Upcoming events:

19
th
Jan

Love Your Clothes Roadshow

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Did you know that every house in Essex throws away the equivalent of 36 jumpers every year? Disposing of all that waste costs taxpayers almost £1.5million a year. Come along to our stand at Colchester Market to find out more how to keep your old clothes out of the bin and enter our free prize draw!
19
th
Jan

Red Lion Hotel Ghost Hunt

8:00pm - 2:00am |
Brook Red Lion Hotel 43 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DJ 
Experience a night of ghost hunting at Red Lion Hotel, Colchester, Essex with Ghost Hunt Events

Participate in Séances, Vigils, Table tilting, Glass moving, Ouija boards, EVP Experiments, Automatic writing and much more. This is a serious overnight ghost hunt (paranormal investigation), and is conducted with our team of professional Mediums and paranormal investigators.

We pride ourselves on having small groups for each activity (usually three or four) and allowing you free time to explore the venue using some of our equipment towards the end of the night.
We can't guarantee spiritual or ghostly activity but we can guarantee that everything you experience will be 100% real.

Tickets £45 per person. Over 18s only. Start time: 8pm until 2am. Event includes a hot buffet.
Book now to avoid disappointment at http://www.ghosthuntevents.co.uk/red-lion-hotel.php

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20
th
Jan

Essential Oil Workshop

10:00am - 12:30pm |
The Tree Room
12 Trinity Street
Join Rebecca Bonneteau and you will find out some amazing health benefits to making essential oils part of your life.

Do you have essential oils at home but don't know what you can use them for? 

Join Rebecca Bonneteau and you will find out some amazing health benefits to making essential oils part of your life. 

As well as learning you will get the chance to get hand's on with the oils, smelling out your favourites, finding out what they are best used for and finally making a product for you to take home to continue the enjoyment. 

Tickets are £30 per person for a 2.5 hour workshop which includes your product to take home with you. 

Gift vouchers are available for this workshop if you want to buy this as a gift. See link for details or contact me directly for details.

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20
th
Jan

All Squared Away

10:00am - 3:00pm |
15 Queen Street, Colchester CO1 2PQ 
Workshop looking at creating knitted or crocheted squares to be made up into blankets. The aim is to learn some new stitch patterns which can then be used on other projects as well. Cost is £5 for the day. Wool for blanket project provided.
20
th
Jan

Winter Plant-based Party and Open House

10:00am - 4:00pm | £15 for the day
Fishpits Cottage, Bures, CO8 5DS 
Don't start the year with yet another diet! Come to our seasonal get together for the Colchester group and find out how the I Eat What I Need approach is supporting people to change their food and body concerns. Includes an amazing plant based lunch and relaxation time. £15 for the day.
20
th
Jan
The Tai Chi Studio, Unit 12 Hall Farm Business Centre, Church Road, Little Bentley CO7 
Are you a writer/artist or musician who sometimes finds inspiration hard to come by - writer's block, blank canvas? Some of my best ideas come during or after a session of Chi Kung when my mind and body are completely relaxed and I'm far removed from all the other 'stuff' that seems to whizz around in my head. I will share these excercises & meditations with you so that you can benefit from a little 'you' time. Don't forget your notebook and pen - you never know when inspiration might strike!
20
th
Jan

Winter Pruning Course

11:00am - 3:00pm |
Colchester location, TBC 
How to restore an overpruned orchard.

On Saturday the 20th January 2018 we will be organising a winter pruning training course under the experienced guidance of Adam Paul on "how to restore an overpruned orchard" consisting of mainly apple, quince, medlar and other fruit trees.

We will start at 11am and will aim to finish by 3pm. Please bring a packet lunch, wellies and your pruning equipment. We will provide Coffee and Tea. 

There will be a charge of £10 for non-members but free for members. Please register your interest by 10th January with Ton Damen (ton_damen@yahoo.co.uk / 07584 410465).

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20
th
Jan

Supper Night - Steak Night

7:30pm - 10:00pm |
Sip and Tuck
67 High Street
Supper Club is finally here!! Two weeks time we kick off with our take on a steak night. What’s better than a steak night? Two steak nights in one! Start off with a green salad and house vinaigrette. Main of steak cooked to your liking with fries, then when we see you’re ready we’ll bring fresh steak and a load more fries. And to finish a choice of our homemade desserts. £20 pp. Ticket only. £10 deposit and book via info@sipandtuck.com or in house.
21
st
Jan

Braiding Workshop

11:00am - 4:00pm |
Graham's Lounge, The George Hotel, High Street, Colchester CO1 1TD 
Whether you are looking for a unique day out or you are a parent looking to grow your skills to master those instagram worthy braids, look no further!

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR SPACE

For just £45 you can learn the art of Braiding in a fun and relaxed 5-hour workshop.
All abilities and ages welcome.

Whether you are looking for a unique day out or you are a parent looking to grow your skills to master those instagram worthy braids, look no further!

