IF you are not sure what to do today – Sunday, August 13 – then why not go to one of these events?
The Layer Marney Cup Re-Run, Colchester:
A car fuel consumption trial – the Layer Marney Cup Re-Run – will be taking place today, from Audley End to Layer Marney Tower, in Layer Marney, Colchester.
The trial, which will be joined by all types of cars dating from 1914 to the present day, is not a race but a challenge for the best fuel consumption on the day.
There will be a range of classes and cars will be finishing at Layer Marney Tower from approximately mid afternoon.
See them finishing at Layer Marney and visit the tower and its gardens while you are there.
Entrance to Layer Marney Tower is £9 for adults and £5 for children
Family Band Concert at Thames Chase Forest Centre, Upminster:
Enjoy a lazy summer afternoon listening to the popular sounds of band music today in the surroundings of Thames Chase Forest Centre, at Broadfields in Pike Lane, Upmister.
Featuring musicians from Eastbury Concert Band and Barking Concert Band, the concert will be taking place in the barn from 3-5pm, with the audience listening from the grassy quadrangle outside.
Tickets cost £5, or £15 for a family of four including two adults and two children, and include a Pimms or fruit juice cocktail.
A raffle will also be running and tickets can be bought on the day, with anyone joining them being asked to take along their own garden chairs.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be available during the interval for £3.50 and ice creams will also be on sale.
All funds raised during the afternoon will go to the Thames Chase Trust.
The People’s Forest: Grimston’s Oak’s Glorious Picnic at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge/The View, Chingford:
Grab your blankets and picnics and meet at The View, in Rangers Road, Chingford, at 11.30am to walk to Grimston’s Oak and enjoy a community picnic under the landmark tree from noon to 3pm.
Music and creative activities will also be taking place during the celebration of Epping Forest’s ancient trees and the memory of lost woodlands including Hainault Forest’s Fairlop Oak and its annual Fairlop Fair.
The event is free but charges apply to some activities, and please be aware that no chairs are allowed, just picnic blankets and rugs.
You can also go straight to Grimston’s Oak, situated off Epping New Road, Waltham Abbey, if you wish.
RollHard the Show at Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree:
Enjoy a summer’s day out at Cressing Temple Barns, in Witham Road, Cressing, Braintree, today, during RollHard the Show.
The event, which takes place from 10am to 3pm, is a fantastic event for car enthusiasts and will be joined by more than 700 vehicles from around Europe including Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
Displays of cars can be seen around and inside the barns and food and refreshments will be available.
Admission to the event, during which you can also see the Templar Medieval barns built in 1220, the Tudor walled gardens, outbuildings and perfect lawns, will be £10 on the gate.
Wind in the Willows Family Scavanger Hunt at Hanningfield Reservoir, Billericay:
Head to Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, in Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, today and join in its Wind in the Willows Family Scavanger Hunt, between 10am and 4pm.
Mr Toad is off on his summer vacation but he has managed to lose the thing he needs in the woods. Pick up a trail sheet, which costs £2 per child, and help him find them.