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Colchester Repair Cafe
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Repair Cafe free to attend suggested donation £5


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art 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett
The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street

Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett

Exhibition Open
Saturday 7 April – Thursday 26 April
10am-5pm

Preview Evening
Friday 6 April
6pm-9pm

Admission
Free

“For Val Bonnett the surrounding landscape is a vital part of her inspiration, She walks the Suffolk fields, to portray the ever changing view, where space and the elements are translated into colour.

Some work is based on life studies and our relationship with the landscape; the experience of moving within it creates our own elemental energy.

This exhibition will span two rooms and the first presents life and smaller works. Sketches for work are in the second room which also contains coastal rivers and landscapes and garden works.

Val’s work is developed from sketches, some of which will be on view. They are a vital part of the painting process – caught in the moment with spontaneity.

The late Ron Sims, previous CAS president described Val’s work as “intensely coloured abstract bands – paintings that send your senses reeling – Hockney-like red rocky mountain effects – a hint of Ivon Hitchens and a splatter of Delaunay in the bright coloured swirls”.

About the artist

“Val Bonnett is an East Anglian artist who has painted since her teens.

After qualifying and working as a teacher, Val taught in Adult Education In Chelmsford and Braintree, and studied under Peter White of the Bardfield School of Artists. Val later studied at Colchester Institute to gain a Diploma in Art & Design in the Nineties.

She draws from and returns to the theme of anthropomorphism in the landscape and enjoys working from and travelling in her camper van – a studio on wheels.

Val uses mixed media and oil, recording the local light in line, space & colour. She also does mono & screen printing.

Val has been a member of the Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich Art Societies at various times and has exhibited widely in East Anglia in solo and open exhibitions.”

http://www.valbonnett.com


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art, course 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Art Workshop – Mornings
Wivenhoe Bookshop, 23 High Street

Art Workshop – MORNINGS
6 week course
with Jayne Wallett
Fridays 10.30 – 1.30
9th Mar – 27th April (2 week break included)
Wivenhoe Bookshop

Join experienced tutor Jayne Wallett for this six-week mixed ability course for people with some skill and confidence in drawing.


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days out 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Reconstructing Colchester's Past
Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk

The Colchester Roman circus site, visitor centre and tea room have re-opened TODAY for the summer!
Admission is free – opening hours are 11.00am-4.00pm, Tuesday-Saturday, until the end of Sepember.
The visitor centre, site and tea room are wheelchair-/pushchair-accessible, and we have free car-parking spaces.
Come and walk the site of the only Roman circus known in Britain; see our great modern Roman circus mosaic, and our new model of Roman Colchester in progress; and enjoy coffee and cake in our tea room…
The archaeological art exhibition also opened today.
Don’t mind the drizzle…
We look forward to seeing you!
Visitor info. and map at https://www.romancircus.co.uk/

cost £1


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books, meetup 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Colchester Launch for Charlie Hart's Skymeadow
Waterstones Colchester High Street, 12-13 High Street

We are pleased to invite you to a launch evening for Charlie Hart’s gardening memoir, Skymeadow. Charlie will chat to customers about his book & sign copies for anyone who wishes to buy a copy. He will give a short introduction to the book but it will not be a sit down talk. There will be wine & nibbles to enjoy through out the evening.
When Charlie & his family moved to a small farmhouse on the Essex/Suffolk border his life was at an all-time low. He was escaping the pressures of London life & trying to deal with the loss of his parents. Inspired by the beautiful meadowland on the farm, he started to create a five acre garden from scratch. Creating this garden, which became known as Skymeadow, & the physical effort it cost him, helped him to come to terms with his mental anguish. The book is a seamless mix of memoir & the story of the garden, as part of it Charlie planted a rose garden as a tribute to his parents. Skymeadow is a testament to the healing powers of nature & gardening.
The evening will run from from 6.30-8.30pm but you can come in at any point during that time.


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art 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Unfinished Business // Fundraising Auction
The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street

Colchester School of Art final year Graphic Design students are inviting you to attend our annual fundraising auction held at the Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, on the 20th April 2018.

The Auction consists of various different artworks generously donated from artists and designers from all across the UK, the funds raised are used to help fund a end of year exhibition in London, specifically for the D&AD.

