Upcoming events:

21
st
Aug

Alice in Wonderland Workshops

10:00am - 10:30am |
Cardamon Tea Lounge
44 St John's Street
Dress up and embrace the fantasy experience of a Mad Hatters Tea Party, from 7 to 21 August

Follow the White Rabbit to Wonderland this Summer and join us for one of our workshops.


"We’re all Mad here!"
Dress up and embrace the fantasy experience of a Mad Hatters Tea Party at Cardamon Tea Lounge.

"Eat me… Drink Me"
There will be Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (juice, sandwich, sweets and cakes),
• lots of fun with baking, decorating and craft
• a tea and cake for adults
• Fancy dress or Vintage outfits are optional ( prize for the best costume )

"Don’t be late for this very important date"
The workshops will be running on
08/ 15 August 10.00-11.30
Bake Me- cookie baking and decoration 
07/ 14/ 21 August 10.00-11.30
Make Me- craft in Wonderland

"The time, the time, who’s got the time?"
All of this for just £20 (1child & 1parent),
additional child £10, parent £5

Term & condiotions apply: min 5 kids, max 10kids...
Bookings and full payment required.

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21
st
Aug

Kelvedon Dinosaur Hunt

10:30am - 11:30am |
Kelvedon Recreation Grounds, Colchester CO5 9ED 
Come and join the Children's Centre staff on a Dinosaur Hunt! Fun activities including mask making, ice play and hunting for dinosaurs! Children under 5 all welcome with their parents/carer (And their older siblings too!) No need to book, just come along on the day! For an further information please call Silver End Children's Centre on 01376 587960.
21
st
Aug

Harry Potter Film Quiz

7:30pm - 10:00pm |
The Purple Dog, 42 Eld Lane, Colchester CO1 1LS 
To celebrate the phenomenon that is the Harry Potter film franchise, Film, TV & Music Quiz and The Purple Dog bring to you a whole quiz based on the Harry Potter films!

Covering all eight of the hugely popular and successful films, this quiz will test all you Potter-heads on your knowledge and trivia of one of the all-time biggest film franchises!

So forget the books and go back and re-watch these films and you and your friends prove you are the biggest Potter fans by entering this sure to be popular quiz!

Due to the popularity of the past Disney and Star Wars quizzes, there will be a choice of nights for you to enter on – Monday 14th or Tuesday 15th August.
Also due to the reception and turnout of past quizzes, this time there will be a maximum of six to a team. This actually means that more teams can fit in the pub and more people can therefore take part.

Harry Potter Quiz rules and info:
- £2 a head entry (with all proceeds being split between two charities).
- Maximum 6 to a team.
- 8pm start on both nights (although please try and be there by 7:40pm).
- Inside and outside tables available.
- Food served until 7pm Monday, 6pm Tuesday.
- The pub only takes a certain amount of reservations. This however does not mean you cannot take part if you are unable to reserve - only a certain number are taken to make it easier to fit people in and arrange the layout for the quiz, but if you get there early you may still be able to grab a table. Reservation signs will be put out however and the only tables available will be the ones without signs. Worse comes to worse you can still stand at the bar and take part?!
- Finish around 10:30pm. 

I really am expecting this to be pretty popular so please keep in mind that only a certain amount of people can actually fit inside the building and please, if you are booking, ensure you have stated exactly which day to are attending and how many will be on your team. 

Also, as the event draws closer, if your numbers are changing or you cancel, please let the pub know.

This is a charity event first and foremost and also just a bit of fun, so no cheating or complaining – it’s all for a good cause. 
I will be announcing the charity choices soon.

Ring the Purple Dog pub on 01206 564995 to reserve a table!

So get revising guys and get booking. 
See you all at the quiz!

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26
th
Aug
Promenade Way, Brightlingsea 
Running across the 26th and 27th August

Introducing the 1st ever Brightlingsea Food & Drink Festival.

This brand new event will showcase the best local food and drink suppliers, alongside a great range of international street food, arts, crafts and gifts.

There will be a real ale marquee featuring beers from local breweries, and a Prosecco bar too if fizz is more your thing?

