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Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare on the Back Lawn

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 - 1:39am

The Lord Chamberlain's men return to Hylands with one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies!


In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, The Lord Chamberlain's Men invite you to join them his summer for Shakespeare's sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.


Dates & Times: Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 7:00pm

Farmers and Crafts Markets

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 - 1:24am


Held on the first Sunday of every month, March through December from 10am - 4pm

Admission and Parking - free


Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stables Visitor Centre, our farmers and crafts market features a growing number of craft stalls and local farmers and producers who are passionate about food. The stalls sell a range of specialist foods, including:


Dates & Times: Sunday, 6 March 2016 - 10:00am

Scrapbook Safari

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 - 2:29am
About Scrapbook Safari


The Scrapbook Safari sessions are run throughout the year either at the weekend or during the school holidays. The Safaris are an opportunity for children to enjoy a guided exploration at Hylands along with others of a similar age. The Safaris are aimed at primary school aged children and so we ask that for safety reasons children are accompanied.  


Dates & Times: Wednesday, 3 August 2016 - 10:00am

Open air cinema

Wed, 3 Aug 2016 - 6:07pm

Open air cinema comes to Chelmsford this summer as The Luna Cinema turns the beautiful Hylands House into the ultimate setting for three nights of classic films under the stars. Bring a picnic or enjoy the fantastic hot food and full bar on site.


On 13 September, join Finn and Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as they unite with Hans Solo against the evil Kylo Ren and the First Order to ensure the Resistance receive intelligence concerning the whereabouts of the last Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker.


Dates & Times: Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - 6:00pm

Heavy Horse Experience Day - Driving

Wed, 3 Aug 2016 - 6:07pm

The perfect gift or personal experience


Enjoy a day working with one of our rare breed heavy horses, including grooming, harness care and an introduction to coach driving techniques with the opportunity to take the reins yourself.


This is an exclusive day with only 4 people, maximum booked on. Attendees must be age 16 +


Please complete a welfare form found on the right hand side of this page and bring along with you on the day.


For more information please call us on 01245 605500

Dates & Times: Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 10:00am

Tuesday Toddle

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 - 12:11am

The Tuesday Toddle sessions are run approximately every month throughout the year, with a break during the school summer holiday period. The Toddles are an opportunity for parents with pre-school children to enjoy a guided walk in the park and garden areas surrounding Hylands House along with other parents with children of a similar age. The routes chosen for the walk on the whole take into account those with pushchairs although a short detour maybe necessary from time to time to avoid steps etc. Maximum of three children per adult.


Dates & Times: Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - 10:00am

Heavy Horse Experience Day - Logging

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 - 12:49am

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 October 2016 - 10:00am

Embroiderers Guild Exhibition

Fri, 8 Jul 2016 - 10:48am

An exhibition of stitched textiles by members of the Embroiderers' Guild. The theme this year is 'Landscapes and Gardens' as part of the national celebration of the anniversary of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.


The exhibition is held in the Artist Studios in the Stable Visitior Centre and runs from Sunday 4th September to Monday 24th October 10am to 4pm (please note the Artist Studios are open Sunday & Mondays only).

Dates & Times: Sunday, 4 September 2016 - 10:00am


Tue, 28 Jun 2016 - 2:13pm

FriendsFest will transport you into an immersive world of Friends.


You will be treated to all the best sets, including Monica and Rachel's apartment.


You can grab a drink at Central Perk, or a bite to eat in Monica's Moon Dance Diner, pose on the beach in Joey's sand mermaid or go back in time to the gang's high school days with an 80's Silent Disco.


Dates & Times: Wednesday, 7 September 2016 - 3:00pm

The 3foot People Festival 2016

Fri, 27 May 2016 - 5:38pm
The 3foot People Festival returns to Hylands Park on 28, 29 & 30 June, 2016.


***750 extra tickets to be released Wednesday 25 May***

(Please note: extra tickets are only available to purchase online)



For the opportunity to purchase tickets please join the 3foot Mailing List by midnight on Tuesday 24 May. The mailing list can be located via the purple button on the right hjand side of this page. Everyone on the list will be emailed a link on Wednesday 25 May. 


Dates & Times: Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - 9:30am

The Fling Festival 2016

Fri, 27 May 2016 - 5:38pm

The Fling Festival returns to Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Saturday 2 July, 2016.