Doors open / 6:30pm
Auction Start / 7:30pm

ADMISSION PRICE: £5


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music 7:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Gill Manly
Fleece Jazz, Fleece Jazz,

“Gill’s voice is nothing short of electric…singers with this much control and technique are a scarcity nowadays” – Jazz On Cd Magazine

Gill Manly vocals, Trevor Hyett mandola/guitar/vocals, Thomas Patrick Coffey Thomas Coffey guitar/vocals

Gill Manly has been singing jazz and blues for over 35 years and “Going Home” is her 4th album release, but her first blues cd and first live recording.

The rich tradition of blues and gospel music was always a huge love, and Gill views all blues as a form of folk tradition, the formation of her acoustic blues trio lends itself beautifully to that genre. But make no mistake, Gill’s eclectic approach to song choice means she has delved into composers such as Dory Previn, Doc Pomus, Bill Withers, Percy Mayfield, as well as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mississippi Fred MacDowell.

Trevor Hyett is a multi-instrumentalist, Thomas Coffey is a guitarist, both are vocalists and they have played with Gill for years.

So many great review quotes! Here are two:
“Gill Manly’s command of the stage was instantaneous – she has an unbelievable vocal range and sings with such pure crisp tone that I wanted to bring her home, sit her in the corner of my room and have her sing me to sleep each night.” – Lesley Pinder
“Some singers, like fine wines, improve and mature over time. Gill Manly, with more than 20 years of performing ageless material, exudes confidence and musicality in everything she does.” – Steve Rubie, 606 Jazz Club


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theatre, music 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Pieces of String – A New British Musical by Gus Gowland
Mercury Theatre Colchester, Balkerne Gate

A Made in Colchester production

When Jane returns from her father’s funeral to start clearing the house she grew up in – packing away the family photographs, closing a chapter – she isn’t prepared for the untold story she’s about to discover threaded through her past, a story that threatens to unravel her relationship with her own children and shake her understanding of who she is.

A new musical set simultaneously in the 1940s and in the present day, Pieces Of String tells how Jane’s father, Edward, came back from the Second World War with a secret that would change his life forever – a secret that he would carry until the day he died.

With hauntingly beautiful music and a heart-rending human story, Pieces Of String is a tender, funny, emotionally-charged exploration of how three generations of one family learn to deal with a story that nobody’s been brave enough to tell until today.

Times may have changed but some battles still need to be fought.


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music 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Essex Pop Punk Party – State of Millenia, Counties & Famous For Nothing
Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High Street

Bolt Promotions & the Three Wise Monkeys present the first Essex Pop Punk Party featuring State of Millenia, Counties and the return of Famous For Nothing playing “Less Than Impressed” in full on April 20th!

Our goal is to completely pack this out and throw the biggest Pop Punk Party that Essex has ever seen and we want you there.
Invite your friends, share this and let’s set it off.

Doors 8PM – 18+ – £3 OTD

State of Millenia:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freakshow-ep/1310611684

https://open.spotify.com/album/3mzPGhK4YKjgjCmg8ZIxyX?si=f9FOvFnv

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0779FYJ5P

Counties:

Famous For Nothing
(Reunion Show, Performing “Less Than Impressed” In Full):

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/less-than-impressed-ep/id915795698


