Upcoming events:

24
th
Jul

Me Time! Pamper Evening

7:00pm - 9:00pm | £2 including raffle ticket
Orpen Hall, Lexden Road, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3BW 
Treatments from only £5!

A fabulous evening for Cancer Research Uk of pure luxury and safe products and skin treatments. With a raffle and fun prizes also a chance to purchase some lovely gifts for the ones we love this summer. All proceeds to CRUK.

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26
th
Jul

Garden Tour

11:00am - 12:30pm |
Get wild in the Castle Park

Join the Head Gardener for a guided walk around the formal gardens, and hear what goes into each season's planting. Meet at the Ranger Station.

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28
th
Jul

Yarn Lovers Monthly Meeting

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
GO4 Cafe at the Rec
Recreation Ground
Please come and join our friendly, welcoming group!

We meet the final Friday of every month at the GO4 Cafe on the Rec, to celebrate all things yarn loving! Bring your WIP and work on it while enjoying a drink and a chat with your neighbour. We are currently working on two ongoing group projects: (1) Making unique blanket to auction off for charity, and (2) working on a Colchester themed project. 

The group is open to crocheters and knitters (we even have a cross stitcher!) The group is open to people of ALL ability levels, genders and ages. Come along for a great time, meet some new friends, hone your skills and use them for good in a group full of superheros!

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29
th
Jul

Craft & Gift Event

10:00am - 3:00pm |
Myland Parish Hall, Mile End Rd, Colchester CO4 5DY 
Come and browse beautiful, locally handmade items, crafts, art, gifts and homeware. Activities for kids too. Plus charity raffle for Brain Tumour Research UK.
01
st
Aug

Lego Workshops

10:00am - 3:00pm |
Hythe Community Centre, 1 Ventura Drive, Colchester CO1 2FG 
Have fun building and playing with Lego, for children aged 6-14. Two sessions. One at 10am-12pm, one at 1-3pm. £2 per session.
02
nd
Aug

Beach Bonfire & Scavenger Hunt

11:00am - 12:30pm | £7pp
Cudmore Grove Country Park, Broman's Lane, Colchester, CO5 8UE 
Join us for a guided scavenger hunt along the beach in search of washed up treasures,before gathering around our beach bonfire to listen to nautical tales.

***BOOKING NOW OPEN. Please phone 03330132738 to secure your place.***

Join us for a guided scavenger hunt along the beach in search of washed up treasures,before gathering around our beach bonfire to listen to nautical tales. Enjoy a toasted marshmallow and hot chocolate while you listen.

Ideal for families with children 6 plus, this is a great chance to enjoy the atmospheric setting of the beach with the added enjoyment of a real fire and captivating stories.

Tickets cost £7pp. There will be a small pay and display parking charge if you are coming by car, which goes back into maintaining the park. Feel free to bring along your own picnics or buy snacks from 'Lily's at Cudmore' on site.

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05
th
Aug

Photo Walk along the River Colne

9:00am - 1:30pm | £25pp
The Minories
74 High Street
A guided photo walk along the river Colne, leaving Colchester and walking to Wivenhoe

This is a great opportunity for a nice day out to take pictures and meet like-minded people. Instead of a formal lecture the guided walk is to be seen as a social event where you are budding up with fellow photographers and having the advantage of having a photography lecturer alongside to chat with about all sorts of photo related issues.


How will the day go?

The walking distance is approximately 4 miles. We have doubled up the time to cover this distance based on the avaerge time needed to walk this.

9.00 We meet at the Minories in Colchester to welcome the group and give you a short briefing, cover some photographic topics, logistics of guided walking in a large group and some health & safety advice.

9.30 We start our walk from Castle Park and follow the foot/cycle path along the river towards Wivenhoe. We will be walking the 4 miles with plenty of stops to take pictures and having some photo related discussions.

12.30 Planned arriving time in Wivenhoe where we can sit down for some food and drink, reflecting on the activity.

13.30 We end the walk and individually make our way back home. Train station and bus stop are in close proximity.

What do I need to bring with me ?

Photographic equipment, analogue or digital, both systems are welcome to be used. Make sure your batteries are charged and you have sufficient memory (film) to take photographs. Keep it light but have appropriate gear protection (bag).

Appropriate walking gear to cover a 4 mile distance. Comfortable shoes are important. Check the weather forecast to pack accordingly. Bring a bottle of water and some energy bars, just in case.

What will I be learning?

This is an informal learning event. past experience shows that you will learn more than expected. Being surrounded by people with a shared interest is a great environment to pick up knowledge and skills. Your guide will certainly talk to everyone in the group and has plenty to say about camera settings and image composition.

Who is guiding the photo walk?

The walk is guided by Mike Klencher, a photography lecturer across various programs at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester. Mike is a experienced tutor who alongside FE and HE teaching has delivered leisure learning classes to adult learners since 2004. Mike’s practice engages with alternative processes and printing, zine making and software experimentation. In Ipswich he organises the Ginnel Foto Fest, …the smallest photo festival.

How much does it cost?

We tried our best to keep this at a very affordable price of £ 25.00 per head. Maximum group size is 20 to ensure everyone gets a fair share of contact time with Mike.

The walk starts at 9 am at The Minories Galleries in Colchester and finishes approx. 13.30 in Wivenhoe. The fee does not include refreshments and food.

Participants please take in to consideration that we will be walking distance of 4 miles. 

No photographic experience is required and all levels are welcome to join.

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06
th
Aug

Outdoor Theatre - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

2:30pm - 8:30pm | £11 Adults, £9 Concessions, £34 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
The Minories
74 High Street
Afternoon and Evening Performances

Sunday 6th August
2.30pm & 6.30pm, Gates open 1 hour before each performance
The Minories Garden, High St, Colchester CO1 1UE

All Dorothy Gale wants to do is travel. Get out of Kansas, go somewhere new. Somewhere different. Dorothy’s father doesn’t want her to go, afraid that something might happen to her. But when a tornado hits the Gale farmstead, Dorothy goes further than she ever thought possible.

Stuck in a strange land with only a Scarecrow, A Tin Woodsman and a Lion for company, Dorothy sets off on a quest to return home, a quest that will require brains, heart and bravery. But the Wizard of Oz won’t help and a witch is after Dorothy’s slippers. The Scarecrow can’t remember anything, the Tin Woodsman doesn’t care and the Lion… well, he’s got issues.

With things looking bleak and the way home uncertain, Dorothy starts to look at her life in a whole new way, because travel really does broaden the mind.

Ticket Prices - £11 Adults, £9 Concessions, £34 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Box office - 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 booking includes p&p)
www.ticketsource.co.uk/chamele... 

All other enquiries - 07936 067657

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07
th
Aug

Homelessness - Open Meeting

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
We'll be discussing the issue of homelessness in Colchester with guest speakers TBC. Open to all those interested in understanding and helping to solve the issue.
12
th
Aug

The Essex Serpent & Other Colchester Literary Connections

2:00pm - 4:00pm | Adults: £4.30, Children (5-15) £3.10
Visit Colchester, Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park CO1 1UG 
Join our qualified Blue Badge Guide on a guided walking tour of Colchester. Discover serpents, detectives and serving wenches, as well as the many other characters and their creators to have walked the streets of Colchester.
16
th
Aug

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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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

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.
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...
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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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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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!
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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