Felixstowe Book Festival

We are a bright and breezy book festival with a diverse mix of events that cover everything from politics to sport, crime fiction to romance. We exist for those who always have their head buried in a book and those who haven’t yet fully experienced the wonder of reading.

“The Felixstowe Book Festival burst onto the literary scene in 2013 with a confidence, popularity and sparkle that made it hard to believe it was so new. For writers who took part, it felt like a much loved event that had been established for years.”
– Author Nicola Upson


A Touch of West End: A Musical Celebration with Earl Carpenter. Sponsored by Harwich Haven Authority

Everyone loves a trip to the theatre especially to London’s West End show … so how about music from the world’s greatest musical shows performed by one of the world’s most successful musical theatre performers, Broadway and West End star, Earl Carpenter with special guest singer and former Christine Daaé from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and accompanied by internationally renowned cellist, Yvonne Marie Parsons, right here at the Harwich Festival.


Harwich Festival Performance - Her & Her Sound Spa with Live Music

Following on from their Harwich Festival 2018 appearance with ‘Saxology’, Cydnei B and local musician Catherine Shrubshall have been invited back this year as ‘her&her’ – bringing another aspect of their musicality through their relaxing sound spas. There are six dates scheduled into the festival programme to coincide with the Summer Solstice, which will be duly celebrated. One visit to the Sound Spa will work wonders, and multiple attendances will deepen the benefits even more!


Harwich Arts Festival - Her & Her Sound Spa with Live Music

Following on from their Harwich Festival 2018 appearance with ‘Saxology’, Cydnei B and local musician Catherine Shrubshall have been invited back this year as ‘her&her’ – bringing another aspect of their musicality through their relaxing sound spas. There are six dates scheduled into the festival programme to coincide with the Summer Solstice, which will be duly celebrated. One visit to the Sound Spa will work wonders, and multiple attendances will deepen the benefits even more!


Ben Crosland Quintet: The Ray Davies Songbook Volume ll

Noted jazz critic Dave Gelly, writing in The Observer, said: “Ray Davies’ tunes – evocative, catchy and deceptively simple – serve his lyrics so well it is easy to take them for granted. By recasting them in the jazz idiom and delicately elaborating their harmonies, bassist and composer Ben Crosland brings them out in a fresh hue.” That was the introduction to his four-star review to the Crosland Quintet’s Ray Davies Songbook CD, released following acclaimed performances of The Kinks’ songwriter’s canon first at the Marsden Jazz Festival in Yorkshire and then on the road. Such was the response to the CD and the live shows that Crosland embarked on the Songbook Volume ll, which again was debuted at Marsden with the recording released in April. Ben brings the nucleus of his world-class group to close the jazz week at HF19: keyboard master Steve Lodder, who has a long working relationship with saxophonist Andy Sheppard, and guitar giant John Etheridge, who needs little by way of introduction. Augmenting them will be Australian sax man Brandon Allen, whose stellar musical credits include Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Neil Diamond and Paloma Faith just for starters, and top drummer Dylan Howe, son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe and regular skins man in the Wilko Johnson Band, sideman for a host of stars such as Ian Dury and the Blockheads, David Gilmour, Nick Cave and Damon Albarn, and leader of his own long-standing jazz group whose last CD Subterranean – New Designs On Bowie’s Berlin (also featuring Brandon Allen) was described as “top notch” by the Thin White Duke himself. “It’s remarkable how comfortable these melodies sound in their new setting,” Gelly concludes of the Quintet’s Davies interpretations.


Harwich Festival Performance - Raz - in association with the Alma Inn

Chelmsford-based Raz are Pera on bass, George Krethlow-Shaw on drums and Dan Goldstone on guitar. Together they cross musical boundaries, creating their own blend of jazz, funk, rock, pop and fusion with Latin beats and inflections thrown in. A talented young group, Raz is making significant waves on the Essex music scene. Each band member has more than seven years’ experience in music drawing on a wide variety of influences. “A tight creative original unit existing in a well-defined sound world of their own.” Tim Pells, musician.


Harwich Festival Performance - Chris Allard and Charlie Wood

Wivenhoe-based guitarist Chris Allard has worked with a who’s who of international jazz musicians and singers including Dame Cleo Lane, Jacqui Dankworth, Claire Martin, Gwyneth Herbert, John Helliwell of Supertramp, Gwilym Simcock, Jamie Cullum, Tim Garland and the BBC Big Band to name but a few. He also fronts his own acclaimed ensemble, the Chris Allard Band, with whom he has recorded four CDs, the latest Invisible Landscapegarnering praise for its variety, intensity and distinctive melodic gift. Chris was appointed Jazz Guitar Professor at the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama in 2017.Pianist and organist Charlie Wood has been described as having “the growl and moan of Eric Burdon, the otherworldly lilt of Donald Fagen, and the scorched majesty of Kurt Elling”. Born in Memphis, he cut his teeth playing with legendary blues guitarist Albert King, performing regularly at his Beale Street club in the company of BB King, Joey de Francesco, Georgie Fame and many others. Now resident in the UK with his wife Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie has performed at the London Jazz Festival at the Barbican, BBC Radio 2’s  Friday Night Is Music Night and R2’s The Jools Holland Show, alongside many top venues and festivals across Europe. His seventh CD Tomorrow Night features self-penned numbers with songs by Otis Redding, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Al Green. “Music so smooth you could slide a whisky tumbler down it.” The Guardian


Harwich Encore – Ft Ballroom Business, Boogie Shoes and Harwich Sing

An evening of celebrating local dance and singing talent.  Featuring Ballroom Business, Boogie Shoes and Harwich Sing.


Harwich Festival Performance - Her & Her Sound Spa with Live Music

Following on from their Harwich Festival 2018 appearance with ‘Saxology’, Cydnei B and local musician Catherine Shrubshall have been invited back this year as ‘her&her’ – bringing another aspect of their musicality through their relaxing sound spas. There are six dates scheduled into the festival programme to coincide with the Summer Solstice, which will be duly celebrated. One visit to the Sound Spa will work wonders, and multiple attendances will deepen the benefits even more!


Primary Schools Concert – Sponsored by Harwich Town Council

Clare Leach the founder of Harwich Sing has worked with all the school choirs in the area to create The Harwich Combined School Choir Concert.

The children’s enthusiasm and eagerness to sing and perform is infectious and the concert is a great celebration of the talent we have here in Harwich.  It promises to give the feel-good factor!  Come and enjoy and support the young folk of Harwich…..you will love it!


Harwich Festival Performance - Preston, Glasgow, Lowe

David Preston, Kevin Glasgow and Laurie Lowe are three of London’s most creative young instrumentalists, dubbed “young jazz heavyweights” by Time Out magazine. Their coruscating music is a mash-up of relentless rhythmic energy, harmonic dystopia and virtuosic improvisations. Expanding the format of the guitar trio with intricate and distinctive compositions, they create an expansive array of styles while maintaining a focused original sound. Guitarist David Preston studied classical guitar at 16 and has recorded or performed live with the likes of Melody Gardot, Martin Taylor, Curtis Stigers, Charlotte Church and Tim Whitehead’s Homemade Orchestra. Kevin Glasgow has played in the rhythm section of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and is a member of acclaimed international saxophonist Tommy Smith’s Group, bringing his six-string bass to the fore on the latter’s candescent Karma album. Laurie Lowe has been drumming since he was six, going on to perform with Gilad Atzmon, Nicolas Meier, Andy Sheppard, Jim Mullen and many more, touring with Grammy-nominated hiphop group The Foreign Exchange. PGL launched their latest CD, Something About Rainbows, at two shows at Ronnie Scott’s during last year’s EFG London Jazz Festival.


Harwich Festival Performance - Poetry Cruise

Poets from the Black Sandal writing group will give readings on the tranquil waters of the River Orwell. The Festival has teamed up with Harwich Harbour Ferry to provide a wonderful evening of nature and poetry.

Time of cruise approximately 1 hour.


Harwich Festival Performance - Katherine Bryan – Sponsored by Harwich Town Council

One of the world’s most outstanding young flute soloists, Katherine Bryan is known for her virtuosic, expressive performances and exceptionally rich, warm tone. She has appeared with BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Halle, Nurnberger Symphoniker, New York Philharmonic and English Baroque orchestras, as well as the Academy of St. Martinin-the-Fields (with Daniel Harding) when just 15 years old.


Harwich Festival Performance - Piatti Quartet

The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (formerly London), they have performed in all the major venues and festivals around the country as well as concerts throughout the world, with national broadcasts on BBC Radio, ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) and France Musique (France).


Harwich Festival 1920's Tea Dance

Once again we are happy to include one of Philip Waterman’s Tea Dances in the Festival. Dress in 1920’s outfits or evening dress, strut your stuff or just come and watch. Hosting and music by Philip and Lillian of the Friendly Dance Association.

Tickets are available from Philip 01255 880857, the Harwich Box Office


Sam Piha Performing “Postcards from Crouch End” – Sponsored by Harwich Town Council

Sam will be performing a selection of music from his critically acclaimed new album,“Postcards from Crouch End” featuring pieces inspired by places as far afield as Columbia, Japan and of course Crouch End.

We are delighted that Sam will be joined by Louise Garner on flute for several of the pieces in this performance.

Sam Piha studied classical guitar at music college in London before establishing himself as a successful and much sought after solo performer, entertaining audiences from very small concert halls to very large outdoor music festivals. He formed various successful and popular ensembles, playing a wide range of musical styles, including being a founder member of the internationally known Celtic band “Easy Street”.


Harwich Festival Performance - Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne

Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne is a young singer and instrumentalist who is firmly rooted in the folk traditions of the British Isles. He plays melodeon and anglo concertina. He is the driving force behind current festival favourites “Granny’s Attic” who were BBC Folk Award nominees in 2014. Much of his repertoire reflects the industrial Midlands where he was born and bred but he also strays into Edwardian music hall, sea songs and shanties. This will be his first visit to Harwich.


Under the Surface – (In association with Going Dutch and Jazz Promotion Network)

Under The Surface are Joost Lijbaart, drums and percussion; Bram Stadhouders, guitar and electronics; and Sanne Rambags, lyrics and vocals. The trio met in 2015 as part of an initiative by the Dutch foundation Beaux Jazz, which offers young Netherlands talent artistic support. Joost Lijbaart has been at the top of the Dutch jazz scene for the past 20 years, Bram Stadhouders is one of the most promising new young musicians on the European improvisation circuit and Sanne Rambags one of the few singers of her generation who is able to improvise in a very open way, sometimes with self-written texts and poems, sometimes by positioning herself completely between the musicians. This gives her voice an instrumental function which is beautifully in line with the open group sound and the playing of Lijbaart and Stadhouders. Under the Surface is a unique trio of three musicians from different generations who have found each other in a common urge to search for space and silence through improvisation.


