Upcoming events:

May

25
th
May
Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road, Colchester CO4 5HH 
First Cuckoo of Spring is a bi-annual event allowing resident artists and printmakers from Cuckoo Farm Studios to diplay work for sale in the Benham Gallery. The show will run over the May Bank Holiday weekend and be open from 10am to 5pm. Refreshments will be available and parking is free.
26
th
May
Essex Outdoors Mersea Rewsalls Lane, East Mersea Colchester CO5 8SX 
Running across Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th, this festival gives wine lovers and real ale fans a treat. They can enjoy loads of samples and find out how to match foods with different wines and beers for maximum flavour from both plate and glass.

The festival is a celebration of the food and drink for which the area is rightly proud and has often become famous for producing.

Visitors will be encouraged to take their time wandering from stand to stand, chatting to the producers and sampling their wares, everything from smoked foods and fresh fish and meat to ice-cream, cakes and preserves.

The tasty sights and smells are bound to make visitors hungry. So, not only can you buy food to take home, you can also feast on delights on the day such as a hog roast and freshly cooked crepes or light refreshments from the traditional tea tent.

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26
th
May

Jazz Night

7:00pm - 9:00pm |
St Leonard's at the Hythe Church, Hythe Hill, Colchester CO1 2PN 
John Clifton and the Blue Town Jazz Band. Another fun evening awaits as we welcome the band back for another superb evening of popular jazz music inside St. Leonard’s. 19.00 to 21.00 Free to attend!
26
th
May
Firstsite
Lewis Gardens
Welcome back to The Wrong Film Club! This occasional series of screenings at Firstsite showcases some of the worst, weirdest, and most baffling films ever made. And this May is no exception, as we are delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the outlandish jukebox musical, and star-studded flop, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’!

Sex, drugs, and Frankie Howerd’s army of robots - this film has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in, and it was such a spectacular flop on release that not even the strength of 29 classic Beatles songs, taken from ‘Rubber Soul’ to ‘Abbey Road’, could save it - even when sung by the likes of The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Earth Wind And Fire, and Steve Martin! With a non-sensical plot involving magical musical instruments, mind-control cults, and a “Future Villain Band,” not even an unforgettable closing chorus line, featuring Tina Turner, Bobby Womack and Dame Edna, amongst dozens of 1978’s biggest stars could turn its fortunes around.

Despite being a critical and box-office disaster, its cult following has developed over 40 years, so we are delighted to present this most bizarre of jukebox musicals for your viewing and singing pleasure! There will be on-screen subtitles, so you can sing along! There might even be a prize for the best singer… Special guest TBA!

Note: This event will take place in one of the learning spaces of Firstsite, rather than the auditorium. The film has a BBFC certification of U.

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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

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.

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

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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