We will educate you on the fundamentals of braiding such as ‘Dutch’ as well as more creative techniques including the stunning ‘fishtail’ and ‘infinity’ braids. Finishing off with the opportunity to design your own look and accessorize your creation. 

We will provide you with your own mannequin head which you can take home and fine-tune your new found skills, as well as step-by-step guide handout to ensure you keep everything you have learned at the front of your mind. You will be showing off your stand out braids for years to come!

With the opportunity to order from the George's delicious lunch menu we’ll all enjoy some great food whilst taking time out to discuss the morning's events. Perhaps even over a glass of prosseco if you so wish. You will need to pay for your own lunch but don’t worry, we’ll provide the all important cake!

For all enquiries and to book please email fiona@turrellandjones.co.uk. A £20 non refundable deposit will be required to secure your booking, this will be taken from your final bill.

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22
nd
Jan

Colchester Networking Event

10:00am - 12:00pm | £4 pp
Harvester Restaurant, 186 London Road, Colchester CO3 8NZ 
Come along to find out more about this group and how small businesses can help each other out! There will also be a chance to tell others about your business, and meet other small business owners. This is a friendly informal group - so if you haven't done any networking before, this is a great place to start. The cost is £4 per person. A selection of drinks and snacks will be available to purchase from the bar.
24
th
Jan

Dancing with Parkinsons

2:30pm - 4:00pm |
Our programme offers monthly sessions to those with Parkinson’s and their partners, friends, carers, and family. Enjoy creative dance classes with lead artist Charlotte Haddon, whilst exploring the treasures of Colchester Castle.

All this is topped off with time for tea, biscuits and a chat at the end of each session to ensure we speak with friends and allowing peer support.


Our sessions run every month on a Wednesday located at Colchester Castle, Colchester Castle, Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1TJ

2.30 - 3.30 Dance class
3.30 - 4.00 Social time

24 January/21 February/21 March/25 April/23 May/20 June
/4 July and 22 August 

If needed there is disabled parking at the front of Colchester Castle, otherwise please use close by pay and display car parks.

To book your place or to find out more information,
Email: emma@dancenetworkassociation.org.uk 
Call: 07561 267 332
Visit: www.dancenetworkassociation.org.uk

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25
th
Jan
TBC 
The ELEVENTH installment of Sofar Sounds for music lovers in and around Colchester.

1st BIRTHDAY SHOW and after party! Secret line-up (3 acts). Secret location in Colchester. (Revealed via email to confirmed guests 36 hours before event). BYOB

Apply for tickets here: https://www.sofarsounds.com/colchester

We're always looking for new faces to join the community (hosting at your space, volunteering), so if you want to get involved with the future magic, take a trip here: https://www.sofarsounds.com/colchester

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25
th
Jan

Burn's Night

8:00pm - 11:00pm |
Queen Street Brewhouse
9 Queen Street
We celebrate our Scottish heritage in traditional style. A night of poetry, music, comedy and food awaits you. Laird Robert Johnstone of Mile End will address The Haggis - both trad version and vegan version. All served with neeps, tatties and whisky. Robert will read the epic Tam O'Shanter, our own Bard Tony Smith will perform the classic poem 'Tay Bridge Disaster', and Andy Skene will introduce you to 'The Cremation of Sam McGee' join us for what promises to be great night of Scottishness!
26
th
Jan
Sip and Tuck
67 High Street
The Skinny Jean Gardener Show Streaming LIVE on Facebook filmed at Colchester’s Sip & Tuck and going LIVE @ 8PM. I’m an Ambassador for St Helena Hospice and together we have put together the ‘Can You Dig It’ campaign. Between 5:30 & 7pm you can register and collect your seeds! LIVE RECORDING & STREAM @ 8PM - 8.25pm. Recording for a pre recorded Show @ 8.40pm - 9.05pm. With Music from Show band Tanjamin Mandarin. Drinks and some food. Available to buy on the night.
26
th
Jan
The Victoria Inn
10 North Station Road
#tryanuary is the celebration of local breweries/brewers and pubs!! Come and celebrate all things cask and keg from Essex and by people associated with Essex.

Meet some of the brewers that make the beers we love and try some beers that they love to make for us, plus a few special beers especially for the event!

There will be 5 Essex real ales available, 2 Essex lagers and plenty of other treats! 

#tryanuary are raising money for the East Anglian Children's Hospice so there will be a raffle where you could win some great prizes.

So come down on Friday 26th January and try some local beers, meet some beery type people and raise some money for a great charity and most importantly have a great night out.

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26
th
Jan

Introduction to Wine

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
The George Hotel, 116 High St, Colchester CO1 1TD 
If you love wine and want to learn more then this evening tasting is for you.We will taste six wines from around the world, and provide many pointers that will enhance your appreciation of wine. We will cover how to taste wine like a professional and look at all the major wine regions in a lighthearted and interesting way. This course is for people who are new to wine tasting and just want to have a bit of fun learning more.
27
th
Jan
Just Essentials, Eld Lane, Colchester CO1 1LS 
Our Colchester store is in the process of having a HUGE make over and we can't wait to celebrate our beautiful new store with a fabulous Grand Reopening Day!!

