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Wondering what to get up to this week? Don't worry: we've done all the hard work for you, and Caitlin Moran is kicking us off in style with her new sofa-savvy live tour. So pre-order the wine and clear your iCal – this is one you're gonna wanna book...
Caitlin Moran: More Than A Woman Live!
This one’s so local you don’t even need to leave the sofa. Yep, thanks to COVID, Caitlin Moran’s latest tour is streaming to a screen near you on the 3rd September – and it’s coming at ’cha live and interactive. Championing her hotly anticipated new book, tour tickets (£21.91) promise to deliver a copy of More Than A Woman, plus a lively digital debate on what life’s really like beyond your thirties. If the original title redefined feminism, Moran’s revamp is set to be a kickass tribute to women’s supernatural ability to get s*** done. So grab your girl gang, tap along for the laughs and get ready to book in a neck massage afterwards – you might just need it after all those knowing nods. Claim your place here.
The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long at Hylands Estate
Drive-in cinema has become the fail-safe family entertainment option of late – and this week’s big-screen showcase comes in fine theatrical form. Ladies, say hello to Hugh Jackman’s ritzy feel-good musical, The Greatest Showman, which hits Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, on Saturday 5 September. Film fans can expect state of the art sound and screen, an American-diner-style drop of delicious eats and an all-singing, all-dancing car park finale. Beep beep, toot toot! Gates open from 6pm for a 6.30pm start and tickets cost from £35. Book your spot here.
Meet Peppa Pig at Old MacDonald’s Farm
Are your kids crazy for Peppa? Get them down to Old MacDonald’s Farm in Brentwood for a pink pig-shaped meet and greet on Saturday 5 September. But be organised: interval time slots will be running throughout the day to limit numbers – so make sure you sign up fast. For full details, visit omdfarm.co.uk
Heritage Drawing Trail
Pencils at the ready, amateur artists: a drawing trail hosted by Chelmsford Civic Society will be weaving its way through the city landmarks this week – and its set to ‘draw’ out your inner creativity. Meeting at Shire Hall at 1pm on 13 September, you’ll be invited to sketch the region’s Judge Tindal sculpture, historic Anne Knight Building, Marconi statue and Monument and Child tribute – all at a socially distanced pace, of course. Bring a mask, sketchbook, drawing materials and (depending on your skills) a keen grasp of ‘artistic license’, too. Oh, and the whole thing’s free! Just make sure you register your place here before attending.
Bar in the Park
Missing summer’s usual bevy of boutique festivals and outdoor supping? We hear you. But, more importantly, so does Bishop’s Stortford-based wine, spirits and beer merchant Twisted Cellar – who has decided to take its Vintage Mobile Bar on the road this month. The pop-up will be open for biz in Sworder’s Field from 4-6 September, serving alfresco crowds a menu of delicious wines, gins and proper draught beer. Just pop along with your own chairs, or register online here if you fancy kicking back on a comfy bean bag, craft brew in-hand. Now that sounds like a field day!