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20 Oct

70s Party Night

A BYOB event, fundraising for the World Scout Jamboree 2019, celebrating the music of the Bee Gees, Blondie, David Bowie, Elton John, Slade, Abba, Mud, Queen, Bay City Rollers and much more. Tickets in advance from Pamela on 07718017959
Price: £7.50
22 Oct

Wizards Academy

10:00am - 11:30am Cardamon Tea Lounge
Wizarding fun class- a magical family time and fantastic experience for kids.Time to be on your best behavior, you’re about to receive a lesson in the mysterious art of magic crafting. This is a special event for any would-be wizards, witches and muggles alike who relish interactive crafts and lots of giggles.

Be sure to bring your robes, hats, and wands because the magic can’t happen without you!

* Potion class
* Herbology class
* Magical craft 
* Some themed nibbles & drinks (adults- tea cake or scone & tea )
* Finish with a visit in sweets shop 

(age guide 5+, supervised by parents)
1.5h

Tickets £20 pp (1 child + 1 adult )

Ts& Cs apply
Limited spaces . Tickets sales are final. There are no refunds for any purchased ticket unless the organizer cancels.

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27 Oct

Bazaar Arts, Craft & Food Market

10:00am - 16:00pm Firstsite
The Bazaar arts, craft and food market will now be held in the Foyer at Firstsite.There will be 2 community tables and a paid workshop table. Contact me for details: caroline.rhys-lewis@ntlworld.com Visit event website
27 Oct

Wedding Blitz Pre-Loved Sale

11:00am - 13:00pm Great Bromley Village Hall, Parsons Hill, Gt Bromley, Colchester, CO7 7JA

The pre-loved wedding event for all your old, new, borrowed and blue items. We understand how expensive it is planning a wedding and hope that you’ll be able to find a few things at our sale to lightened the money worries. Anything from tealights to wedding attire can be found at our sale as well as local wedding services. 

This is a mother and daughter venture in the Colchester area and we really want people to feel relaxed when they come to our sales. Mums homemade cakes are sold along with tea and coffee and gives you a chance to chat to other couples and exchange hints and tips with them. 

The 1st 25 adults (over 18) through the door will receive a glass of bubbly, entrance is £1.50.  Children are more than welcome and are free

If you’re looking to sell your items, the fee is £15 for a 6ft table and the profit is all yours.

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28 Oct

Horror Film Quiz

19:00pm - 21:30pm Three Wise Monkeys
A whole quiz night based purely on the very best and worst from the world of film horror!

All proceeds will go to Invasion Colchester www.invasioncolchester.co.uk 
And donated to St Helena Hospice and Colchester Hospitals Charity (COHOC)
www.sthelena.org.uk
www.cohoc.org.uk

- £2 a head entry
- Maximum 6 to a team
- Food served until 9pm

The quiz will take place on the first floor of the building.
Tables will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so aim to be getting there by around 6:30pm to be getting your team a table.

So grab a drink, have some food, and prove your knowledge of all things horror, by attending this sure to be popular quiz night, all whilst raising money for two wonderful causes!

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31 Oct

Halloween History Tour

18:00pm - 19:30pm Trinity Street, Colchester CO1

A Halloween History Tour of Trinity Street. A fun, family-friendly guided Halloween Tour highlighting the spooky and slightly gruesome history of Trinity St, Colchester.
Fancy dress encouraged! Starting from Café Saison with a welcome drink and nibbles.
Buy your tickets from any shop on Trinity Street.

Price: Tickets are £5pp inc.drink & nibbles​
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02 Nov

Cable Amnesty

10:00am - 16:00pm Colchester Arts Centre
It's time to let go of that box of cables and adapters! (Step away from the man drawer!)

Before we recycle your unwanted and obsolete cables, chargers and headphones come along and marvel at the rare, vintage, longest and most pointless in our Cable Amnesty Village Show! Collcection can be arranged so get clearing out the cupboards!

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02 Nov

Shaking Bad - Halloween Party

Heisenberg is alive and well in Colchester. Let him and Jesse cook you up some bad ass burgers and shakes. We will also have a bar open! Ticket cost for entry plus a 'Blue Sky' Shake!

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03 Nov

Turning Over a New Leaf Workshop

10:30am - 12:00pm Harwich Library, Upper Kingsway, Dovercourt, CO12 3JT

Get creative and get involved with our new public art project for Harwich Festival 2019. We'll be celebrating the beauty of nature in the shape of magical vines which will creep up out of the river and up around the lampposts on Ha'penny Pier. Turn your hand to making a leaf or two to help create this natural wonder. Templates and instructions, on how to make these textile leaves, will be available from the Box Office in Harwich Library.

