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Coastal Open

11 September until 1 November

In it's sixth year, the popular annual Coastal Open is a celebration of local artists.

Come along and see the delights as the variety of unique artwork is inspirational. From photography to sculpture to textile to painting, there is something to suit all tastes.




Autumn Talks

Tickets: £2 per person or book all five in advance at £8. Complimentary refreshments included.

Friday 25 September, 11am
Clacton Fire Brigade; war years & beyond
Taking a look at the reformation of the brigade as a unit of the National Fire Service and its subsequent absorption into the County Fire Service system after the war. Talk by popular local historian Vic Miller.

Friday 2 October, 11am
The History of the Red Cross
Since its formation in 1870, the Red Cross has courageously been there on the frontline for those who need help. Red Cross volunteer Rosemary Estherby will present an illustrated history of the Red Cross.

Friday 9 October, 11am
Crossrail Archaeology Project

In constructing a new railway running through London, Crossrail has unearthed fragments from our buried history. Lead Archaeologist for the Crossrail project Jay Carver will talk about their project and their most interesting finds.

Friday 23 October, 11am
Zeppelins Over Essex
Peter Jones tells the story of the Zeppelin airships that threatened Essex during the First World War, the steps taken to defend the county and what happened to the two Zeppelins that were shot down over Essex.

Friday 30 October, 11am
The Great War in East Anglian Fiction

The Great War had a presence in East Anglian fiction almost as soon as the war began and it is a presence which continues into the present day. From the work of Edward Phillips Oppenheim through to that of Esther Freud former EDP columnist Jeff Taylor will summon a roll call of imagined characters who experienced the war on the East Anglian Home Front.



Miss BlissJubilant Productions present A Rehearsed Reading of
‘Romancing Miss Bliss' or ‘The Dentist's Dilemma'

Friday 16 October, 2pm

Do you love theatre?

Are you interested in becoming a playwright?

Want to be involved in the creative process of a play?

Then come and join us for a rehearsed reading of Jubilant Productions brand new play by Anne Pearson and then stay to share your thoughts with the cast and creative team.

Felicity Bliss thinks writing a romance is as easy as falling out of bed. But being mentored in the art of romantic fantasy fiction by a seasoned scribe, she soon discovers it's not all satin sheets and chardonnay.

An amusing look at the secret lives of those who write Romance Fiction, the best selling literary genre in the world.

Following Jubilant Productions acclaimed first show Merry It Was To Laugh There in 2014, you won't want to miss the chance to be a part of the development of their next full scale production for 2016.
Tickets: £3

To book your ticket ring 01255 822783.




Tea Dance



DougBig Draw: Wall to Wall Drawing

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October, 11am-3pm

Come and join artist Doug Selway at the Jaywick Martello Tower for two days of drawing activities. Come and be part of The Big Draw, the worlds biggest drawing festival. All ages and abilities will be welcome, we will all work together on large rolls of paper and see how much of this beautiful, historic building that we can wrap in our work. Every drawing tells a story, this is your chance to tell your story or to see what you feel about working in such an amazing space. I hope that everybody ends up making a drawing that is bigger than they are.

We will be using charcoal and some wet media so please come with some suitable (easily washed) clothes. If you would like to contact the artist with any ideas or suggestions, or to offer materials that we could use - please get in touch through For more information about the Big Draw visit


HalloweenHalloween at the Witches Tower

Wednesday 28 October, 6pm-8pm

Come along to a Halloween gathering of ghouls and ghastly monsters and join in with the Halloween games.

Meet the tower witches and watch out that they don't turn you into a pumpkin!

Spooky surprises plus much more.

Children must be accompanied.

Free Event


Starry NightBig Draw: Drawing with Clay: Famous Paintings Recreated!

Saturday 31 October, 11am-3pm

Come along to Jaywick Martello Tower this October to celebrate national 'The Big Draw' month and learn how to draw with clay!

A fun activity suitable for all ages, we'll be recreating three famous paintings using clay to 'draw, mould and sculpt' them instead of pens & paint. Find out why Matisse used torn painted paper to create 'The Snail', what inspired Van Gogh to paint 'Starry Night' and why Magritte painted a picture of an eye but call it 'The False Mirror'.

Use special 'clay paint' to add a touch of colour to your arty clay recreation before adding a 'clay' picture frame to finish!



Creative Net

First Wednesday of every month, 11am-1pm.


creative workshop for adults, each session looks at a new theme or art form.

Refreshments, materials and creative conversations provided.

During school holidays bring your families to join in.

Wednesday 4 November - Ceramic Painting - this session must be prebooked

Wednesday 2 December - Christmas Robins with Alison Stockmarr




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