Grab some fab freebies like a Goodie bag worth a massive £20 with a £20 spend!! We will also be handing out FREE Prosecco, FREE cupcakes and providing a FREE lash fitting service all day!

So why not come check out the new store, grab a glass of bubbles and help us make this a fantastic new launch of our beautiful new Just Essentials Colchester store!

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27
th
Jan

Saturday Explorers

10:00am - 12:00pm |
Suitable for children walking - 6years (non walking siblings very welcome free of charge) Hot drinks for grown ups. Toasted marshmallows and popcorn for children.

Book here: 

https://www-251b.bookeo.com/bookeo/ms_muddybootscolchester_start.html?ctlsrc=1515254523399&src=02b

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27
th
Jan

January Bazaar

10:00am - 3:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
The Bazaar is an opportunity for local makers/artists/producers to show their creative side to Colchester on a monthly basis.
27
th
Jan

Yoga in Support of Anxiety

11:00am - 1:30pm |
The Tree Room
12 Trinity Street
This workshop is offered for anyone who experiences any level of difficulty with anxiety.

Yoga and meditation are both tremendous resources to draw on when experiencing the challenging and powerful sensations that might be experienced at times of high anxiety and stress. We will be working with grounding poses to assist in establishing a safe harbour for the mind. 

Learning techniques for managing intense sensations and moving of awareness to experience other sensations in and outside of the body. We will also, inherently be working building trust between body and mind, healing the body-mind relationship; where the body and mind become allies each supporting the role of the other. This workshop is a perfect compliment to any other treatment and requires no prior experience with yoga or meditation.
To book - 

http://www.risingspiralyoga.com/contact/

1) Yoga in Support of Anxiety, 2 1/12 hrs £20
2) Yoga in Support of Trauma, 3hrs £25

both £37.50, (30% discount code for 2 issued after booking 1)

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27
th
Jan
Queen Street Brewhouse
9 Queen Street
Come and choose from as many different raw and cooked dishes as you like. Raw pizzas are the theme, and you can choose your own toppings. There will also be some cooked dishes for those not into raw food in January!

A selection of desserts will also be served. Open all day for bookings, walk-ins and takeaways, but booking is strongly advised. 

MENU: £14

Raw pizza bases
Sunflower, cashew and red pepper cheeze
Raw vegetable pizza toppings
Mini sundried tomato and lentil burgers
Red root superslaw with orange dressing
Mixed leaf green salad with fresh herbs and alfalfa
Asian 'stir fry' salad with peanut dressing 
Green bean, mushroom and pesto salad
Melon and cucumber salad
Cashew salad cream
Chickpea & roasted squash salad
Kale pakoras
Minty spiced millet

Desserts: £4

Raw chocolate superfood slice
Plum & apple crumble with vanilla custard
Raw carrot cake with cashew and orange frosting

Extra dishes may be added depending on demand, please feel free to make requests. 

Drinks:

Herbal tea £1
Kombucha £2
Sparkling water £1

Alcoholic drinks may be purchased from the Queen Street Brewhouse next door.

Allergens: some dishes contain nuts, peanuts, celery or mustard.

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27
th
Jan

Goals 2018

2:30pm - 5:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Our workshop will provide a fun space for you to meet like-minded individuals while you embark on a creative journey to discover what you really want out of 2018.

Using Creative Coaching Exercises you will finish this workshop with clarity on what you want to get out of 2018 and how to make it happen.

What is included in the one day package:

* A relaxing, welcoming space for you to be yourself and meet like minded people

* A chance to express yourself in a fun and creative way through craft and dance. (Nothing crazy!)

* Guided meditations

* Exploration of what you want for 2018 with a visualisation board. Free for you to take home.

* A clear action plan for how to reach those goals in 2018

* Free tea and coffee

Our day package is Early Bird £30 or full price £40 (Not including Event Brite fee) hosted at First Site Colchester 2.30 - 5pm 27th January. Doors open at 2.15pm.

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27
th
Jan

The Colchester Quiz

4:00pm - 10:00pm |
The British Grenadier Pub, Military Road, Colchester CO1 2AP 
Test your knowledge of Colchester at this quiz. Drop in anytime between 4 and 10pm to enter. £5 per person. All proceeds to ABF The Soldiers Charity. Prizes include meals out and theatre vouchers.
27
th
Jan

Veganuary Supper Club

8:00pm - 11:00pm |
 
In support of all our Vegan friends and followers The Flavour Room will be kicking off the new year with a VEGAN supper club this month. Well, it is Veganuary!!!!

Our Vegan events have alway proved popular with feedback telling us we are "way better than Greyfriars". We're happy about that.