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04 Nov

Beginners Furniture Painting Workshop

09:30am - 15:30pm Furniture Painting School, 23 Moorside, Colchester CO1 2ZF
All our courses are run at the “Mersea Island Furniture Painting School” founded by Ann Cope. They are run in a fun relaxed but informative atmosphere where you are bound to make friends. If you’ve never experienced using chalk paint or you just want to brush up on your skills then this is the workshop for you - a very informal friendly environment. Ann has a flare for furniture painting, is Autentico trained and has many skills, hints and tips to pass on.

All of our workshops are great fun and are great to share with a friend or a family member!

Our workshops don’t end once you leave………
By the end of a workshop you’ll leave feeling confident to paint your own furniture with the knowledge that Ann and her team are always on hand to offer help and advice. 

What’s involved and how does it work:
You’ll need to bring a small piece of furniture. We recommend no larger than 50cm x 50cm x 50 cm, don’t worry if you haven’t got anything suitable as we have pieces available from £5.00. Wear some old clothes and it may be useful to bring a notepad and pen. We’ll supply aprons.

Party bookings can also be taken but the format may change a bit. 

Throughout the workshop you’ll be learning skills and techniques on a board and then using these on your own piece of furniture to give it a new look and lease of life ready to take home with you. 

Watching paint dry…
Autentico chalk paint dries so quickly but while it is Ann will be showing you how to use different paint and finishing techniques and of coarse you’ll need time for those sticky cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee and a light lunch!

What we will cover:
• The origins of Autentico chalk paint
• How to prepare your piece of furniture
• Why you don’t need to sand your furniture
• Equipment you will need
• How to use Autentico chalk paints effectively 
• How to create a two colour layering technique
• Various ways to distress your piece of furniture 
• How to create special effects using Autentico’s various waxes
• Tips on how to work with different woods and there finishes
• And so much more…

You would have had a tremendously enjoyable experience on the way through, Ann is determined that the classes will be lots of fun as well as very fulfilling as you acquire all of the skills, learning and techniques that she has picked up over the years. The "Mersea Island Furniture Painting School" offers a wide variety of workshops, so please take a look at the other courses available.

Stuff we have to point out to you….
We have the right to cancel a workshop if we do not have enough participants. We will give you at least 3 days notice if we need to cancel. Should we need to cancel we will offer you an alternative date or a full refund.

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07 Nov

Beginners Furniture Painting Workshop

09:30am - 15:30pm Furniture Painting School, 23 Moorside, Colchester CO1 2ZF
All our courses are run at the “Mersea Island Furniture Painting School” founded by Ann Cope. They are run in a fun relaxed but informative atmosphere where you are bound to make friends. If you’ve never experienced using chalk paint or you just want to brush up on your skills then this is the workshop for you - a very informal friendly environment. Ann has a flare for furniture painting, is Autentico trained and has many skills, hints and tips to pass on.

All of our workshops are great fun and are great to share with a friend or a family member!

Our workshops don’t end once you leave………
By the end of a workshop you’ll leave feeling confident to paint your own furniture with the knowledge that Ann and her team are always on hand to offer help and advice. 

What’s involved and how does it work:
You’ll need to bring a small piece of furniture. We recommend no larger than 50cm x 50cm x 50 cm, don’t worry if you haven’t got anything suitable as we have pieces available from £5.00. Wear some old clothes and it may be useful to bring a notepad and pen. We’ll supply aprons.

Party bookings can also be taken but the format may change a bit. 

Throughout the workshop you’ll be learning skills and techniques on a board and then using these on your own piece of furniture to give it a new look and lease of life ready to take home with you. 

Watching paint dry…
Autentico chalk paint dries so quickly but while it is Ann will be showing you how to use different paint and finishing techniques and of coarse you’ll need time for those sticky cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee and a light lunch!

What we will cover:
• The origins of Autentico chalk paint
• How to prepare your piece of furniture
• Why you don’t need to sand your furniture
• Equipment you will need
• How to use Autentico chalk paints effectively 
• How to create a two colour layering technique
• Various ways to distress your piece of furniture 
• How to create special effects using Autentico’s various waxes
• Tips on how to work with different woods and there finishes
• And so much more…

You would have had a tremendously enjoyable experience on the way through, Ann is determined that the classes will be lots of fun as well as very fulfilling as you acquire all of the skills, learning and techniques that she has picked up over the years. The "Mersea Island Furniture Painting School" offers a wide variety of workshops, so please take a look at the other courses available.

Stuff we have to point out to you….
We have the right to cancel a workshop if we do not have enough participants. We will give you at least 3 days notice if we need to cancel. Should we need to cancel we will offer you an alternative date or a full refund.

