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20 Apr

A Book Brunch with Dr Tom Bolton

11:00am - 12:00pm Red Lion Books, High Street, Colchester

Tom Bolton will be at Red Lion Books discussing his non-fiction book LOW COUNTRY: Brexit on the Essex Coast

In 2016 Tom Bolton set out on a mission to walk the long, winding coastline of Essex — from Purfleet on the Thames Estuary to the Suffolk border.

Low Country records his probing, hallucinatory journey along crumbling sea-walls and through retail parks, past abandoned military forts and plotlands. He uncovers an ancient battlefield upstream from a decommissioned nuclear power station, visits England’s most deprived community and treks the remote and beautiful Dengie peninsula in search of forgotten stories.

In the treacherous mudflats and coastal resorts of England’s eastern edge, an alternative vision begins to emerge, shaken by Brexit and the rise of new, populist politics in Britain and America. In this low country of vast horizons, where land and sea are in constant flux, Bolton discovers a hidden history of invasion, resistance and radical thinking. A timely new book from the celebrated author of London’s Lost Rivers and Vanished City, Low Country repositions the edgelands of Essex at the political and imaginative heart of England.

Pre-booking a space at this event will ensure you have a seat and £12 will include coffee and a croissant.

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20 Apr

Supper Club by The Flavour Room

20:00pm - 23:00pm

We Dine, Discuss and even Debate together around one big table. We are a warm and welcoming environment so whether you want to come alone or with a friend you won't feel out of place. While we like to offer food from all parts of the world we love Middle Eastern cuisine so our menus are frequently influenced by these flavours.

Flavour Room Supper Clubs offer a 3-4 course menu & tea/coffee for the worthy price of £30pp. You're welcome to bring your own drinks (no corkage) though we do provide local tap water on the table! 

Our menus are kept a secret until you arrive - but if there is anything you can't eat just let us know with plenty of advanced warning and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs or tell you when we can (remember the more notice the better!)

All bookings are secured via our email and paypal booking system: infoflavourroom@gmail.com

22 Apr

Flower Crown Floristry

18:30pm - 21:00pm

Come and learn to make the ever popular Flower Crown. Flower crowns were worn in Ancient Greece to honour the gods, in the 19 Century it was tradition to crown the May Queen, Queen Victoria wore one herself on her big day in 1840 and today they are often seen at weddings, planned as a Hen activity, worn by festival goers and just worn as a beautiful bit of fun! Wherever you decide to wear yours you’ll LOVE showing off your new flower crown, even better you made it yourself and will have the skills to make many more! £55pp. Booking essential: info@flourishflowers.florist

23 Apr

Tile Painting

19:00pm - 21:00pm Trinity Works

Paint your own coaster or tile with brush-on glaze

We will be patterning and painting ready-made kitchen and bathroom tiles, using brush-on-glaze, and finishing them as coasters or personalised items like name plates or house numbers for the home, using techniques of painting, scraffito, stencils, potato prints and different types of resist. You will be able to leave at least one finished tile or coaster to be fired and collected by you at a later date.

Materials and equipment will be provided. Still, to get the most out of the workshop, you are invited to bring the following (most important items first, least important last):

  • apron
  • a few artist’s or children’s paintbrushes
  • pen, pencil and paper or notebook
  • a paint box if you have one – could be a children’s paint set or artist’s watercolour paint box
  • old towel, floorcloth or dishrag (cotton, not J-cloth)
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30 Apr

Uniform Exchange Pop-Up (Greenstead Schools)

10:00am - 12:00pm Greenstead Evangelical Church, Magnolia Drive, Greenstead, Colchester

Pop up uniform stall concentrating on local schools (Colchester Academy, Roach Vale, Hazelmere, Unity and Parsons Heath). Other uniform will be available on order.

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02 May

Life Drawing

19:00pm - 21:00pm The Christopher Centre, Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU

Suitable for all levels and abilities. £15pp includes nude model, some art materials, tea, coffee, and biscuits! Contact Michelle on 07812068489 or michelleranson@hotmail.co.uk.

