Upcoming events:

May

27
th
May
Tye Barn, Great Bentley Road, Great Bentley, Colchester CO7 7HN 
Food has a massive impact on mental health and anxiety levels for Sensitive Souls and in this workshop we will be addressing these issues. This is a one-day workshop including a very delicious plant-based lunch.

As a Sensitive Soul / HSP we tend to experience illness more deeply and find ourselves living and coping with many more food sensitivities and emotional/mental sensitivities. 


Stress comes in many different forms, but food stress is one that severely impacts the body and can contribute to a host of issues. 

Food also has a massive impact on mental health and anxiety levels for Sensitive Souls and in this workshop we will be addressing these issues.

This is a one-day workshop including a very delicious plant-based lunch.

We will cover:

- Foods to help you thrive
- Foods for anxiety and stress
- Foods for sleep
- Food allergies and how to help yourselves
- Why calories don't count
- Giving you the tools to feel empowered
- How to listen to your body
- How to be prepared

The workshop will be held at the beautiful Tye Barnes in Great Bentley - 20 minutes from Colchester. This tranquil and country setting will give us the opportunity to delve deeply whilst feeling safe and calm. 

Exchange: £66 including lunch

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27
th
May

Guided Heritage Walk, Frinton-on-Sea

2:00pm - 4:00pm |
Meet at the Gates! 
Meet by the gates. Free and open to all ages and abilities
28
th
May

Village Fete

11:00am - 5:00pm |
Layer Marney Towers, Layer Marney, Colchester CO5 9US 
Old fashioned Village Fete with stalls, sideshows and fun dog show.
30
th
May

A Cello Recital - with Syrian Food!

6:30pm - 10:00pm | £20 (Students £12)
St Botolph's Church
St Botolph's Street
Refugee Action-Colchester is delighted to have the internationally acclaimed cellist, Orlando Jopling, perform the much-loved Bach Cello Suites in support of our work and to help us raise much needed funds. The greatest music written for solo cello, Bach’s Suites are magnificent and soulful. Come and enjoy their beauty with delicious Syrian food, included in your ticket, and raise money for an excellent cause by doing so.

June

02
nd
Jun
Cowdray Avenue, Colchester CO1 1XT 
Come along to Colchester Fire Station on Saturday 2 June for our summer fire station open day. We will have lots of fun things to do and see. Take a close up look at our fire engines and see what we do everyday in our job. It'll be a fun filled family day out!
03
rd
Jun

Wildlife & Country Fair

10:00am - 4:00pm | £2 requested donation for adults and £1 requested donation for children.
Essex Wildlife Trust, Abberton Reservoir, Church Rd, Layer de la Haye, CO2 0EU 
Are you wild about nature and the Countryside, love animals, insects and birds... or simply want a day of fun, shopping and entertainment? Then the Wildlife and Country Fair is a perfect day out for you and the family.

Learn about the environment, take a look at bees up close or shop till you drop with over 20 stall holders, Including art & crafts, native plants, photography, wood turning, glass and jewellery.

There will lots of games and activities for all ages, including pond dipping, bug hunting and family races. Don't forget the Brambly Hedge Trail... where you can follow the clues to discover all of the wonderful mouse characters. 

It's the perfect day to try out binoculars with Hawke and Opticron, learnabout the stars with the North Essex Astronomical Society, and take a peek at the sun, with their special telescopes. 

Watch an Imperial Bird of Prey display in the Arena and meet the British birds of prey up close. The Ecology Dogs will be demonstrating their amazing skills and showing us the valuable work they do...and more!

Great Food will be available from local suppliers and the Skylark Cafe will be open in the Centre, selling delicious cakes, lunches and hot food. There will be a bar during the day and a BBQ. 

No booking required; all profits from the Fair, Raffle and Tombola, go towards the work of Essex Wildlife Trust.

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03
rd
Jun

Colchester Preloved Vintage Kilo

10:00am - 4:00pm | £1.50 entry (under 12s free)
Charter Hall
Cowdray Avenue,
Brought to you by Preloved Vintage Wholesale. Stocked by us and run by us. Come straight to the wholesaler for bargain prices!

