Upcoming events:

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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20
th
Dec
15 Queen Street, Colchester CO1 2PH 
Our workshop is now open on the first and third Wednesday evening of each month!

A bike kitchen is quite simply a place where you can come and use tools to fix your bike, or with some assistance from one of our volunteer mechanics. If you know what you're doing, that's great! If you're a total newbie then that's fine too, we'll guide you along the way.

CBK is staffed entirely by volunteers and funded by donations and small grants. All we ask in return for a whole evening of using our workshop is a minimum donation of £5 to help cover our running costs.

We're running a short user survey to help us learn how we can improve the bike kitchen for you, our users. It only takes 5 minutes:
http://survey.colchesterbikekitchen.org.uk/

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21
st
Dec
The Bunting Rooms, Essex Street, Colchester CO2 7AD 
The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year, when we receive the fewest hours of sunlight. Feel-good feasting, magical music and coming together of community at this time of year is a traditional way to bring light and warmth into our lives.

As at previous events, fancy dress is encouraged with mermaids, mermen, pirates, sea creatures, selkies, sea gypsies among the ideas we have come up with so far!


Organic Alex will be providing a delicious feast of :

Caribbean Curry
Tropical Salsa
Spiced Basmati Rice
Smugglers Fudge Pie

Meely will bring an array of local talent to entertain throughout the evening. The line-up for the evening is as follows:

Pirate Joe / The Foreign Locals
There’s a storm a brewin’…. And navigating it haphazardly towards a rainbow on the crest of a honey whisky wave is Falmouth’s very own ‘Pirate Joe’. A one man band and a rarity in artistry these days, Joe is the epitome of a musical alchemist, connecting with his audience as a conductor would an orchestra, or a Captain and his loyal crew. An old soul on young shoulders, blessed with the ‘spirit of the blues’ and a voice to match, Joe is a Jack Sparrow among us, a whirlwind of creative energy, and blue is one colour you certainly won’t be feeling after a personal interaction as part of his crew.

Fishclaw

Fizzy Gillespie (DJ set) 
Fizzy is known for taking the sounds of 1930's Swing to 1960's Soul and fusing them with the modern sounds of Drum'n'Bass. His DJ sets are all about being happy, having fun and dancing!

Drinks:

Local apple juice, sparkling cordials, mocktails and hot chocolate and herbal infusions will be for sale from the Sobar.

The Rumbar will be selling beer, cider and rum!

Tickets from Eventbrite: £25 which includes the meal (drinks not included).

Children are very welcome: Under 14s tickets are £15 and under 3s are FREE!

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21
st
Dec

Carol Service

7:30pm - 8:30pm |
St Leonard at the Hythe Church, Colchester CO1 2NS 
Enjoy traditional Christmas carols and share your memories of loved ones on our Christmas Memory Tree. With the final countdown to Christmas, this is the ideal opportunity to fill your heart with festive spirit, enjoying the traditions of carol singing, in one of Colchester’s historic churches.
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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29
th
Dec

Monthly Card Class

7:30pm - 9:30pm |
 
Monthly Card Making Class. Create 3 Greeting Cards, all materials plus tea or coffee provided. £10 or free with a £35 Stampin' Up! order on the night. Booking Essential.
30
th
Dec

Repair Cafe & Corner Shop

10:00am - 3:00pm |
15 Queen Street, Colchester CO1 2PH 
Open studio repairing electrical and textile goods. We have also recently opened up a small shop in the corner of recycled and handmade pieces .
30
th
Dec

Hungarian Pork feAstival!

10:00am - 7:00pm | £5 per person (under 12s free)
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
City dwellers and tourists rarely experience the pork feasts that are traditional in Hungarian villages in the winter season. Hungarians love pork in every possible form and have a special fondness for pigs. The main purpose is to make sausage and cutlets that are then cured and smoked in a backyard smokehouse or frozen to last for the year.These meat processing usually take place in the winter months between November and February.