03 May

Plus Size Clothing Open Evening

19:00pm - 22:00pm 26B Hythe Quay, Hythe, Colchester CO2 8JB

You may well already be aware of our online clothes shop. We're Apples & Pears and we're based in Colchester: Every so often we throw open the doors of our HQ, so our lovely customers can visit to try on and shop. Everyone who is interested in plus size fashion is welcome.

Please note our unit is upstairs. If this is likely to pose a problem please let us know as we can offer alternatives.

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10 May

Pour and Paint - Prosecco and Painting

19:30pm - 21:30pm SPACE, 37 Queen Street

Friday night "Pour and Paint" art session at Queen Street Art School, Colchester.

Spend a Friday evening creating a watercolour painting of a squirrel.
They are run by Kirstin and Aniela who are professional artists.
The classes are relaxed, friendly and beginners are very welcome.

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12 May

Fun Day & Dog Show

11:00am - 16:00pm Plough Corner, Harwich Road, Little Clacton, CO16 9ND

Enjoy a family day out whilst supporting your local rescue centre. Food and drink, shopping, doggy displays, classes for all, agility competition, tombola, rosettes and prizes!

18 May

Colne Lights Afternoon Tea

14:00pm - 17:00pm Colne Light Ship, the Hythe, Colchester

Colne Light is hosting an afternoon Tea on Saturday 18th May! There will be a delicious spread provided by Daphne's Vintage Tea and a Bar by BeyondBar hire! Only 40 tickets available so get in touch quick to book your space! It will be a lovely afternoon and the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and have some wonderful food!

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18 May

Supper Club by The Flavour Room

20:00pm - 23:00pm

We Dine, Discuss and even Debate together around one big table. We are a warm and welcoming environment so whether you want to come alone or with a friend you won't feel out of place. While we like to offer food from all parts of the world we love Middle Eastern cuisine so our menus are frequently influenced by these flavours.

Flavour Room Supper Clubs offer a 3-4 course menu & tea/coffee for the worthy price of £30pp. You're welcome to bring your own drinks (no corkage) though we do provide local tap water on the table! 

Our menus are kept a secret until you arrive - but if there is anything you can't eat just let us know with plenty of advanced warning and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs or tell you when we can (remember the more notice the better!)

All bookings are secured via our email and paypal booking system: infoflavourroom@gmail.com

19 May

Trinity Street Summer Festival

10:00am - 16:00pm Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN

Our annual Summer Festival - fun for all the family.

This is a free event open to everyone.

Come join our village fete in the town centre! Singing, dancing, games, an utterly daft dog show and stalls. Support your local community and businesses as we spill out into the street and have a very jolly time!

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27 May

Village Fete

11:00am - 17:00pm Layer Marney Towers, Layer Marney, Colchester CO5 9US

Come and enjoy a traditional old fashioned Village Fete with stalls, sideshows, games etc. The Tudor Re-enactors, the Companye of Merrie Folke will also still be with us for the fete. Standard house opening charges apply - £9.00 adult, £5.00 child, Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £25.00

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02 Jun

Afternoon Tea on the Colne Light

11:00am - 16:00pm Colne Lightship, King Edward Quay, The Hythe, Colchester CO2 8JB

We will be holding 2 seatings for Afternoon Tea. The first will take place between 11am-1pm and the second will take place between 2pm-4pm. The Afternoon Tea will consist of finger sandwiches (cheese, ham & egg mayo), homemade scones with butter, strawberry jam and cream. A selection of assorted cakes/biscuits.  Unlimited tea and coffee.

This is a unique experience and we are hoping that it will be something that we can repeat should it be a success. There will only be a certain amount of tickets available and all will be £15 per person.

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06 Jun

Life Drawing

19:00pm - 21:00pm The Christopher Centre, Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU

Suitable for all levels and abilities. £15pp includes nude model, some art materials, tea, coffee, and biscuits! Contact Michelle on 07812068489 or michelleranson@hotmail.co.uk.

