IT'S the weekend again and we've put together a few things to keep you busy.

1. A ROLLERCOASTER could be set to ride into the record books this weekend for the most people riding naked.

So far, 60 brave adrenaline junkies have signed up for the attempt by riding the Green Scream at Southend’s Adventure Island, while a further 60 more have expressed an interest in taking part.

Tracy Jones, one of the organisers of the event, said she was aiming to beat the 102 people who rode the same ride in 2010, and that raised more than £20,000 for Southend Hospital’s Bosom Pals Appeal.

All participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100 for Southend Hospital’s Keyhole Cancer Appeal, which is aiming to raise £600,000 to provide a state-of-the-art keyhole surgery theatre suite.

To sign up, contact 01702 216658, or email

2. DISTRICT councillors will be available for a council surgery for the St John’s and St Anne’s districts of Colchester.

They will be at the Parson’s Heath Baptist Church, Parson’s Heath from 9.30am to 11am on Saturday to discuss residents’ concerns.

3. The Noise Arts Festival is back for its fifth year and has a host of events taking place over a week.

Saturday evening from 5.30pm will see families light hundreds of candles and enjoy performances from the church choir at Kingston Primary School, Thundersley.

During the evening there will be a fire show, and a chance to warm up with hot chocolate, tea and coffee.

4. CHAMPION fundraiser Joyce Long had a busy start to her annual fundraising drive with a steady stream of people looking to snap up a bargain at her garden sale.

Joyce, 86, of Park Road, Thundersley is holding her annual bring and buy sale for the hospital throughout this week

Joyce said: “The first day was wonderful and very busy.

“There were so many people that it was difficult to move about.

“I have all sorts of items for sale from china to antiques, just lots and lots. The event runs until Saturday  from 9am until 4pm but ends at 3pm on Saturday.

“I am hoping that the sale is as busy all week as it was on the first day.”

For further details, or if you wish to donate to the sale, contact Joyce on 01268 566321.

5. A steam locomotive 61306 Mayflower from 1948 - is coming through Colchester station on its journey to Norwich at about 10.20am on Saturday. 

6. Comedy Club 4 Kids. Afternoon of fun at the Cramphorn Studio in Chelmsford with comedians Three Half Pints. 2pm on Saturday. 01245 606505.

7. The undead will descend on the pier this Sunday for the annual zombie pier walk. 

Ghouls will be welcome along Southend pier from 3pm. 

8. There will be a Muddy obstacle race in aid of St Helena Hospice at Gosfield School on Saturday. Race starts at 10am. 

9. In collaboration with the CO3 Studios, Colchester, firstsite will be taking part in the international initiative Big Draw this Sunday. 

The Big Draw is the world's biggest drawing festival and thousands of events will be held across the globe.

10. EASTERN Angles are making a song and dance about town planning for their latest show at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre.

The heart-warming musical play Parkway Dreams, using the voices of people who lived in Peterborough during the Seventies and Eighties, has been written by EastEnders’ writer Kenneth Emson.

It is the extraordinary backroom story of the architects and politicians who transformed the old Fenland city and how ancient villages morphed into modern townships and why a comical Roman centurion came to front the city’s publicity campaign.

Parkway Dreams will be the first show in the Mercury’s new Studio Theatre, transformed in a half million renovation plan.

It runs tomorrow and Saturday at 8pm, with an extra 3pm performance on Saturday. For tickets visit or call the boxoffice on 01206 573948.