Upcoming events:

24
th
Apr
Colchester High School, 11-17 Wellesley Road, Colchester CO3 3HD 
The Effects of Screen Time on Your Child’s Academic Achievement

On Tuesday 24th April, Colchester High School and Dr Aric Sigman, a child psychologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, will run a free talk about the importance of parents managing their child's recreational screen time. Dr Sigman will explore the effects screen time can have on children's cognitive skills, including their attention span, brain development, literacy and academic achievement.

Refreshments served from 18:00. Talk begins at 18:15

Tickets are free but registration is required. Please book early to reserve a place through Eventbrite.

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26
th
Apr

Heartstart Course

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
The Ark Highwoods Methodist Church, Jack Andrews Drive, Colchester CO4 9FF 
Learn some lifesaving skills with Colchester Community First Responders

This will be held at the Ark Highwoods Methodist Church on the 26th of April. The course will commence at 19:00hrs on both dates. On the night we will teach you how to put someone in the recovery position, deal with a heart attack and cardiac arrest, perform CPR etc. Please e-mail col.cfr@gmail.com to book a place on our course.

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26
th
Apr

Sofar Colchester #13

8:00pm - 10:30pm |
TBC! 
The THIRTEENTH installment of Sofar Sounds for music lovers in and around Colchester. Secret line-up (3 acts). Secret location in Colchester. (Revealed via email to confirmed guests 36 hours before event)

BYOB

STUDENTS use code: STUDENT-7BBA4 (Remember to bring your student ID on the night)

Apply for tickets here: https://www.sofarsounds.com/colchester

We're always looking for new faces to join the community (hosting at your space, volunteering, performing), so if you want to get involved with the future magic, take a trip here: https://www.sofarsounds.com/colchester

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27
th
Apr

Introduction to Smoothies

6:00pm - 8:00pm | £20pp
The Nourish Co., 36 St John's St, Colchester CO2 7AD 
With this workshop you can learn to make delicious healthy smoothies using fresh, nutrient dense ingredients, in 5 minutes or less.

🍓Are you curious as to how to make the perfect smoothie?
🍓Are you wondering how to make 2018 healthier for you?
🍓Perhaps you’re vegan-curious?
🍓Would you like to feel better? 
🍓Perhaps you’d like to know more about detoxing?
🍓Or are you looking for healthy food on the go?

With this workshop you can learn to make delicious healthy smoothies using fresh, nutrient dense ingredients, in 5 minutes or less. Not only will you feel good, you will look good too, thanks to the detoxifying effects of green smoothies, you will reap all of the benefits of eating natural, raw, plant based foods, in the most convenient, quick & easy way.

This workshop will also help you with any weight loss goals and will answer your questions about the right and wrong kinds of sugar and fats. 

We will be making and sampling:

🍒 Super Chocolate and Peanut Butter Smoothie
🍒 Tropical Heaven Green Breakfast Smoothie (perfect for on the go)
🍒 Very Berry Blueberry and Grape Smoothie
🍒 Strawberry and Banana ‘Nice’ Cream
🍒 Matcha Green ‘Nice’ Cream
🍒 Raw Cacao hot chocolate 

The smoothies will all be dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar free. Will contain peanuts. 

Dawn is a Certified Plant-Based Nutritionist with a passion for helping people become healthier, easily. 

Exchange: £20 pp
Location: The Nourish Co
Date: 27th April 2018
Time: 6 - 8pm

To Book and pay for your place, please pop into Nourish and see April or Cleo. 

For more info on Dawn, the host, you can contact her here: www.dawnlucht.com

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28
th
Apr
 
Ideal for those who want to find out how to apply brave, loose washes with water colour to describe the underpainting of the subject, followed by careful, accurate drawing with the pen. Start by experimenting with different pens - felt tip, steel nibbed of varying thicknesses. Texture, tone and shading will be explored which will then be incorporated into familiar scenes of architectural interest. The works of Hugh Casson and David Gentleman will be studied to give inspiration.
28
th
Apr

Arm Knitting Workshop

11:00am - 1:00pm |
Duck Duck Goose, Pump Farm, Tendring Road, Little Bentley, Colchester CO7 8SH 
Come and join us for a fun creative workshop with @IMAKEKNOTS learning the art of Arm Knitting and all the knotty skills required to make a super cosy throw using Woolly Mahoosive Mammoth Yarn.

