1. Our House, Headgate Theatre, Chapel Street North, Colchester, until tomorrow, 7.45pm plus 2.30pm (tomorrow) £12, £10. 01206 366000.

The ridiculously talented bunch of young performers that is Mad Hatter returns for another cracking musical, this time Tim Firth’s story set to the classic tunes of Madness. With some familiar Mad Hatter faces such as Will Mugford, Sophie Holland and Alex Terry in the cast, it’s always great to see some new actors on stage and this production has plenty, proving the local theatre scene is well and truly in safe hands.

2. Live/Wire: The AC/DC Show, Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester, today, doors 7.30pm. £14 in advance, £15 on the door. 01206 500900.

The six-man tribute to one of rock music’s greatest bands AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls’ and over two hours of classic tock ‘n’ roll.

3. Essex County Hospital Heritage Day, Lexden Road, Colchester, tomorrow, 1pm to 5pm. Free.

A special day and the end of an era as people gather to remember their relationships with this iconic place.

4. New Town Open Gardens, various venues, New Town, Colchester, Sunday, 1pm to 6pm. Programmes £3 from St Stephen’s Church Hall, Canterbury Road. 01206 792254.

Proving urban is just as good as the country when it comes to blooms and borders, there’s more than 25 gardens this year as well as A World War I Walk of New Town, where virtually every street was effected by this tragic event and a chance to see Winsley Almhouses Chapel, dating back to 1726.

5. Theatricool: The Little Mermaid, Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, 4pm and 7pm. £16 plus discounts. 01206 573948.

More talented performers, this time from the Theatricool school. As in previous years, this should prove to be an all singing, all dancing delight as little ones and older ones flash the splash to show just what they’ve learnt over the year.