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  • Sat, April 21, 2018
  • hide 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    British Wildlife in Coloured Pencil with Robyn Parker-Love
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    food and drink, market, kids 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Colchester Town & Country Fair
    Lower Castle Park,
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    art 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett
    The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
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    photography 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sold Out – Creative Digital Photography
    The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
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    tour 11:00 am - 11:30 am
    Exhibition Tours | Bronze Age c. 3500 BC – AD 2018
    Firstsite Colchester, Lewis Gardens
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    art 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Paint’n Claytime
    Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road
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    days out, kids 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Reconstructing Colchester's Past
    Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk
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    talk, tour 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Tours with Tea | The Britishness Project
    Firstsite Colchester, Lewis Gardens
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    dj 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    VH RSD 2018: Performances by Palindromes, Tr-33n & Guest Dj's
    Vinyl Hunter Essex, Allens Farm, Tye Road, Elmstead
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    meetup 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Colchester Bike Kitchen
    Colchester Bike Kitchen, 15 Queen Street
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    art, course 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    The Drawing School at The Minories Galleries – Term 3
    The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
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    music 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    The Floyd Effect at Colchester Arts Centre
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    music 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Celebration of the life of the late Roy Teed
    St Botolph's Church, Colchester,
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    theatre, music 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
    Pieces of String – A New British Musical by Gus Gowland
    Mercury Theatre Colchester, Balkerne Gate
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    music 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    Springtime Swing
    Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Rd
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    music 8:45 pm - 11:00 pm
    Live music with the Flaming Llamas.
    Ye Olde Albion Pub, High Street, Rowhedge
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    dj 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
    GrownSoul45s
    Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High Street
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    dj 9:00 pm - 1:30 am
    The Twisters Soul Train
    Twisters Bar, 45 North Hill
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  • Sun, April 22, 2018
  • market 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Colchester Preloved Vintage Kilo
    Charter Hall,
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    art 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett
    The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
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    meetup, kids 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Recycling Expo
    Firstsite Colchester, Lewis Gardens
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    art 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Paint’n Claytime
    Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road
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    hide 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    A Complete Guide to Painting with Gouache & Watercolour Mediums
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    dj 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Session 48: Hawkwind – 'Space Ritual'
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    music 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Sally Army
    Victoria Inn Colchester, 10 North Station Rd
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    music 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    April Open Mic Zondag
    Queen St Brewhouse, 7 – 9 Queen Street
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    music 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Martin Speake Qt featuring Ethan Iverson (Ex-Bad Plus)
    Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club, Church Street (off Head Street)
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    dj 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Karaoke
    The Bull, Colchester, 2-4 Crouch Street
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  • Mon, April 23, 2018
  • art 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett
    The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
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    days out 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Reconstructing Colchester's Past
    Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk
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    quiz 7:45 pm - 10:45 pm
    Marvel Cinematic Universe Quiz
    Purple Dog, 42 Eld Lane
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    music 7:45 pm - 11:00 pm
    Ninebarrow
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    dance 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Monday Salsa Classes with Colchester Salsa
    St John's Colchester, St Johns Close
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  • Tue, April 24, 2018
  • art 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett
    The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
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    days out 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Reconstructing Colchester's Past
    Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk
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    days out 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Reconstructing Colchester's Past
    Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk
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    music 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Say Sue Me, SuperGlu + Sam Eagle & The Lemon Lizards
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    music 8:30 pm - 11:59 pm
    The Three Wise Monkeys Open Mic – Every Tuesday
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    music 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
    The Big Bull Jam
    The Bull Colchester – Jam Night, 2-4 crouch street
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  • Wed, April 25, 2018
  • course 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Bird Song (Adult Course)
    Essex Wildlife Trust, Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, Essex
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    art 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett
    The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
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    tour 11:00 am - 11:30 am
    Exhibition Tours | Bronze Age c. 3500 BC – AD 2018
    Firstsite Colchester, Lewis Gardens
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    days out 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Reconstructing Colchester's Past
    Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk
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    talk, books 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    John Lanchester: Fiction, Financial Crisis & Interdisciplinarity
    Essex Business School, Wivenhoe Park
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    dj 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Twisters Record Club
    Twisters Bar, 45 North Hill
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    talk 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Drummers Health Workshop w/ Martin Ranscombe
    SECRET LOCATION IN CENTRAL COLCHESTER!,
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    theatre, music 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
    Pieces of String – A New British Musical by Gus Gowland
    Mercury Theatre Colchester, Balkerne Gate
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    comedy 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Wonderful Wednesdays- Sarah Blanc: It Started With Jason Donovan
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    dance 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Bachata on Wednesdays
    Cardinal Bourne R.c. Church Hall, 51 Priory St
