Five things to do this Sunday...

By Liz Wade in Events

IF you are not sure what to do today – Sunday, July 16 – then why not go to one of these events?

Wings and Wheels show, Upminster:

The Wings and Wheels car, bike and military vehicle show takes place today at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, in Aveley Road, Upminster.

The event, which runs from 10am to 5pm, will be joined by hundreds of classic and interesting cars, bikes and military vehicles.

Light aircraft will be on display as well as flying at the event, and trial flights and helicopter rides will be on offer.

There will also be a host of live music and entertainment, a children’s fun fair and activities, craft and trade stalls, and birds of prey.

Plenty of food and drink will be on offer at the event and there will also be a beer tent.

Entrance to the event, which will be raising money for Havering Mind, will be £5, with under 14’s getting in for free.


Copped Hall Monthly Guided Tours and Open Days, near Epping:

Take a guided tour of Copped Hall today and find out more about its long history, which includes links with King Henry VIII.

The Georgian mansion, which has been saved from dereliction and the threat of development, is currently being restored by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Guided tours, which start at 10am and last between two-and-a-half and three hours, cover the whole of the gardens, a large part of the mansion, as well as the cellars and stables.

Last entry will be 11am and entrance is £8 per person. Refreshments will be available and the mansion’s gift shop will be open.


Sunday Market at Thames Chase, Upminster:

Pick up some local produce from Thames Chase’s Sunday Market today, which runs from 10am to 3pm.

The market, which offers free entry, can be found in the in the barn at Thames Chase Forest Centre, at Broadfields in Pike Lane, Upminster.

It will offer local produce from local people including food, handmade crafts and art.


The Sunday Showcase, Southend Pier:

The Royal Pavilion, located at the end of Southend Pier, will be hosting The Sunday Showcase today from noon to 6pm.

Local bands will be showcasing their music during the event, from 12.30pm to 6pm, and the bar will be open.

Entry to the event is free but normal pier admission prices apply.


Open Day at the Dutch Cottage Museum, Canvey Island:

Take a look round the Dutch Cottage Museum, in Canvey Road, Canvey Island, today during one of its open days.

Canvey Island was drained and embanked by Dutch engineer, Cornelius Vermuyden, in the 17th century and numerous Dutch workers and their families built rather unusual octagonal cottages there.

Two of them still survive on the island, including the Dutch Cottage Museum, which is run on the borough council’s behalf by the Benfleet and District Historical Society.

The cottage, which was built in 1618, is complete with a living room, passage and large and small bedrooms, all of which contain a variety of exhibits illustrating the history of Canvey Island, including models of the types of sailing craft that passed the island from Roman times onward.

Next to the cottage you will find an exhibition hall that houses a variety of exhibits including a collection of corn dollies.

The museum is open on Sundays, from 2.30pm to 5pm, until the end of September. It is also open on summer bank holidays and Wednesdays in July and August, from 2.30pm to 5pm.


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