Callum Alger – Sponsored by Harwich Town Council

CALLUM ALGER is currently a fourth year undergraduate at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC), studying the organ with Henry Fairs, and choral conducting with Paul Spicer. Alongside his degree, he is the Acting Director of Music at The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Wolverhampton, where he oversees the week-by-week running of the busy music department.


Dramatic Pause Productions Present, King Lear by William Shakespeare

Dramatic Pause Productions presents Shakespeare’s classic, lyrical, epic tragedy of generation against generation, treachery, madness, murder and mayhem in the dramatic environment of the Redoubt.


Harwich Festival Performance - Glynis Peters

Glynis Peters will give a talk about her experience of self publishing and how this has led to her being approached by a major international publishing company.  This will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions about her journey and about her current book, of which there will be signed copies available to purchase.


Harwich Festival Performance - Lizz Lipscombe – Sponsored by Harwich Town Council

Lizz was classically trained and spent 5 years at the Royal Academy of Music (London) before completing an Honours and Master’s degree at the University of Sheffield.

With a love of Jazz & Blues improvisation and theatrical performances, her playing now takes her from intimate to international, travelling worldwide as part of the vivacious violin duo ‘Elektra’.


Harwich Festival Performance - Jacob and Drinkwater. Sponsored by the Alma Inn and Dining Rooms

Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6  Music with their live show described as ‘intense and spellbinding’ by Folk Radio UK. The duo formed in 2014 playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival.


Harwich Festival Performance - Her & Her Sound Spa with Live Music

Following on from their Harwich Festival 2018 appearance with ‘Saxology’, Cydnei B and local musician Catherine Shrubshall have been invited back this year as ‘her&her’ – bringing another aspect of their musicality through their relaxing sound spas. There are six dates scheduled into the festival programme to coincide with the Summer Solstice, which will be duly celebrated. One visit to the Sound Spa will work wonders, and multiple attendances will deepen the benefits even more!

‘her&her’ invite you to get comfortable and close your eyes whilst being guided on an improvised musical journey, to explore and encourage healing. The effect of the vibrations will assist your body and mind to rebalance and re-harmonise. Deep listening, mindfulness and meditation are also encouraged…along with an open heart and the imagination to be taken on a musically resonant and replenishing adventure. Cydnei and Catherine improvise soundscapes that range from beautiful to haunting, soothing, healing, harmonious, loud, quiet, meditative, eerie, and otherworldly. The textures and melodic lines are created with voices, clarinets, Himalayan singing bowls, wha-wha, drums, bells, khochi chimes, conch shells, sansulas, saxophones, pitch pipes, xylophone – plus anything else they can blow, hit or lay their hands on! Showering you with sound, the nourishment and self-care will leave you feeling nurtured, refreshed and ready to face the world again.

What to expect from your Sound Spa:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in your space
  •  The session will last for an hour
  • Bring a (yoga) mat, blanket and cushion for comfort
  • Lie or sit comfortably with eyes closed or open to aid the whole experience
  • A variety of instruments from across the globe
  • Leave totally relaxed and refreshed
  • No experience necessary
  • Suitable for people aged 16 and over
  • There will be time to share your experiences and enjoy a cup of tea afterwards
  • Please note that access is by stairs only at this venue

Harwich Festival Performance - Chelmsford Cathedral Choir - Evensong

The Harwich Festival welcomes Chelmsford Cathedral Choir to offer a service of Choral Evensong in the beautiful setting of St Nicholas Church. Choral Evensong is a 45-min long peace-inducing church service in which the ‘song’ of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the ‘even’ point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for restful contemplation – church members, agnostics and atheists alike.

This is the one service which is led almost entirely by music, with the Cathedral Choir singing preces and responses, the psalm for that evening, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis of the Canticles and also an anthem. The Magnificat (My soul doth magnify the Lord) is a celebratory and revolutionary text spoken by the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. The Nunc Dimittis (Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace), is the old man Simeon’s song of fulfilment on seeing the baby Jesus in the Temple and recognising him as the Messiah. It is also a prayer for our peace and protection. There are also readings taken from the Old and New Testaments and prayers are offered.

Evensong will be followed by refreshments in the church, and all are welcome to stay behind after the service.


Harwich Festival Performance - Two Old Men

Two Old Men is a tale of two old friends created and danced by internationally acclaimed 2Faced Dance Company. This is a story about two men’s extraordinary experiences, eccentric behaviour and witty tales. Two Old Men will make you gasp, laugh and cry as the old men take you on a life long journey all the way to the pub.

Featuring 2Faced Dance Company’s trademark fusion of break, street and contemporary dance, Two Old Men is twenty minutes of adrenalin fuelled, heart in the mouth acrobatics that will leave you wanting more.

Aimed at families

Duration – 22mins


Harwich Festival Performance - Two Old Men

Two Old Men is a tale of two old friends created and danced by internationally acclaimed 2Faced Dance Company. This is a story about two men’s extraordinary experiences, eccentric behaviour and witty tales. Two Old Men will make you gasp, laugh and cry as the old men take you on a life long journey all the way to the pub.

Featuring 2Faced Dance Company’s trademark fusion of break, street and contemporary dance, Two Old Men is twenty minutes of adrenalin fuelled, heart in the mouth acrobatics that will leave you wanting more.

Aimed at families

Duration – 22mins


Harwich Festival Performance - Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Society. Sponsored by the Pier Hotel

Harwich and Dovercourt Choral Soiciety was first mentioned in the press in 1891, but came into being in its present format in 1921, giving their first performance “Persephone” in the now demolished Church in Cliff Road. Members of the Essex Musical Association the choir won numerous cups in their early days going on to perform in Chelmsford Cathedral, Thaxted Church, and the world famous Snape Maltings. Today the choir has a membership around 30 and is currently based at All Saints Church having been at the Central Church with  musical director Julie Harmer having taken over the reigns from Patrick McCarthy at the beginning of 2018.

Our “Best of British” concert will be a celebration of choral music spanning around 800 years.


Harwich Festival - Her & Her Sound Spa with Live Music

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with ‘her&her’

 

Following on from their Harwich Festival 2018 appearance with ‘Saxology’, Cydnei B and local musician Catherine Shrubshall have been invited back this year as ‘her&her’ – bringing another aspect of their musicality through their relaxing sound spas. There are six dates scheduled into the festival programme to coincide with the Summer Solstice, which will be duly celebrated. One visit to the Sound Spa will work wonders, and multiple attendances will deepen the benefits even more!

‘her&her’ invite you to get comfortable and close your eyes whilst being guided on an improvised musical journey, to explore and encourage healing. The effect of the vibrations will assist your body and mind to rebalance and re-harmonise. Deep listening, mindfulness and meditation are also encouraged…along with an open heart and the imagination to be taken on a musically resonant and replenishing adventure. Cydnei and Catherine improvise soundscapes that range from beautiful to haunting, soothing, healing, harmonious, loud, quiet, meditative, eerie, and otherworldly. The textures and melodic lines are created with voices, clarinets, Himalayan singing bowls, wha-wha, drums, bells, khochi chimes, conch shells, sansulas, saxophones, pitch pipes, xylophone – plus anything else they can blow, hit or lay their hands on! Showering you with sound, the nourishment and self-care will leave you feeling nurtured, refreshed and ready to face the world again.


Harwich Festival Performance - the Dance we Made

Tim Casson and Friends ‘The Dance We Made’

14:00 – 16:30 (Final Performance Aprox 16:15). Start and final performance at Ha’ Penny Pier, Free Entry

The TDWM Team have just 2 hours to create a brand new dance, and they need your help!

Help the dancers create some new moves and watch the performance come together before your very eyes. Each newly created dance will then be performed by the TDWM Team on location, filmed and uploaded to YouTube. It’s the show where everyone is a choreographer, so grab one of the team and “Let’s Make a Dance!” – no experience required!

In the Afternoon this will take place in and around Harwich Town starting and ending at the Ha’Penny Pier.


Harwich Festival Performance - Jonas Stonkus. Sponsored by Harwich Town Council

Jonas Stonkus is a native of Lithuania. He started playing accordion at age seven. From ages fifteen to eighteen he studied at a regional conservatoire in Klaipeda and then progressed to the Lithuanian academy of music and theatre in the state capital Vilnius where he got bachelor’s degree in 2016.


Harwich Festival Performance - the Dance we Made

Tim Casson and Friends ‘The Dance We Made’
10:30 – 13:00 (Final Performance Aprox 12:45). Start and final performance Cliff Park, Free Entry.

The TDWM Team have just 2 hours to create a brand new dance, and they need your help!

Help the dancers create some new moves and watch the performance come together before your very eyes. Each newly created dance will then be performed by the TDWM Team on location, filmed and uploaded to YouTube. It’s the show where everyone is a choreographer, so grab one of the team and “Let’s Make a Dance!” – no experience required!

In the morning this will be taking place in around Cliff Park


Harwich Festival Performance - Noriko Ogawa

Noriko Ogawa has achieved considerable renown throughout the world since her success at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Noriko’s “ravishingly poetic playing” (Telegraph) sets her apart from her contemporaries and acclaim for her complete Debussy series with BIS Records, confirms her as a fine Debussy specialist. Her Images Book I and II were chosen as the top recommendation ‘exquisite delicacy’, BBC Radio 3’s CD Review, January 2014. Noriko’s latest recording for BIS records is of solo piano music by Eric Satie.


Harwich Festival - Her & Her Sound Spa with Live Music

Following on from their Harwich Festival 2018 appearance with ‘Saxology’, Cydnei B and local musician Catherine Shrubshall have been invited back this year as ‘her&her’ – bringing another aspect of their musicality through their relaxing sound spas. There are six dates scheduled into the festival programme to coincide with the Summer Solstice, which will be duly celebrated. One visit to the Sound Spa will work wonders, and multiple attendances will deepen the benefits even more!

What to expect from your Sound Spa:

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in your space
  •  The session will last for an hour
  • Bring a (yoga) mat, blanket and cushion for comfort
  • Lie or sit comfortably with eyes closed or open to aid the whole experience
  • A variety of instruments from across the globe
  • Leave totally relaxed and refreshed
  • No experience necessary
  • Suitable for people aged 16 and over
  • There will be time to share your experiences and enjoy a cup of tea afterwards
  • Please note that access is by stairs only at this venue

 


Jamie's Concert - Relaxed Performance. Sponsored by Harwich Town Council

Informal performance from Noriko Ogawa featuring a separate programme for the evening performance.

Held in Japan and the UK, Jamie’s Concerts were conceived by Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa, through her own experience of living with the family of a child with severe autism, Jamie, when she first moved to the UK.

The concerts are designed for those who are not able to normally go to concerts, such as parents of children with autism or some disability.


