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26 Jun

Stefanos Tsourelis Trio

19:30pm - 21:30pm Headgate Theatre

Using the guitar and the oud (a traditional lute from the Middle East), Stefanos Tsourelis transports his audience on an authentic and exciting journey involving a unique fusion of Mediterranean music and jazz. In this mixture of musical styles and influences, Stefanos draws on his experiences of life in both Greece and London.

Tickets: £14, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s)

28 Jun

MAS - Movement & Sound Workshop

19:30pm - 21:30pm The Tree Room

Come and join the Colchester Movement and Sound Collective on the dance floor for an alternative Friday night out! An uplifting, playful and experiential journey of guided movement and free dance to a creative playlist accompanied by live percussion! A great way to unwind and recharge at the end of a busy week. The workshop will close with a meditative sound journey. It's simply going to be magical.

Book in advance: £12 / £10 concessions
Pay on the door: £15

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28 Jun

Wine & Pate Evening

19:30pm - 22:30pm Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe CO7 9BX

A selection of pate, crusty bread and homemade desserts. £15 to include two glasses of prosecco, wine, soft drink. (Vegetarian, vegan and GF options available), accompanied by Sea Shanties by The Motley Crew. Call or email for tickets: 01787 281066 or cmayuk@btinternet.com

28 Jun

A Feast of Music for the Soul - Amoroso

20:00pm - 22:00pm Headgate Theatre

Come and join Mersea-based singing group, Amoroso, for a feast of delicious music. The evening is presented like a three-course dinner menu. Appetisers feature a collection of swing & jazz, the hearty entrée course consists of a selection of contemporary classical delights and the naughty desserts are full of life and vitality!

Backed by an eight-piece band, Amoroso will tempt you with three completely different courses of choral music to nourish your soul. Tickets: £12.50

29 Jun
30 Jun

Colchester Food & Drink Festival

10:00am - 17:00pm Castle Park

Now in its 15th successful year, The Colchester Food and Drink Festival 2019 will be set once again in Colchester’s beautiful Castle Park. There will be lots of old favourites and this year we have some new and exciting stalls and products to tempt you. Featuring over 100 different stalls with local and international food and drink. There will be so much to see and try. Why not make a picnic or pick up lots of food and drink to take home.

The Pikestaff Inn real ale bar will also feature lots of different ciders and good cold lager, you can enjoy champagne, prosecco and cocktails at our new bar or learn how to make the perfect cocktail at our Cocktail Creative Classes. Our Celebrity Chef Kitchen will be performing all day and of course, is free.

Price: £4.00 adults, under 14s go free
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29 Jun

Colchester Armed Forces Day

11:00am - 16:00pm Abbey Fields, Colchester CO2 7SZ

On Sat 29 Jun 19, 16 Air Asslt Bde & Colchester Garrison Show will take place on Abbey Field. This will include a parade by veteran and cadets. The show will take place between 1100-1600 hrs. The biennial Show has been arranged to take place on Armed Forces Day 2019.

Unlike other years, there will be an arena event and a parade by veterans and cadets, coordinated by the County RBL, led by the PARA Band, with the Lord-Lt of Essex and Comds taking the salute and ‘inspecting/chatting’ to those formed up.

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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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29 Jun

Stanway Family Fun Day

11:00am - 16:00pm Silver Witch Green, Stanway, Colchester

Stanway Family Fun Day organised by Love Stanway! This year look out for the Dog Show Competitions! Bring your pets and register them at the start of the day with a change to win! Also lots of other new events and activities. It's really a day not to miss!

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04 Jul

Independents Day - The South Lanes Project

17:00pm - 19:00pm Sir Isaac Ealk, Eld Lane, Trinity Street, Scheregate Steps, Colchester Town Centre, CO1

Indie shops, cafes and music, meet-ups, crafts, coffee, in-store entertainment, tasting menus, vintage and niche brands.

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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.

04 Jul

Can't Help Singing

19:30pm - 21:30pm Headgate Theatre

Platform Musicals are celebrating their 25th anniversary with this special concert that highlights 100 years of Musical Theatre and Operetta. A musical treat from the talented Platform singers that is not to be missed! A donation will be made to the Barnardo’s children’s charity.

