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Rock the Tower

Tuesdays during term time, 5pm - 8pm.

Rock the Tower is a free music session where beginners or players aged 8-18 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-8pm.

For more information ring 01255 822783 or email


Coastal Open 2018
Thursday 20 September - Sunday 28 October

The ninth annual Coastal Open is a celebration of local artists, giving a chance to showcase their talents in arts and crafts. Work usually includes ceramics, photography, textiles, painting plus much more. Part of Essex Summer of Art.






Creative Net

Free workshops on the first Wednesday of every month.

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

Wednesday 3 October, 11am - 1pm

Meg and Amy from Colchester S&B are back and this time we will be creating Felt Sugar Skull Patches and Brooches just in time for Halloween and Mexican Day of the Dead!

Wednesday 7 November, 11am - 1pm
Create a lantern using black card and design your own illuminated panes using vellum, tissue and ink with artist Lisa Temple-Cox!


Autumn Talks 2018

All talks start at 11am and are £2 for entry; free parking and refreshments provided.

Friday 28 September - The Mercury Voices Project
Mercury Voices is a 2 year HLF funded project bringing together the archive of Colchester’s Mercury Theatre. This talk will bring you the history of the theatre as told through its programmes and plans and recalled by people working and visiting.

Friday 5 October - Sic Est Faciendum (That's the way to do it)
Addrian Hutson will be giving a brief account of the History of Mr Punch and a few amusing reminiscences.

Friday 12 October - Clacton Theatres and Memories
This illustrated presentation by Roger Kennell tells the story of some of the Clacton Theatres during the hey-day of the town as a major holiday resort. Some of the memories of the speaker attending these theatres during the 1950s and early 1960s will feature in this memory jerking presentation.

Friday 19 October - Changing Times - Clacton's Band Pavilion
This illustrated talk charts the history of Clacton's Band Pavilion from open space and bandstand to 3,000 seat theatre hosting the world's top big bands to amusement arcade and today's Children's Fun Park, Bowling Alley and Restaurant. Norman Jacobs gives the story of the Bandstand and Pavilion which mirrors Clacton's own rise, fall and rise again and celebrates its recent revival as part of the town's regeneration.

Friday 26 October - Suffragettes on Stage
Professor Katharine Cockin from the University of Essex, author of Edith Craig and the Theatres of Art, will be exploring the use of drama and performance, including street pageantry and newspaper-selling, in the women's suffrage movement, focusing on the leading director of women's suffrage drama - Edith Craig.



Pumpkins and Skeletons Workshop
Saturday 20 October, 11am-3pm

Join artist Alison Stockmarr for this FREE family drop in workshop where we will be upcycing plastic milk bottles to make jointed skeletons and using yoghurt pots to create mini light up pumpkins to spook everyone this Halloween season.



Halloween at the Witches Tower
Wednesday 31 October, 5pm-7pm

Free drop in Halloween event! Join us for an evening of spooky fun with arts and crafts, games and refreshments. See what halloween has in store with spiders, bats and black cats; come along and see if you are brave enough to trick or treat!

Children must be supervised at all times. Costumes optional.




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