Events

Upcoming events are listed below


Harwich benefits from great attractions and a range of events taking place throughout the year. Discover what’s happening and what captures your interest and then get involved. We hope you enjoy everything the town has to offer.

Jul
22
Sun
2018
Kings Head Street Community Meal
Jul 22 all-day
Jul
23
Mon
2018
Harwich Lifeboat Week
Jul 23 – Jul 29 all-day

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

Jul
24
Tue
2018
Lifeboat week Nautical Quiz @ The Alma Inn
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm
Jul
26
Thu
2018
Harwich Beer Festival
Jul 26 all-day

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.

Jul
27
Fri
2018
Pre-Teen Foam Party @ Dovercourt Skating Rink
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Jul
28
Sat
2018
Steak Night – Alma Harwich @ The Alma Inn
Jul 28 all-day
Julie King – Flowers and Gardens in Watercolour (2 day course) @ Old Bank Studios
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

Julie King – Flowers and Gardens in Watercolour (2 day course) @ Old Bank Studios
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

Jul
29
Sun
2018
Harwich Sea Festival
Jul 29 all-day

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.

The Ultimate Event: Wrestling @ Harwich & Parkeston Football Club
Jul 29 all-day
Aug
4
Sat
2018
Bev Caleno – Summer School, Flower Wreath and Fairy (2 days) @ Old Bank Studios
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – Aug 5 @ 4:00 pm

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

Aug
5
Sun
2018
Bobbit’s Hole Open Day and Charity Stroll. @ Bobbit’s Hole Nature Reserve
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
PRIVATE EVENT Rosie MacRae – Felting Cats and Dogs @ Old Bank Studios
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

Aug
6
Mon
2018
Harwich Society Quiz Night @ Royal Oak PH
Aug 6 @ 7:30 pm

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

Aug
11
Sat
2018
Bev Caleno – Tuffett Making Workshop (2 Day Course) @ Old Bank Studios
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – Aug 12 @ 4:00 pm

 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

Aug
12
Sun
2018
Beside the Seaside Festival, Dovercourt Bay
Aug 12 all-day
Aug
27
Mon
2018
Redoubt Fort Open Day @ Harwich Redoubt Fort
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aug
30
Thu
2018
Tony Allain – Chasing the Light Pastel Workshop @ Old Bank Studios
Aug 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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!

Aug
31
Fri
2018
Bev Caleno – Textile Art and Machine Embroidery 3, WATER SOLUBLES (4 session course) @ Old Bank Studios
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

Pre-Teen Foam Party @ Dovercourt Skating Rink
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sep
1
Sat
2018
Susan Boddy – Convincing Figures in Watercolour @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

Sep
2
Sun
2018
Bev Caleno – Bonded Hydrangeas @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Sep
3
Mon
2018
Harwich Society Quiz Night @ Royal Oak PH
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm

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

Sep
8
Sat
2018
Jake Winkle – Wildlife Studies in Dynamic Watercolours *Only 1 Place Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

Sep
9
Sun
2018
Motorcycle Run and Harwich Family Fun Day
Sep 9 all-day
Jo Hammond – Willow Weaving, Sitting Hare Garden Sculpture @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Sep
15
Sat
2018
Harwich Society Heritage Open Days weekend @ All Harwich Society venues
Sep 15 – Sep 16 all-day
Ailsa Lyn – Beginners and Intermediate Mixed Media Collage (Seascapes and harbours) @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

 

Sep
16
Sun
2018
Anna Davies – Contemporary Flowers using Inks, Acrylic and Alcohol @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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!).

Sep
22
Sat
2018
Alison Holt – Flowers and Foliage (2 day course) @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

 

Sep
23
Sun
2018
Alison Holt – Flowers and Foliage (2 day course) @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

 

Sep
28
Fri
2018
Bev Caleno – Textile Art and Machine Embroidery 3, WATER SOLUBLES (4 session course) @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

Harwich Society Talk @ Navigator Hall
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm

‘Essex Bee Keeping’ by Pat Rowlands.

