Start planning your weekend now and the week will pass by pronto! This Saturday in particular the CO postcode area is positively packed with a plethora of community-run events so you can perfectly plan your day. If you can't pinpoint something to please... well, are you even percipient?!
Well, well, well, where do we start?!
Summer's arrived and brought with it such a host of lovely sociable events, all right on our doorsteps, that you are sure to have your fancy tickled by at least one!
Let's kick off gently with a traditional summer fete at Nayland Primary School from 10am to 12 noon with games, refreshments and stalls, followed by a one-day pop-up circus, at Woodland Corner on Bear Street, Nayland CO6. There'll be two shows in the afternoon as well as a barbeque, ice creams, bouncy castles, glitter tatttoos, lucky dips and all the usual pester power favourites!
And if you'd rather stay in central Colchester then the New Town Community Day is another traditional-style festival from noon to 3:30pm, with tons of stalls, a commemoration of those from New Town who fought in the First World War, children's amusements, a dog show, pop-up petting farm, refreshment tents, lashings of GO4 Cafe at the Rec's Pepi's famous paella and displays by the Scout band, Rock School, and Fitsteps. Interestingly the team have also arranged a poetry tent and scored a bit of a coup in getting the event opened by Colchester resident, THE punk performance poet himself, Dr John Cooper Clarke. (Bravo, New Town Community. Bravo!)
And if poetry is your thing (and it increasingly seems that it is indeed Colchester's thing!) then you are spoilt for choice on Saturday, as the Munnings Art Museum in beautiful Dedham is hosting a Pop-up Poets event. Included in the price of your museum entry is impromptu readings from local poets and an opportunity to select a Munnings inspired haiku from the tarot deck of Poet in Residence, Dr Tim Gardiner - an ecologist and prize-winning poet who specialises in ekphrasis, a verbal description of a visual work of art, often in haiku.
Japanese poetry sound all too adulting? Chidlings... I mean precious poppets to entertain? Take them along to Kindling Kids at Highwoods Country Park for a morning of forest school fun: Activities include nature exploration, den building, natural crafts, using tools, minibeast hunting, fire lighting, cooking and more. It's child-led, with lots of encouragement, promoting inclusivity, creativity, self-belief and kindness. Loads of fun and will hopefully wear them out nicely so they don't wake up too early on Father's Day!
Speaking of which, (Oh, it's seamless, it really is!) you could alternatively spend your Saturday morning at Chappel Chocolate House making some beer truffles to give to your dear ol' dad as a gift to say thank you for all the help with flat-pack furniture assembly, after-party picking-up duties and financial bail-outs he's given you over the years! This workshop runs from 10am to 1pm and the £55 ticket price not only covers the treats you'll make to give to your father/step-father/grandad/pops or significant male role model, but also includes lunch and a pint of beer! Marvellous.
A pint will also slip down nicely at the wonderful Wivenhoe Regatta, also taking place this Saturday. High water's at 3pm-ish, but stalls will be open at noon, and it's sure to be a glorious day on the river (I booked the sun - s'all good). They'll be traditional east coast sailing craft, gigs, kayaks and canoes; the famous raft race, as well as music, food and a convivial atmosphere! As the very mellow Ratty once said in The Wind in the Willows, there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
Nope? Doesn't maintain the buoyancy of your watercraft? OK, wait, wait - I've got it: Slick back your quiff, slip on your black-and-white brogues and grab your sweetheart - Rockabilly Rumble is on from 9:15pm at The Bull, (free entry before 9pm!) and it promises to be a retrotastic party night rocking along with The Kopy Katz, a high energy rock & roll band that cover songs by The Stray Cats as well as '50’s rockers like Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and, of course, Elvis.
Wanna go but nothing to wear? We've got that covered too! Frock Swap is back at the Colchester Arts Centre. We love the concept of this event so much! Take along a bag of your unwanted clean clothes, shoes and accesories between 9:30 and 10:15 and you'll receive a voucher. Come back between 10:30 and 12 noon and exchange your voucher for whatever you fancy off the rails... all for free! You might even find a poodle skirt!
Whichever of these events you choose, make the most of the sunshine and enjoy a Saturday in your community. #SpreadtheColchesterlove!