Harwich Festival Opening Night...It's all about the Visual Arts

Come and see...

  • The community 20 by 20 exhibition at the Old Chapel in Kings Head Street.
  • An exhibition of local and visiting artists’ work at The Old Bank Studios.
  • The Dovercourt Art Clubs Summer Exhibition at the 1912 Centre
  • The Bijou Picture Show at Bodgeners Gallery.
  • Public art such as Turning Over a New Leaf and the Sea Window Competition.
  • Revisit ‘Esturiana’ the Mosaic Boat – now permanently displayed on Ha’ Penny Pier.
  • Harwich Shorts – screenings at the Harwich Mayflower Heritage Centre.

With performances from the Ebenezer Brass Band who will be performing across the various venues throughout the night.


HF19 Season Ticket

Season Tickets cover all ticketed events throughout the course of HF19 – 20th – 30th June. Excluding Her & Her Sound Spas, Tea Dance & The Poetry Cruise.


The Tide Jetty by Tony Ramsey

The Tide Jetty follows the story of two brothers, Tucky and Nathan who grow up on the banks of Breydon Water alongside tomboy, Eliza. The three of them are inseparable. As they grow older the inevitable happens and both the boys fall for her. But tragedy tears the trio apart and years later it is time to discover the truth of what really happened…

Written by critically acclaimed playwright Tony Ramsay, The Tide Jetty is a new play combining music and movement to explore what we treasure and how and why we preserve it. Tony Ramsay’s previous works with Eastern Angles include: The Long Life & Great Good Fortune of John Clare (“Compelling, fascinating and dramatic” The Stage), The Anatomist (“A vision of the past pregnant with the present” Time Out) and Bentwater Roads (“an engrossing drama from the numerous pasts lurking around it” The Times).


Harwich Ale Trail 2020

The 2020 Ale Trail will be the fifth in its Springtime slot and happily coincides with the Mayflower 400 celebrations. We hope to make the 2020 Harwich Ale Trail a truly special event!
If you haven't been before - think of it as a five day beer and cider festival across multiple venues in a one square mile area. The past venues have included pubs, cafes, restaurants, a hotel and a sailing club. We'll announce the 2020 venues in nearer the date..

There's one beer list for the whole event, complete with a map and information. Public transport is very close with buses and trains stopping within 200m of one of the venues!


Gin Tasting

An evening of gindulgence with some fantastic local gin makers, some delectable nibbles and of course some drinking!
Tickets need to be booked in advance.


Live Music at the Alma Inn - Don't Fret

Don't Fret will be performing at the Alma Inn on Friday 24th May.


Live Music at the Alma Inn - Raw Dogs

Raw Dogs are a Psychobilly band from the USA. Fast paced, thrashy, street punk infused with psychobilly party animal apocalypse dudes from outerspace!


Live Music at the Alma Inn - The Remoras

The Remoras are a three, sometimes four, piece guitar band playing an eclectic mix of classic covers from across the universe; and they will be playing at the Alma Inn on Friday, May 3rd.


Live Music at the Alma Inn - Ronnie

The traditional inn is the perfect place to enjoy Harwich's lively music scene.


Harwich Town Sailing Club National Championship

The Sprint 15 class catamaran fleet will descend on Harwich for their annual championships. They will be accommodated on St Helen's Green by kind permission of TDC.

We expect about 45 of these two men dinghies to compete and some will be accompanied by families. The boats will launch on Harwich Beach and be accompanied out to Dovercourt Bay by race support boats and should make a fine spectacle both going out and coming back and out in the Bay.

This is a prestigious event for our Club and many club volunteers will be assisting to make this work. It is also an important fund raising activity to keep the Club in good financial health.


Essex Comic Con 2019

Stars from TV and Film will be coming to Harwich, including a number of Cosplayers from Bumblebee to Harley Quinn.

Its a day of family fun with shows from The Wrestling League and also live music. 11am - 4pm


Kings Head Street Christmas Market

Kings Head Street Christmas Market, Harwich.


Mayflower 400 Illuminate Festival

To celebrate the voyage the Illuminate Festival is held in Harwich on the day after Thanksgiving each year, consisting of a torch-light procession through the town including giant torches resembling the ship and Captain Jones.


Harwich International Shanty Festival

It has journeyed a long way since its small beginnings with a bunch of friends meeting up in a couple of pubs to drink good beer and sing good shanties, but we like to think that the initial idea of a cosy pub atmosphere, good friends and rousing shanties is still at the heart of all we do. Nowadays the whole town of Old Harwich resounds to the sound of Shanties and Sea songs and in addition there are concerts, barge trips, street theatre, maritime crafts, pirates, a Shanty train and much more.


Harwich Society Heritage Open Days

Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore


WrabFest

t’s a niche, family friendly, boutique music festival held once a year in beautiful surroundings, overlooking The River Stour and the Grayson Perry designed “House for Essex”. Organised by the village of Wrabness whose Volunteers work incredibly hard so that you can enjoy the best party of the summer.

WrabFest is a not-for-profit event with any proceeds being invested into future events and Wrabness based community activities.


‘Bobbits Hole’ Open Day

'Bobbits Hole’ Open Day, Dovercourt


Harwich Maritime Festival

The annual Maritime Festival returns on Saturday 27 July, 11am – 6pm promising new and exciting attractions around Harwich Quay and Harwich’s iconic Ha’penny Pier.

The much-loved festival will reflect both the town’s rich maritime history and its vibrant creative community, with an exciting sea and land based programme intended to attract thousands of people from across Essex and Suffolk.

Organised by Harwich Haven Authority, there will be over 50 traders, live entertainment and must-see water based activities going on throughout the day.

Free entry.

Find us on Facebook /HarwichMaritimeFestival

Find us on Twitter @HarwichSeaFest

Find us on Instagram @HarwichMaritimeFestival

Website - www.harwichmaritimefestival.co.uk


Harwich Festival of the Arts

Save the Date – The Harwich Festival will be taking place between the 20th – 30th June 2019!


Harwich Ale Trail

An ale & cider festival set across Historic Harwich, every venue walking distance from the next. Pubs, former pubs, galleries, a brewery and more!


Essex Big Weekend

For one weekend during English Tourism Week 2019, we are giving Essex residents the chance to enjoy an amazing day out in their county for free! Thousands of free tickets will be available for attractions across Essex.


The Harwich Frosty Festival Dip

Come and join us to celebrate the festive period wih a chilly dip. (Santa hats encouraged)
Water Entry time at 11:00 on Sunday 23rd December, meet at 10:30 in front of the Harwich Town Sailing club.

Dip and Donate online to SENSE or on the day
Bacon sandwiches and hot drinks will be available free to all dippers
Any questions please contact [email protected]

Dipping is at your own risk - please be aware of cold water swimming tips from Outdoor Swimmer magazine and RNLI


Harwich Half Marathon

The Harwich half marathon is being organised by Harwich Runners and the Rotary Club of Harwich & Dovercourt, to commemorate the Mayflower 400 celebrations. The route will take part of the original course from 1982, when the tradition first began. The race has not been organised since 1991, and so Harwich Runners hope to create a festival-style atmosphere to make sure the event goes with a bang.


Harwich Annual Treasure Hunt

Our popular Annual Treasure Hunt is coming up on Friday 28th December starting as usual at mid-day in the Alma. It’s a great way to fill the sometimes dead period between Christmas and New Year and there is stiff competition nowadays to win that cup! Entry is £3 for individuals and £8 for a family. Collect your clues from the Alma between midday and 1330, the cut-off for your answers is 1530.


Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival

The Harwich International Shanty Festival was set up in 2006 to organise and co-ordinate an annual sea shanty festival over a weekend in October. Through concerts, ‘singarounds’, pub sessions, talks and workshops, the history and heritage of Harwich as part of the British seafaring nation is celebrated, promoted and perpetuated by local people and groups. This is unique for the county of Essex and is attracting audiences countrywide and beyond. 


Kindertransport Remembered: A Recreation

Witness scenes of the Kindertransport on Suffolk and Essex stations and catch the stories of separation, fearfulness, and excitement on your travels. Platforms will come alive with actors creating the stories of the children and their companions, and the people who helped them to flee from harm. London Liverpool Street Station concourse will also be alive with music and performance, so catch these unique performances while you can.


Sanctuary80 Film Show - Into the Arms of Strangers, and Harwich Memories

Join us in the atmospheric Mayflower Centre just a few feet from the train tracks where the Kindertransport arrived, for a screening of Into The Arms of Strangers. This Academy Award-winning feature film documents the remarkable journey of over 10,000 children. These children, or Kinder in German, were taken into foster homes and hostels in Britain, expecting eventually to be reunited with their parents. The majority of them never saw their families again. Written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris, produced by Deborah Oppenheimer, narrated by Judi Dench, and made with the cooperation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, it utilized rare and extensive footage, photographs, and artifacts, and is told in the words of the child survivors, rescuers, parents, and foster parents.

The film will be followed by a short collection of Kindertransport memories specifically related to their arrival in Harwich, and their experience in the Warner Holiday Camp in Dovercourt where many stayed over winter 1938.


Sanctuary80 Talk Series

Hear from four speakers about a range of topics exploring the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport refugees at Harwich in 1938 and what it means today. Includes an interactive theatre event, Stage 3, by Peoples Palace and Safe Passage’s National Campaign.

11.30am Welcome

11.40am Britain and the Kindertransport 1938-1940, by Barbara Warnock, from The Wiener Library.

12.10pm 'From Hitler to Hi-de-Hi', the role of the Dovercourt Holiday Camp in the first months of the Kindertransport, by Mike Levy, Fellow, Holocaust Centre Imperial War Museum.

12.40pm 100 Images of Migration exhibition, presented by the Migration Museum, London.

1.00 Lunch

2.00pm Stage 3, drama and discussion by Peoples Palace and Safe Passage’s National Campaign.

2.30pm Time to explore the Harwich Station Museum

3.00pm Migration in Historical Context and the 21st Century, by Martin Simmonds from The Suffolk Refugee Support

3.30pm Memory of the Kindertransports in national and transnational perspectives, by Amy Williams, Nottingham Trent University.

4.00pm Discussion and questions with the speakers.


Sanctuary 80 Event Train: Remembering the Kindertransport

Get into the 1930s spirit and travel in style to Harwich in a themed train carriage commemorating the arrival of the Kindertransport. Join from Manningtree and experience songs from the era and hear about the extraordinary journey taken by 10,000 children before the outbreak of World War Two. A perfect way to begin your day before the main events of talks and walks.


Sanctuary 80 Textile Project Launch

Take part in a new creative textile project remembering the Kindertransport journey taken by 10,000 children 80 years ago. Come and try your hand at a range of textile and decorative techniques with a local artist inspired by the memories of the children and contribute to a large quilt project to be exhibited in 2019. Any skill level is welcome to explore this fascinating history and to take part in the community piece. This project will continue with sessions through to Summer 2019 and displayed across the town.


