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16 Feb

Wedding Fair

10:00am - 16:00pm The Minories

The Minories are thrilled to be hosting a Wedding Fair on Saturday, 16th February! Free entry!

Come along for a bijoux and bespoke day set in our unique and beautiful historic house and garden featuring stalls from a handpicked range of local wedding suppliers. If you are starting to plan your wedding or if you are just wanting to get a few ideas come and see what we have to offer in the cultural quarter of Britan’s oldest recorded town

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16 Feb

Terrarium Workshop

10:30am - 12:00pm

This workshop shares techniques, tips and ideas for the creation of a unique terrarium to keep for yourself or give as an extra special gift. Included in the workshop is information on the history and theory behind these wonderful little plant worlds. Plants, materials, tools, refreshments and a stylish vessel will be provided; just bring your imagination! £40pp, booking essential. info@flourishflowers.florist

16 Feb

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

16 Feb
17 Feb

Dave Collison - The Human Jukebox! Songs from the 60s and 70s

21:00pm - 00:00am The Little Crown, SHort Wyre Street, Colchester CO1 1LN

Classic hits from Roy Orbison, the Eagles, Elvis, Neil Diamond and more. Requests taken!

17 Feb

Women's Huddle: Wild Women & Burn Out

14:30pm - 16:30pm The Tree Room

Wild Women and Burn-Out: Reclaiming Spontaneity and Vitality in Everyday Life

If we’re lucky, life is pretty stable - work, children, weekends… but if every day is much the same, for some of us our routines can eventually lead to a feeling of burn out, when you actually stop enjoying your everyday, and can't find much joy in life anymore.

We may feel the need for a new discovery, an awakening, a mini-adventure: Doing something you’ve always wanted to, trying something new, giving yourself permission to be wild... skinny dipping, perhaps, painting a mad mural on your bedroom wall, taking a solo trip; maybe for you being wild is something as quiet as daring to leave the house without your usual mask of make-up.

Let’s discuss the importance of wildness, creativity and spontaneity in a sustainable life.

An afternoon Women's Huddle at our reguar venue. £14pp, including vegan friendly afternoon tea.

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22 Feb

Creature Encounters

12:00pm - 15:30pm Castle Park

Venue: Colchester Natural History Museum. Cost: £5 per person, ages 2 and under free
Suitable for: All age groups. What to expect: Events, Science and Nature

Meet some extraordinary animals & discover more about the animal kingdom. Which mammals, birds or reptiles will you meet?

Sessions at: 12pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm. Booking required, call 01206 282941

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23 Feb

Colchester Bike Jumble

09:00am - 13:00pm Re-Cycle, The Grove Estate, Colchester Road, Wormingford, CO6 3AJ

Bring and buy new and vintage bicycles, parts, clothing and accessories! £5 for a pitch, free entry for shoppers. Email: jumble@colchbk.org.uk

23 Feb

Colchester Chilli Challenge

Colchester Chilli Challenge 2019. How Hot Can You Go? Can you beat the defending champion Ross Lilley? Entry is just £10 and includes a FREE Colchester Chilli Challenge T-Shirt by Cult Zeros. Star Prize for the Champion Visit event website
24 Feb

Half Term Fun at GO4!

12:00pm - 15:00pm GO4 Cafe at the Rec

GO4 Cafe- Recreation Ground in partnership with Colchester Castles are very pleased to invite you to our next event half term fun @ Go4! On the 24th of February from 12 pm to 3 pm at Recreation Ground Park (Old Heath Road, CO12ER)

  • 20 ft slide Fun £2 for 5 slides / £5 Unlimited 
  • Nerf shootout with prizes £2 per round 
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Battery-Operated Ride-On only 50p a go! (Little Treat for 3 & under )

All activities are weather dependant. Treats, Food & Drinks by Go4 available at the cafe

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28 Feb

Witchfinder General: Matthew Hopkins in East Anglia - Talk by Malcolm Gaskill

19:00pm - 20:00pm Firstsite

Talk | Witchfinder General: Matthew Hopkins and the East Anglian Witch-Hunt
A talk from author and historian Malcolm Gaskill
Thurs 28 Feb 2019 7pm
£10 all tickets
As part of Creativity Matters: Conflict and Culture

