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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 4 April, 11am-1pm

Using a relief outliner, on coloured vellum, perspex, or clear tracing paper, you can trace almost any image and make it into a stained glass style panel.

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.



Work in Progress; Paintings Past to Present

Saturday 10 March - Sunday 6 May

Preview on Friday 9 March, 5-7pm

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.




TalksSpring 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

This talk was postponed due to recent snowy weather. The talk will now take place on Friday 4 May at 11am.

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 Storyteller and the Monsters

Monday 2 April, 2pm

Local Storyteller Jan Williams will be here reading a story from her new children’s book ‘Essex Folk tales for Children’. The local storyteller’s researches have taken her into the furthest corners of Essex to discover the most remarkable monsters. With dragons, Vikings, pirates, smugglers, ghostly ladies, and highway men these tales will be sure to entertain all who listen and read.

This session is aimed at children aged 7-11 years. There will be time at the end of the storytelling for children to ask questions and even design their own monsters!




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.

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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