6 TONNES OF PRELOVED, RETRO AND VINTAGE CLOTHING @ £15 PER KILO! 


Entry is £1.50 all day (under 12s free)
Pay on the door or buy in advance on Skiddle skiddle.com/e/13199587

Stock is replenished throughout the day, so our rails will always be FULLY stocked. 

{ When | Where }
10AM-4PM 
Charter Hall 
Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Ave, Colchester CO1 1YH

{ HOW DOES IT WORK? }
On entry you’ll be given a big bag and its then all down to you!
Most of our items will be on rails and in big tubs you can rummage through. Once you’ve filled your bag, take it to the pay station and our friendly team will weigh it and let you know how much you’ve spent so far. 
There will also be guide scales dotted around the venue for you to weigh as you go so you’re able to keep track on how much you’re spending.

{ WHATS ON SALE? }
We source our stock from across the world and all the clothing we bring along is of Grade A quality. 
You’ll find Mens & Womenswear plus Accessories:
Branded Sportswear, Jackets, Coats, Blazer, Jumpers, Dresses, Shoes, Converse, Boots, Handbags, Scarves, Hats, Tweed, Funky Patter Shirts, Flannel Shirts, Windbreakers to name a few! 

{ WORKING FOR US }
We are always looking for people to join our team so if you would like to work during the event then please email: dawn@prelovedkilo.com

{ THE PRELOVED BUNDLE }
Purchasing a Preloved Bundle gets you the following for £14:
= Jump the Queue =
= Free Entry =
= 1 Advance Kilo =

Purchase your Preloved Bundle here: skiddle.com/e/13199587

How does it work? 
*Present your Preloved Bundle ticket at the door. You will receive a wristband which you must show at the till to redeem your kilo. 
*Any kilos exceeding your one kilo from your bundle will be charged at our normal rate of £15 per kilo. 
*Only redeemable for the event dated on the ticket.
*This bundle is Non refundable and we do not give any difference back if you do not spend your bundle kilo.

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07
th
Jun

Gin Tasting

6:00pm - 10:00pm |
The Old Siege House, 75 East Street, Colchester, CO1 2TS 
More details to follow!
09
th
Jun

Colchester Symphony Orchestra presents their Russian Programme

7:30pm - 10:00pm | Adults - £15; Concessions - £13 Students in full-time education - £3 Under 17 - free
St Botolph's Church
St Botolph's Street
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture Khatchaturian: ‘Spartacus’ Rimsky-Korsakov: Trombone Concerto Soloist: Helen Vollam Tchaikowsky: Symphony no 6 Conductor: Chris Phelps Leader: Philippa Barton Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved in advance by 'phoning 01206 271128 or by email to csosecretary@colchestersymphonyorchestra.org.uk
10
th
Jun
Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 1TL 
The Taste of Sudbury, a fantastic annual event, held in the centre of this market town, is all about celebrating, promoting and showcasing the very best producers, restaurants, chefs and food industries that we are so lucky to have in this part of the world. In 2018 over sixty stalls will be filling Market Hill and St Peter’s Church with a wonderful selection of top quality food and drink.
16
th
Jun

Festival of Music & Dance

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Venues TBC 
Friendly, competitive festival for amateur musicians and dancers of all abilities. See website for more details.
16
th
Jun

A Teddy Bear's Forest Picnic

10:00am - 12:00pm |
Colchester High School, 17 Wellesley Road, Colchester CO3 3HD 
Our next 5 Years and Under Community Event: The day will be filled with lots of Teddy Bear related fun, arts and crafts, storytelling and sports.

We are also super excited to be joined by our Forest School Partner, Kirsty Bartle from Muddy Boots Forest School who will be organizing lots of nature related activities for the children too. Children are of course welcome to bring their own favourite Teddy Bear with them.

Please note that parking is not available on site on the day but the St Mary's and Butt Street Car Parks are less than 5 mins walk away.

