Upcoming events:

20
th
Oct

The Best Of The Comedy Store

6:30pm - 8:58pm |
An evening of comedy at Charter Hall featuring comedians: Daliso Chaponda Tom Stade The Noise Next Door Jo Caulfield Hal Cruttenden

Comedy Store Management Presents

Age: 18+

Doors: 6.30pm – Rolling bar

SPECIAL GUESTS:

  • DALISO CHAPONDA

  • TOM STADE

  • THE NOISE NEXT DOOR

  • JO CAULFIELD

  • HAL CRUTTENDEN

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21
st
Oct
For those of meeker (or younger) disposition ‘Gloomsday’ will be open from 10-4pm throughout the school holiday (21st to 29th October) to provide family friendly frights and fun. Entry to the ‘Gloomsday’ site is free, with street entertainment, puppet shows and lots of games, activities and our fabulous 3 haunted houses open and ready to scare.
21
st
Oct

Comedy Workshop for 12-16 year olds

11:00am - 1:00pm | £15
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Kids Workshop Book via funnyfarmcomedy@gmail.com Come along and try your hand at writing and performing a short comedy set with experienced comedy tutor Hazel Humphreys. Maximum class size 15 students. Ages 12 to 16
21
st
Oct

The East Anglian Witch Trials

2:00pm - 3:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Art Exchange invites you to join Professor Alison Rowlands from the Department of History at University of Essex, for a talk on Landscape, People, Commemoration: working towards a New Geography of the East Anglian Witch-Trials.

Alison will share stories of witch persecution and trials in the area, while at the same time exploring our need to link historical events to specific places. To what extent does this accurately represent those accused and their accusers, and does it risk creating myths, distorting our understanding of actual events?

Looking at artwork, walks, and community projects commemorating the anniversary of the Lancashire witch-trials, Alison explores new ways communities, historians and artists can best situate the history of witch-trials into our local landscapes.

Kindly hosted by our friends at Firstsite, Colchester.

Free and open to all.

Places limited so booking essential.
https://new-geog-witches.eventbrite.co.uk/

About New Geographies
http://www.newgeographies.uk/

This event is part of New Geographies, a new three-year project, invites the public to nominate locations for ten site-specific art works across the East of England.

Do you know an overlooked or unexpected place that you think is important and which you’d like to nominate as a potential site for an exciting art project? Help us redraw the map of the region with places important to those living here, by going online to nominate a location at http://www.newgeographies.uk/

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23
rd
Oct

Horror Film Camp (14+)

10:00am - 4:00pm | £80 for two days
Signals Media Arts Centre
Victoria Chambers St. Runwald St,
Two days of fiendish filmmaking fun. Work in crews to make a short film, with the chance to use makeup and special effects.

Watch last years tension filled thriller, set in an eerie and empty church, here; https://vimeo.com/190690705

Date: Monday 23rd - Tuesday 24th October
Time: 10am - 4pm
Age: 14+
Price: £80

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23
rd
Oct

Museums at Night

6:00pm - 10:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Join us for a unique opportunity to visit Firstsite after hours for the national Museums at Night celebration.

The galleries will be open late, offering you the opportunity to explore some of the most interesting artist moving image and digital work showcased within our Screen Play season.

Throughout 2017, Firstsite are presenting selected works from Film and Video Umbrella’s (FVU) impressive back-catalogue as part of a new partnership. For Museums at Night we are joined by Jerwood/FVU Award winners Patrick Hough and Lawrence Lek for a series of exciting discussions about their individual commissions and interest in moving image as an artistic medium.

Programme:

7:00pm – 8:00 pm
Screening of Patrick Hough’s “And If In A Thousand Years” (2017) followed by an artist discussion.

8:30pm – 9:30 pm
Screening of Lawrence Lek’s “Geomancer” (2017) followed by an artist discussion.

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25
th
Oct

Tea Academy - Create Your Own Blend

5:00pm - 6:00pm | £15
Cardamon Tea Lounge
44 St John's Street
Join this workshop with tea master Izabela to blend your own tea. Price includes the workshop, unlimited tea tastings, a small gift and discounts on purchases after the session.
26
th
Oct

Big Bulb Plant at the Rec

10:00am - 2:00pm |
Meet at Port Lane Car Park, Recreation Ground, Old Heath 
Help plant 6,000 spring bulbs! Garden tools and refreshments available. All welcome!
26
th
Oct

Sofar Colchester #9

8:00pm - 10:30pm |
Secret location! 
The ninth 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

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), 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
Oct

Gory Make-Up (9+)

10:00am - 3:00pm |
Signals Media Arts Centre
Victoria Chambers St. Runwald St,
Come to Signals for the perfect halloween preparation and transform yourself into a macabre monster or a ghastly ghoul.

