Upcoming events:

23
rd
Nov
The first of a series of curry nights at Good Souls Bakery next to the Queen Street Brewhouse, these events will feature curry dishes with influences from Africa, Jamaica, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Britain and Malaysia amongst others.

MENU (All dishes for £12.50):

  • Cauliflower and Chickpea Korma
  • Aubergine Curry with Tomatoes, Lentils and Ginger
  • Spicy Potato & Spinach Curry with Roasted Garlic
  • Basmati Rice 
  • Mixed Vegetable Pickle
  • Onion Bhaji

Desserts (£4):

Chai & Vanilla Pecan Pie
or
Lemon Cheesecake

Drinks:

Filtered Water
Kombucha £2
Sparkling Water £1.50
Tea £1

Booking is advisable, and takeaways are also available

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25
th
Nov

BCMMA - Live Martial Arts

12:00am - 3:03pm |
Charter Hall
Cowdray Avenue,
25th November 2017 @ 6:00 pm Charter Hall - Colchester Leisure World, Colchester CO1 1YH

Cage Warriors Academy South East returns to Charter Hall, Colchester on Saturday 25th November 2017 with an absolutely incredible night of MMA action in store for you! Headlined by Emrah Sonmez & Dominic Dillon who clash for the Featherweight title the card features some of the very best Amateur fighters in Europe and with some mouthwatering Professional bouts topping the bill. Colchester’s own phenom Cory McKenna who is the #1 female Amateur Strawweight in Europe also makes her pro debut in the co-main event of the evening taking on Maria Colonna of Italy who took the Silver Medal at the IMMAF Amateur Championships last year. A great night of sporting entertainment for a great price, business owners might be interested in our VIP ringside tables for corporate hospitality or the staff Christmas party.

You can get your tickets online at www.bcmma.co.uk or from one of the fighters on the card. #BCMMA20

This is one event you do not want to miss!

Doors open 5pm

Cage Action from 6pm

Connect with BCMMA Online via Social Media:

Facebook.com/BCMMAUK

Twitter.com/BCMMAUK

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25
th
Nov

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

7:30am - 9:30pm |
Our next concert: Beethoven - Missa Solemnis Saturday 25th November at 7:30pm St Botolph's Church Colchester http://www.colchesterchoralsociety.co.uk/events.shtml Tickets available from Mann's Music, Colchester and members of the choir. Tickets - £15 (£6 for under 25s

Our next concert: Beethoven - Missa Solemnis Saturday 25th November at 7:30pm St Botolph's Church Colchester http://www.colchesterchoralsoc... Tickets available from Mann's Music, Colchester and members of the choir. Tickets - £15 (£6 for under 25s

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25
th
Nov

The Minories Christmas Market

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Our brilliant Christmas Market returns for another year. Filled to the brim with amazing goodies made by our region's very talented local artists, designers and makers. Come along and see what Christmas gifts you can find for your loved ones (or just keep them for yourselves!)

Our brilliant Christmas Market returns for another year. Filled to the brim with amazing goodies made by our region's very talented local artists, designers and makers. Come along and see what Christmas gifts you can find for your loved ones (or just keep them for yourselves!)

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25
th
Nov

Beth Chatto Christmas Fayre

10:00am - 4:30pm |
Beth Chatto Gardens, Clacton Road, Colchester CO7 7DB 
An event with around 45 stalls selling locally sourced and crafted gifts, children’s activities and crafts, music, choirs, hot chocolate, locally sourced warming food, a children’s winter trail around the Gardens and a children’s Christmas story corner as well as entertainment from local singers.

Entrance to the Fayre is a suggestion donation of £1 for adults and 50p for children with proceeds going to Beth Chatto's chosen charities. The fayre is largely outside but undercover of the polytunnel so please dress appropriately and bear in mind that parking will be on ground that may be damp underfoot. 

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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

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

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29
th
Nov
Lion Walk Shopping Centre, Colchester CO1 1DX 
✨✨LION WALK LIGHT SWITCH ON✨✨ Join us at our Christmas light switch on Wednesday 29 November… see our fabulous lights, fireworks, a school choir, Dream 100 FM, late night shopping and more!
30
th
Nov

Sofar Colchester #10

8:00pm - 10:30pm |
TBC
The TENTH 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)

The TENTH 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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01
st
Dec

Are You Being Served? Secret Vintage Cocktail Party

8:00pm - 11:30pm |
TBC
Are you being served?