Come and browse the market for some quality produce or relax with a picnic and listen to the music.

With free entry for kids, bouncy castles & ice cream, it will be a feast of fun for all the family!

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26
th
Aug

Teddy Bear Social Event

11:00am - 4:30pm |
Eclettico
26 Trinity Street
We are so excited to invite you to come and join us for a friendly social event for all of our lovely Charlie Bears, Steiff, Jelly Cat and Kaycee Bears collectors, tea & cake available. This is a free event with a relaxed atmosphere in the shop to bring all our like-minded collectors together. We can't wait to see you all, please bring along your family and friends, all are welcome.
26
th
Aug
Eclettico
26 Trinity Street
After the roaring success of our last event we thought we would host another one. We are so excited to invite you to come and join us for a friendly social event for all of our lovely Charlie Bears, Steiff, Jelly Cat and Kaycee Bears collectors, tea & cake available. This is a free event with a relaxed atmosphere in the shop to bring all our like-minded collectors together. We can't wait to see you all, please bring along your family and friends, all are welcome.
27
th
Aug

Family Barbeque in the Park

10:30am - 4:30pm |
GO4 Cafe at the Rec
Recreation Ground
Stalls, music, kids activities, pets corner, drinks, veggie options available!
27
th
Aug

Colchester Vegan Fair!

11:00am - 4:00pm |
We've already booked in stalls from Colchester's most popular vegan food purveyors and arranged a fully vegan bar stocked with beer, cider, wine and soft drinks, but please get in touch if you're interested in having a stall. More details and timings to follow soon...
27
th
Aug

Sunday Games Club

12:00pm - 6:00pm |
37 Queen Street, Colchester, CO1 2PQ 
We'll be at 37 Queen Street (the old Police Station) as they have a great space with big tables for us to use. Access to the space is through the front door on Queen Street! There's no cafe/bar at this venue yet, so you're welcome to BYO food and drink.
30
th
Aug

Outdoor Theatre - A Midsummer Night's Scream

7:30pm - 10:00pm | Tickets £12 / £10 Concessions.
Four shows, Wed, 30 Aug, Thurs 31 Aug, Fri 1 Sept & Sat 2 Sept. Fancy a Summer scare? Then join the Packing Shed Theatre company at Tymperleys Gardens for a night of open-air theatre with a horrifying twist.

It’s Will Shakespeare meets Wes Craven when two actresses turn up for an Eighties film shoot at an old country house cut off from nowhere.


As they start to rehearse their scenes, under the watchful eye of a director who is more Vincent Price than Laurence Olivier, tales of fairies and love are soon replaced with stories of strange beasts and shadowy masked figures.

Will they survive the night? Who knows, just tuck yourself up in a blanket, eat that last sausage roll and enjoy the ride.

Age Guidance 14+

Tickets £12 / £10 Concessions.
Doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm.

Show Dates/Times
Wednesday 30th August
Buy Tickets: http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/events/theatre/a-midsummer-nights-scream-/

Thursday 31st August
Buy Tickets:
http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/events/theatre/a-midsummer-nights-scream--1/

Friday 1st September
Buy Tickets:
http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/events/theatre/a-midsummer-nights-scream--2/

Saturday 2nd September
Buy Tickets: 
http://www.colchesterartscentre.com/events/theatre/a-midsummer-nights-scream--3/

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01
st
Sep

Textile Exhibition - Harbours

9:00am - 5:00pm |
Red Lion Books, 125 HIgh Street, Colchester CO1 1SZ 
Textile Art Groups Stitchers inc. and Lost The Thread have joined forces to create a stunning body of work depicting 'Harbour Scenes'. The exhibition will run at Red Lion Book Store throughout the month of September 2017. Free Entry.
02
nd
Sep

Invasion Colchester

10:00am - 3:30pm |
Throughout Colchester town centre 
Following the incredible success in 2016, Invasion Colchester returns to the town centre on 2nd September 2017 to raise more funds for charity. Come along and meet your heroes, including characters from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Superhero Movies, Videogames and more! Get dressed up, join in the fun and help us raise money for local charities!!
02
nd
Sep

Outdoor Theatre - A Midsummer Night's Dream

3:00pm - 6:00pm | £6 for children, £9 for adults and under 2's are free.
Cudmore Grove Country Park, Bromans Lane, Colchester, CO5 8UE 
The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy.

Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy – told, as ever, in their own distinctive and anarchic style.

“Ingenious… The madness of Shakespeare’s Dream came through with such enthusiasm and natural comedy… I can’t really offer enough praise.” (Northern Echo)

All performances are in the open-air and will continue in all conditions bar a full-blown tempest.

This is a fully family friendly performance which will delight and entertain all ages. Bring along your friends, your picnic and your chairs to settle down for a theatrical treat by the seaside.

Tickets for this much anticipated performance are available now and can be purchased at www.thepantaloons.co.uk.

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06
th
Sep
ACL, Barrack Street, Colchester CO1 2LR 
Lecture includes complimentary tea and coffee.

Lecture Series: Existentialism, Freedom, and Cocktails in Paris.

Cost: £12.75 | Lecture includes complimentary tea and coffee. 
Find out more: http://ow.ly/hDLY30d0UzO
#ideaswta

The purpose of philosophy is to disrupt, transform, and open up the world. It is Existentialism, perhaps more than any other philosophical school, which has sought to do this and tackle the question of existence in the modern age. 

In this lecture we will be introduced to Existentialist philosophers like Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and Beauvoir. Those thinkers who have produced seismic philosophies that enable us to question the world we are in, and offer us the means to face it head on through many different creative ways. Everyday life will never be quite the same again. 

Get ready to be taken on a philosophical journey, delving into the depths of our existence, starting of course on the Left Bank of Paris.

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07
th
Sep

Chair Yoga

12:00pm - 1:00pm |
The Tree Room, 12 Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN 
Chair Yoga aims to give you the experience and benefits of classical yoga, even if you have mobility issues or find regular yoga a challenge.

This is an introduction to Chair Yoga with Zoe.

4 sessions - £26.00 at The Tree Room in Colchester
Starts Thursday 7th September 12noon - 1pm and continues 14th, 21st and 28th September.

Spaces are limited, so pre-booking is essential.
Highly beneficial for people with limited mobility or minor injury, high blood pressure, anxiety, ME, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, vertigo (medical), MS, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, clinical depression and chronic pain.

Contact Zoe Smith.
zoe@silver-spiral.co.uk
www.silver-spiral.co.uk

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09
th
Sep

Heritage Weekend at GreyFriars Hotel

10:30am - 5:00pm |
GreyFriars Hotel, High Street, Colchester CO1 1UG 
Guided illustrated walks around the former friary site, the hotel's Georgian/Edwardian buildings, exhibition and artefacts - walks at 10:30, 13:30 and 15:30 on Saturday and Sunday
09
th
Sep

Open Studios!

11:00am - 6:00pm |
Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road, Colchester, CO4 5HH 
Cuckoo Farm Studios Open Weekend 9/10 September

As part of Colchester and Tendring Open Studios 2017 Cuckoo Farm Studios will be open for both days of the weekend, 9th and 10th September from 11am to 6pm.

Individual artists will open their studios over the weekend. This is a great opportunity to visit studios, look inside artists spaces, talk to the different artists and makers, buy or commission new work and find out more about the creative process.

A weekend not to be missed. Refreshments available, all welcome, please come and visit.

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12
th
Sep

Dancing with Parkinsons

2:30pm - 4:30pm |
Take part in high quality dance classes, carefully designed for those living with Parkinson’s and their friends and family to enjoy together, in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Come and join the fun and give delivering artist Charlotte Haddon a call to get booked.  Class : 2.30-3.30pm Tea & Coffee (optional) : 3.30-4.30pm Come alone or with a friend.

Email info@charlottehaddondance.com or call 07881 22 63 12 to book your place

Explore the stories, music and treasures of historic Colchester, through creative dance. Take part in high quality dance classes, carefully designed for those living with Parkinson’s and their friends and family to enjoy together, in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Classes are held at the beautiful Colchester Castle, in rooms reserved just for us. With the opportunity to be inspired by hidden collections and artworks, express yourself through movement and voice, and have fun connecting with others.

