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Book Fair

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 - 1:23am

This fair offers one of the largest selections of antiquarian and second hand books with maps and prints also available to purchase. Set in the beautiful rooms of Hylands House, this is a fair not to be missed.


Tickets: £1
Pre-booking not available

Dates & Times: Sunday, 2 November 2014 - 10:00am

Glass Etching

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 - 5:03pm

Etch your own beautiful glasses for Christmas and learn a decorative technique with many applications. During this workshop, resident artist, Mona Marnell, will teach you how to apply a
variety of resists and relief paste to create your own unique designs.

£65, including all materials.


Ticket sales close 17 October

Dates & Times: Monday, 20 October 2014 - 10:00am

Fright Night Xtra

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 - 1:39am
This adult only event will scare even the toughest of people. After the growing success of the Family Fright Night, this event raises the "scare factor" just for adults. Tickets now on saleOur terrifying trail will disorientate your senses and test your nerves. A brand new trail is being developed for 2014, the transformation is taking place...


Dates & Times: Friday, 31 October 2014 - 6:00pm

Fright Night

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 - 12:16am
Tickets now on sale. This has been a sell out every year so please book early to avoid disappointment


Here's what's coming for 2014 

See the video using the link on the right for 2013


  • Face painters
  • Walkabout entertainment
  • Special Halloween trail through the gardens
  • Spooky stories with live animal interaction
  • 3D projection on the front of the House
  • Fireworks to music
  • Toffee apples for every little goblin, witch and wizard!


Dates & Times: Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 4:00pm

Mosaic Making for Beginners

Sun, 7 Sep 2014 - 12:34am

Expert mosaic artist, Dionne Ible, is joining our team of artists to bring the wonderful craft of Mosaic to Hylands. This workshop will cover all the techniques of creating beautiful tiled art.
Your finished piece will be suitable for indoors.

£70, including all materials, equipment use and light refreshments.


Ticket sales close 22 October



Dates & Times: Friday, 24 October 2014 - 10:00am

Autumnal Season Woven Door Ring & Head Ring

Sun, 7 Sep 2014 - 12:34am

Create a stunning willow-woven door ring for the Autumn Season. Woven decorations are in fashion, and this workshop teaches you to make a lovely circlet from natural materials. See in the
autumn in style and have fun too.

£35, including all materials and use of tools.


Ticket sales close 23 October

Dates & Times: Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 2:00pm

Beginners Enamelling: Starting out

Sat, 6 Sep 2014 - 2:43am

In this one-day workshop, your experienced tutor, Toni Peers, will teach you all you need to know to get started in Enamelling. This is a craft often used in the production of jewellery, although
other small items can be made too. In this workshop we will look at sifting enamel and painting design using the wet-packing technique. Expect to produce up to three enamelled pieces.

£50, including all equipment and materials.


Ticket sales close 16 October

Dates & Times: Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 10:00am

Introduction to Silk Painting

Fri, 5 Sep 2014 - 12:53am

If you have an interest in painting, colour, texture, design and silk, then this day gives you the opportunity to use beautiful jewel-like colours to paint on silk. No previous experience is necessary
as this beginner’s day introduces you to the basic skills, materials and techniques needed to get you started. Our tutor, Sue Thomas, is hugely experienced in helping people create, have fun and be inspired.

£40, including all materials.


Ticket sales close 16 October

Dates & Times: Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 10:00am

The Art of Silver Clay

Thu, 4 Sep 2014 - 12:29am

This is a class for beginners or those who would like a refresher in Art Clay Silver work. Art Clay Silver is an exciting material to work with, starting like a fine textured clay but becoming pure solid
silver when fired. The clay can be fired by using a blow torch, a kiln or even an ordinary gas hob. You will design and create a pendant or earrings and go home with a lovely, unique piece of

£64, including all materials.


Ticket sales close 9 October

Dates & Times: Saturday, 11 October 2014 - 10:00am

Catalonia Tension platter

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 - 12:16am

Join Deb Hart for this great beginner’s workshop in willow weaving. Create an attractive willow platter, ideal for garden or dinner parties. Look out for more of Deb’s workshops in this brochure: each workshop builds on the skills you can learn in others.

