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The Great WarThe Great War: Home-life and Service During 1914-1918

Thursday 10 July - Sunday 7 September

A Touring Exhibition produced by Epping Forest District Museum and supported by The Arts Council, England on the First World War and its impact on the East of England.

Described at the time as ‘the war to end all wars', the enormous loss of life and huge sacrifices made by those fighting overseas and on the home front are explored in this exhibition, focusing on the experiences of people in the Eastern region.

The exhibition features some fascinating accounts of World War One from Essex people and music of the era. The exhibition explores activities of the 39 Home Defence Squadron at North Weald, the role of the Speal Constabulary, women's work and their campaign for suffrage, as well as the stories of servicemen who fought, lives and died for their country.

The exhibition includes children activities.



Summer C-Net
Tuesdays, 10am-1pm

Summer C-NetFREE creative workshops for young people aged 8-15. Download you booking form here.

Tuesday 29 July - Beach Prints
Collect shells and other beach found objects to make a beach inspired print.

Tuesday 5 August - Clay Seaside Relief Tiles
Mould & sculpt a seaside inspired image in clay to create a raised picture then colour with special clay paint to form of a large tile artwork.

Tuesday 12 August - Tick Tock Retro Vinyl Record Clocks
Turn an old vinyl record into a stunning clock that's both eye catching & practical to. Add a clock movement to the record then illustrate with special pens & time related typographic mottos using waterside decals.

Tuesday 19 August - Marvellous Mosaic Initial letter Art
Create your name initial in ceramic mosaic tiles to make a great piece of art you'll want to display forever!

Tuesday 26 August - Beautiful Batik Sail Boats
Use batik ink & wax to design a stunning sail for a wall mounted sail boat artwork. Make a mask & hull from recycle materials to then attach your batik sail to, stand back & admire proudly!

Please not there are only 12 places. If you child is unable to attend all sessions then please notify us to avoid disappointment for others.




 Design For Living

Design For Living Workshops

Wednesday 13 August, 10am-1pm

Tuesday 26 August, 2-5pm

FREE Family Fun Workshops

Theatre Designer Clare Birks and Textile Designer and Dancer Jaymini Bedia are working with the Tendring Community on this exciting new project; Design for Living. Participants will explore their community and environment, expressing their findings through drawing, painting, photography, textiles, film and performance.

Come along and work with Clare Birks at these fun creative family workshops. A great opportunity to explore your surroundings, be inspired and create your vision for your community.

To book contact Jaywick Martello Tower on 01255 822783 or email










Traxz at the Tower

Saturday 23 August, 6pm (doors open 5.45pm)

Enjoy an evening of live music with local ensemble Traxz.
Come and take delight in the incredible acoustic quality inside Tendring's most unusual music venue; with curved walls, historical architecture and creative exhibition space it will be an unforgettable evening! The evening is suitable for all ages so bring the whole family along.

Enjoy a meal with your music. A choice of dishes will be available to purchase from The Mystic Blue Cafe.

Tickets are only £5.00 and available from Jaywick Martello Tower. 

Ticket hotline: 01255 822783

or email





Creative Net

Wednesday 3rd September, 11am-1pm

Free creative workshop for adults.

Jaywick Martello Tower presents Creative Net on the first Wednesday of every month. Each session explores different types of arts and crafts.

Materials, coffee, cake and great creative conversations provided.

Ring 01255 822783 for more information.








WW1 Play

Merry It Was To Laugh There...


Thursday 4 September, 2pm

Jubilant Productions present Merry It Was To Laugh There, a poignant and evocative reflection on World War 1, using poetry and diaries written during the global conflict.

Merry It Was... marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Weaving together poetry, songs and diaries with archive imagery and pertinent facts about the lives of the men who were fighting and the women waiting for their return, Merry It Was... acknowledges the legacy of the written word which stands as a powerful archive of the experiences of ordinary men and women.

A devised piece, it captures the realities of war reminding us of the universal and enduring nature of the emotions expressed whilst acknowledging the unique and unimaginable conditions and situations of that time.

Merry It Was... moves from the poetry of the early war and the poet soldiers such as Wilfred Owen to the words of the soldier poets such as Woodbine Willy writing Trench poetry. It draws on the diaries of a serving soldier and gives a voice to those poems written by women who were finding a new role to play in the world while their men were fighting at the Front. It is an evocative, moving, at times funny, at times tragic, depiction of real life experiences of the war to end all wars.

Performed by two actors of great experience and depth, Christine Absalom (Radio 4, Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and Tim Freeman (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Merry It Was... is a must for all who lovers of poetry, students of history and those who wish to learn from the past.

‘I was blown away by the show. It was moving, very poignant and also funny in parts.'  Tanya Mortimer Birnie, audience member

Tickets: £7 concessions £5

To book: call Jaywick Martello Tower T: 01255 822783 or



Autumn Talks 2014

Friday at 11am

Free parking and refreshments provided.

Admission: £2 per talk or all five talks for £8.

Friday 26 September - Clacton Fire Brigade 1880-WW2 by Vic Miller.

Friday 3 October - Photography - from Crime Scene to Art by Chris Farndell.

Friday 10 October - The Wars of the Roses by Frances Sparrow.

Friday 17 October - Essex Year of Traditions by Claire Driver.

Friday 24 October - Belief in Ghosts in Ancient Greece and Rome by Amy Cotterill.




The Tip of the Tower




During the summer of 2013, poet Julia Bird worked with Tower staff, Jaywick residents and visitors to create a poem to be installed at the Tower in 2014.

The Jaywick Martello Project is an exciting programme developed by Place Services at Essex County Council, Jaywick Martello Tower and the Friends of the Tower. The programme will see the recent improvements around the base of the tower further enhanced through the incorporation of interpretive text created with the community of Jaywick.

Keep up to date with the project throught Julia's blog.






Download your 2014 events guide here.


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