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What To Do In Essex In November

The festivities are coming to Essex early in the pick of the events in November


4 November

Down Hall Hotel


Making an epic comeback for 2021, luxury countryside hotel Down Hall Hotel, Spa & Estate in Hatfield Heath will be putting on a spectacular night for the whole family, with the return of their dazzling firework display. Taking place on the Thursday 4 November, guests are invited to arrive from 6.30pm for a welcome drink, ahead of the firework lighting. Set against the backdrop of 110 acres of gardens and woodlands, a selection of juicy burgers, hot dogs and jacket potatoes will be served from the BBQ, accompanied by warming winter drinks such as hot chocolates and teas.


Until 7 November

Wonky Wheel


Finchingfield based gallery Wonky Wheel will host a unique perspective on the Essex landscape by Thaxted artist Clare Wilde. The Essex landscape is traditionally underrated by artists in favour of more classically romantic areas, yet it has classical English beauty.  It is being lost through constant building of housing, roads and related sprawling infrastructure at an alarming rate. If people do paint Essex, they do the obviously cute bits and the character, listed buildings.

In this series of work, Wilde deliberately works on a small scale in order to ask people to really look, to draw your attention in to quiet, dream-like vistas that first appear relatively empty but if you take the time to really see, are filled with detail and colour.


Until 28 November


Elsa James ‘black Girl Essex Here We Come Look We Here . Courtesy The Artist
Elsa James, ‘Black Girl Essex; Here We Come, Look We Here’, 2019. Courtesy the artist

Firstsite in Colchester was delighted to announce it was the launch venue for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021, as part of the celebrations for its 10th anniversary year. Bloomberg New Contemporaries is an annual exhibition that showcases the work of artists at the beginning of their careers. It holds a vital role in the UK’s contemporary art scene, presenting emerging artists who have become some of the most internationally renowned artists of recent history.

Around 75 artists have been selected for the 2021 exhibition – from final year students and recent graduates of UK arts institutions to practitioners on alternative peer-to-peer learning programmes – demonstrating the resilience of the creative process in a challenging year. They will all participate in the annual exhibition and the newly launched digital platform as well as having access to digital residences and projects, studio bursaries, mentoring, talks and workshops. One of those included is Essex artist Elsa James, whose Black Girl Essex exhibition was staged at Firstsite in 2019.


27 November

Haven House Children’s Hospice


Father Christmas is so busy that he is now fully booked, but children can still enjoy Haven House’s Enchanted Woodland Trail where they can experience snow, farmyard animals and festive treats. They’ll receive a trail booklet where they can embark on The Elf Hunt and try to help Santa find his elves.


27-28 November

The Blue Boar Abridge


Need a little festive buying inspiration? If you do, make a note in your diary to visit The Blue Boar in Romford at the end of November, when they will be holding their Christmas Market. Expect stalls full of quirky gifts, from toys and clothing through to festive decorations and candles.

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