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What’s On in Essex in July

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

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Date: 14 July
Location: Hatfield House

Get ready for a fun-packed afternoon where family fun takes flight. Join Essex & Herts Air Ambulance at their Heli-bration event to celebrate the launch of the amazing new AW169 helicopter. Set against the stunning backdrop of Hatfield House, your local life-saving air ambulance is excited to unveil its newest addition to its fleet and would love you to join them.

You’ll be able to see the helicopter up close, meet the crew, and watch as it takes to the skies. There really is something for everyone to enjoy, from face painting to fun rides, tasty refreshments, and the opportunity to learn CPR – a valuable life-saving skill.

Lumos Live

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Date: 5 July
Location: Hylands Estate

After a successful year of indoor candlelight events, Lumos Live announces a series of outdoor sunset candlelight experiences. On 5 July, Lumos Live starts its ‘Sunset Candlelight Experiences’ for the summer at Hylands Estate, Chelmsford. The best hits from Hans Zimmer, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay will be played surrounded by over three thousand LED candles. There will be a bar and food vendors running all evening.


illusionaries entheon

Date: Throughout June
Location: Crossrail Place

The acclaimed destination for experiential art, Illusionaries, has announced its latest exhibition, “Entheon: A Sanctuary of Visionary Art”. This unique exhibition features the transformative works of internationally acclaimed artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey. Tickets are on sale now via

The third exhibition from art hub Illusionaries, Entheon invites the public to embark on an immersive journey into humanity and spirituality. Located at Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf, the exhibition will transport visitors through immersive rooms and captivating installations, each meticulously designed to engage the senses and evoke contemplation through soundscapes, animation, projection, and colour.

Secret Island Festival

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Date: 20 July
Location: Mersea Island

Secret Island Festival (SIF) has announced the first wave of confirmed acts for the fourth outing of the hugely successful, grassroots, day summer music event. Drum and Bass heavyweight DJ Hype, DJ Hazard, and rising star Kara have been confirmed. Semi Delicious label boss Demi Riquísimo and label contributor Michelle Manetti will bring the London and international underground scene to the island this summer, joined by rising star, Scarlett O’Mally.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

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Date: 26-28 July
Location: Mercury Theatre

Direct from the West End, the Olivier award-nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, returns on tour. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy sit down to tea. Who could it possibly be? They certainly don’t expect to see a big, stripy tiger at the door! Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show, packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs, and clumsy chaos.

Gladys Knight

gladys knight

Date: 3-4 July
Location: Cliffs Pavilion

The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last 50 years have matched her unquestionable artistry. Since she began her career in the 1950s performing with The Pips, the award-winning singer has recorded more than 40 albums and enjoyed No.1 hits on the Pop, Gospel, R&B, and Contemporary charts. Gladys Knight is one of music’s icons, and her contribution to pop culture is unparalleled. Tickets are available here.

Deadpool & Wolverine

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Date: From 25 July
Location: Odeon Chelmsford

While the Marvel credits scene kicked off the long-awaited cross-pollination of the MCU and X-Men worlds, Deadpool & Wolverine goes all-in, pairing Ryan Reynolds’ smartass sort-of-hero with Hugh Jackman’s rejuvenated Wolverine (don’t worry, timeline-sticklers, it’s set before Logan). Speaking of returning heroes, look out for Jennifer Garner as Elektra, spinning her sai daggers for the first time in two decades – and watch this space to find out who The Crown’s Emma Corrin will play as the lead villain.

Latitude Festival

Date: 25-28 July
Location: Henham Park

The acclaimed Latitude Festival is poised to return to the beautiful Henham Park in Suffolk from 25-28 July. Headliners Duran Duran, Kasabian, Keane, London Grammar, and Sara Pascoe spearhead an eclectic lineup that fuses music with the arts across an immersive cultural weekend.

Festival fans can prepare for a joyous weekend of uninhibited discovery. The bill will feature the most exciting music and arts artists, foodie feasts, relaxing retreats, family fun, and counter-cultural club nights.

Comedy Lineup at Latitude

There is certainly one massive comedy bill. Jo Brand, Judi Love, and Joanne McNally join previously announced Sara Pascoe as headliners alongside Lucy Beaumont, Grace Campbell, Laura Smyth, Mark Simmons, Sarah Keyworth, Sophie Duker, The Comedy Store, and The Horne Section.

A truly unmissable festival experience set against a backdrop like no other, the festival also continues to expand its stellar music lineup for 2024 with The Vaccines, Future Islands, Lankum Jockstrap, Ash, Caity Baser, CMAT, The Darkness, Waxahatchee, Corinne Bailey Rae, David Duchovony, BC Camplight, Marika Hackman, and Baby Queen amongst many more.

Latitude is celebrated for booking eclectic music talent, and 2024 takes it to a whole new level with a diverse range of huge names and trailblazers just added. Prepare for a musical odyssey on the Obelisk Stage, where an unforgettable sonic experience is guaranteed.

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Mark Kebble

Mark's career in journalism started in 2001 when he landed a role on a small lifestyle magazine in Angel, North London. Soon enough, the magazine was purchased by a larger organisation and Mark found himself promoted to editor at the tender age of 23. He later became group editor, working on magazines for Angel, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate. He was also involved in a launch in Hadley Wood and a major new group website, later becoming Group Hub Editor. In 2021, Mark joined Zest Media Group and oversaw the launch of many Absolutely titles across the UK. To date, Mark has launched in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and Cheshire. When he does have some free time, Mark is also the Chairman of an amateur football club in Surrey and is also a fully qualified FA football coach.
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