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The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region, has meeting rooms for hire, and gorgeous tea rooms which can also cater for weddings and other events.

The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art. The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region, has meeting rooms for hire, and can also cater for weddings and other events. A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester.

The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, over the years assisted by the ‘Friends of The Minories’ support group, have ensured the building be used to present art for the community of Colchester and visitors to the town. This has continued and now ensures the Colchester School of Art provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings.

As well as the public gallery and shop, there is also the Batte-Lay Tea Rooms (run by Tiptree) and a wonderful walled garden that is looked after by The Friends of The Minories. The Minories is next door to Firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.

The Galleries are open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Entry is Free.

Upcoming events


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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Outdoor Theatre - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

2:30pm - 8:30pm | £11 Adults, £9 Concessions, £34 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
The Minories
74 High Street
Afternoon and Evening Performances

Sunday 6th August
2.30pm & 6.30pm, Gates open 1 hour before each performance
The Minories Garden, High St, Colchester CO1 1UE

All Dorothy Gale wants to do is travel. Get out of Kansas, go somewhere new. Somewhere different. Dorothy’s father doesn’t want her to go, afraid that something might happen to her. But when a tornado hits the Gale farmstead, Dorothy goes further than she ever thought possible.

Stuck in a strange land with only a Scarecrow, A Tin Woodsman and a Lion for company, Dorothy sets off on a quest to return home, a quest that will require brains, heart and bravery. But the Wizard of Oz won’t help and a witch is after Dorothy’s slippers. The Scarecrow can’t remember anything, the Tin Woodsman doesn’t care and the Lion… well, he’s got issues.

With things looking bleak and the way home uncertain, Dorothy starts to look at her life in a whole new way, because travel really does broaden the mind.

Ticket Prices - £11 Adults, £9 Concessions, £34 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Box office - 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 booking includes p&p)

All other enquiries - 07936 067657

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Opening hours

Day Time
Sunday Closed
Monday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 11:00am - 6:00pm


The Minories
74 High Street

  01206 712437