To book your child's free place, please call Helen Clarke on 01206 573 389 or email helen.clarke@colchesterhighschool.co.uk

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16
th
Jun

New Town Community Day

12:00pm - 3:30pm |
Recreation Ground, Old Heath Rd, Colchester, CO1 2ER 
Come along and join your neighbours for the New Town Community Day. Lovely food, games, displays and stalls.
22
nd
Jun

An Evening with Ely Gin

7:00pm - 9:30pm |
The George Hotel, 116 High Street, Colchester CO1 1TD 
This evening will be a tour of the gin world; hopefully a bit of education, hopefully a bit of fun! Topics will include a discussion on what gin actually is, a look at botanicals, a look at distilling, and a healthy dose of tasting. The evening will be hosted by James Clark, the founder of The Ely Gin Company. As well as tasting at least five different gins through the course of the evening, all attendees will receive a "goodie bag" to the value of £7.50.
24
th
Jun
Tye Barn, Great Bentley, Colchester 
Come along to this mini retreat and reconnect with the earth, the sun and the beautiful bounty that is created during this magical time of year. This mini retreat is for those of us who need a 'pause' and need some time to reconnect to the light and peace inside ourselves.

Summer Solstice is a time of celebration, of honoring the light, our connection to the Sun and the Earth.

* As we watch the ripening and flowering and fruiting all around us, we can’t help but be moved by and grateful for the generosity of the Earth Mother, who gives says what we need.

* Summer is a perfect time to discover our earth connection; by receiving her gifts with respect, taking only what we need, and doing what we can to minimize our impact on the delicate balance of the planet, we strengthen and nourish the bond we were given a birth with the great parent who sustains us all.

 We will be melting into restorative yoga sequences, with long breaths and deep pauses. We will be using guided meditation to reconnect to our divine selves and a practice of yoga nidra to completely let go and relax.

* You will leave this 3 hour reconnection class feeling restored, renewed and relaxed. ♥

Let 2018 be the year where you feel amazing! 

Exchange: £44, including tea and plant-based snacks. 
Date: Sunday 24th June / 1 - 4 pm
Location: The Tye Barn in Great Bentley - a warm, bright and light-filled home designed for the perfect yoga retreat.

To book: https://www.sunrise-health.co.uk/summersolsticeyoga

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July

08
th
Jul
A collaboration between live-looping Medieval minstrel Lizzie Gutteridge and story teller Clare Goodall.

Music from the 14th century provides the backdrop to the tale of the Great Revolt and radical preacher John Ball. Born near Colchester (maybe?), Ball preached in English (shocking!) and claimed that everyone was created equal (scandalous!!). He was excommunicated and would have languished in jail had he not been released by the Rebels as they took London, burnt the Savoy, and went on to parley with the King. The future hung in the balance...

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14
th
Jul

Blues & Rock in the Garden 2018

4:00pm - 11:30pm |
Maitlands, Distillery Lane, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8EZ 
It's our 20th year and we're back and ready for a party! Entry limited to 500 so buy your tickets quick! Where else can you buy an 8 pint watering can of beer, eat delicious food and listen to an eclectic mix of some of the finest music acts around (whilst also helping a good cause)?

5 great bands

Delicious BBQ and vegetarian food
Fully Licensed Bar (including beer by the watering can!)
"Beautiful setting"
"The atmosphere is incredible"
"We loved it!"

All money raised is for charity. Building Malawi (http://www.buildingmalawi.com/) and St Helena Hospice

Gates open: 4.00pm - 11.30pm

Tickets: £10 single £20 family (2 adults and kids under 16).

Venue: Maitlands, Distillery Lane, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8EZ

No picnics please.

1) Please purchase your tickets via this page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bluesandrock2018 (It's easy and all forms of payment are accepted)
2) Leave your name in the comment. e.g. Tom Bowden - 1 x Single Ticket £10
3) Your wristbands will be available for collection at the gate.

We will announce all bands in due course

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August

04
th
Aug

Rough Sleepers Art Festival

11:00am - 4:00pm |
GO4 Cafe at the Rec
Recreation Ground
Roughsleepersart is a new and innovating concept to raise awareness, develop real relations and monetarily support homeless persons.