Kindertransport 80 Exhibition

A brand-new exhibition focusing on the arrival of the Kindertransport into Harwich, and the experience of the children staying at the Dovercourt Holiday Camp in 1938-39.  Produced in partnership with the Wiener Library in London, discover more about the lives of the Kinder in Britain and their journeys to make a new life.

Hosted by Greater Anglia.


Kindertransport80 Poster Campaign

Look out for posters commemorating the Kindertransport on the trainlines this November and December. These posters have been designed especially by local children and young people to remember the journey the Kindertransport took 80 years ago, and to promote a special event on the 3rd December.


Surrender100 Inspired Art Session

Come along and be inspired by the original watercolours of the U Boat surrender and begin to develop your own work with the guidance of a local artist. Stimulated by the exhibition and original archive material, we welcome artists and makers alike to come and create responses to the Imperial War Museum paintings and produce your own work to be displayed in the Old Bank Studios in May 2019. Materials supplied, but please feel free to bring your own art equipment or camera to take inspiration.


Imperial War Museum U Boat Art Exhibition

See displayed for the first-time in 100 years the official watercolours of the German U Boat surrender painted by a war artist in November 1918, right here in Harwich. Discover more about this internationally significant event, and how these paintings link to a similar German watercolourist Carl Bösenroth. Why not stop for a bite to eat in the Pier Hotel afterwards and imagine looking out on U Boat avenue 100 years earlier.


Surrender100 Commemoration

A community event remembering the 168 German U Boats that surrendered off the Harwich coast. Watch the community parade of flags representing each boat lead towards a large atmospheric willow U Boat on the beach, with atmospheric spoken commemoration in the setting sun, right next to the water where it happened 100 years ago.

Continue the afternoon with themed food and music from Harwich Brass Band in the Harwich Sailing Club, with artefacts and photographs of the surrender on display.

Did you design a flag? Why not join the parade, or find out more about your U Boat on the day?

 

Timetable for the afternoon (correct at time of print)

3.15pm Parade participants gather on Harwich Green.

3.30pm Parade leaves Harwich Green for the beach with flags.

4pm Commemoration around the illuminated Willow U Boat.

4.30pm Entertainment in the Harwich Sailing Club.

5pm Food served

Entertainment continues until 6pm. Public welcome to enjoy the evening, Sailing Club bar open.


U Boat Heritage Walk

Find out about the extraordinary surrender of over 160 German U Boats in 1918 and see a new perspective from the other side of the water. Join us for a short or longer lead walk and discover more about HMS Ganges, the Submariners Memorial, what happened to the men crews, and why this stretch of water was chosen for the surrender.

Comfort break with hot drinks and biscuits available at the church.

Walk duration: 1 hour short route, 2 hours 30min longer route

Walk distance: 0.5 miles or 5.4 miles


U Boat Archive Film Show

Watch original archive filmed during World War One of U Boats in action, and their impact of the Homefront and food accompanied by a live pianist playing music from the era.

The films are taken from the Imperial War Museum film archive, and show a range of topics including War propaganda, and local Food policy including the Illford Boy’s Pig Club from 1918.

Duration: 75mins

Adults £5, under 21 free (ID required), local residents £2 with code CO12.  Tickets through Eastern Angles Box Office online and Harwich Festival outlet at Harwich Library.


Lightbox Town Trail

See Harwich and Dovercourt come alight with over 20 lightboxes located around the towns showing a range of enlarged photographs from the war years. Follow the trail and discover stories of the past. Do you recognise any locations, or have similar memories?

Trails available online, from the Harwich Library and other local organisations.


Surrender100 Talks Series

Hear from four speakers about a range of topics exploring the centenary of the surrender of the German U-Boat fleet at Harwich in 1918 and what it means today, with a range of speakers and performances by Eastern Angles.

 

  • 11.30am Welcome
  • 11.40am Food and the Homefront in World War One, by Kathryn Fox from the National Archives
  • 12.10pm Oh What A Lovely (Food) War, by Eastern Angles Theatre Company
  • 1pm Lunch
  • 2pm Wrecks of the Peace, by Eastern Angles Theatre Company, imagined scenes from the surrender.
  • 2.30pm Talk - Living Underwater: The life of a Submariner Today, by Duncan Reed
  • Break
  • 3pm Talk (30min) The Archaeology of WW1 U-boat Losses and its Impact on the Historical Record, by Innes McCartney
  • 3.30pm Talk (30min) Deadly Trade: U Boats, by Iain Ballentyne (Books available to purchase on the day)
  • 4pm Discussion and Questions with the speakers: Surrender 100 – what does it mean in 2018?

Tickets £5 Adult, under 21 free (ID required). 

 


Surrender100 Event Train: Remembering the U Boat Surrender

Get into the Great War spirit and travel in style to Harwich in a 1918 themed train carriage. Join from Manningtree and experience songs from the era and hear about the surrender of the German U Boats after the armistice of November 11th 1918. A perfect way to begin your day before the main events of talks and archive film show.


World War One Heritage Walk

Find out about the port of Harwich and its important role during the Frist World War with a casual walk around the historic town. Led by David Whittle, Chair of the Harwich Society, you will discover the role of the military hospital, the naval significance of the area, and how the war affected the town.

Walk duration: 1 hour

Walk distance: 1 mile


As well as the themed weekends, from the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.


Wartime Watercolour Exhibition

From the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.


U Boat Commemoration Flag Parade

Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary is a heritage lottery funded project, holding a festival of activities to commemorate the centenary of the surrender of over 168 U Boats in 1918, and the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in 1938. The programme consists of two themed weekends (17th/18th November and 1st/2nd December) with activities such as exhibitions, themed walks, art sessions and talks.

On Saturday 18th November at 3.30pm a parade of flags representing each of the 168 U-Boats that surrendered off the coast of Harwich in 1918 will be walked through the town and installed on a large willow U-Boat sculpture on the beach. The flags have been created by local people and groups and everyone is invited to take part in this free commemoration event. Join invited visitors and project partners including guests from Germany who have helped research this project and enjoy an afternoon of music and themed food in the Harwich Sailing Club.


Surrender & Sanctuary Weekend

Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary is a heritage lottery funded project, holding a festival of activities to commemorate the centenary of the surrender of over 168 U Boats in 1918, and the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in 1938. The programme consists of two themed weekends (17th/18th November and 1st/2nd December) with activities such as exhibitions, themed walks, art sessions and talks.

On Saturday 18th November at 3.30pm a parade of flags representing each of the 168 U-Boats that surrendered off the coast of Harwich in 1918 will be walked through the town and installed on a large willow U-Boat sculpture on the beach. The flags have been created by local people and groups and everyone is invited to take part in this free commemoration event. Join invited visitors and project partners including guests from Germany who have helped research this project and enjoy an afternoon of music and themed food in the Harwich Sailing Club.

As well as the themed weekends, from the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.


Surrender & Sanctuary Weekend

Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary is a heritage lottery funded project, holding a festival of activities to commemorate the centenary of the surrender of over 168 U Boats in 1918, and the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in 1938. The programme consists of two themed weekends (17th/18th November and 1st/2nd December) with activities such as exhibitions, themed walks, art sessions and talks.

On Saturday 18th November at 3.30pm a parade of flags representing each of the 168 U-Boats that surrendered off the coast of Harwich in 1918 will be walked through the town and installed on a large willow U-Boat sculpture on the beach. The flags have been created by local people and groups and everyone is invited to take part in this free commemoration event. Join invited visitors and project partners including guests from Germany who have helped research this project and enjoy an afternoon of music and themed food in the Harwich Sailing Club.

As well as the themed weekends, from the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.


O'Hooley and Tidow

Join ‘one of British Folk’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO), O’Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their latest album ‘WinterFolk Vol 1’, produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker.

Nominated this year for the fourth time in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and described by the Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters’, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an
honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts.


Turning Over a New Leaf Workshop

Get creative and get involved with our new public art project for Harwich Festival 2019. We’ll be celebrating the beauty of nature in the shape of magical vines which will creep up out of the river and up around the lampposts on Ha’penny Pier.

I’m hoping plenty of people will turn their hand to making a leaf or two to help me create this natural wonder. Templates and instructions, on how to make these textile leaves, will be available from the Box Office in Harwich Library.

Come to one of our free workshops to get more info and share ideas.
First workshop to be held on Saturday 3rd November, 10.30 to 12 o’clock, in the Harwich Library


The Hook of Holland Accordion Orchestra

Conducted by Paula van Wanrooy. St. Nicholas' Church, Harwich, Sun 28th Oct 2:30PM.

Admission Free, Retiring Collection.
Further information contact Anna Tel 01255 503571 or email [email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/AnOccasionalChoir/photos/gm.413229989209781/710422612650189/?type=3&theater


Ghost Hunt at the Very Haunted Harwich Redoubt Fort

Ghost Hunter Tours head to the the Redoubt Fort to investigate paranormal activity.
The night will consist of spirit board, table tipping, glass movement and sensory work, and is dedicated to guests new and old. Our experienced team will make sure you will have the best night possible and you'll come away feeling like a Ghost Hunter. The venue is well documented as a haunted location and it has had many years of sightings and unexplained happenings.


Harwich Redoubt Halloween Special

Cee 'n' Dee Paranormal Investigators introduce a special Halloween night at Harwich's Redoubt Fort.


Harwich Town Council’s honorary archivists, Ray Plummer and Anne Kemp-Luck, create an annual exhibition for National Heritage Week and it will be on display in Harwich’s Guildhall on Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September from 2.30PM – 4.30PM.

This year’s exhibition, free of charge to the public, marks three anniversaries as 2018 sees the centenary of the U Boat surrender in Harwich Harbour at the end of World War I, the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport and the 65th anniversary of the 1953 floods.

The Guildhall itself is a fascinating historic building and visitors will be able to visit its famous jail and see the wooden walls which contain carvings from Napoleonic times.

For further information please contact:

Ray Plummer on 01255 886249
David Whittle on 01255 506183


FREE SUMMER CRAFT WORKSHOPS ON HA’PENNY PIER

Harwich Haven Authority will be hosting a series of free craft workshops on Ha’penny Pier during the summer holidays.

The drop-in workshops will take place on Monday 20, Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 August in the Visitor Centre between 10am–1pm. The creative sessions will be delivered by the team from the Harwich Festival and are suitable for all ages. Children, must however, be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Artist Monique de Vlieger – whose community installation Fishy Business can be seen on Ha’penny Pier until the end of October – will lead the workshops. Children can decorate fishy bunting or have a go at sewing a small felt fish using recycled materials to take home. Harwich Haven Authority is also providing free lollies to children taking part in the activity.