In the spring of 1645, at the height of the English civil war, two godly gentlemen, Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne, began interrogating women suspected of witchcraft in a remote corner of Essex . This talk tells the terrible story of how the so-called 'Witchfinder General' extended his campaign across East Anglia, triggering the most brutal witch-hunt in English history. Exploiting the anxiety and lawlessness of the times, and cheered on by ordinary folk, Hopkins and Stearne extracted confessions of satanic pacts resulting in scores of executions by the time their bloody campaign ended in 1647.

Malcolm Gaskill is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of five books, including Hellish Nell: Last of Britain’s Witches (2001) and Witchfinders: A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy (2005). He recently led a major research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust entitled ‘Inner Lives: Emotion, Identity and the Supernatural, 1300–1900’, and was an Associate Curator of Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft, an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

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01 Mar
03 Mar

The Secret Air Fair

18:00pm - 16:00pm The Minories

The Secret Art Fair is coming to Colchester and will take over the first floor of The Minories Art Gallery for a weekend in March 2019 creating an intriguing and exciting place to discover fantastic artists and to buy a refined selection of unique artworks including original paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and fine art prints.

The Secret Art Fair is part of a wider project titled The Secret Art Society organised by We Create Projects Ltd which will bring art shows, exhibitions and fairs to towns and villages near you.

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01 Mar

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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01 Mar

The Ultimate Big Quiz Night

19:30pm - 22:00pm St John's Church, Saint John's Close, Colchester CO4 0HP

Up to 6 people per team. £8pp. General knowledge, films, entertainment. Big screen interactive questions. Refreshments available. Call 01206 824549 or email: info@bigpicturecharityfilms.org

02 Mar

Goddess Bellydance Workshop

14:30pm - 16:30pm The Tree Room

Goddess Bellydance is a women only workshop with the intention of connecting women to themselves and to each other. We will learn classic bellydance moves to get you in touch with your sensual and creative centre and awakening your inner goddess! There will be a super supportive and encouraging atmosphere. You do not need any previous experience of bellydance, just a willingness to participate.

We will finish with a guided womb meditation so you leave feeling empowered and serene. 

Logistics: Wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. You will need to be able move. We will be dancing barefoot. Dressing up is optional! Please bring water with you.

Exchange: £30 - includes a coin belt to keep for home practise.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

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02 Mar

The Ultimate Big Quiz Night

19:30pm - 22:00pm St John's Church, Saint John's Close, Colchester CO4 0HP

Up to 6 people per team. £8pp. General knowledge, films, entertainment. Big screen interactive questions. Refreshments available. Call 01206 824549 or email: info@bigpicturecharityfilms.org

03 Mar

Ship Ahoy! Nautical Flags and Knots

11:00am - 12:30pm Harwich Connexions 1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Harwich CO12 3ER

SHIP AHOY! Nautical Flags and Knots With Claudia Myatt

A workshop for the young and young at heart. Join maritime author and illustrator Claudia Myatt and discover the fascinating world of nautical flags and knots. You’ll be using the colourful nautical flag code to create a nameplate for your bedroom door, as well as getting all tied up in a few creative knots! Suitable for ages 8+

£5 (accompanying adult free)

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07 Mar

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.

08 Mar

Unspeakable: Banned Books

12:00pm - 13:00pm Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex Campus, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Exhibition and presentation: Some of the most controversial books in history are now recognised as classics. The Bible, works by Shakespeare, Ovid and James Joyce, to mention but a few. Banned Booksdelves into the University of Essex’s Archives to reveal a fascinating collection of banned books, pamphlets and texts, some dating back hundreds of years. Part of Essex Book Festive, Index on Censorship and University of Essex's UNSPEAKABLE day. Free entry

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13 Mar

Fused Glass Egg Easter Workshop

13:30pm - 14:30pm Marks Tey Village Hall

Would you like to do something different this Easter – join us and make your very own hanging Easter Egg decoration out of fused glass.  You will be able to treasure it forever. You will be provided with a glass Easter Egg base and a range of elements to decorate it.  The egg will then be fired in a kiln. The workshop will last an hour and guidance/tutorial will be given.  You do not need any experience with glass before.