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07 Nov

WIGs Christmas Shopping Evening

19:30pm - 21:30pm Wilson Marriage Centre

In aid of GO4 Cafe, Old Heath. Lots of stalls, crafts and refreshments. Free goodie bag with lots of lovely gifts to the first 50 people through the door.

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08 Nov

Cookbook Launch

18:00pm - 20:00pm Firstsite

This is the story of how one community grew by sharing food, from one home to another and the recipes that made it possible. Food brings people together. In Colchester, the Syrian Pop-Up Café has given rise to cultural understanding, employment opportunities and togetherness in the community, as well as lots of delicious Middle Eastern food.

SOMETHING TO SHARE is about the transformative power of food and people. Working together, we all have something to bring to the table. In this book we share over 30 family recipes from around the world. Stories of resilience and community. Stories to inspire and warm your heart.

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10 Nov

Papercraft Group

09:30am - 16:30pm Fingringhoe Village Hall, Colchester CO5 7BH
Craft all day for £10, including jacket potato lunch. Bring your own projects, find inspiration from others, borrow tools (die cutters, punches, stamps) and paper and glue available to buy. Contact Katy Freeman on 07375077596.
18 Nov

Handmade Craft Fair

11:00am - 15:00pm Langham Community Centre, School Road, Langham, Colchester CO4 5PA
Makers and artists selling unique, handmade wares. Free entry and free parking. Refreshments available. Contact: thehandmadecraftfair@gmail.com
23 Nov
25 Nov

The Secret Art Fair

18:00pm - 16:00pm The Minories

The Secret Art Fair is coming to Colchester and will take over the first floor of The Minories Art Gallery for a weekend in November creating an intriguing and exciting place to discover fantastic artists and to buy a refined selection of unique gifts just in time for Christmas including original paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and fine art prints. 

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23 Nov

Medieval Feast

19:30pm - 22:00pm Colchester Arts Centre

Giving you a great time and raising money for Lepra. In the wonderful atmospheric Colchester Arts Centre. Period music by ‘The Colchester Waits’ and other music. Also entertainment, revels and laughter for an excellent and superior night.

Menu:

Colchester Cordial (gin and spices) or spiced ginger cordial (non-alcoholic)and gingerbread.

Oysters, smoked mackerel, smoked salmon.

Salats (salad) seasonal and fresh, with baked bread.

Followed by;

Roasted hog, Eggy Tarts, roasted fowl (chickens and pheasants), salats, mixed grain pudding.

Followed by;

Colchester Pudding (prepared by Green Rooms Restaurant)
Colchester Biscuit
Marchpane (marzipan) fancies

A measure of Steaming Bishop (hot, alcoholic with cream and spices). Or a spiced non-alcoholic cordial.

All is eaten upon a bread trencher.

A licensed bar is available with real ales and a full selection of soft drinks, wines and spirits.

Vegan option available if notice given.

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24 Nov

Bazaar Arts, Craft & Food Market

10:00am - 16:00pm Firstsite
The Bazaar arts, craft and food market will now be held in the Foyer at Firstsite.There will be 2 community tables and a paid workshop table. Contact me for details: caroline.rhys-lewis@ntlworld.com Visit event website
25 Nov

Essex Vegan Christmas Festival

100 fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children's activities running throughout the day at Colchester Charter Hall from 10.30am - 4.30pm. Entry is £3 payable on the day on the door (under 16’s free) or £15 for VIP tickets in advance from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/essex-vegan-christmas-festival-tickets-45411629406 to include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers Visit event website
01 Dec

Food, Drink & Craft Market

10:00am - 16:00pm Marks Tey Village Hall
Save the Date!
01 Dec

The Minories Christmas Market

10:00am - 16:00pm The Minories

Our annual Christmas Market returns! Fabulous stalls & delightful gifts – celebrate with us as we showcase Artists & Makers from near and far. Stalls will be spread across our ground floor and first floor, and The Minories Shop will be open as usual.

