Rock the Tower
Tuesdays 5-9pm during term time.
Second Term begins 9 January 2018
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 email@example.com
Free workshops on the first Wednesday of every month (except January).
Everybody welcome! Materials, coffee, biscuits and great creative conversations provided.
Wednesday 7 February, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm
For those that joined us in the Dig4Jaywick Garden last July for their open day will have worked on a community mosaic with Valerie Osment. The mosaic is already looking stunning and Artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding has been enrolled to assist the completion of the artwork, creating a legacy to Valerie and the work she has done with us over the years. The artwork will be hung in the Dig4Jaywick Garden in March and of course you will all be invited to the unveiling event.
Anne has been creating mosaics for public spaces around the country for over 20 years. You may have seen some of her work at the Colchester Hospital main entrance.
Wednesday 7 March, 11am-1pm
Chinese dumplings have been a tasty treat for thousands of years. This traditional Chinese food is very popular in families around the Chinese New Year time. Would you like to learn how to make Chinese Dumplings whilst having fun? This is an interesting way of learning about the Chinese culture.
Saturday 3 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.
Spring Talk Series
Only £2 talk
Free parking and refreshments provided
Friday 2 March, 11am - Three Years in the Mud: New archaeological discoveries in the Blackwater estuary
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.
Friday 9 March, 11am - A Light Hearted History of Tea
Andy Schooler will be coming for a nice cup of tea and a sit down to give a reliable and accurate history of tea and tea drinking, laced with a considerable amount of humour.
Friday 16 March, 11am - Essex Murders
Ex-police officer and current volunteer at the Essex Police Museum Chris Farndell will be giving a talk on a number of murders committed in the county. Cases include those that have gained notoriety, used innovative forensic evidence and even some still unsolved to form a history of crime solving in the county during the last 130 years.
Friday 23 March, 11am - Caring for Animals at Colchester Zoo
Using a range of examples and videos from the animals at Colchester Zoo, this presentation covers some of the main aspects of animal husbandry from animal training and enrichment to breeding.
Essex Book Festival Finale
Saturday 31 March
It's a Wrap!
10am - 4pm
Come and join in the fun at the It's a Wrap! Festival Finale where there'll be workshops and activities for all ages. Including: a Festival Peace Wall, a Peace Bunting Print Workshop, Wild Writing Workshop: Beach Combing for Words, Natural World Children's Workshop, and Tower Tales.
Event free, but some charges for workshops
Bof! Music, Dance and Soup
7pm - 9pm
What better way to finish this years Essex Book Festival than to dance the night away at Jaywick Martello Tower with the fabulous Essex-based traditional French and Breton four-piece band Bof!
Tickets: £10, £8 (27yrs and under)
Availiable from the Essex Book Festival Website:
The 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.
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.
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
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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