cycling proficiency course where you ride with real traffic whilst sticking to quiet roads. Organised by Chelmsford City Council in partnership with Essex County Council. Subsidised by Bikeability.
  • Suitable for ages: 10 to 16 years
  • Price: £10;
  • Call: 01245 606684
  • Web:

Football Holiday Camp

  • Venue: Marconi Club – CM2 8HN
  • Kick Off: 9:30am (8:30am Early Club)
  • Final Whistle: 4:30pm (5:30pm Late Club)
  • £25 per day in advance (more on the day
  • UK Football Camps maintain a unique ‘FA structured’ syllabus, emphasising the importance of fun and games in youth football today.
  • Call Robin: 01277 375155 / text: 07977 135799
  • email:

Go Karts, Bubble Football, Nerf Gun Party, Bouncy Castles HOLIDAY CAMP

  • Date: Mon 27th Oct 14 — until — Fri 31st Oct 14
  • Location: Recreation Centre, Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR
  • Premier Sport are running a children’s holiday camp during the october half term 27th-31st.
  • Activities Include- Bubble Football, Go Karts, Nerf Gun Party, Bouncy Castles, Halloween Party and Multi-sports!
  • Contact: Sophie Roberts on 0753 8882 880
  • Email:
  • Web:

Mad Science October Half Term

  • Dates: Mon 27th Oct 14 — until — Fri 31st Oct 14
  • You can join us for just one day or more, the choice is yours, just make sure you join us….
    Our Days are suitable for 4 – 11 year olds, and all run from 10:00 – 15:00
  • Venues: Braintree, Brentwood, Colchester, Chelmsford, Gosfield and Romford
  • Web:
  • CALL TO CHECK PLACES: Plasma Penny on 01245 363 670

Super Cams Multi-Activity Course

Fright Night, Hylands House, London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ

  • Thursday October 30, 4-6pm, 7-9pm
  • Tickets: £10 adults, £7 children, under 3s free, all £10 on the door if available
  • Designed for families the event includes a spooky trail, walkabout entertainment, a bespoke 3D projection show on the front of the house and a spectacular firework finale.

Chelmsford City Managed Events

Chelmsford City Gov arrange many fun events that are held at Riverside, Dovedales and Chelmsford Sports and Atheletics Centre. Many activities are held daily.

You can download / view the brochure here: HT 2014 Holiday Course Brochure.pdf

Here are some of the courses on offer. Phone in advance to check availability: 01245 605666

Riverside Events

  • 27 – 31 Oct 09:30-10:00 – Swimming 3yrs+
  • 27 – 31 Oct 10:00-10:30 Frontcrawl Improvers All ages
  • 27 – 31 Oct 9:00-09:30 Toddler Swimming 3-5yrs
  • 27 – 31 Oct 15:30-16:00 Learn to Skate – Beginners Ice Skating 6 – 15 yrs
  • 30 Oct 14:00-15:00 Bounce and Play 2-4yrs
  • 30 Oct 15:00 – 16:00 Trampoline – Beginners and Improvers 5 yrs+

Dovedale Events

  • 28 Oct 09:30-10:30 Tots Gymnastics 18mths – 4yrs
  • 28 Oct 10:30-12:00 Gymnastics 5yrs+
  • 28 Oct 09:30-10:30 Tots Trampoline 2-4yrs
  • 28 Oct 10:30-12:00 Trampoline 5yrs+
  • 28 Oct 10:00-15:00 Mad Science 5-11yrs
  • 30 Oct 10:00-16:00 All Day Action 5-9yrs
  • 30 Oct 10:00-15:00 Day of Dance 5-12yrs
  • 30 Oct 10:00-12:00 Stuntman 5-9yrs
  • 30 Oct 13:00-16:00 Action Hero 4-9yrs
  • 29 Oct 10:30-12:00 Fun Tots Halloween Special Walking to 4yrs
  • 29 Oct 10:00-12:30 Karate Workshop 5-12yrs
  • 29 Oct 13:00-15:00 Football Clinic 5-10yrs
  • 29 Oct 13:00-15:00 The Ultimate Band Workshop 6yrs+
  • 29 Oct 09:00-12:00 Archery 8yrs+
  • 30 Oct 09:00-12:00 Archery 8yrs+
  • 29 Oct 10:00-15:00 All Day Skills 5-12yrs

Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre (CSAC) events

  • HTGY 27 Oct 13.30-14.15 Tots Gymnastics 2-4yrs CSAC
  • HMS 29 Oct 10.00-15.00 Mad Science 5-11yrs CSAC
  • HATHMS 29 Oct 9.30-10.30 Multi Skills Athletics 4-6yrs CSAC
  • HTTB1 30 Oct 10-11 Trampoline & Bounce 2-6yrs CSAC
  • HTTB2 30 Oct 11-12 Trampoline & Bounce 4-8yrs CSAC
  • HTP 31 Oct 10.00-11.30 Halloween Party 2-6yrs CSAC
  • HCS 27 Oct 13.30-15.30 Cookies Cooking School 5-10yrs CSAC
  • HPP 31 Oct 10.00-12.00 Pretty pollies 5-10yrs CSAC
  • HDD 31 Oct 11.45-12.30 Disney Dance 3-6yrs CSAC
  • HSID 27 Oct 10.00-13.00 Spring Into Dance 5-10yrs CSAC
  • HSDG 29 Oct 10.00-13.00 Slam Dunk Goal 5-10yrs CSAC
  • HATH1 27-28 Oct 9.30-15.30 Athletics Festival 6-12yrs CSAC
  • HEE 31 Oct 9.30-15.30 Ennis Events Extravaganza 6-12yrs CSAC
  • HTB 29 Oct 13.30-15.30 Tennis & Badminton 5-10yrs CSAC
  • HSA 31 Oct 13.00-15.00 Scootathon 4-8yrs CSAC
  • HA 28 Oct 13.00-15.00 Archery 8-14yrs CSAC

The Chelmsford Parks Marathon

Chelmsford Marathon route

Essex County Standard: The route for the first Chelmsford Marathon

The first Chelmsford Park Marathon will take place on Sunday 19th October 2014. The 26.2mile route map created by organisers at Great Baddow-based J’s Hospice was unveiled at a launch party in Chelmsford today.

This event will raise much-needed funds for The J’s Hospice as well as creating a lasting legacy for the City of Chelmsford of a successful marathon that can grow year on year, bringing visitors to the city and highlighting all that the city has to offer.

The Chelmsford Marathon will start in Central Park and then pass through Admirals Park and Tower Gardens and then go on to Hylands Park, which marks the halfway point. Runners will then return and follow the same route back to finish in Central Park.

A maximum of 2,000 runners will be able to take part in the first marathon. 650 people have already signed up. 

If you wish to run the first Chelmsford Marathon, entry costs £28. Call either J’s Hospice on 01245 475474 or register online at Active Europe.

The route shown above, which is the Essex County Standard: The route for the first Chelmsford Marathon, is not very clear and seems to be shorter than the 13 miles required to make it half of the marathon route.

This is a possible route, based on distance. Note, this is not the official route. But it would make a 26 mile run. Created on, see it here.

A possible Chelmsford marathon route. N.B. Not the official route. Awaiting confirmation of the exact route.

A possible Chelmsford marathon route. N.B. Not the official route. Awaiting confirmation of the exact route.