Same rules apply...
Contact: infoflavourroom@gmail.com for booking
Price: £30pp for a 4 course meal*.
Please bring your own drinks, 
The finest Colchester tap water is provide for free and tea/coffee served at the end of the meal.
Dinning is 8-11pm (one sitting only)
We ask you to arrive on time but not early.

* Our menus are a surprise on the night (very much like a dinner party) but if you have any food allergies or intolerances you can let us know and we will tell you if the menu is suitable this time.

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28
th
Jan

Winter Birding Day

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Fingringhoe Wick, South Green Rd, Colchester, CO5 7DN 
Guided bird walks around the nature reserve with expert guides from Swallow Birding. Help with bird identification. No need to book. Please ring the centre for more information on 01206 729678. Normal entry donation requested.
28
th
Jan

Sunday Games Club

12:00pm - 6:00pm |
SPACE, 37 Queen Street
37 Queen Street
We'll be at 37 Queen Street (the old Police Station / TPs building). Access to the space is on Queen Street. BYO games, or just come along and join in with a game. Invite friends or come along and make some new ones! :)
29
th
Jan

Boudicca's Circle

1:00pm - 3:00pm |
Jacqueline's Tea Rooms, 14 Short Wyre Street, Colchester CO1 1LN 
Boudicca's Circle is a group of holistic practitioners, teachers, creatives and entrepreneurs in Colchester, Essex who meet regularly to support each other's work, help develop our ideas and encourage self-care.

We meet to discuss marketing, challenges of our work, anything that we care to bring in the spirit of developing principles of heart-centred business, sharing ideas and receiving each other's support as fellow practitioners rather than seeing each other as competitors. So even if we work in the same discipline, we find that we refer clients and students to each other as we all create unique connections and have different ways of doing what we do.

Hope to see you there!

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29
th
Jan

Community Day Planning Meeting

7:30pm - 9:00pm |
Wimpole Rd Methodist Church, Colchester CO1 2DL 
Please come and share ideas or offer support for the New Town Community day in the summer.
30
th
Jan

Yarn Lovers Monthly Meet-Up

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
GO4 Cafe at the Rec
Recreation Ground
All are welcome to our monthly Yarn Lovers meet up!!! Whether you love crochet or knitting this is the place you want to be! All genders, ages and skill levels welcome. We are a friendly, welcoming, close group. We are currently working on making beautiful one of a kind blankets which will be sold to benefit a different charity per blanket. Please come and share and bring a friend! £2.50 per person please to be paid to the cafe.
30
th
Jan

African Drumming Workshop

7:30pm - 9:00pm |
Kingsland, 86 London Road, lexden, Colchester CO3 9DW 
Evening jam session as part of the Open Communities Week
01
st
Feb
GO4 Cafe at the Rec
Recreation Ground
Adult spanish course hosted by Spanish Teacher UK . Start day Thursday 1st February 12am - 13.00pm until July 26th once a week every Thursday. Cafe on the Rec, Recreation Road, Colchester. Come along and have fun in a friendly atmosphere learning spanish. £5 per person, materials included. Minimum 8 people per lessons . Spaces are limited, to book please email sildidu@hotmail.com
01
st
Feb

How To Self-Publish

7:00pm - 9:00pm | £5 (Concessions £3)
SPACE, 37 Queen Street
37 Queen Street
Thinking of starting a magazine or publishing a book? The session will present a range of experiences and provide practical tips on all aspects of self-publishing from raising funding, design, editing to distribution. The panel includes: Louisa Bailey – Publication Studio London Luke Archer – Loupe Magazine Rich With – Made in Leigh – Trawler Paper Ticket includes complimentary drinks and networking after the talk.
01
st
Feb
Christ Church, Ireton Road, Colchester CO3 3AT 
Christ Church and Colchester Theatre Group present NATIVITY By Rod Green. Tickets £5 from the Church office - 01206 542307 or nativity@colchesterchristchurch.org.uk
02
nd
Feb

Coffee and Card

10:00am - 11:30am | £5 (pay on the day)
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Join us to make a card in the We Walk the Line cafe at Firstsite and get your coffee for free! February’s Card is inspired by the #greenheart movement - ready for Feb 14th. It can also be a good luck, St Patrick’s day, or even a valentines card with the options in this stamp set! Event costs £5.
03
rd
Feb

Trees for Years 2018

10:00am - 1:00pm |
Rowan House, Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3WG 
Colchester Borough Council is delighted to announce that it will again be running the Trees for Years giveaway in association with grounds maintenance company idverde on Saturday 3 February.

From 10am-1pm on the day, or until stock runs out, 2,018 trees will be available for residents to collect from Rowan House, Sheepen Road. Members of the Council's Parks team will be on hand to advise which plants are suitable for your size of garden. 

Last year, around 700 people attended the event and all the plants had been snapped up by midday – so be quick!

Each household will be able to take up to three plants and residents are asked to bring their own bags. Schools, community groups or parish councils can take up to fifteen. All trees are bare-root and range in height from 50cm to 1.2m.