There’s no need to book a place and more details about the workshops can be found on the Harwich Haven Facebook page.


FREE SUMMER CRAFT WORKSHOPS ON HA’PENNY PIER

Harwich Haven Authority will be hosting a series of free craft workshops on Ha’penny Pier during the summer holidays.

The drop-in workshops will take place on Monday 20, Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 August in the Visitor Centre between 10am–1pm. The creative sessions will be delivered by the team from the Harwich Festival and are suitable for all ages. Children, must however, be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Artist Monique de Vlieger – whose community installation Fishy Business can be seen on Ha’penny Pier until the end of October – will lead the workshops. Children can decorate fishy bunting or have a go at sewing a small felt fish using recycled materials to take home. Harwich Haven Authority is also providing free lollies to children taking part in the activity.

There’s no need to book a place and more details about the workshops can be found on the Harwich Haven Facebook page.


FREE SUMMER CRAFT WORKSHOPS ON HA’PENNY PIER

Harwich Haven Authority will be hosting a series of free craft workshops on Ha’penny Pier during the summer holidays.

The drop-in workshops will take place on Monday 20, Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 August in the Visitor Centre between 10am–1pm. The creative sessions will be delivered by the team from the Harwich Festival and are suitable for all ages. Children, must however, be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Artist Monique de Vlieger – whose community installation Fishy Business can be seen on Ha’penny Pier until the end of October – will lead the workshops. Children can decorate fishy bunting or have a go at sewing a small felt fish using recycled materials to take home. Harwich Haven Authority is also providing free lollies to children taking part in the activity.

There’s no need to book a place and more details about the workshops can be found on the Harwich Haven Facebook page.


BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN

Today’s screening of this recent complete restoration of Eisenstein’s masterpiece is accompanied by internationally renowned concert pianist & composer Chris Jarrett playing his own new score live on the Electric Palace piano.

Based on historical events the movie tells the story of a riot at the Battleship Potemkin. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner ended in a riot. The sailors raised the red flag and tried to ignite the revolution in their home port Odessa.


HOUSE OF WAX

An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.
Director: André De Toth (as Andre de Toth)


E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.


THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.


Marion Molteno – Afternoon With A Writer

Migration, exile, and belonging

Marion Molteno talks about the inspiration behind her prize-winning novels: her encounters with people who have migrated or been displaced, and her international work with Save the Children.


HARWICH IN WARTIME. SUBMARINES AND FOOD

A selection of archive films from the Imperial war Museum vaults that share the story of the German U Boat campaign in the First World War. An entertaining mix of propaganda pieces and action films about the war at sea, shipbuilding and food shortages during the war. Find out more about how the German U Boat fleet played a special role locally in the centenary of the end of the First world war. The films will be accompanied by a special exhibition on the German U Boats and an exhibition on cinema in the First World War.

Free Entry


HARWICH AND DOVERCOURT ON FILM

This presentation uses archive film to show events and happenings in Dovercourt and Harwich from 1924 to 1985.

Films from the Paul Amos collection of the 1930s and 1950s will include what Dovercourt looked like in the Jubilee year of 1935, wartime with a film of the building and placing of the Roughs Fort off Harwich in 1942, the 1953 flood, the Football Club, the new skating rink, and the summer carnival of 1959. Also the drama Hill and High Water made by pupils of Hill Secondary Modern School in 1954. A colour film made in 1975 shows the Harwich Electric Palace as discovered in a state of disrepair and moves to set up a restoration project. Many other sequences will be included, ending with bringing a large ship into harbour by pilot Roland Jacques in 1977, and the Harwich Train Ferry working in 1985 just before it closed.


HARWICH AND DOVERCOURT ON FILM

This presentation uses archive film to show events and happenings in Dovercourt and Harwich from 1924 to 1985.

Films from the Paul Amos collection of the 1930s and 1950s will include what Dovercourt looked like in the Jubilee year of 1935, wartime with a film of the building and placing of the Roughs Fort off Harwich in 1942, the 1953 flood, the Football Club, the new skating rink, and the summer carnival of 1959. Also the drama Hill and High Water made by pupils of Hill Secondary Modern School in 1954. A colour film made in 1975 shows the Harwich Electric Palace as discovered in a state of disrepair and moves to set up a restoration project. Many other sequences will be included, ending with bringing a large ship into harbour by pilot Roland Jacques in 1977, and the Harwich Train Ferry working in 1985 just before it closed.


HARWICH AND DOVERCOURT ON FILM

This presentation uses archive film to show events and happenings in Dovercourt and Harwich from 1924 to 1985.

Films from the Paul Amos collection of the 1930s and 1950s will include what Dovercourt looked like in the Jubilee year of 1935, wartime with a film of the building and placing of the Roughs Fort off Harwich in 1942, the 1953 flood, the Football Club, the new skating rink, and the summer carnival of 1959. Also the drama Hill and High Water made by pupils of Hill Secondary Modern School in 1954. A colour film made in 1975 shows the Harwich Electric Palace as discovered in a state of disrepair and moves to set up a restoration project. Many other sequences will be included, ending with bringing a large ship into harbour by pilot Roland Jacques in 1977, and the Harwich Train Ferry working in 1985 just before it closed.


THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise


RESORTING TO THE COAST (OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE) TALK AND FILM

Tendring’s coastal resorts of Dovercourt, Walton, Frinton, Clacton and Jaywick Sands all became popular due to the ‘Great British seaside holiday’. It was the main reason for their popularity from the 1890s right up until present day. The Great British seaside holiday is on the rise again.

Popular local historian, David Whittle, tells the seaside story of Dovercourt and Harwich during their peak summer seasons when the Victorians would sail up from London on steamers for a day of paddling and holidaying.

David’s talk is followed by 3 x 10 minute films depicting the holiday resorts of Walton, Frinton and Clacton and promoting the tourism of the towns from the 1930s to the 1960s. They include a charming home cinefilm of a local family who used to enjoy their holidays at Walton with entertainment and games at the seaside.

This talk will be accompanied by a short introduction to the ‘Resorting to the Coast’ project which tells the story of the unique seaside history of Tendring seaside resorts. We are kindly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund: https://www.tendringcoastalheritage.org.uk


HARWICH IN WARTIME. SUBMARINES AND FOOD

A selection of archive films from the Imperial war Museum vaults that share the story of the German U Boat campaign in the First World War. An entertaining mix of propaganda pieces and action films about the war at sea, shipbuilding and food shortages during the war. Find out more about how the German U Boat fleet played a special role locally in the centenary of the end of the First world war. The films will be accompanied by a special exhibition on the German U Boats and an exhibition on cinema in the First World War.


YANGTSE INCIDENT: THE STORY OF H.M.S. AMETHYST

In 1949, during the Chinese Civil War, British warship H.M.S. Amethyst sails up the Yangtse river but on the return trip finds its way blocked by a barrage fire from the Communist Chinese shore batteries.
Director: Michael Anderson


CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935)

Warner Bros took a gamble casting a couple of little-known actors in the lead roles of this swashbuckler based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini. However the gamble paid off handsomely as not only was the film a hit, but it made stars of Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland.

After being wrongly convicted of treason, Peter Blood, an English physician (Errol Flynn), is transported to the British colonies of the Caribbean where he is sold as a slave, and bought by the beautiful Arabella Bishop (Olivia de Havilland). After making a dramatic escape from the island he becomes a pirate.


ZAMA

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asuncion, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.


Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter is a classic romantic drama set in 1945 during WWII in and around the fictional Milford railway station. A married woman, with children, Laura (Celia Johnson), meets a stranger, a doctor (Trevor Howard) named Alec in the station’s waiting/tea room, who kindly removes a piece of grit from her eye then leaves to catch his train. During her following shopping trips to Milford, Laura bumps into Alec and a friendship begins to develop. Soon the meetings become a fixed arrangement.


HARWICH SHORTS – COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL

Harwich Shorts is a call for all aspiring film makers to make short films, no more than 10 minutes’ duration on any subject by any means or devices. The selected films will be screened in partnership with the Electric Palace Cinema in The Bioscope on Harwich Green during the Harwich Festival


THE EDWARDIAN BIOSCOPE

Presented by David Cleveland and Nigel Lister, this presentation re-creates a typical fairground film show from the time the Harwich Electric Palace was being built.

Real motion picture film prints will be hand cranked through an original 1912 Gaumont Chrono projector. This, originally from the Cinema at Southwold, is similar to one installed in the Electric Palace at the time it opened.

Films being shown will include typical comedies of the time, an animated film, and a drama of airships over England intertwined with a love story.

How films were made and the mechanics of film projection will be explained.

This is a unique presentation using copies of original nitrate films, the restored Chrono projector, along with live piano accompaniment to some of the films.


THE EDWARDIAN BIOSCOPE

Presented by David Cleveland and Nigel Lister, this presentation re-creates a typical fairground film show from the time the Harwich Electric Palace was being built.

Real motion picture film prints will be hand cranked through an original 1912 Gaumont Chrono projector. This, originally from the Cinema at Southwold, is similar to one installed in the Electric Palace at the time it opened.

Films being shown will include typical comedies of the time, an animated film, and a drama of airships over England intertwined with a love story.

How films were made and the mechanics of film projection will be explained.

This is a unique presentation using copies of original nitrate films, the restored Chrono projector, along with live piano accompaniment to some of the films.


Rock Around The Dock @ Park Pavillion

Danny Reno - The UK's Official No1 Roy Orbison


The New Bell Inn Real Ale Festival

We are so happy to announce that our 2nd Real Ale Festival will be taking place on Sunday the 8th July.


Redoubt fort ghost hunt

Ghostly Soldiers, Poltergeist Activity, Footsteps, Groans, Moans, Cold Spots.....it’s all been experienced MANY times at this very haunted fort!

INCLUDES - FREE Tea, Coffee, Snacks, Breakfast Pastries.
The use of our ghost hunting equipment, time to investigate on your own, experiments including Ouija Board, Seance, EVP, Spirit box and more.


Harwich & District Fellowship for the Sick Coffee Morning

Description Tea, coffee, biscuits, cakes, chat and a raffle. Donations to Harwich & District Fellowship for the Sick. (Registered Charity No 1170624)


Irresistibles

Original, affordable artworks by local artists. Includes paintings, prints, ceramics and sculptures.


Grey Shed / Garden of Curiosities

Daphne Sandham / Melvyn King, New Paintings, Prints, Artists' Books and Garden of Curiosities - Sculptures, Installations, Ceramics and Object Trouve by East Anglian artists in a secluded garden setting.


Annual Summer Art Exhibition at Old Bank Studios

Old Bank Studios will be holding their annual summer art exhibition along with an interesting textile display featuring clothes by Lynda Monk.