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01 Dec

Christmas Wreath Workshop

11:00am - 13:30pm Tiptree United Reformed Church, 80 Chapel Rd, Tiptree, Colchester CO5 0HP

£40.00💫 includes all materials, nibbles and refreshments!
Join us for the Christmas fun and take home your own beautiful Christmas Wreath!🎄🎅🏻
Taking Bookings now: Give us a call to reserve your space! 07565944070

01 Dec

Trinity Street Christmas Market

11:00am - 15:00pm Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN
The perfect place to buy your Christmas presents this year! Brimming with independent businesses and a whole host of traditional, eclectic and fun stalls; you'll find the perfect presents for all the family and friends in one place! Father Christmas will be visiting us too! Completely free and open to everyone, running Saturday 1st Dec and Sunday 2nd Dec 11am-3pm each day. Visit event website
02 Dec

Beginners Furniture Painting Workshop

09:30am - 15:30pm Furniture Painting School, 23 Moorside, Colchester CO1 2ZF
All our courses are run at the “Mersea Island Furniture Painting School” founded by Ann Cope. They are run in a fun relaxed but informative atmosphere where you are bound to make friends. If you’ve never experienced using chalk paint or you just want to brush up on your skills then this is the workshop for you - a very informal friendly environment. Ann has a flare for furniture painting, is Autentico trained and has many skills, hints and tips to pass on.

All of our workshops are great fun and are great to share with a friend or a family member!

Our workshops don’t end once you leave………
By the end of a workshop you’ll leave feeling confident to paint your own furniture with the knowledge that Ann and her team are always on hand to offer help and advice. 

What’s involved and how does it work:
You’ll need to bring a small piece of furniture. We recommend no larger than 50cm x 50cm x 50 cm, don’t worry if you haven’t got anything suitable as we have pieces available from £5.00. Wear some old clothes and it may be useful to bring a notepad and pen. We’ll supply aprons.

Party bookings can also be taken but the format may change a bit. 

Throughout the workshop you’ll be learning skills and techniques on a board and then using these on your own piece of furniture to give it a new look and lease of life ready to take home with you. 

Watching paint dry…
Autentico chalk paint dries so quickly but while it is Ann will be showing you how to use different paint and finishing techniques and of coarse you’ll need time for those sticky cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee and a light lunch!

What we will cover:
• The origins of Autentico chalk paint
• How to prepare your piece of furniture
• Why you don’t need to sand your furniture
• Equipment you will need
• How to use Autentico chalk paints effectively 
• How to create a two colour layering technique
• Various ways to distress your piece of furniture 
• How to create special effects using Autentico’s various waxes
• Tips on how to work with different woods and there finishes
• And so much more…

You would have had a tremendously enjoyable experience on the way through, Ann is determined that the classes will be lots of fun as well as very fulfilling as you acquire all of the skills, learning and techniques that she has picked up over the years. The "Mersea Island Furniture Painting School" offers a wide variety of workshops, so please take a look at the other courses available.

Stuff we have to point out to you….
We have the right to cancel a workshop if we do not have enough participants. We will give you at least 3 days notice if we need to cancel. Should we need to cancel we will offer you an alternative date or a full refund.

Visit event website
08 Dec

Papercraft Group

09:30am - 16:30pm Fingringhoe Village Hall, Colchester CO5 7BH
Craft all day for £10, including jacket potato lunch. Bring your own projects, find inspiration from others, borrow tools (die cutters, punches, stamps) and paper and glue available to buy. Contact Katy Freeman on 07375077596.
09 Dec

Christmas Market

Colchester Christmas Market - Pedestrianised High Street, Christmas Wares, Victorian Christmas Experience with Colchester Curiosities, Santa, Kids' funfair rides including teacups and Jeep, Specialty Gifts, Finest Street Food in Essex and Entertainment! Visit event website
12 Dec

Christmas Open Evening at the Castle!

15:00pm - 20:30pm Castle Park
Venue: Colchester Castle Museum Cost: Free opening 3pm – 8.30pm. Meet Santa & receive a gift £5 Suitable for: All age groups What to expect: A seasonal treat as Colchester Castle opens its doors for free! Come and soak up the Christmas atmosphere with carols, mince pies, entertainment and possibly even meet Santa before his big night! Visit event website
13 Dec

Kirtan Heartsong

19:00pm - 21:00pm Northgate Street, Colchester CO1
A warm welcome to an informal evening of kirtan heartsong... the yoga of voice and music... a chance to listen and if you wish add your voice to the mix of meditative mantras and uplifting songs... accompanied by the soothing hum of the harmonium and other instruments.

No experience necessary, all voices welcome... sound helps quieten the ruminations of the mind... this encourages a clear calm space to arise... take a pause in the week and recharge your batteries... 

"Music touches you, music touches a place that helps you understand what it is to be human"

Suggested donation £5 - £10. No need to book just turn up.

Contact Sarah McCaskey 07956664702 / sarah@yourspace-online.co.uk

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23 Feb

Colchester Chilli Challenge

Colchester Chilli Challenge 2019. How Hot Can You Go? Can you beat the defending champion Ross Lilley? Entry is just £10 and includes a FREE Colchester Chilli Challenge T-Shirt by Cult Zeros. Star Prize for the Champion Visit event website