IF you are not sure what to do today – Sunday, June 18 – then why not go to one of these events?
Visit the Vulcan Open Day, Southend:
This Father’s Day, why not visit the Vulcan XL426 in its new home at London Southend Airport?
The aircraft moved into the airport’s Hanger 6 at the beginning of June, after spending more than 30 years outside.
Today, the Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT) is inviting the public to see the Vulcan in it’s new home, from 10am.
The VRT team will be on hand to give visitors guided tours of Vulcan XL426 and for an additional small fee you can even climb inside the cockpit.
Entrance to the event, which has a last admission at 4pm, will be £4 for adults and free for accompanied children under the age of 16.
Admission allows visitors entry to the hangar to walk around the Vulcan and take photos and enjoy a guided tour.
For an additional £3.50 per person, applicable to both adults and under 16s, visitors can climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit.
Refreshments will be available and the trust’s stand will have a wide selection of Vulcan souvenirs on sale that will make ideal Fathers’ Day gifts.
Limited free car parking will be available close to the Vulcan hangar.
Blackwater Country Show, Maldon:
Entertainment, exhibits and marquees can be found at this year’s Blackwater Country Show, which takes place today from 10am to 5pm on the showground in Chigborough Road, Heybridge, Maldon.
The annual event, which celebrates the countryside, will include lively, interactive attractions in the main ring throughout the day from the likes of a professional ultimate frisbee match with the GB U24s, the local Pony Club jump relay teams, a farmer working his sheep dogs and the Essex Police dog unit capturing a fugitive. There will also be a chance to meet the Vikings, handle birds of prey and admire magnificent heavy horses in harness.
Take your dog along and enter the fun dog show, agility and flyball events, to be in with the chance of winning a rosette.
Stroll among the marquees and exhibits and see the work of painters, potters, spinners and blacksmiths, meet a local author, learn about farming, admire beautifully restored classic cars.
There will be plenty of fun for children including the chance to meet animals and enjoy swing boat and donkey rides
Take along a picnic rug and watch Newfoundland dog rescue demonstrations and the vintage tractors ploughing the land, and listen to some melodies while enjoying a refreshing drink.
The event, which is now in its 12th year, is in support of Essex Air Ambulance.
Entrance will be £9 for adults, £4 for children aged three to 16, and £23 for families of two adults and two children.
Eastbrookend Country Fair, Dagenham:
A country fair will be taking place at Eastbrookend Country Park, in Dagenham Road, Dagenham, today from 11am to 4pm.
The event, which offers free entry, will give you the chance to meet the park rangers and find out what they do, see traditional woodland craft and activities including chainsaw carving and woodturning, and take a look inside a beehive.
There will also be shows including The Lamb National sheep racing, a Coda Falconry display and a demonstration by the Essex Dog Club display team, and activities including a climbing wall, a bouldering wall and archery.
Eastminster Riding Stables will be offering pony rides and there will be live music, a bouncy castle, face painting, crafts, go-karts, local arts and craft sales and much more.
Father’s Day MotorFest, Tendring:
Essex Motor Show will be presenting a Father’s Day MotorFest event today at Hawk Farm, in Hawks Lane, Weeley, Tendring, from 10am to 4pm.
During the event you can see classic, custom and vintage cars and bikes, enjoy fairground and donkey rides and pop-up performances.
Browse modern and vintage market stands and enjoy a programme of entertainment in the main arena including motorbike football, a display stunt team and parades of vintage and modern vehicles.
Entertainment on the main stage will include The Foxy Rock Dancers, rock ’n’ roll from DJ Crazy Nadge and the amazing Bombshells 1940s harmony trio.
Entrance will be £10 for adults, £7 for children, and £30 for families of two adults and two children, with under 10s getting in for free.
Guided Tour at Copped Hall, Epping:
Find out more about Copped Hall, in Crown Hill, Epping, today during a guided tour of a large part of the Georgian mansion, its cellars, stables and gardens.
The mansion, which was saved from dereliction and the threat of development and is being restored by a dedicated team of volunteers, has a long history including links to King Henry VIII.
Guided tours, which last between two-and-a-half and three hours, set off from 10am, with last entry at 11am.
There is no need to book and refreshments will be available, while the shop will be open selling a range of items including produce from the Walled Garden.
Entrance to the event will be £8 per person, with children under the age of 14 getting in for free.