This workshop is led by professional make-up artist Melanie Winning who's previous clients include; BBC, DreamWorks, Disney, The Royal Opera House and The English National Theatre.

Date: Friday 27th October
Time: 10am - 3pm
Age: 9+
Price: £35

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27
th
Oct

Oktoberfest

6:00pm - 11:00pm |
The world famous Oktoberfest comes to Colchester for a huge weekend of traditional Bavarian entertainment, food and drink. Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October.

The most important date of Germany's cultural calendar comes to the UK and arrives in Castle Park Colchester this year for the very first time.


Taking place inside one of Europe’s Largest touring bier tents for a Bavarian style festival including a showcase some of the best and authentic oompah bands from around the world across all three sessions. 

Plus a large selection of traditional German foods plus those all important steins!

Session times are as follows -
Friday Evening - 6-11pm 
Saturday Afternoon - 12-5pm
Saturday Evening - 6-11pm

Register for tickets now at -
www.oktoberfestcolchester.co.uk

Oktoberfest Colchester is an 18+ event. Challenge 25.

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27
th
Oct

Yarn Lovers Monthly Meet Up

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
GO4 Cafe at the Rec
Recreation Ground
Yarn Lovers is a friendly, welcoming group for knitters and crocheters. We meet the final Friday of every month for chat, coffee and to work on our group projects.

Right now we are working on creating blankets to sell for charities, and a Colchester themed project to showcase the best of our town. All ages, skill levels and genders are most welcome!

Venue is fully disabled accessible!

Please note that beginning OCTOBER meeting we must ask £2.50 per person to cover the cost of keeping the cafe open to us privately. We will also enjoy 10% discount off drinks & snacks at the corner.

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28
th
Oct

Earls Colne Indoor Craft Market

9:30am - 12:00pm |
Earls Colne Village Hall, Colchester CO6 2RN 
Tea, coffee and cake available. Raffle. Please come along it’s free entry. If you want to book a table/stall please contact Donna Goodchild, tel 223989 or Sarah Adlem 223521.
29
th
Oct

Ecotherapy Workshop

9:30am - 11:30am |
Ecotherapy- much more then just a walk through the woods. We will be doing a range of actives including meditation / visualisation, grounding and connecting to our place in nature, reconnecting to our emotions through awareness and mindfulness.

We will meet at the visitor centre at 9:30 am and spend the next two hours immersed in the woodland. 


We will be doing a range of actives including meditation / visualisation, grounding and connecting to our place in nature, reconnecting to our emotions through awareness and mindfulness. 

Come along with suitable clothing, sensible shoes and an open curiosity.

Food for your soul!

Visitor centre is at the Turner Road entrance opposite the walk in centre. 
Car park is 50p for 2 hours. 

Price - £10pp. 

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29
th
Oct

Room on a Broom

10:00am - 12:30pm | £5.50 per child
Come and listen to this wonderful story and go on an adventure through the forest bringing the story to life.

Will we find all the characters, will we meet the dragon? And can you help the witch make a potion to fix her broom stick. Each child will make their own craft linked to the story. 

Sessions will run on;

Sunday 29th October, this will allow all ages to attend.
10-11 and 11.30-12.30

Tuesday 31st October 
10-11 and 11.30-12.30 for preschool children.

It will run at Highwoods forest and is £5.50 per child and £4.50 for siblings

www.bookeo.com/storytime

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29
th
Oct

Organic Alex's Sunday Lunch

12:00pm - 6:00pm | £16 for two courses
9 Queen St, Colchester CO1 2PG 
Good Souls Bakery in Queen Street will be the setting for this traditional Sunday roast, offering inventive vegan dishes served with seasonal vegetables and of course roast potatoes and gravy!

The venue is small and cosy, and guests are strongly advised to book in advance.


MENU - 2 Courses £16
Mains:

Chestnut Roulade stuffed with Spinach & Cashews
or
Lentil Cottage Pie topped with Swede Mash

Both served with seasonal vegetables, crispy roast potatoes and caramelised red onion gravy. 

Desserts:

Rhubarb Crumble & Custard
or
Sticky Toffee Pudding

Drinks:

Kombucha £2
Sparkling Water £1.50

Guests may help themselves to a selection of herbal teas and coffee free of charge. Filtered water will also be provided.
Alcoholic drinks may be purchased from the Queen Street Brewhouse next door.

Allergens: Some dishes may contain nuts, peanuts, celery, mustard or fermented non-gmo soya. There are no mushrooms!