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03
rd
Feb
Three Wise Monkeys
60 High Street
We are extremely excited to announce that the first-ever coming together of PECK & MEX APPEAL will officially take place each Saturday throughout February at Colchester's Three Wise Monkeys!

Join us throughout the month as we introduce a specially-curated ONE-OFF menu which will be available for four weekends only!

All will be revealed in the coming weeks. Trust us, we have loads of surprises to announce along the way. 

Join the page now to keep up to date with each announcement as anticipation builds to launch night on Saturday 3rd of February.  

https://www.facebook.com/whatthepeck/
https://www.facebook.com/MexAppealEssex/

Expect great food, great beer and a whole heap of great times... 

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04
th
Feb

The Caring Imperative - Women and Selflessness

10:30am - 12:00pm | £12 pp including a light brunch, tea, coffee
SPACE, 37 Queen Street
37 Queen Street
Join the Women's Huddle Brunch for a monthly get together.

Justyna Isobel, a qualified counsellor and dance & movement therapist, and Jade, a feminist* blogger and local advocate, warmly invite you to attend the first of a series of friendly, inclusive monthly get-togethers, for women of all ages who are feeling disillusioned, burnt-out, stressed, disenfranchised or unsupported.

(*Please don’t be scared by the F word! We believe in the Cambridge Dictionary definition of feminism: “that women should be allowed the same rights, power, and opportunities as men” and would like to reclaim it as a positive.)

Each session will be partly focused on well-being (including some simple mindfulness, movement and relaxation activities), part feminist workshop (discussing a different theme each month) and part supportive network (looking at how we as women can best empower and help each other and the next generation).

We will share a simple, tasty brunch, get to know each other, spend some time focusing on ourselves as partners, mothers, friends, workers, bosses and consumers, and share the issues and themes that are most important to us. In a world where women are supposed to be able to ‘have it all’, fulfilling all the roles demanded of us often feels more difficult than ever. 

If you feel frustrated by society’s expectations, if you’d like to take some time to breathe in a safe space, if you could really do with talking to like-minded women, then, please, join us at the Women’s Huddle.

We will run the sessions in a relaxed and open space that also has an area where accompanying children can run around and play – as single mothers ourselves we really don't want a lack of childcare to be a barrier to attendance

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04
th
Feb

This Girl Can Essex Festival

11:00am - 1:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
This Girl Can Essex are excited to announce the final date and venue for our This Girl Can Essex Festival date for 2018. Come and join us at our Colchester event on the 4th February. Information on what will be on offer to be shared soon but all activities will be aimed at encouraging ladies of all abilities. Come celebrate women being active! All events across Essex are FREE to attend.
04
th
Feb

Winterfest - Spoken Word

2:00pm - 6:00pm |
University and Community Sailing Club, 45 Waterside, Brightlingsea, CO7 0AZ 
It's happening again! Winterfest, a shining beacon in the otherwise unmitigated greyness which is early February! This year's spoken word event will take place in the comparatively palatial surroundings of the University Sailing Club in Brightlingsea - so we'll have a lot more space than last time. This year, we will have invited groups, plus open mic slots which will be dispersed throughout the event.
07
th
Feb

Pairing Tea with Chocolate

4:00pm - 5:30pm |
Cardamon Tea Lounge
44 St John's Street
Join us to discover the perfect match: Tea and Chocolate. Tea pairs well with many foods, but one of the most heavenly combinations for tea lovers who happen to be chocoholics is, of course, tea and chocolate. You will get to take home some samples of our tea selection, learning resources, and the pairing Tea & Chocolate completion certificate. You’ll also get 10 percent off any tea purchased after session.
11
th
Feb

Family Movement and Sound Workshop

2:00pm - 4:00pm | £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
The Colchester Movement and Sound Collective are now offering monthly Sunday workshops suitable for families and open to all ages. We welcome adults with a willingness to connect with their inner child! Come and explore movement and sound within a creative, inclusive and playful environment. We aim to guide you out of your head and into your body, breath and heart.

Sunday MAS ♥ movement and sound 

guided by a collective of dance, sound, yoga and bodywork practitioners 
enriched by creative live percussion.and complimentary playlists

What to expect:
- Light and creative yoga for all ages
- Movement games
- Guided explorations into creative movement and sound
- Laughter yoga
- Playing with props
- Story Telling
- Free Dancing - move how you wish to a creative music playlist and live percussion
- Sound Journeys and Relaxation

***Welcome to drop in or out anytime within the 2 hours (with exception to the last 20 minutes to avoid disturbance during relaxation)

Cost : £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's 
Pay on the door! Just turn up!