These super snuggly blankets make a gorgeous addition to your home or a great gift!

Ideal for both beginners and those who can already knit, you'll be guided through all the steps you need to create this on-trend Homewares accessory.

Size of throw approx. 70cm X 130cm.

Great news- you can now CHOOSE your colour (subject to availability)!

Upon booking please email kay@kinshipcreativedc.co.uk with your choice of the following colours:

Mushroom pink/pink/chocolate brown/light teal/dark olive/emerald green/amber/dove grey/bright navy/peacock blue and mid grey. If you would like to view these colours you can see them online at www.woollymahoosive.com

The workshop will take place at Duck Duck Goose Coffee where you are able to purchase hot drinks, cakes and light lunches should you wish to do so. There is ample parking available at the venue, but please park in the field opposite the venue to leave the small carpark free for people with small children so they don't have to cross the road. Thank you.

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28
th
Apr

Open Dance Class with FLUX

11:00am - 12:30pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Our dance classes are a great way to keep fit and learn more about dance and creative movement in a friendly and supportive environment . Our spring classes run on the following dates : 28/4, 12/5, 26/5. Led by professional and experienced dance artists and teachers from Flux Dance Collective. £7.50 per class and no need to book - just turn up and dance ! Special offer: £20 for three classes ( pay at your first class)
29
th
Apr

Rowhedge Tabletop Sale

10:00am - 2:00pm |
All across Rowhedge! 
The Rowhedge Village Table Top Sale is back and it's going to be bigger and better!!! Raising funds for St Lawrence Primary School and Rowhedge Under 5's Pre-school.

It will be £5 per table - booking forms are AVAILABLE NOW from the school office, pre-school and the Parish Council Office. ****Deadline for bookings and payment is 16th April 2018****

Maps will be created listing ALL of the sellers around the village - these will be able to be purchased for £1 from a week before the sale. ALSO this year there will be a treasure hunt that will be on the map. Find all the letters from the selected tables around the village and rearrange them to find a word. Bring your completed word back to the school playground to receive your prize.

There will be food and drinks available from the school playground between 10am and 2pm. Tables will be open around the village from 10am. Do NOT miss out on this fantastic Village event, it's going to be a brilliant day!!!! PLUS we have also teamed up with the Mooring Association and they are having a BOAT JUMBLE on Lion Quay from 10am too. Rowhedge is going to be a hive of activity on the 29th :)

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01
st
May

Vegan Tasting Evening

7:30pm - 10:30pm |
Three Wise Monkeys
60 High Street
On Tuesday 1st May, we at Three Wise Monkeys are hosting a unique vegan food and beer tasting evening. Selected, quality vegan draught beers will be paired with one-off vegan dishes, and you will be guided through the pairings with help from our tasting experts.

The pairings will be announced shortly, but to be involved simply swing by Three Wise Monkeys and grab yourself a ticket for what will be a great evening of tastings!

The event is ticket only and tickets are priced at £24 (Or £20 for loyalty card holders). All you need to do is pop into the bar and buy yours to be a part of it!

The event will take place on our middle floor from 7.30PM onwards.

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04
th
May

Popaganda - Thomas Dilz

7:00pm - 10:00pm |
The Minories
74 High Street
May the fourth be with you in joining me at the opening of Thomas' first (Han) solo exhibition of conceptual and digital art at The Minories Gallery, Colchester. Popaganda will be open to the public from 05/05/18 - 24/05/18, so (sky) walk on down to see what Thomas has been up to in his first year as Fine Art graduate. When asked if he would be attending this exhibition, Yoda said “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
05
th
May

Geeks Colchester Comic Con

10:00am - 5:00pm |
Charter Hall
Cowdray Avenue,
“GEEKS” Events bring their universally unique comic-con family day out to Charter Hall.