Under 16s welcome as long as they are of an age they can listen to instructions and be safe handling glass.  All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited and full payment is required at time of booking.  This payment is non-refundable once booked.

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16 Mar

Pot et Fleur Kintsugi Style

10:00am - 13:00pm

In Japan, broken pottery is often repaired with gold lacquer. These visible repairs are seen as part of the history of the object, highlighting the cracks and symbolising fragility, strength and beauty. We can apply the philosophy of Kintsugi to our own lives by embracing our imperfections. In the first half of this workshop we repair a pot Kintsugi style and learn more about the Kintsugi philosophy. After which we celebrate springs opening buds by creating a vibrant spring arrangement for our pot. This is a unique workshop in which you will create a real talking point for your home or to give as a gift. £70pp, booking essential. Email: info@flourishflowers.florist

16 Mar

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 Mar

Bookmaking for Adults

10:30am - 12:30pm Firstsite

Join artists Lola Swain and Sally Chinea and discover the joy of handmade books. Participants will be guided through the tools, materials and techniques to create a sewn book, with some watery elements and various secret places.

Artbookart is a group of six artists who find common ground in their exploration of book structures as an art form in its own right.

£25 / £15 concs (27 years and under)

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23 Mar

Secret Vintage World: Spring Edition

10:30am - 16:00pm

Save the date! Venue to be announced!

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23 Mar

The 3rd Langham Handmade Fair

11:00am - 16:00pm Langham Community Centre, School Road, Langham, Colchester CO4 5PA

We’ve got just under 30 Makers, Creators & Artists attending. We are also holding a Easter egg 🐣 hunt for the children with a free prizes. They’ll be tea and homemade cake. It’s FREE entry and plenty of FREE parking.

To apply for a stall - please email langhamhandmadefair@gmail.com

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30 Mar

Leaping Hare 2019

Annual Pagan Federation conference for East Anglia, actively supported by the Colchester Pagan Network. We offer a combination of talks, workshops, storytelling, and trade stalls - with profits going to various local good causes.

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30 Mar

Fused Glass Egg Easter Workshop

13:30pm - 14:30pm Marks Tey Village Hall

Would you like to do something different this Easter – join us and make your very own hanging Easter Egg decoration out of fused glass.  You will be able to treasure it forever. You will be provided with a glass Easter Egg base and a range of elements to decorate it.  The egg will then be fired in a kiln. The workshop will last an hour and guidance/tutorial will be given.  You do not need any experience with glass before.

Under 16s welcome as long as they are of an age they can listen to instructions and be safe handling glass.  All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited and full payment is required at time of booking.  This payment is non-refundable once booked.

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04 Apr

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 Apr

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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06 Apr

Mother's Day Beautiful Bouquest Workshop

10:30am - 12:00pm

Come and create a stunning Bouquet. You will be shown how to care for your flowers, as well as given advice on colour and design and how to add the finishing touches of ribbon or raffia; not forgetting the all important top tips on how to make them last as long as possible. This is at a special Mother’s Day Price of £80 for 2 people. Gift voucher provided We have purposely scheduled the Mother’s Day workshops a week after Mother’s Day so that the flower prices at the Dutch auctions have stabilised so you get better value for money. £80 for 2 people. Booking essential: info@flourishflowers.florist

07 Apr

David Owen Norris - Bach's Legacy

18:00pm - 20:00pm St Mary's Church, Boxford, CO10 5DU

'A famous thinker/philosopher of the keyboard’ Seattle Times

Author, broadcaster (notably on Proms Extra) and virtuoso pianist David Owen Norris makes a welcome return to SVF to present a specially devised recital exploring the role of counterpoint in J. S. BACH’s music, and the creative ways composers from Mozart to Vaughan Williams responded to it. The programme includes a complete performance of Mendelssohn's Six Preludes and Fugues Op. 35.

Tickets £18 (reserved), £12 (unreserved)

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