Are you being served?! Make sure we you kick off your our weekend of vintage fun by joining us at a party of vintage music, entertainment and cocktails! Get your best glad rags on and get ready to party....

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02
nd
Dec

St Osyth Christmas Market

11:00am - 3:00pm |
St Osyth Christmas Market

Join us for a afternoon of Christmas fun, we shall have your favourite princesses (available for photographs ) a selection of fab stalls, cakes, gifts and more . Lots of local companies selling some of their finest products. Amazing Christmas shopping all under one roof.

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02
nd
Dec

Stargazing

6:30pm - 9:30pm |
Abberton Reservoir, The Rows, Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester CO2 0EU 
Join Essex Wildlife Trust and North Essex Astronomical Society to look at the night sky through large telescopes at Abberton Reservoir. NEAS members will give talks throughout the evening. Booking essential! Please call 01206 738172. Requested donation £6 per adult, £4 per child. Bacon rolls will be available for purchase on the night so why not come and have some tea with us. Please note the event will run whatever the weather.
02
nd
Dec

Secret Vintage Christmas World

10:00pm - 6:00pm |
TBC
It's a TWO day Christmas world of vintage, 3rd and 4th December.

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

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07
th
Dec

SPACE Toolkit - How to Promote Your Work

6:00pm - 8:00pm |
Led by Pete Mosley, author of The Art of Shouting Quietly

A practical session about challenges and best practice in self-promotion for creative businesses. Participants will go away with a plan for marketing themselves more effectively.

Pete Mosley is a writer, blogger and business expert at craft & design magazine, he writes books about the business of creativity and creates online toolkits.

Ticket includes complimentary drinks and networking after the talk.

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07
th
Dec

The Poetry Brothel - Opening Night

7:30pm - 10:30pm |
Brothel Madam Suki SilverTongue welcomes you to the Poetry Brothel Colchester, where the oldest literary form meets the oldest profession in England’s oldest recorded town

Brothel Madam Suki SilverTongue welcomes you to the Poetry Brothel Colchester, where the oldest literary form meets the oldest profession in England’s oldest recorded town!

The evening will be a heady feast for the senses, with poetry and prose performances from some of Essex’s most exciting acts, music by special guest Gavin Bowern, and tarot readings by Ruth Raymer.

During the second half of the evening, audience members can buy a performer/‘whore’ of their choosing and enjoy ten minutes of their time with a private table reading. The lineup Suki SilverTongue - Brothel madam Alex Toms - Brothel owner Lelia Ferro - Brothel owner

Emily Banfield 

Tess Gardener 

C. J.

Matt Annis 

David Canning 

Stuart Peacock

Ruth Raymer - tarot reader

With music by special guest Gavin Bowern

No booking necessary, just turn up in your Christmas glad rags! £5 recommended donation on the door. Poker chips will be available to purchase for £3 redeemable on a private 10 minute table reading with the poet of your choice, or a tarot reading during the second half of the evening (subject to availability).

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08
th
Dec

FORBIDDEN NIGHTS

12:00am - 3:03pm |
Charter Hall
Cowdray Avenue,
8th December 2017 @ 7:30 pm Charter Hall - Colchester Leisure World, Colchester CO1 1YH £23.50 Table seating, or book a table (up to 10 people) at a discounted price of 215.00; Tiered seating tickets £20

Forbidden Nights is regarded as one of the best Male Variety Shows in Europe. Forbidden Nights have burst onto the entertainment scene with a huge buzz surrounding them, bringing a new age of entertainment.

Forbidden Nights London Show and UK Theatre Tour. We cast only the UK’s best variety acts. Jam packed with action so hot it will leave you on the edge of your seat. If only the best will do, look no further for your Hen Do, Birthday Party or just a much needed Girls night out!

With a classy innovative show Forbidden Nights bring you full theatre production including a custom stage, rigging and stage shower, creating an exciting array show stopping signature routines. The Cast are made up of a male vocalist, aerial artist, pole performer, fire act and The Forbidden dance crew; all performing with an element of strip tease giving girls fantasy and forbidden thoughts at every turn.

