Upcoming events:


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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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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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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