Sep
29
Sat
2018
Helen Maxfield – Lino Cut Printing (2 day course) *Only 3 Spaces Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Helen Maxfield – Lino Cut Printing (2 day course) *Only 3 Spaces Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Helen Maxfield – Lino Cut Printing (2 day course) *Only 3 Spaces Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Sep
30
Sun
2018
Helen Maxfield – Lino Cut Printing (2 day course) *Only 3 Spaces Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Helen Maxfield – Lino Cut Printing (2 day course) *Only 3 Spaces Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Helen Maxfield – Lino Cut Printing (2 day course) *Only 3 Spaces Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Oct
1
Mon
2018
Harwich Society Quiz Night @ Royal Oak PH
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm

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

Oct
5
Fri
2018
Harwich Shanty Festival
Oct 5 @ 5:07 pm – Oct 7 @ 6:07 pm

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

Oct
6
Sat
2018
Harwich Society Annual Dinner @ The Waterfront
Oct 6 all-day
Anne Schwegmann – Upcycled Mosaic Panel (2 day course) @ Old Bank Studios
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Oct
7
Sun
2018
Anne Schwegmann – Upcycled Mosaic Panel (2 day course) @ Old Bank Studios
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Oct
13
Sat
2018
Harwich Society History Fair 2018 @ 1912 Centre
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oct
14
Sun
2018
Harwich Society History Fair 2018 @ 1912 Centre
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oct
20
Sat
2018
Andrew Geeson – Loose Watercolours Wet on Wet Flowers @ Old Bank Studios
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Oct
21
Sun
2018
Daphne Sandham – Beginners Oils, Seagulls in Flight @ Old Bank Studios
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Oct
22
Mon
2018
Melanie Blaikie – More Adventures in Silver Clay @ Old Bank Studios
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Oct
26
Fri
2018
Bev Caleno – Textile Art and Machine Embroidery 3, WATER SOLUBLES (4 session course) @ Old Bank Studios
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

Harwich Society Talk @ Navigator Hall
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm

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

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Keith Morton – The Essence of Portrait Painting (Oils or Acrylics) @ Old Bank Studios
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Oct
28
Sun
2018
Rosie MacRae – Needle Felting, Moggies and Mutts @ Old Bank Studios
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Nov
3
Sat
2018
Harwich Sausage Festival
Nov 3 all-day

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.

Helen Maxfield – An Introduction to Lino Cut Printing @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Helen Maxfield – An Introduction to Lino Cut Printing @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Nov
4
Sun
2018
Felt by Bridget – Hat Making @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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!

Nov
5
Mon
2018
Harwich Society Quiz Night @ Royal Oak PH
Nov 5 @ 7:30 pm

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

Nov
16
Fri
2018
Margaret Beal – Fabric Fusions 1, 2,& 3 (3 day Course)***Only 1 Place Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Margaret Beal – Fabric Fusions 1, 2,& 3 (3 day Course)***Only 1 Place Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Nov
18
Sun
2018
Margaret Beal – Fabric Fusions 1, 2,& 3 (3 day Course)***Only 1 Place Remaining @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Nov
21
Wed
2018
Harwich and Parkeston Winter Ale Festival
Nov 21 – Nov 24 all-day

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.

Nov
23
Fri
2018
Mayflower 400 Illuminate Festival
Nov 23 all-day

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.

Bev Caleno – Textile Art and Machine Embroidery 3, WATER SOLUBLES (4 session course) @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

Nov
24
Sat
2018
Lois Cordelia – Festive Paper-Cutting @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Lois Cordelia – Festive Paper-Cutting @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Nov
25
Sun
2018
Kings Head Street Christmas Market
Nov 25 all-day
Brin Edwards – Wild Birds, Colour and Light @ Old Bank Studios
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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!

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Dovercourt Christmas lights event
Nov 30 all-day
Harwich Society Talk @ Navigator Hall
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm

Talk – ‘Leonard Cheshire Homes’ by Elizabeth Barrenger.

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Jo Hammond- Christmas Wreath and Willow Decorations @ Old Bank Studios
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Dec
2
Sun
2018
Jo Hammond- Christmas Wreath and Willow Decorations @ Old Bank Studios
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Dec
3
Mon
2018
Harwich Society Quiz Night @ Royal Oak PH
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm

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

Dec
20
Thu
2018
Harwich Society Charity Carol Singing @ Meet @ New Bell Inn
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm
Dec
31
Mon
2018
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display
Dec 31 all-day
Jul
27
Sat
2019
Haidee-Jo Summers – Plein Air Weekend @ Old Bank Studios
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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!

Jul
28
Sun
2019
Haidee-Jo Summers – Plein Air Weekend @ Old Bank Studios
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

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!