The Flying Spectacular

Kent and Essex Summer Events

There’s loads of great summer events going on near your favourite Kent and Essex Chef & Brewers.

The Flying Spectacular

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July

Don’t miss The Flying Spectacular at Barton’s Point Coastal Park on 9th and 10th July.

Organised by the Barton’s Point Model Flying Club, this free fun family weekend in 2016 has more excitement, thrills and dare-devilry than ever before. You can enjoy aerial displays choreographed by the UK’s leading pilots, talk to model craft experts and even test your own skills at the sensational Try and Fly event. Beautifully restored steam engines will delight enthusiasts, and little ones can look forward to face-painting and wild fun on the beach. If you’re feeling lucky, the annual raffle has superb prizes and there’s always treasure at the bring and buy sale.

Barton’s Point Coastal Park is set in over 40 acres of outstanding natural beauty and packed with outdoor activities from kayaking to cycling. It’s also perfect for camping, and pitches are available all weekend.

Why not reserve a table at The Bull Inn in Hockley?

This event starts at 10am on Saturday 9th July. And for a relaxed drink or meal after your aerial adventures, you’ll find our country pub, The Bull Inn, surrounded by the wild beauty of Hockley Woods, just 6 miles from the seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea. With its handsome timber framed, weatherboarded exterior, and imposing bulls head over the door, The Bull Inn is a 16th century Grade II listed country pub on the edge of Hockley Woods that has welcomed visitors through its historic doors for hundreds of years.

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Hockley Art Trail

Hockley Art Trail

Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th July

Discover a wealth of new and exciting artistic talent on the Hockley Art Trail, from 2nd to 9th July.

This award-winning event is a relative newcomer to the local arts’ scene, but the quality of work has already made it a feature of the Essex Summer of Art calendar. In 2016, the trail promises to be more extensive than ever with professional artists, students and gifted villagers exhibiting at over 30 village locations. There’s no limit to the creativity, and every medium from photography and wood carving to painting, sculpture and ceramics is represented across the event.

Visitors can look forward to an intriguing variety of venues too, where artists will have ingeniously used every inch of space to showcase their work. Not only is the trail a delightful opportunity to enjoy and buy exceptional art, it also gives you a unique chance to speak with the artists and even watch them working on new projects.

Why not reserve a table at The Bull Inn in Hockley?

Our charming country pub, the Bull Inn, is close the town centre, on the edge of Hockley Woods, and an inspired choice for lunch, dinner or a quiet drink after following the Art Trail.

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Rolls-Royce Sunday

Rolls-Royce Sunday

Sunday 10th July

Enjoy classic design in a wonderful setting at Rolls-Royce Sunday on 10th July.

First established in 1957, membership of The Rolls-Royce Enthusiast Club (RREC) has grown from 11 to over 10,000 in just under 60 years. Today its displays of classic cars are a regular feature at royal events and it’s the only club to have been reviewed twice by a reigning monarch. So when you receive an invitation to attend an RREC Rolls-Royce Sunday, it’s one to accept.

Visitors to this year’s event at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens can expect to be awed by the finest examples of classic Rolls-Royce. Some will have been beautifully maintained since they were first manufactured, others impeccably restored with the same passion that originally inspired Henry Royce over 100 years ago. And you can also look forward to seeing the delightful Riverhill Gardens in full bloom, providing a perfect backdrop for the classic cars and a wonderful summer day out.

Why not reserve a table at the Vauxhall Inn in Tonbridge

Rolls-Royce Sunday opens at 11am. And our country pub, the Vauxhall Inn in Tonbridge, is just 10 minutes from Riverhill if you feel like celebrating other fine British traditions like Sunday lunch or a relaxing, afternoon drink.

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The Essex HMVA Military and Flying Machines Show

The Essex HMVA Military and Flying Machines Show

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August

Join forces with The Essex HMVA Military and Flying Machines Show on 6th and 7th August this year.

This is the 10th anniversary show and over 300 military vehicles, incredible aircraft, thrilling re-enactments and many fun events promise to make it a fantastic weekend for all the family. History buffs will be delighted by spectacular tank convoys, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, wartime live music and a 1940s fashion show. Remarkable demonstrations of fire-power and authentic battle scenes impressively match sights and sounds. And model making, marching drills and story-telling are just a few of the activities for young visitors - if they can tear themselves away from over 1,000 fascinating living history displays.

Damyns Hall Aerodrome is enormous, but visitors can still enjoy close contact with the world’s finest military machines, while speaking to the personnel and re-enactors is just one of many memorable experiences at this marvellous event.

Why not reserve a table at The Boars Head in Herongate?

The show opens at 10am on both Saturday and Sunday. Just 20 minutes away from Damyns Hall our country pub, the Boar’s Head, is a peaceful choice for a drink or meal after the day’s action.

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