Rush on down to Charter Hall at Colchester Leisure World, where we’ll be jam packed with celebrity guests, interactive games and stage show, the UK’s finest traders, a fantastic cosplay competition, and prop displays to keep you all entertained over the weekend. 

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018 Open 10.00am - 17.00pm

Tickets for our event are available here: http://skiddle.com/e/12973527

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05
th
May

Wivenhoe May Sale Trail

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Across Wivenhoe 
Fancy a declutter?? Join the Wivenhoe sale trail on the May bank holiday weekend. Sell from your garden or garage for just £5. To register email wivenhoemayor@hotmail.com Guides with addresses will be available during the week before. All proceeds to the Wivenhoe Mayor's fund.
06
th
May
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Offering gentle yoga, guided movement and an opportunity for free dance, this workshop will focus on exploring the qualities of the 5 elements of life ~ earth, water, fire, air and aether (space).

Co-facilitated by local yoga teacher Chrissie Joy and dance practitioner Lucy Teed. Chrissie and Lucy share a playful and experiential approach to movement and aim to provide an accessible, friendly and safe space for you to simply connect with the joy of moving. We welcome anybody with an interest in movement for well being. No previous dance experience necessary.


TO BOOK:
Please contact Chrissie Joy
T: 07536 113 485
E: chrissiejjoy@yahoo.co.uk 

Due to limited spaces, payment must be made in order to reserve your place. 

Cost: 
£25 full price
£20 advanced booking (by Sunday 22nd April) 

Bring a friend SPECIAL OFFER ~ Book 2 spaces together
£44 full price
£36 advanced booking (by Sunday 22nd April)

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12
th
May
Get 'up with the lark’ and experience this magical time of day as the sun rises over High Woods Country Park.

Learn to use your ears to ID the birds of the park; although if you have binoculars please bring them.


The walk of about 3 miles will be led by bird expert Simon Wood, author of ‘The Birds of Essex’. 

Enjoy a bacon roll and a hot drink to finish (vegetarian option available).

BOOKING ESSENTIAL!

Tickets £7.30 pp

Available from:

Visitor Information Centre (VIC), 
Hollytrees Museum, 
Castle Park 
CO1 1UG

Or call to book: 01206 282920

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12
th
May

Colchester Morris Men

11:30am - 4:00pm |
Across Colchester Town Centre 
Saturday 12th - Colchester Town. Culver Square 11:30am Lion Walk 12:30pm Holly Trees ( Castle Park ) 3pm
12
th
May

Around the World Food Night

8:00pm - 11:00pm |
Ye Olde Albion Pub, High Street, Rowhedge, Colchester CO5 7ES 
A fun food night at the Albion which will hopefully take us all around the world! Bake a sweet or savoury dish, bring it along to the pub & share it!
14
th
May

Pint of Science

5:00pm - 11:00pm |
In pubs across Colchester 
Pint of Science comes to Colchester for the first time, May 14-16! We are a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them). Sign up to the mailing list for more details.
18
th
May

A Taste of Rio!

8:00pm - 11:30pm |
 
Rio Carnival Comes to Colchester!

The Rio De Janeiro Carnival is coming: expect to hear, feel and taste Brazil at the most authentic Rio Carnival event yet! Expect synchronised samba parades, Brazilian percussionists and an army of Latin parade performers - there is zero chill in Brazil!

To complement this we have a range of South American Street Food Stalls and enough Brazilian beers to last us for years! Combine this with international DJ’s and more confetti than necessary. This is a spectacle not to be missed! Expect more colour than a rainbow and more Brazil flags than the World Cup! We have provided face paint artists to ensure you can submerge yourself in the culture - We also encourage our attendees to dress up and become part of the parade!

