Midsummer Madness, Essex Book Festival
A free, one day, mini family festival
Enjoy a free magical midsummer day at the atmospheric Cressing Temple Barns and gardens with Essex Book Festival.
Storytelling, theatre, poetry, eco-crafts, comics, coding, and mud pies galore in our pop-up forest school, and so much more. Enjoy the Fairy Door trail in the beautiful restored Tudor walled garden.
Bring a picnic and make a day of it.
Please note that some shows and workshops are bookable in advance. Find out more and book your tickets.
Supported by the Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund.
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Helen Rollason Cancer Charity: A Vintage Day Out
The Vintage Day Out is back for 2023, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever before.
- Dates: July 1 - 2, 2023
- Venue: Cressing Temple Barns
- Times: 10:30am - 4:30pm
- For the whole family
- Price: Tickets on the day cost adults £8, concessions (age 65 +) £7, children 16 and under £2.