Tickets: £15

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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05 Jul

Can't Help Singing

19:30pm - 21:30pm Headgate Theatre

Platform Musicals are celebrating their 25th anniversary with this special concert that highlights 100 years of Musical Theatre and Operetta. A musical treat from the talented Platform singers that is not to be missed! A donation will be made to the Barnardo’s children’s charity.

Tickets: £15

06 Jul

Can't Help Singing

15:00pm - 17:00pm Headgate Theatre

Platform Musicals are celebrating their 25th anniversary with this special concert that highlights 100 years of Musical Theatre and Operetta. A musical treat from the talented Platform singers that is not to be missed! A donation will be made to the Barnardo’s children’s charity. Tickets: £15

06 Jul

Blues and Rock in the Garden

16:00pm - 23:30pm Maitlands, Distillery Lane, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8EZ

It's our 21st year and we're back and ready for a party! Entry limited to 500 so buy your tickets quick!

Where else can you buy an 8 pint watering can of beer, eat delicious food and listen to an eclectic mix of some of the finest music acts around (whilst also helping a good cause)?

5 great bands
Delicious BBQ and vegetarian food
Fully Licensed Bar (including beer by the watering can!)

All money raised is for charity. Building Malawi (http://www.buildingmalawi.com/), The Rotary and St Helena Hospice

Tickets: £10 single £20 family (2 adults and kids under 16).

No picnics please.

1) Please purchase your tickets via this page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bluesandrock2019 (It's easy and all forms of payment are accepted)
2) Leave your name in the comment. e.g. Tom Bowden - 1 x Single Ticket £10
3) Your wristbands will be available for collection at the gate.

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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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11 Jul
14 Jul

Roman River Festival - Colchester Weekend

20:00pm - 21:00pm Across Colchester

As part of the Roman River 2019 Festival we have included the exciting innovation of a Colchester weekend in July, crammed full of musical treats for you to enjoy. From our early years concert to the laid-back charisma of Norwich band Nebula Sun, the hypnotising Ensemble Bash to the mesmerising and dramatic music played by the Singh Quartet, there is something for everyone. We are incredibly excited to welcome the forty musicians of Street Orchestra Live as ensemble-in-residence in July. They are redefining the notion of classical music, bringing fresh, informal performances to care homes, hospitals, shopping centres … everywhere you don’t expect it. They open the festival on a summer’s evening under a specially constructed marquee in Firstsite’s gardens, and end the weekend with our traditional festival finale, this year very excitingly for the first time in St Botolph’s church in Colchester, with primary school choirs and talented youngsters performing alongside the professional musicians.

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11 Jul

Street Orchestra Live!

20:00pm - 21:30pm Firstsite

Baroque, Disco, Romantic, Hip-hop and more…If you’ve never been to a live orchestral concert, this is the one for you.

Our Roman River Music Festival weekend gets off to a rip-roaring start with the amazing Street Orchestra Live, whose immediate and unique performing style is unlike any orchestra you’ve ever seen before.

Imagine sitting outside with your friends on a warm summer’s evening, a glass of something chilled in your hand, and an eclectic mix of music from Beethoven to John Williams via Puccini, Richard Rogers and Salsa Celtica, floating across the balmy air. Join us for this truly sparkling start to the festival, in the natural amphitheatre of the lawn outside Firstsite.

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13 Jul

Silver Ring Workshop

10:00am - 13:00pm SPACE, 37 Queen Street

Come and make a ring on our Silver Saturday taster session. Spend 3 hours in our fully equipped workshop and learn how to hammer, form, size, solder and polish your very own unique silver ring. Come by yourself or with friends / family to make something special that will last a lifetime.... group bookings welcome. Gift vouchers available for that extra special present. £45 per person.

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13 Jul

Colchester Symphony Orchestra - English Classics

19:30pm - 21:30pm St Botolph's Church

Walton: Crown Imperial

Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto

Soloist: Rob Rogers

Arnold: English Dances Op 27 & Op 33

Our soloist, Rob Rogers, is our Principal Oboe in the Orchestra. Rob studied oboe at the Royal Academy of Music and has a degree in music from Durham Universityand a Masters in composition.

He has travelled the world playing in various South American orchestras and then had a seven year stint in South Africa where he started off as an orchestral musician and ventured into the world of jazz but on keyboards playing with various ‘originals’bands.