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30
th
Oct

Along the Silk Roads

7:30pm - 9:00pm | Members £2, Non members £4 Students £1
Colchester Roman Circus
Roman Circus Walk, off Butt Road
The Archaeology of Cities, Caravanserai and Endurance. Presented by Tim Williams. Doors open at 7 pm for 7.30 pm. Refreshments served.
03
rd
Nov

Coffee and Card

10:00am - 12:00pm | £5 on the day (includes a hot drink)
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Get a creative coffee fix with Compass Craft’s monthly Coffee and Card sessions.

Run by papercraft tutor Katy Freeman, with hot drinks provided by the talented baristas in the Firstsite café. Session price includes your hot drink and the supplies to make a greeting card.

Suitable for beginners aged 14 years and over as well as more experienced crafters. No need to book.

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05
th
Nov

Jogging Made Easy - Winter Run

9:00am - 11:00am |
Berechurch Rd, Colchester CO2 9RQ 
New Winter Running Group Session - a weekly 10m social run, ideal for those wanting to maintain mileage throughout the winter. All welcome. Starting from Corporal Budd VC Gym.
07
th
Nov

The Empathy Hub

7:30pm - 9:00pm | £7 per session or £20 for four
Top Floor, 2 Church Walk, Colchester CO1 1NS 
Come and spend time with a small, friendly group of people, to improve your listening skills, give and receive empathy, and learn more about Nonviolent Communication.

Sessions running once a month from November to April 2018.

Held by an experienced certified trainer, Clare Palmer, this space will help you be more connected with yourself and others around you and enrich your relationships.

The Empathy Hub takes place on the first Tuesday of each month starting on 7 November, in Colchester town centre. Please bring a donation of £7 per session or you can pay £20 for 4 sessions, just attend whenever you can.

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11
th
Nov
St Botolph's Church, St Botolph's Street, Colchester CO2 7EE 
Lexden Choral Society with the Kingfisher Sinfonieta

Jenkins - The Armed Man (choir & orchestra)
Walton - Crown Imperial (orchestra)
Choral motet (choir)
Elgar - Nimrod (orchestra)
Vaughan Williams - The Old 100th (choir & orchestra)
Parry - Jerusalem (choir, audience & orchestra)
Wood - Fantasia on British Sea Songs (choir, audience & orchestra)
Elgar - Land of Hope and Glory (choir, audience & orchestra)

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12
th
Nov

Colchester Frock Swap

9:30am - 12:00pm |
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
14
th
Nov

Mindfulness Meditation

6:30pm - 7:30pm | Free
Victoria Inn, 10 North Station Road, Colchester CO1 1RB 
An opportunity to try mindfulness meditation as a complete beginner or to have a different experience with an established practise. We will be meeting at the Victoria Inn, Colchester, to experience mindfulness in a social setting paying attention to the sensations of taste (and many more besides) with your favourite beverage. We will be paying attention to sensations in the body, the sights and sounds of the environment, the flavour sensations and other experiences of what we choose to drink.

More details and booking is available here:

http://www.risingspiralyoga.co...

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17
th
Nov

Day of the Dead!

10:00pm - 4:00am |
To be announced! 
It’s time for Dia De Muertos – Day of the Dead! A carnival atmosphere with candy skulls all over the place, and real Latin American flair - all under one roof!

We’ve gone all out on providing an authentic Dia De Muertos experience for you: expect world-renowned acrobats, theatrical circus performers, and professional Latin dancers performing throughout the night! 


Day of the Dead just wouldn’t be the same without great music, and we’re pushing the boat out this year with live percussionist performances and a host of international DJs. Combined with Europe’s largest confetti cannons and CO2 guns, pyrotechnics and fire breathers, Day of the Dead is set to be the most insane spectacle of the year!

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the Day of the Dead festivities – professional film makeup artists will be running a candy skull face painting station, and huge piñatas will be scattered around that will need teams of you to break open!

Make sure you don’t miss out on this year’s most spectacular event – Day of the Dead! Tickets are expected to sell out up to six weeks in advance, so make sure to buy yours early to avoid disappointment! Tickets can be purchased through Fatsoma, Day of the Dead’s primary ticket sales partner. The underworld awaits

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18
th
Nov

Arm Knitting Workshop

11:00am - 4:00pm | £50pp including all materials
Duck Duck Goose, Tendring Road, Little Bentley, Colchester CO7 8SH  
Join the lovely Ladies from 'I Make Knots' for a creative Saturday workshop at Duck Duck Goose Cafe and Studios learning the art of arm knitting and all the knotty skills required to make a super cosy throw using Woolly Mahoosives mammoth yarn. Two workshops - 11am to 1pm and 2-4pm.

These super snuggly blankets make a gorgeous styling addition to your home ready to hygge up for Winter! 

