Upcoming events:



Garden Tour

11:00am - 12:30pm |
Get wild in the Castle Park

Join the Head Gardener for a guided walk around the formal gardens, and hear what goes into each season's planting. Meet at the Ranger Station.

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Beach Bonfire & Scavenger Hunt

11:00am - 12:30pm | £7pp
Cudmore Grove Country Park, Broman's Lane, Colchester, CO5 8UE 
Join us for a guided scavenger hunt along the beach in search of washed up treasures,before gathering around our beach bonfire to listen to nautical tales.

***BOOKING NOW OPEN. Please phone 03330132738 to secure your place.***

Join us for a guided scavenger hunt along the beach in search of washed up treasures,before gathering around our beach bonfire to listen to nautical tales. Enjoy a toasted marshmallow and hot chocolate while you listen.

Ideal for families with children 6 plus, this is a great chance to enjoy the atmospheric setting of the beach with the added enjoyment of a real fire and captivating stories.

Tickets cost £7pp. There will be a small pay and display parking charge if you are coming by car, which goes back into maintaining the park. Feel free to bring along your own picnics or buy snacks from 'Lily's at Cudmore' on site.

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Photo Walk along the River Colne

9:00am - 1:30pm | £25pp
The Minories
74 High Street
A guided photo walk along the river Colne, leaving Colchester and walking to Wivenhoe

This is a great opportunity for a nice day out to take pictures and meet like-minded people. Instead of a formal lecture the guided walk is to be seen as a social event where you are budding up with fellow photographers and having the advantage of having a photography lecturer alongside to chat with about all sorts of photo related issues.

How will the day go?

The walking distance is approximately 4 miles. We have doubled up the time to cover this distance based on the avaerge time needed to walk this.

9.00 We meet at the Minories in Colchester to welcome the group and give you a short briefing, cover some photographic topics, logistics of guided walking in a large group and some health & safety advice.

9.30 We start our walk from Castle Park and follow the foot/cycle path along the river towards Wivenhoe. We will be walking the 4 miles with plenty of stops to take pictures and having some photo related discussions.

12.30 Planned arriving time in Wivenhoe where we can sit down for some food and drink, reflecting on the activity.

13.30 We end the walk and individually make our way back home. Train station and bus stop are in close proximity.

What do I need to bring with me ?

Photographic equipment, analogue or digital, both systems are welcome to be used. Make sure your batteries are charged and you have sufficient memory (film) to take photographs. Keep it light but have appropriate gear protection (bag).

Appropriate walking gear to cover a 4 mile distance. Comfortable shoes are important. Check the weather forecast to pack accordingly. Bring a bottle of water and some energy bars, just in case.

What will I be learning?

This is an informal learning event. past experience shows that you will learn more than expected. Being surrounded by people with a shared interest is a great environment to pick up knowledge and skills. Your guide will certainly talk to everyone in the group and has plenty to say about camera settings and image composition.

Who is guiding the photo walk?

The walk is guided by Mike Klencher, a photography lecturer across various programs at Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester. Mike is a experienced tutor who alongside FE and HE teaching has delivered leisure learning classes to adult learners since 2004. Mike’s practice engages with alternative processes and printing, zine making and software experimentation. In Ipswich he organises the Ginnel Foto Fest, …the smallest photo festival.

How much does it cost?

We tried our best to keep this at a very affordable price of £ 25.00 per head. Maximum group size is 20 to ensure everyone gets a fair share of contact time with Mike.

The walk starts at 9 am at The Minories Galleries in Colchester and finishes approx. 13.30 in Wivenhoe. The fee does not include refreshments and food.

Participants please take in to consideration that we will be walking distance of 4 miles. 

No photographic experience is required and all levels are welcome to join.

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The Essex Serpent & Other Colchester Literary Connections

2:00pm - 4:00pm | Adults: £4.30, Children (5-15) £3.10
Visit Colchester, Hollytrees Museum, Castle Park CO1 1UG 
Join our qualified Blue Badge Guide on a guided walking tour of Colchester. Discover serpents, detectives and serving wenches, as well as the many other characters and their creators to have walked the streets of Colchester.