The Festival is like no-other, curated purely for adults. A bespoke day of live music, burlesque and cabaret, surreal theatre and immersive arts and crafts, plus the scrummiest food and more await those who visit the intimate tented venues, in the gorgeous landscaped Hylands Estate.


Headlining this year’s musical feast we are delighted to be featuring the critically-acclaimed Indie-rockers, Turin Brakes.


Dates & Times: Saturday, 2 July 2016 - 12:00pm

Crafts For Christmas - The Guild of Essex Craftsmen Fair

Thu, 26 May 2016 - 1:12am

Hylands House is full of Essex Craftsmen just waiting to help you find that unique or unusual Christmas gift!


Some craft demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the day.


Last entry is at 3.30pm.

Dates & Times: Saturday, 3 December 2016 - 10:00am

All About Dogs Show!

Sun, 22 May 2016 - 1:59am

The UK's largest outdoor event dedicated to dogs and all things doggy returns to Hylands this September!


Bring your dog to the fabulous Hylands Park and meet hundreds of dogs, chat to owners, see the fantastic displays and get involved in loads of 'have a go' events. 


Dates & Times: Saturday, 24 September 2016 - 9:30am

V Festival

Thu, 19 May 2016 - 2:16am

Tickets to the V Festival are now on general sale.


Information about disruption to Hylands Park during the V Festival will be published here in due course.

Dates & Times: Saturday, 20 August 2016 - 12:00pm

Open House at Hylands

Wed, 18 May 2016 - 2:04pm

Hylands opens its doors free of charge to reveal the secrets of its history on 9, 10 and 11 of August.


Walk around at your leisure and find out about the Hanbury family's time at Hylands and their role in the history of the House.


Open from 10am with last entry to the House at 4pm each day.

Dates & Times: Tuesday, 9 August 2016 - 10:00am

Once Upon a Time there were Four Little Rabbits… Beatrix Potter on the Back Lawn

Wed, 18 May 2016 - 2:04pm

In celebration of 150 years of Beatrix Potter meet the lady herself as she tells the tale of naughty Peter and his cousin Benjamin as they venture into Mr MacGregor's garden....


Bring a picnic and enjoy Michael Whitemore's delightful retelling of Beatrix Potter's best loved tales - a treat for all the family!


This event is based on the Back Lawn of Hylands House. However in the event of bad weather this event will move into the Grand Pavilion. Toilets will be available in the House and the Grand Pavilion.


Dates & Times: Sunday, 28 August 2016 - 2:00pm

A Night at the Opera

Thu, 12 May 2016 - 6:22pm


There are no tickets available for this event.





An unforgettable evening of singing by classical sopranos Amelia Burns and Rachel Farr.


With a programme ranging from intimate English song cycles, lieder and French song to the epic world of opera and riveting operetta!


Repertoire includes works by Strauss, Verdi, Puccini, Britten and many more.


A pay bar and tea and coffee will be available before the performance and during the interval.


Dates & Times: Sunday, 15 May 2016 - 7:30pm

Nordic Walking

Wed, 11 May 2016 - 1:46am


Nordic Walking sessions held at Hylands Park each Wednesday. For further details please see Nordic Walking.






  Dates & Times: Wednesday, 18 May 2016 - 10:00am

Essex Boot camp

Wed, 11 May 2016 - 1:46am

Essex Boot camp have vigorous exercise sessions at various parks in Chelmsford. These run continuously throughout the year, at Beaulieu Park (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), Hylands Park (Saturday) and Admirals Park (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday).

For further details please see their website www.essexbootcamp.co.uk


Sessions last one hour and there is always at least one qualified instructor in attendance.


Dates & Times: Saturday, 14 May 2016 - 9:00am

Heritage Open Days at Hylands House

Wed, 11 May 2016 - 1:46am

Hylands opens its doors free of charge to reveal the secrets of its history, exclusively for National Heritage Open Days 2016!


Enjoy free guided tours of the House at 11am and 2pm led by our knowledgeable guides or walk around at your leisure. Then visit our exhibition to find out about the Gooch family's time at Hylands and their involvement in the local community.


Please note, last entry to the house is at 4pm.


The Gooch Years


Hylands House was owned by the Gooch Family from 1906 - 1920.

Dates & Times: Sunday, 11 September 2016 - 10:00am