Upcoming Events

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17 Nov

Frock Swap!!

09:30am - 12:30pm Colchester Arts Centre

Bring along your unwanted clean clothes, shoes and accessories (womens’, mens’ and childrens’) that you have no further use for and enjoy swapping them for items that you will use. 

De-clutter your wardrobe and swap it for a new look!

Drop off your items from 9.30am - 10.15am Swapping begins at 10.30am
Non-swappers and charities from 11.30am - 12pm
Free admission for swappers
£2 minimum donation to charity from non-swappers

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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
20 Nov

Drink and Draw!

19:00pm - 22:00pm The Old New Inn, 36 Chapel Street South, Colchester CO2 7AX

See at The Old New Inn. Hopefully they will love us. Bring pencils and stuff. Oh and beer money.

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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.


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
24 Nov

37 Queen Street Christmas Market

10:00am - 16:00pm SPACE, 37 Queen Street

Showcase and market from the resident artist, makers and creatives at 37 Queen Street. Free entry and the cafe will also be open all day.

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24 Nov

West Mersea NSPCC Christmas Gift Fair

10:00am - 15:00pm Mersea Island School, Barfield Rd, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8QX

Pop along for some Xmas shopping, join us for a spot of lunch & enjoy the amazing atmosphere. The halls will be bustling with a variety of stalls with plenty of opportunities to win some amazing prizes! We cannot wait to welcome you all on Saturday 24th November, 10-3 at Mersea school. We are hoping to reach the £50,000 mark this year, raising much needed funds for our local area. 

25 Nov

Posh Jumble

10:00am - 14:00pm Theatricool Studios, Belle Vue Rd, Colchester CO1 1XA

A posh jumble sale with new/nearly new clothes, bags, and other lovely stuff!!! Ideal to grab a pre Xmas bargain and socialise with a cuppa and a cake.

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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
25 Nov

Culver Square Big Light Switch On

12:30pm - 17:30pm Culver Square, Colchester CO1 1JQ

The COUNTDOWN is ON until the BIG LIGHT SWITCH on here at CULVER SQUARE! ⭐🎄🎁 Join us from 12:30pm for FESTIVE FUN!⭐ There will be a SANTA SINGALONG from 5pm BEFORE the LIGHT SWITCH ON! 🎅🏼

27 Nov

No Nonsense Life Drawing

19:30pm - 22:30pm The Victoria Inn

A chance to draw from life with a nude model (may be male or female!). £10.00 for a session but you must book a place and pay a deposit in advance.

Please contact: LDNononsense@gmail.com to book your place ASAP - places are VERY limited.

29 Nov

Level Best Christmas Market

10:30am - 15:30pm Level Best Art Cafe, Darcy House, 3 Culver Street East, Colchester CO1 1LD

Our Level Best Christmas Market will be held here on Thursday 29th November from 10:30am to 3:30pm. We will have a HOST of our goods (Christmas and other seasonal) on display and for sale and you can also pick up an order form from us then, or request one from us in advance (somethings may go). Have yourself a fun day with us as we show off ALL our goods on offer, from mince pies, jam, chutney, sweets, pickled onions and Christmas cards to Christmas cakes!

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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.

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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
09 Dec

Jingle Bounce Festive Fun

12:00pm - 16:00pm GO4 Cafe at the Rec

GO4 Cafe- Recreation Ground in partnership with Colchester Castles are very pleased to invite you to our next event Jingle Bounce Festive Fair at Recreation Ground Park (Old Heath Road, CO12ER). 

  • Inflatable Fun £2 per session / £5 Unlimited 
  • Craft & Gift Stall ( Supporting Local Artists & Small Businesses)
  • Christmas Food & Drinks ( Delicious Treats, Festive Drinks & Food Gifts)
  • Face Painting by Jumbletime Face Painting 
  • Santa's Lucky Dip by Colchester Castles: £1 a go/prize every time.
  • Festive Fun 4 Free 😊 ( Games, Colouring in & Music) 

We hope to see you all!

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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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16 Dec

Game of Thrones Quiz

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

Winter is coming, as Film, TV & Music Quiz and the Three Wise Monkeys bring to you the Game Of Thrones Quiz! A whole quiz based on the epic, massive hit TV show.

All proceeds will go to the Colchester Rough Sleepers Group, and their aim to renovate an old bus into a homeless shelter.

- £2 a head entry
- Maximum 6 to a team
- Food served until 9pm
- No need to book - turn up and play!

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 some mates, a beer and some food, and test your knowledge of all the wonderful and awful things you've seen occur in Westeros, by taking part in this sure to be popular quiz!

Winter is here...

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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