In honour of this tradition, a Hungarian Pork feAstival will be held on the grounds of Firstsite in Colchester on the 30th of December, 2017. Amongst others the following delicacies will be available: freshly stuffed sausage and black pudding, pork stew, roast cuts of pork, sauerkraut with boiled pork, pork soup, chimney cake, pancakes, sweets along with beer, mulled wine and palinka (Hungarian fruit spirit) and other culinary enjoyments.

In addition, cultural activities, live music, handmade crafts and artisan products, heated tent are also provided for your entertainment. A great opportunity to dig into Hungarian food and culture! The entrance fee is £5.00 per person at the gate. Free for children under 12yrs

Come and celebrate all things Hungarian with us

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03
rd
Jan

Volunteer Day

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Wellies-On Care Farm, Mersea Rd, Langham, Abberton CO5 7LG 
On the first Wednesday of the month, we welcome visitors to volunteer with Wellies-On Care Farm. Come and work off your Christmas dinner and all those mince pies!

Each month you will get to participate in different activities, spending time outside getting close to nature!

This may involve digging over allotment plots in our woodland allotment area, painting the classroom or creating accessible pathways around the farm. There are always parts of the farm that need maintaining and projects that need completing. 

It is a great opportunity to interact and network with like minded people. There could also be the chance to work alongside some of our co-farmers. The work you do will help improve the services we offer.

We normally have space for 30 volunteers but if we are fully booked then do still contact us as we may be able to accomondate you. We wouldn't want to turn keen helpers away!

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06
th
Jan

Family Yoga

11:00am - 12:00pm |
The Tree Room
12 Trinity Street
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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09
th
Jan

Sleep Yoga

5:00pm - 6:00pm |
The Tree Room
12 Trinity Street
A chronic insomniac from primary school until her late teens, Eve wishes she’d known earlier just how effective simple mindbody tools can be for better sleep.

Sleep Yoga classes at the Tree Room, Colchester

A chronic insomniac from primary school until her late teens, Eve wishes she’d known earlier just how effective simple mindbody tools can be for better sleep. These Sleep Yoga classes include pranayama (breath practices), asana (physical practice – suitable for all levels), self-care tools and a yoga nidra.

The first Sleep Yoga course at the Tree Room starts on Tuesday, 9th January, 2018 and runs every Tuesday from 5-6pm until 13th February.

Find out more and book your space at http://feelbettereveryday.co.uk/yoga/yoga-classes-in-colchester

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20
th
Jan

Essential Oil Workshop

10:00am - 12:30pm |
The Tree Room
12 Trinity Street
Join Rebecca Bonneteau and you will find out some amazing health benefits to making essential oils part of your life.

Do you have essential oils at home but don't know what you can use them for? 

Join Rebecca Bonneteau and you will find out some amazing health benefits to making essential oils part of your life. 

As well as learning you will get the chance to get hand's on with the oils, smelling out your favourites, finding out what they are best used for and finally making a product for you to take home to continue the enjoyment. 

Tickets are £30 per person for a 2.5 hour workshop which includes your product to take home with you. 

Gift vouchers are available for this workshop if you want to buy this as a gift. See link for details or contact me directly for details.

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21
st
Jan

Braiding Workshop

11:00am - 4:00pm |
Graham's Lounge, The George Hotel, High Street, Colchester CO1 1TD 
Whether you are looking for a unique day out or you are a parent looking to grow your skills to master those instagram worthy braids, look no further!

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR SPACE

For just £45 you can learn the art of Braiding in a fun and relaxed 5-hour workshop.
All abilities and ages welcome.

Whether you are looking for a unique day out or you are a parent looking to grow your skills to master those instagram worthy braids, look no further!

We will educate you on the fundamentals of braiding such as ‘Dutch’ as well as more creative techniques including the stunning ‘fishtail’ and ‘infinity’ braids. Finishing off with the opportunity to design your own look and accessorize your creation. 

We will provide you with your own mannequin head which you can take home and fine-tune your new found skills, as well as step-by-step guide handout to ensure you keep everything you have learned at the front of your mind. You will be showing off your stand out braids for years to come!