Perfect for beginners and those already with the knot know-how, we'll guide you through all the steps you need to create this on-trend homeware accessory.

Colours chosen on arrival, there will be an equal split of grey, off white, peacock blue and beige.. Size of throw approximately; 70cm x 130cm.

Tickets are £50pp including all materials. 
To book please email kay@kinshipcreativedc.co.uk 🌿💚 

(Please note any cancellations made within 2 weeks of the event are unfortunately non- refundable).

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18
th
Nov

Songs to Warm a Cold Night

7:00pm - 10:00pm | £12
St Botolph's Church, St Botolph's Street, Colchester, CO2 7EE 
With Kingland Gospel Choir, Quizzical, Rococco, Will Quince, Emma Young, Hope Choir, Chorus Iceni and Funky Voices. In aid of the Mayor's Charities. Tickets available on www.eventbrite.co.uk
19
th
Nov

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

11:00am - 3:00pm |
Essex Golf & Country Club, Earls Colne, Colchester CO6 2NS 
Essex Golf & Country Club's annual Christmas Craft & Gift Fair.
25
th
Nov

Stepping Stones Christmas Fair

11:00am - 1:00pm |
Wilson Marriage Centre, Barrack Street, Colchester CO1 2LR 
Lots of stalls selling gifts to suit all budgets, Father Christmas in his grotto, raffle and lots, lots more.
25
th
Nov

Colchester Brewery Open Day

12:00pm - 4:00pm |
Viaduct Brewhouse, Wakes Hall Business Centre, Wakes Colne, Colchester CO6 2DY 
Free open day. Samples, tours, free BBQ bites, drinks and special offers.
26
th
Nov

Vegan Christmas Fair

1:00pm - 6:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Welcome to the first Vegan Fair hosted by Lotus Stray Rescue. There will be a variety of food, craft, gift, campaign and clothing stalls, and the Firstsite bar will be open.
02
nd
Dec

Secret Vintage Christmas World

10:00am - 6:00pm |
Secret! 
It's a TWO day Christmas world of vintage, 3rd and 4th December... Shopping, music, entertainment, a bar and a salon area. PLUS make sure you subscribe to our mailing list to ensure you get invited to the launch party on the evening of the 1 December! www.secretvintageworld.com
09
th
Dec
MICA Centre, 38A High Street, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8QA 
Community Christmas Fair, hosted by the members of the Mersea and District Flower Club, everyone is welcome to join us. We will have lots of lovely stalls including seasonal gifts, Flower displays, food and drink to enjoy.....and we even hope Santa will come visit us!
09
th
Dec

Vegan Christmas Market

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Marks Tey Village Hall, Old London Rd, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EJ 
Celebrating Christmas with compassion
22
nd
Dec

Crackers for Christmas

9:00am - 4:00pm |
Colchester Market on the High Street 
Colchester Market is the perfect place to pick up all those last-minute bits before Christmas - stocking fillers, gifts, sprouts, chestnuts...
06
th
Jan

Family Yoga

11:00am - 12:30pm |
The Tree Room, 12 Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN 
Family Yoga is here for everyone! – kids 5-10yrs, mums, dads, grandparents, carers. And you do not need to be super fit, just a willing spirit! Who knew yoga could be so much fun!

During this 1.5 hour class we will explore:


✨The traditional yoga poses through fun, laughter and playfulness. 
✨Acro Yoga - for everyone
✨Breathing, calming and relaxing activities
✨Connecting to each other
✨Gentle meditations and guided imagery

Yoga is great for creating a feeling calm and happiness, and can help parents and kids to relax in each other’s presence. 

You’ll return home feeling rejuvenated, fully stretched, overflowing with love in your hearts, and a sparkle in your eyes!

Workshop dates are:
6th January 2018
20th January 2018

3rd February 2018
17th February 2018

3rd March 2018
17th March 2018

Each class will be from 11-12:30 at the Tree Room, Colchester. 

TERM FEES – 2 sessions @ £ 15.00 (1x adult & 1x child) = £30 

Additional family members = £5 per person per session

If you would like to book a space, then please email: hello@stardustyoga.co.uk
Please note: Due to the length of this class, this session is not recommended for under 5’s.
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From the blog:

Review - Grain Restaurant

I must admit I mourned a little when Hudson and Hudson closed its doors. It's understated smart dining, ever-changing seasonal menu and reasonable pricing made it a firm favourite of mine. Fast forward several months later though and I spied something that could refill that gap in Colchester's dining landscape. Grain, a crowdfunded project by a couple of local chefs started popping up over social media and I couldn't help get a spark of excitement for them.
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Poppy Sakulku
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