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Creative Net

First Wednesday of every month, 11am-1pm

Free Creative workshops for adults, each session looks at a new craft or art form.

Refreshments, material and creative conversations provided.


Wednesday 4 May, 11am-1pm

Collage with Brenda Jones







Short Film Festival

20 April - 8 May

This mini festival will showcase a variety of talents from filmmakers. These twelve films were all made with children and young people in Essex and will be projected upon the walls within this Napoleonic fort (except during events).

Signals Media Arts Centre - Based in Colchester Signals uses digital media for learning, creativity and to improve lives. The organisation works mostly with children and young people.




From the Trenches to Tendring: Personal Snapshots of the First World War

Thursday 12 May to Sunday 3 July

In 2015, the From the Trenches to Tendring project began work collecting First World War correspondence held in private collections across the Tendring area of Essex. These family collections also revealed souvenirs of the time, such as embroidered handkerchiefs and cards, and personal items such as bibles, diaries, and a cigarette case that all made their way back to Tendring during or at the end of the war. 

The exhibition also includes a creative response of the collection from local community groups, schools, songwriter Tracie Fox and artist Alison Stockmarr.



Spring Talks

Admission: £2 per talk.

Friday 6 May, 11am
Trenches to Tendring

In 2015 the project set out to discover correspondence sent between the people of Tendring and those away during the Great War. The talk will present some of the many letters, cards, photos, diaries and souvenirs that were shared and some of the stories they tell.

Trenches to Tendring is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund: Then and Now

Friday 13 May, 11am

Four years, three months and one week: the First World War diaries of a Suffolk farmer's wife.

Using the diaries of Alice Packard, a farmer's wife in the Suffolk village of Shotley, this talk will explore how the First World War affected both a single family and a wider rural community. From the first appearance of casualties at Shotley Barracks in early August 1914, following the sinking of HMS Amphion off the Suffolk coast, the war became part of daily life for the village, culminating with the surrender of U-boats on the River Stour in November 1918. This paper will consider the diverse nature of the Shotley ‘home front', as recorded by Alice, and it will reflect upon the various ways in which local people experienced the war, from grassroots charitable initiatives to Zeppelin raids. Talk by Dr Edward Packard, Lecturer in History,University Campus Suffolk.


 Taking the Tower





Lino BoatsLino Print Boats

Friday 3 June, 11am-3pm

Free Family Fun Drop in workshop

A climbed to the roof top of Jaywick's Martello Tower is one not to be missed for the view is truly amazing! You might even spot a few boats sailing by which would be just perfect for May half term's free family lino-printing workshop!

Using lino printing inks and tools, you'll first try your hand at 'inking up' a selection of ready-carved boatthemed lino print blocks. Print onto a strip of thick paper to create a frieze style picture. You'll then be able todesign your own boat themed block print using a piece of polystyrene 'press print' and a pencil to 'carve' yourimage with. Ink up in the same way as before then make your print onto a swatch of cotton fabric.





Shakespeare by the Sea

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August

We are very excited to announce that 'Shakespeare by the Sea' is coming to Jaywick Martello Tower over the weekend of 6-7 August. In the year which marks 400 years since the death of The Bard, these two days of events will be inspired by Shakespeare's plays, poetry and songs.

Run by Matthew Townshend Productions and with the support of Tendring District Council.

Saturday 6 August, 11am - 3pm

Drop in on a family friendly music workshop and join in with with the performers. No experience required, just bring your enthusiasm! All ages from age eight years and up.

Sunday 7 August, 2pm

Come along, bring a picnic and a rug to sit on and enjoy a lively performance; meeting characters who find themselves shipwrecked, lost or abandoned in foreign lands. Help them as they puzzle their way through the strange and funny situations they find themselves in.

The sessions are free with a voluntary contribution if desired. Please call Jaywick Martello Tower to find out more or visit the website




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