With the opportunity to order from the George's delicious lunch menu we’ll all enjoy some great food whilst taking time out to discuss the morning's events. Perhaps even over a glass of prosseco if you so wish. You will need to pay for your own lunch but don’t worry, we’ll provide the all important cake!

For all enquiries and to book please email fiona@turrellandjones.co.uk. A £20 non refundable deposit will be required to secure your booking, this will be taken from your final bill.

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24
th
Jan

Dancing with Parkinsons

2:30pm - 4:00pm |
Our programme offers monthly sessions to those with Parkinson’s and their partners, friends, carers, and family. Enjoy creative dance classes with lead artist Charlotte Haddon, whilst exploring the treasures of Colchester Castle.

All this is topped off with time for tea, biscuits and a chat at the end of each session to ensure we speak with friends and allowing peer support.


Our sessions run every month on a Wednesday located at Colchester Castle, Colchester Castle, Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1TJ

2.30 - 3.30 Dance class
3.30 - 4.00 Social time

24 January/21 February/21 March/25 April/23 May/20 June
/4 July and 22 August 

If needed there is disabled parking at the front of Colchester Castle, otherwise please use close by pay and display car parks.

To book your place or to find out more information,
Email: emma@dancenetworkassociation.org.uk 
Call: 07561 267 332
Visit: www.dancenetworkassociation.org.uk

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27
th
Jan

Yoga in Support of Anxiety

11:00am - 1:30pm |
The Tree Room
12 Trinity Street
This workshop is offered for anyone who experiences any level of difficulty with anxiety.

Yoga and meditation are both tremendous resources to draw on when experiencing the challenging and powerful sensations that might be experienced at times of high anxiety and stress. We will be working with grounding poses to assist in establishing a safe harbour for the mind. 

Learning techniques for managing intense sensations and moving of awareness to experience other sensations in and outside of the body. We will also, inherently be working building trust between body and mind, healing the body-mind relationship; where the body and mind become allies each supporting the role of the other. This workshop is a perfect compliment to any other treatment and requires no prior experience with yoga or meditation.
To book - 

http://www.risingspiralyoga.com/contact/

1) Yoga in Support of Anxiety, 2 1/12 hrs £20
2) Yoga in Support of Trauma, 3hrs £25

both £37.50, (30% discount code for 2 issued after booking 1)

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28
th
Jan

Sunday Games Club

12:00pm - 6:00pm |
SPACE, 37 Queen Street
37 Queen Street
We'll be at 37 Queen Street (the old Police Station / TPs building). Access to the space is on Queen Street. BYO games, or just come along and join in with a game. Invite friends or come along and make some new ones! :)
04
th
Feb
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Join the Women's Huddle Brunch for a monthly get together.

Justyna Isobel, a qualified counsellor and dance & movement therapist, and Jade, a feminist* blogger and local advocate, warmly invite you to attend the first of a series of friendly, inclusive monthly get-togethers, for women of all ages who are feeling disillusioned, burnt-out, stressed, disenfranchised or unsupported.

(*Please don’t be scared by the F word! We believe in the Cambridge Dictionary definition of feminism: “that women should be allowed the same rights, power, and opportunities as men” and would like to reclaim it as a positive.)

Each session will be partly focused on well-being (including some simple mindfulness, movement and relaxation activities), part feminist workshop (discussing a different theme each month) and part supportive network (looking at how we as women can best empower and help each other and the next generation).

We will share a simple, tasty brunch, get to know each other, spend some time focusing on ourselves as partners, mothers, friends, workers, bosses and consumers, and share the issues and themes that are most important to us. In a world where women are supposed to be able to ‘have it all’, fulfilling all the roles demanded of us often feels more difficult than ever. 

If you feel frustrated by society’s expectations, if you’d like to take some time to breathe in a safe space, if you could really do with talking to like-minded women, then, please, join us at the Women’s Huddle.

We will run the sessions in a relaxed and open space that also has an area where accompanying children can run around and play – as single mothers ourselves we really don't want a lack of childcare to be a barrier to attendance

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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 |
 
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:

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

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.
Photo of Poppy Sakulku
Poppy Sakulku
16 September 2016