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20
th
May

Trinity Street Festival

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Trinity Street, Colchester, CO1 1JN 
Our Summer Festival returns for the third year running. Completely free and open to anyone and everyone, it is a village fete in the centre of town. Singing, dancing, fun and games and lots of interesting stalls. Come and support the most independent street in Colchester!
25
th
May
Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road, Colchester CO4 5HH 
First Cuckoo of Spring is a bi-annual event allowing resident artists and printmakers from Cuckoo Farm Studios to diplay work for sale in the Benham Gallery. The show will run over the May Bank Holiday weekend and be open from 10am to 5pm. Refreshments will be available and parking is free.
26
th
May

Secret Vintage World

10:30am - 4:00pm |
TBA! 
BANG! And we're back announcing the next date! Back to a brand new BIG venue with all the usual shenanigans and more! VENUE TO BE ANNOUNCED AS USUAL! Traders check your inboxes, customers get ready for some fun and sign up for this event! More details coming soon.
26
th
May

Jazz Night

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
St Leonard's at the Hythe Church, Hythe Hill, Colchester CO1 2PN 
John Clifton and the Blue Town Jazz Band. Another fun evening awaits as we welcome the band back for another superb evening of popular jazz music inside St. Leonard’s. 19.00 to 21.00 Free to attend!
26
th
May
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Welcome back to The Wrong Film Club! This occasional series of screenings at Firstsite showcases some of the worst, weirdest, and most baffling films ever made. And this May is no exception, as we are delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the outlandish jukebox musical, and star-studded flop, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’!

Sex, drugs, and Frankie Howerd’s army of robots - this film has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in, and it was such a spectacular flop on release that not even the strength of 29 classic Beatles songs, taken from ‘Rubber Soul’ to ‘Abbey Road’, could save it - even when sung by the likes of The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Earth Wind And Fire, and Steve Martin! With a non-sensical plot involving magical musical instruments, mind-control cults, and a “Future Villain Band,” not even an unforgettable closing chorus line, featuring Tina Turner, Bobby Womack and Dame Edna, amongst dozens of 1978’s biggest stars could turn its fortunes around.

Despite being a critical and box-office disaster, its cult following has developed over 40 years, so we are delighted to present this most bizarre of jukebox musicals for your viewing and singing pleasure! There will be on-screen subtitles, so you can sing along! There might even be a prize for the best singer… Special guest TBA!

Note: This event will take place in one of the learning spaces of Firstsite, rather than the auditorium. The film has a BBFC certification of U.

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27
th
May
Tye Barn, Great Bentley Road, Great Bentley, Colchester CO7 7HN 
Food has a massive impact on mental health and anxiety levels for Sensitive Souls and in this workshop we will be addressing these issues. This is a one-day workshop including a very delicious plant-based lunch.

As a Sensitive Soul / HSP we tend to experience illness more deeply and find ourselves living and coping with many more food sensitivities and emotional/mental sensitivities. 


Stress comes in many different forms, but food stress is one that severely impacts the body and can contribute to a host of issues. 

Food also has a massive impact on mental health and anxiety levels for Sensitive Souls and in this workshop we will be addressing these issues.

This is a one-day workshop including a very delicious plant-based lunch.

We will cover:

- Foods to help you thrive
- Foods for anxiety and stress
- Foods for sleep
- Food allergies and how to help yourselves
- Why calories don't count
- Giving you the tools to feel empowered
- How to listen to your body
- How to be prepared

The workshop will be held at the beautiful Tye Barnes in Great Bentley - 20 minutes from Colchester. This tranquil and country setting will give us the opportunity to delve deeply whilst feeling safe and calm. 

Exchange: £66 including lunch

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27
th
May

Guided Heritage Walk, Frinton-on-Sea

2:00pm - 4:00pm |
Meet at the Gates! 
Meet by the gates. Free and open to all ages and abilities
28
th
May

Village Fete

11:00am - 5:00pm |
Layer Marney Towers, Layer Marney, Colchester CO5 9US 
Old fashioned Village Fete with stalls, sideshows and fun dog show.
30
th
May

A Cello Recital - with Syrian Food!