Jo Hammond- Christmas Wreath and Willow Decorations

With Jo’s expert guidance, join us for an introduction to willow working. In the morning create a Christmas wreath from English willow, decorated with a mixture of natural materials such as rose hips, cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, fresh evergreen foliage and natural cones.


Lois Cordelia – Festive Paper-Cutting

Welcome to the magical world of paper-cutting. We begin with a richly illustrated world tour of paper-cutting traditions, to set our workshop in context. Using a Swann-Morton scalpel, Lois Cordelia will then demonstrate the basic techniques of knife paper-cutting before introducing a range of templates on which to base a design, with an optional festive Christmas theme.


Felt by Bridget – Hat Making

Learn how to make fabulous felted flowers and progress onto a beautiful hat on this felt making workshop. Starting with unspun merino wool –in a huge range of colours – you will learn basic wet felting techniques and using little more than hot soapy water and enthusiasm, you will go home with a unique hat ready for winter!


Helen Maxfield – An Introduction to Lino Cut Printing

This Beginners’ Linocut workshop will introduce you to the materials and safe use of tools, before moving on to design and produce your own one colour print.

The theme of the day will be winter/Christmas scenes or images, with the idea of turning your print into Christmas cards, however the choice is yours.


Rosie MacRae – Needle Felting, Moggies and Mutts

Join Rosie and learn how to sculpt your favourite pooch or any other animal from Marino wool

Using the needle felting method you will be able to produce a beautiful, soft animal figure, under the patient guidance of Rosie. She will teach you how to make a flexible frame and then gradually build up layers of wool to sculpt your figure before attaching the arms and legs.


Melanie Blaikie – More Adventures in Silver Clay

If you’ve got the basics of working with clay silver and want to learn more – this is the course for you!

In this one day class we’ll discover new forms of clay silver and learn three exciting new techniques for making real silver jewellery. Expect to make three finished pieces that will be ready to wear home – or be hallmarked – by the end of the day.


Anne Schwegmann – Upcycled Mosaic Panel (2 day course)

Create your own panel using ceramic and glass tesserae along with a variety of recycled materials. Learn all the techniques needed to complete your own project under the guidance of experienced Mosaic Artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding.


Helen Maxfield – Lino Cut Printing (2 day course) *Only 3 Spaces Remaining

This two day course is open to anyone wanting to discover printmaking in this most accessible form. Beginners will learn the basics of lino cut and design and complete at least one series of prints.


Jo Hammond – Willow Weaving, Sitting Hare Garden Sculpture

This is a great opportunity to work with one of East Anglia’s best willow workers. On this full day course, which will take place within our walled garden (weather permitting, otherwise in our spacious studio) Jo will introduce to willow sculpture and the use of freeweave. You will learn how to create a framework, how to cover and shape the frame with freeweave, and how to build the head, legs and ears to finish your piece. You will complete a life size (or larger) hare sculpture which make a beautiful addition to your own garden.


PRIVATE EVENT Rosie MacRae – Felting Cats and Dogs

Join Rosie and learn how to sculpt your favourite pooch or any other animal from Marino wool.


Willow Weaving Garden Obelisks

Whether as a beginner or someone wanting to refresh their skills, this whole day in our walled garden will have you completing a Garden Obelisk and a Sunflower garden ornament. You will learn about the different types of willow used and the safe use of tools, as well as different weaving styles and techniques. Working outside in a  small group, you will have plenty of space and lots of individual attention.


Haidee-Jo Summers – Plein Air Weekend

This two day workshop is most suitable for those with oil painting experience. The day will begin in the studio, but you will be working mostly outside and will only move back into the studio in the event of persistent or heavy rain – Haidee-Jo is not averse to working in the wind or cold!


Brin Edwards – Wild Birds, Colour and Light

With the highly talented Brin Edwards explore ways of depicting  birds and other wildlife in a vibrant lively manner, building up your picture with areas of bold flat colour, giving the impression of the subject without fussing over fine detail. Using Acrylics will enable you to overlap colours and work quickly, also ‘mistakes’ can be easily rectified, which will help to build your confidence!


Lois Cordelia – Festive Paper-Cutting

Welcome to the magical world of paper-cutting. We begin with a richly illustrated world tour of paper-cutting traditions, to set our workshop in context. Using a Swann-Morton scalpel, Lois Cordelia will then demonstrate the basic techniques of knife paper-cutting before introducing a range of templates on which to base a design, with an optional festive Christmas theme.


Helen Maxfield – An Introduction to Lino Cut Printing

This Beginners’ Linocut workshop will introduce you to the materials and safe use of tools, before moving on to design and produce your own one colour print.


Keith Morton – The Essence of Portrait Painting (Oils or Acrylics)

The aim of this workshop is to give anyone new to portraiture a good foundation in the principles of creating a likeness, through an understanding of head construction, positioning of features and effective use of colour.


Daphne Sandham – Beginners Oils, Seagulls in Flight

This day is not just an introduction to oil painting, but will also be a lesson in design and colour. Starting by looking at movement; footage of flying seagulls, slow motion and stills, you will move on to tracing shapes of flying gulls, cutting out and arranging a composition. Your design will then be drawn onto canvas and you can begin to consider colours for a background. You can expect to complete a painting by the end of the day.


Andrew Geeson – Loose Watercolours Wet on Wet Flowers

Andrew will introduce you an amazing, loose style where less is more in your painting. Wet on wet, put simply, is the process of applying pigment to wet paper, the results vary from soft undefined shapes to slightly blurred marks, depending on how wet the paper is. You will also learn about colour mixing and how to make varied and expressive brush marks.


Helen Maxfield – Lino Cut Printing (2 day course) *Only 3 Spaces Remaining

This two day course is open to anyone wanting to discover printmaking in this most accessible form. Beginners will learn the basics of lino cut and design and complete at least one series of prints. Those with a little more experience will be able to produce a more intricate work, with the possibility of using more than one colour.


Anna Davies – Contemporary Flowers using Inks, Acrylic and Alcohol

All Materials Included

This class is for you if you have always wanted to produce a beautiful, unique work of art worthy of hanging on your wall, but have no painting experience or drawing skills (also wonderful for those that do!).


Ailsa Lyn – Beginners and Intermediate Mixed Media Collage (Seascapes and harbours)

Discover how to upcycle a multitude of often discarded, papers, previously rejected paintings and other materials into works of art. 

To begin, the class will decorate and prepare the papers brought to the workshop. While these are left to dry, Ailsa will give a brief demonstration of the processes she uses when creating a collage. She will explain her basic method , with plenty of hints on composition, balancing colours and simplifying the subject. The rest of the day will be about creating your own piece with lots of guidance and one to one tuition from Ailsa.

 


Jake Winkle – Wildlife Studies in Dynamic Watercolours *Only 1 Place Remaining

With Jake to guide you, learn how to put the life into your wildlife studies through the imaginative use of colour and dynamic brushwork. He will show you how to capture the light and movement in animal subjects; an invaluable skill to be used in all your watercolour work. You will complete two paintings during the day, exploring different styles of working.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea


Susan Boddy – Convincing Figures in Watercolour

You will begin this workshop by painting simplified figure shapes and postures, using your brush as a drawing tool. Finding strong lights on people (heads, shoulders etc.) will be explored with a monochrome image. Perspective will be touched on when adding figures to a street scene. Later all these elements will be incorporated into a townscape where strong light, counter change and shadows play an important part.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea


Tony Allain – Chasing the Light Pastel Workshop

This workshop will begin with a discussion on pastel painting materials, surfaces, developing your painting style and working methods unique to pastels. There will be a strong emphasis on working from your own reference; in particular your own sketches. Throughout the day Tony will do a number of quick demos emphasising composition, colour and technique. He will share some of his working methods; using direct strokes on a textured surface to emphasise ‘brushwork’. You will learn how to simplify your approach to achieve exciting impressionistic paintings.

There will be plenty of individual help at the easel and the day will end with a final group critic.

This workshop is for those willing to go through the door marked ‘leaving your comfort zone’ and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application!


Julie King – Flowers and Gardens in Watercolour (2 day course)

Julie King, watercolour artist and author of How to paint Flowers in watercolour and Take three colours Watercolour Flowers, will introduce you to the secrets of flower and garden painting with tips on simplifying composition, colour mixing and interpreting textures with brushstroke techniques, as seen in her recent Leisure Painter article.

Julie will provide garden imagery, but feel free to also bring along a garden photo, which means something to you.
Fresh flowers will also be provided to add variety to the weekend.

Suitable for all levels, although a little experience in watercolour is helpful.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea both days


Chris Forsey – Pushing the Boundaries in Acrylics

The day will start with Chris giving a short demonstration of his approach to acrylic painting , including an explanation of how he uses mixed media in his work. This will be followed by informal individual advice and help as you embark on your own paintings.

Reference material will be supplied by Chris, but you are very welcome to use your own sketches and photos. The workshop session will finish with a short, helpful appraisal of the days paintings.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea.


Keith Hornblower – Going Further with Watercolour

This workshop is especially for those already working in the medium, but who are seeking to develop new ideas and methods.

Keith’s approach to watercolour is lively and entertaining, de-mystifying the medium and dispelling the fear of white paper. He will talk about colour theory and how to simplify it, perspective, composition etc., but most importantly tone, or value, to make a painting burst with light. These are the essentials of watercolour painting.


Mike Riches – Sketchbook Adventures

Mike Riches is a passionate sketcher and each of his many sketchbooks is simultaneously a work of art, a journal and future source of reference material. Join Mike as we venture outside to capture some of wealth of subjects and scenes to be found in Harwich.

The day will begin with a brief talk about the virtues of sketching, materials and methods, whilst taking the opportunity to view some of Mikes work. There will then be a couple of quick exercises in the studio to get warmed up, before heading outside to our first location.

Working quickly in pen (no pencils or erasers) – maybe adding colour if you want to – the aim of the day is to have fun, not worry about mistakes and to make as many drawings as you want to; as Mike says “it’s only a piece of paper….”

Note: Working outside is weather dependent. In the event of persistent rain the workshop will carry on in the studio with the help of projected images.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea


Roger Dellar – Harwich Scenes, Plein Air Weekend *Only 4 Places Remaining

Join Roger Dellar for this full weekend Plein Air workshop and discover his process and techniques for creating an oil painting from start to finish, whilst working outside.

This workshop will cover what makes a successful composition, what to include and as importantly what to leave out of a picture. Roger will also share with you the ways in which he deals with the everyday practicalities of working outside. Using a limited pallet he will also teach you how to simplify colour mixing, allowing you to work faster; an invaluable skill when working plein air.

As a highly successful gallery artist Roger has a wealth of experience to share with his students, making this an exceptionally fulfilling event.

