A weekend break doesn’t have to mean hitting another major city and navigating the tourist traps. We’ve rounded up the best entertainment in Thurrock for your Essex holiday.

If you’re tired of London, you’re probably not tired of life – but maybe it’s time to spice things up with an escape to Thurrock. It’s a bit of a hidden entertainment gem with a packed schedule of upcoming local events and traveling shows. If you’re planning a night out, our Park Inn by Radisson Thurrock can point you in the right direction. Here are our top event picks for the month ahead.

Ebb and Flow: An Opera Mash-Up

Whether you’re a classical music buff or an opera novice, you’re bound to enjoy this debut production from the Thurrock Community Chorus. They’ve taken the best songs from three operas – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and Richard Taylor’s Ludd and Isis - and arranged them for a chorus of 140 voices. It’s set to be a night of sophisticated fun featuring some of Thurrock’s best new and established talents – the Community Chorus welcomes singers of all abilities, so you’ll see advanced singers taking on the solos with some support from the beginners. Don’t miss this great value performance at the Civic Hall.

A Touch of Holly at Christmas

More music, this time at the Thameside Theater, where A Touch of Holly at Christmas promises hits from American rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly performed by Marc Robinson and the Counterfeit Crickets. This fun, light-hearted celebration of rock history’s most beloved icons also includes a tribute to Billy Fury by singer Gavin Stanley and a full-scale Elvis impersonation – with costumes to represent each era of the King’s reign at the top of the charts – by Steve Halliday. You’ll be singing along before you know it!

Mr. Wonderful and Todd Miller & the Joe Loss Orchestra

Christmas. There’s no escaping it, so you might as well embrace it.  And what better way to celebrate than with a night of dancing to live big band classics? This Christmas special at Thurrock’s Civic Hall is a treat for all ages – though there will be a licensed bar to keep you swinging all night long, or at least until midnight when the party winds down. Bring your dancing shoes for this one.

Circus of Horrors

If you’d rather steer clear of festive celebrations for now, Thurrock has some surprising alternative entertainment in store. Britain’s Got Talent finalists The Circus of Horrors features a cast of 26 daring performers, including acrobats, contortionists and sword swallowers. This isn’t one for the kids – there’s bound to be nudity and a bit of bad language – but for a taste of the truly bizarre, this is the most exciting ticket in town.