6:30pm - 10:00pm | £20 (Students £12)
St Botolph's Church
St Botolph's Street
Refugee Action-Colchester is delighted to have the internationally acclaimed cellist, Orlando Jopling, perform the much-loved Bach Cello Suites in support of our work and to help us raise much needed funds. The greatest music written for solo cello, Bach’s Suites are magnificent and soulful. Come and enjoy their beauty with delicious Syrian food, included in your ticket, and raise money for an excellent cause by doing so.
02
nd
Jun
Cowdray Avenue, Colchester CO1 1XT 
Come along to Colchester Fire Station on Saturday 2 June for our summer fire station open day. We will have lots of fun things to do and see. Take a close up look at our fire engines and see what we do everyday in our job. It'll be a fun filled family day out!
07
th
Jun

Gin Tasting

6:00pm - 10:00pm |
The Old Siege House, 75 East Street, Colchester, CO1 2TS 
More details to follow!
09
th
Jun

Colchester Symphony Orchestra presents their Russian Programme

7:30pm - 10:00pm | Adults - £15; Concessions - £13 Students in full-time education - £3 Under 17 - free
St Botolph's Church
St Botolph's Street
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture Khatchaturian: ‘Spartacus’ Rimsky-Korsakov: Trombone Concerto Soloist: Helen Vollam Tchaikowsky: Symphony no 6 Conductor: Chris Phelps Leader: Philippa Barton Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved in advance by 'phoning 01206 271128 or by email to csosecretary@colchestersymphonyorchestra.org.uk
10
th
Jun
Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 1TL 
The Taste of Sudbury, a fantastic annual event, held in the centre of this market town, is all about celebrating, promoting and showcasing the very best producers, restaurants, chefs and food industries that we are so lucky to have in this part of the world. In 2018 over sixty stalls will be filling Market Hill and St Peter’s Church with a wonderful selection of top quality food and drink.
16
th
Jun

Festival of Music & Dance

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Venues TBC 
Friendly, competitive festival for amateur musicians and dancers of all abilities. See website for more details.
16
th
Jun

New Town Community Day

12:00pm - 3:30pm |
Recreation Ground, Old Heath Rd, Colchester, CO1 2ER 
Come along and join your neighbours for the New Town Community Day. Lovely food, games, displays and stalls.
22
nd
Jun

An Evening with Ely Gin

7:00pm - 9:30pm |
The George Hotel, 116 High Street, Colchester CO1 1TD 
This evening will be a tour of the gin world; hopefully a bit of education, hopefully a bit of fun! Topics will include a discussion on what gin actually is, a look at botanicals, a look at distilling, and a healthy dose of tasting. The evening will be hosted by James Clark, the founder of The Ely Gin Company. As well as tasting at least five different gins through the course of the evening, all attendees will receive a "goodie bag" to the value of £7.50.
08
th
Jul
A collaboration between live-looping Medieval minstrel Lizzie Gutteridge and story teller Clare Goodall.

Music from the 14th century provides the backdrop to the tale of the Great Revolt and radical preacher John Ball. Born near Colchester (maybe?), Ball preached in English (shocking!) and claimed that everyone was created equal (scandalous!!). He was excommunicated and would have languished in jail had he not been released by the Rebels as they took London, burnt the Savoy, and went on to parley with the King. The future hung in the balance...

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04
th
Aug

Rough Sleepers Art Festival

11:00am - 4:00pm |
GO4 Cafe at the Rec
Recreation Ground
Roughsleepersart is a new and innovating concept to raise awareness, develop real relations and monetarily support homeless persons.

Announcing The ‘Rough Sleepers Art & Games Festival’ 

The Recreation Ground, Old Heath Road Colchester CO1 2ER
Saturday 4th August 2018 – 11am to 4pm

'Rejection is at the root and is the continuance of homelessness. Relationships combat rejection and Art of every genre is a medium to redefine relationships and deconstruct myths'.