Think Cirque du Soleil meets Magic Mike

The Forbidden Nights acts are skilled performers hand-picked from around the UK, possessing the highest level of talent, charisma, appearance and physiques with the personality to match. Our explosive choreographed group routines and spectacular solos from each of The Forbidden acts is fun, sexy and classy and is perfect for a hen do, birthday party or girls night out! It’s a night you will never forget and you won’t find an atmosphere or show quite like it anywhere else.

This show will not be matched. Expect the unexpected!

Forbidden Nights

Doors 6.30pm

Show 7.30pm

There will be a rolling bar throughout the show which will also serve food.

*Please note there will be a £1.50 booking fee*

Car Parking

Don’t forget to purchase your £1 parking ticket in advance to avoid paying full price on the day

When you purchase event tickets, you will be able to purchase a parking ticket at the same time.

If you didn’t purchase a parking ticket, don’t worry as you can still buy one on the day from the Pay & Display machines or through MiPermit.

Please be aware parking is not guaranteed.

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08
th
Dec

Christmas Shop 'n' Treat Evening

6:00pm - 9:00pm |
Clothes, gifts, toiletries, jewellery, candles, decorations, jams and chutneys, refreshments and cake! Medium readings, nails, reflexology bookable in advance.

Clothes, gifts, toiletries, jewellery, candles, decorations, jams and chutneys, refreshments and cake! Medium readings, nails, reflexology bookable in advance. Contact Diana or Nicola on 07790745690 or 07801 934013.

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09
th
Dec

Community Christmas Fair - West Mersea & District Flower Club

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Community Christmas Fair, hosted by the members of the Mersea and District Flower Club, everyone is welcome to join us.

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

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14
th
Dec

The Star Wars Holiday Special

7:30pm - 10:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
The Wrong Film Club is back! Just in time for Christmas, we're delighted to announce a screening of the one Star Wars film you might not have seen before... More details to come soon. Yes! This is the night before The Last Jedi is released. Yes! You'll have time to see this before the midnight screenings. Yes! There will be another Secret Santa! (Please don't spend more than a pound - if you give a gift, you will get a gift!) Yes! The frizzies will fight... at 11.
16
th
Dec

Birthday Bash!

11:00am - 4:00pm |
Salon Thirty
121 Priory Street
Charlie Hedges and her Pop Up Boutique will be back in @ThirtyColchester with her full range and to celebrate Thirty's FIRST BIRTHDAY!
16
th
Dec

The Winter Gathering

12:00pm - 7:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Lady P and the illoomiloonies - along with special guests - invite you to celebrate the strength and spirit of community, while raising funds and awareness for a worthy cause. This year focus is placed on supporting Mental Health. Expect art in all its forms: spoken word, visual art, music, performances, dance and workshops, as well as kids’ activities, guest speakers, food, stalls and much more!

The daytime event midday-6pm is FREE, but please support our wonderful vendors and kindly donate what you can for participating in activities!


At 6pm illoomiloonies presents ELEMENTS - live fire performance! 
Tickets £5, £16 family (2 adult, 2 child) in advance, £6/£20 on the door!

ELEMENTS

The Lord of Darkness - Keeper of the light - awakens from a restless slumber. Witness him bring together the ELEMENTS, in an attempt to set himself free. A tale of Earth, Metal, Air, Water and Fire - told through fire and flow!

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22
nd
Dec

Crackers for Christmas

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

Colchester Market is the perfect place to pick up all those last-minute bits before Christmas - stocking fillers, gifts, sprouts, chestnuts.

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06
th
Jan

Family Yoga

11:00am - 12:00pm |
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

Family Yoga

11:00am - 12:30pm |

The Tree Room, 12 Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN 

Pamper/Wellbeing
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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04
th
Feb

This Girl Can Essex Festival

11:00am - 1:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
This Girl Can Essex are excited to announce the final date and venue for our This Girl Can Essex Festival date for 2018. Come and join us at our Colchester event on the 4th February. Information on what will be on offer to be shared soon but all activities will be aimed at encouraging ladies of all abilities. Come celebrate women being active! All events across Essex are FREE to attend.
18
th
May

A Taste of Rio!

8:00pm - 11:30pm |
TBC
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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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
16 September 2016