Tickets are £15, £13 (concessions). Under 25s free.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by either ‘phoning 01206 271128 or emailing csosecretary@colchestersymphonyorchestra.org.uk

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14 Jul

Wivenhoe Family Music Festival

13:00pm - 18:00pm Wivenhoe Cricket Club, Rectory Road, Wivenhoe, CO7 9SR

LIVE MUSIC FROM STIFF IN THE MORNING & THE LANDED

Tickets £5, children under 14 free. NO TICKETS ON GATE. Available from WTCC bar, The Horse & Groom, Lifestyle Shop (formerly Premier @ The Cross) & Claire Kelly (07843011051)

No alcohol to be brought onto premises

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17 Jul

​Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn

19:30pm - 22:00pm Headgate Theatre

Four couples – three bedrooms! Alan Ayckbourn’s clever uses of time and space makes this an intricate and sophisticated comedy.

Tickets: £13, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s)

18 Jul

​Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn

19:30pm - 22:00pm Headgate Theatre

Four couples – three bedrooms! Alan Ayckbourn’s clever uses of time and space makes this an intricate and sophisticated comedy.

Tickets: £13, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s)

19 Jul

​Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn

19:30pm - 22:00pm Headgate Theatre

Four couples – three bedrooms! Alan Ayckbourn’s clever uses of time and space makes this an intricate and sophisticated comedy.

Tickets: £13, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s)

20 Jul

Repair & Wear with Family Fabric Time

13:00pm - 15:00pm Trinity Works

Repair & Wear is a once monthly event were you can up cycle, repair or repurpose old clothing and textiles. Sewing machine, haberdashery equipment and advice are all on hand so bring along your own project or get inspiration from us. Childrens fabric based craft activites run alongside this session so accompanied children age 5+ are welcome to join you. This event is designed to promote skill sharing in a social environement, bring a smile and some chat!

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20 Jul

​Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn

19:30pm - 22:00pm Headgate Theatre

Four couples – three bedrooms! Alan Ayckbourn’s clever uses of time and space makes this an intricate and sophisticated comedy.

Tickets: £13, £12 (OAP, FTS, under 16’s)

21 Jul

Hilly Fields Nature Reserve - Insects and Butterflies

10:30am - 12:30pm Hilly Fields, Cymbeline Way, Colchester CO3 3QJ

Join the ranger and Colchester Natural History Society looking for butterfly and day-flying moth species as well as other grassland, heathland and tree insects, dragonflies and damselflies. Bring any Field Guides, ID books or binoculars, if you have them.
Event is weather dependant, please wear appropriate footwear for rough ground.

FREE – No booking required

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25 Jul

Frinton Fun Day

10:00am - 14:00pm Frinto Greensward, The Esplanade, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13

Free!

Activities include:
• Mini Sports Day – Frinton and Walton Swimming Pool
• Arts and Crafts
• Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service
• Free Fruit – donated by Frinton Sainsbury’s
• Essex Libraries story time
• RNLI, Coastguard, Fire Service and Police

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25 Jul
28 Jul

Colchester Summer Real Ale, Cider & Gin Festival

11:00am - 22:00pm Castle Park

Colchester town centre's only Outdoor Summer Real Ale and Cider festival returns for its 3rd year. Based at the picturesque cricket ground in Lower Castle Park it is a family friendly venue and event with music, food and of course a variety of real ale and cider. For 2019 we are adding a selection of craft gins and a variety of proseccos / sparkling wines to ensure there is something for all of Colchester's discerning palates!

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26 Jul

Movement & Sound Workshop

19:30pm - 21:30pm The Tree Room

Come and join the Colchester Movement and Sound Collective on the dance floor for an alternative Friday night out!

An uplifting, playful and experiential journey of guided movement and free dance to a creative playlist accompanied by live percussion..!
A great way to unwind and recharge at the end of a busy week.
The workshop will close with a meditative sound journey.

It's simply going to be magical.

Book in advance: £12 / £10 concessions
Pay on the door: £15

Follow the ticket link to book your space or you can click the link here: https://gongvoyage.co.uk/events/friday-night-mas-movement-and-sound-workshop/

Parking info - https://www.thetreeroom.com/finding-us

We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor soon 👣

Melanie, Justyna, Yan, Lucy and Omar x

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