* PLEASE NOTE: This event is not part of the Firstsite programme, so payment will be made directly to the workshop facilitators on the day. No pre-booking required.* 

Email: fridaynightmas@gmail.com

We can also be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FridayMAS

The Collective Members 
Yan Thompson - Yoga with Yan: www.facebook.com/yogawithyan 
Lucy Teed - Holistic Massage: www.facebook.com/lucyteedholistic 
Sarah-Savitri Yoga - Your Space: www.facebook.com/yourspaceyoga 
Omar Aziz - Gong Voyage: www.facebook.com/groups/1678109815790602/ 
Isobel Moth - Dance of Awareness: www.facebook.com/isobel.moth 
Leanne Weird - Ecstatic Dance Essex: www.facebook.com/ecstaticdanceessex

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13
th
Feb

Cutout Animation (7+)

10:00am - 1:00pm | £25
Signals Media Arts Centre
Victoria Chambers St. Runwald St,
Make your own mini movie with our art materials and animation software. Devise a story, cut out your characters and animate! In an animated film, anything can happen – if you can imagine it, we'll help you animate it. Then, we'll add music and sound effects to really bring your film to life.
16
th
Feb

DIY Robotics (9+)

10:00am - 3:00pm | £35
Signals Media Arts Centre
Victoria Chambers St. Runwald St,
Learn to code and build your own remote control car! Then, face a series of obstacle challenges before finally entering the ring and see who's robot is the last one left standing. You’ll be experimenting with the micro:bit board, learning how to code both the car’s motors and the controller.
23
rd
Feb

Scratch Lab - On Beginnings

7:00pm - 10:30pm |
Sip & Tuck, 67 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UE 
Themed "ON BEGINNINGS", this Scratch Lab contains an hour of curated content and small exhibits capped off with a performance from a specially invited Guest DJ, along with an event zine.

We’re receiving submissions from a wide range of creative genres to be presented as film, spoken word, dance, micro-lecture or other live performance as well as writing and visual art and design pieces to be woven into the publication. Get involved by following the instructions on our submission page https://unfamiliarlaborato.wixsite.com/unfamiliar/submissions

These events will be really beautiful, fun evenings that celebrate the wealth of amazing ideas coming out of this town. LINEUP TBC. This is a “pay what you want” event but we will have a ticket link soon so you can secure a seat.

May your days be filled with acts of Bravery, Creativity & Generosity.

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24
th
Feb

Diva for a Day

9:30am - 3:30pm | Free
Cardinal Bourne Hall, 51 Priory Street, CO1 2QB 
LADIES! If you love to sing, join Chorus Iceni for a fun day of 4 part close harmony singing on Saturday 24th February 2018. We will learn one song during the day and will finish with a performance for friends and family!

The day will be lead by our new wonderful Musical Director, Gaynor Schofield. It is an opportunity not to be missed!


* The day is free of charge
* You do not need to be able to read music
* Light refreshments will be provided 
* Please bring your own lunch
* Parking is available opposite the hall

Location: Cardinal Bourne Hall, 51 Priory Street, Colchester, CO1 2QB

For more information and to register, please contact:
Email: chorusiceni@gmail.com
Tel: 01206573244/ 0793196277

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24
th
Feb
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Join artist Sarah Sabin and museum Curator Emma Reeve for the opportunity to examine and draw objects from Firstsite’s Wunderkammer and the collection at Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

Drawing Workshop with Sarah Sabin

In collaboration with Colchester & Ipswich Museums

Sat 24 Feb 2017 10am - 4pm
£40 standard/£35 members & CIMS members

Join artist Sarah Sabin and museum Curator Emma Reeve for the opportunity to examine and draw objects from Firstsite’s Wunderkammer and the collection at Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

Experiment with mark making techniques and methods of scaling up drawings and explore the artistic nature of curating museum displays. You'll also have the chance to discuss the history of the objects on display.

This session will start off at Firstsite and will visit Hollytrees Museum after lunch.

Book now at http://www.firstsite.uk/whats-...

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24
th
Feb
The Colchester Chilli Challenge is back. Have you got what it takes to wrestle the crown from Lee Wingate? This year PECK Colchester & Mex Appeal will be supplying the heat with Hot Wings, Chilli bowls and raw chillies that are off the scale. How Hot Can you Go competition from 11 to 12. Think you've got what it takes? Enter or come along to support your challenger. Like your food hot? All our great Street Food vendors will be offering a chilli option on the day for you to try.
02
nd
Mar

Great British Spring Clean

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
Rosebery And Smythies Avenues, Colchester CO1 2UL 
Join us for a weekend of litter picking and tidying the neighbourhood, litter pickers, hi-viz jackets available, rubbish bags supplied! Friday evening, Saturday 3rd March and Sunday 4th March
03
rd
Mar

Mother's Day Shopping Event

11:00am - 2:00pm |
Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Castle Hedingham CO9 3DA 
Stalls, tea and cake and more!
04
th
Mar

Heli Hounds Dog Walk

9:30am - 1:00pm |
Flight House, Colchester, CO6 2NS 
Paws at the ready! Join over 300 dogs as we head off on our Heli Hounds Dog Walk, raising money for your local Air Ambulance. Starting at our HQ in Earls Colne we will walk 5 km around the beautiful grounds of Marks Hall, making paw-some pals along the way! Registration for the walk will start from 09.30 am. The walk leaves at 10.30 am.
06
th
Mar