Roger is equally happy teaching beginners and experienced artists, making this workshop open to anyone who has a desire to paint.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea


Susan Boddy – Acrylic Ink and Mixed Media Flowers *Only 4 Places Remaining

ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED

Acrylic inks are exciting and vibrant and in this workshop you will be using them to create eye-catching images of flowers. These inks are ideally suited to translate the reds of poppies, the bright hues of gerberas and the subtle shadows on white roses. For those people who have worked with watercolour, working with ink will employ similar techniques of applying washes and negative painting. Some mixed media will be included in the workshop.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea 


Ailsa Lyn – Beginners Mixed Media Collage (Landscape)

Discover how to upcycle a multitude of often discarded, papers, previously rejected paintings and other materials into works of art. 

To begin, the class will decorate and prepare the papers brought to the workshop. While these are left to dry, Ailsa will give a brief demonstration of the processes she uses when creating a collage. She will explain her basic method , with plenty of hints on composition, balancing colours and simplifying the subject. The rest of the day will be about creating your own piece with lots of guidance and one to one tuition from Ailsa.


Helen Maxfield – Lino Cut Printing (2 day course) *Only 3 Spaces Remaining

This two day course is open to anyone wanting to discover printmaking in this most accessible form. Beginners will learn the basics of lino cut and design and complete at least one series of prints. Those with a little more experience will be able to produce a more intricate work, with the possibility of using more than one colour. With two days you will be able to develop at your own pace with plenty of interaction with your tutor Helen.

 

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea both days

About the Artist

Helen studied ‘Art – practice and theory’ at Lancaster University (2001), where she made her first etchings and monoprints. After moving to Suffolk, she studied with Jude Lockie and made her first linocuts, which have become her main method of producing art ever since.

Helen now creates limited edition linocuts from her home studio in Suffolk. She enjoys Black and white designs for their bold, graphic quality and the mark-making potential of the medium. Coloured designs are created using the ‘reduction method’ where each colour is printed one at a time and further lino is carved away in between printing.

What you will need to bring

All materials and equipment are included, so all you need to bring is reference photos, magazine pictures, etc. Just bare in mind you will be aiming to complete a finished print in two days and you will need to simplify your images into a linocut design.


Julie King – Flowers and Gardens in Watercolour (2 day course)

Julie King, watercolour artist and author of How to paint Flowers in watercolour and Take three colours Watercolour Flowers, will introduce you to the secrets of flower and garden painting with tips on simplifying composition, colour mixing and interpreting textures with brushstroke techniques, as seen in her recent Leisure Painter article.

Julie will provide garden imagery, but feel free to also bring along a garden photo, which means something to you.
Fresh flowers will also be provided to add variety to the weekend.

Suitable for all levels, although a little experience in watercolour is helpful.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea both days


Margaret Beal – Fabric Fusions (3 day Course)

FUSING FABRIC 1

Getting to grips with using the fine tipped soldering iron to cut, fuse and make marks on fabric.  Armed with a fine tipped soldering iron, discover how to cut, fuse, seal, seam, score and make marks on single or multiple layers of synthetic fabric, creating finished pieces that are beautiful in their own right, or make unique surfaces for further stitching whether by hand or machine.  The techniques are easy to learn, straightforward and fun.

FUSING FABRIC 2

This dayschool is a continuation of the techniques covered in Part 1.  Techniques will include applique, reverse applique, layering, and cutwork.  A small amount of machine stitching is involved.

FUSING FABRIC 3

We shall be experimenting with a variety of fabrics, distorting surfaces and manipulating simple shapes to form three-dimensional surfaces. There will be a certain amount of trial and error involved as some of the techniques you will find easier than others.


Alison Holt – Flowers and Foliage (2 day course)

With a range of garden flowers as inspiration, students will experiment with painting on silk in an impressionistic style to create a base for machine stitching. Drawing with straight stitch and zigzag stitch, machine embroidery techniques will be explored for the flowers. Combining the two elements we will produce images with colour, depth and definition.
Beginners can produce several small pieces which will make wonderful embroidered pictures or cards. Alternatively a more experienced student can work on a larger more complex close up of a flower of their choice.
Stitch techniques demonstrated will include delphiniums, foxgloves, roses, astilbes and many more.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea

 


Bev Caleno – Bonded Hydrangeas

All Materials Included

Make a beautiful Artwork with real Hydrangeas, including a 3D element. Encapsulate real flowers in Bondaweb on felt and use a soldering iron to cut out the petals. They are then machine embroidered in place and embellished with other complimentary fabrics. Your completed piece will be mounted and wrapped for a professional finish.

Includes homemade lunch and refreshments

What you will need to bring

Bring the sewing machine you are used to or you can use one of ours by prior arrangement

Hydrangea heads, but only if you have some


Bev Caleno – Textile Art and Machine Embroidery 3, WATER SOLUBLES (4 session course)

Explore water soluble fabrics and their uses in machine embroidery whilst completing four very different projects.

Each morning will be spent exploring the medium and creating your own unique fabrics; the afternoons are all about the machine embroidery and turning your ideas into a finished project.

What you will need to bring

Each day will have a £5.00 materials cost; payable on the day.

Your sewing machine and darning foot

Packed lunch


Bev Caleno – Tuffett Making Workshop (2 Day Course)

 Tuffett Kit worth  £117 Included

A fantastic weekend which sees you completing a charming footstool in your own choice of fabric.

Some quilting and sewing machine experience necessary


Bev Caleno – Summer School, Flower Wreath and Fairy (2 days)

Explore endless machine embroidery techniques and unusual materials on this enjoyable 2 day Summer School. You will work on your two projects – a decorative summer wreath and a beautiful textile fairy – at the same time, learning about machine embroidery and water soluble and heated fabrics as you go.

Includes all materials and a light lunch


Bev Caleno – Hot Book Cover

Produce this multi – coloured, unique book cover, using my hand painted fabric; all dry and colour fast. Using layers of material you will stitch in a design (using templates supplied or your own). With a combination of stitch and heat you will create a stunning 3D effect on the surface of your book cover. Finally, line and personalise; all done and dusted in a day.
Includes homemade lunch and refreshments

Jacky Linney – Textile Screen Printing

All Materials Included

Working with textile designer Jacky you will learn the basic techniques of screen-printing, to go home with a unique fabric of your own design.
You will design and cut paper stencils and use screens to apply colour onto the fabric.

What you will need to bring

All Equipment, Inks and a piece of fabric are included, extra fabric is available at an affordable price.

Cutting board and craft knife if you have them,
and any plain t-shirts or pillow cases for experiment.

Please wear old clothes/an apron.


Lynda Monk – Beautiful Bonded Surfaces

  All materials supplied

Tyvek fabric will be bonded to other surfaces such as Kunin Felt, PolyVelvet. Decovil, Lutradur and more. These surfaces will then be foiled, embossed, printed onto using Thermofax Screens, or left as they are ready for stitch. Lots of samples and finished items will be on show to give you many more ideas on how to use the surfaces you have created.

Includes homemade lunch and refreshments


Bev Caleno – Applique Cushion

All Materials and Feather Cushion Pad Included

In this one day workshop Beginner’s will learn how to make a  fabulous cushion with added appliqué decoration. The more experienced student will also be able to add piping to their cushion. This is a great course to bring out the interior designer in you. We’ll be working in a small group in our lovely purpose-designed textile studio.

Includes homemade lunch and refreshments


Bev Caleno – Applique lampshade

Join Bev and make your very own original drum Lampshade.

Using Bev’s designs or your own and working with a selection of fabrics you will firstly cut all the pieces to create your pattern. You will learn and incorporate applique and machine embroidery techniques into your fabric piece. The day will finish with the construction of your lampshade, ready to take away and fit to a lamp stand.

Suitable for Beginners and Improvers

Includes homemade lunch and refreshments


Alma Inn Quiz Night

The monthly Alma Inn quiz night is in aid of the Harwich International Shanty Festival. Teams of up to 6 people and £2.00 per head entrance fee to answer some weird and wacky questions in a quiz entitled “Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum” 8.00 p.m. start


Harwich Skatepark Opening Jam

For further info contact Lucy Ballard, Town Clerk, Harwich Town Council. Email: [email protected]


Youth for Charity Concert

An opportunity to hear exceptional performances from our young talented local musicians. Flute, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, tuba, percussion, piano and vocals.

Donations in aid of The Not Forgotten Association, supporting our injured service men and women of all ages since 1920. The Not Forgotten Association provides entertainment & recreation for the benefit of the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities. www.nfassociation.org

Further information contact Anna on 01255 503571 or email [email protected]


Harwich Society Quiz Night

Team up to 8 - £2.00 per person & raffle.


Harwich Society Talk

Talk – ‘Leonard Cheshire Homes’ by Elizabeth Barrenger.


Harwich Society Quiz Night

Team up to 8 - £2.00 per person & raffle.


Harwich Society Talk

Talk – ‘The Perennial Mr Potter’ by Bryan Thurlow.


Harwich Society Quiz Night

Team up to 8 - £2.00 per person & raffle.


Harwich Society Talk

‘Essex Bee Keeping’ by Pat Rowlands.


Harwich Society Quiz Night

Team up to 8 - £2.00 per person & raffle.


Harwich Society Quiz Night

Team up to 8 - £2.00 per person & raffle.


Harwich Society Outing

Outing to Ipswich for guided tour.


Harwich Society Quiz Night

Team up to 8 - £2.00 per person & raffle


Harwich Society Quiz Night

Team up to 8 - £2.00 per person & raffle.


Harwich Society Quiz Night

Team up to 8 - £2.00 per person & raffle


Harwich Society Outing

Outing to Stow Maries Aerodrome.


Harwich Society ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Followed by talk by David Whittle.


90's Old Skool & Anthems

If you love a bit of Kisstory then you’re gonna love our 90’s Old Skool & Anthems Party night!

Playing all the best Old Skool tunes from our favourite era, mixed in with a bit of garage and a few of the biggest dance anthems of the 90’s this is going to kick 2018 off with a bang!

Tickets will go on general sale on Sunday 11th March at 8pm - our popular VIP Tables will be available for tables of between 8-12 guests!

VIP Tickets - £15* (for reserved tables of between 8-12 guests - tickets must be brought together i.e. minimum purchase of 8 tickets.
Tickets - £10*


80's School Reunion

Join us for a night of pure 80’s indulgence with our retro 80’s School Reunion party night!

From Cyndi Lauper to Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson to Whitney Houston - our DJ will be smashing out all the the best tracks from the 80’s and the dance floor is guaranteed to be packed all night!

We’ll be keeping an eye out for the best outfits so get the school uniforms or bright Lycra out and come along for one of the parties of the year!