07 Jun

Plus Size Clothing Open Evening

19:00pm - 22:00pm 26B Hythe Quay, Hythe, Colchester CO2 8JB

You may well already be aware of our online clothes shop. We're Apples & Pears and we're based in Colchester: Every so often we throw open the doors of our HQ, so our lovely customers can visit to try on and shop. Everyone who is interested in plus size fashion is welcome.

Please note our unit is upstairs. If this is likely to pose a problem please let us know as we can offer alternatives.

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08 Jun

The Swing Spectacular 2019

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

The Swing Spectacular returns for it's fourth year of unmissable swing entertainment celebrating music and dance from the ‘20s to the ‘50s!

Event curator and Jazz Singer Lydia Bell is back to stoke the fires of the #swingrevolution, back at the incomparable Colchester Arts Centre. This year you can expect THREE live bands, swing dance lessons and performances, and other vintage inspired activities!

This event is in aid of Emmaus Colchester. Emmaus UK is a charity helping homeless people get back on their feet through community building; please consider this and spread the word about the event. See more about their work here: www.emmaus.org.uk/colchester

This event is kindly sponsored by Chocodolly

LIVE MUSIC:
Lydia Bell - Jazz Vocalist
Sweeting Swing Band
The Bell Sisters
The Volstead Orchestra

SWING DANCING:
The Dinahs

SPEAKEASY COCKTAIL BAR
CHARITY RAFFLE
VINTAGE PHOTO BOOTH
MISS CHOCODOLLY PRIZE FOR BEST DRESSED

Click here to see photos of last year’s sell-out event:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/theswingspectacular/photos/?tab=album&album_id=245756692828492

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15 Jun
16 Jun

Medieval and Oyster Fayre Market

10:00am - 17:00pm Castle Park

Tickets:

• £8 per day per adult.

• £4 per day per child (Under 14).

• £16 per day family pass (2 adults and 2 children under 14).

• Tickets available online and also available at the gate.

“A tour de force in medievalism that’s the biggest of its type in Europe” – The Sunday Times

This Sunday Times comment sums up the wonderful Fayre and Market. Medieval stalls selling all sorts of wonderful historic crafts and entertainers from the period. Children enthralled by the storytellers. Music wafting from every corner.

Mummers, mimers, rhymers, beggars, peddlars. Just soak up the atmosphere of the market and revel in the joys of the fayre.

With a modern craft area, picnic area and wonderful food court with medieval and modern delicacies and ‘The Pikestaff Inn’ selling real ale, mead, wines and chilled lagers.

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15 Jun

New Town Community Day

12:00pm - 16:00pm Recreation Ground, Old Heath Road, Colchester CO1 2ER

Stalls, dance, poetry, food and drink, competitions and activities.

15 Jun

Colchester Food & Film Festival

14:00pm - 22:00pm tba

Picture this 📸: groups of friends relaxing in hot tubs, beds, bean bags and fluffy blankets, drinking fizz and craft beers, watching cult classic movies under the stars! We couldn't imagine a more magical evening! ✨

Expect all the classic binge-worthy needs with our very own street food stalls including: ice cream, popcorn, sweets, chocolates, pizza and more..

We have outdoor entertainment such as fairground rides and more to make your movie breaks as exciting as possible!

➢ Full Event Information & Tickets coming soon..

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15 Jun

Supper Club by The Flavour Room

20:00pm - 23:00pm

We Dine, Discuss and even Debate together around one big table. We are a warm and welcoming environment so whether you want to come alone or with a friend you won't feel out of place. While we like to offer food from all parts of the world we love Middle Eastern cuisine so our menus are frequently influenced by these flavours.

Flavour Room Supper Clubs offer a 3-4 course menu & tea/coffee for the worthy price of £30pp. You're welcome to bring your own drinks (no corkage) though we do provide local tap water on the table! 

Our menus are kept a secret until you arrive - but if there is anything you can't eat just let us know with plenty of advanced warning and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs or tell you when we can (remember the more notice the better!)