Cake Decorating Classes

5:00pm - 9:00pm |
Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3LL 
Every Tuesday, starting March 6th, until May 22nd.
09
th
Mar

Mother's Day Flower Workshop

7:00pm - 8:30pm |
GO4 Cafe at the Rec
Recreation Ground
Come along and make your mum a beautiful seasonal arrangement. £30 per person includes refreshments, equipment and flowers. All money raised will go to the MS Society. Spaces are limited, to book please email rosie@avintagewedding.co.uk
10
th
Mar

Mother's Day Flower Workshop

10:00am - 11:30am |
GO4 Cafe at the Rec
Recreation Ground
Come along and make your mum a beautiful seasonal arrangement. £30 per person includes refreshments, equipment and flowers. All money raised will go to the MS Society. Spaces are limited, to book please email rosie@avintagewedding.co.uk
10
th
Mar

Holi Mela

12:00pm - 5:00pm | Free entry
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Holi is the festival of colours. It is a religious festival of Hindus and is majorly played among the Hindu communities all over the world, it’s a day for your inner child to come out. We take pride in organising this event for the first time in Colchester. Open air colour play is highlight of the event. Please save this date 10th March 2018 in your diary to celebrate Holi along with lots of Bollywood music.

Colours will be on sale at nominal prices. Please do not bring your own colours. Multi-cultural food stalls. Sale of aprons and masks. 


Information on Holi Powder:
- Powder is made from 99% corn starch and only 1% natural colours.
- It is skin friendly and bio-gradable so no environment issues to be concerned about. 
- Although the powder is safe and non-toxic we do not recommend throwing directly into eyes and mouth. 
- Not for use of children under 3 years of age and children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by adults at all times. 
- Please do not come in your best clothes, wear something that you do not mind getting colours on, wear white if possible and play with colours in designated area only.

If you require any further information regarding the event, please feel free to contact us. So, come & join us to celebrate Holi and make it a memorable one.

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11
th
Mar

Family Movement and Sound Workshop

2:00pm - 4:00pm | £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
The Colchester Movement and Sound Collective are now offering monthly Sunday workshops suitable for families and open to all ages. We welcome adults with a willingness to connect with their inner child! Come and explore movement and sound within a creative, inclusive and playful environment. We aim to guide you out of your head and into your body, breath and heart.

Sunday MAS ♥ movement and sound 

guided by a collective of dance, sound, yoga and bodywork practitioners 
enriched by creative live percussion.and complimentary playlists

What to expect:
- Light and creative yoga for all ages
- Movement games
- Guided explorations into creative movement and sound
- Laughter yoga
- Playing with props
- Story Telling
- Free Dancing - move how you wish to a creative music playlist and live percussion
- Sound Journeys and Relaxation

***Welcome to drop in or out anytime within the 2 hours (with exception to the last 20 minutes to avoid disturbance during relaxation)

Cost : £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's 
Pay on the door! Just turn up!

* PLEASE NOTE: This event is not part of the Firstsite programme, so payment will be made directly to the workshop facilitators on the day. No pre-booking required.* 

Email: fridaynightmas@gmail.com

We can also be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FridayMAS

The Collective Members 
Yan Thompson - Yoga with Yan: www.facebook.com/yogawithyan 
Lucy Teed - Holistic Massage: www.facebook.com/lucyteedholistic 
Sarah-Savitri Yoga - Your Space: www.facebook.com/yourspaceyoga 
Omar Aziz - Gong Voyage: www.facebook.com/groups/1678109815790602/ 
Isobel Moth - Dance of Awareness: www.facebook.com/isobel.moth 
Leanne Weird - Ecstatic Dance Essex: www.facebook.com/ecstaticdanceessex

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25
th
Mar

Sunday Games Club

12:00pm - 6:00pm |
SPACE, 37 Queen Street
37 Queen Street
All are welcome, so come along and enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon/evening. Bring your own board/card games to play or just turn up and join a game.
30
th
Mar

Under the Sea!

7:30pm - 12:00am |
Supporting one of the most active environmental UK charities, Surfers Against Sewage, this unique event will see you welcomed with open fins! Let your imagination swim miles and leave your anchors at home, it’s time to put on that mermaid tail and get as happy as a clam!

Toodle Lou Events will be taking over Colchester Arts Centre on Friday 30th March 2018 and we are going DOWN UNDER! Put your bathing suits on ladies and gents, it’s time to go UNDER THE SEA! 

Supporting one of the most active environmental UK charities, Surfers Against Sewage, this unique event will see you welcomed with open fins! Let your imagination swim miles and leave your anchors at home, it’s time to put on that mermaid tail and get as happy as a clam! 

The fin-tastic Jupiter Ray will be taking over our stage as surprise performers join you on the dance floor. This event is for adults only so get ready to drink like a fish at our sea-themed cocktail bar and get crabbing for a pirate’s buried treasure. 