Roughsleepersart is a new and innovating concept to raise awareness, develop real relations and monetarily support homeless persons. The project will have a flexible life span and it is hoped an ongoing application. It will be piloted in this region for a period of time, up to 4th August, when a cumulative festival will be available to participants.

The charities to benefit will include the CENS (Colchester Emergency Night Shelter), Beacon House the Day Centre for homeless, and the latest project the ‘Homeless Bus’. All recognised outreaches will be considered at the discretion of the organisers. Funds raised will be paid directly to the charities by the fund raisers themselves and not the organisers.

The Bus is the latest project and has been purchased thanks to an anonymous £25,000 donation. The bus will provide accommodation for 10 homeless people and includes it’s own shower and toilet facility. It will be staffed every night by volunteers, offering shelter and comfort and food for those most in need.

Tony Francis and Richard Shakespeare, are the organisers of the Roughsleepersart project, both have very real experiences of the homeless and their direct needs and are experienced in project management. We can be contacted directly at roughsleepersart@gmail.com

We have recruited some homeless artists to provide 3D artwork, both individually and through the charities we are working with. The aim is for the work to be auctioned on Ebay, or selling pages or sold on 4th August at the event. The art work can be anything from sculptures, drawings, painting, pottery, knitted figures, songs, poetry etc, there are no limits.

Workshops will be arranged with homeless and formerly homeless people working alongside the domicile public. A particular project, is to create board and other games to represent the various experiences of becoming and remaining homeless, its causes and the routes out of the desperation. 

We are contacting local schools and community groups to produce art and other merchandise and to raise awareness of plight of the homeless. Where an existing charity would like to take part, they merely register on the Facebook page, create and sell their work and register a 50/50% split of the proceeds, half to their charity and half to a nominated homeless outreach charity. No money is paid to roughsleepersart, we are solely the facilitators of this concept and the organisers of the cumulative event on 4th August. 

At our Face Book page, ‘Rough Sleepers Art’, you can register with us your interest in the festival, either as a charity or a business or as an individual offering services on the day and registering your donations (over 18’s only). You can donate anonymously, should you so wish. Existing homeless outreach charities may retain all proceeds. A pitch hire fee will apply on the day. Local musicians are welcome to contact us to plan a schedule for the day. 

The GO4 Café on the Rec, a non-profit making organisation, will be open all day providing food including sandwiches, drinks, cakes and a BBQ. A Bouncy Castle and other attractions will also be available.
We already have a very talented song writer, Suzy Cramer, who has produced a promotional song ‘Reason for the Day’ for our corporate, marketing and advertising purposes. 

We are encouraged by local press coverage and hoping to grasp the attention of National / Local TV etc. a recent press release is attached.

Thank you for your valued support.

Tony Francis (07753 2253810) – Richard Shakespeare (079225 18215)

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18
th
Aug

Colchester Has Pride

11:00am - 10:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Colchester's 2nd Pride event. Come along, all people are welcome. Enjoy food and drink, entertainment, education, shopping and socialising at this day of education and celebration.
25
th
Aug
pin Hide Map Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0HH 
Brightlingsea Food & Drink Festival returns for 2018! Once again we'll be showcasing 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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01
st
Sep

Invasion Colchester

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Across the Town Centre 
Building on the huge success in 2017, Invasion Colchester returns to Colchester town centre on 1st September 2018, raising money for Colchester Hospitals Charity and St Helena Hospice. 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 support some amazing local causes!

From the blog:

Arts Preview - Get Therapy, by Danielle Imara, Wednesday 29th November at the Arts Centre

The indomitable Anthony Roberts worked to bring this true story of addiction, eating disorders and depression told through a mixture of dance, song and dialogue to the Arts Centre, and although we hate to admit it, his taste IS impeccable - searingly honest, refreshingly upbeat, we're looking forward to this one! (And as it's a Wonderful Wednesday event, it's pay-what-you-can-afford. Marvellous!)
Photo of Jade Fothergill
Jade Fothergill
27 November 2017