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    music 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    The Three Wise Monkeys Jam Night – Every Wednesday !
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    music 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
    The Bull Open Mic
    The Bull, Colchester, 2-4 Crouch Street
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  • Thu, April 26, 2018
  • art 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Elemental Forces – Val Bonnett
    The Minories Galleries, 74 High Street
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    days out 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Reconstructing Colchester's Past
    Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk
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    theatre, music 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm
    Pieces of String – A New British Musical by Gus Gowland
    Mercury Theatre Colchester, Balkerne Gate
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    meetup 5:00 pm - 11:59 pm
    Toss The Boss
    Twisters Bar, 45 North Hill
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    theatre, music 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
    Pieces of String – A New British Musical by Gus Gowland
    Mercury Theatre Colchester, Balkerne Gate
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    music 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Sieben + Fishclaw
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    dance 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    ZERO
    Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
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    music 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Sofar Colchester #13
    Colchester,
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    comedy 8:00 pm - 10:40 pm
    Wivenhoe Funny Farm
    Wivenhoe Funny Farm,
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    music 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    The Thursday House of Blues
    The Bull Colchester,
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  • Fri, April 27, 2018
  • hide 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Colchester Repair Cafe
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    art, course 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Art Workshop – Mornings
    Wivenhoe Bookshop, 23 High Street
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    days out 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Reconstructing Colchester's Past
    Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk
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    music 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Bum In The Mud Rally 2018
    East Mersea Youth Camp, East Mersea Youth Camp Rewsalls Lane
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    course 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Bat Ecology (Adult Course)
    Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir, Hanningfield Reservoir Visitors Centre, Hawkswood Rd
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    course 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Introduction to Smoothies with Dawn
    The Nourish Co, 23 Crouch Street
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    quiz 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    GI Cancer QUIZ NIGHT
    Colchester Hospital Charity, 8 Turner Road
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    dj 7:30 pm - 12:30 am
    70s & 80s Disco in aid of the Time Garden
    Best Western Marks Tey hotel, London road
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    music 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan
    Fleece Jazz, Fleece Jazz,
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    theatre, music 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
    Pieces of String – A New British Musical by Gus Gowland
    Mercury Theatre Colchester, Balkerne Gate
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    comedy 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress & Misfit
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    music 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
    Pet Needs + Kill The Witness & Kulk
    V-Bar Colchester, 105 High Street
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  • Sat, April 28, 2018
  • theatre, course, kids 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Booster Cushion: Clowning And Theatre Workshop
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    tour 11:00 am - 11:30 am
    Exhibition Tours | Bronze Age c. 3500 BC – AD 2018
    Firstsite Colchester, Lewis Gardens
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    art 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Paint’n Claytime
    Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road
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    days out 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Reconstructing Colchester's Past
    Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk
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    art, tour 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Chip Night | Young Art Kommunity Curator Tours
    Firstsite,
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    theatre 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Booster Cushion: Hansel, Gretal And You, Who?
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    theatre, music 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm
    Pieces of String – A New British Musical by Gus Gowland
    Mercury Theatre Colchester, Balkerne Gate
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    food and drink 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Russian Supper
    9 Queen Street, 9 Queen Street
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    music 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Maddy Prior In Concert with Hannah James and Giles Lewin
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    theatre, music 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
    Pieces of String – A New British Musical by Gus Gowland
    Mercury Theatre Colchester, Balkerne Gate
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    music, dj, dance, course 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    SALSA PARTY with live band Septeto Cafe!
    St John's Colchester, St Johns Close
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    music 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
    3 Daft Puffins featuring The Wolf Number & Deviant Amps
    Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High Street
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    food and drink 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Flavour Room – Supper Club
    Flavour Room, Colchester Central
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    talk, meetup 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Stargazing at Abberton Reservoir
    Firstsite,
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    dj 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
    GrownSoul45s
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    dj 9:00 pm - 1:30 am
    Of All Time: The Greatest Twisters Tracks Ever
    Twisters Bar, 45 North Hill
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  • Sun, April 29, 2018
  • hide 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Walk for Peace
    Colchester Hospital Charity, 8 Turner Road
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    tour 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Colchester Heritage Tour with Sir Bob Russell – Tour X
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    art 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Paint’n Claytime
    Cuckoo Farm Studios, Boxted Road
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    hide 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    A Complete Guide to Painting with Gouache & Watercolour Mediums
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    dance 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Bachata workshop with Daniel & Pebbles
    Theatricool Studio, Belle Vue Road
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    music 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Kris Dollimore
    Victoria Inn Colchester, 10 North Station Rd
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    dj 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Karaoke
    The Bull, Colchester, 2-4 Crouch Street
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  • Mon, April 30, 2018
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    PIL – The future of reparations for victims of mass atrocities
    Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
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    music 7:45 pm - 11:00 pm
    Dovetail Trio
    Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
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    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Monday Salsa Classes with Colchester Salsa
    St John's Colchester, St Johns Close
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    music 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Open Mic Night
    The Foresters Arms, 1-2 Castle Road
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