Announcing The ‘Rough Sleepers Art & Games Festival’ 

The Recreation Ground, Old Heath Road Colchester CO1 2ER
Saturday 4th August 2018 – 11am to 4pm

'Rejection is at the root and is the continuance of homelessness. Relationships combat rejection and Art of every genre is a medium to redefine relationships and deconstruct myths'.

Roughsleepersart is a new and innovating concept to raise awareness, develop real relations and monetarily support homeless persons. The project will have a flexible life span and it is hoped an ongoing application. It will be piloted in this region for a period of time, up to 4th August, when a cumulative festival will be available to participants.

The charities to benefit will include the CENS (Colchester Emergency Night Shelter), Beacon House the Day Centre for homeless, and the latest project the ‘Homeless Bus’. All recognised outreaches will be considered at the discretion of the organisers. Funds raised will be paid directly to the charities by the fund raisers themselves and not the organisers.

The Bus is the latest project and has been purchased thanks to an anonymous £25,000 donation. The bus will provide accommodation for 10 homeless people and includes it’s own shower and toilet facility. It will be staffed every night by volunteers, offering shelter and comfort and food for those most in need.

Tony Francis and Richard Shakespeare, are the organisers of the Roughsleepersart project, both have very real experiences of the homeless and their direct needs and are experienced in project management. We can be contacted directly at roughsleepersart@gmail.com

We have recruited some homeless artists to provide 3D artwork, both individually and through the charities we are working with. The aim is for the work to be auctioned on Ebay, or selling pages or sold on 4th August at the event. The art work can be anything from sculptures, drawings, painting, pottery, knitted figures, songs, poetry etc, there are no limits.

Workshops will be arranged with homeless and formerly homeless people working alongside the domicile public. A particular project, is to create board and other games to represent the various experiences of becoming and remaining homeless, its causes and the routes out of the desperation. 

We are contacting local schools and community groups to produce art and other merchandise and to raise awareness of plight of the homeless. Where an existing charity would like to take part, they merely register on the Facebook page, create and sell their work and register a 50/50% split of the proceeds, half to their charity and half to a nominated homeless outreach charity. No money is paid to roughsleepersart, we are solely the facilitators of this concept and the organisers of the cumulative event on 4th August. 

At our Face Book page, ‘Rough Sleepers Art’, you can register with us your interest in the festival, either as a charity or a business or as an individual offering services on the day and registering your donations (over 18’s only). You can donate anonymously, should you so wish. Existing homeless outreach charities may retain all proceeds. A pitch hire fee will apply on the day. Local musicians are welcome to contact us to plan a schedule for the day. 

The GO4 Café on the Rec, a non-profit making organisation, will be open all day providing food including sandwiches, drinks, cakes and a BBQ. A Bouncy Castle and other attractions will also be available.
We already have a very talented song writer, Suzy Cramer, who has produced a promotional song ‘Reason for the Day’ for our corporate, marketing and advertising purposes. 

We are encouraged by local press coverage and hoping to grasp the attention of National / Local TV etc. a recent press release is attached.

Thank you for your valued support.

Tony Francis (07753 2253810) – Richard Shakespeare (079225 18215)

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18
th
Aug

Colchester Has Pride

11:00am - 10:00pm |
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Colchester's 2nd Pride event. Come along, all people are welcome. Enjoy food and drink, entertainment, education, shopping and socialising at this day of education and celebration.
25
th
Aug
Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0HH 
Brightlingsea Food & Drink Festival returns for 2018! Once again we'll be showcasing the best local food and drink suppliers, alongside a great range of international street food, arts, crafts and gifts.

There will be a real ale marquee featuring beers from local breweries, and a Prosecco bar too if fizz is more your thing?

Come and browse the market for some quality produce or relax with a picnic and listen to the music.

With free entry for kids, bouncy castles & ice cream, it will be a feast of fun for all the family!

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September

01
st
Sep

Invasion Colchester

10:00am - 4:00pm |
Across the Town Centre 
Building on the huge success in 2017, Invasion Colchester returns to Colchester town centre on 1st September 2018, raising money for Colchester Hospitals Charity and St Helena Hospice. Come along and meet your heroes, including characters from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Superhero Movies, Videogames and more! Get dressed up, join in the fun and help us support some amazing local causes!