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Rock the Tower

Tuesdays 5-9pm during term time.

Rock the Tower is a free music session where beginners or players aged 9-18 yrs are welcome to get involved for the chance to play alongside others in a band! 

The music sessions provided by We Are Music will be held at Jaywick Martello Tower every Tuesday during term time running hourly between 5pm-9pm.

For more information ring 01255 822783 or email



Creative Net

Creative Net

Free workshops on the first Wednesday of every month.

Everybody welcome! Materials, coffee, biscuits and great creative conversations provided.

Wednesday 2 May, 11am-1pm

Megan and Amy from S&B Colchester will be here making May Day garlands and flower crowns from fabric and felt. Try your hand at making kanzashi flowers, a Japanese technique you may not have tried before.

Wednesday 6 June, 11am-1pm

Liquid acrylics and surprising additives; with dirty pours, string pulls, and finishings advice. Make stunning art without a paintbrush!

Wednesday 4 July, 11am-1pm
Come and explore drawing using different materials in this workshop that uses Kate Genever's installation and the Tower as a starting point.

Wednesday 1 August, 11am-1pm
Selecting from a broad range of reclaimed materials learn how to build up layers and textures to create your own picture postcard or collage that is personal and unique with Vicky of Mae Kandoo.



Work in Progress; Paintings Past to Present

Saturday 10 March - Sunday 6 May

The first exhibition of the 2018 programme is an exhibition of artwork by local artist Carol Dawson.

The exhibition is a series of seascapes, wildlife imagery, farming scenes, and portraits painted in a realist fashion that takes inspiration from historic photos and the nature and communities of Coastal areas. The exhibition will inspire a sense of nostalgia in viewers and will even include portraits of people who live locally.

Three Years in the Mud: New archaeological Discoveries in the Blackwater estuary
Friday 4 May, 11am

This talk was postponed in March due to the snow.

Oliver Hutchinson discusses the work of CITiZAN (Coastal and InterTidal Zone Archaeological Network) in exploring, recording, and preserving the archaeology that has been revealed by the Blackwater estuary. Discoveries include a landscape lost in time, fascinating artefacts, structures and even some former inhabitants.

Only £2, free parking and refreshments provided.

Cold War 1945 - 1989  

Wednesday 9 May - Sunday 24 June

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this exhibition by Epping Forest District Museum explores one of the most important ideological and political conflicts of the twentieth century. From the Korean War to the Space Race, this exhibition tells the story of the tense struggle between communism and democracy and its effect on the world around it.



Avro Vulcan and the Cold War

Wednesday 16 May, 7pm

Only £2, free parking and refreshments provided.

An illustrated talk by Richard Clarkson, secretary of the Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT) covering the design and development of the famous delta-wing bomber, as well as its role as part of the UK's nuclear deterrent in the Cold War from the 1950s to the 1970s. The talk also covers the Vulcan's operational swansong in the Falklands conflict of 1982.

Richard also describes the VRT's work preserving Avro Vulcan XL426 at London Southend Airport. 


Jiangsu Performing Arts Puppet Troupe
Saturday 19 May, 12-3pm

Join the Colchester Chinese Culture Society for an afternoon of Chinese culture outside Jaywick Martello Tower. There will be puppetry delights performed for you by Jiangsu Puppet Troupe, part of China'slargest performing arts company. In-between performances you can explore
various stalls and learn Chinese calligraphy.

Come and see a series of enchanting vignettes, telling short stories from a culture far far away!

'Long sleeves dance by the Chinese Goddess of the Moon', The Puppet Calligrapher, 'The tortoise & the crane', 'The Sluggard and the Fly', and 'Wu Song beats the Tiger' are some of the performances that await you.

The traditional Chinese Puppet show is one of the world’s three ancient performance arts, with a history spanning over 2000 years. It has been listed as a national heritage in China, and for the first time ever Jiangsu Puppet Troupe are in the UK displaying their craft.

Lively, enchanting, graceful, funny, and energetic, the puppeteers are here to entertain you with a touch of the East. There is no need to understand Chinese to get the full enjoyment of this show, so come along and be amongst the first in the UK to experience the very best of the puppets from China.

This event is supported by China Arts Foundation and Essex Community Foundation Chairman’s Fund.


Plastic Pollution - Shoreline to Storyline  

Sunday 20 May, 10:30 - 2:30

A workshop-based event by local artist/writer Wendy Constance, starting with a beach clean at Jaywick Sands leading to the Tower. Then enjoy some complimentary refreshments whilst Wendy gives a short presentation about how discarded mass-produced plastic (much of it single-use) harms wildlife, the environment, and ultimately humans. Finishing with the creation of artwork with a message for the community. Inspiration for the artwork might include text as well as by creating something from the litter (of course after it has been cleaned).

Taking part in the beach clean (and the litter clean) is voluntary, but most welcome and will add to the community spirit of the session.

Timings (approximate):

10:30 - Meet on the beach opposite Badminton Road for beach clean linked to the Marine Conservation Society (optional)

11:15 to 11:45 - Optional walk along the beach to the Martello Tower to collect more plastic litter

11.45 - Tea and cake at the Tower

12:15 - Presentation with slides

12:30 to 2:30 - Workshop



Camera Obscura 

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May, 11am - 3pm

The reading room on the roof of the Tower will become a camera obscura for the weekend, come and see what it is like to be inside a camera. Understand how the renaissance painters discovered perspective and how Fox Talbot created photography.

There will be Artist Alan Hockett and Photographer Chris Matthews to help you understand how the obscura works.





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