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08 Sep
29 Sep

BROKE by Art4U - inexpensive art commenting on corruption within society

15 Sep
30 Sep

2018 Roman River Music Festival

All Day Colchester, Coggeshall, Stoke by Nayland and area
21 Sep

Creating Change: If it's Wrong, Change It

19:30pm - 23:00pm Colchester Arts Centre

Top Colchester band Pet Needs, DJ Ben Howard, Wivenhoe’s Lighthouse Jam - and more live acts to be announced - will be joined on stage by activists involved in local campaigns promoting fairness, justice and equality. All topped up by poet Mike Harwood and The Great Antonio and his Bed o’ Nails.

Tickets £5 / £3 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm

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22 Sep
23 Sep

Ardleigh Open Studios

All Day Ardleigh Studios, The Old Maltings, Station Road, Ardleigh, CO7 7RT
22 Sep

Bazaar Arts, Craft & Food Market

10:00am - 16:00pm Firstsite
23 Sep

New Town Front Garden Sale

10:00am - 16:00pm Across New Town
23 Sep

Mindfulness in Nature

10:00am - 13:00pm Essex Wildlife Trust, Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Gt Wigborough, Colchester

We will be covering:

What is mindfulness?
The benefits of mindfulness
Benefits of being in nature
Breathing and mindful eating
Different types of mindful meditation

The course is set in the breathtaking grounds of Abbotts Hall Farm, taking you right back to nature. Tickets are £30 book today by contacting us on 01621 862960 or email michelleh@essexwt.org.uk. We look forward to seeing you there!

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23 Sep

Panto Horse Derby Day

11:00am - 15:00pm High Street, Colchester
23 Sep

De-Fib Training

14:30pm - 16:30pm Wimpole Road Church, Wimpole Road, Colchester CO1
28 Sep

The Unfamiliars Scratch Lab - On Failure

19:00pm - 23:00pm Red Lion Hotel, High Street, Colchester

The evening will be hosted by So You Think You're Funny? 2016 Semi Finalist Carl Denham and Tourism Superstar 2017 Nominee Gemma Abbott. We will also be running a special limited edition art raffle! If you book your FREE ticket online your name will go into a hat and you could win something truly special!

So get the date up on the calendar! Ticket links go live at the end of the week! As ever we will be operating a pay what you want/can event BUT seating will be limited so bag yourself a chair as soon as you can.

29 Sep

Apple Day at the BIG Garden!

12:00pm - 16:00pm Highwoods Country Park
30 Sep

Hythe Moors Community Litter Pick

11:00am - 13:00pm
03 Oct

Needle Felt Workshop

09:00am - 12:30pm Frinton Community Association, Soken House, Triangle Shopping Centre, Frinton CO13 0AU
06 Oct

Mad Hatter Day

10:00am - 16:00pm Cardamon Tea Lounge
06 Oct

Sudbury Vegan Fair

12:00pm - 16:00pm The Delphi Centre, Alexandra Road, Sudbury, CO10 2RR
07 Oct

2nd Colchester Goulash Festival

11:00am - 18:00pm Firstsite

You can taste the famous Hungarian palinka (a spirit made from pure fruits) and great wines. In addition, cultural activities like live folk music and folk dance, handmade crafts and artisan products, puppet show, face painting, raffle draw, inflatables are also provided for your entertainment. The traders and entertainers wear authentic costumes to show our colourful traditions. A great opportunity to dig into Hungarian cuisine and culture! Come and celebrate all things Hungarian with us!

Dogs on lead are welcome.

Price: £5.00 (at the gate) Free for children under 12
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12 Oct

Women's Institute Girls Quiz Night

13 Oct

Papercraft Group

09:30am - 16:30pm Fingringhoe Village Hall, Colchester CO5 7BH
13 Oct

Open Clay Access Sessions

10:00am - 14:00pm Colchester Makerspace, TriityWorks, 24 Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN
13 Oct

Colchester Games Fair

10:00am - 16:00pm Colchester Arts Centre

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!

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13 Oct

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair

It’s the perfect chance to shop affordable items, support independents and grab yourself a unique piece of the past!

Visit the vintage tea party for the perfect tea break after your shop. Teas and delicious cakes are served up on beautiful vintage china in the pop-up tearoom so don't miss out!

Stop by our hair and beauty salon for the vintage makeover that you've always dreamed of. For perfect pin curls, amazing victory rolls and sky-scraping beehives, a visit to the hair and beauty salon is a must. 

Price: £2.50 on the door, under 12s free
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14 Oct

Without Walls Book Launch - An Evening of Poetry and Jazz

19:30pm - 22:30pm Colchester Arts Centre
17 Oct

Beginners Furniture Painting Workshop

09:30am - 15:30pm Furniture Painting School, 23 Moorside, Colchester CO1 2ZF

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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20 Oct

70s Party Night

Price: £7.50
22 Oct

Wizards Academy

10:00am - 11:30am Cardamon Tea Lounge

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
28 Oct

Horror Film Quiz

19:00pm - 21:30pm Three Wise Monkeys

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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02 Nov

Cable Amnesty

10:00am - 16:00pm Colchester Arts Centre

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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04 Nov

Beginners Furniture Painting Workshop

09:30am - 15:30pm Furniture Painting School, 23 Moorside, Colchester CO1 2ZF

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
07 Nov

Beginners Furniture Painting Workshop

09:30am - 15:30pm Furniture Painting School, 23 Moorside, Colchester CO1 2ZF

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