Sports, Heritage & Apples
Taking place on Sunday 30th August at Leisure World, there is an opportunity for all the family to join in with a range of FREE sports activities including:
- Football – with Colchester United Football in the Community,
- Parkour – with Team Traceur,
- Volleyball – with Volleyball England,
- Netball – with KATS Netball Club, and
- Tennis – free hire of tennis courts at Leisure World Highwoods.
Read more at http://www.colchesterleisureworld.co.uk/sportsfestival.
This year’s Heritage Open Days takes place across the weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2015. You can discover Colchester’s heritage in a weekend of FREE activities and entry to more than 20 historic properties:
- Roman Circus,
- St. Helen’s Chapel,
- St. Peter’s Church,
- Quaker Meeting House (St. Mary’s House),
- Mersea Barrow,
- Roman Theatre,
- Castle Museum,
- Town Hall,
- Sparlings Solicitors,
- Audley Chapel,
- St Martin’s Church,
- St John’s Abbey Gatehouse,
- Trinity Street,
- Bourne Mill,
- Super Home,
- St. James the less & St. Helen’s Church,
- Holy Trinity Church,
- Peake’s House,
- Colchester Cemetery,
- War Memorial,
- St. Mary at the Walls Church (Arts Centre), and
- Colne Light Ship.
More details and opening times are available at http://www.cimuseums.org.uk/article/16584/Heritage-Open-Days-2015.
On Saturday 12th September, between 9am and 5pm, the clock will be turned back as you stroll through the High Street and Upper Castle Park.
Enjoy a stroll down the High Street (closed to traffic) and take time to admire the wonderful architecture of the many fascinating buildings which adorn the High Street, from the Town Hall to to the Red Lion Hotel. Watch out for historical characters that you pass along your way, you may bump into Marcus Favonius!
Soak up the sounds of the historic music, dance and drama and enjoy some story telling and the iconic British Punch and Judy Show. Colchester has it’s very own Mr Punch living at Hollytrees Museum, take a visit and see this very special puppet, dating from 1945.
Take a wander through Colchester’s Charter market, dating back to 1189 and you will find stalls selling everything from artisan bread to clothes. There will be plenty of food stalls to fill your appetite.
Step back in time to the award-winning Castle Park which will be hosting historic market stalls, traditional side shows, puppet theatre,talks and demonstrations, all within the backdrop of Colchester Castle which will be open for free.
Taking place on Saturday 26th September you can drop in at any time between 12pm & 3pm (donation requested). Come and celebrate the local apple harvest! Enjoy tasting some heritage fruit varieties and try your hand at crushing and pressing local apples to make delicious juice. Family games, crafts and apple cakes and bakes to sample.
Details of these and many more activities are on the Colchester website.