Upcoming events:



Winter Plant-based Party and Open House

10:00am - 4:00pm | £15 for the day
Fishpits Cottage, Bures, CO8 5DS 
Don't start the year with yet another diet! Come to our seasonal get together for the Colchester group and find out how the I Eat What I Need approach is supporting people to change their food and body concerns. Includes an amazing plant based lunch and relaxation time. £15 for the day.

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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The ELEVENTH installment of Sofar Sounds for music lovers in and around Colchester.

1st BIRTHDAY SHOW and after party! 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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Burn's Night

8:00pm - 11:00pm |
Queen Street Brewhouse
9 Queen Street
We celebrate our Scottish heritage in traditional style. A night of poetry, music, comedy and food awaits you. Laird Robert Johnstone of Mile End will address The Haggis - both trad version and vegan version. All served with neeps, tatties and whisky. Robert will read the epic Tam O'Shanter, our own Bard Tony Smith will perform the classic poem 'Tay Bridge Disaster', and Andy Skene will introduce you to 'The Cremation of Sam McGee' join us for what promises to be great night of Scottishness!


Christ Church, Ireton Road, Colchester CO3 3AT 
Christ Church and Colchester Theatre Group present NATIVITY By Rod Green. Tickets £5 from the Church office - 01206 542307 or nativity@colchesterchristchurch.org.uk

Winterfest - Spoken Word

2:00pm - 6:00pm |
University and Community Sailing Club, 45 Waterside, Brightlingsea, CO7 0AZ 
It's happening again! Winterfest, a shining beacon in the otherwise unmitigated greyness which is early February! This year's spoken word event will take place in the comparatively palatial surroundings of the University Sailing Club in Brightlingsea - so we'll have a lot more space than last time. This year, we will have invited groups, plus open mic slots which will be dispersed throughout the event.

Scratch Lab - On Beginnings

7:00pm - 10:30pm |
Sip & Tuck, 67 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UE 
Themed "ON BEGINNINGS", this Scratch Lab contains an hour of curated content and small exhibits capped off with a performance from a specially invited Guest DJ, along with an event zine.

We’re receiving submissions from a wide range of creative genres to be presented as film, spoken word, dance, micro-lecture or other live performance as well as writing and visual art and design pieces to be woven into the publication. Get involved by following the instructions on our submission page https://unfamiliarlaborato.wixsite.com/unfamiliar/submissions

These events will be really beautiful, fun evenings that celebrate the wealth of amazing ideas coming out of this town. LINEUP TBC. This is a “pay what you want” event but we will have a ticket link soon so you can secure a seat.

May your days be filled with acts of Bravery, Creativity & Generosity.

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Diva for a Day

9:30am - 3:30pm | Free
Cardinal Bourne Hall, 51 Priory Street, CO1 2QB 
LADIES! If you love to sing, join Chorus Iceni for a fun day of 4 part close harmony singing on Saturday 24th February 2018. We will learn one song during the day and will finish with a performance for friends and family!

The day will be lead by our new wonderful Musical Director, Gaynor Schofield. It is an opportunity not to be missed!

* The day is free of charge
* You do not need to be able to read music
* Light refreshments will be provided 
* Please bring your own lunch
* Parking is available opposite the hall

Location: Cardinal Bourne Hall, 51 Priory Street, Colchester, CO1 2QB

For more information and to register, please contact:
Email: chorusiceni@gmail.com
Tel: 01206573244/ 0793196277

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Holi Mela

12:00pm - 5:00pm | Free entry
Lewis Gardens
Holi is the festival of colours. It is a religious festival of Hindus and is majorly played among the Hindu communities all over the world, it’s a day for your inner child to come out. We take pride in organising this event for the first time in Colchester. Open air colour play is highlight of the event. Please save this date 10th March 2018 in your diary to celebrate Holi along with lots of Bollywood music.

Colours will be on sale at nominal prices. Please do not bring your own colours. Multi-cultural food stalls. Sale of aprons and masks. 

Information on Holi Powder:
- Powder is made from 99% corn starch and only 1% natural colours.
- It is skin friendly and bio-gradable so no environment issues to be concerned about. 
- Although the powder is safe and non-toxic we do not recommend throwing directly into eyes and mouth. 
- Not for use of children under 3 years of age and children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by adults at all times. 
- Please do not come in your best clothes, wear something that you do not mind getting colours on, wear white if possible and play with colours in designated area only.

If you require any further information regarding the event, please feel free to contact us. So, come & join us to celebrate Holi and make it a memorable one.

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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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