£35, including all materials, tools and tea/coffee.


Ticket sales close 2 October

Dates & Times: Sunday, 5 October 2014 - 9:30am

Art in the Park

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 - 2:00am

For one day, Art in the Park offers you the opportunity to meet multi-talented artists, enjoy demonstrations and buy affordable art directly from them. So why not make a day of it? Enjoy the Hylands Sculpture Trail and see the fabulous work created by artists working in the county of Essex.

Dates & Times: Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 11:00am

Homemade Cushions

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 - 2:29am

Try a one-day course on learning how to make fabulous cushions. They look very expensive and hard to make but nothing is further from the truth. With the help of our friendly tutor, Sue Layton, you will learn how to mark up your fabric using a cushion pattern, how to sew Canadian Smocking and then how to use the same pattern to make other fabulous cushions.

You will also complete a small smocked pincushion so you will always have a reminder of your day.

£42, including fabrics. Please bring a basic sewing kit.


Dates & Times: Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 10:00am

Dear Jane

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 - 1:48pm

The Cameo Players present another popular soiree featuring the life and works of Jane Austen, one of the U.K’s most popular novelists.

Be transported back to the romance of the era in the delightful surroundings of Hylands House for an evening of readings and dramatisations from her novels with some delightful music performed by Doublet. Come and enjoy Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth Bennett, the odious Mr. Collins
or the overbearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh and other colourful characters from Jane Austen’s novels.


Dates & Times: Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 7:45pm

Heritage Weekend: Essex at War

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 - 1:35pm
ESSEX AT WAR, 1914 - 1918
Sunday 14 September 10am – 5pm
A joint event between Hylands House & Essex Records Office exploring the impact of the Great War on Essex, this in conjunction with Heritage Open Days.

Join us in remembrance and take part in the many activities taking place throughout the day.
A series of short talks covering various ways in which Essex was affected by the First World

Dates & Times: Saturday, 13 September 2014 - 10:00am

Autumn Flowers: 5 week course

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 - 1:35pm

A short flower arranging course to increase your enjoyment of our beautiful autumnal flowers and foliage. Beginners welcome with some challenges for the more experienced. A materials list will
be provided for each class in advance.


A materials list will be provided each week


Tuesday 23, 30 September, 7, 14 & 21 October 10am – 12pm


Ticket sales close 19 September

Dates & Times: Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 10:00am

Lino-Art Print

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 - 1:35pm

Tutor Helen Rose will teach you the basics of lino printing as you create your very own design and create a series of art prints during this workshop. You’ll print in multiple layers of colour, all without a printing press, meaning you can continue printing at home. Using soft cut lino, cutting tools and water-based inks you’ll have a fun, inky, print-packed day.


£50, including all materials and tools. Please bring an apron.


Ticket sales close 24 September

Dates & Times: Friday, 26 September 2014 - 10:00am

Hylands Sculpture Trail

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 - 1:35pm

The Sculpture Trail contains work from truly talented Essex sculptors. You'll see a stunning range from metalwork to recycled materials from stone carving to glass. And what makes this trail so special is the number of sculptures which have been made specifically for this event.

Come to the Stables Visitor Centre and pick up a map of this fabulous, free and fully accessible trail. You won't be disappointed.


For further information please call 01245 605523

Dates & Times: Monday, 1 September 2014 - 10:00am

Heavy Horse Experience for under 16's

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 - 12:55pm

This exciting course is run by Claudia Waller, a partner of Hawthorn Heavy Horses based at Hylands. She specialises in the use of working horses for forestry and conservation work. Claudia has a BSc in Equine Studies and 12 years’ experience of working heavy horses.


You will learn how to:

Dates & Times: Monday, 27 October 2014 - 9:30am

Horse Logging Experience Day

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 - 12:55pm

Come and experience the magic and tranquillity of a woodland setting with one of our rare breed horses. The day will include a logging demonstration in the woods then having a go at it yourselves. You will experience what a horse loggers day in the woods involves including tea breaks and lunch in the great outdoors. Meet at the Stables Visitor Centre.


Participants: Please download and complete the welfare form and information sheet on the right. All participants must bring the welfare form with them on the morning of their experience day

Dates & Times: Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 10:00am