Fancy dress is not just a requirement… it’s ENCOURAGED! Think sunken pirates, elegant mermaids, sea creatures, scuba divers and jelly fish! Dress to impress - you might just find a catch! 

So water you gotta think about, book your tickets today: https://www.colchesterartscentre.com/events/party/under-the-sea-/

Please note - this event is for over 18s only. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be guaranteed on the door. Booking in advance is advised. 100% of the money raised at a Toodle-Lou event will go directly to charity.

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03
rd
Apr

Video Game Making (7+)

10:00am - 1:00pm | £25
Signals Media Arts Centre
Victoria Chambers St. Runwald St,
Make your own 2D video game using Scratch – the easy to learn game design software. Scratch is the perfect way to learn the basics of coding, and is used in schools all over the world. During the workshop you’ll make simple 2D arcade games and at the end you’ll share them online (via the Scratch website) or pop them onto your own USB to take home.
04
th
Apr

Stop Motion Animation (9+)

10:00am - 3:00pm | £35
Signals Media Arts Centre
Victoria Chambers St. Runwald St,
Make miniature sets and characters, and animate your own short film. If you can imagine it, we’ll help you animate it! Using a range of artist materials such as card, paint and modelling clay, you will create a short animated film with animation software and miniature cameras.
05
th
Apr

Game in a Day (11+)

10:00am - 3:00pm | £35
Signals Media Arts Centre
Victoria Chambers St. Runwald St,
Make awesome 2D games using Construct 3 and learn the basics of game design theory. Design, prototype and play test your very own 2D game all in a day, under the expert guidance of our game design tutors! Construct3 is a powerful game design engine that allows you to make games for phones, tablets, computers and games consoles – so presents a fantastic opportunity to take your game design skills to the next level.
15
th
Apr

Family Movement and Sound Workshop

2:00pm - 4:00pm | £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
The Colchester Movement and Sound Collective are now offering monthly Sunday workshops suitable for families and open to all ages. We welcome adults with a willingness to connect with their inner child! Come and explore movement and sound within a creative, inclusive and playful environment. We aim to guide you out of your head and into your body, breath and heart.

Sunday MAS ♥ movement and sound 

guided by a collective of dance, sound, yoga and bodywork practitioners 
enriched by creative live percussion.and complimentary playlists

What to expect:
- Light and creative yoga for all ages
- Movement games
- Guided explorations into creative movement and sound
- Laughter yoga
- Playing with props
- Story Telling
- Free Dancing - move how you wish to a creative music playlist and live percussion
- Sound Journeys and Relaxation

***Welcome to drop in or out anytime within the 2 hours (with exception to the last 20 minutes to avoid disturbance during relaxation)

Cost : £5 adult / £3 child / Free for under 3's 
Pay on the door! Just turn up!

* PLEASE NOTE: This event is not part of the Firstsite programme, so payment will be made directly to the workshop facilitators on the day. No pre-booking required.* 

Email: fridaynightmas@gmail.com

We can also be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FridayMAS

The Collective Members 
Yan Thompson - Yoga with Yan: www.facebook.com/yogawithyan 
Lucy Teed - Holistic Massage: www.facebook.com/lucyteedholistic 
Sarah-Savitri Yoga - Your Space: www.facebook.com/yourspaceyoga 
Omar Aziz - Gong Voyage: www.facebook.com/groups/1678109815790602/ 
Isobel Moth - Dance of Awareness: www.facebook.com/isobel.moth 
Leanne Weird - Ecstatic Dance Essex: www.facebook.com/ecstaticdanceessex

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18
th
May

A Taste of Rio!

8:00pm - 11:30pm |
 
Rio Carnival Comes to Colchester!

The Rio De Janeiro Carnival is coming: expect to hear, feel and taste Brazil at the most authentic Rio Carnival event yet! Expect synchronised samba parades, Brazilian percussionists and an army of Latin parade performers - there is zero chill in Brazil!

To complement this we have a range of South American Street Food Stalls and enough Brazilian beers to last us for years! Combine this with international DJ’s and more confetti than necessary. This is a spectacle not to be missed! Expect more colour than a rainbow and more Brazil flags than the World Cup! We have provided face paint artists to ensure you can submerge yourself in the culture - We also encourage our attendees to dress up and become part of the parade!

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From the blog:

Arts Preview - Get Therapy, by Danielle Imara, Wednesday 29th November at the Arts Centre

The indomitable Anthony Roberts worked to bring this true story of addiction, eating disorders and depression told through a mixture of dance, song and dialogue to the Arts Centre, and although we hate to admit it, his taste IS impeccable - searingly honest, refreshingly upbeat, we're looking forward to this one! (And as it's a Wonderful Wednesday event, it's pay-what-you-can-afford. Marvellous!)
Photo of Jade Fothergill
Jade Fothergill
27 November 2017