All bookings are secured via our email and paypal booking system: infoflavourroom@gmail.com

23 Jun

Roman & Castle Road Midsummer Fayre

12:00pm - 17:00pm Castle & Roman Road Colchester CO1 1UN

Children's parade, best jam/chutney/pickle competition, family singing workshop, children's activities, circus skills, pet competition, story telling, arts and crafts. wishing trees and icnic on the bank!

Contact midsummerfair21@gmail.com

25 Jun

Tile Painting

19:00pm - 21:00pm Trinity Works

Paint your own coaster or tile with brush-on glaze

We will be patterning and painting ready-made kitchen and bathroom tiles, using brush-on-glaze, and finishing them as coasters or personalised items like name plates or house numbers for the home, using techniques of painting, scraffito, stencils, potato prints and different types of resist. You will be able to leave at least one finished tile or coaster to be fired and collected by you at a later date.

Materials and equipment will be provided. Still, to get the most out of the workshop, you are invited to bring the following (most important items first, least important last):

  • apron
  • a few artist’s or children’s paintbrushes
  • pen, pencil and paper or notebook
  • a paint box if you have one – could be a children’s paint set or artist’s watercolour paint box
  • old towel, floorcloth or dishrag (cotton, not J-cloth)
Visit event website
29 Jun

Colchester Pride 2019

11:00am - 20:00pm Firstsite

Building on the success of Colchester Pride 2017 and Colchester has Pride 2018 we're back and bigger than ever!

Join us on the 29th June 2019 at Firstsite for a day of celebration, education, community and much more!

Find out more at www.colchesterpride.lgbt

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04 Jul

Life Drawing

19:00pm - 21:00pm The Christopher Centre, Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU

Suitable for all levels and abilities. £15pp includes nude model, some art materials, tea, coffee, and biscuits! Contact Michelle on 07812068489 or michelleranson@hotmail.co.uk.

05 Jul

Plus Size Clothing Open Evening

19:00pm - 22:00pm 26B Hythe Quay, Hythe, Colchester CO2 8JB

You may well already be aware of our online clothes shop. We're Apples & Pears and we're based in Colchester: Every so often we throw open the doors of our HQ, so our lovely customers can visit to try on and shop. Everyone who is interested in plus size fashion is welcome.

Please note our unit is upstairs. If this is likely to pose a problem please let us know as we can offer alternatives.

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10 Jul
11 Jul

Colchester In Bloom Front Garden Awards

10:00am - 17:00pm Colchester wide

Enter YOUR front garden into this year's COLCHESTER IN BLOOM AWARDS

Judging takes place on 10th and 11th July with the awards later in the year. Brighten up Your Street and your Colchester!

Please enter your interest in this event and we'll get back to you! Ready for judging!

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02 Aug

Plus Size Clothing Open Evening

19:00pm - 22:00pm 26B Hythe Quay, Hythe, Colchester CO2 8JB

You may well already be aware of our online clothes shop. We're Apples & Pears and we're based in Colchester: Every so often we throw open the doors of our HQ, so our lovely customers can visit to try on and shop. Everyone who is interested in plus size fashion is welcome.

Please note our unit is upstairs. If this is likely to pose a problem please let us know as we can offer alternatives.

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14 Aug

Coffee with Cops

13:00pm - 14:30pm GO4 Cafe at the Rec

We are very happy to say that Colchester Community Team - North Local Policing Area are pleased to come to the cafe and have meetups with local people around the area and have a chat with them over a cup of tea or coffee to talk about their concerns or something that you think has to be reported. They are willing to have meetups at the cafe once every 3 months and our community cafe is been selected for this to happen.
If you think that you can help to make our local area more secure and safe, please do
come along on the same day to have a chat with them. This is your chance to get to know your local policing team over a coffee.

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24 Aug
25 Aug

Brightlingsea Food & Drink Festival

11:00am - 18:00pm Promenade Way, Brightingsea, Colchester CO7 OHH

This great little festival is back for 2019. Street food, local artisan suppliers, crafts, arts, music and more!

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