Maintain your mobility and develop your confidence with creative and expressive dance in a friendly and welcoming environment. Hosted by Colchester Museums, in partnership with The Dance Network Association and Charlotte Haddon Dance

Free blue badge parking available at the front of the Castle, nearby council car parks, and easy access by public transport from the high street.

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16
th
Sep

Free Family Fun Festival

11:00am - 4:00pm |
This brilliant free family fun event just gets better and better! Free activities for the whole family including live music, bouncy castles, face painting, a dog show, and much, much more!
16
th
Sep
St Botolph's Church, Colchester, CO2 7EE 
To help raise money for the Time Garden Appeal. The concert which takes place on Saturday 16 September at 7.30pm will see the Choir performing a programme of songs from the shows, popular numbers and many ‘standards’.

The performance starts at 7.30 pm and tickets costing £10 each (including a glass of wine or soft drink) can be bought https://cohoc.org.uk/content/a... 

The objective of the Choir, which was formed in 1989, is to enable charities, churches and other organisations to raise money for their good causes and in doing so, the Choir (who do not charge for their performances) have helped raise over £350,000.

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29
th
Sep
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Under 5s concert led by Vanessa King with friends from the London Symphony Orchestra.

Join us on Abi’s Adventure for a trip to the farm where you will meet all your farmyard favourites. A fabulous concert in a relaxed environment designed for babies, toddlers and children under five to take part and explore music, sound and rhythm through storytelling. 

"Absolutely fabulous and definitely one of the events most enjoyed by both mummy and baby in the last 9 months." Concertgoer after Jemma’s Journey, led by Vanessa at last year’s festival.

Choose from two performances:
11am-12pm
1pm-2pm

£1 for little lambs / £2 for shepherds

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30
th
Sep
West St Vineyard, Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1NS 
Set in the picturesque surroundings of West Street Vineyard, this second Food & Drink Festival features over 60 East Anglian food & drink producers, artisan craft and gift stalls, children's entertainment, food court with choice of local and international cuisine, beer tent, wine tent, cookery studio with hands-on classes, live music throughout the weekend.
07
th
Oct

Colchester Games Fair

10:00am - 4:00pm |
If you're into tabletop gaming of any variety, or even if you are new to tabletop gaming, there will be something for you. Board Games, Miniatures, Card Games, Wargames and RPGs!

The very first Colchester Games Fair is being held at The Colchester Arts Centre on October 7th.


If you're into tabletop gaming of any variety, or even if you are new to tabletop gaming, there will be something for you. Board Games, Miniatures, Card Games, Wargames and RPGs!

There will be a variety of different traders and demonstration games so you can try and buy!

There will also be a Bring & Buy. So if you have some games, miniatures, rulebooks or anything game related gathering dust bring it along and make some money to spend at the Fair! (details soon)

and best of all it's Free Entry! 

Traders and demo games include

Paranoid-Miniatures 

Xtreme Trades

Cymbeline Games 

DMB Games

JP3D

The Melsonian Arts Council 

Harps Corp

Marvel Miniatures Game with Chelmsford Bunker

Family Board Games with Colcester Games Club

Mutant Future - Old School Post-Apocalyptic Roleplaying 

and many more TBC!

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12
th
Oct
Abberton Reservoir, Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester CO2 0EU 
Join Essex Wildlife Trust and Kent Owl Academy for a talk about birds of prey.

Ever wondered how a kestrel hovers or what speed a peregrine can dive at? Come along to this evening where experts Nigel and Molly, who have many years experience of working with birds of prey, will answer your questions. As well as a talk they will be flying the birds in the visitor centre, so a great opportunity to see these majestic birds up close. 

Doors open at 6.15pm with the opportunity to purchase drinks and snacks from our tearoom; the talk will start promptly at 7.30pm.  Requested donation £8 per adult; £6 per child. Booking essential please call 01206 738172 to book your place or to find out more information.

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