Embroiderers' Guild New Branch Taster Meeting

 

In Partnership with the Mayflower Heritage Centre

Unleash your creativity and join the new Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild at The Heritage Centre. George Street, Harwich, CO12 3Nd.

There are two 'taster' meetings on Saturday 7th April and Tuesday 17th May. Come and join us and get inspired!

Be a textile artist with a needle as a brush and thread as paint, and enjoy the company of like minded people and have fun.

For more information about the Guild or the new branch in Harwich please contact: [email protected]


Embroiderers' Guild New Branch Taster Meeting

 

In Partnership with the Mayflower Heritage Centre

Unleash your creativity and join the new Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild at The Heritage Centre. George Street, Harwich, CO12 3Nd.

There are two 'taster' meetings on Saturday 7th April and Tuesday 17th May. Come and join us and get inspired!

Be a textile artist with a needle as a brush and thread as paint, and enjoy the company of like minded people and have fun.

For more information about the Guild or the new branch in Harwich please contact: [email protected]


Improviso – Early Music

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Primary School Concert

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Andrew McCormack’s Graviton – Jazz Concert

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Black Sandal Press – Poetry, Short Stories & Music

Join writers published by Black Sandal Press on the historic LV18 vessel for an afternoon of Poetry, Short Stories & Music.

Part of ‘The Harwich Festival of The Arts‘ programme of events for 2018

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Simon Callaghan – Piano Recital

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Tea Dance

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

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Emma Abbate & Evva Mizerska – Piano & Cello Recital

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

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Emma Abbate & Tippett Quartet – Piano Quintets Concert

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Lizzie Gutteridge – Consort Of 1 – Looped Early Music

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Emma Abbate & Tippett Quartet – Piano Quintets Concert

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Emma Abbate & Anna Huntley – Piano & Mezzo – Soprano Recital

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Harwich Shorts

Harwich Shorts is a call for all aspiring film makers to make short films, no more than 10 minutes’ duration on any subject by any means or devices. The selected films will be screened in partnership with the Electric Palace Cinema in The Bioscope on Harwich Green during the Harwich Festival.


Andy Schooler – Tea Talk

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Duos Campos – Clarinet & Guitar Recital

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Evensong – Chelmsford Cathedral Choir

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

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HARWICH SHORTS – COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL

Harwich Shorts is a call for all aspiring film makers to make short films, no more than 10 minutes’ duration on any subject by any means or devices. The selected films will be screened in partnership with the Electric Palace Cinema in The Bioscope on Harwich Green during the Harwich Festival


Paddington 2

Continuing the adventures of the little bear from darkest Peru, now that he’s a permanent member of the Brown family and a popular member of the local community. His Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday is coming up, and he’s trying to find the perfect present for her. A unique, antique book could be exactly what he needs – but when a dastardly thief snatches it, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to catch him and get it back. The eagerly-awaited sequel to the smash hit original, sees our favourite bear carrying on spreading joy (and marmalade) wherever he goes.


Mark Tilton – Writing For Short Films

Mark Tilton was born and grew up in Blackpool, Lancashire. After a youthful career in punk rock, he did a degree in Film Making and then studied on the Creative Writing MA at UEA. He is now a professional screenwriter specialising in comedy and drama, and is a regular Visiting Professional at The National Film & Television School and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. He also sings and plays guitar, mostly with his band Black Crack.


Poetry Cruise

More information coming soon. Tickets will be on general release from the 1st May 2018.

Running times to be confirmed.

Friends of the Harwich Festival are entitled to Priority Booking and discounted tickets for more information please click here.  http://www.harwichfestival.co.uk/join-today/


Spanish Piano Recital

This year we are fortunate to have a piano recital from Daniel Johnson, a graduate of Colchester Institute, with a Spanish Programme, consisting of music from Ginastera, Granados, Albeniz and Debussy at the St Nicholas Church.


New Year's Eve Fireworks Display

It’s a spectacular event that is set against the beautiful backdrop of Harwich Harbour. The old town of Harwich offers some great places to eat and drink, so why not make a night of it…?!
Spectators can get a good view of the event from either The Quay, Harwich or Ha’penny Pier, Harwich. The Fireworks go off at midnight, and the display goes on for approx. 20 minutes.
No ticket is required by donations are very welcome. It is a not for profit event, which is organised each year by local people.


Dovercourt Christmas lights event

You know it's nearly Christmas when the light switch on event happens! This annual celebration takes place on Dovercourt High Street with all the usual festivities such as mulled wine and carol singing.


Mayflower 400 Illuminate Festival

The streets of Harwich will be lit up once again on 23 November as Illuminate 2018 festival takes place, aimed at promoting the town’s strong links with the Mayflower ship.


Harwich and Parkeston Winter Ale Festival

Our little beer festival started in 2002 with a bang - we were literally drunk dry on the Friday night and we even ran out of glasses. The festival continued in the same venue in Dovercourt Town Centre for a further twelve years and we like to think that in that time we built up a reputation as a small but perfectly formed Winter Ale Festival - with a really interesting selection of beers and a nice atmosphere in which to enjoy them.


Harwich Sausage Festival

Come hither to the historic seaport of Harwich and witness the medieval* spectacle of sausage throwing, as grown men and women try to hurl seasoned pork projectiles as far as they can. Following on from this fabulous frivolity, three fantastic local inns throw open their doors for the gathered masses to test the wares of the finest butchers of the Tendring Hundred and determine the public's favourite sausage, all washed down with the choicest real ale and cider.


Harwich Shanty Festival

A date for your diaries - the 2018 Festival will be held over the weekend of 5th-7th October, a week earlier than usual.


Motorcycle Run and Harwich Family Fun Day

The Family Fun Day will be a day of unbeatable entertainment beside the seaside! If you’re not on the Run, come and cheer on the bikers as they cross the finish line, and enjoy everything from live music, to a kid’s zone, and trade stands on Harwich Green. Entry is for free however this year we are asking for a £5 donation to help us host a fun filled day of entertainment as well as to keep your local Air Ambulance operational. We can’t fly without you.


Beside the Seaside Festival, Dovercourt Bay

Beside the Seaside brings a host of traditional seaside entertainment and beach family fun sports activities to Dovercourt. The event will feature a Live Music stage featuring some of the brightest unsigned talent from across the region, craft stalls, beach sports and a whole host of family friendly activities.

The popular Secret Beach huts theme will also return – expect to see anything from art, craft and dance workshops, storytelling, face painting and an ‘Escape Hut’ – run by Harwich Escape rooms. This year’s events will take place in Dovercourt on 12 August from 11:00 – 18:00


Harwich Sea Festival

The Sea Festival is an exciting local charity event, bringing 5000+ visitors to the area, helping the many local charities and organisations that call upon our help during the course of the year.


Harwich Beer Festival

Each summer we organise a beer festival in the Harwich Redoubt – a superb circular fort dating from the Napoleonic era just up the road from the brewery. At the festival we like to showcase our own beers as well as those from other microbreweries accompanied by great music and food.


Harwich Lifeboat Week

Harwich Lifeboat Week will run from Mon 23rd July concluding on 29th July with the Harwich Sea Festival.


Harwich Secret Gardens

Harwich Town Secret Gardens is in its 7th year and will have a very large number of hidden gardens and courtyards open, with some new to the scheme and some old ones resting. All the gardens are easily reachable on foot. We are also winners of Pride of Tendring 2018.

Teas and coffee will be provided at St Nicholas church, and there are plenty of coffee shops, pubs and restaurants for refreshment.


Tour de Tendring

Come and join us on the hugely popular Tour de Tendring bike ride to raise money for your chosen charity. You can cycle on one of three circular routes around the picturesque district of Tendring - perfect cycling country with quiet roads, low hills and views to the sea.


Harwich Ale Trail 2018

Multiple locations to enjoy fine ale and cider in a Historic Port. No locations more than 2 mins from the next! Details of venues and ales to follow nearer the date!


Tankus the Henge

The Harwich Festival and Essex Rocks presents Tankus the Henge with support from Fjokra.

The band have gained a reputation for exhibiting uniquely bizarre and eclectic live performances which are reflected in their insanely exhilarating videos. The visual element of Fjokra fully embraces the band’s music, encouraging the outrageous, the unexpected, removing all boundaries of reality, taking the viewer and listener to places that are equally fantastic as they are surreal.


Essex Rocks with Elephant Jane, Faith in Physics and TBC, The Royal Oak

Essex Rocks with Elephant Jane, Faith in Physics and TBC, The Royal Oak


Charity Disco, Waterfront Harwich

A brand new charity event for 2018, Lian Meachen has organised this disco in aid of a fantastic cause, with proceeds going to Miscarriage Association. The night will also have an optional black and white theme for those that want to get involved.

Tickets are just £10. There is a small allocation available from us at The Waterfront, or you can get your tickets from Lian, by calling 07855 022124 or emailing [email protected]


Walton at War at Naze Visitor Centre - Talk

A presentation by Peter Appleton. Discover the military history of Walton and the surrounding area from Napoleon to the Cold War. The Naze has always been in the front line of England’s defence against invasion. Hear about the Pill boxes, Anti-aircraft guns and more. There will also be a small collection of military artefacts on display to accompany this talk.


Richard Digance – The Not Too Bad For His Age Tour at Harwich Town centre

This year there’s a whole new show having shaken off the nostalgic trip of 50 years last year.

With a BAFTA Nomination as TV Entertainer of The Year and Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers, he turned his back on show biz for his first love of music and live performance. 4,000 live shows, 62 British tours, 14 books, 3 stage plays, 32 albums and nearly 4 million YouTube visits says it all.

He composed the audio book music for Bill Bryson’s best-seller ‘The Road To Little Dribbling,’ His Animal Alphabet poems, serialised by The BBC, are used as English Teaching Aids, in 14 countries from The USA to Swaziland, his guitar instrumentals are used on numerous TV productions.

He supported Robin Williams at The London Palladium, and supported Steve Martin in the USA. On TV he played guitar with Queen’s Brian May, Status Quo and The Moody Blues. Yes, after 50 years he’s still doing what he loves.


Trevor Clifford Exhibition at Naze Visitor Centre

An exhibition of photographs by local wildlife photographer Trevor Clifford will be on display in the Visitor Centre. Come along to The Naze Visitor Centre between Saturday 13th January and Sunday 11th February to view photos taken by Trevor Clifford; all will be available for purchase making a unique gift. Why not take the opportunity to have a lovely cup of tea or slice of cake while you are here. Trevor Clifford is an award winning Wildlife Photographer who has lived and worked in NE Essex for most of his life, walking the coast and countryside of Hamford Water and the Walton backwaters.


Harwich Festival of the Arts, various locations

Harwich Festival of the Arts, various locations - DETAILS TBC


Harwich Festival of the Arts, various locations

Harwich Festival of the Arts, various locations - DETAILS TBC