Thursday 2nd November


We may have had to postpone our November launch (grr, Storm Ciaron!) but have no fear, our festive December edition is jam-packed with even more exciting acts and activities.
Come out and sample some of the fantastic local artistic talent which we have on offer, with lots of it free of charge.  There is creativity around every corner on the first Thursday of every month.

Our next event is: December 7th from 5pm.  Unless otherwise specified you do not need to book, just turn up and enjoy.


What’s on?


What’s on?


Yoga Rave

Artist: Hayley Russell


Genre: Workshop

Join us for a Mindful Journey through Beats and Asanas!

Welcome to a unique fusion of serenity and beats at our Rave Yoga Class, hosted in the heart of artistic inspiration… Firstsite! Immerse yourself in an evening that transcends traditional boundaries, blending the tranquillity of yoga with the energy of a rave.

Time: 8pm-10pm

Location: Firstsite (Foyer)

Ages: All Ages


Musicians Supporting The Homeless: The BIG Jam

Genre: Live Music

 Join us at CODA for some of the best local music talent in Essex.

M.S.T.H has been organising events since 2016, and over that time, has donated thousands of pounds to charities along with lots of food donations for food banks. Whilst working with local venues and festivals, they both support local musicians and the homeless community. 

Time: 8pm-12am

Location: CODA

Ages: 18+


Weave, Frame, Create: A Dutch Weavers Animation Workshop

Artist: Signals Media 

Genre: Workshop

Unravel Colchester’s ‘Dutch Weavers’ legacy and animate your own self-portrait using fabric. As part of Signals’ Peoples of Essex project, in this workshop you’ll discover the prosperity the Dutch Weavers brought to Colchester when they arrived in the 14th Century. To celebrate this, and other, positive stories of migration, we’re creating an animation of self-portraits from Essex people – and we want you to contribute!

No experience or equipment required

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location: Signals Media Arts Centre

Ages: 16+

Christmas Carols 

Artist: 1st Great Horkesley Scout Group

Genre: Singing

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 1st Great Horkesley Scout Group will be singing carols. They will be collecting donations for the Cubs’ two chosen charities this year: SESAW (Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare), and the Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity’s Wellbeing Garden appeal.

Time: 6pm-7:15pm

Location: Lion Walk (Red Lion Yard) 

Ages: All Ages


Laura Wyatt

Genre: Live Music

Laura Wyatt is a singer, acoustic guitarist and songwriter based in Essex. An experienced and prolific songwriter, Laura has one of the best voices that Colchester  has to offer.

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location: Igloo at The Courtyard 

Ages: All Ages


Other Events

There is also a wide variety of other great events happening in Colchester on December 7th, listed below. Please check venue websites for details of prices/ tickets.


Winter Soiree, Red Lion Books



The bookshop parties are the perfect party because we are all home in bed, with a good book by 8pm and this is our Silly Season version.  The party starts at 6pm and will be hosted by guest authors. Between them they will run the infamous tombola, chat with you informally (about their new books) and hand out the goody bags.  Your ticket includes shopping discount on the night, tombola prize and a goody bag.  There will be a complementary welcome drink on arrival. We encourage you to wear a silly jumper.

Time:  From 6pm

Location:  Red Lion Books

Price:  £10


Colchester Home Brewers Meet Up, Two Brews


Bring a sample of anything you’ve been cooking up at home and spend the evening with like-minded brewers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.  Strictly 18+

Cost:  FREE


Dick Whittington, The Headgate Theatre



The Headgate Theatre presents the classic adventure of Dick Whittington and his cat, Tommy as they battle the evil Queen Rat and sail off to the Mediterranean aboard the not-so-good ship Sweet Marie. Packed with comedy, laughter and the traditional ‘friendly’ relationship between the audience and the formidable Sarah the Cook, Headgate’s 2023 family panto kick starts the Christmas Season – let the festivities commence!

£15 (full), £10 (Full Time Students and under 16’s)

Enlighted: Castle Park Christmas Light Trail



Enlightened are a series of magical outdoor light trails hosted at multiple venues throughout the UK each winter. Last year, Enlightened trails were visited by over 125,000 people and the feedback received was superb. The 2023 season brings new installations and interactive elements across all of our trails to make Enlightened 2023 the biggest and brightest season of winter events to date.  Our unique trails are a magical experience for all the family and the perfect opportunity to join together and immerse yourself in the enchanted, illuminated world.

Tickets from £12.50


Headgate Young Company, Monologues & Storytelling


Time:  7.45-8.30pm

Location:  Headgate Theatre

Price: FREE


Ruts DC, Colchester Arts Centre


Committed to ideals. Some band’s sound punk. Some look punk. Some even look and sound punk. And some, simply, are punk. The Ruts were early challengers to the misunderstood notion that punk was a somewhat luddite dogma wherein complexity, creative exploration and musical prowess were considered a shameful affectation.

Doors:  7.30, show starts at 8pm

Tickets from £22.50 CLICK HERE